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Agenda

Consensus 2016 featured two and a half days of expert presentations, panels, and demos regarding the most important commercial developments, technical innovations, and public policy issues affecting the evolution of the blockchain industry. Networking opportunities were available at our knowledge bar and exhibition areas, and at two evening receptions.

Check out our agenda to learn more about the topics that our 125+ industry leaders covered at Consensus 2016.

  • Registration

    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Breakfast

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

    Opening Remarks & State of Blockchain

    8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Our welcoming remarks include CoinDesk researcher and Cambridge Centre economic historian Garrick Hileman, who will give a wide-ranging overview of the state of the blockchain economy in 2016.

    Introducing the Delaware Blockchain Initiative

    8:20 AM - 9:30 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware joins Consensus 2016 for a special opening keynote outlining his state's innovative approach to attracting new blockchain businesses to "The First State." The initiative will then be discussed by a panel made up of members of the Delaware Department of State, the Delaware State Bar Association, and their partners – law firm, Pillsbury, and blockchain startup, Symbiont.

    Building a Global Payments App

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Leveraging the bitcoin blockchain, Circle is enabling people to share money globally, without needing to understand the underlying technology. Co-founders Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville join CoinDesk for an intimate fireside chat that explores topics ranging from structuring global-scale financial operations, to marketing to mainstream consumers and innovating on product.

    Exhibits Open

    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Circle

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Reimagining Identity & Personal Security

    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    Armed with new technologies, innovators are on the verge of digitizing the way we think about identity. From new forms of personal ID, to the foundation of an Internet finally free from the shackles of passwords, learn why these experts believe identity solutions may be the biggest and brightest areas for blockchain innovation.

    Reaching Consensus on Open Blockchains

    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    It's been called the 'block size debate', but bitcoin's so-called 'crisis' highlights a longer-term challenge: how can open, public blockchains balance the needs of users and business interests, and what role should developers play in this process?

    Break

    11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

    Bringing Blockchain Innovations to Insurance

    11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    New transparency and accuracy in recordkeeping could lead to a new wave of efficiencies for global insurers. Understand the impact of this new opportunity from the startups and corporate innovators serving as its first movers.

    Taking Blockchains from Proof of Concept to Production

    11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    The blockchain ecosystem is awash with proofs-of-concept, but how and when will these tests and trials go from lab to live? Panelists discuss the obstacles keeping blockchain efficiencies from their markets.

    Lunch

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Lunch, Women in Blockchain

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    7th Floor, Ballroom Balcony

    Upgrading Capital Markets for Digital Asset Trading

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    From stocks to bonds, you'll find it all on Wall Street. But when will traders be able to buy and sell digital gold? Panelists discuss how global markets and blockchain services might benefit from embracing a new asset class.

    Decentralizing & Disrupting Existing Markets

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    As Goldman Sachs puts it, "Blockchain technology could change, well ... everything." Learn what these entrepreneurs are doing to disrupt centralized markets in payments, asset exchange, identity registration and e-commerce through decentralization.

    Break

    2:10 PM - 2:20 PM

    Digital Currencies in Emerging Markets

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    Bitcoin is still important, and blockchain innovations are still about more than saving big banks trillions of dollars. Learn what these international entrepreneurs are doing to drastically expand financial services for the underbanked, and why they are betting that the world needs a new currency for certain use cases to prosper.

    Law Enforcement & Anonymous Transactions

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    Many consider software to be protected speech, but it's the job of law enforcement to stem its misuse and abuse. Hear how regulators and blockchain innovators are working together to maintain this fine line for the coming wave of encrypted innovation.

    Break

    3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

    Unlocking the Power of Smart Contracts

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    Some blockchain use cases may be science fiction, but smart contracts are here today. Learn from the innovators behind these technology breakthroughs as well as experts who believe their real-world applications will soon be felt across industries.

    Innovations in Blockchain Payments: Real Demos

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    These blockchain entrepreneurs have been working tirelessly with their enterprise partners on solutions to real global pain points in payments. Get the exclusive updates on the next wave of blockchain payments products.

