Monday, April 23

Conference Agenda

8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Registration & Coffee

8:20 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Introduction to Blockchain

Lamar Wilson, Hijro Network
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Host Welcome Remarks

Tyler Evans, BTC Labs
Matthew Roszak, Bloq
9:10 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

Fireside Chat: Chicago’s Burgeoning Blockchain Community

Matthew Roszak, Bloq
Rumi Morales, Former CME Ventures
9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Transforming the Landscape: Enterprise Adoption & Innovation

Laurence Cooke, Nanopay
Tor Bair, Enigma
Eric Piscini, Deloitte
Eric Zhang, TrueChain
Lamar Wilson, Hijro Network [moderator]
9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

The New Class of Financial Products

David Yerger, Redwood Digital Group
Havell Rodrigues, Adjoint
Armin Ebrahimi, Shocard
Zac Prince, BlockFi
Jeff Carter, West Loop Ventures [moderator]
10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Networking Break

10:35 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Cryptocurrency Futures & Derivatives

Julie Winkler, CME Group
Matt McFarland, Cboe Global Markets
Charley Mills, Steptoe & Johnson
Jennifer O'Rourke, Former State of Ill. [moderator]
10:35 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

ICOs from an Operational Perspective

Andy Bromberg, CoinList
Justin Litchfield, CoinCart
Steven Nerayoff, Alchemist
Ayesha Kiani, Republic [moderator]
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Monetary Systems: past, present and future
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Guangfeng Zhang, Trinity

session title to be announced
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 P.m.

Aaron Blankstein, Blockstack

A Model for Decentralized Applications that Scales
12:00 P.m. - 12:15 P.m.

Jeremy Gardner, Ausum Ventures

The Future of Cryptoassets
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Jeff Garzik,

The Built to Last Cryptocurrency
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Demo Sessions (moderated by Susan Poole)

Winning Team, Distributed: Markets Hackathon
Maxwell Sanchez, VeriBlock
Brian Liston, Seed CX
Corey Todaro, Hashed Health
1:30 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Commodities on the Blockchain

Mark Pryor, The Seam
David George, Xpansiv Data
Chris Ginsbach, Carbon Creek Energy
David Yerger, Redwood Digital Group [moderator]
1:30 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

The Role of Decentralization in Financial Markets

Rick Dudley, Vulcanize
Ron Bernstein, Paradex
Bharath Rao, Leverj
Jill Carlson, Chain [moderator]
2:10 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Cryptocurrency Regulation: Striking a Balance between Compliance and Growth

Sean T. O'Kelly, State of Illinois
Haimera Workie, FINRA
Colleen Sullivan, CMT Digital
Gray Sassar, Frost Brown Todd
Joseph Bradley, Omne Alternatives [moderator]
2:10 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Cryptocurrency Infrastructure

Matt Spoke, Aion
Adam Perlow, Zen Protocol
Justin Fisher, Veriblock
Ben Jessel, Kadena
Konstantin Richter, Blockdaemon [moderator]
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 P.M. - 3:35 P.M.

Discovering & Extracting New Value

Jeff Carter, West Loop Ventures
Peter Johnson, Jump Capital
Vic Pascucci, Lightbank
Lamont Black, DePaul University [moderator]
3:00 P.M. - 3:35 P.M.

Tokenizing Securities

Anthony Nicola, Finhaven
Juan Hernandez,
John Mizzi, Bond.One
Adam Levine, Tokenly [moderator]
3:40 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Cryptocurrency Valuations: Differentiating Fundamental Value from Speculative Value

Brendan Bernstein, Tetras Capital
Michelle Tang, Cantos VC
Cyrus Younessi, Scalar Capital
Ari Nazir, Neural Capital [moderator]
3:40 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Keeping Internal Compliance on the Blockchain

Vikas Sapra, PwC
Justin Newton, Netki
Dr. Henry Balani, Accuity
Joseph Bradley, Omne Alternatives [moderator]
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

Institutional Infrastructure & Liquidity

Bobby Cho, Cumberland
Cory Johnson, Ripple
Ted Livingston, Alphapoint
Rosario Ingargiola, OTCXN
Joseph Bradley, Omne Alternatives [moderator]
5:05 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat / Closing Remarks

David Bailey, BTC Media
Special Guest
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Biergarten Reception


Financial Services

Keeping Internal Compliance on the Blockchain

Blockchain technology can ensure internal risk management and control within an organization. But before a blockchain application can be revolutionary, the infrastructure must be controlled and verified. Hear how compliance experts are keeping with compliance on a blockchain.

The New Age of Institutional Infrastructure and Liquidity

As the next generation of financial firms apply a more nimble approach to institutional fundamentals, how will increased liquidity affect risk management, create new value, and empower the markets? Panelist will discuss opportunities and challenges within their respective organizations.

Commodities on the Blockchain

Placing commodities on the blockchain has the potential to open up new trade channels, add security to transactions and increase liquidity. Hear which raw goods have already moved to the blockchain and the challenges with streamlining various platforms within a supply chain.

Dissecting Disruption: How the Blockchain Can Change Enterprise and Markets

Blockchain technology can disrupt legacy institutions and the markets they depend on. This panel will explore both the innate challenges for enterprise adoption and the opportunities for creating new financial products.

Cryptocurrency Stream

Tokenized Securities: Cutting Through the Red Tape

Tokenized assets are quite possibly the greatest advancement in financial services in recent history. However, the numerous benefits of tokenized assets are challenged by what it takes to advance this technology to mainstream adoption. Panelists will name the obstacles facing organizations, as well as strategies to progress while remaining compliant.

Striking the Balance: Growth and Compliance in Cryptocurrency Regulation

Governing bodies all over the world continue to struggle with how to manage cryptocurrency regulation. If global regulation is inevitable, is it possible to set parameters without stifling innovation?

Doing Your Homework: Fund Manager Perspectives

Any savvy investor relies on research to drive the decision-making process, but in the crowded token market it’s increasingly difficult to separate the diamonds from the riffraff. Learn best practices for vetting token sales, and the key principles to know before unlocking your wallet.

Cultivating a Decentralized Market

Businesses have long relied on traditional markets to raise capital to maintain growth and scale. In a world of increasing opportunities for decentralization, hear about the possibilities and limitations for blockchain infrastructure to power economies long term.

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