Vishal Soomaney is the CTO and Workshop Director for the Northern Blockchain Group, a Blockchain education and recruitment organisation based in the North of the UK. Vishal has a wealth of experience in the field of Blockchain development, contractually working on a Proof of Concept project for Deloitte, and coming runner-up in the Digital Identity Track of the Blockchaingers 2018 competition, the largest European Blockchain competition of 2018. In his time as a student at the University of York, he was the Founder and President of the University of York Blockchain Development and Research Society. As President, he gave several talks covering topics from Blockchain in cryptocurrencies to consensus algorithm deep dives, and was invited as a guest speaker to other prestigious universities, such as UCL. Given his prior experience with Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric development and his current work with R3 Corda development, he has a keen understanding of the major advantages, disadvantages and current challenges facing these.