May 11-12 2018

The Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Ave

Maspeth, NY 11378

Program Lineup

Friday, May 11th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Aya Miyaguchi

Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation

1Why I Care About Ethereum and Why You Should Too

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Learn about how Ethereum Foundation Executive Director Aya Miyaguchi originally got into blockchain, what the Foundation is up to, and where the technology is headed.

Beatriz Ramos


2The End of the Starving Artist

10:35 am - 11:05 am

A community where people speak to each other through drawings and create collaborative art
is using Ethereum to create a new economy based on self expression, collaboration and solidarity.

Eva Kaili

EU Parliament Member

3Challenges in Building Trust With Blockchain

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Learn about the regulatory approach of the EU, different sectors affecting DLT’s, and next steps needed to build a globally competitive blockchain ecosystem in Europe.

4From Oil Cranes to Blockchains: Saudi Arabia's Roadmap to the Future

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

There are radical changes happening in Saudi Arabia, where the Kingdom is attempting to transition from an oil economy to a futuristic tech hub, investing trillions of dollars in technology education and infrastructure.

Rahilla Zafar

Managing Director, ConsenSys Co-author of the Internet of Women


Yasmin Altwaijri

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

Saud AlSheraihi

Business Development General Manager Saudi Telecom Company

Mohammad Shakih

Co-Founder, Pangea; Advisor, ConsenSys Dubai

Paul Vigna

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

5The Truth Machine: A Revolution in Record-Keeping to the Lower Cost of Trust

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

The market mania over blockchain stems from belief in something quite profound: a paradigm shift in 500-year-old system of record-keeping. Paul Vigna gives a 30,000-feet-up look at how blockchain technology tackles the cost of trust, a problem that all societies face but few talk about even understand.

6Industry Blockchains and the Creative Industries

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

A 10 min deep-dive on the future of Special Purpose Industry Blockchains and how the decentralized world will impact the creative industries (in specific design and fashion)

Marjorie Hernandez

Founder, Lukso

Fabian Vogelsteller

Founder, Lukso

Sandra Ro

CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

7 Small Doesn't Mean Powerless: Blockchain & A Potential New World Paradigm

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Sandra Ro, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), will discuss how blockchain technology can benefit small countries and communities around the world, the ongoing work of the GBBC, and potential-and current- use cases helping to shift global power centers.
Title: CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council

Tricia Martinez

Founder & CEO, Wala; Director, Dala Foundation

8Starting a Financial Revolution in Africa

3:25 pm - 3:55 pm

Emerging market consumers have long suffered from a lack of accessible and affordable financial services, leaving 3.5 billion consumers globally unbanked and underserved. Using the best of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and tokenization this financial inclusion problem can be solved.

E. David Burt Burt

The Hon, JP, MP, Bermuda Premier

9Fireside Chat with Bermuda’s Premier & Minster of Finance, The Hon. E. David Burt, JP, MP

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rob Urban of Bloomberg moderates a conversation with Bermuda’s Premier on how the nation is approaching blockchain technology.

Vansa Chatikavanij

Managing Director, OmiseGO

10Dear Bank, where did my 100 bucks go?

5:05 pm - 5:35 pm

Vansa will discuss payments in Asia, institutional efforts to control financial services, and cultural nuances around payment behaviors and providers that must be taken into account for successful blockchain-based platforms.

Amber Baldet

Blockchain Program Lead, J. P. Morgan (former)

11Beyond Maximalism: Toward Hybrid, Privacy Preserving Decentralized Networks

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm

Drawing from experiences working with banks, corporates, blockchain startups, cypherpunks, and hackers, Amber connects the dots to draw a pragmatic picture of what an integrated Internet of Value might look like, and how the choices we are making now around privacy and connectivity will have ramifications for years to come.


6:30 pm

Program Lineup

Friday, May 11th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Sheila Warren

Head of Blockchain, WEF

1Who's Being Left Behind?

