SOLD OUT! Blockchain Technology and Digital Currencies: Global Opportunities and Challenges
May 02, 2018


The opportunities and challenges around blockchain and cryptocurrencies continue to be among the hottest topics in technology — both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Many believe the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency hype resembles the dotcom bubble and is bound to burst. Others believe the comparison is short-sighted because blockchain will ultimately have a positive and long-term impact on the way we do business, manage government, and conduct our lives. While the debate continues, businesses, governments and regulators around the world are hard at work to understand the technology and its potential real-world use cases. It has become clear that the opportunities also bring operational, political and legal challenges. In order to address these challenges without stifling innovation, it is critical for participants in these new ecosystems to have a solid understanding of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

To help demystify some of the questions surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the World Affairs Council and Pepper Hamilton will host a discussion on the pros and cons of this new technology.


About the Speakers:

Joseph Guagliardo is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP resident in the Philadelphia and New York offices, where he co-leads the Technology Group and is Chair of the Blockchain Practice.  His practice focuses on technology transactions and general counseling around technology and intellectual property commercialization.  Prior to practicing law, Joe spent more than a decade at an international venture-backed Fintech company, where he served in various technical and business roles in the design and implementation of capital markets trading and settlement software for banks around the world.  He is a technology enthusiast and avid follower of the technology industry and related legal trends. Joe is a sought-after speaker and author on emerging technology-related topics, including the far-reaching applications of blockchain and smart contract technology in government, the private sector and law.  In 2017, he was named a “Top Author” in the JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards for his thought leadership on the emerging topic of blockchain.
Twitter: @joeg_techchain

Paul McNeal is a connector, speaker, brand evangelist, and technologist at The Sturgeon Group, LLC and owns The Crypto Curator. Being exposed to Bitcoin since 2011, he has amassed a great deal of knowledge and wealth. He keeps his finger on the pulse of this industry by curating information daily. This information is shared with his rapidly growing community on Facebook and via a daily news summary. He aims to create awareness of this technology with everyday people and organizations. His network spans thousands of top notch folks in the Blockchain space: Programmers/Developers, Thought Leaders, Startups, Investors, Reporters, etc.
Twitter: @TesModS

Dr. Bora Ozkan is the Assistant Professor of Instruction in Finance at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. He joined the Fox School from Tulane University, where he served as an adjunct lecturer of Economics, and Southeastern Louisiana University, where he functioned as an adjunct lecturer of Accounting and Finance, since 2013. Professionally, Dr. Ozkan worked as the director of international marketing at Alexander & Hamilton, Inc. in New Orleans, where he oversaw the international marketing and credit reports departments, while also managing international legal cases and expansion strategy. He completed his Bachelor’s degree studies in Science and Economics at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Ozkan obtained his Master’s degrees in Financial Economics and Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, where he also earned his PhD in Financial Economics on a Dean’s Scholarship.
Twitter: @Bora_Ozkan

Thomas Jay Rush is the founder of, a blockchain focused consultancy and software company delivering account-specific, articulated data from the Ethereum blockchain. Mr. Rush is also the founder of the Philadelphia Ethereum Meetup group. Prior to founding, Mr. Rush served as President and CEO of Great Hill Corporation, an Internet-based software vendor first started in 1994. A practicing poet, Mr. Rush speaks and writes widely about the blockchain and its implications.
Twitter: @quickblocks

Part of the Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation Young Friends of the World Affairs Council Program Series
The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - Evening

1776 (formerly Benjamin's Desk)
30 N. 41st Street
Suite 570 (5th Floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5:15 p.m. Registration opens and reception
6:00 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Conclusion


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