There will be free beer & pizza beforehand. Thanks BlueYard! 🙂

Talk 1: Democratizing Data with Ocean Data Exchange Protocol 

Speaker: Trent McConaghy

Abstract: Society is becoming increasingly reliant on data, especially with the advent of AI. However, a small handful of organizations with both massive datasets and AI capabilities have become powerful with control that is a danger to a free and open society.

Ocean Protocol aims to unlock data, for more equitable outcomes for users of data, using a thoughtful application of both technology and governance. It is a decentralized data exchange protocol that makes data available for everyone with privacy, security, control, transparency and compliance. Length: 45 min.

Bio: Trent grew up on a pig farm in Canada, then became an AI researcher. More recently he’s doing blockchain stuff too. He tends to ding things, alas usually not universes. More at

Talk 2: Ocean.init()

Speaker: Tim Daubenschütz

Abstract: BigchainDB and DEX are proud to demo what could be called a first Proof of Concept for Ocean Protocol. In collaboration with Ocean’s first customer, we developed a platform to allow stake-based on-premise computation to unlock the potential of mobility and healthcare date. Length: 30 min.

Bio: First getting involved in 2013, Tim’s contributions to the blockchain space focus around intellectual property, self-sovereign data and identity. He has devoted his career to work on the core technology underpinning blockchain. Tim joined as a full-stack developer, spent the better half of 2015 figuring out how to map intellectual property rights into immutable ledgers with COALA IP, before ultimately taking on the role of VP engineering at BigchainDB.

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