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Agenda

Consensus 2017 features 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 are 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 will cover at Consensus 2017.

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  • Registration

    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Registration

    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Breakfast

    7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    Opening Remarks & State of Blockchain

    8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Kevin Worth - CEO, CoinDesk
    • Taariq Lewis - Founder, Aquila - Emcee
    • Alex Sunnarborg - Research Analyst, CoinDesk

    Our welcoming remarks for Consensus 2017 come from Kevin Worth, CEO of CoinDesk, and will include CoinDesk's senior research analyst, Alex Sunnarborg, who will present the state of the blockchain economy in 2017.

    Going Global

    8:50 AM - 9:30 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Peter Rizzo - Editor, CoinDesk - Moderator
    • Vincent Wang - Chief Innovation Officer, China Wanxiang Group
    • Nick Giurietto - CEO, Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association
    • Peteris Zilgalvis - Head of Startups & Innovation Unit, European Commission
    • NT Arunkumar, CEO of Fintech Valley, Andrah Pradesh

    This past year, blockchain investment around the globe has exploded, with various regions jockeying to position themselves as hotbeds for blockchain innovation. Hear what these leading regional advocates have to say about how they are promoting business-friendly climates to attract the next wave of fintech titans to their countries.

    From Capital Markets to Supply Chains: Reimagining Business Networks with Blockchain

    9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Arvind Krishna - SVP, Hybrid Cloud & Director, IBM Research

    Early adopters in a variety of industries have taken blockchain from hype to reality, revolutionizing the way business is transacted. IBM, a founding member of Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project, has engaged with more than 400 clients to apply blockchain technology in their businesses. Arvind Krishna will share what IBM is working on now and discuss developments planned for the near future.

    Unlocking Opportunities in Blockchain Through Collaboration

    9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Vanessa Colella - Head of Citi Ventures and Chief Innovation Officer, Citi
    • Morgan McKenney - APAC Head of Core Cash Management, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi
    • Brad Peterson - Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Chief Information Officer, Nasdaq
    • Nelson Griggs - Executive Vice President of Listing Services, Nasdaq - Head of Citi Ventures and Chief Innovation Officer, Citi
    • Adam Ludwin - CEO, Chain

    Citi was one of the first big banks to actually pay attention to the bitcoin and blockchain space. Since then, it has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to the technology, exploring ways that blockchain technology can drive efficiencies, reduce costs and create new business models and markets. In this fireside chat, we'll learn more about what Citi is working on and where it sees the technology going.

    Exhibits Open

    10:20 AM - 6:00 PM

    Networking Break

    10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

    Cross-Border Payments

    10:45 AM - 11:25 AM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Noelle Acheson - CoinDesk - Moderator
    • Sheila James - Veem
    • Harry Newman - SWIFT
    • Michael Kleinsteuber - Citi
    • Elizabeth Rossiello - BitPesa

    Dealing with the transfer of funds across borders is one of the most frequently discussed use cases for digital currencies and blockchain tech. In this session, we'll hear from leading entrepreneurs and executives who are working on technologies to streamline the process, reduce cost, and make it possible for funds to move around the world much faster than they do today.

    Can Bitcoin Scale?

    10:45 AM - 11:25 AM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Jameson Lopp - BitGo - Moderator
    • Eric Lombrozo - Ciphrex
    • Andrew Lee - Purse
    • Bobby Lee - BTCC
    • Peter Rizun - Bitcoin Unlimited
    • Stephen Pair - BitPay

    Bitcoin's scaling debate has been raging for several years. As the cost of operating a fully validating node and the cost of making a transaction are both at all-time highs, the community is split in its support of proposed solutions such as Segregated Witness, Lightning Network, Emergent Consensus, Extension Blocks, and more. Will Bitcoin be able to break the current stalemate? Can we learn from this ordeal to make future changes less contentious?

    Building Coalitions

    10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

    Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor

    Building the DCG Network (10:45 AM - 11:00 AM)

    • Meltem Demirors - DCG

    Digital Currency Group has invested in nearly 100 different blockchain startups over the past five years. That massive network gives the company unique insights into the most important trends and developments in the space. Join Meltem Demirors, DCG's Director of Development, to hear how she approaches collaboration across enterprises, startups, and protocol development teams around the world.

    Project Vulcan (11:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

    • Laura Shin - Forbes - Moderator
    • Dawn Newton - Netki
    • Jeff Garzik - Bloq
    • Rob Allen - PwC
    • Jake Benson - Libra

    The Vulcan project, led by PwC's digital asset services, has been quietly engaged with several multi-national projects since launching in November 2016. Come hear about how to take a next generation financial services platform into production, how their collaboration model has improved the chances of success and insights from their global focus.

    Building Minimum Viable Ecosystems (11:30 AM - 11:45 AM)

    • Ian Lee - Citi

    Partnerships are central to how Citi approaches opportunities in blockchain, creating collaborations both internally and externally that advance collective understanding of the opportunities of this technology. Through several use cases, learn how Citi Ventures makes those partnerships productive by developing minimum viable ecosystems.

    Building DLT for DTCC (11:45 AM - 12:15 PM)

    • David Jegen - F-Prime Capital - Moderator
    • Robert Palatnik - DTCC
    • Greg Schvey - Axoni
    • Todd McDonald - R3
    • Pramod Achanta - IBM

    Earlier this year, DTCC announced it would collaborate with IBM, Axoni, and R3 to re-platform its Trade Information Warehouse service, a platform that automates the record keeping, lifecycle events, and payment management for more than $11 trillion of cleared and bilateral credit derivatives. Hear why this group came together, and how they are jointly tackling this massive undertaking.

