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APRIL 23, 2018

UC BERKELEY, MEMORIAL STADIUM

 
 
 

Proudly sponsored by : 

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Who Should Come?

Students:

  • Any gender. Any major. Any experience level. 
  • We specifically want to include people who DON’T know about blockchain technology & will also have technical talks for those who DO
  • This is inclusive to all skill levels!

Professionals:

  • Blockchain: There will be plenty of networking opportunities with the speakers listed below, students, and other prominent people in the space
  • Any tech field: Learn more about blockchain through some of the most pioneering and innovating women in the space
  • Press

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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Our Vision

she(256) is UC Berkeley's First Women in Blockchain Conference hosted by Blockchain at Berkeley.

We want to empower women by highlighting existing diversity and opportunity and by breaking down the barriers to entry in the blockchain space. This program will feature women at the forefront of blockchain academia and industry with the intent of inspiring the next generation of innovators.

This conference will explore the ground-breaking research, protocols and specific applications of blockchain, especially in projects that are led by women in the space. We want to foster collaborations between researchers, professionals, and students to help women get access to the right resources and enter the industry with confidence.  

THE VENUE  

We are hosting she(256) at the spacious Field Club in the scenic California Memorial Stadium. 

Attendees: The Field Club is located next to the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza of the California Memorial Stadium. The California Memorial Stadium is located on the top of Piedmont Avenue right next to the International House. 

The stadium is located at 2227 Piedmont Avenue.

 

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Speakers

  Dawn Song   Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She has studied diverse security and privacy issues in computer systems and networks, including areas ranging from software security, networking security, distributed systems security, applied cryptography, blockchain and smart contracts, to the intersection of machine learning and security. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences in Computer Security and Deep Learning. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007.

Dawn Song

Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She has studied diverse security and privacy issues in computer systems and networks, including areas ranging from software security, networking security, distributed systems security, applied cryptography, blockchain and smart contracts, to the intersection of machine learning and security. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences in Computer Security and Deep Learning. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007.

  Monica Quaintance   Monica Quaintance leads Engineering and Adoption Strategy at Kadena. She is a former tech lead and Senior Data Engineer at Rent the Runway and a former Qualitative Analytics Engineer at the SEC. Prior to that, as an Investment Banking Associate Monica securitized and restructured commercial real estate assets at Cushman and Wakefield. Monica has degrees in Statistics and Probability as well as Economics from Columbia University. Monica is also a co-founder of Universal Consensus, a blockchain-focused pro-diversity organization.   

Monica Quaintance

Monica Quaintance leads Engineering and Adoption Strategy at Kadena. She is a former tech lead and Senior Data Engineer at Rent the Runway and a former Qualitative Analytics Engineer at the SEC. Prior to that, as an Investment Banking Associate Monica securitized and restructured commercial real estate assets at Cushman and Wakefield. Monica has degrees in Statistics and Probability as well as Economics from Columbia University. Monica is also a co-founder of Universal Consensus, a blockchain-focused pro-diversity organization.

 

Monica Quaintance 

  Elaine Shi   Earned Carnegie Mellon University CS PhD  Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University  Co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3)  Key expert on cryptographic protocols and consensus  Recipient of the Packard Fellowship, ONR YIP Award, NSF Career Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and Google Faculty Awards  Recipient of an NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Award, an ASPLOS Best Paper Award, and various other best paper awards  Wrote the first academic research paper on both Bitcoin and decentralized smart contracts, first to teach smart contract programming

Elaine Shi

Earned Carnegie Mellon University CS PhD

Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University

Co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3)

Key expert on cryptographic protocols and consensus

Recipient of the Packard Fellowship, ONR YIP Award, NSF Career Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and Google Faculty Awards

Recipient of an NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Award, an ASPLOS Best Paper Award, and various other best paper awards

Wrote the first academic research paper on both Bitcoin and decentralized smart contracts, first to teach smart contract programming

  Nadja Benes    Nadja Benes is the Brand & Content Strategist at Gnosis She holds a Masters in economics form University of San Francisco and currently helping to drive the evolution of decentralized applications built on the Ethereum blockchain—a way to create efficiency, equality, and opportunity for all.     

