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Digital Covid-19 Credentialing and Contact Tracing While Preserving Privacy 

June 17th at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT 


In our current smartphone era, technology can and should play a role in keeping us safe from Covid-19 in the workplace and the world outside our homes. Indeed, other countries around the world are already widely using mobile technologies to combat Covid.

Yet, in America the standard methods of disease mitigation and containment rely upon peoples’ memories, perceptions of distance, and willingness to engage in awkward and uncomfortable behaviors for the public good.

In this webinar, we’ll focus on the benefits and potential risks of two advanced technologies, the spatial web and blockchain. They enable augmentation of existing approaches to mitigating and containing Covid, as well as entirely new kinds of measures that can increase workplace safety and provide important Covid spread updates we emerge from sheltering in place.

However, authorities and the general public are leery of new technologies due mostly to justifiable concerns about privacy. We will examine how privacy can be preserved rather than threatened by the spatial web and blockchain and invite audience participation in this important topic.


Digital Covid-19 Credentialing and Contact Tracing While Preserving Privacy 

June 17th at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT

Our Speakers

Arka Bala 

Aman Johar

Arka Bala is Founder & CEO of ContextGrid - a start-up based in Silicon Valley. ContextGrid has created an open registry for contextual data and holograms in the physical world, browsed using the first Open Augmented Reality based browser for the spatial web. It’s similar to Verisign’s DNS service and Mosaic, the first web browser. He is also helping track and prevent COVID19 with spatial web tech as the CTO of HealthGrid Alliance, and Co Founder and Governing Board Member of the OpenARCloud.org., Arka has 15 years’ experience as an Entrepreneur and Big Data Architect with extensive experience and strong skill set in Big Data and Cloud involving startups, banking, financial services, business intelligence and data warehousing.

Aman has worked with a variety of startups and has been on both sides of the entrepreneur-investor table. With Proteum, Aman is excited about creating digital ecosystems and advising companies in building their capabilities to adapt to a rapidly shifting tech landscape. His areas of interests span connected devices, fintech, and media & entertainment. Currently, Aman is a board member at KeraCel, a 3D battery printing company. Previously, Aman co-founded Applied Protein which was acquired by Pivot Pharma. He holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon where he was named a Swartz Fellow for entrepreneurship. In his spare time, Aman enjoys teaching photography to his kids.

Debby Hindus

Denzil Wessels

 Debby Hindus is the Executive Co-Director of the HealthGrid Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to “healing the world,” starting with technologies to address Covid safety in the new normal. Also a Venture Partner and Mentor at F50 Elevate, she is a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who specializes in complex new ventures. Debby directed marketing at Zentera, a cybersecurity startup, and previously co-founded Rapport, Inc., an early multiprocessing chip company. She is a strategist and technologist with deep hands-on startup, business and technology research experience. Debby also has taught at Stanford and Harvard, and as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell College, she designed and put in place the college’s first graduate-level program. She holds an M.S. from the MIT Media Lab and a computer science undergraduate degree from U. Michigan. 

CEO of the stealth health care start-up, Primary Care 2 You, Denzil Wessels has actively shaped new technology inside of many different organizations, including Zscaler, Aruba Networks, Juniper, Netscreen, Neoteris, and F5. Co-author of “Network Access Control for Dummies”, Denzil invented the Zero Trust methodology and Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP). A competitive dirt bike/auto racer, deep sea cave diver and shipwreck, enthusiast Denzil loves a challenge. This includes building new technology implementations for Zero trust, spanning Cloud Security, NAC (Network Access Control), SSL VPN and Mobile (MDM, Security, and VPN.)

Previous Speakers

Fleming Shi

Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda

Fleming joined Barracuda in 2004 as the founding engineer for the company’s web security product offerings, helping to create the first version of Barracuda’s message archiving product and paving the way for expansion into new content security product areas. As Chief Technology Officer, Fleming leads the company’s threat research and innovation engineering teams in building future technology platforms to deliver continued success in our security and data protection products. He has more than 20 patents granted or pending in network and content security. Previously: ehit, Velosel, Ebrary Fun Fact: First computer was a Commodore VIC-20.

Marc Rogers

VP Cybersecurity Strategy at Okta

Marc Rogers is the VP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Okta. With a career that spans more than twenty years, he has been hacking since the 80’s and is now a white-hat hacker renowned for hacking things like Apple's TouchID and the Tesla Model S. Prior to Okta, Mr. Rogers served as the Head of Security for Cloudflare and spent a decade managing security for the UK operator, Vodafone. He's been a CISO in South Korea and has also co-founded a disruptive Bay Area startup. In his role as technical advisor on “Mr. Robot,” he helped create hacks for the show. He's also an organizer and the Head of Security for the world’s largest hacking conference: DEF CON. Most recently Mr Rogers helped found the CTI League, a multi national cybersecurity initiative combining industry professionals, government agencies and law enforcement from 80 different countries.


Diana Neuman

Executive Director of Bace Cybersecurity Institute

Diana joined Bace Cybersecurity Institute to help honor and continue the legacy of security leadership and visionary work that Becky Bace directly inspired. Diana has been in cybersecurity for over 20 years, focusing on cutting edge research in both consulting areas (like penetration testing and security architecture design) as well as product research, resulting in multiple patents and commercial software packages. Those research efforts have been focused on both specialized problems including work for the government, as well as universal issues, like eliminating passwords and making security easier to use, that impact everyone. As executive director of BCI, Diana is the chief volunteer helping bring together our amazing members, experts, and volunteers to make the Internet safer for everyone.

Mark Cummings

CTO at Bace Cybersecurity Institute

Mark Cummings Ph.D. has been lucky enough to be involved in every technical revolution in the last 45 years – both the successes and the failures. His goal for the next ten years is to help navigate through these challenging times - helping people avoid past mistakes and achieve the full promise of our rapidly evolving technology/business/social landscape. He is currently involved in a number of projects including Orchestral Networks, where he is the inventor of the patented technology behind the company’s products, and Bace Cybersecurity Institute where he is a Founding Member and Chief Technology Officer. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Tohoku Imperial University in Japan, an MBA in Communications Management from Wharton, and a BA, in Broadcast Communications Arts from San Francisco State University. Mark is based in Silicon Valley.⁠


Digital Covid-19 Credentialing and Contact Tracing While Preserving Privacy 

June 17th at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT