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Blockchain technology has the potential of unlocking new areas of employment and economic opportunity to anyone with the willingness and capacity to want to learn more. Since 2017, CageChain has been dedicated to engaging the industry and informing the community about this emerging technology to create a more inclusive environment to make blockchain more accessible for everyone.


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Berkeley City Councilmember and Fmr. Vice Mayor Ben Bartlett is a nationally recognized policy leader. Since 2016, Ben has passed more than 60 measures focused on innovation, opportunity, and inclusion, including:

* Prefabricated Housing for the Homeless
* Health Innovation Zone
* Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
* telemedical adoption
* Unionized Jobs in Robotics and Automation
Ben is currently working to integrate government and Blockchain through public finance, currencies, and data markets.

Ben authored Berkeley’s Tokenized Debt Offering (Berkeley ICO) using blockchain technology to issue bonds. He is author of the Smart Path Blockchain investment and policy thesis. Professionally, Ben is a partner in Tackett Bartlett LLP where he provides counsel for Blockchain entrepreneurs, governments, and funds.

Michelle Tsing, Founder & CEO, Elevate the Blockchain, Inc.

Michelle co-founded a blockchain payments startup in 2015 and is a strategic advisor to a number of AI, blockchain and 3D printing companies. She is also a mentor for SVI Academy and Hack Temple, which are both tech incubators located in the United States. Michelle Tsing was an attorney at PayPal. Prior to PayPal, she was at Cisco, eBay, Samsung and Apple.

She founded Robotics for Good: Chatbots, Messaging and AI community; and donates her time to The Loving AI/XPRIZE Project and both the California Blockchain Advocacy Coalition and the Georgia Blockchain Coalition. She is also producer and host of Laptop Radio at Stanford University.

Alicia is an entrepreneur, organizer and founder of blockchain communities, investor, and co-founder of the Starfish.Network.
Ms. Ferratusco’s values encompass blockchain and decentralization, new ideas around governance, sustainable living,
and a future predicated on zero waste.



Gurinder has been involved in the Crypto World since 2013. As an avid developer who always dabbled in new Tech, Gurinder has a large knowledge of blockchain, distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, and decentralization. Before getting into Blockchain he was building Android & iOS Apps and now he has created 2 Mobile Apps that run on his own private Blockchain.
During the day, Gurinder develops and deploys blockchains and smart contracts. During nights and weekends, he either teaches or oversees the Blockchain Education at DEN. There’s nothing better to him than seeing that shine in people’s eyes when they interact with a smart contract for the first time!


Debray is the co-creator of Blockchain-and-Grill, an eclectic series of events aimed at demystifying and building community around blockchain technology while creating a platform for local comedians and artists.  Debray is a freelance software engineer with solid proficiencies is graphic and web design. 


Alexandra Damsker is a securities attorney with over 15 years of experience.
She trained with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and international
law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw before starting her own successful
securities practice. Mrs. Damsker founded two profitable startups (biotech and
consumer packaged goods industries), with one exit.
Mrs. Damsker has written a variety of articles and talks relating to US regulation.
These addressed a variety of legal topics, including securities, the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act, legal implications for US companies manufacturing in
China, the impact of various forms of technology on industries, electronic
communication and securities issues, and blockchain regulatory issues. She has
been published in various locations including Huffington Post,, and
Business Insider, as well as journals, such as American Banker. She also co-
edited a treatise on securities law, and wrote a practitioners’ manual on US
regulatory issues on trusts and estates.
Mrs. Damsker is considered one of the top women in blockchain. She has been
invited to speak at events of various sizes, including NASDAQ, the LendIt
Fintech Conference, CryptoBlockCon, the Fintech Disrupt Conference, the
Family Office Marketplace Lending and Alternative Financing Summit, Tech
Tuesday at Davos, Discover Blockchain, PG Gaming Summit, Women in
Blockchain, Bitcoin Rodeo Blockchain and Technology Symposium, and the
European Fintech Disruption Summit and the data science IDEAS conference.
She currently serves as regulatory and business strategy advisor to several
companies, directors, investors and attorneys.


Malcolm is currently the CEO of which is a crypto platform that pays gamers for their Fortnite wins.
He is a lifelong gamer and political scientist from the University of Washington.
He has worked at many different startups in the past. He was first introduced to blockchain technology in 2017 after interning for a former goldman sachs analyst in Washington D.C.
He has been actively researching and trading in the space ever since.

