A Gathering at the Intersection of Innovation, Investment and Policy

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The Chamber of Digital Commerce and Georgetown University’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy brought more than 600 participants to its Third Annual DC Blockchain Summit, held in Washington, DC.

The Summit featured discussions from more than 70 global thought leaders on a range of topics, including: key market developments, initial coin offerings, bitcoin futures and ETFs, trading and investing in cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, legislative and regulatory trends, and more.

Summit attendees enjoy Innovation Cafe from title sponsor, Accenture

Perianne Boring, founder & president, Chamber of Digital Commerce, welcomes DC Blockchain Summit attendees

Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu gives first keynote address at the DC Blockchain Summit; announces plans to invest in central bank-focused startups

James Sullivan, deputy assistant secretary of services at the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, shares thoughts on how public and private sector cooperation is key

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Discover Blockchain Technology code-a-thon winning teams gather on-stage to present their solutions and receive recognition at the DC Blockchain Summit 2018.

Agenda

Tuesday
2018-03-06
Fisher Colloquium - Rafik B. Hariri Building, 4th floor
Wednesday
2018-03-07
Thursday
2018-03-08
Lohrfink Auditorium
Lobby
Colloquium and Shaw
Fisher Colloquium - Rafik B. Hariri Building, 4th floor
Lohrfink Auditorium
Lobby
Colloquium and Shaw
08:00
Discover Blockchain Technology
Code-a-Thon

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, Discover, and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Center for Financial Markets and Policy, will host a 24-hour code-a-thon to explore the promise of blockchain technology. Participants will tackle and deliver innovative ideas to address: payments, RegTech and digital identity.

12:00
Registration
13:00
Welcome
Dr. Reena Aggarwal
Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown McDonough
Perianne Boring
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
13:15
Discover Blockchain Technology: Code-a-Thon Awards Ceremony

Join us as we recognize the finalists of the Discover Blockchain Technology code-a-thon. Learn what teams of engineers and coders were able to deliver in this intense code-a-thon to tackle solutions and develop new solutions to address payments, RegTech and digital identity.

13:35
Keynote by Jihan Wu
Jihan Wu
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Bitmain
14:00
Keynote
James Sullivan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
14:15
Fireside Chat: Leveraging Blockchain for the Federal Employee Digital Records

Can blockchain transform the federal employment experience? This session will provide insights into how the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is enabling more secure and transparent employee digital records leveraging IBM’s blockchain technology solutions.

Mark Fisk
IBM Public Service Blockchain Leader
Marcel Jemio
Chief Data Architect, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
14:35
Exchange Union: The First Decentralized Network Bridging Digital Asset Exchanges

Decentralized networks are an important innovation in protecting users across digital asset exchanges. Learn how Exchange Union’s technologies and XUC token allow exchanges to make instant, trustless trades directly with one another in a secure and decentralized environment.

James Wo
Founder, Exchange Union
Kilian Rausch
Product Director, Exchange Union
14:55
A Blockchain for Champagne? The Future of Agricultural Supply Chains

Blockchain has major implications for verifying the origin of food. For instance, by combining internet of things (IoT) sensors with a blockchain tracking system, you could prove where an agricultural product came from. Want to know if the grapes in your Champagne were really grown in Champagne, France? Or if that Alaskan-caught salmon is really from Alaska? This session will provide insights into how blockchain is poised to transform the agricultural supply chain.

Tyler Jenks
Co-founder, Very
15:10
Coffee Break
15:30
Enterprise Blockchain: The Road Ahead

Blockchain is a uniquely disruptive force for the enterprise. This session will focus on enterprise level uses cases, as well as how blockchain technology may be integrated with existing IT systems to empower organizations in the near term, and on the road ahead.

Rohit Tandon
Founder & CEO, Chainworks
15:45
Practical Blockchain Applications for Financial Institutions

Can blockchain technology really become the infrastructure for the financial services industry? PeerNova’s President and CTO Gangesh Ganesan will describe how practical applications are transforming major financial institutions, and the implementation of its Cuneiform platform.  

