May 20 2017

501 Union

501 Union St

Brooklyn, NY,

Program Lineup

1Welcome from the Hosts of the Ethereal Summit

9:15 am - 9:30 am

ConsenSys Stage

Jesse Grushack

Amanda Gutterman

Vinay Gupta

Hexayurt Guy Capital Partners

2A World Without Middleman

9:30 am - 10:00 am

ConsenSys Stage

What is Ethereum, and how is it changing our world? What does a decentralized future look like?Brought to you by technologist and policy analyst Vinay Gupta, meet the next generation of theInternet. Vinay is a prolific speaker and writer whose work on blockchain has been featured recently in Harvard Business Review and at the World Government Summit.

Luke Robert Mason Mason

Virtual Futures

3Understand Blockchain in 15 Minutes

10:00 am - 10:15 am

ConsenSys Stage

Could you explain the blockchain at a dinner party? Science communicator and Director of Virtual Futures Luke Robert Mason brings you the clearest explanation you’ve ever heard. Make ityour own, and experiment on friends and colleagues. Simplicity does not mean sacrificing technical precision, thanks to blockchain architects Mike Goldin and Karl Floersch, who will be host-ing Ethereal’s blockchain expert AMA.

4Disrupt or be Disrupted: New Business Models in a Decentralizing World

10:15 am

ConsenSys Stage

Are decentralizing technologies disrupting legacy business? The Harvard Business Review recently wrote that blockchain is “foundational” rather than “disruptive”, offering a platform for new types of businesses and value creation. Others are less sure. Which businesses will survive in an open-source future, and how will they monetize? Learn from the businesspeople at the forefront of implementing blockchain technology.

William Mougayar

The Business Blockchain


Kishore Atreya


Jared Harwayne-Gidansky

BNY Melon

Sandra Ro

Head of Digitization at CME Group

Juan Llanos


5State of Play: The Next Level in E-Sports and Gaming

10:30 am

SingularDTV Lounge

Meet the minds transforming the way we play. More often than not, entertainment, e-sports,and gaming actually lead the adoption of new technologies, bringing other industries along in their wake. Virtual reality is already an excellent example of this phenomenon. Explore how de-centralizing technologies, tokens, and novel business models are bringing about revolutions in user experience, safety, and fun.

Ryan Gittleson

Vitue Poker, ConsenSys

David Gzesh

Marco Cuestra


Christopher Gonsalves


6Take Back Your Digital Freedom, Starting With Your Data

10:45 am

ConsenSys Stage

Who owns your data? In this conversation, we discuss the solutions being built to restore control over data to the individual, and imagine how we can create a better system that puts the user first on the Web 3.0. Blockchain and identity experts from uPort, ID2020, and more explain what steps you can take today, and the social and political implications of self-sovereign identity.

Michael Sena

uPort, ConsenSys


Patrcik Deegan

Founder, Co-Creator

Jakes Porwat


Alicia Carmona


Ryan Shea


Melanie Shapiro


7When Wellness Gets Personal: Data, Access, and the Future of Health

11:00 am

SingularDTV Lounge

The 20th century ushered in the belief that every person had a right to medical care. Although we are far from achieving global health, today we are pushing that notion even further. Individuals increasingly access their genetic information, patients demand control over their data, and possibly in the future, their self-evolution rights, while personalized medicine, life extension, and computational biology push our capabilities forward. How are new technologies changing the meaning of wellness, and who gets to have it?

Anne Connelly

Ledger Labs

Tamara St. Claire Claire

Diego Espinoza


Markeze Bryant

Acumen America

8Nation OS: Prototyping the Future of Government

11:15 am

ConsenSys Stage

Find out how governments around the world are implementing cutting-edge technologies to offer higher-quality services to citizens. Are blockchain and decentralizing technologies a challenge to government authority, or the foundational layer of truly “smart” cities, states, and nations?

Racgel Haot


Laurent Lamothe

LSL World Initiative

Cab Morris

Giorgi Vashadze

Innovation and Development Foundation

Maximilian Bech

9The First 3D Model of Blockchain

11:45 am

SingularDTV Lounge

In the beginning of 2017, Maximilian was the first person worldwide to realize a full 3D model of the blockchain. The masterpiece is shaped out of one single piece of wood and features the first four codes, including the genesis code, which were carved out with CNC technology. It is an example of how ideas in the fields of Ethereum and blockchain technology can be developed and transformed into three dimensions.

