CoinDesk is pleased to announce the release of the final agenda for Consensus 2016, the blockchain industry’s leading conference, to be held from May 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Cornerstone events include the unveiling of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by Delaware Governor Jack Markell, a special announcement by 21 CEO Balaji Srinivasan, and discussion surrounding the “Future of Blockchains” by Srinivasan and R3 founder David Rutter, an intimate discussion with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and a speech by Silver Lake co-founder and former White House advisor Glenn Hutchins.

Consensus 2016’s three-day agenda features 30+ sessions across two unique tracks designed to cover a wide range of critical issues and subject areas relevant in today’s growing blockchain industry.

The Business track features panels on diverse subjects, including how blockchain technology could disrupt global supply chain finance, improve identity management, and open up new markets in insurance and the internet of things. Meanwhile, the Technical & Policy track features discussions on topics ranging from blockchain scalability issues to how governments and regulators must grapple with regulating this emerging technology or use it for their own central banking or record-keeping purposes.

In addition, five finalists from CoinDesk’s inaugural “Proof-of-Work” pitch competition will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their innovations and pitch to a panel of the industry’s leading investors during a special 90 minute session on Tuesday, May 3rd, which will begin with an investor panel featuring partners from CME Ventures, Pantera Capital, RRE Ventures, Santander Innoventures, and Tally Capital.

The sessions

Each session features a must-see cross-section of industry innovators and leaders, including 45 blockchain industry CEOs and founders, representatives from global banks such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Santander, tech giants like Deloitte, IBM, and Microsoft and leading policy bodies including the the CFTC, the Federal Reserve, FinCEN, the Financial Stability Board and the World Economic Forum.

“Consensus 2016 features the single most impressive roster of speakers and attendees that have ever convened in a single setting to discuss developments in blockchain technology,” said CoinDesk team lead, Ryan Selkis.  “Executives representing startups that have raised over 90% of the industry’s total capital will be attending this summit, in addition to the blockchain advocates who are driving innovation at their respective Wall Street enterprises.”

Wednesday wraps up the week’s programming with a series of workshops diving more deeply into several of the hottest current topics, including: developing protocol standards for banks, building real-world identity applications, and engaging with policy-makers and corporate compliance teams.

Special features

The event also features numerous sponsored networking sessions, including a “Women in Blockchain” luncheon and “Meet the Scholars” luncheon (for young diversity and inclusion scholarship recipients), two evening receptions with live entertainment, and a fundraising gala for industry partner, Coin Center, featuring the peer-nominated “Blockchain Awards.”

More technically focused participants are also welcome to enroll in the Consensus “Building Blocks” hackathon to be held from April 30th to May 1st at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York.  Admission is free to accepted applicants, and the winning teams can pocket up to $5,000 in cash in addition to other sponsor prizes.

For more details on the conference and for ticket details, click here.


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