CoinDesk is proud to present our 5th annual blockchain technology summit, May 13-15, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown & Sheraton New York Times Square. Professionals from leading industry startups, investment rms, nancial services giants, global brands, academic institutions & policy groups will return to New York to discuss the evolving real-world applications of blockchain technology. Consensus will feature three days of demos, networking & expert discussions regarding the most important commercial developments, technical innovations, & public policy issues. It will feature 8,000+ attendees, 200+ sponsors & 125+ speakers who are building the foundations of the blockchain & digital assets ecosystem.
What's on the Consensus agenda in 2019?
After the great crypto bubble-and crash-of 2018, leadership in the industry is needed more than ever. The goal of Consensus this year is to raise the level of conversation & dialogue across all corners of the industry. What happens onstage at Consensus sets the agenda for the remainder of the year across the industry; therefore we have both an incredible opportunity & obligation to provide thoughtful, relevant & challenging content, networking & opportunities for cross-pollination across industry segments.
In 2019, we want Consensus to be the forum for asking tough questions, exchanging new ideas, taking an introspective look at the industry & forging a collective vision as we advance together.
The Consensus agenda is programmed across three major categories in 2019: Business, Markets & Technology. These reflect the major categories of coverage on CoinDesk, & will present a holistic view of the industry, ranging from developments in the enterprise to the latest on public chains. Here's the breakdown:
Business The Business stage will host the real-world use-cases that the industry needs to thrive. These will range across fields as diverse as supply-chain management, food safety, & energy, to humanitarian uses, aerospace, & automotive. You will hear from the corporations that are planning the world's most ambitious uses for blockchain technologies, & data & other learnings from earlier high-profile launches, plus the views of policy-makers & legislators on how the technology will change industries.
Blockchain Capital Formation
Token offerings aren't as fashionable today as in 2018, but how do they fit in the capital formation landscape as regulators continue to clarify rules & guidelines around the practice? Hear from key regulators in the world's most important markets, & vital market participants.
Gaming for Users
Each major wave of technology has been accompanied by the fun stuff: games that drive user adoption. Blockchain gaming could be a major driver of new users to the technology. Hear from legacy publishers & studios, as well as blockchain startups & pioneers who are trying to make blockchain fun again.
With the underlying technology up & running, how do enterprise blockchain consortia ensure they are delivering value to all participants? We'll hear about what worked & what didn't across industry verticals & platforms.
Blockchain for Public Sector
From federal to state to local, governments across the spectrum are eyeing blockchain & distributed ledgers for a myriad of use cases. Which areas hold the most promise? What role can the public sector play in driving broader adoption? Hear from policymakers, public officials, & the enterprise providers & startups serving the space.
2018 saw the rise of financial integrity & sanctions questions that touch every corner of the industry. What do cryptocurrency users, businesses & exchanges need to know about complying with sanctions regimes? Key regulators will discuss the issues of the day with exchanges, traders, & other market participants.
From supply chains to shipping; art markets to tokenized real estate: blockchains are promising to upend industries. Hear about the most ambitious use-cases for distributed ledgers & cryptocurrencies across industries, & listen to the learnings from high-profile launches in recent years.
Markets The Markets stage will host the traders, custodians, & exchanges who enable the global, 24-hour, trade in cryptocurrencies. But it will also include regulators, institutional investors, & fund clients who make this possible. You will hear from the major players at the intersection of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, & crypto.
Countries around the world are embracing crypto & blockchain with an eye toward striking the right balance between promoting innovation & protecting against bad actors. Which jurisdictions are taking the correct approach? Hear directly from key regulators, legislators, & policymakers-plus the companies, market-makers & traders who will be affected.
The frenzy of crypto bubbles & blockchain hype faded quickly in 2018. How is the industry recalibrating itself for long-term growth & adoption? What are the key drivers & hurdles towards enterprise adoption? Hear from the developers, founders, & investors building the next wave of innovation.
Wall Street Meets Crypto
Some argue that crypto is disintermediating traditional finance, while others contend it is being co-opted. A deep look at the convergence of cryptocurrency & blockchain with traditional financial services with institutional players, key regulators, enterprise software providers, & traders & funds.
Crypto Funds 2.0
2018 may have been a rough year for funds investing in crypto & blockchain projects, but there are new entrants jumping in seeing a buy-low opportunity. What will these next-generation crypto funds look like & what type of value are they pursuing? Hear from fund managers, protocol builders, exchanges, & analysts.
Policing the Blockchain
How are law enforcement & regulators using the blockchain to protect the public from nefarious actors? Hear from law enforcement, regulators, founders, & analysts on the existential tension between cryptocurrencies & forensic analysis.
Technology The Technology stage will showcase the state of the art in blockchain technologies. Expect to hear directly from the creators of the latest tooling, dApps, & infrastructure from both enterprise & public chains.
Scalability. Security. Decentralization. What lessons are being learned in pursuit of this "Impossible Trinity"? How far away are from a true enterprise grade platform? Founders & technical experts will discuss these issues along with enterprise users & market participants.
An Open Financial System
An open & more seamless financial system requires safe, simple & scalable infrastructure. Hear directly from the visionaries creating the foundations & tools required to usher in consumer, enterprise & institutional adoption.
What will our industry look like in 10, 20, 50 years as blockchain converges with AI, IoT, 3-D printing & other new technologies? Hear from futurists, technologists & business leaders about the disruption that is to come.
Why Privacy Matters
Privacy is the secret sauce behind the blockchain ethos. Why does this matter in an increasingly interconnected world? Hear from the technologists, entrepreneurs & regulators wrestling with tricky topics like digital identity, privacy coins & GDPR.
Back to the bASICs
Cryptocurrency mining's emergence as a global industry has been met abruptly with woes & uncertainty amid a market correction. Miners, technologists & policymakers will discuss the roadmap for crypto mining in the years to come.