Chris is the Co-Founder & CMO of The DEN, A Blockchain Workforce Accelerator based in the Silicon Valley. A techie at heart, he brings a unique combination of technical understanding and insight into the human factor of every project he works on. Chris studied Bio-engineering at Santa Clara University, and built a small production & media company in his free time. Having spent the past 3 years pursuing his entrepreneurial goals of creating educational experiences that address the disruptive potential of new cutting-edge technologies, Chris is determined to leave a lasting positive impact on everything he interacts with.

Brady Gentile is a Product Marketing Manager at Hedera Hashgraph, the enterprise-grade public network for decentralized applications. His previous experience includes working at the open source distributed database company DataStax, and security company Cloudflare. Brady’s responsible for engaging and educating developer and consumer audiences about distributed ledger technologies and their game-changing use cases

Talk Title: Decentralize your enterprise: Requirements for public DLT adoption

Abstract: For public distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) to be considered for enterprise adoption, they must satisfy the fundamental criteria of performance, security, stability, and governance. In this presentation, we’ll be taking a deep-dive into why we’re ripe for decentralization and what decentralization actually means, each of the facets required for enterprise adoption of public DLTs, and some real-world public DLT use cases beginning to surface across industry verticals. To conclude, we’ll learn how Hedera hashgraph (an emerging public DLT) is structured to meet enterprise adoption requirements


Born in Berkeley, CA and raised in Hayward, Venus is a native of the Oaktown bay area.
Venus’ background is in Family & Human Development/Psychology, working with
families & children.
Venus is a CryptoCurrency Queen and welcomes the transformation of wealth through
Blockchain technology. Two years ago, Venus began her investment journey and loves
investing in her favorite Crypto coins. “Blockchain technology is here, but there are still
many people who are not familiar.” I’m an enthusiast and investing in ICO’s is my
hobby. I pray to become financially independent through the digital currency world. It’s


Chris is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a focus on business, technology and marketing.  He has a special ability to leverage coursework and self-discovery to excel in areas of business development and emerging technology.  Chris is a Digital Marketing Strategist at SWARM Fund, a blockchain project focused on private equity.


Radhika Iyengar-Emens is Managing Partner of DoubleNova Group, a Silicon Valley-based
blockchain consultancy and ICO advisory. She is a TEDx speaker, a Silicon Valley Woman of
Influence, a serial entrepreneur, a crypto investor and an expert in blockchain, digital health
and global entrepreneurship. She is raising a new blockchain VC fund named StarChain
Ventures. Radhika has been a keynote and panel speaker at Stanford University, Google, UC
Berkeley and prominent blockchain and healthcare conferences in Silicon Valley and
Multilingual in 9 languages, Radhika is a global business advisor to high tech startups and digital
health companies from Europe, Israel, Asia and Latin America. She is an expert in ICO and
Silicon Valley fundraising, international expansion and business acceleration. Radhika is an
advisor to governments and has setup and run accelerators and US market access programs for
top startups. She has raised over $60 million for advised startups.
Radhika is a passionate advocate for women in technology and diversity, an Advisory Board
Member at Women in Technology International (WITI) and an active speaker on Women in
Blockchain panels and at global women’s conferences. She holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr
College and an MBA from Chapman University.

My career as an IT professional has been multi-faceted, to say the least. In general, I focus on creating IT strategy in order to (re-)invent & deploy innovative business solutions. I strive to “make it seem easy & simple” with my business partners so that they can get on with the work they need to do. This collaborative combination makes work more fun and rewarding.

Along the way I’ve been privileged to groom very talented technology professionals. The secret to my success (beyond my broad, functional IT experience) is my passion for mentoring and developing IT leaders and creating highly functional organizations. I’m both a business & technology strategist and a motivator of people, always looking for the win-win to get people from all disciplines excited and on board with new solutions.

I’ve recently lead a complete business systems transformation for CSAA Insurance Group replacing 30-year-old legacy applications (and infrastructure), leading a team of 250 employees and 600 contractors. This transformational effort introduced new technology (both cloud & on-prem solutions) into every facet of our insurance business.

Most currently as CTO, we developed a new low-cost, discounted insurance product pulling together 11 application systems into a single customer-facing, digital, self-service experience that was deployed in 15 months.

I am currently looking at roles leading technology transformation as well as executive consulting roles where my deep experience can help other companies succeed.


Mark Javier is an Account Executive in the Blockchain space. During the Initial Coin Offering boom in 2017, he joined Ambisafe, a global capital markets and blockchain infrastructure provider. He has consulted with companies both in the United States and abroad during the issuance of their token and the launch of their ICO.

