IBM Blockchain Workshop



Date(s) - 03/30/2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Unblock your Blockchain Potential!

It is changing businessfinance, and how we secure data.

Blockchain developers now rank SECOND among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills, and job postings for workers with those skills have more than doubled this year.

Taking second fiddle only to robotics specialists, blockchain technologists are advertising their services for as much as $115 per hour, according to Upwork, an employment site that specializes in freelance workers.

We  are seeing the technology being considered for skills certification and licensing as well as provenance of infrastructures (energy, water, buildings, transportation) and machinery.

IBM Blockchain Workshop

  • Tired of talking but NOT ACTING on ideas?
  • Do you want to learn HOW TO instead of just watching?
  • COMPARE from advice with industry experts
  • TAKE HOME actual use cases and examples to further develop YOUR blockchain platform
  • HANDS-ON workshop
  • Network with EXPERTS from around the COUNTRY
  • From proof of concept to execution with LOCAL RESOURCES and TEAMS
  • INTEGRATED, OPEN and SECURE platform to include IoT, data sciences, artificial intelligence, DevOps, etc. and ENTERPRISE READY
  • White papers, documentation and USE CASES available
  • STEM connection for economic development with IBM Academic Initiative and Global Entrepreneurship program
  • MIXER afterwards to collaborate and connect


Attendees will recieve 6 PDHs signed by Professional Engineer Dr. Ben Amaba


Join us in this professional workshop series and apply use cases to your specific business needs.

Discover blockchain WORKING for YOU

Submit a challenge form for a problem that you would like to have solved!



Registration and Networking 8:00-9:00

Opening and Introductions 9:00

Blockchain Explained

  • Understanding what blockchain is, why it is important, and industry use cases.

Vehicle Lifecycle Scenario

  • Introducing the scenario being used in the introductory lab.

Lab*: Vehicle Lifecycle Lab

  • Demo and brief hands-on introductory lab to learn key blockchain concepts using a real-world scenario.

IBM Blockchain Platform

  • Introduction to the IBM Blockchain platform that is used to accelerate the development, management, and operation of a multi-institutional business network.

Blockchain Composed

  • Introduction to Hyperledger Composer for accelerating blockchain implementations.

Lab*: Hyperledger Composer Playground

  • Hands-on lab to learn how to use the Hyperledger Composer Playground in the IBM cloud.

Lab*: Hyperledger Composer Developer Tutorial

  • Hands-on lab to learn how to quickly model business networks and develop applications using the Hyperledger Composer framework and tooling plug-ins.

Blockchain Architected

  • Learn the architectural considerations for a Hyperledger Fabric blockchain implementation.

Blockchain Explored

  • Learn the different components of Hyperledger Fabric and how consensus works.

Lab*: Fabric Development Lab

  • Hands-on lab to learn how to use the Hyperledger Fabric Node SDK to query and update the ledger.

Next Steps

  • Learn how a Design Thinking workshop is used to explore and elaborate a use case.

* Note: Labs are run on IBM provided laptops and in the IBM cloud.



Some of the experts attending:


Girish Sadigale

IBM Blockchain & Watson North America Technical Leader

Girish Sadigale is a IBM Blockchain & Watson North America Technical Leader for Public Sector, Healthcare & Life Sciences and Education Industry. He has more than 26 years of experience working with public and commercial customers to drive adoption of latest innovative technology, solutions and platforms. Girish’s expertise includes Blockchain, Watson platform, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Data & Analytics and Hybrid Cloud Integration. Girish is leading several strategic initiatives including Smart Cities, Smart Lab, Smart Healthcare, Smart School, Smart Home utilizing IBM Cloud, Watson AI & IoT Platform. Girish holds MBA, CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional), PMP and Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree.


Zach Miller

Watson and Cloud Platform Industrial Sector Blockchain Technical Specialist at IBM

Zach Miller is recent graduate of UT Dallas and a skipped generation IBMer.  He started seriously pursuing a job with IBM after programming with Bluemix, and wanted to be a part of the change IBM is bringing to the industry. Zach was raised in rural East Texas, but has always felt more at home in the city. With bachelor’s degrees in journalism and software engineering, he brings a unique skill set to any task he undertakes—being able to communicate a new topic broadly and being able chop a large task down into smaller manageable tasks. Zach has had many previous roles that have formed him professionally and personally, most notably photographing for an NGO benefiting women and children in rural Ethiopia and being a government beat reporter in the Texas hill country. In his free time Zach enjoys sipping espresso, painting, photography, playing music and whistling a tune.