    Break

    11:25 AM - 11:35 AM

    Trade Finance & Supply Chain

    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Nolan Bauerle - CoinDesk - Moderator
    • Soumak Chatterjee - Deloitte
    • Jack Lee - Foxconn Group
    • Stephen Moran - Bank of Ireland
    • Lata Varghese - Cognizant
    • Lamar Wilson - Hijro

    In a globalized economy, there could be dozens of participants in a supply chain, resulting in slow shipments. To make matters worse, paying for goods internationally has resulted in an archaic, paper-driven trade finance business. With many proofs of concept under development, blockchain technology has the potential to significantly reduce friction in the international trade markets.

    Chasing Privacy in Blockchains

    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • George Samman - CoinDesk, Moderator
    • Mark Smith - Symbiont
    • Zooko Wilcox - Zcash
    • Andrew Poelstra - Blockstream
    • Prakash Santhana - Deloitte
    • Anne Wallwork - US Treasury

    Cryptocurrencies have long been touted for their 'anonymity' when sending and receiving payments and information. As blockchain analytics firms and practices developed, it became more obvious that true privacy and fungibility were not present in bitcoin, and new protocols and technologies like CoinJoin, mixers, Monero, ZK-Snarks, and Confidential Assets were developed to address the desire for anonymous data transfer. Learn about the latest innovations (and regulatory challenges) in digital currency encryption from our expert panel.

    Lunch + RSK Announcement

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

    • Gabriel Kurman - RSK
    • Sergio Lerner - RSK
    • Diego Zalvidar - RSK

    RSK's mission is to add value and functionality to bitcoin by enabling smart contracts and improving payment speed and scalability. The RSK blockchain is secured by merge-mining and has a two-way peg to bitcoin along with new technical features to advance the bitcoin ecosystem. The RSK team joins us to share a special announcement.

    Women in Blockchain Luncheon - Cracking the Code: From the Dorm Room to the Board Room

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

    Manhattan Ballroom, 8th floor

    Sponsored by:

    • Amber Baldet - Blockchain Lead, JPMorgan
    • Galia Benartzi - Co-Founder, Bancor Protocol
    • Sharon Cocco - Director, Development, Blockchain, IBM
    • Christine Leong - Security Biometrics and Blockchain Lead, Accenture
    • Caitlin Long - Chairman and President, Symbiont

    There is a critical talent shortfall in the tech industry that could, specifically, impede our ability to bring blockchain to scale – but, more generally, could also threaten US innovation and our ability to compete globally. We need to solve this issue, collectively – this is not just a gender discussion. A good place to begin is to shine a spotlight on the many women that are already doing great things in this technology to show a path forward.

    Blockchain and Global Issues

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Jesse McWaters - World Economic Forum, Project Lead - Moderator
    • Rose Chan - World Bank
    • Houman Haddad - World Food Programme
    • Gabriela Andrade - Inter-American Development Bank
    • Mike Pisa - Center for Global Development
    • Niall McCann - United Nations Development Programme

    Much has been said and written about the potential for blockchain technology to help solve some of the world's most enduring problems. But without solid execution, potential is rarely realized. What role do global non-profits play in catalyzing the development of blockchain networks that serve the public good? How do they navigate evolving ecosystems to implement their vision? What obstacles do they face, and how do they work to overcome these?

    Technical Challenges in Blockchain: Consensus Mechanisms & Smart Contract Verification

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Stefan Thomas - CTO, Ripple
    • Mark Staples - Blockchain Group Leader, Data61

    In this two part session, come watch two leading technologists talk about two of the most critical issues emerging in the blockchain industry. First Ripple CTO, Stefan Thomas kicks off with a history of consensus algorithms, and what the future holds for the decentralized blockchains that are struggling to achieve consensus at scale. Then Data61 Blockchain Group Leader Mark Staples discusses work his team is doing to "formally verify" ethereum smart contracts, and ensure that these programs act as actually intended.

    Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

    1:30 PM - 3:50 PM

    Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor

    Post-Launch Update (1:30 PM - 1:45 PM)

    • Julio Faura Enriquez - Santander

    Updates from the Working Groups (1:45 PM - 2:15 PM)

    • Sandra Ro - CME Group - Moderator
    • Maksym Petkus - Chronicled
    • Matt Spoke - Nuco
    • Sandeep Kumar - Synechron
    • Yorke Rhodes - Microsoft

    Demo: Quorum (2:15 PM - 2:45 PM)

    • Amber Baldet - J.P. Morgan
    • Zooko Wilcox - ZCash

    The Business of Blockchain (2:45 PM - 3:15 PM)

    • Jeremy Millar - ConsenSys - Moderator
    • Casey Kuhlman - Monax
    • Kieren James-Lubin - Blockapps
    • Eric Piscini - Deloitte

    EEA: A Technical Discussion (3:15 PM - 3:45 PM)

    • Alex Batlin - BNY Mellon - Moderator
    • Ramesh Babu - Wipro
    • Ari Juels - IC3, Cornell Tech
    • Sanjay Bakshi - Intel
    • Bob Summerwill - ConsenSys

    Ethereum has taken the world by storm. Come hear what the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is working on.

    Break

    2:10 PM - 2:20 PM

    Building a Foundation for Decentralized Identity

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Dakota Gruener - ID2020 - Moderator
    • Daniel Buchner - Microsoft
    • Rouven Heck - uPort
    • Micah Winkelspecht - Gem
    • Drummond Reed - Evernym
    • Ryan Shea - Blockstack
    • Wayne Vaughan - Tierion

    Blockchains possess unique properties that can be used to build systems that significantly impact our world. Perhaps no area of utilization, besides raw value exchange, is as intriguing as decentralized identity. Join us for a discussion about what you can do today to help build a future based on blockchain-anchored, self-sovereign identity.

    Looking Forward: New Regulatory Challenges for Blockchain Tech

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Trent McConaghy - BigChainDB
    • Juan Benet - IPFS

    In this two part session, come watch two of the industry's most brilliant technologists discuss issues that sit at the nexus of technology and policy. BigChainDB CTO, Trent McConaghy walks through the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating artificial intelligence into blockchain technology, while IPFS founder Juan Benet gives an inside look at the structural challenges his company must solve for as an open-source blockchain project.