Nadja Benes

Nadja Benes is the Brand & Content Strategist at Gnosis She holds a Masters in economics form University of San Francisco and currently helping to drive the evolution of decentralized applications built on the Ethereum blockchain—a way to create efficiency, equality, and opportunity for all.
 

 

  Melissa Mokhtari   Melissa Mokhtari is a project manager at Blockchain at Berkeley focusing on applications in the automotive and energy industries. She has led projects for BMW and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs, and worked on solutions addressing blockchain and energy during the UN Climate Conference in 2017. She is also the lead editor of the Blockchain at Berkeley blog, and a senior at UC Berkeley studying Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Power Engineering.

Melissa Mokhtari

Melissa Mokhtari is a project manager at Blockchain at Berkeley focusing on applications in the automotive and energy industries. She has led projects for BMW and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs, and worked on solutions addressing blockchain and energy during the UN Climate Conference in 2017. She is also the lead editor of the Blockchain at Berkeley blog, and a senior at UC Berkeley studying Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Power Engineering.

  Sheila Warren    Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at World Economic Forum, Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sheila began her career as a Wall Street attorney before turning to philanthropy and non-profit tech over a decade ago. She has represented banks, philanthropists and progressive non-profits. Most recently, she was VP of strategic alliances and general counsel of TechSoup, the global social enterprise that has connected civil society organizations around the world with over $9bn in donated tech-based resources. Previously, Sheila also designed and launched NGOsource, a service focused on international grant making. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law.

Sheila Warren

Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at World Economic Forum, Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Sheila began her career as a Wall Street attorney before turning to philanthropy and non-profit tech over a decade ago. She has represented banks, philanthropists and progressive non-profits. Most recently, she was VP of strategic alliances and general counsel of TechSoup, the global social enterprise that has connected civil society organizations around the world with over $9bn in donated tech-based resources. Previously, Sheila also designed and launched NGOsource, a service focused on international grant making. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law.

Sheila Warren

  Cathie Yun   Cathie Yun is a software engineer working on applied cryptography at Chain. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from MIT, with a focus on computer systems engineering. When she isn't designing better blockchain protocols, she can be found climbing mountains and practicing aerial silks. 

Cathie Yun

Cathie Yun is a software engineer working on applied cryptography at Chain. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from MIT, with a focus on computer systems engineering. When she isn't designing better blockchain protocols, she can be found climbing mountains and practicing aerial silks. 

Cathie Yun

  Jinglan Wang   Jinglan Wang is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Education Network, a global 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated towards building strong communities and providing an educational foundation for innovation. She is also a managing director of Anarres Asset Management.

Jinglan Wang

Jinglan Wang is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Education Network, a global 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated towards building strong communities and providing an educational foundation for innovation. She is also a managing director of Anarres Asset Management.

Jinglan Wang

  Mahnush Movahedi   Mahnush Movahedi is a senior research scientist at Dfinity working on scalable and fault-tolerant distributed algorithms for consensus and secure computation. She is also interested in game theory, secret sharing and developing interactive communication protocols that can tolerate noisy communication channels. Before joining Dfinity, Mahnush was a Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Science at Yale working with Professor Mariana Raykova on secure computation algorithms, blockchain, and consensus protocols.  She earned a PhD degree and an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, USA under the supervision of Professor Jared Saia in 2012 and 2016. Mahnush was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from UNM, the Best Paper Award of ICDCN 2014, and the (ISC)2 Foundation Graduate Research Scholarship in Information Security.

Mahnush Movahedi

Mahnush Movahedi is a senior research scientist at Dfinity working on scalable and fault-tolerant distributed algorithms for consensus and secure computation. She is also interested in game theory, secret sharing and developing interactive communication protocols that can tolerate noisy communication channels. Before joining Dfinity, Mahnush was a Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Science at Yale working with Professor Mariana Raykova on secure computation algorithms, blockchain, and consensus protocols.  She earned a PhD degree and an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, USA under the supervision of Professor Jared Saia in 2012 and 2016. Mahnush was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from UNM, the Best Paper Award of ICDCN 2014, and the (ISC)2 Foundation Graduate Research Scholarship in Information Security.