Dennis Miller

North America Industrial Sector Blockchain Technical Lead/Watson and Cloud Platform at IBM

Dennis Miller is a blockchain technical lead at IBM within the industrial sector and has worked at IBM for 16 years in a variety of worldwide and regional roles with middleware solutions.  As a member of a SWAT team within the industrial sector, Dennis has led hands-on workshops for blockchain solutions based on the IBM Blockchain Platform as well as demonstrations, proof of concepts and workshops for API Economy solutions. Dennis has over 25 years’ experience as a software developer, architect, project manager, consultant, and team lead for information technology solutions. Dennis has extensive manufacturing systems experience developing custom material requirements planning systems, inventory cost and procurement systems, and factory floor systems.  Dennis architected, developed and implemented factory floor systems including material movement control systems, cell control systems, factory network messaging backbones, storage controller systems and data acquisitions system to facilitate the collection of production data, schedules, and reporting.  Dennis earned both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Bradley University with a MBA and a BS in Computer Information System.


Kurt Wedgwood

IBM North America Blockchain Leader for Retail, Consumer Products, Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Rail, Freight, and Wholesalers

Kurt leads IBM’s Blockchain North America practice for the Retail, Consumer Product and Travel industries.  To complement his focus and to give back, he chairs Seattle University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Board, and is a member of the Emerging Technologies Working Group of the Global Supply Chain Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs Border Patrol.  Kurt lives in Seattle, WA is a graduate from the University of Colorado and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.



Shahryar Sedghi

Blockchain Solutions Architect at IBM

Shahryar Sedghi is a Blockchain Solutions Architect and a member of IBM Blockchain Platform team. He is actively involved in learning customer’s use cases, map it to Blockchain and offer them the best solution to pave their way to a Blockchain future. Prior to this job, Shahryar was a Middleware Architect with a proven track record at many large Middleware implementations throughout the world in Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail and Manufacturing. Shahryar has been in IT from 1977 and an IBM employee from 1997.  Although Shahryar has witnessed the birth of many exciting technologies throughout his career, he thinks Blockchain is the most intriguing one.



Vasanth Srinivasan

VP of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy

Vasanth Srinivasan, VP of Enterprise Architecture and Strategy at Trimble Transportation Enterprise Solutions with a track record of 15 years developing large enterprise applications for Transportation Industry. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering focused on Operations Research and Supply Chain Management from the University of Oklahoma. He has been with Trimble Transportation since 2003 and has held various roles ranging all the way from writing complex algorithms to developing Big data solutions. He has also spent 2 years in product management division creating strategies for the next-generation applications. His current responsibilities include developing a data-driven blockchain-based multi-tenant transportation platform. He has been a strong advocate of Hyperledger Fabric and has co-authored a couple of white papers that talks about some business use cases and strategies to use streamline transportation problems using blockchain technology. He is also the co-founder of BEST-L, an organization to help establish engineering standards for transportation and logistics industry.


Naghmana Majed

Industry Leader, Automotive / A&D Industry at IBM Global Solution Center

Naghmana Majed is the Industry Leader for Automotive and A&D Industries at IBM Global Solution Center. She has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry, with deep expertise in complex industry solutions. She has extensively worked with clients, including Fortune 50 companies to solve their business problems using IT innovation. She is well known for her thought leadership in technical strategy and innovation for the Automotive and A&D industry clients. Her current interest is in the area of mobility models and enabling new digital business models, using AI and Blockchain technologies.


Ben Amaba, PhD, PE, CPIM®, LEED® AP

Chief Innovation Officer – IBM North America in Industrial Sector for Watson & Cloud Platform at IBM

Dr. Ben Amaba’s expertise is in executive management, strategic planning, operations, and engineering. Dr. Ben Amaba holds a PhD. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, a M.B.A./M.S. degree in Engineering and Operations, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in several states with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics solutions. Dr. Amaba is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Industrial Sector – North America for the IBM Watson and Cloud Division.











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