Friday, 11.30-12.30 (Academy Hall)

Blockchain in the real world: Seeing refugees and land tenure as a trust issue. Chase Freeman, Management Systems International; Shailee Adinolfo, BanQu; Nick Martin, TechChange; Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Internews (moderator)
At this session, we will help participants understand and discover the driving force of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Following a participatory overview of blockchain and how it functions, we’ll hear two case studies: connecting refugees and the world’s poorest to the global economy through a proprietary blockchain-based platform and structuring an alternative and more robust land tenure system in Ghana vis-a-vis blockchain technology. This session will be audience-focused and we will encourage high-levels of participation and discussion.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Session Details:

This session will present the audience with a high-level understanding of the technical knowledge necessary for discovering the driving force of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Following the technical overview, will be a presentation by Shailee Adinolfi of Banqu, a software technology with a mission to connect refugees and the world’s poorest to the global economy through a proprietary blockchain-based platform. Chase Freeman of MSI Inc, a Tetra Tech Company, will follow-up with a presentation on the many challenges involved in structuring an alternative and more robust land tenure system in Ghana vis-a-vis blockchain technology. This session will be audience-focused and encourages participation in the moderator’s planned activities.

Session Leads:

Chase Freeman Jr., Web Developer, Management Systems International, A Tetra Tech Company. Chase holds a degree in International Studies from American University and has been focusing on technology and development for the past eight years. His experience in blockchain technology began in 2013 when he and his roommate were using ASICs to mine bitcoin in order to buy “George’s Famous Baklava” and Dominoes online. Since then, Chase has gone on to consult with the Chamber of Digital Commerce on blockchain technology and Smart Contracts in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Chase was an editor, adviser, and use-case contributor for a collaborative whitepaper published by the Chamber’s Smart Contracts Alliance: Smart Contracts—12 Use Cases for Business & Beyond: A Technology, Legal & Regulatory Introduction. Chase has now happily combined his interests in technology and development by working across various software development and mobile data collection projects in Afghanistan, Colombia, Ghana, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, and Syria. Learn more about Chase here, or at Management Systems International.

Shailee Adinolfi, Vice President of Account Management and Marketing, BanQu. She has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of finance, technology and global development. More about her here and at BanQu.

Nicholas Carl Martin, Founder and CEO, TechChange. Nick Martin is the founder and CEO of TechChange, where he oversees all strategy and programming. TechChange is a US social enterprise which provides courses on the use of technology in addressing social and global challenges. It is a registered benefit corporation based in Washington, DC and was founded in the summer of 2010. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur. He is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow (2013), an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow (2014), and an International Youth Foundation Global Fellow (2009). Nick was also the runner-up for the Society for International Development’s Rice Award (2014). He is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University and Georgetown University. Nick received his BA with honors from Swarthmore College and holds an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. More on Nick here and at TechChange.

Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Senior Director of Humanitarian Programs, Internews. Anahi Ayala Iacucci leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response Program. Since 2006 Anahi has been consulting for NGOs and international organizations like UNOCHA and the World Bank on the use of ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping, merging her skills in Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid with her technical expertise on the use of technology for development. In 2015 Anahi became the Humanitarian Director for Internews South Sudan, where she managed a multimillion dollars portfolio of 6 different projects before moving to her current position in 2017. Anahi holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna; a Master Degree in International Affairs from Colombia University; a Master in Human Rights from the University of Padova; and a Post-Graduate Degree on Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for the Rights of People of the Padova University. She is also the co-founder of the Standby Task Force, a member of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and a Board member of Elva. More about Anahi here, on Twitter @anahi_ayala or at Internews.