On 21st February, I will be conducting an event at Microsoft NYC campus on building and running a fully functional blockchain based audit trail application.
The first half is a good fit for both business and technical audiences, as it covers auditing scenarios using blockchain. The latter half will showcase an open source project that provides tracking of Wikipedia change logs using blockchain.
I will do a deep dive into the running solution that leverages the Ethereum Rinkeby Network. I will showcasing open source project
“Wikipedia logs change tracking” that I am currently working on.
6:30 PM | Overview of auditing capabilities of blockchain
7 PM – 9 PM | Project Showcase – Tracking/Auditing Changes from Wikipedia Logs.
Q&A + Demos
Developers are encouraged to bring their laptops running Mac OS or Windows 10 (or Windows Server 2016). Instructions to setup the project will be provided during the session.
R3 Corda is a blockchain-inspired distributed ledger technology (DLT) from R3 that is specifically designed for financial and regulated transactions, and emphasizes privacy and security between participants. While it is generally available for download as open source code (corda.net), R3 also makes it available on the Azure platform and has plans to integrate Corda with numerous Azure capabilities.
R3 recently secured 107 million USD investment including SBI Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Intel & Temasek. R3 has globally diverse group of investors represents an equal geographical split across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, counting over 40 participants from over 15 countries.
- Banco Bradesco
- Bangkok Bank
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Bank of Montreal
- Bank of New York Mellon
- BNP Paribas
- B3 (BM&FBOVESPA and Cetip)
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Credit Suisse
- CTBC Financial Holding
- Daiwa Securities Group
- Danske Bank
- Deutsche Bank
- Intel Capital
- Intesa Sanpaolo 
- Itaú Unibanco S.A.
- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)
- Nordea Bank
- Northern Trust
- OP Cooperative
- Ping An
- Royal Bank of Canada
- SBI Group
- Societe Generale
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- TD Bank Group
- The Bank of Nova Scotia
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- U.S. Bank
- UBS AG
- Wells Fargo
As demand of R3 Corda is increasing and Microsoft supports running it on Azure through Azure MarketPlace I decided to have a discussion about R3 Corda during our next NYC Azure User Group meeting in October.
To talk about R3 Corda and their partnership with Azure I have invited Tom Menner (Director and Solutions Architect at R3) to deliver a talk for my NYC Azure User Group. Since we are based in Manhattan we had significant amount of users associated with financial companies and based on their feedback this session certainly resonated with them.
Tom predominantly covered following topics:
- Understand what Corda is and how it differs from blockchain platforms such as Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric;
- Use cases of Corda
- Corda on Azure and R3’s partnership with Microsoft
If you like to view or download the slides used during the session I have made them available on SlideShare.
Some of you may already be aware that I host NYC MS Cloud User Group technology meet up every month at Microsoft Manhattan campus.This month, I will be hosting/presenting alongside with my colleague Cale Teeteron blockchain.I did a similar session earlier this year in January and turnout was great and based on feedback doing another session in July.
Here is the brief agenda:
- Learn basics of blockchain. What exactly is a block? How blocks are created? What are transactions?
- Understand what is a transaction and role of mining.
- Learn what are smart contracts and how to write them in solidity.
- Demos (mostly based on Ethereum but will talk about other chains too as its important to understand the overall landscape)
Since last year, I have been spending time with customers understanding how blockchain can help them improve/replace existing processess. Its relatively a new technology but evolving very fast. Anyways, recorded an hour long video session First Look Into Blockchain for Channel9. Its predominately focus on blockchain from developers perspective.
- [0:57] What is Blockchain?
- [2:14] How is this different than a standard distributed database?
- [5:16] DEMO: Introduction and Overview of Blockchain in a Dev/Test lab on Azure
- [30:40] DEMO: Blockchain and .NET