He is currently an Account Executive at Securitize, the leader in Digital Security Offerings. Securitize raised a $12,800,000 Series A round in November of 2018. Included among their investors are Coinbase Ventures, Blockchain Capital, and Ripple.

Securitize’s DS Protocol has the highest adoption rate in the security token space among secondary trading platforms. Notable clients are Blockchain Capital and the St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspencoin).


Jenny Kassan, Jenny Kassan Consulting
Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-aligned investors and raised over $1.5 million dollars for her own businesses. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. She is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business
without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017).
Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and
Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
She served on the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small
and Emerging Companies. She submitted the petition to the SEC that led to the
passage of the 2012 JOBS Act and was present at the White House signing ceremony.
Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative and the co-founder of the Force for Good Fund.
Before becoming a securities lawyer, Jenny worked for eleven years at a nonprofit
community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business
ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.
Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to
support sustainable economies.
Jenny was a director of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. She is a member of the Content
Advisory Panel of Conscious Company Magazine and serves on the advisory boards of Lioness Magazine and Investibule.
Jenny Kassan Consulting is a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet. 


Onki Kwan is outside general counsel at Vangardium Legal, LLP a law firm specializing in blockchain and technology startups in their early stages.  Ms. Kwan is experienced in corporate formation, founder agreements, share issuance, equity crowdfunding, token sales and private placements.

Hector A. Martinez is part of the Sales Development Team at BitGo. BitGo is the market leader in institutional cryptocurrency financial services, providing clients with security, compliance, and custodial solutions. Hector Martinez interest into the crypto space began when his mentor Amilcar Chavarria, hired him to lead the sales efforts at Liquid Tokens, an ICO as a service solution. There he was exposed to the incredible ability of crypto to democratize access to investment opportunities. Aside from crypto, Hector is extremely proud of his Salvadorian roots and is a die hard Oakland Raiders Fan.
From a small town in New York and moved to San Francisco with nothing but an idea and a way to execute it. Michael has been learning and developing for years. He finally made a home with Computational neuroscience three years ago and applies this knowledge to products he builds for Artificial Intelligence & he is the author of the 2019 book called “We all want a seat at the table” focused on telling the story of the intersection of diversity & technology. Michael worked in Virtual Reality back in 2016 and ended up winning the MIT Hackathon for best Vive. Michael moved more to Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence where he wanted to help people around the world connect at networking events. So he worked on building a computer vision platform for event spaces to see real time peoples Linkedin profiles. All of this landed him to his company now which his mission is to democratize deep learning & use that education to solve human complex problems. They released their first product in 2018 called Codey. Codey is a reporting an analyst’s platform to help C-Level executives keep a pulse on their companies culture using Artificial Intelligence. Michael is also the Co- Organizer of the Practical AI Meet up in Silicon Valley and a devoted Researcher/Writer in all things Neuroscience. He believes that having access to both of these domains are crucial to human existence. Michael A is also a teacher for 55B School which is focused on empowering the workforce with tools in Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence to not just inform the students but give them knowledge to make corporations train less. Proficient in Data Science, Python, SQL, Matlab lib, Keras, Kaggle. Michael builds with his Mind on how it will affect other people around him.

Ranzel is the Founder and CEO of MPrise, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) focused on developing consumer and enterprise products built for data preservation and security.  He has worked and toured with Grammy award winners, Solange Knowles and Macy Gray with David Murray’s Big Band in January of 2013.  Ranzel was an original member of the musical group Poplyfe that placed 4th place on America’s Got Talent T.V. Show in 2011. 


Laura is the Founder and Managing Partner of Accel Impact, which includes Accel.AI, a global Non-Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence, and the Latinx in AI Coalition an initiative to create harmony and opportunity for Latinx in AI. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She jumpstarted her career in software engineering at Intuit revamping their Quickbooks online platform. She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.


