Learn About BTC Privacy at Consensus Day 3

Workshops on privacy, an interview with Ripple's CEO and the latest on the world's first CBDC experiment, the Sand Dollar. Your guide to Consensus today.

May 26, 2021 at 11:11 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:02 p.m. UTC

It’s the third day of Consensus and we’re still going strong. Today will feature lauded speakers including former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Bahamas Central Bank Governor John Rolle (the man responsible for bringing the Sand Dollar to market) and privacy activist Cory Doctorow, among many crypto natives. 

In addition to nearly assured breaking news events, there will also be a ton of informative workshops ranging from learning how to use Polygon to avoid record-high ETH fees to maintaining your privacy online. Here are a few of the sessions I’ll definitely be attending.

Your guide

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Polygon
Polygon’s Sandeep Nailwal, Aave’s Stani Kulechov, Curve Finance’s Michael Egorov, among others, will join this Ethereum layer 2-focused panel. In this session, designed as more of a workshop, attendees will learn how to navigate Polygon’s growing scalability suite and how to leverage the system for lower fees.

10:05 – 10:15 a.m. Six Months In: An Update on the Sand Dollar from Gov. John Rolle
The Bahamian Sand Dollar was the first full-fledged CBDC. Governor John Rolle joins to discuss how the project has fared since its 2020 launch, what his team has learned and what's next.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Getting the Best of the Bull: Crypto Fund Manager Roundtable
Digital Currency Group Director of Investments Matt Beck, Volt Capital GP Soona Ahmaz and Dragonfly Capital co-founder Alex Pack join other venture capitalists to discuss how to make sustainable investments during frothy markets. 

12:00 – 12:20 p.m. School of Hard Knocks: 1:1 With Brad Garlinghouse
CoinDesk Managing Editor Nik De will interview Ripple’s chief executive, covering everything from the company's ongoing entanglement with the SEC to its plans to relocate abroad. 

1:25 – 1:55 p.m. Crypto, Global Payments and Emerging Markets
Executives from Visa as well as a former architect of the Diem stablecoin project will discuss the realities of using crypto as a form of payment. This theme will be picked up again at 2:35 p.m. with the Pay Me in Dai panel. 

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. What You Hear vs. What You See? Bitcoin, the Federal Reserve and the 'Two Percent' Inflation Doctrine
Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal join CoinDesk’s Noelle Acheson to discuss inflation and the Federal Reserve’s commitment to letting the economy “run hot” as we emerge from the pandemic crisis.  

8:00 – 8:25 p.m. Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Freedom and You
Novelist and EFF adviser Cory Doctorow joins Orchid CEO Dr. Steven Waterhouse for a discussion about online privacy and how to maintain it. Protocol Labs general counsel Marta Belcher joins in the next session to bring the conversation closer to privacy coins. 

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