XChain2 Showcases Integrated Blockchain Solutions for Supply Chain Professionals

xchain2 houston supply chain conference


May 10, 2018

On May 21st-22nd over 30 blockchain experts and several hundred attendees are coming together at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport for XChain2: Blockchain for Supply Chain & Logistics Forum.

Leading Blockchain experts will share case studies and early adoption pilot projects demonstrating how Blockchain applications are enormously improving the global supply chain network through accelerated payment cycles, lowered administrative costs, increased security, auditable and an irrefutable chain of custody, and transparent, real-time insight.

Department of Homeland Security Blockchain researcher, University of Houston Associate Professor of Computer Science and advisor to XChain2 Dr. Weidong ‘Larry’ Shi noted,

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]After working on many research projects, it became apparent that Blockchain technologies are transferable to almost any industry. Supply chains are extremely complex with many moving parts and even more stakeholders. What if you were able to harmonize these communications? What if you could optimize the laborious and inefficient paperwork process and replace it with a complete record of transactions that is trusted by everyone in the networkø What if those records were accessible to all stakeholders at all times in real time? These are not just possibilities. These solutions are becoming realties right now for many leading retailers, freighters and international organizations.[/perfectpullquote]

Today early adoption projects can be found covering all the various aspects of the worldwide, end-to-end supply chain network. Those who collaborate, share their insights, and learn how global supply chains are working together in this new era will gain a competitive edge from the benefits of this powerful new digital technology.

Highlighted presenters include:

  • Erwin Verstraelen, CDIO of Port of Antwerp on Port of Antwerp’s pilot project efforts
  • Charles Thompson, CIO of Port Houston on the value of blockchain to port operations
  • Vincent Annunziato, Director, Trade Transformation Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on blockchain in trade automation
  • Arno Laeven, Blockchain Lead of Shell, on Shell’s Global Blockchain Center of Excellence
  • Emmanuel Viale, Director of Accenture Labs, with a live blockchain demonstration

For media inquiries, please contact Ripp Motion at XChain2 RippMotion(at)blockchainsupplychain(dot)io.

About XChain2: Blockchain for Supply Chain & Logistics Forum

XChain2 is a 1.5 day event on May 21-22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency IAH, Houston, Texas, in affiliation with the University of Houston Department of Computer Science and non-profit Blockchain Technology Initiatives, promoting education, collaboration, and innovation of blockchain technology. 30+ presenters from 5 different countries and 2 continents will showcase their real-world pilot projects and implementation strategies. Key industries of focus are maritime trade and transportation, energy, trade finance, and agriculture/food/retail.

See the XChain2 full agenda at: blockchainsupplychain.io.

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Mahesh Sashital is cofounder of Smartereum.

He was previously Vice President at J.P. Morgan. He has over 15 years of experience in software engineering at various Fortune 20 companies. He has a Bachelor's in Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin.


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