Illia Polosukhin is a co-founder of NEAR Protocol, a decentralized applications platform powered by scalable and developer friendly blockchain. Near is a team of Ex-Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and MemSQL Engineers who have shipped some of the only at-scale implementations of distributed sharded systems in the world. Previously Illia was Engineering Manager and Researcher at Google Research, where he led a Deep Learning team working on Natural Language Understanding and TensorFlow.
Cong studied computer science at Tsinghua University and is a professional in distributed systems and decentralized consensus algorithm design. He previously worked on distributed network protocols and distributed storage systems at Cisco and EMC, and later moved onto blockchain architecture design for large business groups. Cong excels in a range of blockchain structures and protocols, and participated in building the biggest alliance chain (between Union Pay, JD, CMB, and Wanda Group) in China. His work experience also includes crypto exchanges, supply chain, digital contracts, attestation, and other blockchain applications. He played a key role in Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project and is certified as a blockchain performance assessment professional by China Electronics Standardization Institute. He also led a team and won second place in Hyperledger’s Asia Hackathon.