Tech Startups, Blockchain & IoT Security with Avesta Hojjati, Head of R&D @ DigiCert, Entrepreneur.

March 20, 2019 at 11:00 PM UTC – March 21, 2019 at 2:00 AM UTC

Join us Wednesday, March 20th for networking, food, drinks, and a special fireside chat with Avesta Hojjati, Head of R&D at DigiCert, Inc. Board advisory member leveraging knowledge of Big Data Strategy, AI & Machine Learning, Blockchain & Crypto-currency to support the development of the Big Data program.

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About this event

Its our pleasure to host Avesta Hojjati, Head of R&D at DigiCert, Inc, Entrepreneur who created multiple tech startups in security industry with successful exists.

Avesta Hojjati is the Head of R&D at DigiCert, where he manages advanced development of cybersecurity products. Before joining DigiCert, was part of the Symantec and Yahoo security teams, as well as operating his own cybersecurity startup. Avesta focuses on applied cryptography, blockchain, post-quantum crypto, and IoT security. Avesta earned his Masters in computer science with a concentration on security from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and he’s currently completing his PhD dissertation on applications of blockchain and IoT in manufacturing.

Key Achievements:

  • Co-Founder & CEO: Security 7 a penetration testing startup.
  • Co-Founder & CFO: Microsim Technologies LLC
  • Head of R&D at DigiCert, Inc 
  • Started multiple tech startups and made successful exits.
  • Product Manager: Symantec
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Visiting Researcher: University of Michigan
  • Paranoids Security: Yahoo!
  • Teaching Assistant: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Research Assistant: Texas Tech University 

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  • Avesta Hojjati

    Head of R&D @ DigiCert, Entrepreneur.



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11:00 PM – 2:00 AM UTC


11:00 PMMeet and Greet, Food
12:00 AMFireside Chat
1:00 AMMaking Friends




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