Location: 787 Seventh Auditorium in the AXA Equitable Center, 787 7th Avenue, New York City

(Agenda subject to change)

Thursday May 16th

7:20 AM

Doors open, Registration and Networking over Coffee/Tea and Continental Breakfast

8:20 AM Conference Sessions Start

  • Opening Welcome and Setting the Stage. William Mougayar and Nick Tomaino.
  • How Decentralized Are We and Re-visiting Token Functionality.
    Measuring decentralization has multiple dimensions. Where are we in quantifying the characteristics of decentralization and the functionality of tokens? Remarks by William Mougayar
  • Cryptocurrency Realism.
    Maximalists serve their purpose, but new projects align incentives and push the whole ecosystem forward. More collaboration is beneficial. Remarks by Nick Tomaino.

8:30 AM

  • Blockchain Interoperability.
    Panel discussion with Sunny Aggarwal (Cosmos), Robert Habermeier (Polkadot), with Nick Tomaino
    Will one chain rule all or are we at the dawn of a new era of cross-chain communication?

8:50 AM

  • Decentralized Products Taking on Centralized Incumbents.
    Panel discussion with Justin Hunter (Graphite), Brian Hoffman (OB1), Ted Livingston (Kin), and Ryan John King (FOAM), with William Mougayar.
    Every centralized online business will face competition from a variety of decentralized models that each have different value propositions and ways to lure new users to their platforms. What’s driving these decentralized projects, and how can they win against the incumbents?

9:20 AM

  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
    Panel discussion with Hayden Adams (Uniswap), Robert Leshner (Compound), Gregory DiPrisco (MakerDAO), and Renat Khasanshyn (Etherisc), with Nick Tomaino
    Ethereum is currently working well for open, global financial applications. Why is it working and what are areas for improvement?

9:50 AM

  • Behind the Scenes of the Blockstack Reg A+ SEC filing.
    Fireside Chat with Muneeb Ali, Blockstack CEO and William Mougayar.
    In an exclusive first, Muneeb takes us behind the scenes of their recent filings, how they did it, what’s next for Blockstack, and what the implications are for other players in the industry.

10:10 AM – Show and Tell I

Commonwealth (Dillon Chen)

CMORQ (Dana Panzer)

Audius (Roneil Rumburg)

Titan (Ryan Condron)

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM MORNING BREAK

10:55 AM

  • Token Taxonomy Act.
    A special video message for the Token Summit, from Congressman Darren Soto pertaining to the Token Taxonomy Act.

11:00 AM

  • Fireside Chat with Timothy Massad.
    Discussing the Brookings report he recently authored on strengthening crypto-assets regulation and proposed Congressional action, with William Mougayar

11:30 AM

  • Stablecoins and the Future of MakerDAO
    Fireside Chat with Steven Becker, MakerDAO president and Nick Tomaino
    MakerDAO has been the breakout success on Ethereum. What does the future look like for the first major experiment in decentralized collateralized stablecoins?

11:50 AM

  • The State (or Stalemate) of Regulation? Panel discussion with Mike Didiuk (Perkins Coie), Nancy Wojtas (Cooley), Andreas Glarner (MME), and Robert Rosenblum (Wilson Sonsini), with William Mougayar.
    Is the US losing its position as the standard bearer? Is there a perfect jurisdiction? Who is ahead in the evolution of regulations and why?

12:20 PM – Show and Tell II

bloXroute (Uri Klarman)

Kadena (Monica Quaintance)

Bounties Network (Simona Pop)


1:30 PM

  • Surprise Presentation

1:35 PM

  • Quantifying the Value of Blockchain Data.
    Panel discussion with Ryan Selkis (Messari), Arjun Balaji (Paradigm), Jose Maria Macedo (AmaZix) and Devin Walsh (CoinFund), with William Mougayar
    Where is the value in tracking and measuring blockchain related data? What are the latest practices in extracting blockchain data for insight? What have we learned and why is this important now?

2:05 PM

  • Experiments in cryptoeconomics.
    Panel discussion with Kevin Wang (Nervos), Zaki Manian (Iqlusion, Tendermint), Doug Petkanics (Livepeer), Wendy Xiao Schadeck (Northzone), with Nick Tomaino.
    A discussion on new token designs that seek to properly align incentives and capture long-term economic value.

2:35 PM

  • Challenges in Decentralized Projects Governance.
    Panel discussion with Lane Rettig (Ethereum), Jae Kwon (Tendermint), Ameen Soleimani (MolochDAO), and Kevin Owocki (Gitcoin), with William Mougayar.
    A discussion on what seems to be working and where the industry is headed in terms of Autonomous / non-Autonomous governance, on-chain vs. off-chain decision-making, practices in herding decentralized participants, and choosing between formal / informal processes. 

3:05 PM – Show and Tell III

Vesper (Jeff Garzik)

Ava Labs (Emin Gün Sirer)

Veriblock (Maxwell Sanchez)

Mechanism Labs (Aparna Krishnan)


3:50 PM

  • Talking Tokens. Fireside chat between Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) and Olaf Carlson-Wee (Polychain)
    Two pioneers and early believers discuss what they see, and how they think about the space.

4:20 PM

  • The State of Prediction Markets.
    Panel discussion with Joey Krug (Augur, Pantera), Tom Kysar (Forecast Foundation), Paul Fletcher-Hill (Veil), and  Martin Köppelmann (Gnosis), with Nick Tomaino.
    Augur launched in 2018 and v2 is on the way this summer. What have been the main learnings so far and where are prediction markets going?

4:50 PM

  • The State of Practice in Security Tokens.
    Panel discussion with Josh Stein (Harbor), Heinrich Zetlmayer (Blockchain Valley Ventures), Sebastian Bürgel (Validity Labs), with William Mougayar
    It is now time to show security tokens in action. What are the best cases that have leading implementations? What else can we expect?

5:20 PM

  • The Future of dApps.
    Panel discussion with Kim Cope (Dapper Labs), Nick Grossman (Union Square Ventures), Evan Van Ness (Week in Ethereum News), and Arianna Simpson (Autonomous Partners), with William Mougayar
    How do we get dApps into the consumer mainstream? What are the latest practices and approaches that are working? What’s not working? 

5:50 PM

  • Closing remarks. William Mougayar and Nick Tomaino

5:50 PM – 7:30 PM  ~ Farewell Reception