  Aparna Krishnan   Aparna is the co-Head of Education at Blockchain at Berkeley. She has taught a course called Blockchain Fundamentals at Berkeley for over 100 students. She has also taught other workshops including the Blockchain Executive Education Program alongside Max, Philip and Ashley at the UC Berkeley School of Law and at Mercedes Benz. She also leads the Cryptoeconomics Research group at Blockchain at Berkeley that analyzes and designs consensus mechanisms.

Aparna Krishnan

Aparna is the co-Head of Education at Blockchain at Berkeley. She has taught a course called Blockchain Fundamentals at Berkeley for over 100 students. She has also taught other workshops including the Blockchain Executive Education Program alongside Max, Philip and Ashley at the UC Berkeley School of Law and at Mercedes Benz. She also leads the Cryptoeconomics Research group at Blockchain at Berkeley that analyzes and designs consensus mechanisms.

  Linda Lee   Linda is a user-focused crypto evangelist with a mission to make encryption technologies widely adopted and easier to use. She has a master's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on security and user research from UC Berkeley.

Linda Lee

Linda is a user-focused crypto evangelist with a mission to make encryption technologies widely adopted and easier to use. She has a master's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on security and user research from UC Berkeley.

Linda Lee

  Christine Chiang   Christine heads Communications and the Cosmos Academy at Tendermint. She goes by the moniker Chjango Unchained and is heavily affiliated with unicorns. Chjango is the chief editor of the Cosmos blog and brings the creative direction behind all the video and written content from Cosmos. Namely, she writes articles breaking down tough technical subjects about protocols, distributed systems, and blockchain tech to broad audiences of all levels. Before Cosmos, Chjango came from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so she never really left space.

Christine Chiang

Christine heads Communications and the Cosmos Academy at Tendermint. She goes by the moniker Chjango Unchained and is heavily affiliated with unicorns. Chjango is the chief editor of the Cosmos blog and brings the creative direction behind all the video and written content from Cosmos. Namely, she writes articles breaking down tough technical subjects about protocols, distributed systems, and blockchain tech to broad audiences of all levels. Before Cosmos, Chjango came from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so she never really left space.

Christine Chiang

  Megan Maloney   Megan is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and approximately $5 billion in total capital raised. She focuses on identifying early stage, mission-driven founders, and helps lead the firm's crypto effort.  Prior to General Catalyst worked at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s Technology Investment Banking Group in Menlo Park and Institutional Equities Division in New York. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and a concentration in Music.  

Megan Maloney

Megan is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and approximately $5 billion in total capital raised. She focuses on identifying early stage, mission-driven founders, and helps lead the firm's crypto effort.  Prior to General Catalyst worked at Morgan Stanley in the firm’s Technology Investment Banking Group in Menlo Park and Institutional Equities Division in New York. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and a concentration in Music.  

Megan Maloney

  Ashley Lannquist   Ashley Lannquist is a second-year MBA student at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She’s a consulting manager at Blockchain at Berkeley and the Co-Founder of the Haas FinTech Club. Additionally, she organizes a new 3-day executive education program with Berkeley Law called Blockchain Unlocked. Ashley has also written the white paper, “Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies & The New Decentralized Economy,” which is required reading in the Haas Master of Financial Engineering program’s Currency Markets elective. She has a B.A. in Economics and European Studies with honors from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Ashley Lannquist

Ashley Lannquist is a second-year MBA student at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She’s a consulting manager at Blockchain at Berkeley and the Co-Founder of the Haas FinTech Club. Additionally, she organizes a new 3-day executive education program with Berkeley Law called Blockchain Unlocked. Ashley has also written the white paper, “Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies & The New Decentralized Economy,” which is required reading in the Haas Master of Financial Engineering program’s Currency Markets elective. She has a B.A. in Economics and European Studies with honors from Barnard College of Columbia University.

