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Blockchain: Demystifying a Powerful Business Tool

About the Meetup

This webinar took place on June 23, 2020.

Experts in various aspects of Blockchain spoke about the opportunities blockchain technology can bring to a toll agency. They focused on how blockchain relates to policy, technology, and finance including how blockchain is changing the way we share data, manage financial transactions, and handle digital assets and identities. The group broke out into several breakouts for an informative question and answer session. This event was hosted by the Blockchain Working Group of the Emerging Technologies Committee.

Our three expert presenters are Dan Spuller of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative, Karen Otottoni with Hyperledger and Dionna Bailey of GoCoin. 

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Dionna Bailey

Karen Ottoni

Dan Spuller


Dionna Bailey

Dionna Bailey is currently a Business Development Manager for GoCoin, a third party payment gateway, and is a huge cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast. This Army Medic Veteran retired from the military in 2016 after serving 18 years and four combat tours, one in which she was awarded a bronze star. She is an expert in government contracts and international relations having trained foreign militaries and constructing hospitals in third world countries. Her marketing experience includes the Medical Public Relations 4th Infantry Division Surgeon’s Office and the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion, Director of Marketing and Sales for GM Bailey Construction, and President of DB Group, Inc Sports Marketing and Management where she still works with some of the most elite athletes in their sport. A true believer in Blockchain, Dionna founded Nexus Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Computer Coding and Computer Science to underprivileged children around the world. 


Karen Ottoni

Karen is currently Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Karen works with the 260+ members and the broader community to help them leverage Hyperledger frameworks, tools, and resources for their blockchain initiatives. Previously, Karen was a part of the Blockchain team at Tata Consultancy Services, where she advised Fortune 500 companies in their exploration of new and disruptive technologies. Karen earned her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and holds a degree in International Development, Business and Economics from American University. Prior to Duke, Karen had a career in international development working in implementation consulting firms and at USAID in the US, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Karen currently organizes the Women in Blockchain Meetup in New York City, including an online global community. She is excited about the potential for emerging technologies like blockchain to change not only the way we do business and exchange value, but also to improve lives around the world.


Dan Spuller

Dan Spuller is Co-Chair of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative, an appointment by Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. Forest. Dan is an advocate of decentralized digital assets, bitcoin, and blockchain. He has a passion for rapidly emerging technologies, cryptocurrency, economic development, and distributed ledger technology. 

Prior to the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative, Dan led membership expansion at the Chamber of Digital Commerce in Washington, D.C., and held senior-level positions in North Carolina’s Department of Commerce. He was successful in driving a multi-stakeholder campaign leading to the passage of America’s first comprehensive blockchain-related legislation through the North Carolina Money Transmitters Act of 2016. He previously served as Administrative Officer for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, overseeing interoperability between states, and revenue collection. In 2016 he was appointed by North Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation to serve as a member of the NCDOT Autonomous Vehicle Roadmap Project. 

In 2014, Dan co-founded the Cryptolina Blockchain Expo, and he has served as an industry subject-matter expert to the U.S Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. House of Representatives, George Washington University, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, among others.