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Nasdaq

    3:50 PM - 4:15 PM

    Building a Better Payment Rail

    4:15 PM - 4:55 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Email for money isn't just a dream for consumers – businesses and banks may have the most to gain by tapping the efficiencies of blockchain payment rails. Learn how business innovators are utilizing these technologies to improve the speed and cost of payments.

    Clearing and Settlement for Global Financial Institutions

    4:55 PM - 5:35 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Using a blockchain for securities clearing and settlement – potentially cutting waiting times from days to minutes – is one of the hottest use cases for the tech. What's at stake is a massive $1.6 quadrillion market, but will it be fundamentally disrupted or marginally improved?

    Why Bitcoin Still Matters

    5:35 PM - 5:55 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Technology investor and Nasdaq and AT&T board member, Glenn Hutchins discusses why he still views the bitcoin protocol as the most exciting innovation in digital currency technology.

    Oz Pearlman, Mentalist

    5:55 PM - 6:05 PM

    Welcome Reception

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Broadway Lounge, 8th Floor

  • Registration

    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Breakfast

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

    How Tech Companies are Embracing Blockchain

    8:20 AM - 9:00 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    2016 is proving to be the year big tech companies are seeking to embrace blockchain. Find out how incumbents are using dynamic strategies to keep pace in a quickly evolving space.

    Deloitte One-on-One with CoinDesk

    9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    CoinDesk interviews Joe Guastella, who leads the Global and US Financial Services practice for Deloitte Consulting, to learn how Deloitte is approaching blockchain disruptions with clients.

    Internal Approaches for Blockchain Strategies

    9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Financial incumbents are exploring a diversity of use cases, strategies and implementations for blockchain. What lessons have been learned and what will be accomplished over the next 12 months? Key innovators forecast the trends ahead.

    Exhibits Open

    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by RRE Ventures

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Preventing the Next Lehman Brothers

    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    The transparency blockchain tech offers means that all participants – from banks to regulators – could one day have a full record of financial market activity. But would this be enough to avert another financial crisis? Thought leaders debate.

    Break

    11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

    Speed in Securities Settlement

    11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    Blockchain innovators envision a world without third parties, but do banks, clearing houses and other third parties still have a role to play in global finance? Financial incumbents share how they plan to adapt and thrive in this new environment.

    Proof of Work: Investing in Blockchain's Rising Stars

    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    • Abraham Cambridge, The Sun Exchange - Finalist
    • Flavien Charlon, Coinprism - Finalist
    • Pieter Gorsira, Lawnmower - Finalist
    • Stefano Pepe, Uniquid - Finalist
    • Collin Vine, Colony - Finalist

    Entrepreneurs, take note. Our two-part session on startup investing will feature perspectives from five world-class investors who will share their visions for the future of blockchain technology, followed by pitches from five entrepreneurs who will compete for bragging rights and $10,000 in prize money in our inaugural "Proof-of-Work" pitch competition.

    Lunch

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Building an Infrastructure for the Internet of Things

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    As connected devices grow in prevalence, the economics of the Internet of Things change drastically. Learn how companies are exploring blockchain technology to reduce IoT costs, improve security and open up new markets.

    Banking for Virtual Currency Companies

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    Banks may be embracing blockchain, but digital currency companies still struggle to access banking services. A new Coin Center field study conducted by Arnold & Porter examines the causes and possible solutions to the impasse.

    Break

    2:10 PM - 2:20 PM

    Simplifying the Global Supply Chain

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    The global economy has left the supply chain a tangled mess of outdated solutions. Hear from the innovators working to simplify trade finance and unlock the capital held captive in the global supply chain.

    Digital Cash for Central Banks

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    Central banks are increasingly keen to consider digital currencies as a way to overcome operational problems and stimulate spending. But how close are we to seeing a digital dollar? Regulators and academics discuss.

