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.
Sunday, March 10
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
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
Wednesday, March 13
The Ethereal Lounge, powered by ConsenSys • 1 – 9pm
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.
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.
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.
Featuring Ron Garrett, Partner, ConsenSys Labs, Ejaaz Ahamadeen, Enterprise Lead, Alpine, Betsabe Botaitis, Co-Founder of AIKON, and Mayra Ceja, Partner at Republic Crypto
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.’