Head to The Blockchain House, powered by ConsenSys, to engage with the latest blockchain developments in Media, Art, Entertainment, Fashion, Money, Food, and more. Our Ethereal Lounge will serve up sips and bites along with a Zen Zone, so you can stay refreshed and keep up with all things blockchain and decentralization at SXSW.

Program Lineup

Sunday, March 10

1Intensive: Intro to Blockchain, for non-developers

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Heard all the buzz, but don’t know where to start? Fear not! Consensys Academy is here to help you with this introduction to the basic terms and concepts of blockchain.

We’ll also demo what a blockchain looks like as it runs on a computer or you access it through a portal. Don’t know what that last sentence means? Come find out! All levels of knowledge welcome.

Instructors: Susie Batt, Coogan Brennan, from ConsenSys Academy

Pre-Registration required.

2Intensive: Intro to Blockchain, for non-developers

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by ConsenSys Academy (pre-registration required)

3Black Girls Code Pop-up

1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

ConsenSys and Black Girls Code team up for a pop-up session championing women and people of color in the tech industry. Join us for quickfire lightning talks on trending subjects, project demos, and a Tech Diva Panel: “Meet Your Future Tech Boss.”

1:00PM – 1:40PM: BGC Lighting Talks
2:00PM – 2:15PM: BGC Project Demonstrations
2:30PM – 3:15PM: Tech Diva Panel: Everything Starts with a Story: “Meet your Future Tech Boss”

4The Future of Media

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

With mass layoffs at digital media companies ever increasing, it’s clear that journalism requires a fundamental rebalancing of equity and new set of tools to survive. Blockchain-enabled platforms like Civil and _CLT are challenging the status quo with a new way for online journalism that isn’t reliant on ads or tech giant gatekeepers.

Join Vivian Schiller, CEO of the Civil Foundation and Jonah Weinstein, CTO of _CLT as they discuss respective approaches to this endeavor. Mike Kriak, Media Circle Global Lead, ConsenSys will moderate.

5The Future of Content

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

We’ve already seen poles switch in digital content, turning consumers into producers, and rendering multinational media corporations struggling to keep up with disruptions in the fast-changing media environment. Where media goes next is a question with billion dollar implications…

We’ve invited groundbreaking executives Brian Verne of sports content upstart WAVE, AI guru and CEO Ryan Detert of Influential, and ConsenSys’ Head of Global Parnerships Steven Haft, alongside ConsenSys Global Head of Community Jory Des Jardins to break down what content looks like in the impending decentralized age.

6The Future of Marketing

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

As technology ingrains ever deeper into our lives, intrepid brands are reaching audiences in increasingly unique and immersive ways, and the lines between producer and consumer are blurring. Technologies like AI, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed-Reality and blockchain are forging a path that goes beyond experiential and influencer marketing trends towards a whole new era.

Join moderator Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer at AdWeek to unpack the latest happenings in marketing and technology with Ricky Holm, Founder of Chocolate Milk & Donuts, Co-Organizer of ‘VR & 360 Video Austin’ XR Meetup, Connor Blakley, Chief Marketing Officer at The Campus Agency, Founder, YouthLogic, and Sophia Lopez, Founder of Kaleido.

7The Future of Fashion

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm

Genuine. Authentic. Real. Sustainable. Fair. These words play an integral role in the domains of fashion, jewelry, luxury, and art. Until very recently, though, provenance and supply chain have been opaque processes to consumers. A number of groundbreaking blockchain-based projects around the world are out to change that.

Join Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer at the global Future Tech Lab, Samuel Alexander, CEO C2C Fashion and Technology LLC, Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director of Luxury Goods, Lifestyle, Arts and Impact at ConsenSys, and Jim Warnock of the Human Rights Foundation to find out how blockchain plays into the Future of Fashion…

8Happy Hour, Hosted by ConsenSys

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, March 11

1Intensive: Intro to Blockchain, for non-developers

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Heard all the buzz, but don’t know where to start? Fear not! Consensys Academy is here to help you with this introduction to the basic terms and concepts of blockchain.