    Break

    3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

    Solutions for Financial Inclusion

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Business Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 1 & 2

    Can blockchain offer solutions for those around the world without easy access to banking or other financial services? Our panelists examine whether blockchain can leapfrog existing financial infrastructure in emerging economies.

    Engaging with International Regulators

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - 5th Floor, Westside Ballroom 3 & 4

    Digital currency startups have faced significant challenges in educating global regulators. But their struggles may soon be mirrored by major banks. Learn how blockchain's biggest companies are ensuring their innovations aren't stifled despite an uncertain market.

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Bloq

    3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

    Blockchain in a Global Context

    4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Lawrence H. Summers will share his insight on how blockchain companies can effectively engage with governments and regulators.

    Chain + Visa

    4:35 PM - 4:50 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Chain's Adam Ludwin and Visa's Peter Berg will share the stage to talk about building a blockchain architecture at Visa-scale. Chain will also make a special announcement.

    The Future of Regulation

    4:50 PM - 5:25 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Top current and former senior government officials will share high-level views on the evolving policy landscape for digital currency and blockchain technologies.

    How To Get Bitcoin (Without Mining or Buying Bitcoin)

    5:25 PM - 5:35 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    In the early days of bitcoin, you used to be able to just turn on your computer, run some software, and get some bitcoin. Wouldn't it be great if that day could come again?

    The Future of Blockchains

    5:35 PM - 6:00 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    Innovators and incumbents are close to unlocking blockchain's benefits, but how do those involved avoid supporting a 'Betamax technology' that's soon to be outpaced? The industry's leading technologists unite for a panel on the key technical questions facing the industry as it moves forward.

    Closing Remarks

    6:00 PM - 6:10 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Ryan Selkis, CoinDesk

    Industry Night

    6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

    Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

  • Registration

    7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Breakfast

    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Setting Enterprise Standards in a Multi-Blockchain World

    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    5th Floor, Westside Ballroom Salon 1

    While financial institutions are exploring a diverse set of use cases, strategies and implementations for blockchains and distributed consensus ledgers, what standards are needed in the technical, business and legal realms? What benefits can we expect from interoperability, best practices, and compliance standards? See lightning presentations from experts in the space in this part roundtable, part interactive workshop discussion.

    Regulating the Blockchain

    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    5th Floor, Westside Ballroom Salon 4

    Top lawyers offer a deep dive into existing policy and a look at what might be next.

    Blockchains and Identity - New Problems, New Solutions

    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    5th Floor, Westside Ballroom Salon 2

    The rise of blockchains has created both new requirements for digital identity as well as new ways to solve decades-old identity challenges. Discover the approaches to identity being taken around the globe from leading experts in different regions and sectors.

    The Evolution of Exchange [Private Event]

    10 AM - 2:00 PM

    5th Floor, Imperial & Julliard Rooms

    • Meltem Demirors, Digital Currency Group - Host
    • Alex Fowler, Blockstream - Host

    Blockstream and Digital Currency Group are hosting a collaborative workshop on the global bitcoin exchange ecosystem. Discussion points will include the current bitcoin exchange ecosystem, pain points from technical and business perspectives, prioritization of new technical features as well as new business partnerships, and collaboration structures that can be built together.

  • Blockchain for the Enterprise – Applicability, Considerations, and Cloud Relevance

    Sponsored by Microsoft

    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    An exploration of Microsoft's cloud platform and relevance to blockchain technology offerings, followed by an in depth panel discussion with partners around blockchain use cases within Finance, Healthcare, and Public Sector and enterprise-specific business and technical considerations

    The Convergence of the Blockchain, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence: Introducing the Skry Platform

    Sponsored by Skry

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    The technology that will bring openness, privacy, security and e ciency to financial systems, will also encourage enterprises and financial institutions to share data. With qualitatively new data we can get qualitatively new benefits from analytics. While there have been remarkable advances in artificial intelligence, behavioral analytics and graph/ network theory, these models are at their infancy when it comes to blockchain systems. The reason is due to the nature of such systems which are obscure, distributed at scale, dynamic & evolving, and rely on sparse, disparate and partial data. Let's explore new ways of leveraging data to thrive into a better, safer, efficient and transparent world.

