Boston Blockchain Association - 4C's Payments

The Boston-based Algorand blockchain, founded by MIT Professor and native Italian, Silvio
Micali, is a pure proof-of-stake protocol enabling a host of innovations world-wide. This panel
will feature three distinct use cases of Algorand.
1. Monerium, the first licensed eMoney for Euros.
2. PlanetWatch, the first of its kind climate monitoring technology.
3. Café Barbera, a 6th generation, innovative, global coffee distributor.
Discover how the Algorand protocol is being used to mint and move money more securely, less expensively, and with greater transparency; to incentivize.
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Sveinn Valfells, is co-founder and CEO of Iceland-based Monerium, the first company
authorized to issue e-money on blockchains. A unique combination of entrepreneur and
scientist, Sveinn co-authored Minting Money With Megawatts which describes the economics
of Bitcoin mining and was published as a cover feature in the Proceedings of the IEEE and as
an  iPython notebook on Github . Sveinn also co-authored two commissioned
reports, Blockchains and the future of finance (May 2016) and Bitcoin mining - Global payments
processing using Icelandic energy resources (August 2013). Sveinn holds a PhD in Physics from
Boston University.


Claudio Parrinello is CEO at PlanetWatch A serial entrepreneur, research physicist,
international consultant and manager @CERN, Geneva, Claudio is leading a blockchain
company which decentralizes and incentivizes environmental monitoring, building the first
immutable global air quality ledger. Simply put, leveraging IoT, AI and the Algorand blockchain,
PlanetWatch is crowdsourcing air quality monitoring, leveraging a new generation of fixed and
mobile sensors and the direct participation of the population to rapidly deploy, on demand and
at low cost, a dense surveillance network whose data can be released in real time.


Elio Barbera, a 6 th generation Managing Director at Cafe​ Barbera - the Italian Coffee
House. Splitting time between Naples and London, Elio is steeped in the food and beverage
industry, with a special focus on Coffee Distribution and Franchising. Elio manages the
international business expansion of the family's 150 years old brand. Elio’s brand vision includes
global digital currencies to reduce operational costs and transactional friction associated with
buying and selling coffee, both retail and wholesale.


Mike Wise is Chair of the Boston Blockchain Association and Managing Consultant for
Bleumi, Inc., a Payments Orchestration Platform facilitating the development and inclusion of
cryptocurrency payments to the traditional rails of fiat currency. Based in Boston, Mike is part
of the effort to leverage the innovative power of a rich educational environment, including MIT,
Harvard, and others, and a deep history of financial services, e.g. Fidelity, State Street, John
Hancock, etc. “All boats rise with the tide.” In his role with Bleumi, Mike has been helping
Monerium, PlanetWatch, and Cafe Barbera leverage the Algorand blockchain and crypto for
greater good.

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