Agenda

DAY ONE - 4 April

Day 1 Track
8:30 - 9:00

welcome and registration

Opening Remarks

Arun Sundararajan
Constance Choi
Primavera De Filippi

What makes the blockchain different from legacy technologies?

Blockchain as a disruptive technology: How does the blockchain differ from traditional P2P networks and internet infrastructure as we know it today? What are the specificities of this emerging technology? Are we moving towards a new paradigm shift in the way we work and organise ourselves? What are the social, political and economic implications of the blockchain?
Jeremy Rubin
Joe Lubin
Pindar Wong
Henning Diedrich

Why is Blockchain Policy Different From Legacy Policies?

The current governance structure of today’s society is unable to comprehend the new technological paradigm that is progressively establishing itself since the advent of blockchain technology. How do we ensure a proper transition to tomorrow’s society? Which stakeholders need to be involved and which procedures do we need to put into place to enable this transition?  
Aaron Wright
Joshua Fairfield
Primavera De Filippi
11:30-12:00

Break

The Deep Dive into Blockchain Infrastructure

Introduction to COALA CORE (“Coordinated Open Research Effort”): COALA CORE is a Coordinated, Open Research Effort to contribute to the ecosystem of decentralized technology. This research includes (but is not limited to) blockchains, distributed virtual machines, file systems, and reputation systems. The effort is open to qualified individual researchers and organizations. Participants will work together on problems in their research areas, and to identify how these systems fit together into a coherent decentralization technology stack.
Ethan Buchman
Rick Dudley
Peter Todd
Trent McConaghy
Jutta Steiner
Vlad Zamfir
13:30-14:30

Lunch

The Ecosystem Building Blocks: Mapping the Protocol Layers

Moderated by Primavera De Filippi
Muneeb Ali
Matan Field
Dor Konforty
Juan Benet
Greg Meredith

Building Blocks: Financial Applications

Akseli Virtanen
Raphaele Chappe
Jonathan Levi
Dominic Williams
17:00-17:30

Break

Building Blocks: Identity & Privacy

Moderated by Constance Choi
Oz Nathan
Ryan Shea
Carlos Herrera
Erik Anderson

iBlock Coopetition

Featuring the “Elethron” project from the past Innovation Challenge in Sydney
Constance Choi
Primavera De Filippi
19:00 - 21:00

Cocktail Reception

DAY TWO - 5 April

Day 2 Track

Blockchain-Enabled Platforms

Moderated by Primavera De Filippi
Martin Koeppelmann
Matan Field
Dor Konforty
Joe Lubin
Greg Meredith

Blockchain-Enabled Art Production And Distribution

Moderated by Greg McMullen
Denis Nazarov
simon de la rouviere
David Thomson
Trent McConaghy
Primavera De Filippi
11:00-11:30

Break

Blockchain investment (and adoption) from an institution perspective

What are the institutional needs that need to be met from innovators and startups to enable necessary partnerships for nascent technologies? The challenges are clear, and the opportunities, while potentially...
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Tone Vays
Bob Bonomo
Joyce Shen
Angus Champion de Crespigny
Yorke Rhodes

The VC Perspective: Incremental Innovation Versus Real Game-Changers

Funding and partnerships are generally given to those with a successful track record, which the real game changers often do not have. This creates a chicken and egg problem: too...
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Joel Monegro
Scott Schwaitzberg
David S. Rose
David Orban
13:30-14:30

Lunch

Adapting the Regulatory Framework to Blockchain Technology

Moderated by Carla Reyes What are the legal and regulatory implications of blockchain technologies? How do we close the governance gap? Must current regulatory and governance frameworks adapt to these...
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Peter Van Valkenburgh
Amy Kim
Richard B. Levin
Joshua L. Boehm
David Yermack
Kathleen Moriarty

Blockchain for Re-inventing Organisations

Moderated by Constance Choi Blockchain technologies can be used to improve existing organisational structures, as well as to enable the emergence of new forms of organisations which are more horizontal...
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Gavin Woods
simon de la rouviere
Arun Sundararajan
Primavera De Filippi
16:15-16:45

Break

IEX & Blockchain

Matt Trudeau

Keynote: The Blockchain Mind

Thinking in terms of blockchains is the key to identifying the opportunities where blockchain technology can change our world. To get beyond the limiting metaphor of the ‘distributed ledger’, one...
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Henning Diedrich