    The session will cover 3 main topics: Platform, Insights & Solutions. A brief technical introduction into the platform's architecture will form the groundwork of the session, before diving into how the platform leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide actionable insights. Finally Skry will present its first analytics solution: Spectrum, an application for AML Risk Management, as well as a peak into analytics use cases and solutions for a multi-blockchain ecosystem.

    Forging Pro-Innovation Global Governance Networks for Blockchains

    Sponsored by CIGI

    12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    Blockchains are inherently social and disruptive by design. They enable us to take seriously ideas like money without banks, publicly traded companies without stock exchanges, verifiable identities without government-issued IDs, and myriad other innovative forms of transnational governance without governments. Yet, as many early Bitcoin entrepreneurs quickly discovered, traditional governments also embody a distinctive type of social organization – one that is clunky and inefficient but nevertheless undeniably robust. How, then, can the transformative potential of blockchains be realized across borders?

    This roundtable will tackle this question in two steps:
    1) Which use cases are so socially promising that neither money nor power should be allowed to squelch them?
    2) What kinds of pro-innovation global governance networks will blockchain disruptors, industry incumbents, governments, and civil society advocates need to forge together in order to make those dreams a reality?

    A complimentary lunch will be served to our Roundtable attendees (subject to capacity constraints), courtesy of the Center for International Governance Innovation.

    Blockchain Explained: Ideas on Blockchain, Open-Source & Reimagining Business Networks

    Sponsored by IBM

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    Viewed as both an opportunity and a threat, blockchain is driving the re-invention of many of the world's most fundamental business interactions. The ability to make the simple construct of a distributed ledger real has also opened the door to completely new ideas on how we exchange value, as well as understanding the ownership of an asset in the digital age. As a founding member of the open-source Linux Foundation Hyperledger project, and a driver of global blockchain collaboration and innovation, IBM is working to reimagine business networks across industries such as finance, healthcare, insurance, supply chains and IoT.

    Are you curious about Blockchain and what it can do for your business? Join the IBM senior leadership team as they share ideas on blockchain, advancing the idea of a powerful open source approach, and helping the industry advance towards a mature technology to support serious business. You will have the opportunity for Q&A and to see live demonstrations of blockchain technology in action.

  • Regulation Through Transparency

    Sponsored by Chainalysis

    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    As the worlds of offline and online collide, we are forced to rethink how we regulate technology. Can regulators leverage the vast amounts of data that businesses use to deliver their services? Will the blockchain enable us to embrace radical transparency while protecting civil liberties?

    Ethereum Full Stack

    Sponsored by <ether.camp>

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    Ethereum - the renowned Smart Contract driven blockchain project is slowly but surely being adopted by new actors: Finance companies, Enterprises and Consultancy agencies are sniffing around for a quick and easy adaptation phase. Come learn what <ether.camp> - the creators of Ethereum core java implementation have to offer you.

    Chain.com Live Blockchain Demo

    Sponsored by Chain.com

    12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    Chain works with the world's leading financial institutions to design, build, and launch blockchain networks that transform markets. In this session, Chain executives will demo their technology and discuss popular use cases and client success stories.

    Standing Up and Running a Blockchain Team – Sharing Best Practices

    Sponsored by Deloitte

    2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

    6th Floor, Plymouth/Uris Meeting Rooms

    The blockchain ecosystem is changing exponentially. New concepts and solutions are becoming available every week, business leaders are still learning, and talent is very scarce. This Deloitte roundtable will explore the various ways to embrace the blockchain revolution: how to define and execute your strategy, how to structure your team, how to educate your organization, how to partner with the ecosystem, and ultimately how to generate return. Share your perspective with industry and technology leaders and take another step toward making blockchain real.

Please note that sessions are subject to change.

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