Gangesh Ganesan
President and CTO, PeerNova
16:05
Cybersecurity Policy for a Blockchain World

Blockchain is a powerful innovation that is poised to bring substantial positive change to the financial services industry, among others. Entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers are increasingly interested in blockchain technology not only for its potential to transform the way we conduct business, but also for its inherent cyber security benefits. Microsoft and the Chamber will unveil a white paper intended to kick off a dialogue, between industry and regulators, about the steps necessary to improve cybersecurity and advance blockchain usage in the financial services industry.

Aaron Kleiner
Director, Industry Assurance & Policy Advocacy, Microsoft
16:20
The Tension between Security and Inclusion in the Payment Industry

Anti-money laundering laws protect the financial system and fight crime. However, compliance is expensive, causing some financial institutions to stop providing services to higher risk customers for cost reasons. This concept of “de-risking”—which forces millions of people out of the financial system—has led to a large population of individuals with no other option but to use less regulated alternatives. This panel will discuss the tension between security and inclusion, where the right balance should be, and how blockchain factors into that equation.

 

Jonathan Johnson
President, Medici Ventures
Moderator
Amit Sharma
Founder, FinClusive Capital
Greg Pesci
President and CEO, Spera
Amy Kim
Global Policy Director & General Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce
17:10
Creating Provable Cybersecurity With Blockchain and Trusted Computing

Blockchain alone isn’t enough to provide true cybersecurity — but add it to trusted computing, and you’ve got a powerful combination that keeps an immutable record of what you’re doing while ensuring that it’s what you wanted to do.

Steven Sprague
CEO, Rivetz
17:25
Keynote
Brian Quintenz
Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
17:40
Closing Remarks
Matthew Roszak
Co-Founder and Chairman, Bloq
08:00
Registration
08:45
Welcome
John Jacobs
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown McDonough
Perianne Boring
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Lisa O’Connor
Managing Director, Accenture Security, Cyber Security Research and Development, Accenture Labs
09:00
Keynote Address
U.S Rep. David Schweikert
Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus
09:20
Blockchain-based Digital Identity: Its current state and a path forward

Our world is becoming more and more digital every day. To fully participate in modern society, a digital identity is now required. However, most of the infrastructure that supports identity hasn’t matured past physical documents and fragmented and redundant data structures managed by others. A solution pattern is emerging that could create safe and effective digital identities that are based on a combination of new technologies including blockchain and biometrics.  To bring new innovation to the world of Identity, engaged public / private partnerships will be required to tackle this challenge from every angle and ensure that everyone has access to our modern digital societies.

David Treat
Managing Director, Global Blockchain Lead, Accenture
09:40
The State of Blockchain Q4 2017

Q4 2017 was an explosive quarter in the blockchain industry. CoinDesk’s Kevin Worth, CEO, presents the major events that took place in the quarter that topped off the year for the most interesting story in finance in the world.

Kevin Worth
CEO, CoinDesk
10:00
Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications

Smart contracts hold tremendous promise for simplifying transaction settlement and improving efficiencies. But, do they spell the end to the written legal contract? In this session we will explore legal aspects of smart contract applications, and discuss recent legislative efforts to recognize the validity of smart contracts and records executed on a blockchain.

Dax Hansen
Partner, Perkins Coie
Laurie Rosini
Associate, Perkins Coie
10:45
Breakout Sessions 1

  

11:40
Blockchain, Machine Learning and the Opioid Crisis

What sort of machine learning/AI applications are possible with distributed ledger data systems, and how do blockchains change the way we look at and analyze big data? What is the potential for this technology to solve real-world problems in the modern healthcare landscape, and how can blockchain technology be used to turn the tide of the opioid crisis?

