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A Colloquy on Blockchain

October 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mike Lisanke

A Colloquy on Blockchain… what it is and isn’t, and why people, trying to make it useful for everything. could send it to the technology scrap heap!

I’d like the talk to provide a solid description of the intention of the Blockchain for cryptocurrency and what people have argued will be other important uses…
As well as, a venue for Any Questions, Comments, Heated Disagreement on why/why-not Blockchain isn’t the next best high-tech sliced bread!

I started my IBM career, as a summer hire in Boca Raton FL in 1979 and later changing schools to University of Florida, I join them as a co-op student in 1980. At UF I worked to obtained an Engineering Degree in Computer Science (BSE/CS). I coop’ed at IBM throughout my UF studies, spending more time at IBM than UF :-p. After graduation, I was hired into this same group: SEDAB (Special Engineering Development and Build), and I then continued to work there for 20 years more! SEDAB built automated tools for manufacturing and test tools for IBM, and then later for other companies too. SEDAB was The Best Job for Me! It was like being payed as a kid to play with tinker toys!

In 2000, I changed organizations to the SW group developing Music, Video and Software (e.g. games) from central servers (store fronts) to end users (customers) which “play them” on their computers. My job was to protect the content (raw data) from being stolen by “traitors” (people stealing content posing as end users) by creating Software
“Temper Resistance”. While working on this Digital Rights Management (DRM) at IBM, I also did graduate study at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), first in Computer Science department and then in the Mathematics department there, with a focus on computer security and cryptography (and crypt-analysis).

In 2006, I left the Software group for work on IBM’s X Series Server group in developing Test Tools for their SW&HW component. Given my cryptography background my focus there was on Systems Management Protocols (IPMI/SNMP/CIM & custom) which often involved cryptographic secured messaging and data. I worked there, until one of IBM’s many RAs gave Me another opportunity to leave in 2015 and try my hand at developing my own products and business!

I now work for my own company where I’m developing products and services for securing the Internet of Things for individuals, small business and even industry!

Time Frame:
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

6:00 – 6:30 PM — Meet, Talk, Pizza
6:30 – 6:45 — JUG Business and Announcements
6:45 – 8:00 — Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 — Discussion with Presenter
8:15 – Raffle
8:30 – Doors close

Admission is Free with a suggested contribution of $1.00 per person to cover expenses (mostly meetup fees).


October 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


5565 Centerview Dr
Raleigh, NC 27606 us