We’ll also demo what a blockchain looks like as it runs on a computer or you access it through a portal. Don’t know what that last sentence means? Come find out! All levels of knowledge welcome.

Instructors: Susie Batt, Coogan Brennan, from ConsenSys Academy

Pre-Registration required.

2Intensive: Intro to Blockchain, for non-developers

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by ConsenSys Academy (pre-registration required)

3The Future of Design

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

While so many in the blockchain world are concerned with tech development under the hood, it’s through UX and design that users ultimately engage with the decentralized web. In this critical early period, designers around the world are creating interfaces that transition us from a Web2 to a Web3 reality, and a number of key trends are standing out.

Moderator Leslie Wingo, President & CEO, Sanders\Wingo sits down with Chris Duffey, Strategic Development Lead at Adobe, alongside Georgia Rakusen, Design Research Lead at Consensys, and Oen Michael Hammonds, Design Principal, Employee Experience Design, IBM to block out what a Web3 design experience looks like.

4The Future of Music

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

Streaming services are now a pillar of the music industry and have removed gatekeepers to success for many artists, but current business models may leave creators out of the equation. Can the next generation of music apps decentralize the business of music?

Marketing, tech, and culture guru and host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustle Bonin Bough joins Jessie Grushack, Co-Founder of Ujo, Farah Allen, CEO and Founder of The Labz, John Wolpert of ConsenSys Web Studio and Bootleg and Farah Allen, CEO and Founder of The Labz to lay out how decentralized tech is impacting the music industry.

5The Future of Health

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

The healthcare industry and particularly health records present an early and exciting use case for blockchain technology. The lack of digitization in health records is a major hindrance to healthcare in the United States, and legacy companies and blockchain startups alike are racing towards a solution that places agency back in the grasp of patients and a healthcare system that works for everyone.

Join Moderator Bob Pearson Sr of the W2O Group, Heather Flannery from ConsenSys Health, and Ben Hwang, Chairman and CEO of Profusa, to find out how blockchain tech is affecting the Future of Health.

6The Future of Trust

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Of all industries that affect the daily lives of individuals, law and legal agreements may provide the most intermediated experience beholden to gatekeepers and paperwork. Online platforms like Rocket Lawyer have quickly democratized access to legal services, and blockchain-based projects like OpenLaw are taking the next step in disintermediating the legal system and the formation of agreements for all.

Find out what the Future of Law looks like with Charley Moore, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer, Aaron Wright, Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Co-Founder of OpenLaw. Moderated by Priyanka Desai, SVP Business Development/Operations, OpenLaw; Co-Founder, Peeps Democracy

7Happy Hour, hosted by ConsenSys and Rocket Lawyer

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

8Video + Fireside Chat: The Bounty for Basura

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In December 2018, Bounties Network, ConsenSys, and Coins.ph implemented a pilot of Ethereum-based bounties program to clean up Manila Bay, where accumulated trash was threatening whole communities, the livelihood of local fishermen, and the wider bio-ecosystem.

Join Bounties Network CEO Mark Beylin for a 20-minute video case study that captures the Bounties for Basura project as it implements incentives to catalyze and self-organize local communities for sustainable environmental impact while utilizing blockchain technology (RSVP required).

Check out The Bounty for Basura trailer here.

Wednesday, March 13
The Ethereal Lounge, powered by ConsenSys • 1 – 9pm

1Intensive: Ethereum 101 with ConsenSys Academy

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bring a laptop or just observe as we walk through ConsenSys Academy’s new interactive platform for teaching fundamental concepts of blockchain.

Here, blockchain is not a spectator sport! Asymmetric encryption and validation; Blockchain data structure; and easy access to the blockchain using MetaMask—These tricky concepts will become much clearer as you experience them in straightforward, visual ways.

Instructors: Aditi Sriram, Coogan Brennan of ConsenSys Academy.

2The Future of Work

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

While sharing economy apps like Uber and AirBNB have propelled huge conceptual shifts in regards to the nature of work, income, and society-at-large, it’s just the first step in a vast decentralizing phenomenon that is already changing the way we interact with exchanging time and work for value and will create more equitable employment standards across the globe.

