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

Saturday, May 12th

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


Ensemble Entendu


Ensemble Entendu

Justin Bolognino

Cautious Clay

Josh Karpeh

Avalon Jazz Band Band

Tasha Blank

Eli Light

The Studio

Friday, May 11th

Program begins 12 PM

Maker Space // The Doge-Ethereum Bridge #ArtProject

12:00 pm

The Maker Space enables the collective creation of art pieces that explore the intersection of art and technology. People interested in experimenting with the blockchain and physical art are invited create with us and to participate in the Doge-Ethereum Bridge Art Project.

Open Vault: CryptoJacked Pop-up Shop

1:00 pm

Don't miss out on this incredible sale! The boom of 2017 brought billions of dollars into the cryptocurrency market, fueling the next wave of technological innovation. Open Vault will feature the most advanced tools for mining cryptocurrencies developed in the past year in its inaugural CryptoJacked pop-up sale.

Scape Shift 1.0

2:00 pm

Scape Shift 1.0 is a public park signage installation and media guide that demonstrates the impact of blockchain’s new value proposition in developing public spaces and parks in NYC. The exhibition will showcase scenarios of how blockchain can be integrated into public amenities and programs.

Claves Angelicæ

3:00 pm

Claves Angelicæ is a procedure for constructing, enciphering, and casting a magical Word onto the Ethereum network. After the transaction is verified it is parsed and passed into a sigil generating algorithm, drawing an inked paper talisman as a token of their spell.


4:00 pm

Clickmine is a hyperinflationary ERC-20 token that is minted by a clicking game. The fervor to purchase ERC-20 tokens (a meta currency that exists on top of Ethereum itself) has reached such an intensity that it stalls the processing time of the network.

The Studio

Saturday, May 12th

Program begins 12 PM

Sentimental Value

12:00 pm

ART404 is producing a methodology to value artworks based on social media metrics and sentiment analysis of the artists online presence. "Sentimental Value" will manifest as an art gallery where works are sold for their Ethereum value in hype, speculation, and conversation.

Bail Bloc

1:00 pm

Bail Bloc is a downloadable cryptocurrency mining application that leverages latent computing power to generate funding for bail. We enlist a critical mass of users to challenge the role that bail plays in incarcerating low income black and brown people.

HODLism: An Initial Soul Offering

2:00 pm

HODLism: An Initial Soul Offering is an interactive experience that invites visitors to pray to Father Satoshi at an altar to decentralization. Prayers are algorithmically converted into a private key and used to attempt unlocking Satoshi’s wallets. Will the chosen one be revealed at Ethereal 2018?

NashCash Casino

3:00 pm

The NashCash Casino invites you into an immersive gaming scenario that will question your incentives at the intersection of physical and digital reality.

From Hierarchy to Holarchy

4:00 pm

A labyrinth for Physarum polycephalum, the single-celled yet "many-headed" slime mold, shows the Decentralized Autonomous Organism drawing itself across an organizational maze outlining the shift from hierarchy to Holarchy.


4:00 pm

A Plantoid is a robot designed to look, act and grow like a plant. Plants need bees to reproduce themselves, Plantoids need humans. Send Ether to the Plantoid, so it can hire an artist to replicate itself.

The Lab

Friday, May 11th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Balanc3 Demo

10:30 am - 10:50 am


Strategic Director, Balanc3


Team Lead, Balanc3


Business Development Lead, Balanc3

Mainstreaming TCRs: How Civil Governance Works

11:00 am - 11:20 am

How to introduce economic, as well as ideological, incentives for news curation: Join the first public demo of the Civil Registry, including a look into the design process for this radically new (and consumer-focused) user experience and an overview of the Civil Registry's community-driven checks and balances system.


Civil Co-Founder and Product Design

Sushi and a Movie

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Part 1: Fully immersive experience involving a short ~5minute video showing the provenance of a Yellowfin tuna, how Viant is unlocking transparency in supply chains, and showing a real example of the journey of a Yellowfin tuna from Fiji to NYC. This will include footage from Kishore and Tyler's trip to Fiji, tour the SeaQuest supply chain, TraSeable's local participation, transportation, and last mile receiving partner.

Part 2: After the movie, guests will be escorted to a dinner table where sushi chefs from MoMosushishack will prepare a small bite of the Tuna that was shown in the film - connecting the digital with the physical and making the experience real.

OpenLaw Demo

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm


Co-Founder, OpenLaw


Front-End Developer, Open Law

Blockchain Scrabble

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

This workshop will explore what this technology offers, how it works, and what it can and cannot do in a friendly, playful setting. We will introduce the basics of how blockchains work in a short presentation, and then expand on them with a facilitated session of Scrabits, a modified version of scrabble based on the bitcoin blockchain. Concepts explored will be - what is a ledger, what are the unique challenges of maintaining a decentralized way, and how bitcoin solves these problems.


Software Developer & Mesh Network Commonist Extraordinaire

AirSwap Demo

5:15 pm - 5:35 pm

The Lab

Saturday, May 12th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Challenges on the road from crowdfunding to main net and the next frontiers : Arbitrary Computations with SGX

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Piotr will provide an overview of technical challenges that the team needed to solve on the road from crowdfunding to launching main net. He will also cover the next frontier for Golem : Arbitrary Computations with SGX in Golem. Architectural Considerations, Security Risks, and Efficiency Tradeoffs.


CTO + Co-founder;Golem

What are token-curated registries, and why do they matter?

