25 Jul Henning Dietrich
Henning is a recognized thought leader in the blockchain space and the founder of the Lexon Foundation, which researches and implements the future of human-readable smart contracts. He was the first architect of IBM’s Hyperledger blockchain and served as the director for blockchain at the Boston Consulting Group, Digital Ventures. He wrote a bestselling book on Ethereum and is part of the vibrant and pioneering blockchain scene of Berlin.
Henning’s exposure to real-world blockchain-based product development has provided him with first-hand insight into the tough reality of programming decentralized applications: he was the blockchain trouble-shooter for the IBM decentralized analysis platform Blue Horizon and architected the privacy-preserving, diamond industry blockchain for DeBeers. For the European Commission, Henning lead a small, global posse of core crypto devs reporting on the quantum leap that smart contracts could mean for regtech.
Henning worked in mobile payment, as well as the games industry, and developed a language and virtual machine for the insurance industry that became a de facto standard. As a serial entrepreneur, Henning created, financed and guided multiple start-ups. He evangelized and contributed to open source for program languages and big data technology and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at international blockchain conferences, including at Stanford, MIT, UCL, LSE, and the European Parliament. He co-founded his first blockchain company in 2014, tinkering with Bitcoin transactions on the byte level, and joined the Ethereum crowd in Berlin the same year.