    Break

    3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

    IoT & Blockchain: Powering the Connected Device Economy

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Dan Elitzer - IDEO - Moderator
    • Wendell Brown - Averon
    • Allie Cliff-Jennings - Filament
    • David Sonstebo - IOTA
    • Julio Faura - Santander

    According to the CEO and Chairman of Cisco, John Chambers, the Internet of Things market will be worth $19 trillion. But within all of these connected devices, there will be an economy that develops with machines paying machines. In this session, our panelists will talk about the technology and ideas around the connected device economy.

    Legality & Structure of ICOs

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Chris Burniske - Ark Invest - Moderator
    • Preston Byrne - Monax
    • Thomas Linder - MME
    • Matthew Tan - Etherscan
    • Peter Van Valkenburg - Coin Center

    There has been much discussion about the validity of using initial coin offerings to fund new projects? Are ICOs disrupting the venture capital business? Are ICOs even legal? In this discussion, our panelists will discuss the legal merit behind the ICO and determine how they should be structured to ensure that prospective investors don't get scammed.

    Networking Break

    3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

    Fat Protocol Investing: A Fireside Chat with USV's Albert Wenger and AngelList's Naval Ravikant

    4:10 PM - 4:45 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Albert Wenger - Partner, Union Square Ventures
    • Naval Ravikant - Founder, AngelList
    • Michael Del Castillo - Journalist, CoinDesk - Moderator

    Investing in networks is a thesis that both Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures and Naval Ravikant from AngelList have talked often about. Wenger popularized the term 'Fat Protocols' while Ravikant popularized the term 'appcoin' and called bitcoin the "fifth protocol." Join them both at Consensus where they'll be talking about all of this and the comparison between the blockchain application stack and the internet, and how investing in this emerging asset class is both similar and different.

    Taking Blockchain Live: Reimagining Trade Finance

    4:45 PM - 5:20 PM

    Keynote Presentation and Discussion - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Noelle Acheson - Contributor, CoinDesk - Moderator
    • Eric Piscini - Principal, Deloitte
    • Lory Kehoe - Director, Deloitte
    • Brian Lam - Fintech Facilitation Officer, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain from the global partnership that's on its way to revolutionizing trade finance. Together with Hong Kong's monetary authority and five global banks, Deloitte has unveiled a trade finance platform set to strengthen Hong Kong's position as a major trade finance hub based on distributed ledger technology. With more than 800 blockchain practitioners across 20 countries, a library of 35 developed PoCs, and Blockchain Labs soon to span the globe, Deloitte is developing real, working solutions that have the highest potential for industrial scale - and it is taking them live.

    The State of Blockchain

    5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Pete Rizzo - CoinDesk, Editor - Moderator
    • Richard Gendal Brown - CTO, R3
    • Adam Back - CEO, Blockstream
    • Joseph Lubin - CEO, ConsenSys
    • Brian Behlendorf - Executive Director, Hyperledger

    We're wrapping up our Day 1 sessions with a killer 'Power Panel' featuring leading industry executives across public and enterprise blockchain projects and moderated by CoinDesk's own Pete Rizzo. Come listen to Richard, Adam, Joseph and Brian talk bitcoin, ethereum, business oriented 'Distributed Ledger Technology' and everything in between!

    Welcome Reception

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    8th Floor, Broadway Lounge

    Sponsored by:

  • Registration

    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Breakfast

    7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    R3 Special Announcement: The New Operating System for Financial Services

    8:30 AM - 8:50 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • David Rutter - CEO, R3

    R3 is moving distributed ledger technology off the drawing board and into financial markets. Launched in September 2015 with nine bank members, R3 now has over 80 members from all corners of the financial services industry and has launched Corda, a DLT platform built from the ground up to meet the specific needs of the industry. Join CEO David Rutter at Consensus as he discusses R3's journey to becoming the new operating system for global financial markets.

    Blockstack: Building a New Decentralized Internet

    8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Ryan Shea - Blockstack, Co-Founder
    • Muneeb Ali - Blockstack, Co-Founder

    Blockstack is a new decentralized internet where you own your data and your apps run locally without remote servers. Come watch as co-founders Muneeb and Ryan demo Blockstack's new developer platform for decentralized applications and break the silence on a major announcement.

    The New Digital Gold Standard with CME Group and The Royal Mint

    9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Sandra Ro - Head of Digitization, CME Group
    • David Janczewski - Head of New Business & Strategic Intelligence, The Royal Mint

    For years, bitcoin has been colloquially referred to as "digital gold." But thanks to a new collaboration with CME Group, that moniker should probably belong to Britain's Royal Mint. Join us for an inside look at RMG, Royal Mint Gold, as project leads from the organizations share new details surrounding the work that led to the creation of a $1 billion blockchain-based platform for gold trading.

    Bitcoin Beyond $20 Billion: Digital Currency's Future

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Ben McLannahan - Financial Times, U.S. Banking Editor - Moderator
    • Peter Smith - Blockchain, CEO
    • Erik Voorhees - Shapeshift, CEO

    Bitcoin has ascended from the ranks of an obscure idea to a $20 billion asset in just 8 short years. In that time, it spawned an entire class of digital assets, and led entrepreneurs like Peter Smith (Blockchain) and Erik Voorhees (ShapeShift) to rally behind the technology. How is this industry of free-market finance growing, and where is it headed?

    Bits and Blockers: Reflections from our Journey

    10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Abigail P. Johnson - Chairman & CEO, Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments has been exploring Bitcoin and blockchain technology for some time through its R&D unit, Fidelity Labs. In addition to Labs' internal efforts, they partner with several academic institutions including Harvard, MIT, and IC3 to support the continued development and adoption of this technology. One of the early learnings of Fidelity's efforts was the emerging desire of some of its customers to use Bitcoin to contribute to their charitable causes. To respond to this customer need, Fidelity Charitable began allowing individuals to contribute bitcoin to their donor advised fund account.  The firm continues to look for other customer needs that can be addressed with the help of these technologies. Abigail P. Johnson, will join us at Consensus to share an inside look at Fidelity's journey.

