The program for Ethereal Summit 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.

 


WELCOME FROM THE HOSTS OF ETHEREAL SUMMIT
//Jesse Grushack & Amanda Gutterman
9:15am - ConsenSys Stage
 


 

A WORLD WITHOUT MIDDLEMEN
Vinay Gupta - Founder, Hexayurt Guy Capital Partners
9:30am - ConsenSys Stage
 

 

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
Luke Robert Mason - Director, Virtual Futures
10:00am - ConsenSys Stage


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.
 


DISRUPT OR BE DISRUPTED: NEW BUSINESS MODELS IN A DECENTRALIZING WORLD
Hosted by William Mougayar - Investor & Author, The Business Blockchain
Kishore Atreya - Director, ConsenSys
Jared Harwayne-Gidansky - VP, Deputy Global Head and North American Lead of the Emerging Business & Technology group, BNY Mellon
Sandra Ro - Executive Director, Head of Digitization at CME Group
Juan Llanos - FinTech & RegTech Lead, ConsenSys
10:15 - ConsenSys Stage



Are decentralizing technologies disrupting legacy business? The Harvard Business Review recently wrote that blockchain is “foundational” rather than “disruptive”, offering a platform for new types of businesses and value creation. Others are less sure. Which businesses will survive in an open-source future, and how will they monetize? Learn from the businesspeople at the forefront of implementing blockchain technology.


STATE OF PLAY: THE NEXT LEVEL IN E-SPORTS AND GAMING
Hosted by Ryan Gittleson - Product Lead, Vitue Poker, ConsenSys
David Gzesh - Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
Marco Cuestra - Co-Founder, Head of Business Development, FirstBlood
Christopher Gonsalves - Head of Business Development, ChallengeMe.GG
10:30am - SingularDTV Lounge


Meet the minds transforming the way we play. More often than not, entertainment, e-sports, and gaming actually lead the adoption of new technologies, bringing other industries along in their wake. Virtual reality is already an excellent example of this phenomenon. Explore how decentralizing technologies, tokens, and novel business models are bringing about revolutions in user experience, safety, and fun.


TAKE BACK YOUR DIGITAL FREEDOM, STARTING WITH YOUR DATA
Hosted by Michael Sena - Product Lead, uPort, ConsenSys
Patrick Deegan - Founder at DAC Technologies, Co-Creator of Tree of Tenere
Jake Porway - Director, DataKind
Alicia Carmona - Consultant, Anthropologist, ID2020
Ryan Shea - Co-Creator, Blockstack
Melanie Shapiro - Co-Founder & CEO, Tokenize
10:45am - ConsenSys Stage


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.


WHEN WELLNESS GETS PERSONAL: DATA, ACCESS, AND THE FUTURE OF HEALTH
Hosted by Anne Connelly - Head of Business Development, Ledger Labs
Tamara St. Claire - Health IT Advisor
Diego Espinoza - CEO, HealthCoin
Markeze Bryant - Portfolio Manager, Acumen America
11:00am - SingularDTV Lounge


The 20th century ushered in the belief that every person had a right to medical care. Although we are far from achieving global health, today we are pushing that notion even further. Individuals increasingly access their genetic information, patients demand control over their data, and possibly in the future, their self-evolution rights, while personalized medicine, life extension, and computational biology push our capabilities forward. How are new technologies changing the meaning of wellness, and who gets to have it?


NATION OS: PROTOTYPING THE FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT
Hosted by Rahilla Zafar - Author of "Internet of Women" & Managing Director for MENA, ConsenSys
Rachel Haot - Managing Director, 1776
Laurent Lamothe - Former Prime Minister of Haiti; Founding Partner, LSL World Initiative
Cab Morris - Deputy Director of Strategy and Operational Performance, Illinois; State of Illinois' Blockchain Strategy Lead
Giorgi Vashadze - Founder & CEO, Innovation and Development Foundation
11:15am - ConsenSys Stage


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?

 


THE FIRST 3D MODEL OF THE BLOCKCHAIN
Maximilian Bech - Sculptor, Maker & Designer
11:45am - SingularDTV Lounge


In the beginning of 2017, Maximilian was the first person worldwide to realize a full 3D model of the blockchain. The masterpiece is shaped out of one single piece of wood and features the first four codes, including the genesis code, which were carved out with CNC technology. It is an example of how ideas in the fields of Ethereum and blockchain technology can be developed and transformed into three dimensions.


SINGULARDTV: BUILDING A DECENTRALIZED ENTERTAINMENT ECONOMY
Zach LeBeau - CEO & Co-Founder, SingularDTV
11:45am - ConsenSys Stage

Zach LeBeau unveils the 11 modules and applications that make up the SingularDTV experience, from rights and revenue management to film and television distribution.


WHAT IS VUNK? INTRO TO VIRTUAL PROPERTY
Tyler Smith - Director - Energy and Consulting, ConsenSys; Formerly BHP-Billiton
12:00pm - SingularDTV Lounge

The FreeMyVunk Movement (the ReVUNKolution) is dedicated to empowering people to fight for ownership rights over their virtual property, virtual junk or VUNK.