Nadeem Mazen is an award winning serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in viral marketing and interactive software. He holds his B.Sc. from MIT, where he focused on software and media strategies for user-engagement and retention. Mazen founded danger!awesome, a 3d printing and laser cutting startup funded by TechStars in 2016 and acquired in 2017. He also founded and helmed Nimblebot, an award winning software development, video production, and viral dissemination agency, serving clients like Samsung, Revlon, IBM, McGraw-Hill, Mozilla, Fight for The Future, Reddit, Consumer Technology Association, and other innovative brands. Mazen’s viral marketing reach has surpassed over 100,000,000 engagements. He has won top AdFest honors for his directorial and viral dissemination work as well as prestigious awards in the fields of interactive video,
product design, and pedagogy. In 2013, Mazen was elected to Cambridge City Council for two terms, ultimately garnering the most votes out of 25 candidates for full-time elected office in the city. In this role, Mazen co-managed a $600M budget and key community-engagement staff, stepping down in 2018 to found FARBIK. Mazen and his work have been featured by NPR, Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Gizmodo, CNN, CBS, NBC, and many other news and television outlets.


Kevin L. Nichols has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Hollan?d & Knight. His interest in diversity and technology began while he was a mechanical engineering/diversity intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Later, he became the Executive Director of the California Diversity Council and the African American Wellness Project. Kevin has become a social networking expert and full-time consultant specializing in litigation technology (eDiscovery), diversity, and social media marketing for the legal industry.

Nichols has been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, Reuters, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin while logging in to from 2011-2014. He is now the Founder of The Social Engineering Project, Inc., an Oakland based, Google and Microsoft funded, social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry.

Kevin attended the University of California, Berkeley and recently completed an Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


As an extrovert with a strong analytical and research background. Jomari has a great passion for infrastructure and development. Through experiences, he has recognized the importance of scale in affecting the type of change he desires. Mr. Peterson believes a combination of effective financial management and innovation is a keystone of solutions for achieving the goals set forth. Nothing is created is ex nihilo, thus everything requires some external force to shape and mold it into being. he knows this perspective assists him in maximizing any organization’s ability to provide high impact services or products.

He has delivered a 10x return as the Co-founder for the Quantum Resistant Ledger, leading to a $100 Million+ Valuation. Facilitated the raise of an additional million dollars for social enterprises and non-profit activities at the Oasis Project. PhD Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering & Public Policy with a focus on risk assessment and system design.

Specialties: Idea Generation, Process Improvement, Analysis, Research & Development, Flow Chart Development, Operations Management; Presentations and Speeches

Charles is the CEO of a stable asset-backed token, Charles is also an advisor for, one of the top 10 ICO’s for 2019,, the Ai Dating App and the token architect for the security token. Charles is a member of Sharenode/NASGO, and a tokenizer for the company. Charles is the Hedera Hashgraph Ambassador for Orange and San Diego Counties. Charles went through the Consensys Developer Program. Charles speaks internationally at Cryptocurrency Conferences on the importance of Dot.Money, Crypto, NASGO,Sharenode, Blockchain, Hedera Hashgraph Ambassador, and Smart Contracts. Macau, Asian Blockchain Conference, Crypto Health Summit, Los Angeles, CryptoCon San Diego, China Blockchain Expo. 100K+ People. Charles Robinson, CPC, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, has coached hundreds of CEO’s. Charles is known for bringing cutting-edge messages to groups large and small. Charles is also a real estate investor and a web designer/developer, applications developer, Certified Blockchain Expert CBE, ICO, Ethereum/Solidity, Provides Crypto Investment Tips, and is an implementer of servers, computer networks, and cyber security. You can see Mr. Robinson’s Tech Portfolio: Charles is a seasoned senior software developer and project manager/SCRUM implementor, and a relational database guru having worked for such companies such as BMC Software, CA Technologies, and IBM. Charles is familiar with the customs and people of China, having lived in China for some years, and through his expertise, he authored the book of “China First” – a plan to incubate American companies in China.

Daveed’s most important identifier is Papa. After training as an engineer from Stanford, Dave has had leadership roles in startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises in emergent fields. As a “Shift Shaper,” his work focuses on collective wisdom and altering systems of consciousness for positive impact. Daveed worked on decentralization in early 2000s focusing on energy, food, and water and on building local economies. Now his focus is decentralizing linking and the web experience. As CEO and Visionkeeper of Bridgit, Daveed is building a blockchain-based discovery protocol that provides a 360 degree context on any idea online as well as discovery of trustworthy content orders of magnitude faster than search. Author of first-of-its-kind augmented reality book, Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature. Daveed is an Active Dreaming teacher, a SoulCollage® Facilitator, and a Green For All fellow.

