Ethereal Summit returns to NYC on May 10th - 11th.
Meet the builders, influencers, and artists who are shaping the future of blockchain tech.
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Ethereal is the nexus between technology and the people who change the world.


Selected Speakers


Leading Blockchain Start-ups




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featured speakers



Co-Founder and CEO of Messari


Co-Founder and CEO, Clovyr


Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Multicoin Capital


Co-Founder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition


Founder & Managing Partner, Morgan Creek Capital


CEO, Galaxy Investment Partners


Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation


Co-Founder, Ethereum; Founder, ConsenSys


Partner, Placeholder Ventures


Unchained Podcast


Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Ikigai Asset Managment





8:00 am

Doors Open

9:00 am

Welcome with ConsenSys CMO Amanda Gutterman

9:10 am

How Enterprises Will Adopt Blockchain Sooner and What It Means for The Future of Business

9:40 am

The Consortium Conundrum

Sophia Lopez, Founder & COO (Kaleido)
Yorke Rhodes, Principal PM (Microsoft Azure Blockchain)


Building a blockchain is hard. Forming a blockchain consortium and getting to production is even harder. But the potential payoffs are limitless. This panel of blockchain experts will share key trends, learnings and the insights needed to help tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

10:10 am

The Smart Contract War is Coming

Tom Shaughnessy, Co-Founder & Principal (Delphi Digital)
Tanner Hoban (ConsenSys)
Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder & CEO (Messari)


We’ll discuss whether Ethereum can maintain its lead among smart contracts competitors until 2.0 architecture scales, with a focus on the economics of Ethereum 2.0 compared to other cryptoassets, including Bitcoin.

10:40 am

Global Ambitions, Local Impact

Clyde Vanel (New York State Assembly)
Joyce Lai (The Brooklyn Project)


What a local assembly member is doing to ensure that his district will benefit from the global blockchain revolution.

11:10 am

Narrative Battlelines

Nathaniel Whittemore, Curator (Long Ready Sundays)


How the competition to control the narrative shapes the industry as a whole, featuring a look at some of today’s most important and hotly contested narrative battles.

11:40 am

The State of Regulation in Crypto

Teana Baker-Taylor (Global Digital Finance)
Caitlin Long (Wyoming Blockchain Task Force)
Eva Kalii (EU Parliament Member)
Pat Berarducci (The Brooklyn Project)

12:10 pm

Sankofa and Blockchain

Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of the Bakwa Luntu DRC


Is blockchain innovation or simply an old concept dressed in new technology that has now become a la mode again? It is always wise to look at how our forefathers have resolved common problems related to our human condition on this Earth, to seek the best way to overcome current challenges and enable Humanity propel itself into the realm of thriving future societies in harmony with our true nature and in balance with our precious environment.

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:20 pm

Danny Ryan - Solo Talk

Danny Ryan (Ethereum Foundation)

1:45 pm

Innovation and Blockchain Art

Beatriz Helena Ramos (Founder of Dada.nyc)
Matt Hall (CryptoPunks and AutoGlyphs)
Jason Rosenstein (CEO of Portion)
Kevin Abosch (IAMACOIN, Yellow Lambo)

Moderated by Jason Bailey, Founder of the art and tech blog blog Artnome and the DankRares podcast



Blockchain has captured the imagination of artists around the world and led to some truly creative and innovative work. Join us for a panel with several of the top innovators in the blockchain art space as they discuss where we have been and where we think things are going in the future of blockchain and art.

2:10 pm

21st Century Learning


Natalia Ameline, Co-Founder (CryptoChicks)
Rhonda D. Eldridge, CryptoChicks Ambassador, US and Bahamas


Learning, no different than all aspects of human existence, is feeling the changes fueled by combinatorial technological innovation. Growing up, our classrooms were physical spaces orbiting around a central authority: the teacher. Now, a smartphone could be a classroom and the teacher a bot with programmed responses. In this talk, we will discuss the new dimensions of learning in the 21st century.



