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ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders: Blockchain Technology: What's the big deal?
Blockchain technology is a mysterious topic for many. Is it a network? A database? A cryptography algorithm? Is it the same as cryptocurrency? In this episode of "ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders," we aim to demystify blockchain technology with the help of leading women technologists in the field. Join our panel, with host Bushra Anjum, as we talk about the core concepts, and learn how to differentiate blockchain hype from reality. We will also explore what problems are good candidates to be solved with this emerging technology.

Previous episodes of "Celebrating Technology Leaders" can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn0nrSd4xjjZ2EVtP30-jRw4px7XGFVpy


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Bushra Anjum @ACM-W Standing Committees Chair, ACM Ubiquity Senior Editor
Bushra Anjum is a Health IT data specialist currently working as the Data Analytics Manager at the San Francisco-based startup Doximity. Aimed at creating HIPAA secure tools for clinicians, she leads a team of analysts, scientists, and engineers working on product and client-facing analytics. Prior, she worked for Amazon as a software engineer, architecting large-scale distributed services supporting Prime Membership, with particular emphasis on performance and scalability. Dr. Anjum is a regular speaker at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, STARS Celebrations, CRA-WP Grad Cohorts, to name a few. She has been recognized by Tribune as a Top 20 under 40 Professional for career excellence with a deep commitment to community service. Dr. Anjum can be contacted via the contact page bushraanjum.info/contact or via Twitter @DrBushraAnjum. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushraanjum/
Lisa Calkins @CEO HalfBlast Studios
Lisa is CEO and Founder of HalfBlast Studios, an innovation lab with a focus on Blockchain, Mobile, IoT and AI technologies. Her contagious energy and passion for blockchain technology, innovation, and strategy is easily recognized. She has been asked to speak and present on innovative technologies at various conferences for the past decade. Lisa and her team have had many successes with Fortune 500, mid-market enterprises, and startups to transform their business with innovative technology. She previously held positions as Chief Strategy Officer of a global consulting company, CEO & Founder of a US-based software consulting agency, and manager with Accenture. She has been recognized as Woman of the Year in the Technology Industry in Colorado. When not watching the cryptocurrency and blockchain markets, she (PADI dive instructor) enjoys scuba diving and snowboarding. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisacalkins/
Tatiana Zander @Director Technology Innovation Ericsson
Tatiana Zander is a Director Technology Innovation, responsible for innovation and thought leadership across Ericsson North America. She drives and streamlines innovation and lab strategy across all operator and enterprise customers, while always looking for the next disruption. Tatiana began her career as a software developer and has worked with all Ericsson business areas since. Originally from Germany, she has had assignments in four continents. Tatiana earned a BSC in Scientific Programming from University of Applied Sciences Aachen, MSC in Operations Research and an Executive MBA from Maastricht University. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of California State University East Bay. Outside of work, Tatiana is a former competitive gymnast and currently trains to complete a full Ironman. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatiana-zander/
Zeenat Anjum @Founder & CEO Digiwrite
Zeenat Anjum is an entrepreneur, engineer, and Techwomen Fellow 2019. She represented Pakistan in the Silicon Valley as a young researcher at Berkeley Lab. She has also been featured among the Top 20 influential women on LinkedIn from Pakistan. Zeenat has always been an advocate of women's empowerment through her role. She has supported entrepreneurship, especially by women so that they become economically independent. Being a woman in STEM, she understands the importance of proper mentorship for business ideas to bloom and helps women get more informed about technology for better consumer reach. Her recent venture Digiwrite provides professional mentorship and training, community support, and a marketplace for freelancers and entrepreneurs. She owns a marketing consultancy firm through which she has worked with a couple of startups in the blockchain space such as DeFi, GameFi, Metaverse, NFTs, or Web 3.0. https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeenat-anjum-80890056/