DUBAI, CITY OF THE FUTURE: FROM IMAGINATION TO REALITY
Rahilla Zafar - Author of "Internet of Women" & Managing Director for MENA, ConsenSys
Jeremy Millar - Chief of Staff, ConsenSys & Founding Board Member, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
12:00 - ConsenSys Stage



Dubai has declared its intent to become one of the world's smartest cities by 2020. And between 3D-printed buildings, flying drone taxis, and a government run on the blockchain, Dubai is making astonishing strides toward its ambitious goal. Learn how Dubai is prototyping rapid innovation and becoming a hub of next-level tech.


REPORTING ON A REVOLUTION: WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR MEDIA COVERING TECH
Hosted by Jolene Creighton - Editor-in-Chief, Futurism
Matt Leising - Reporter, Bloomberg News
Laura Shin - Forbes contributor and Host of the Unchained podcast
Alex Klokus - CEO, Futurism
Morgen Peck - Crypto Reporter for American Banker, Scientific American, Backchannel & BBC Future
Robert Hackett - Reporter, Fortune
12:30 - ConsenSys Stage


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.
 


TREE OF Tenéré
Patrick Deegan - Founder at DAC Technologies, Co-Creator of Tree of Tenere
Alex Green - CEO & Founder, Symmetry Labs
12:30 - SingularDTV Lounge


Debuting at Burning Man 2017, the Tree of Tenéré is an enormous climbable tree with 25,000 LED leaves. The four-story tree is the the largest interactive "light canvas" ever created.


WHEN CRYPTO GOES GLOBAL: BITCOIN & DEVELOPING ECONOMIES
Elizabeth Rossiello - Founder & CEO, BitPesa
1:00PM - ConsenSys Stage

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.
 


BLOCKCHAIN GENIUS BAR #AMA
Mike Goldin - Software Engineer, ConsenSys
Karl Floersch - Software Engineer, ConsenSys
12:45 - SingularDTV Lounge


What did you always want to know, but were too afraid to ask? Join us at the ultimate blockchain genius bar, and bring your toughest questions about decentralizing technologies. No challenge is too great.


WHERE CREATORS COME FIRST: ART & FILM ON THE WEB 3.0
Hosted by Benton Bainbridge - Media Artist, Benton C Bainbridge
Laurenzo Mefsut - Founder, Artchain
Kim Jackson - Co-Founder & President, SingularDTV
Sean Green -
Mitzi Peirone - Filmmaker, Model, and Writer/Director, BRAID
1:15 - ConsenSys Stage



Find out how artists 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.


POWERING UP: THE CLEAN TECH REINVENTION OF THE ENERGY GRID
Hosted by Alessandro Voto - Co-Lead, Blockchain Futures Lab, IFTF
Martin Lundfall - Software Engineer, ConsenSys
Garrett MacDonald - Blockchain Fellow, Energy Web Foundation and Rocky Mountain Institute
Elisa Achterberg - Lead Circle Financial Innovation, PhD Candidate Sustainable Finance Lab, Circle Economy
1:30 - SingularDTV Lounge

Today energy is largely controlled by centralized systems. This can pose tremendous risks. But with the help of cutting-edge technologies, we have a unique opportunity to decentralize our energy grids, track our energy consumption at an incredible level of detail, and make choices that favor sustainability with the help of rich data sets. Meet the minds behind new networks and grids of power, that put the user back in control.


LUNCH IS SERVED


INTERLOCKING FUTURES: WHERE BLOCKCHAIN, AI, VR, ROBOTICS, AND IOT MEET
Hosted by Leigh Christie - Manager, Isobar NowLab Americas
Cortney Harding - Professor, Author, and Consultant
Maxwell Rebo - CEO, Machine Colony
Peter Asaro - Assistant Prof at The New School & Affiliate Scholar in the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law
2:30 - SingularDTV Lounge

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.


CONSCIENTIOUS CONSUMPTION STARTS WITH THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Hosted by Vanessa Grellet - Executive Director Enterprise and Social Impacts, ConsenSys
Brian Iselin - Founder and President, slavefreetrade
Tyler Mulvihill - Enterprise Director, ConsenSys
Amanda Cole - Social Impact Strategist, Nexus Global Youth Summit
Tyler Smith - Director - Energy and Consulting, ConsenSys; Formerly BHP-Billiton
2:40 - ConsenSys Stage


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.


THE TOKEN ECONOMY: EXCHANGE IN 3 DIMENSIONS
Hosted by Nick Dodson - Founder, Lead Engineer, Weifund, Boardroom, ConsenSys
Brock Pierce - Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital
Joel Monegro -
Jalak Jobanputra - Founding Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures
William Mougayar - Investor & Author, The Business Blockchain
3:10 - ConsenSys Stage

Between tokens, cryptocurrencies, and crowdfunding, the barrier to entry to entrepreneurship seems to be getting lower. Tokens promise to to open up certain economies for the first time, for instance, the world of micro-transactions as processing costs approach zero. What is a token, how is it made, and why? Will legacy fundraising systems change to accommodate these new models, or get disrupted by them?