Surag Sheth is the Co-Founder and CEO of The DEN, A Blockchain Workforce Accelerator based in the Silicon Valley. He has a passion for building products from end-to-end with a focus on making micro-contributions with a macro impact. As a leader utilizing both sides of the brain, he has taken multiple products to market, from idea to spec, design to code, and support through analytics. Having built, managed and designed engineering teams, he understands the intricacies of reaching product-market fit through data-driven analysis. Jumping into the world of distributed & decentralized technology in 2016 after meeting with a group of builders at a coffee shop, he has been busy pushing ecosystem development further in the Silicon Valley and beyond.
Kyle Sykes is a photographer, filmmaker, and creative director
currently working in San Francisco. He has run marketing and creative direction for numerous blockchain projects and exchanges, working with companies including Iotex, Huobi and Coinbase. Born in Boston, He moved to California to study Film and Race at Stanford University. He has shot content in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and SF for a variety of brands.

He is passionate about skiing, skateboarding, and hip hop culture.

Tarita is committed to Inspiring Your Best You. For the last 15 years, her organization, Rise To New Heights, has been forcing critical conversations to the forefront of our daily lives. Quick to insert “inappropriate” input into very appropriate moments, she now has us discussing how we show up in all aspects of lives. As a third generation entrepreneur and a fourth generation medicine woman, Tarita sits at the intersection of who we are vs. what we do. After two decades as a credentialed life coach, workshop facilitator, and human resources consultant with subject matter expertise in diversity, inclusion and equity staffing, Tarita now dedicates her practice to lifting clients and client organizations into the light in the name of global service, simultaneously prioritizing people and profits.

A widely respected Social Critic, Transformational Change Agent, Author and Speaker, her current initiatives include the recently released book, First Blood, a collection of stories about our first period; the upcoming tome Mantastic: A Look at the New Masculinity and various workshops at the intersection of health, business and diversity including, Pussy The Seminar: Creating Safe Space Dialogue About Our Most Sacred & Controversial Body Part; WHEW! Women’s Health and Empowerment WellShops; and Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership. With a B.S. from Purdue University, Tarita also serves on the Board of the Rainbow Honor Walk and is the Founder of The pms Telethon.


Norman is a banking professional with experience in business banking, commercial loans, consumer lending, compliance, audit and treasury management. He has worked at Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo and consulted with community banks, money transmitters and money service businesses to enhance BSA/AML compliance. He takes a consultative approach with an eye towards long-term relationships and client success. He is a Certified Bitcoin Professional with a passion for how Blockchain innovations can empower individuals and change business models.


Entrepreneur & Full Stack engineer with experience building products and solutions for Governments, Customers and VCs. Blockchain engineer with experience in Ethereum. Worked in startup environments with focuses on launching features.


Because of her corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial experiences, Janice has the ability to step into nearly any situation and be able to hit the ground running, delivering value. Years of working on diverse brands/businesses at different stages of their life cycle in various industries honed, her expertise to exhibit situational fluency. Understanding strategy and tactics plus balancing C-suite demands with customer expectations are skills I have used throughout her career.

Recently, Janice restructured a marketing department to focus on lead generation, managing its digital/email marketing and SEO initiatives. Under her leadership, she segmented the database that grew to over 30,000 names and created targeted newsletter content for the different audience groups.

Her proficiency includes conducting customer interviews, analyzing internal customer data plus external research to create buyer personas. She enjoys learning how a customer engages throughout the customer relationship sales cycle.

Janice is a firm believer that a clear strategy should include the target audience, what the buyer’s journey looks like and what are the questions to be answered to move from one stage in the journey to the next. Better content and the ability to measure tactical success are the results.

Lastly, she is a solid writer; she is very comfortable using research to inform her work. Janice is able to synthesize and present information in an engaging way by finding the common threads that turn odds & ends into cohesive and insightful narratives/personas. And, Janice is intellectually curious; finding out the “whys” continues to motivate her.

Specialties: strategic/results oriented marketing, lead generation, strategic digital marketing (SEO and email), customer relationship buying cycle analysis, buyer personas, using qualitative and quantitative research to drive sales results, marketing segmentation analysis, project management, team building and management.


The day of intriguing and thought provoking panels and speeches will include the following topic areas*:

Social Impact of Distributed Technology : Leveraging Blockchain to Solve Issues with Diversity

Blockchain Job Market Forecast

Inclusion in Emerging Technology

Blockchain Marketing Landscape for 2019

Emerging Technologies to Solve Global Issues

Blockchain Developers Panel

*Program subject to change, please check this website for agenda updates


APRIL 12, 2019

2:00 pm – 7:00pm

Geoffrey’s Inner Circle

410 14th Street

Oakland, CA 94612