Dr. Jim Liew
Senior Adviser, BlockMedX, and Assistant Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
12:00
The Light Under the Door: Trust In Blockchain Companies 2018

For eighteen years, Edelman has conducted its annual Trust Barometer study, gauging the global levels of trust in industries and institutions. Since 2017, the firm has asked about trust in high-interest technology categories, including blockchain. This brief overview will give a sense for the opportunities and challenges faced by a technology that aims to redefine trust itself.

Phil Gomes
Senior Vice President, U.S. B2B Digital, Edelman
12:15
Blockchain Comes to Wall Street: A Fireside Chat with Nasdaq’s Dave Gedeon

The industry continues to seek approval from the SEC for bitcoin-based ETFs as regulators and stakeholders seek to better understand how the products will operate and be valued in existing markets. This fireside chat will explore the potential listing of ETFs based on bitcoin and other blockchain-based assets and what will be needed to enable its evolution into a traditional financial product.

Dave Gedeon
Vice President, Nasdaq
John Jacobs
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown McDonough
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Special Musical Performance by Tatiana Moroz
Tatiana Moroz
13:40
Financial Markets and Oversight: It’s All About the Futures

Cryptocurrencies multiplied in value and gained widespread attention throughout 2017. However, this is only the beginning. This panel will delve into the objectives and direction of industry in connection with bitcoin futures and options, and the exchanges on which they are traded. Recent developments at the CFTC will also be discussed, including the self-certification process and “actual delivery” guidelines in retail commodity transactions. It’s all about options and seeking the futures!

Kevin Batteh
Partner, Delta Strategy Group
Moderator
Colleen Sullivan
Partner, CMT Digital
Julie Winkler
Chief Commercial Officer, The CME Group
Mark Wetjen
Managing Director, Head of Global Public Policy, DTCC
Igor Telyatnikov
President, AlphaPoint
14:20
Keynote by U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer
Congressional Blockchain Caucus
14:35
Tokenization of Things

The Tokenization of Things is upon us. This presentation will provide a historical backdrop on what led to a Cambrian explosion of innovation in finance and money, including the current state of cryptocurrencies (the good, the bad and the forking). Hear how ICOs are evolving through regulation, adoption and hype, and key tokenization use cases (money, identity, web services, securities, real estate, artists, brands, etc.) and a glimpse of what our future may hold.

Matthew Roszak
Co-Founder and Chairman, Bloq
15:10
Breakout Sessions 2

  

16:05
Initial Coin Offerings: Lessons from the Past Year and a Look Ahead

Join us for a discussion of a number of key issues related to Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) focused on recent developments in the ICO securities and commodities landscape. Highlights will include implications for market participants and regulatory enforcement as well as a discussion of key terminology.

Andrew Lom
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
16:20
Digital Identity for Blockchain – What requirements for identity does blockchain create?

Establishing digital identities may be one of the most promising use cases for blockchain technology.  This panel will cover the need for digital identity enabled by blockchains; the potential legal, regulatory, technological, and adoption challenges associated with those needs; and where we have seen progress.

David Bailey
CEO, BTC Media
Moderator
Justin Newton
Founder and CEO, Netki
Richard B. Levin
Chair FinTech and Regulation Practice, Polsinelli PC
Jeff Garzik
Co-Founder and CEO, Bloq
Chayan Keshari
Chief Architect Technology, Cognizant
17:05
Fireside Chat: Jordan Earls on Smart Contracts and Governance
Jordan Earls
Co-Founder & Lead Developer, QTUM
Paul Brigner
Managing Director, Blockchain Technology & Ecosystem Design Research Center, Georgetown University
17:25
Building the Machine to Machine Economy: Use Cases, Ecosystems, Frameworks

As blockchain technology begins to reshape the financial services industry, other industries are beginning to take notice. While many are viewing the technology as a cost or risk mitigation tool, some are beginning to define a whole new frontier of services and monetization models. The intersection of the physical world with blockchain is one of those frontiers.