    Exhibits Open

    10:20 AM - 5:30 PM

    Networking Break

    10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

    Blockchain-Based Insurance

    10:45 AM - 11:25 AM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Nolan Bauerle - CoinDesk, Moderator
    • Siva Kannan - Gem
    • Ryan Rugg - R3
    • Jags Rao - Swiss Re
    • Mandal Subhajit - LumenLab

    The commercial relationships that secure the insurance industry are being rewritten. New cryptographic techniques are formalizing claims management, reinsurance markets, trust among competitors, and the integration of the IoT. New products and business models are arising from these new relationships. When combined with the current 'soft' underwriting market, the table is set for explosive revolution in the industry.

    Investor Panel & Proof of Work Competition

    10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

    Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • William Mougayar - Moderator
    • Rumi Morales - CME Ventures
    • Dan Morehead - Pantera Capital
    • Brad Stephens - Blockchain Capital
    • Matthew Roszak - Tally Capital, Bloq
    • Lisa Cheng - Vanbex

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

    Digital Currencies: An Emerging Asset Class

    10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

    Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor

    Digital Currencies: Are Institutional Investors Ready to Buy? (10:45 AM - 11:20 PM)

    • Joon Ian Wong - Quartz, Journalist - Moderator
    • Timo Schlaefer - Crypto Facilities
    • Brian Kelly - BKCM
    • Marco Santori - Cooley
    • Michael Moro - Genesis Global Trading

    How do institutional investors get access to the digital currency markets? The SEC has rejected two early bitcoin ETFs due to lack of market surveillance tools, and healthy derivatives infrastructure, yet clever investors are exploring alternatives to custody their own funds, invest in ICOs, or identify fund managers that can act as trusted middle men. What's next for digital currency as an institutional investment class?

    Swarm Intelligence and Tokenization (11:20 AM - 11:40 AM)

    • Olaf Carlson Wee - Polychain Capital

    Adding economic incentives to well-defined human behaviors facilitates sudden and efficient self-organization without a central planner. Token protocols create spontaneous and precise micro-capitalist structures which operate more efficiently than top-down hierarchies. The proliferation of these protocols will irreversibly alter society over the next decade, according to Polychain founder, Olaf Carlson Wee.

    Beyond Bitcoin and Ether - The Long-Tail of Blockchain Assets (11:40 AM - 12:15 PM)

    • Alex Sunnarborg - CoinDesk, Research Analyst - Moderator
    • Riccardo Spagni - Monero
    • Jae Kwon - Cosmos
    • Joey Krug - Augur
    • Julian Zawistowski - Golem
    • Miguel Vias - Ripple

    Since 2009, the universe of blockchain assets has exploded in terms of diversity, market capitalization, developer interest and investor demand. Bitcoin's birth and popularity gave way to the rise of digital assets like ripple and monero, and smart contract platforms like ethereum, which spawned projects and tokens like augur and golem. Come hear from the founders and key players from five of the leading blockchain projects out today about how their startups, protocols, and assets fit into today's rapidly expanding ecosystem and asset class!

    Break

    11:25 AM - 11:35 AM

    Global CSD's - One Blockchain Fits All?

    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Marc Hochstein - American Banker, Moderator
    • Jill Carlson - Chain
    • Artem Duvanov - Moscow Exchange Group, National Securities Depository
    • Monica Singer - Strate
    • Fredrik Voss - Nasdaq

    What's it like to build blockchain solutions in the heavily regulated, global financial infrastructure sector? These representatives can speak to their experience working on new technology that may one day facilitate trillions of dollars worth of collateral and securities settlement, and the role this implementation could play in international financial flows.

    Lunch + Civic Announcement

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

    • Vinny Lingham - CEO, Civic

    Vinny Lingham will unveil Civic's new product for decentralized identity, and showcase how the tool makes "know-your-customer" credentials reusable for bitcoin exchanges, wallets & other crypto services.

    Women in Blockchain Luncheon - Cracking the Code: Achieving Greater Talent Diversity in DLT

    12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

    Manhattan Ballroom, 8th floor

    Sponsored by:

    Accenture’s David Treat will lead an interactive ThinkTank session so we can, collectively, determine the best way to engage more women in blockchain tech. How can we leverage areas of success, strengthen areas that are working well, and craft a plan to fix what’s not working as well as it should? The goal of the session is to agree a concrete plan of action and agree the steps to move it forward.

    Energy Markets

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Susan Furnell - Furnell Consult
    • Mark D'Agostino - ConsenSys Enterprise
    • Diego Dal Canto - Enel
    • Karolina Marzantowicz - IBM
    • Carsten Stoecker - RWE/Innogy

    Blockchain tech is primed to overhaul the structure and dynamism of global energy markets. Homeowners with solar panels may soon be able to easily sell excess electricity to neighbors, with automatic payments transferred on a blockchain. Governments and enterprise will likely incentivize clean energy investments via blockchain-based carbon credit markets. And electric vehicle manufacturers will need to solve for device identity issues that hinder the interoperability of charging stations. Our expert panel dives deep into the most promising blockchain energy use cases.

    The OCC's New FinTech Charter: Panacea or Distraction?

    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Jerry Brito - Coin Center - Moderator
    • Ted Rogers - Xapo
    • Patrick Murck - Berkman Klein Center at Harvard
    • David Cotney - Cross River Bank
    • Pratin Vallabhaneni - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has recently moved to accept applications for special purpose federal bank charters from financial innovators. Blockchain businesses have welcomed this "fintech charter" as a simple federal alternative to the expensive and inconsistent state-by-state money transmission licensing. State banking regulators, however, have said it amounts to a federal overreach that tramples state rights. Who's right? How will consumers fare? And can small startups really qualify for a federal bank charter?

