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For the third TechCrunch International City Summit in a row, we’re dedicating an entire afternoon to blockchain. Instead of coins, tokens, and other crypto talk, we’re focusing on actual use cases, especially in China. From smart cities to governance, from supply chain to fintech, blockchain is quietly changing how businesses, governments, and consumers behave. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn what’s happening in the space, as well as the challenges and the opportunities.

Check here for the full agenda.

Speaker highlights

Ray Valdes

Ray is the CTO of ConsenSys, where T=“transformation”, reflecting the goal of transforming businesses, ecosystems, economies and, internally, teams and organizational culture. Previously Ray was a Research VP & Gartner Fellow at Gartner Inc., where he led the blockchain practice for the last four years. Ray’s has spent his career in architecture and implementation of large-scale complex software systems, at major companies as well as tech startups.

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ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs in building applications, infrastructure, and solutions on the Ethereum blockchain network. We build blockchain companies.

Lman Chu

Co-founder and CEO of BiiLabs, founded the Dream Land BBS which was once the top ten BBS stations in Taiwan. Established with partners in 2017, BiiLabs uses the decentralized ledger technologies and applications to solve the challenges of the Internet of Everything and provides solutions that meet the next generation of privacy protection.

BiiLabs is dedicated to developing distributed ledger technologies to overcome the challenges in the Internet of Everything era, including smart cities, energy management, and multi-account management systems. Its core technologies assist the digital transformation of various industries, and to solve critical issues such as trust, security, growth, and efficiency for our clients. BiiLabs aims to be a leading technology provider in the Internet of Everything world.

Sarah Zhang

Sarah Zhang is the founder of Points (PTS), the first truly scalable blockchain data collaboration protocol for better credit scoring and inclusive finance. Prior to Points, she was the ex-COO of Segway Robotics Inc., where she spearheaded the development of its developer community of more than 3,000 participants including MIT, Intel and BMW. She was also formerly a product manager at Amazon. Her blockchain beginnings began in 2013 when she was previously an early employee of Tim Draper’s accelerator, Draper University. In addition to founding Points, Sarah is the chair of dCamp, a Beijing-based blockchain developer and investor community. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Co-Founded in 2017 by Sarah Zhang, and Kate Shen, Points (PTS) is the first truly scalable blockchain data collaboration protocol for better credit scoring and inclusive finance, providing the unbanked with access to fair financial services. Built on the blockchain, Points is enhanced by AI that is trained on data from 500 million credit profiles, contributed by partners including Zhong Cheng Xin Credit Technology Ltd. and Teleinfo, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). With $8 Million in funding, Points (PTS) is backed by seasoned investors including DHVC, Cherubic Ventures, Ce Yuan, Ontology Foundation, Nest. Bio Ventures, and Zhong Cheng Xin Credit Technology Ltd. Points is based in Singapore with offices in Beijing and San Francisco.

Hope Liu

Hope is the Founder and CEO of Eximchain. She holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor degree from Peking University. Hope was accepted to the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015, where she and her partner began working on the Eximchain idea at the MIT Media Lab. The project won multiple accolades from the Legatum Seed Grant, the Plug and Play Fintech Accelerator and MIT, among others. She now travels frequently between the US and Asia, promoting Eximchain and looking for opportunities to transform supply chains with blockchain technology.

Founded in MIT since 2015, Eximchain’s public blockchain network enables privacy, scalability, and security for the supply chain. Eximchain-powered supply chain solutions help enterprises to connect, transact, and share information more efficiently and securely. The mainnet was launched on October 5th.

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