LIQUID DEMOCRACY, CRYPTO ANARCHY, FUTARCHY: NEW TOOLS & FRONTIERS IN GOVERNANCE
Hosted by Carolyn Reckhow - Strategy & Operations, ConsenSys
Federico Ast - Founder & CEO at Crowdjury
Dave Perry - Product Strategy, ConsenSys
Santiago Siri - Founder, Democracy Earth
Matt Liston - Chief Strategist at Gnosis, ConsenSys
3:15 - SingularDTV Lounge

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.


THE NETWORK SOCIETY OF THE FUTURE
Dave Orban - Singularity University, Founder & Managing Partner at Network Society
3:40 - ConsenSys Stage


How can we prepare for a future transformed by breakthrough technologies? Find out from Singularity University and Network Society Ventures' David Orban.


GLOBAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 2.0
Rosanna Chan - Digital Economist; Founder of the World Bank Blockchain Working Group
Alyse Killeen - Venture Capital Investor, Partner at StillMark
3:45 - SingularDTV Lounge

Today’s global-scale institutions are fundamentally a reflection of the conditions of the 20th century - a time that’s increasingly different from our modern 21st century. Are-imagination of these institutions, identifying what remains relevant, what’s obsolete, and what’s new, is necessary in response to blockchain disruption. Blockchain technology provides the new ability to securely transact without centralized, institutional, intermediaries, e.g. Global Financial Institutions. Will 20th century institutions adapt or be overcome by foreknowing entrepreneurs? Where are the opportunities for institutional revolution?


BUILDING A TECHNOLOGY OF INCLUSION
Hosted by Meltem Demirors - Director of Development at Digital Currency Group
Rosanna Chan - Digital Economist; Founder of the World Bank Blockchain Working Group
Tracy Chadwell - Founding Partner, 1843 Capital
Geena Rocero - Supermodel, TED Speaker, Transgender & ID activist, Founder, Gender Proud
Rahilla Zafar - Author of "Internet of Women" & Managing Director for MENA at ConsenSys
4:00 - ConsenSys Stage


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?


WHAT IS THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION?
Hosted by Vanessa Grellet - Executive Director Enterprise and Social Impacts at ConsenSys
Danil Kerimi - Head of Technology Industries, World Economic Forum
4:15 - SingularDTV Lounge


In this fireside chat, Vanessa Grellet explores a new global phenomenon with WEF's Danil Kerimi.


A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: TOKENIZING THE ATTENTION ECONOMY
Hosted by Simon de la Rouviere - Engineer of Societies at ConsenSys & Ujo
Maciej Olpinski - Co-founder of Userfeeds.io
Meher Roy - Co-Founder, Validity Labs
Ryan King - Co-founder at FOAM
Don Mosites - Founder, Swap Protocol
4:30 - SingularDTV Lounge


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.


A GLOBAL MARKETPLACE: THE NEXT FRONTIER IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION
Hosted by Kate Mulder - Strategic Investment Officer, Full Spectrum Economy & Full Spectrum Investing
Rosanna Chan - Digital Economist, Founder of the World Bank Blockchain Working Group
Sam Cassatt - Chief Strategy Officer, ConsenSys
Ayako Miyaguchi - Managing Director of Japan, Kraken
4:50PM - ConsenSys Stage



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.

 


FARM TO CHAIN: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL VILLAGES
Hosted by Niran Babalola
William E Bodell III - William E Bodell III, Web3 ArchitectFounder @ FarmShare
Jason Green - CEO & Co-Founder at EdenWorks
Melissa Mayer - Founder, HealthMJ
Ryan Hooks - Founder of Huxley
Paul Berry - Lead Engineer, Square Roots to Grow
5:00 - SingularDTV Lounge



Mass production changed the way 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.


OPEN SOURCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE FUTURE OF VENTURE CAPITAL?
Hosted by Ron Garrett - Entrepreneur in Residence, ConsenSys
Alyse Killeen - Venture Capital Investor, Partner at StillMark
Brad Burnham - Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
Lucy Wang - Emerging Technology Investor, Greycroft Partners
Andrew Parker - General Partner at Spark
5:40 - ConsenSys Stage


The open source movement has existed for as long as computing. However, the surge of interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency is driving new interest by venture capitalists in companies that build and rely upon open-source software. What kinds of open-source business models to VC's seek out? How is the VC industry thinking about blockchain and other transformative technologies, and what types of startups are they interested in funding?


ETHEREUM: TAKING BACK CONTROL OF THE INTERNET
Joseph Lubin - Founder, ConsenSys; Co-Founder, Ethereum
6:10 - ConsenSys Stage


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.