    Hyperledger Projects

    1:30 PM - 3:50 PM

    Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor

    Introduction and Update (1:30 PM - 1:45 PM)

    • Brian Behlendorf - Linux Foundation - Host

    Role of Open Source in Blockchain (1:45 PM - 2:25 PM)

    • Dan Middleton - Intel (Sawtooth Lake)
    • Casey Kuhlman - Monax (Burrow)
    • Chris Ferris - IBM (Fabric)
    • Makoto Takemiya - Soramitsu (Iroha)
    • Amber Baldet - JPMorgan (Quorum)

    Blockchain in the wild, POCs, Pilots and Deployments! (2:25 PM - 3:05 PM)

    • David Treat - Accenture
    • Jesse Chenard - MonetaGo
    • Corey Todaro - Hashed Health
    • Ashwin Kumar - Deutsche Boerse
    • Ram Komarraju - CLS Group

    Security, Privacy and the Enterprise Blockchain (3:05 PM - 3:45 PM)

    • Justin Newton - Netki
    • Astyanax Kanakakis - Norbloc
    • Andre Boysen - SecureKey
    • Jeff Garzik - Bloq
    • Drummond Reed - Evernym

    Hyperledger contains the largest enterprise blockchain membership of any current open-source project. Come hear about the latest breakthroughs from the group bringing blockchain mainstream.

    Break

    2:10 PM - 2:20 PM

    Policies and Procedures in Healthcare Blockchain Implementations

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Perianne Boring - Chamber of Digital Commerce - Moderator
    • John Bass - HashedHealth
    • Debbie Bucci - Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS
    • Mike Jacobs - Optum Healthcare
    • Dr. Bryan Smith - PokitDok
    • Chris Young - Ascension Health

    How can the blockchain be used to ensure that patient health records are kept safe and that the medications they take are, in fact, legitimate? And what are the next steps to taking this technology to the next level to ensure that healthcare can continue to innovate? Our panelists will discuss this and more.

    Beyond Speculation: Who Actually Uses Bitcoin?

    2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Brian Eha - Author, How Money Got Free - Moderator
    • Ron Hose - Coins.ph
    • Nimrod Lehavi - Simplex
    • Sebastian Serrano - Ripio
    • James Smith - Elliptic

    Who's actually using Bitcoin? In the past, that answer may have been dominated by discussion about speculation and gray market activity (and alpaca sock aficionados). Come learn what these entrepreneurs have to say about real-world volumes today, and what the data has to say about bitcoin commerce, remittances, and other non-speculative use cases for digital currency.

    Break

    3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

    Monetizing Content & Data

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Business Track - Salons 1/2, 5th Floor

    • Pete Rizzo - CoinDesk - Moderator
    • Ryan Charles - Yours
    • Brendan Eich - Brave
    • Lily Liu - 21
    • Josh Metnick - Navier

    With ad blocking on the rise and so much data being stolen from users, it's only a matter of time before there is a breaking point. But what if content could be monetized by the user paying rather than through ads? And what if corporations could pay the individual for high-quality data directly rather than having to find hidden ways of collecting? That's what our panelists will discuss in this session all about monetizing content & user data.

    Engaging with Central Banks on Cryptocurrencies

    3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

    Technology & Policy Track - Salons 3/4, 5th Floor

    • Farzam Ehsani - Rand Merchant Bank - Moderator
    • Gabriel Abed - Bitt
    • Robleh Ali - MIT Digital Currency Initiative
    • Runako Brathwaite - Barbados Central Bank
    • Ed Budd - Deutsche Bank
    • Amos Meiri - Colu

    Central banks are the gatekeepers of the traditional financial world. As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were birthed completely outside the existing banking and regulatory frameworks, central banks now face new opportunities and threats. Will central banks and sovereign nations use the underlying blockchain technology to their advantage, and if so how? Will central banks face an existential crisis in the face of increased adoption of borderless cryptocurrencies? One thing is clear, enterprising sovereigns are taking serious notice.

    Networking Break

    3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

    Falling Behind? Is the United States Fostering Blockchain Innovation or Sending it Overseas?

    4:10 PM - 4:35 AM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Perianne Boring - President, Chamber of Digital Commerce - Moderator
    • Jeff Bandman - FinTech Advisor, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    • Valerie Szczepanik - Head, Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    The United States has a complicated regulatory environment with a patchwork of regulators. Where does blockchain technology fit into the federal regulatory regime and is the United States doing a good job of fostering innovation? Come hear from the blockchain leads at the CFTC and SEC regarding their views on token sales, digital assets, sandboxes, jurisdictional boundaries and more.

    Driving an Open Ecosystem for Mobility

    4:35 PM - 5:00 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Chris Ballinger - CFO and Head of Mobility Services, Toyota Research Institute
    • Hudson Jameson - Project Oaken
    • Bruce Pon - CEO, BigChainDB
    • Eitan Katchka - Commuterz

    Toyota Research Institute lead Chris Ballinger joins us to discuss the new initiatives his company is pursuing as part of Toyota's "Open Mobility Initiative." Blockchain entrepreneurs Hudson Jameson from Oaken, Eitan Katchka from Commuterz, and Bruce Pon from BigChainDB will share details on how they are working with Toyota to drive the mobility ecosystem forward.

    Netki Announcement

    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Justin Newton - CEO, Netki
    • Gabriel Abed - CEO, Bitt
    • Ryan Peterson - General Manager Economic Policy, Central Bank of Aruba

    This session begins with a brief overview of the work Netki and Bitt have done to meet the risk and compliance requirements of central banks. We will discuss how Bitt is working with Netki to enhance their proven blockchain platform to decrease risk and strengthen compliance across their network. The session will then transition to a fireside chat led by Coindesk's Michael Castillo where a representative of Aruba's Central Bank will join Bitt and Netki to discuss the goals, challenges and opportunities for blockchain technology as a tool for financial inclusion and opportunity.