 Aya Miyaguchi   Aya is the Executive Director at Ethereum Foundation. With her focus on Microfinance while working on her MBA in, Aya originally became fascinated by Bitcoin for its potential in Financial Inclusion in emerging markets. In early 2013, she joined Kraken as Managing Director and has since been educating the public, VCs, and regulators on cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation globally. Her passion for blockchain and creating lasting sustainable social impact in developing countries has led her to join the Ethereum Foundation as Executive Director. There she supports the core development and research efforts of the Ethereum protocol, as well as helping to bolster decentralized community engagement through grants, education, and events to expand the Ethereum ecosystem.

Aya Miyaguchi 

Aya is the Executive Director at Ethereum Foundation. With her focus on Microfinance while working on her MBA in, Aya originally became fascinated by Bitcoin for its potential in Financial Inclusion in emerging markets. In early 2013, she joined Kraken as Managing Director and has since been educating the public, VCs, and regulators on cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation globally. Her passion for blockchain and creating lasting sustainable social impact in developing countries has led her to join the Ethereum Foundation as Executive Director. There she supports the core development and research efforts of the Ethereum protocol, as well as helping to bolster decentralized community engagement through grants, education, and events to expand the Ethereum ecosystem.

Aya Miyaguchi

  Dovey Wan   Dovey is Managing Director of DHVC (Danhua Capital). Since 2013, Dovey has become a crypto enthusiast and has been immersed in the blockchain world. Ever since she invested in Dfinity, Omisego, Kyber Network, 0x, Chia network, IOST, DDex, Messari, Refereum.  Dovey has an extensive experience with both Asia and US crypto community,  and has been an active advocate for gender equality and self-regulation for the crypto industry. She’s also a mentor for the LAUNCH founded by Jason Calacanis, and advisor to Arrington XRP Capital founded by Michael Arrington.

Dovey Wan

Dovey is Managing Director of DHVC (Danhua Capital). Since 2013, Dovey has become a crypto enthusiast and has been immersed in the blockchain world. Ever since she invested in Dfinity, Omisego, Kyber Network, 0x, Chia network, IOST, DDex, Messari, Refereum.  Dovey has an extensive experience with both Asia and US crypto community,  and has been an active advocate for gender equality and self-regulation for the crypto industry. She’s also a mentor for the LAUNCH founded by Jason Calacanis, and advisor to Arrington XRP Capital founded by Michael Arrington.

  Awa Sun Yin   Awa is a data scientist during the day at Chainalysis, where she builds programs that leverage machine learning to extract intelligence from blockchain data. During the night, she coordinates and leads research at the Interchain Foundation in areas such as (but not limited to) cryptography, artificial intelligence, and formal verification. Also, she loves doges because they’re a superior race and videogames.

Awa Sun Yin

Awa is a data scientist during the day at Chainalysis, where she builds programs that leverage machine learning to extract intelligence from blockchain data. During the night, she coordinates and leads research at the Interchain Foundation in areas such as (but not limited to) cryptography, artificial intelligence, and formal verification. Also, she loves doges because they’re a superior race and videogames.

Awa Sun Yin

 

More speakers coming soon!

Executive Directors

 Alexis Gauba

Alexis Gauba

 Medha Kothari

Medha Kothari

 Mashiat Mutmainnah

Mashiat Mutmainnah

 Sara Reynolds

Sara Reynolds

Organizing Committees

 Catherine Chang | Design Lead

Catherine Chang | Design Lead

 Avinash Bharwaney | Sponsorship Committee

Avinash Bharwaney | Sponsorship Committee

 Rea Savla - Scholarship Lead

Rea Savla - Scholarship Lead

 Annie Yi Chen | Logistics Co-Lead

Annie Yi Chen | Logistics Co-Lead

 Xin Yu | Designer

Xin Yu | Designer

 Vivian Wu - Scholarship Committee

Vivian Wu - Scholarship Committee

 Cliff Ahn | Logistics Co-Lead

Cliff Ahn | Logistics Co-Lead

 Maggie Valentine | Designer

Maggie Valentine | Designer

 Nataliya Urakhchina | Marketing Lead

Nataliya Urakhchina | Marketing Lead

 Elaine Kim | Designer

Elaine Kim | Designer

 

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