It's goin down, Galvanize style. HOT TOPICS, COLD BEER.
Join Galvanize Austin for the SECOND in a series of events that will put our communities' experts on two sides of an issue facing the tech community in head to head debate-style showdown. This is the only live debate in town where the audience decides who wins.
That's right... YOU decide who wins the gShowdown Belt at the end of the debate.
Galvanize's second ever gShowdown will feature ONE hot topic related to TECH.
IS BLOCKCHAIN WORTH THE HYPE?
Blockchain. The technology that has a solution for every problem, from providing IDs to refugees to enabling people to sell their home without a real estate agent. Companies across industries are trying to capatilize on the technology, with initial coin offerings even being spoofed on HBO's tech startup comedy, Silicon Valley. But is the technology worth the hype, especially if it's less efficient than existing databases? YOU DECIDE!
JAY M. WILLIAMS | FOUNDER, CTO & MANAGING PARTNER
Jay has been a chief technology officer and consultant to many of the Global 2000. As a consultant he has developed a highly refined process for managing a company’’s technology infrastructure, including applications, security and network assets. Jay is a highly sought-after high performance computing architect and problem solver and has advised a number of high profile technology companies on their products. Jay is known for a rare combination of deep technology expertise, expert problem solving ability and business acumen. He is widely respected by peers and has influenced many pivotal technology consortia and industry steering groups. He regularly consults with senior technology and business executives and is frequently consulted by venture and capital investors for analyses of new technology strategies.
JIMMY PIKE | VP AND FELLOW, DELL
Jimmy is a seasoned veteran with more than forty years of industry experience. He has served in key technical and executive roles at Dell, Intel, AT&T, NCR, and Harris as a pioneer in complex, multiprocessing, Hyper-scale and HPCC systems. He has a proven history of defining, developing, and delivering successful products to the industry and is noted for his “down-home”, practical manner. Jimmy has successfully managed geographically separated development organizations with management experience in both line and matrix organizations. He has a comprehensive knowledge of technology (hardware, software, and data center environments) and a keen understanding of areas like Cloud Computing and hyper-scale; HPCC; Data Center Architectures; Virtualization (server, server hosted clients, and clients); Hardware: Multi-processing – CPU/Memory/Cache & IO; Software: OS / Management / application and the emergence of IoT. He has more than 50 patents that are awarded or in process and the ability to move conversation back and forth between technical and management ranks at virtually any level.
5:45 PM doors open, happy hour begins
6:30 PM Kickoff
7:30 PM Debates end, winners announced. Networking and celebration
Parking in the garage on Nueces Street, directly below the Galvanize building, is $5 if you park there after 6 PM.
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