2:30 pm

The Anatomy Of A Crypto Market Bottoming

Travis Kling, Founder and Chief Investment Officer (Ikigai Asset Management)


A qualitative and quantitative review of  1) where we are; 2) broadly how we got here; 3) specifically how we got here; and 4) what the chances are we’ve bottomed.

2:50 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 pm

The State of Ethereum 2019

Sam Cassatt, Chief Strategy Officer (ConsenSys)

4:00 pm

The Current State and Future of Value Capture in Layer 1 vs. Layer 2 of Ethereum

Tushar Jain, Cofounder and Managing Partner (Multicoin Capital)
Jinglan Wang, Cofounder (Plasma Group)
Jack O”Holleran, Founder and CEO (Skale Labs)
Ameen Soleimani, Founder and CEO (SpankChain), Founding Member (Moloch DAO)


With all eyes on continued scaling from Ethereum 1.0 to 2.0 in 2019, some might argue the value captured in L1 hasn’t been fully appreciated. Is the success of Layer 2 the last hope for the continued dominance of Ethereum as a smart contracts platform?

4:30 pm

Off The Chain Podcast - Live Recording


Anthony Pompliano, Managing Partner (Morgan Creek Capital Management)
Amber Baldet, CEO and Co-Founder (Clovyr)


From the hit Off The Chain Podcast, Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano will host a fireside chat with Amber Baldet, the CEO and Cofounder of Cloyvr and former lead of JP Morgan’s Ethereum-based Quorum.

5:00 pm

The State of NFTs 2019

Brian Flynn of (NFTY News and Cryptokitties)
Devin Finzer, CEO and Founder (OpenSea.io)
Randy Saaf, CEO (Lucid Sight)
Ryan John King, CEO and Founder (FOAM)

Moderated by: Joon Ian Wong (Coindesk)


While there’s been more attention recently on DeFi applications, NFTs may be the Trojan horse that leads average consumers interact with blockchain. Come learn how our panelists believe NFTs will be the first way average consumers use blockchain through art, collectibles and games.

5:30 pm

The Ethereum Foundation and What’s Next

Aya Miyaguchi, Executive Director (Ethereum Foundation)

8:00 am

Doors Open

9:00 am

Ethereal Virtual Hackathon: Awards and Demo

A celebration of the best hacks from the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon, including a live demo from the Ethereal Best in Show prize winner.

9:20 am

Taxonomy and Value Capture in a World of Liquid Assets

Chris Burniske, Partner (Placeholder VC)


Blockchains and related consensus systems are collapsing the cost of asset creation, custody and transfer. General purpose technologies that collapse costs aggregate the platforms of production that find use in them, begging the question of which forms of production, and related valuable assets, will grow atop these systems. Chris will talk about what he expects to see in the taxonomy, value capture and governance of the growing field of cryptoassets (cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptocapital), as well as ramifications for existing traditional assets (equities, bonds, physical commodities, etc). Given significant value is already being captured in these systems, he’ll also touch upon power dynamics and governance failures that we can expect in the hopes of avoiding repeating easy lessons that are better learned from the past.

9:50 am


10:20 am

Our Collective Digitization and Tokenization Journey

Yorke Rhodes, Principal PM (Microsoft Azure Blockchain)


Taking stock and paving the road ahead, a measured look at where we are, a brief look at how we got here, and the building blocks to tomorrow. Highlights of valuable use cases and community experiments and things that unlock scale, adoption, and transformation.

10:40 am

A Blockchain Race for First Place: Blockchain Technology and Sports

Casey Schwab, VP, Business & Legal Affairs (NFL PA)
Jeff Marsilio: Senior Vice President, New Media (NBA)
Brad Feinstein, Head of Global Business Development (ConsenSys Sports)


With the advent of blockchain technology, a new paradigm emerges to change the sporting world. Blockchain will raise the proverbial bar for how fans interact with sports, creating new market opportunities, technical efficiencies, and most importantly, a better fan experience.

Taking stock and paving the road ahead, a measured look at where we are, a brief look at how we got here, and the building blocks to tomorrow. Highlights of valuable use cases and community experiments and things that unlock scale, adoption, and transformation.