    Nuco Announcement

    5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Matthew Spoke - CEO, Nuco

    Nuco CEO Matt Spoke joins us to unveil an exciting new corporate partnership with a major financial institution.

    Closing Remarks & Proof of Work Winner

    5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

    • Ryan Selkis - Managing Director, CoinDesk
    • Proof-of-Work Winner (TBD on site)

    Out of nearly 100 aspiring startups, only five were invited to pitch at Consensus. Listen to the winning Proof-of-Work elevator pitch that wowed our judging panel, and won this company $10k of prize money.

    Closing Keynote: Introducing Token

    5:50 PM - 6:10 PM

    Keynote Presentation - 6th Floor, Broadway Ballroom

    • Brian Armstrong - CEO, Coinbase

    Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, will deliver our closing keynote on his vision for Token, a new mobile browser for Ethereum apps with a built in messenger and Ethereum wallet.

    Closing Reception

    6:10 PM - 7:30 PM

    8th Floor, Broadway Lounge

    Sponsored by:

  • Registration

    7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Breakfast

    7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Academic Workshop: Research, Education and Partnerships with Industry

    9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    Julliard Complex

    • George M. Giaglis - University of Nicosia
    • Emin Gun Sirer - Cornell University
    • Campbell Harvey - Duke University
    • Foteini Baldimtsi - George Mason University
    • Sarah Meiklejohn - University College London
    • Peter Rizun - Ledger
    • Andrew Miller - University of Illinois

    Any field as fast moving and disruptive as blockchain is naturally faced with a continuous stream of new challenges. Development of new technologies requires coordinated basic and applied research, as does the incorporation of disruptive innovation in commercial applications. At the same time, the widespread adoption of blockchains creates needs for new sets of skills, which universities are called to satisfy through novel education and training curricula. These must combine knowledge from fields as diverse as technology, business, economics/finance, public policy and regulation. Naturally, pioneering universities have risen up to the challenge, by creating research centers, new courses (and even whole degrees), as well as collaborating with industry to advance blockchain scholarship and practice. In this session, blockchain researchers will present their ongoing work views on the main challenges currently facing the field and discuss the role that universities can play in the future development of the blockchain ecosystem, especially through industry/academia partnerships.

    Legal & Policy Workshop

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Lyceum Complex

    Opening Remarks

    • Greg Egan - Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Council

    Regulatory and Enforcement Developments

    • Brian Klein - Baker Marquart
    • Grant Fondo - Goodwin Proctor
    • Greg Xethalis - Arnold & Porter
    • Reuben Grinberg - Davis Polk

    The blockchain technology and digital currency regulatory and enforcement landscape is rapidly evolving. This panel of legal experts will discuss the current state of the law and emerging trends, including the OCC's proposal, and recent law enforcement and regulatory actions, providing insight into how those laws are being applied, and offer thoughts and predictions on the future direction of enforcement actions.

    Blockchain Innovation and Opportunity

    • Peter Van Valkenburg - Coin Center - Moderator
    • Dax Hansen - Perkins Coie
    • Patrick Murck - Harvard Berkman Center
    • Mercedes Turnstall - Pillsbury
    • Adam Ettinger - Sheppard Mullin

    Blockchain technology is expected to fundamentally transform finance, including global payments, as well as other industries like insurance and real estate. This panel of legal experts will discuss how that will happen and what types of future innovations and opportunities will and may be on the horizon and how they may shape the law and the law may shape them.

    R3 Workshop

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Salon 2 and Salon 4

    DLT Applications Beyond Banking

    • Ryan Rugg - R3 - Moderator
    • Eiki Hatakeyama - Western Asset Management Company
    • David Sullivan - MetLife
    • Jennifer O'Rourke - Illinois Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    Corda: Core Concepts

    • Mike Hearn - R3

    Accelerated Consortium-Driven Delivery

    • Clemens Wan - R3 - Moderator
    • Chris Swanson - US Bank
    • Sunil Challa - Barclays
    • Andrew Golomb - Bank of America

    Building on Corda

    • Chris Khan - R3
    • Philippe Carrel - Calypso
    • Abishek Kumarasubramanian - TradeWind Markets
    • Manish Tomer - Cognizant
    • Dan Gallancy - Vida

    Project Demonstration

    • Chris Khan - R3

    Corda Demo: Demobench Demonstration

    • Clemens Wan - R3

    R3 was one of the first major blockchain consortia boasting numerous major global financial institutions. More recently, they open sourced 'Corda', an open-source distributed ledger platform created in collaboration with many of their member banks designed to manage financial agreements amongst enterprises, and joined Hyperledger, a collaborate effort following much of their same original mission hosted by The Linux Foundation. Come learn more about their current membership, direction, projects and roadmap going forward!

    Building Digital Asset Infrastructure

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Salon 1

    Introducing the Digital Currency Infrastructure Stack

    • Meltem Demirors

    The Global Digital Currency Infrastructure Landscape

    • Ola Doudin - BitOasis
    • Tony Lyu - Korbit
    • Sunny Ray - Unocoin

    Banking, Liquidity, and Pricing

    • Adam White - GDAX
    • Michael Moro - Genesis
    • Joshua Lim - Circle
    • Michelle Sabins - Silvergate

    Interoperability and New Assets

    • Erik Voorhees - ShapeShift
    • Zooko Wilcox - ZCash
    • Patrick Griffin - Ripple

    The Challenge of Digital Identity as an Infrastructure Layer

    • Justin Newton - Netki
    • Allison Paz - BNY Mellon

    Opportunity: Bringing Digital Assets Into the Enterprise

    • Sandra Ro - CME Group
    • John Whelan - Santander
    • Jonathan Levin - Chainalysis
    • Mike Belshe - BitGo

