Consensus is happening May 13th through 15th, thank you Coindesk. If you haven’t experienced Consensus, it’s New York City’s annual amassing of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts from the world over, and tends to attract everyone who’s anyone in development, investing, and industry thought leadership.
This year’s convention will feature appearances by iffy public figures like Jack Dorsey and SEC Chairperson Jay Clayton. But more importantly, there will be fresh and forward thinking leaders there, too. Economists, CEOs, writers, and researchers will convene to talk all things blockchain and swap ideas about the future of crypto, IEOs, decentralization, and the new internet. You can plan to find Fortune 500 CEOs rubbing elbows with hoodie-clad programmers, and Wall Street suits breakfasting with cypher punks.
Crypto World Tour Comes to Consensus
You can also expect to find high profile crypto investors like Ian Balina doling out their experience and enthusiasm from the panelist’s pulpit. For one such panel, Balina will be joining other crypto investors like Wall Street alum and blockchain influencer Tone Vays, Eleven01 CEO Ausaf S. Ahmad, and Bitcoin YouTuber Oh Hey Matty in conversation about the future of the block. Back from a year of travels which took him to 35 countries on his Crypto World Tour, Balina is bringing his evangelist’s vision to stateside audiences.
Emceeing this particular panel event will be hosts of The Bad Crypto Podcast Joel Comm and Travis Wright. Comm is the New York Times bestselling author of Twitter Power, KaChing, and The Fun Formula. Wright is cofounder and CMO of digital marketing agency CCP.Digital and the author of Digital Sense: The Common Sense Approach to Effectively Blending Social Business Strategy, Marketing Technology, and Customer Experience. It will be Monday the 13th at the Riverside Ballroom in the Times Square Sheraton, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The schedule includes time allocated for networking, an AMA, ICO/IEO pitches, and photo sessions in addition to the panel discussion. Now you know, so if you miss it, that’s on you.
Later that night, blockchain ticketing and events organizers Blockparty will be throwing a party at Up&Down nightclub on West 14th Street, with cocktail specials and DJ sets.
The Consensus Debate: Is the Freedom to Transact a Universal Human Right?
The following day you’ll have a chance to see Vinay Gupta meet with a seasoned DC trial lawyer, a former CIA analyst, the CSO of the Human Rights Foundation, and a JP Morgan Chase alum—all of whom are now working in blockchain—to discuss whether the freedom to transact is a universal human right. This panel promises to provide some sophisticated takes on the greater issues of how decentralization impacts humanity, and how we should position ourselves now to advance into a future that’s constructive and liberated.
The one hour discussion will take place starting at 4:30 PM in the grand ballroom on the third floor of the midtown Hilton.
Reconnect With Crypto’s Youthful, Anarchic Roots
To counter all that high minded policy making, spend the last day of Consensus with Coindesk’s multimedia editor Bailey Reutzel as she leads a panel on keeping the punk attitude of crypto alive amidst all the bankers and bureaucrats. Joining Reutzel are Chairman of Nym Technologies Harry Halpin, and CEO of SpankChain Ameen Soleimani, who bring their picks for projects that still embody the youthful roots of crypto.
All told, this year’s Consensus is set to be another illuminating and engaging blockchain extravaganza. You may have more speaking engagements on your docket than you can humanly attend, but you certainly won’t be bored.