11:10 am

Taking Crypto Mainstream: DeFi and Paths to Everyday Usage

Laura Shin, Host of Unchained and Unconfirmed Podcasts will interview two rising stars of the DeFi ecosystem: Arjun Bhuptani, Cofounder of Connext Network and Austin Griffith, Creator of Burner Wallet.

11:40 am

Funding Open Source

Kevin Owocki, Founder and CEO (Gitcoin)


Open Source Software is the lifeblood of the blockchain economy. Find out about new funding mechanisms that are being explored in the design space of Blockchain + Open Source.

12:00 pm


12:35 pm

The Future of Work

Simona Pop, CMO and Cofounder (Bounties Network)
Robby Greenfield, Cofounder (ConsenSys Social Impact)
Carlos Acevedo – Peer Collaborative Teacher and Technology Coordinator (NYC Department of Education)


With new decentralized applications, we can empower different communities to access a new economy they weren’t able to previously. We’ll discuss how blockchain will shape the way we work, collaborate, and earn a living now and in the future.

1:05 pm

The Herd Is Still Coming!

Mike Novogratz, CEO (Galaxy Digital), will make the case for why he’s more bullish than ever on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and our whole space.

1:30 pm

It’s All About Trust


Michael DiPetrillo, Senior Director, Blockchain Technologies (VMWare)


Come learn about why trust is the cornerstone to blockchain and understand the areas you should address in your blockchain projects to have fully, decentralized trust.

2:00 pm

The Future of Trust: What Does Your Data Say About You?

Leah Callon-Butler, CMO and Cofounder (Intimate.io)


Data scandals have left us thinking long and hard about data privacy, especially when it comes to dating online. So even genuine lovebirds – not just scammers – are crafting their digital identities with varying degrees of illegitimacy to blur the line between their public personas and private life. intimate.io Co-Founder, Leah Callon-Butler, examines how Blockchain technologies are allowing privacy and transparency to co-exist.

2:20 pm

The State of Design in Crypto

Connie Yang, Director of Design (Coinbase)
Ric Burton, CEO and Founder (Balance)
Andy Morales, Lead Designer (ConsenSys Kuiper)
Amber Baldet, Cofounder and CEO (Clovyr)


Design has been named the “killer app” of crypto. We’ll be discussing everything from the role of design in product creation, including the difficulty of data-driven design and the balance between collecting metrics and respecting user privacy.

2:50 pm

The State of Plasma: Making Sense of the Endless Variants

Georgios Konstantopolous, Research & Development (Loom Network)

3:30 pm

The Role of Capital Allocators in Crypto 2019

Tushar Jain, Cofounder and Managing Partner (Multicoin Capital)
Paul Verradakit, Head of Venture (Multicoin Capital)
Jalak Jobanputra, Founder (Future/Perfect Ventures)
Dovey Wan, Partner (Primitive Ventures)

4:00 pm

How Education, Leadership, and Patience Will Lead to a Brighter Future for Digital Assets

Donna Redel, Founder and CEO of Strategic 50, and Board Member of New York Angels

4:30 pm

DrumG Titanium: The Future of Data Distribution and Analytics for Financial Institutions

4:40 pm

Ethereal Keynote with Joseph Lubin

Joseph Lubin, Co-founder (Ethereum) & Founder/CEO (ConsenSys)

5:00 pm

Art Auction

Portion.io bridges art, luxury, and crypto. Through their smart contracts and distributed technology, art and collectibles enter a free market. Portion will be auctioning off 15 donated and commissioned pieces of digital and physical art. Buyers will receive a certificate of ownership/authentication and proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Art and Blockchain, an organization that aims to fund artists working at the intersection of blockchain and creativity.

Ethereal continues upon a strong tradition of championing those building the infrastrcture and applications driving blockchain tech, in addition to providing a platform for the cultural and humanistic aspects of the decentralization movement.

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ethereal arts

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ethereal hackathon

April 15th — 30th

Hackathon challenges will be posted as bounties, with the best hacks receiving prizes in ETH & ERC-20 tokens.

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