Join Moderator Anne Griffin from OpenLaw and ConsenSys, Mike J. Walker Sr, Director of Applied Innovation at Microsoft, Oen Michael Hammonds, Design Principal, Employee Experience Design at IBM, and Robert Greenfield IV, Co-Founder at ConsenSys Social Impact to get an inside look at the future of work.

3The Future of UX for Blockchain

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

For blockchain to be a success and reach mass adoption, we need it to be something that everyone can access and benefit from. But there are a number of big user experience obstacles we need to overcome (onboarding, key recovery, education, etc). The speakers will discuss the current state of UX, what designers and researchers can do to get to mass adoption, and what future UX challenges might look like in an ever-changing and unpredictable landscape.

The Future of UX invites Sarah Gregory, User Research Lead at Coinbase alongside Georgia Rakusen, Design Research Lead at ConsenSys, and Jonny Howle, Product Designer at uPort, for a deep dive into how UX is developing in a Web3 world.

4Intensive: The State of Ethereum

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Christian Crowley, Co-Lead of Alethio, a powerful blockchain data, analytics, & visualization platform as he discusses the current state of Ethereum & what matters most to the ecosystem from an on-chain data perspective. Alethio has set out to create tools to combat information asymmetry on the Ethereum blockchain & promote transparency & equitable access to meaningful data for all users.

Join christian as he uses Alethio’s visualization will discuss current challenges facing the ecosystem due to information asymmetry, particularly in the rapidly growing decentralized or open finance space.

This event is invite only, and RSVP is required for attendance.

5CryptoMondays + ConsenSys Present: The State of Ethereum Meetup

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

ConsenSys and CryptoMondays welcome the blockchain community to come together before the start of the Official SXSW Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Track.

Featured Guests include John Wolpert of ConsenSys’ Web3 Studios and Co-Founder of IBM Hyperledger, who will provide a blockchain Tech Talk, and Christian Crowley of Ethereum data analytics powerhouse Alethio, who will preview his State of Ethereum talk.

6ConsenSys Presents: the SXSW Blockchain Track Kickoff Party

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ConsenSys celebrates SXSW’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency track at the Blockchain House with an exclusive kick-off party!

Come meet members from ConsenSys’ global mesh, partners and friends, listen to great music, and get to know some of the most remarkable technologists and entrepreneurs in the blockchain industry.

Thursday, March 14
The Ethereal Lounge, powered by ConsenSys • 10 – 2pm

1Talk: Enterprise Blockchain Springs Forward from the Crypto Winter

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Despite volatility in cryptocurrency markets, enterprise blockchain applications have reached new levels of success, actively developing new applications, building out new business networks, and moving projects from pilots and POC’s into production.

Enterprise blockchain is now providing business value and being proven out at scale—and not just in the traditional FinTech and Supply Chain markets. This session will highlight the major trends in enterprise blockchain today, using real-world examples that demonstrate how the promises of yesterday are being realized today, and fueling tomorrow’s innovations.

Presented by Steve Cerveny, Kaleido

2Talk: Coming Back to Earth: Tales from the Crypto Hype Cycle

10:00 am - 10:40 am

ConsenSys Chief of Staff Jeremy Millar joins to share the story of the rise of ConsenSys, one of the fastest growing and iterating companies in blockchain. Through market cycles, inflection points, and the challenges of pioneering a new technological and social paradigm, ConsenSys has forged the early roadmap for the blockchain entrepreneur—and has often done it the hard way!

In this intimate keynote, Millar offers insights, reflections, and actionable takeaways from ConsenSys’ remarkable journey to the forefront of the decentralized revolution, and uses them to lay out a roadmap towards a Web3 enabled world.

3Designing Trust at Scale: Building Products That Drive the Enterprise Blockchain Revolution

10:00 am - 10:50 am

With all great technologies, the concept that users are engaging with technology at all eventually becomes an afterthought as the User Experience around the tech improves. Blockchain is no exception to this rule. In order to get to this point, enterprises need solutions that both build trust and sheath the complexity of the blockchain, all while leveraging the numerous benefits that the technology offers.