    While there is growing excitement over blockchain technology, the primary production-ready use case for blockchain technology is the use of public blockchain networks and digital assets as both a store of value and a payment rail. In 2016 alone, cross-border payments leveraging bitcoin as a payment rail totaled over $200M. While bitcoin is the dominant digital currency in these payment networks, other protocols and networks like Ripple (XRP) and Zcash (ZEC) are growing in usage and adoption. In this session, we'll explore how digital currencies are being used around the world, how banking, liquidity, and pricing standards are impacting market structures, and how the digital currency ecosystem will need to grow and mature in order to not just compete with, but also extend existing global payments infrastructure. The growing digital asset ecosystem has evolved organically over the last seven years, but now, as the digital currency ecosystem is at an inflection point, global coordination across businesses building the infrastructure layer for this new, global, borderless network will need to collaborate to create stable and scalable infrastructure that companies, corporations, and institutions can build upon.

    Accelerators, Seed Funding and Corporate Incubation

    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Julliard Complex

    • Brayton Williams - Boost VC
    • Scott Robinson - Plug and Play
    • Megan Hayes - Startup Bootcamp
    • Alex Sunnarborg - CoinDesk

    Boost VC, Plug and Play and Startupbootcamp have supported dozens of startups in the blockchain space with initial funding, massive networks, and management insights they've gathered from accelerating hundreds of companies throughout the years. Come hear how they've helped aspiring entrepreneurs off their feet, what they're excited about in blockchain, and what they think of the fundraising landscape in 2017.

  • Get to Know Hyperledger's Distributed Ledger Technologies & Use Cases

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Duffy/Columbia

    The focus of this roundtable will be to foster an open discussion on some of the different DLT frameworks incubated by Hyperledger including Sawtooth, and Iroha. It will discuss the projects' progress so far, technological advantages, differences and best use cases. We'll also look at how we are bringing these projects together from an architectural and community POV.

    XRP in Action: A Live Demo and Expert Q&A

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Times Square

    This session shows the power of XRP versus Bitcoin in a live demonstration of a global payments use case. Following the demo, we take a deeper look under the hood through a facilitated Q&A with Stefan Thomas and David Schwartz, moderated by Patrick Grifn, regarding upcoming plans to solidify XRP’s role as the digital asset for payments.

    How Blockchain is Changing Gold Markets

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Hudson/Empire

    AlphaPoint and BitGo join CME Group for a technical Q&A about RMG, the new digital gold standard.

    Accelerating your Blockchain Application Development

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Duffy/Columbia

    This session will discover what firms can do to accelerate their blockchain application initiatives including:

    - an assessment of the top blockchain/DLT platforms (Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Quorum and Corda)
    - your blockchain ecosystem and who you need to go from POC to Pilot
    - the top use cases that are leading the way already including Trade Finance, KYC and Mortgage Processing
    - building blocks, toolkits, and accelerators to leapfrog application development
    - future-proofing applications with scalability, interoperability, and privacy in mind

    Building an Integrated Blockchain Application on Azure

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Times Square

    In this session we will review new offerings aimed at accelerating end to end blockchain app development on Azure, including support for additional blockchain implementations and a deep dive on a new framework that will greatly accelerate blockchain PoC development.

    Industrialization of the Blockchain in Embedded Finance - The Conversation between Humans and Machines

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Concurrent innovations in smart hardware and sensor technology utilizing blockchains have opened the door on expanding communication between machines and humans. The transmission of value based on logic embedded in machines can be unlocked using blockchains to enable value to autonomously and securely occur in micro-increments and at a relatively low technological cost.  Money moving based on software, with no humans involved.  

    Explore the nuances of embedded finance using blockchain applications across your enterprise. Consider the implications for your existing operations and how this might reshape your business model.   In a world where value moves as freely as data, embedded finance is poised to launch a new wave of business ecosystems.

    The First Legal Delaware DAO; A Blockchain Bank; and A Headless Equity-token Sale: Advanced Topics in Crypto-law

    Sponsored by:

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Times Square

    If you want to hear lawyers lecture on blockchain regulations, feel free to nap through a panel. Then, join this roundtable talk on the disruptive businesses you could actually build using the new laws that are about to reshape the market. Cooley's Blockchain Technology team will lead a discussion on some of tomorrow's most disruptive opportunities. Some of it will be weird.

    BitSE and Blockchain

    Sponsored by:

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Times Square

    Bitse, China's premier blockchain service company, will illustrate the usability of blockchain technology in supply chains from manufacturing to post consumption with its VeChain product. Bitse's CEO and COO, DJ Qian & Sunny Lu, will highlight the company's global progress, its relationship with PwC and will reveal the details of its new partner program.

    Blockchain and the Indian Rupee - Introduction to ThroughBit

    Sponsored by:

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Cryptocurrencies are an asset class. Every asset class has been and will continue to be traded. The methodology and the techniques used in conventional trading have been passed on to trading in cryptocurrencies, stalling the possible innovations.

    A disruptive product deserves disruptive tools. The complexity of cryptocurrencies coupled with it's volatility has kept the larger populace from getting in. 

    This round table will give you an insight into the:
    - usage of blockchain for effective hedging for the common man
    - possibility of making trade orders with 'zero' balance
    - true price control for traders.

    Strategies for Building Minimum Viable Ecosystems

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Duffy/Columbia

    Learn how Citi Ventures and several of its partners including Cisco, IDEO and others work to unlock opportunities in blockchain by developing minimum viable ecosystems through cross-sector partnerships.

    Chain Demos Ivy: Secure Smart Contracts for Finance

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Times Square

    The Chain team will introduce Ivy, its high-level language for writing secure smart contracts. Chain's engineers will then live code several smart contracts for different use cases to demonstrate how to programmatically control value on Chain's blockchain platform.

