The program for Ethereal has been carefully designed to tell the story of decentralization over the course of a day. It features architects of the Web 3.0, futurists, media influencers, government officials, artists, musicians, and pioneers in humanitarian aid and sustainability, coming together for a day of technology storytelling in every imaginable medium.
Fixity & Flux: While much of our program is final, we are still (very selectively) adding speakers, panelists, artists, performers, and demos to our lineup. For questions about participation, please email email@example.com.
A World Without Middlemen // Vinay Gupta
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 the Internet. 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.
Understand Blockchain in 15 Minutes + Expert AMA
// Luke Robert Mason, Mike Goldin, Karl Floersch
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 it your own, and experiment on friends and colleagues. Simplicity does not mean sacrificing technical precision, thanks to the expertise of leading blockchain architects Mike Goldin and Karl Floersch.
Nation OS: Prototyping the Future of Government
//Rachel Haot, Laurent Lamothe, Cab Morris, Giorgi Vashadze
//Moderator: Jeremy Millar
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?
Building a Technology of Inclusion
// Rahilla Zafar, Geena Rocero, Rosanna Chan, Tracy Chadwell
// Moderator: Meltem Demirors
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?
Open Source Entrepreneurship: The Future of Venture Capital?
//Alyse Killeen, Brock Pierce, Andrew Parker, Lucy Wang
//Moderator: Nick Dodson
Between tokens, ICO's, cryptocurrencies, and crowdfunding, the barrier to entry to entrepreneurship seems to be getting lower. How will venture capital change to accommodate blockchain-based funding models that offer new options to entrepreneurs? How is the VC industry thinking about blockchain and other transformative technologies, and what types of startups are they interested in funding?
Creators First: Art & Music Distribution Re-Imagined for Web 3.0
//Laurenzo Mefsut, Zach LeBeau, Sean Green, Mitzi Peirone, Jesse Grushack
// Moderator: Courtney Harding
Find out how artists, musicians, writers, 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.
Take Back Your Digital Freedom, Starting With Your Data
// Michael Sena, Patrick Deegan
// Moderator: Allessandro Voto
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.
A Penny for Your Thoughts: Tokenizing the Attention Economy
// Maciej Olpinski, Meher Roy
// Moderator: Simon de la Rouviere
What is your attention worth? Every time you watch an ad, share a meme, or use a Twitter hashtag, 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.
Interlocking Futures: Blockchain + AI, VR, Robotics, IoT
// Courtney Harding, Giani Fabrico, Max Rebo, Pete Asaro
// Moderator: Leigh Christie
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.
Making Sure the Future Happens: Building Sustainable Global Villages
// Garrett MacDonald, Elisa Achterberg, Bill Bodel, Jason Green
// Moderator: Melissa Meyer
Mass production changed everything about the food we eat and the products we consume, and gave rise to massive centralized systems that perpetuate a waste epidemic. Today, emerging technologies offer us an opportunity to course-correct and if we choose, return to a village model — but optimized for efficiency, and operating on a global scale.
A Global Marketplace: The Next Frontier in Financial Inclusion
// Sam Cassatt, Rosanna Chan, Ashish Gadnis
// Moderator: Kate Mulder
Today 2.5 billion people, the “unbanked”, are locked out of the global economy. Others lack access to basic government institutions that provide identity and enforce laws, or lose their claims to property through natural disasters or becoming refugees. However, from new micro-loan platforms to blockchain-based identity, tools are being built that could enable developing and underserved areas of the world to leapfrog post-industrial nations.
The Network Society of the Future // David Orban
How can we prepare for a future transformed by breakthrough technologies? Find out from Singularity University and Network Society Ventures' David Orban.
Conscientious Consumption Starts With the Supply Chain
//Tyler Smith, Kishore Atreya, Amanda Matilda, Brian Iselin
//Moderator: Anne Connelly
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.
Reporting on a Revolution: What's at Stake for Media Covering Tech
// Matt Leising, Laura Shin, Alex Klokus, Morgen Peck
// Moderator: Jolene Creighton
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.
Liquid Democracy, Crypto Anarchy, Futarchy: New Tools & Frontiers in Governance
// Matt Liston, Federico Ast, Santiago Siri, Dave Perry
// Moderator: Carolyn Reckhow
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, Boardroom, and CrowdJury.
When Crypto Goes Global: Bitcoin & Developing Economies // Elizabeth Rossiello
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.
Ethereum: Taking Back Control of The Internet // Joseph Lubin
What makes Ethereum different from all other blockchains? Ethereum is powering a revolution in how we think about some of the most essential organizing mechanisms of society, trust and identity. To wrap up the day, Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin offers his vision of a decentralized world.