Zach LeBeau


10Singular DTV: Building a Decentralized Entertainment Economy

11:45 am

Co-founder and CEO Zach LeBeau unveils the 11 modules and applications that make up theSingularDTV experience, from rights and revenue management to film and television distribution

Tyler Smith

onsenSys; Formerly BHP-Billiton

11What is Vunk? Intro to Virtual Property

12:00 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

The FreeMyVunk Movement (the ReVUNKolution) is dedicated to empowering people to fight for ownership rights over their virtual property, virtual junk or VUNK.

12Dubai, City of the Future: From Imagination to Reality

12:00 pm

ConsenSys Stage

Dubai has declared its intent to become one of the world’s smartest cities by 2020. And be-tween 3D-printed buildings, flying drone taxis, and a government run on the blockchain, Dubai is making astonishing strides toward its ambitious goal. Learn how Dubai is prototyping rapid innovation and becoming a hub of next-level tech.

Rahilla Zafa

Internet of Women, MENA, ConsenSys

Jeremy Millar

ConsenSys, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

13Reporting on Revolution: What's at Stake for Media Covering Tech

12:30 pm

ConsenSys Stage

How would you explain the Internet in 1980? In its early years, many believed it would never have widespread or commercial use. Some of the biggest breakthroughs are nearly impossible to explain at the beginning. But the stakes are incredibly high, as media narratives shape how regulators, companies, and the public imagine new technologies as forces of order or chaos,profit or loss, good or evil. Find out how some of today’s most talented technology storytellers and journalists approach the challenge.

Jolene Creighton



Matt Leising

Bloomberg News

Laura Shin

Contributor & Host

Alex Klokus


Morgen Peck

American Banker, Scientific American, Backchannel & BBC Future

Robert Hackett


14Tree OF Tenéré

12:30 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Debuting at Burning Man 2017, the Tree of Tenéré is an enormous climbable tree with 25,000 LED leaves. The four-story tree is the the largest interactive “light canvas” ever created.

Patrick Deegan

Founder, Co-Creator

Alex Green

Symmetry Labs

Elizabeth Rossiello


15When Crypto Goes Global: Bitcoin & Developing Economies

1:00 pm

ConsenSys Stage

BitPesa, where Rossiello is founder and CEO, is known around the world for using digital currency to help improve business in sub-Saharan Africa. Learn about her journey to starting one of the most successful companies in the space, and her vision for a frictionless, borderless future where entrepreneurs are empowered to meet their potential.

16Blockchain Genius Bar #AMA

12:45 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

What did you always want to know, but were too afraid to ask? Join us at the ultimate blockchain genius bar, and bring your toughest questions about decentralizing technologies.No challenge is too great.

Mike Goldin


Karl Floersch


17Where Creator Come First: Art & Film on the Web 3.0

1:15 pm

ConsenSys Stage

Find out how artists and filmmakers are turning to breakthrough technologies to cut out the middleman and regain ownership over the creative process. Panelists include founders and users of innovative platforms that allow creators to connect with their fans and communities more intimately and directly than ever before.

Benton Bainbridge

Benton C Bainbridge


Laurenzo Mefsut


Kim Jackson


Sean Green

Mitzi Peirone


18Powering Up: The Clean Tech Reinvention of the Energy Grid

1:30 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Today energy is largely controlled by centralized systems. This can pose tremendous risks. But with the help of cutting-edge technologies, we have a unique opportunity to decentralize our energy grids, track our energy consumption at an incredible level of detail, and make choices that favor sustainability with the help of rich data sets. Meet the minds behind new networks and grids of power, that put the user back in control

Alessandro Voto

Blockchain Futures Lab, IFTF


Martin Lundfall


Garrett MacDonald

Blockchain Fellow, Energy Web Foundation and Rocky Mountain Institute

Elisa Achterberg

Lead Circle Financial Innovation, PhD Candidate Sustainable Finance Lab, Circle Economy

19Interlocking Futures: Where Blockchain, AI, VR, Robotics, and IOT Meet

2:30 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Breakthrough technologies are working together to create a network affect and in the not-so-far future, dramatically change the way we live. Instead of operating in silos, experts in these industries are working together to incorporate knowledge from one another’s fields. Learn about the progress and challenges of bringing what was once science fiction to reality.