    Dash Presents: How Cryptocurrency Will Expand from Niche to Mainstream

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Dash, short for Digital Cash, is one of the most popular digital currencies. Dash has pioneered a number of firsts in digital currencies, including the first and longest-lived Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), the first instant confirmations, the first optional transaction privacy feature, the first two-tier and incentivized network infrastructure, the first self-funding mechanism, and the first explicit voting-based governance structure. This continuous innovation, focused on the consumer and merchant, has made Dash a leading cryptocurrency with a fast-growing ecosystem of services integrating Dash natively alongside Bitcoin.

    In an interactive presentation, Ryan Taylor, CEO of Dash Core, will articulate why cryptocurrency is in its general infancy today, while detailing the steps necessary to make digital currencies commonly utilized payments instruments in the future.

    The session will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the Bitcoin protocol, the low hanging fruit that the next generation of blockchain-based currencies have captured, the solutions necessary for every party in a value chain to embrace digital currency, and how Dash will maintain a rapid evolution.

  • Driving the Future of Capital Market & Global Trade with Blockchain: A Live Demo of Cognizant's DLT Solutions

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Duffy/Columbia

    In late 2016, Cognizant embarked on a mission to go beyond the media hype to perform primary research to discover where the banking and financial services market truly is regarding distributed ledger technologies. Come hear Cognizant's take on how the industry can now act on DLT as Cognizant presents a live showcase of two solutions for capital markets and global trade.

    Interactive Roundtable: How to Solve the Digital Identity Problem

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Times Square

    Where the "Building a Foundation for Decentralized Identity" panel on Monday looked at digital identity from a technological angle this roundtable will address digital identity from a policy, legal, business, and governance angle. Today, a person's digital identity is fragmented across the numerous providers of services that rely on all or part of the person's identity to deliver services. Maintaining multiple digital identities across the Internet creates privacy and security risks and also poses significant challenges for businesses that need to accurately verify a person's identity for business and regulatory compliance reasons. 

    Distributed ledger technology offers a potential solution as it allows for the creation of a decentralized, portable, secure, and entirely user-controlled online identity system, often referred to as self-sovereign identity.  The use cases for self-sovereign identity are numerous: from helping users regain control and privacy over their digital identities, helping refugees that have lost or do not have state-issued credentials safely and privately identify themselves, to allowing businesses and governments to streamline processes that improve efficiency. Hear from our panelists as they discuss the evolution of self-sovereign identity and its potential to shape how digital identity is addressed around the world.

    A Blockchain for Every Asset, Starting with $1B in Royal Mint Gold

    Sponsored by:

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Hudson/Empire

    2017 is the year that any asset can be digitized, traded on a blockchain and secured with functional digital wallets. The revolution has just begun. CEO Mike Belshe will describe BitGo's approach to building the blockchain for Royal Mint Gold in partnership with CME Group and AlphaPoint. He will also describe his vision for what comes next on the digital asset frontier.

    Taking Blockchain Live

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Duffy/Columbia

    Blockchain will be bigger than imagined, but is harder than expected.  We have identified 20 essential questions to consider in order to go beyond Proof of Concept and will discuss them as a group. Addressing these questions early will increase the chances of successfully harvesting the benefits of blockchain.

    Blockchain is a Team Sport - "Spark" Your Network in IBM's Garage

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Times Square

    The IBM Bluemix Garage for blockchain is where it all comes together. The Garage brings blockchain innovation services, business leaders, technical architects and developers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the technology together. Blockchain development consulting provides a deep study of use cases and an understanding of blockchain risk that can help your team take concepts to production. Join the conversation with IBM Blockchain experts to learn about how to create ideas with the IBM Design Thinking method, and how to develop a blockchain application with your team in an agile manner.

    RSK Global Release Roundtable

    Sponsored by:

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Join us to learn more about RSK. We'll show how to program smart contracts powered by Bitcoin. We'll discuss how to merge-mine RSK, partners, solution providers, RSK University and the Ambassador.

    The Australian Blockchain Ecosystem

    Sponsored by:

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Duffy/Columbia

    A discussion on Australian leadership in emerging blockchain standards, regulation and proof-of-concept experience. Led by Nick Giurietto, CEO of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association with panelists from the legal and accelerator community and a view from startups in the Australian ecosystem.

     

    How to Build on the New Decentralized Internet with Blockstack

    Sponsored by:

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Blockstack is a full stack for building decentralized apps where users control their identity, storage, and payments, and where apps run without remote servers on a new decentralized internet. Cofounders Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea will go through why the internet is broken, how Blockstack is built to increase user safety and freedom on the internet and will demo Blockstack for building apps on the decentralized internet.

    The Last Mile to a Complete Blockchain-based Distributed Identity

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Duffy/Columbia

    A New Economic Infrastructure

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Times Square

    Smart Governance and scalability are the next major challenges in the conversation on Smart Contracts. We will demystify smart contracts and enable you to understand the future of self-governing blockchains. This panel will also discuss innovative approaches to building antifragile smart contracts that support horizontal scaling to millions of transactions per second.

    Bitcoin for under $500. Reality for a Personal Miner and a Major Investor

    Sponsored by:

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Hudson/Empire

    Part 1. Mining for dummies A cryptominer's thorny path: high entrance threshold, economic dependence on price and investment surges, high power rates, hidden costs, and other unforeseen obstacles. Cryptomining leaves no room for error, and the key question is how can someone with just a thousand – or several million dollars – succeed in it. Come and learn if you can still mine successfully from home, which cryptocurrencies you should choose, and what it costs to mine nowadays.

    Part 2. Mining facility for pennies Tokenization of cryptomining infrastructure and minimization of mining costs is the name of the game. Come and learn if it's possible to build a long-term business on mining, how you can get into professional mining with just several thousand dollars to shell out, how to further slash costs in large-scale mining, and how to generate income from cryptomining even if you aren't into mining yourself.

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