Tulip Conference Highlights Diverse Leadership & Engagement in the Crypto Industry

June 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tulip Conference 2018, the inaugural next-generation Blockchain conference, is announcing the final industry leaders to join its esteemed and diverse roster of 85+ speakers. The latest keynotes include Marquis Cabrera, Global Leader of Digital Government Transformation at IBM; Catherine Geanauracos, CEO of CityGrows; and Mikael Ekman, Chief Advisor and Deputy Tech Ambassador of Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As the first-ever global EOS block producers summit, Tulip is actively promoting diverse representation in crypto leadership and engagement. To date, the event’s speaker lineup includes over 40% participation by women and people of color -- a proportion defying the industry’s existing “Blockchain Bros” norm.

“As Tulip strives to foster meaningful conversations about the next wave of opportunities in the decentralized token economy, we cannot ignore or neglect our part in defining the principles of inclusion and diversity within the greater crypto and technology industries,” said Keith Koo, Co-founder and CFO of Tulip Industries.

About the new speakers:

-- Marquis Cabrera, Global Leader of Digital Government Transformation at IBM Cabrera has advised senior government officials in countries like Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, and Dubai on emerging technologies such as blockchain. He has won multiple awards, including but not limited to Boston Globe’s Innovator of the Year, Microsoft Changemaker, and Massachusetts Nonprofit Excellence Award. -- Catherine Geanauracos, CEO & Co-Founder of CityGrows Geanauracos founded CityGrows to bring government operations online with Github-inspired tech and make them cloud-hosted, free from up-front costs, collaborative, and transparent. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Technology Advisory Council as well as Chair of the Board of CicLAvia. -- Kieran Arasaratnam, Founder of Uinspire Arasaratnam’s social enterprise platform, Uinspire, is disrupting the old models of impact investment. He has over 15 years of experience in investment banking, including at Barclays Capital in Singapore, Morgan Stanley in New York, and HSBC in London, where he served as head of global macro FX structuring. This January, he launched the Uinspire Digital Academy to offer digital training, leadership, and communication skills to empower underprivileged youths in his native Sri Lanka. -- Mikael Ekman, Deputy Tech Ambassador of Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ekman’s work includes promoting Danish interests abroad finding strong, creative solutions to the global challenges of the 21st Century..Currently serving as Chief Advisor and Deputy to the World’s first Technology Ambassador. Ekman is based out of Silicon Valley, California. The Danish Technology team spearhead the efforts to make digital and technological developments a key Danish foreign policy priority.

When asked why he was speaking at Tulip Conference, Mikael Ekman explained, “We feel blockchain is probably one of the defining technologies post industrial age. It is one of those technologies that you overestimate the effect on the short run and underestimate the effect on the long run. Blockchain has the capabilities for smart contracts, money transfer, transparently displaying public services, foreign policy and fighting corruption in developing countries.”

“Denmark created the world’s first Ambassador of Technology,” Ekman continued. “Our offices are in Silicon Valley to strike up a dialogue with the technology companies. I wanted to participate in the Tulip Conference to meet some of the brightest minds in blockchain.” Previously announced keynote speakers for Tulip 2018 include:

-- Dr. Vanila M. Singh, Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- Professor Muhammad Yunus: Nobel Laureate for pioneering concepts of Microcredit and Microfinance -- M.I.A., Rapper/Songwriter and Digital Activist -- John Mattison, Asst. Med. Dir. Chief Health Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente -- Professor Michael Huth, Dept of Computing, Imperial College, London

For a complete list of speakers, please visit: https://tulipconf.com/speakers/

Tulip will take place June 7-8 in San Francisco, and will bring together over 1,000 innovators, influencers, investors, and attendees from around the world. It will conclude with a developer workshop featuring EOS immersive training from June 11-12, followed by a compliance workshop on EOS on June 13. To register and review the latest tracks, agenda, and speakers, please visit https://tulipconf.com.

Tickets are also available directly at Eventbrite, with code SVIN25 for 25% off all levels of registration.

The 2018 Tulip Conference is organized by Token Garage a San Francisco based Blockchain Technology Service Provider and the Open Protocol Alliance.

Media ContactTess PhelanGuardian Insight Group / Silicon Valley Insider tess@guardian-insight.com

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