Joel Neidig is the CEO of SIMBA Chain and has 15 years experience in developing and commercializing new enterprise software applications. Neidig sits on the Technical Advisory Group for MTConnect, an open-source royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. He has been an active member of MTConnect since 2009. Neidig developed the first iOS and Android-compatible MTConnect apps, and has developed over 65 manufacturing apps for the App Store and Google Play, which have been downloaded over 350,000 times. Neidig also sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. His company was voted the 2014 Autodesk Inventor of the Year by the Autodesk Community. He has been named as a manufacturing “Thought Leader” by IMTS Insider. Neidig recently won second place in the MTConnect Challenge at the 2014 MC2 Conference for his application: “Expanding Manufacturing’s Vision: MTConnect + Google Glass,” sponsored by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Neidig was the recipient of SME’s 2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the award is named in honor of a specific individual who has made lifelong contributions to manufacturing and recognizes exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. He was also the recipient of the 2016 AGMA Next Generation Award which recognizes his contributions and leadership to the members of the American Gear Manufacturers Association and the gear industry. Joel spoke at the White House at the request of the National Economic Council for his work with Manufacturing USA and DARPA regarding Blockchain and IoT. Joel serves on the NIST Blockchain working group, writing the standard for Blockchain. Neidig has been the PI on multiple Blockchain SBIR awards(DARPA, DOE, and AFRL) and is a known leader is this space.