Leigh Christie

Isobar NowLab Americas

Cortney Harding

Maxwell Rebo

Machine Colony

Peter Asaro

20Conscientious Consumption Starts with the Supply Chain

2:40 pm

ConsenSys Stage

As conscientious consumers increasingly demand to know the story behind the products they buy, businesses are taking a serious look at their supply chain to guarantee high standards of authenticity, sustainability, and ethical behavior. If you are what you eat, what you wear, the car that you drive, you deserve to know — enabled by the first technologies that truly make it possible.

Vanessa Grellet



Brian Iselin


Tyler Mulvihill


Amanda Cole

Nexus Global Youth Summit

Tyler Smith

ConsenSys; Formerly BHP-Billiton

21Alethio: Access Humanity's Collective Memory

3:00 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Our data has never looked more beautiful.

Marian Oancea


Johannes Pfeffer


22The Token Economy: Exchange in 3 Dimensions

3:10 pm

ConsenSys Stage

Between tokens, cryptocurrencies, and crowdfunding, the barrier to entry to entrepreneurship seems to be getting lower. Tokens promise to to open up certain economies for the first time, for instance, the world of micro-transactions as processing costs approach zero. What is a token,how is it made, and why? Will legacy fundraising systems change to accommodate these new models, or get disrupted by them?

Nick Dodson

Founder, Lead Engineer


Brock Pierce

Joel Monegro

Jalak Jobanputra

Future\Perfect Ventures

William Mougayar

he Business Blockchain

23Liquid Democracy, Crypto Anarchy, Futarchy: New Tools & Frontiers in Governance

3:15 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Voting on the blockchain was a hot topic this election cycle, but it’s only the beginning. Enabled by open-source software, smart contracts, and peer-to-peer networks, there are abundant possibilities for new types of political systems. Explore prediction markets, blockchain-powered adjudication, and decentralized governance tools with the architects of Gnosis, Sovereign, Board-room, and CrowdJury.

Carolyn Reckhow



Federico As


Dave Perry


Santiago Siri

Democracy Earth

Matt Liston

Gnosis, ConsenSys

Dave Orban

24The Network Society of Future

3:40 pm

ConsenSys Stage

How can we prepare for a future transformed by breakthrough technologies? Find out from Singularity University and Network Society Ventures’ David Orban.

25Global Financial Institutions 2.0

3:45 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

Today’s global-scale institutions are fundamentally a reflection of the conditions of the 20th century – a time that’s increasingly different from our modern 21st century. Are-imagination of these institutions, identifying what remains relevant, what’s obsolete, and what’s new, is necessary in response to blockchain disruption. Blockchain technology provides the new ability to securely transact without centralized, institutional, intermediaries, e.g. Global Financial Institutions. Will20th century institutions adapt or be overcome by foreknowing entrepreneurs? Where are the opportunities for institutional revolution?

Rosanna Chan

World Bank Blockchain Working Group

Alyse Killeen


26Building a Technology of Inclusion

4:00 pm

ConsenSys Stage

Driving openness and transparency, blockchain is inherently a technology of inclusion. How can women and traditionally underrepresented groups in technology innovation seize this opportunity and lead the blockchain revolution?

Meltem Demirors

Digital Currency Group


Rosanna Chan

World Bank Blockchain Working Group

Tracy Chadwell

1843 Capital

Rahilla Zafar

27What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

4:15 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

In this fireside chat, Vanessa Grellet explores a new global phenomenon with WEF’s Danil Kerimi.

Vanessa Grellet


Danil Kerimi

World Economic Forum

Mike Novogratz


28Early Adopter

4:30 pm

ConsenSys Stage

Find out why Fortress founder and early cryptocurrency investor Mike Novogratz is bullish on blockchain.

29A Penny For Your Thoughts: Tokenzing the Attention Economy

4:30 pm

SingularDTV Lounge

What is your attention worth? Every time you watch an ad, share a meme, or use a Twitter hash-tag, value is subtly being exchanged. On the decentralized Web 3.0 we can actually capture that value and offer it to users. Join us for an exploration of “meme markets” and what the economies of the future will look like when the Internet gets an update.

Simon de la Rouviere

onsenSys & Ujo

Maciej Olpinski

Meher Roy

Validity Labs

Ryan King


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