10:00 am - 10:30 am

How do we guard against the creation of top-down, neo-colonialist technological “solutions” to the problems that plague the world’s most vulnerable populations? How do we share the wealth of this new technology? Sheila Warren will explore these and related topics around blockchain for good.

Sam Cassatt

Chief Strategy Officer, ConsenSys

2Monetary Consciousness

10:35 am - 11:05 am

Sam Cassatt explores the conjunction of monetary theory, neuroscience, and how blockchain technology is reshaping human consciousness.

Yorke Rhodes

Co-Founder, Blockchain @Microsoft

3Our Tokenized Future

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Ethereum has given us a glimpse of the tokenized future. What is tokenization of assets, what does this mean for business and how are blockchain and identity key enablers?

4'Daily Show' Reboot: Is Blockchain A Hoax or Game Changer?

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Following his provocative special report on ‘The Daily Show’ on the token craze, Ronny Cheing returns to see another side of the crypto world, in the form of a conversation with Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin, moderated by Kavita Gupta.

Gupta will also make an announcement regarding ConsenSys Ventures.

Kavita Gupta

Founding Managing Partner, ConsenSys Ventures


Ronny Chieng

Tech Reporter, The Daily Show

Joseph Lubin

Co-Founder, Ethereum; Founder, ConsenSys

Sid Coelho-Prabhu

Toshi Product Lead, Coinbase

5Where the Web 3 Stands Today

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

A taste of what is possible on the decentralized web today, learn about buying ETH, using a decentralized exchange to trade ETH for tokens, earning crypto for microtasks, posting on decentralized social media, taking a loan on the blockchain, supporting an artist, and more.

Simon de la Rouvière

Blockchain Lead, Ujo Music

6Lessons from the Formation of a Decentralized Band

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Brian Forde

Candidate, U.S. Congress

7Who's Minding the House?

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

If cryptocurrencies are the second-coming of the Internet, members of Congress should understand their impact. Former Obama Senior Tech Advisor and Founding Director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, Brian Forde, has mounted a renegade run for Congress to make sure that happens.

Ryan Selkis

Founder & CEO, Messari

8The Economic Case for Cryptoasset Transparency

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

The hype around tokens has exploded in the past year. Yet at today’s prices, it’s getting critical to shift the conversation from sentiment to fundamentals. Ryan will share new research that identifies core token data that may help to identify sustainable token projects.

Leonardo Gammar

CEO, Agora

9How to Bring Digital Voting Solutions to Developing Countries

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

There are certain countries where people think no one is interested in democracy. Leo Gammar explains why that is not the case, and how these countries can benefit from blockchain-enabled voting solutions.

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director, Social Impact, ConsenSys

10The Meaning of Giving in a Crypto World

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Blockchain offers the promise of a decentralized world, shifting away from the concentration of power and wealth. At the same time, the community that created the technology and investors who believed in this promise have created a significant source of wealth and are facing a new challenge: how to redefine giving in this new crypto world.

11Eep! How Should Ethereum Be Governed?

4:55 pm - 5:55 pm

As Ethereum develops and grows, the community often faces questions over the direction it should take. At these — forgive the pun — forks in the road, how should these decisions be made, and who gets to make the final call?

Laura Shin

Host of Crypto Podcasts "Unchained" and "Unconfirmed"

Vlad Zamfir


Nick Dodson

Founder, GovernX; Senior Engineer, ConsenSys

Joseph Lubin

Co-Founder, Ethereum; Founder, ConsenSys

12Yes It Is Happening: Waystations on the Path to the Decentralized Future

5:55 pm - 6:25 pm

Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin will discuss progress on the road toward a decentralized future and his vision of what lies ahead.


6:30 pm

14Codex & R.A.R.E Art - Blockchain Art Auction

7:00 pm

View and bid in crypto on blockchain-themed works donated by renowned artists.

15Musical Performances

8:00 pm

Christopher Willits

Heathered Pearls


Rory O’Connor

The Human Experience Experience

David Block


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Justin Bolognino

Cautious Clay

Josh Karpeh

Avalon Jazz Band Band

Tasha Blank

Eli Light

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