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University of Southern California

Ronald Tutor Hall, Room 526

3710 McClintock Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90089

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The Los Angeles Blockchain Lab, Panasonic Ventures, USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things, UCLA IS Associates, and the Los Angeles World Trade Center cordially invite you to an evening of dinner, discussion, and networking.

“Smart Cities and Blockchain: From Connected Cars to the LA Olympics”

Blockchain is revolutionizing the way we transfer assets, conduct business, and build trust. But how exactly does it transform the city-living experience and improve our daily lives? How will the intersection of blockchain, AI, IoT and other emerging technologies provide Smart City solutions for issues specific to Southern California from connected cars to the LA Olympics? Join us as we explore these questions with the leading experts building Smart City initiatives here in Los Angeles.

Keynote presentations will be made by:

Dr. Bhaskar Krishnamachari: Professor, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Director, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

Dr. Krishnamachari has more than 15 years of academic research and leadership experience working on internet of things, blockchain technologies, connected vehicles and smart cities. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award, and has been on MIT Technology Review’s annual list of 35 innovators under the age of 25 as well as Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10”.

Ted Ross: CIO, City of Los Angeles

His department of 425 employees delivers enterprise IT services to 48,000 employees across 38 City departments and digital services to over 4 million residents. Ted has over 21 years of private and public sector technology experience, earning various awards along the way, including #1 Digital City and a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer, and Driver according to Government Technology Magazine.

Panel presentations will be made by:

Norihiro (Nori) Kondo: Director of Silicon Valley New Business Development Center at Panasonic.

Mr. Kondo has more than 19 years of new business development and R&D management experiences in the wide area of B2G and B2B sectors at Panasonic in US. Since 2016, he has been leading Silicon Valley based start-up incubation activities working on several start-up accelerators and VCs. He is also organizing the smart community initiatives, including “smart city” space working closely with government, industry, entrepreneurs, and VC communities in the bay area as well as connecting several leading Japanese corporate partners for the initiatives. He is also a board member of Silicon Valley Robotics, Asian American Multi-Technology Associations (AAMA) and advisor role for multiple start-up incubators and industry associations, including an advisor of LA Blockchain Lab and Citi Innovate.

Rahilla Zafar: Managing Director, ConsenSys

Early on at ConsenSys, Rahilla helped open the Middle East market where the company is currently the official blockchain advisor to the city of Dubai. She focuses on global smart city initiatives and business development. Previously Rahilla was contracted by Cisco Systems to research, co-author, and edit The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change. She travelled to over seven countries conducting field research including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates. She also helped source and edit content for this book working with contributors from over 30 countries.

Chris Ballinger: CEO and Co-Founder of MOBI

The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, government agencies and public organizations exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to improve mobility, transit, and logistics. Before MOBI, Chris served as CFO and Director of Mobility and Blockchain Services for Toyota Research Institute. Chris joined TRI in April 2017 following 14 years at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), where he served in various global leadership roles including SVP, CFO, and Chief Officer of Strategic Innovation. Chris holds a graduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley and previously worked at Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Treasury and Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Reagan.

Sponsorship provided by:

PanasonicThis event is kindly sponsored by Panasonic Ventures and includes dinner. Pansonic is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available for a $12 fee at the USC Downey Way Parking Structure. Enter at the Downey Way Entrance at Vermont Ave. and 36th Place:

3667 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Electronic check-in will be on-site.

Is dinner included?

This event is kindly sponsored by Panasonic Ventures and includes dinner.

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University of Southern California

Ronald Tutor Hall, Room 526

3710 McClintock Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90089

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