Anoop Nannra
Head of Blockchain, Cisco
17:45
Self-Regulating Across Borders

Messari aims to build an open and reliable data library for cryptoassets. Founder Ryan Selkis discusses his team’s approach to bringing transparency, data standardization and self-regulation to the industry. But is it even possible to enforce certain disclosure standards in a global asset class where regulatory jurisdiction is unclear?

Ryan Selkis
Co-Founder, Messari
17:55
Closing Remarks
Perianne Boring
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
18:00
Cocktail Reception
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Speakers

Dr. Reena Aggarwal

Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown McDonough

Jim Angel

Associate Professor, Georgetown McDonough

David Bailey

CEO, BTC Media

Kevin Batteh

Partner, Delta Strategy Group

Perianne Boring

Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown McDonough

Paul Brigner

Managing Director, Blockchain Technology & Ecosystem Design Research Center, Georgetown University

Cindy Chin

CEO, CLC Advisors

Jordan Earls

Co-founder & Lead Developer, Qtum

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Mark Fisk

Partner, IBM Global Services Public Sector, IBM

Gangesh Ganesan

President and Chief Technology Officer, PeerNova

Sam Ganga

Supply Chain Blockchain Lead, KPMG

Andrew Garner

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Innovation Group, Wells Fargo & Company

Jeff Garzik

Co-Founder and CEO, Bloq

Dave Gedeon

Vice President, Nasdaq

Arun Ghosh

Life Sciences Blockchain Lead, KPMG

David Glanton

Deputy Policy Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Phil Gomes

Senior Vice President, U.S. B2B Digital, Edelman

Dax Hansen

Partner, Perkins Coie

Rob Henning

Director, Chemonics International

Wendy Henry

Specialist Leader, Federal Blockchain Lead, Deloitte

John Jacobs

Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown McDonough

Marcel Jemio

Chief Data Architect, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Tyler Jenks

SVP Solutions Architecture, Very

Jonathan Johnson

President, Medici Ventures

Jack Lee

Managing Partner, HCM Capital, Foxconn Group

Andrew Lom

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Chayan Keshari

Chief Architect Technology, Cognizant

Amy Davine Kim

Global Policy Director & General Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Aaron Kleiner

Director, Industry Assurance and Policy Advocacy, External, and Legal Affairs
Microsoft

Dr. Jim Liew

Assistant Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins
Senior Advisor, BlockMedX

Eamonn Maguire

Global Blockchain Lead, KPMG

Tatiana Moroz

Anoop Nannra

Head of Blockchain, Cisco

Dr. Jim Newsome

Founding Partner, Delta Strategy Group,
Co-Chair, Token Alliance

Lisa O’Connor

Managing Director – Accenture Security, Cyber Security Research and Development, Accenture Labs

Greg Pesci

President and CEO, Spera

Commissioner Brian Quintenz

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Kilian Rausch

Product Director, Exchange Union

Laurie Rosini

Associate, Perkins Coie

Matthew Roszak

Co-founder and Chairman, Bloq

Slava Rubin

Founder, Indiegogo

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Ryan Selkis

Co-Founder, Messari

Amit Sharma

Founder, FinClusive Capital

Steven Sprague

CEO, Rivetz

Colleen Sullivan

CEO, CMT Digital

James Sullivan

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA

Joshua Stein

President and General Counsel, Harbor

Rohit Tandon

Founder and CEO, Chainworks

Igor Telyatnikov

President, AlphaPoint

David Treat

Managing Director, Global Blockchain Lead, Accenture

Mark Wetjen

Managing Director, Head of Global Public Policy, DTCC

Nathan Williams

Director, Chemonics International

Julie Winkler

Chief Commercial Officer, CME Group

Jihan Wu

Co-Founder, Bitmain

James Wo

Founder, Exchange Union

Kevin Worth

CEO, CoinDesk

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Venue

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
Washington, DC

McDonough School of Business

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