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Token-curated registries are simple cryptosystems for decentrally curating lists. Mike Goldin, author of the original token-curated registries paper, will explain how this idea works and where it might be useful. He will be joined by Eddy Munoz, adChain product manager at MetaX, to discuss observations of how the token-curated registry idea is performing in practice.


Product Manager, AdChain


Lead Engineer, ConsenSys

AdChain Demo

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm


Product Manager, AdChain


CEO, AdChain

TruSet Demo

12:35 pm - 12:55 pm


TruSet Co-Founder and Co-Lead

Blockchain as an Artistic Medium

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Ethereal Art curators in a discussion of how artists are stretching the definition of blockchains. Learn about the history and modernity of digital scarcity and decentralized art forms.


Co-founder, Co-Director of Furtherfield


Ethereal Summit Co-Creator, Art Director


Program Manager, Ethereal Arts

The Value of Trust: Building a Community Currency on Blockchain

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

The Node

Friday, May 11th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Virtue Poker Demo

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Visualizing enterprise blockchain use cases over time

10:50 am - 11:50 am

Join the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance for a workshop exploring use cases across Fintech, Energy, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and more. Help map enterprise blockchain along a timeline beginning with now and visualize how industries will be transformed.

Gitcoin Demo

11:55 am - 12:15 pm



Ujo Demo

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Building Blocks – Leveraging cloud HSM

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

As decentralized applications are moving beyond proof of concept stages, an area of focus for many is identity and key management in the enterprise. Microsoft Azure can provide a key set of components that can be leveraged to complete the solution. Additionally, this provides the opportunity to integrate with existing enterprise identity directory services.


Senior Software Engineer – Blockchain Engineering Microsoft

Omega One Demo

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Decentralizing Journalism: How To Build For The Civil Ecosystem

2:25 pm - 3:25 pm

Civil aims to cleave the Internet in two: there's the noise, nastiness, misinformation, and perverse incentives of the current web, and then there will be Civil, the place to access trustworthy journalism. Meet some of the minds behind its ambitious approach to develop a massive ecosystem of journalists, citizens and developers.


Civil CEO


Civil Co-Founder and Newsroom Sustainability Lead


Civil Co-Founder and Operations Lead


Civil Creative Technologist-in-Residence


Civil Co-Founder and Engineering Lead


Founding Partner at Old Town Media

Alethio Demo

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Alethio's EthStats is an advanced Ethereum analytics platform. Fueled by data science, semantic modeling, and machine learning, our technology focuses on applications and smart contracts, not just blocks and transactions. Our products sit on top of a living index of the entire Ethereum blockchain and emphasize user experience, custom insights, and meaningful data visualizations. With our platform, users can clearly see the data points and patterns that matter to them most, and in real time.


Business Development & Strategy, Alethio

Infura Demo

3:55 pm - 4:15 pm


Director of Global Partnerships

Real Estate 2.0 - Blockchain & Fractional Ownership presented by Pangea

4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

This program will cover the future of Real Estate and tokenization, discussing emerging business models in the Real Estate space, asset backed tokens, regulatory hurdles for tokenized securities, and the benefits of fractional ownership. We will give a demo providing a sneak peak into Pangea's platform.


Product Lead, Pangea

The Node

Saturday, May 12th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

What the future holds for Blockchain Technology

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The demand for Blockchain continues to grow at rapid speeds, as it faces tech, user, and legal challenges. This workshop will discuss some of these challenges and what the future holds for this decentralized technology. There will be a Q&A session, followed by a lively debate on Blockchain hot and current topics.


Director of In-Person Education @ Consensys Academy

World Of Ether Demo

11:35 am - 11:55 am

World of Ether is a fully decentralized crypto-collectible game. Players collect monsters on the Ethereum blockchain, which they can battle, breed, sire, and sell for ETH.


Co-Founder and Game Architect; World of Ether


Head of Product; World of Ether

Design Thinking

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Token Games

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



SingularDTV: Robots Don’t Smell... And Other Blockchain Adventures

3:10 pm - 4:10 pm

SingularDTV is a blockchain entertainment studio—and we’ll be unpacking exactly what that means. An assessment of a year’s worth of innovation and sneak peeks at our decentralized content distribution portal and upcoming original content.


Co-Founder and CEO; SingularDTV


Director of Business Development

Liquidity Now! Everything you Need to Know about Bancor Protocol

4:20 pm - 5:20 pm

Liquidity is the barrier to entry for every currency in history. Bancor's innovative automated approach uses smart contracts and network architecture to ensure continuous, low-cost and decentralized liquidity for all.


Bancor Co-founder and Product Architecht


Bancor Business Development

Zen Zone

Friday, May 11th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Mindful Yoga

10:00 am

Easy for Everyone!

Beginners Meditation Workshop

11:00 am

Chair Massages/ Sound Bath Workshop

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sign-up at Zen Zone

Guided Mediation

2:00 pm

Chair Massages/ Sound Bath Workshop

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Relaxation Beginner Yoga

5:00 pm

Zen Zone

Saturday, May 12th

Doors open 9 AM
Program begins 10 AM

Mindful Yoga

10:00 am

Easy for Everyone!

Beginners Meditation Workshop

11:00 am

Chair Massages/ Sound Bath Workshop

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sign-up at Zen Zone

Guided Meditation

2:00 pm

Chair Massages/ Sound Bath Workshop

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Deepak Chopra Guided Meditation Session

5:00 pm

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