In this Intensive, we discuss some potential solutions for making this important leap forward with experts from ConsenSys’ Solutions team who are building the products bringing enterprises into the blockchain fold today.

Instructors: Alix Keller – Product Executive, Solutions, Missy Kelley – Design Principal, Solutions, Jonathan Belelieu – Engineering Principal, Solutions.

Pre-Registration required.

4The Future of Venture

10:50 am - 11:30 am

Blockchain technology has already shown its ability to fundamentally rewire the mechanisms for launching, growing, and funding companies and organizations. Now, as the blockchain industry matures, we’re seeing traditional venture models come up against new and powerful ways to make business happen. Join us at the Future of Venture for an informative discourse on venture capital, cryptocurrency, and global business.

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Featuring Ron Garrett, Partner, ConsenSys Labs, Ejaaz Ahamadeen, Enterprise Lead, Alpine, Betsabe Botaitis, Co-Founder of AIKON, and Mayra Ceja, Partner at Republic Crypto

5Intensive: The Future of Digital Identity, presented by uPort

11:00 am - 11:50 am

As Web3 takes shape, digital identity will continue to become an integral part of the online experience. Leading the charge towards true self-sovereign digital identity—and in turn rescuing data from third party behemoths like Facebook—is ConsenSys spoke uPort, the open identity system for the decentralized web.

Join lead members from the uPort team to get the latest on the future of identity and find out why issues like privacy, security, credentials, and reputation are essential to a mature blockchain ecosystem, and what it’s going to take for us to get there.

Instructors: Jonny Howle, Product Designer, uPort; Garrett Allen, Sr. Product Manager, uPort

6Intensive: The Tokenized Future

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

The cryptocurrency boom was just the first phase of the token economy, and the next phase is already underway. Tokenized assets are already developing into a varied and powerful instrument in the Web3 economy.

This interactive session will include an overview of basic token functionality, a dive into token economic primitives, and a few notable examples from the ecosystem, and will also cover various enterprise token cases to demonstrate the industry’s current progress.

Afterwards, we’ll undertake a live demo that will involve audience participation in an active production system—make sure to have a Twitter account.

Instructors: Ejaaz Ahamadeen, Enterprise Lead, Alpine; Jacob Blish, Token Engineer, Alpine; Gregory Rocco, Strategy, Alpine

Presented by Alpine (pre-registration required)

7Intensive: ConsenSys Labs: Ask Me Anything

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Come join Shawn Cheng and Ron Garrett, Partners at ConsenSys Labs in an Ask Me Anything session for blockchain entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Shawn and Ron will share their outlook on hot sectors and growth opportunities in the blockchain ecosystem, and lay out the landscape of ConsenSys Labs partnerships and projects as Ethereum 2.0 comes into view.

8The Future of Banking: 'De-Fi' is Coming...Here's What it Looks Like

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

The global banking industry has raced to the front in innovation in blockchain, and financial services providers are already bearing the fruit of distributed ledgers and shared networks. But what’s next? 2019 has already shown the latest major trend in blockchain: Decentralized Finance—or De-Fi—is opening up whole new pathways for financial services.

Join moderator Jon Rice, Co-Founder & Managing Editor at Crypto Briefing, Tim Grant, Founder and CEO of DrumG Financial Technologies, and Jeremy Millar of ConsenSys Solutions to get all the details on global developments in the banking industry, and the remarkable growth of ‘De-Fi.’

9The Future of Ethereum

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

All eyes in blockchain are looking towards the development of Ethereum 2.0, a version of the network that graduates to Proof of Stake, and fully realizing the vision of decentralized networks. Amongst the teams coding that future into reality is Pegasys, the Enterprise Ethereum client for businesses around the world.

Join Akhila Raju and Joseph Delong of Enterprise Ethereum powerhouse Pegasys for an overview of Ethereum 2.0, why it’s necessary, how it works, and a look into Pegasys’ open source repo Artemis.

Instructor: Akhila Raju and Joseph Delong, Pegasys

Pre-Registration required