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June 10 - 11 • Austin Convention Center
Big Ideas Stage
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso
Big Ideas Stage
Presented by Bitso

Provocative thinkers offer a rich diet of brainfood about the profound implications of crypto and blockchains for the future of the internet, money, finance, politics and more. The Big Ideas stage brings together an eclectic mix of crypto developers and entrepreneurs, researchers and other big brains for 10-20 minute TED-type talks, all with the aim of scoping out possibilities for a better tomorrow.

The Network State We’re In

Bitcoin proved that we don’t need states to issue money, and that’s just the start. Blockchain infrastructure will eat away at the authority of governments in many ways.

Speaker: Balaji Srinivasan, Angel Investor and Entrepreneur

DAOs for Humanity

Can collaborative communities with real financial stakes foster new economies and new politics within the desiccated husk of the old? Even before the pandemic, social scientists knew that the infinite social media scroll and offline social isolation were leaving humans more isolated and depressed. At the same time, faith in traditional party politics continues to wane. Some cryptopians argue that DAOs can help address both of those challenges by offering a new model for tighter-knit digital communities and better incentive models for public goods.

Speakers to be announced.

The Rise and Fall (And Rise Again) Of Pseudonymity

What if the shift toward pseudonymity in Web 3 marks not a new dawn, but rather a return to a more traditional mode of being, not just in digital spaces but in the physical world as well?

Speaker: Katherine Dee, Host of “The Computer Room” Podcast and “Default Wisdom” Blog

The Meme Economy

The meme is more than a simple internet joke; it is now a vessel for libido, the force behind all cultural movements, and a powerful force reshaping the economy.

Speaker: Chris Gabriel, Host of MemeAnalysis
Moderator: David Z. Morris, Chief Insights Columnist, CoinDesk

Web 3 and the Future of the Media

Crypto-optimism, or how Web 3 can drive socially and individually beneficial consumer behaviors. High potential of using the combination of dopamine-rich psychology of crypto and Web 3 business models to deliver social impact. An exploration of the next wave of Web 3 startups utilizing those dynamics to move beyond pure financial speculation and incentivize positive behaviors such as exercising (move-to-earn), learning (learn-to-earn), meditating (pray-to-earn and community organization), or donating to charities (tax strategies and new forms of flexing).

Speakers to be announced.

The Song That Owns Itself: the New Aesthetics of Creativity

Blockchain technology has unlocked unprecedented possibilities for artists to independently control and monetize their work. What will this mean for democratizing access, innovation speeds and power dynamics in creative industries?

Speaker: George Howard | Distinguished Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music and CIO, ACME Innovation

A Network, Not a Ledger: Building for Collective Intelligence

Blockchains can provide the substrate for unprecedented democratic agency through decentralized coordination. Or they can re-centralize power in all the ways that matter while focusing on narrow architectural decentralization. Right now, we're heading down the second path. Building networks, not ledgers, can bring us to the first.

Speaker: Divya Siddart, Social Technologist, Microsoft

Trustless Evidence: Web 3 Is Helping Document War Crimes in Ukraine

The immutability of distributed ledgers offers investigators a powerful new way to store tamper-proof digital records. Nowhere is this more true and more needed in Ukraine.

Each day thousands of vulnerable photos and videos are circulated online that appear to show definitive evidence of war crimes. Yet the journey these digital bits take from a camera lens to the presentation in a courtroom is complex and often fraught. Web 3 offers us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernize legal evidentiary protocols with a new way to create a robust chain of custody.

In this session, the founder of the Starling Lab at Stanford and USC explains how his team has been documenting war crimes using an array of Web 3 tools --from L1 protocols and NFTs to crypto storage utilities. Each provides new ways of protecting digital records from manipulation and a way to archive files for the decades it will take to bring people to justice.

Speaker: Jonathan Dotan, Founding Director, Starling Lab

Exit Everything, or the Death of All Institutions

Mainstream institutions – from the Fed to the Academy – are collapsing everywhere as people, equipped with decentralized, internet-based tools look to build lives outside the system; what does the future look like after the fall?

Speaker: Justin Murphy, Host, “Other Life” Podcast and Newsletter

Wanna Bet? The New(s) Source of Truth

A future of forecasting, through prediction polls and markets, is a future of improved intelligence, an end to the era of media-induced hysteria, as news will increasingly reflect reality and polarization will fall by the wayside.

Speaker: Clay Graubard and Andrew Eaddy, Co-Founders, Global Guessing/CrowdMoney

Doomer Techno-Optimism

How the crypto/Web 3 philosophy of "be your own bank" and "host your own cloud" will merge with the prepper ethos of "grow your own food" and "generate your own energy" to form a single movement promoting robustness in the face of future catastrophic events.

Speaker: Jon Stokes, Founder, Ars Technica; Writer, Open Source Defense

Philanthropy 3.0: How Web 3 Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy, and How Whales Can Maximize Their Impact

Along with a new generation of wealth, crypto has created new possibilities for spending that money for good; here’s how newly minted donors/whales can get started.

Speaker: Rhys Lindmark, Co-Founder and CEO, Roote

When Crypto Becomes Intelligent

Software has eaten the world, machine learning is now eating crypto and digital assets are no exception. Digital assets are natively programmable but can they become intelligent? This session explores the possibilities of a future in which digital assets transition from digitization to intelligence by leveraging machine learning as a native class citizen. A look at interactive NFTs that use natural language and computer vision to adapt their behavior to user preferences, intelligent programmable stablecoins, intelligent DAOs and several other asset types.

Speaker: Jesus Rodriguez, CEO, IntoTheBlock

The InDAOstrial Revolution

The invention of corporations was a transformative innovation for human organizing; can DAOs drive an equally explosive innovation cycle?

Speaker: Julie Fredrickson, Managing Partner, Chaotic Capital

We'll Never "Exit" to a Better World

Pulling capital out will never suffice to build better institutions or communities, but by rewriting the rules of money, we can use crypto to strengthen communities.

Speaker: Matt Prewitt, President, RadicalXchange Foundation

Lunarpunk and the Dark Side of the Cycle

Blockchains have become a surveillance nightmare; the lunarpunk movement, inspired by science fiction and empowered by zero-knowledge cryptography, redefines cryptocurrency as an encrypted dark forest protecting participants instead of exposing them.

Speakers to be announced.

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