LOCATION 225 Dyer Street, Providence, RI, 02903

DATE: January 23, 2020

TIME: 4:00 – 8:30 PM


Rhode Island is making significant steps toward adopting blockchain technology. In support of this effort, FinTech Connect will explore the intersection of distributed ledger technology, business regulation, and the human resources needed to adopt this nascent technology.

This event will also investigate the state of innovation in consumer finance, personal wealth management, data analysis, and consumer credit in New England with a series of community talks by FinTech innovators.


4:00 – 5:00 PM  ::  Blockchain 101 Workshop 

5:00 – 6:00 PM  ::  Office Hours  

5:30 – 5:40 PM  ::  Welcome

5:45 – 6:30 PM  ::  Blockchain in Rhode Island

5:45 – 6:15 PM  ::  Community Talk: Marstone

6:30 – 7:00 PM  ::  Community Talk: Splitwise

6:45 – 7:45 PM  ::  Human Capital Considerations for Blockchain Implementation

7:15 – 7:45 PM  ::  Community Talk: Firserv


Blockchain 101 Workshop

Blockchain 101 will give participants an introduction to bitcoin, blockchain technology, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts with a focus on why it’s all different and how it all fits in the world.

Hanaan Rosenthal, On Point Publishing Systems

Hanaan Rosenthal started out as a computer graphic automation specialist in 1990 in the finance and sports licensing fields. He has designed automation systems for The New York Times, Adidas, Victoria’s Secret, Associated Press, Reuters, Fidelity investments and more.

In 2017, Hanaan entered the crypto scene and worked to create automated cryptocurrency trading systems and blockchain technology.

Hanaan is a public speaker, author, meditator, sculptor, and a barefoot runner.

Blockchain in Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island is committed to improving state government interactions and is exploring ways to use blockchain technology. Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that records and shares each transaction that occurs in a network, resulting in a more secure, decentralized system. The most commonly known way to use blockchain technology is with digital currencies, but the State is looking to explore other ways to use it to enhance efficiency, transparency, accuracy, security and business-friendliness within state government. In this session, Liz Tanner, Director of the Department of Business Regulation, will discuss the state’s plans to move forward as the first state in the nation to adopt blockchain technology to improve the efficacy of government offices.


Headshot of Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner, Director of the Department of Business Regulation, Rhode Island

Elizabeth Tanner was appointed Director of the Department of Business Regulation in November 2017 under Governor Gina Raimondo. She oversees the regulations and enforcement of all Financial Services, the divisions of the State Fire Marshal’s office (including the Bomb Squad), State Building Office, Office of Cannabis Regulation, Gaming and Athletics and a wide variety of professional licenses. She serves on the board of Rhode Island Housing and is believed to be the only female Boxing Commissioner in the United States.








Human Capital Considerations for Blockchain Implementation

As more and more organizations go beyond proof of concept and begin to pilot and roll out blockchain projects, there will be a need for highly skilled blockchain practitioners, from developers to architects and in‐house experts. This session will explore the human capital requirements including training and education, staffing and recruitment, culture management and change.

Bryant Nielson, The Blockchain Academy

Bryant Nielson is the Founder and CEO of The Blockchain Academy. The Blockchain Academy offers both live and online video based programs, delivered by industry experts, on the role of blockchain, its impact on central banks, financial institutions, trade finance, settlement, smart contracts, IP as well as blockchain developer education.

Bryant has written extensively about Blockchain and is a regular speaker at blockchain conferences globally.  He has delivered talks at numerous conferences in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Milan, London, Mexico City, Moscow and Dubai. Bryant is also an adjunct professor at Temple University where he teaches course on blockchain and emerging technologies. He currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Government Blockchain Association.  Previously he was the Chairman of the GBA’s Training & Education work-group since 2017. He is also the host of a blockchain podcast: Blockchain360.


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