Agenda

DAY ONE - 10 December

Stream 1 - General
Stream 2 - Advanced
08:15 - 09:00

Breakfast & Registration

Welcome Address

"Collaboration: Turning Future Tech Into Tech Now"

Blockchain has the potential to transform how many businesses operate, in a similar way to how the internet and file sharing transformed the entertainment industry. Collaboration is the only way to ensure adoption of the technology, so people and businesses can realise the benefits.

Keynote: Blockchain and the Human Condition

What's in it for us humans? 'Blockchain' is set to become a household name. It will disrupt industries and change commerce. So what is at the core of this revolutionary power, how can we anticipate how visible it will be and imagine how far it may carry? What effects it may have on the fabric of what really makes up our lives – friends, family, work, past time; our sense of home and ownership; our relationship to laws, regulations and authorities? Our personal freedom, as well as responsibilities? We'll try to extrapolate from past examples of similar nature, look at how people, political players, legal frameworks and the economy may react. What corrosion and co-option can be expected, which hopes will more likely turn out to be but fancy dreams, what new possibilities may emerge, and which developments look unstoppable.
Henning Diedrich
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

Panel: Today and tomorrow's applications of blockchain technologies, or how will the blockchain impact our daily lives?

A general overview of the different uses that have been made (or will be made) of blockchain technologies, with regard to different sectors of activity: from global payment systems to derivative markets and other financial applications; from public registries to intellectual property management systems; from trustless and automated transactions to smart devices and device-to-device communication.
Greg McMullen
Eric Jennings
Juan Llanos
Angus Champion de Crespigny
Reuben Bramanathan
Tim Swanson

Panel: Current Applications of Blockchain Technologies in the Financial Sector

How are blockchain technologies being used today across institutions? What are the key paradigm shifts in financial services enabled by smart contracts and blockchain technologies? How can multi-sig technology and smart contracts be deployed to enhance information security and institutional governance?
Angus Champion de Crespigny
Daniel Hassan
Kathleen Moriarty
Tim Swanson
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

Panel: Regulatory challenges and today’s operational risks: understanding the legal framework for blockchain technologies

What are the relevant legal frameworks for blockchain technology? What challenges might regulators face when building new regulatory frameworks for crypto-currencies and other blockchain-based applications? What key characteristics would an ideal regulatory regime have?
George Frost
Reuben Bramanathan
Andy Beal
Juan Llanos
Kathleen Moriarty

Panel: The what, the why, and the how of smart contracts: what are they good for, how do they actually work, and why do we even need them?

What exactly are smart contract and how do they differ from traditional contracts? How can they be made legally valid and enforceable? What are the various use cases for smart contracts?
Amor Sexton
Primavera De Filippi
15:40 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

18:00 - 20:00

Drinks and Canapes

08:15 - 09:00

Breakfast & Registration

Welcome Address

"Collaboration: Turning Future Tech Into Tech Now"

Blockchain has the potential to transform how many businesses operate, in a similar way to how the internet and file sharing transformed the entertainment industry. Collaboration is the only way to ensure adoption of the technology, so people and businesses can realise the benefits.

Keynote: A human-centric introduction to blockchain technologies

The blockchain is generally perceived as perceived technology for disintermediation and trustless transactions, but it is —first and foremost— a tool for people to organise and coordinate themselves on a peer-to-peer basis, with the ability to exchange information as well as value without relying on any central authority or other middleman. Because blockchain allows us to reformulate human coordination, what kinds of new paradigms of interaction and social order can these technologies offer?
Henning Diedrich
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

Panel: Demystifying the blockchain, an attempt at mapping the blockchain space in order to make sense of it

A detailed introduction of the various blockchain technologies and consensus mechanisms implemented today. How is the blockchain different from traditional decentralized databases? What are the different types of blockchain that are currently being developed? What are the different consensus mechanisms that a blockchain can use? What are their respective pros and cons?
Sarah Meiklejohn
Vlad Zamfir
Henning Diedrich
Peter Todd
Primavera De Filippi

Panel: Technical challenges: Blockchain Scalability and other important problems to the mainstream adoption of blockchain technology?

What are the current technical challenges that we must address in order to enable the broadest deployment and widespread adoption of blockchain-based application? How can we solve these challenges?
Sarah Meiklejohn
Greg Meredith
Vlad Zamfir
Peter Todd
Constance Choi
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

Panel: Use of Blockchain Technologies to Support, Complement or Supplement the Current Intellectual Property System

How can blockchain technologies support and reward artistic production? How can the blockchain help traditional IP systems and could it enable the emergence of alternative business models capable of compensating artists without relying on the exclusivity of copyright law?
Primavera De Filippi
Greg McMullen
15:40 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

18:00 - 20:00

Drinks and Canapes

DAY TWO - 11 December

Stream 1 - General
Stream 2 - Advanced

Keynote: Education Driving Innovation

Joi Ito (Director of the MIT Media LAB) will describe the important role that universities play in facilitating innovation and how MIT is driving blockchain innovation as an academic institution.
Joi Ito

Panel: The Internet of (smart) Things

What are the current challenges of the Internet of Things? How can blockchain technology turn the Internet of Things into the Internet of Smart Things? What are the benefits of machine-to-machine interaction and trustless communication? What are the risks and opportunities of delegating tasks to autonomous and self-sufficient devices?
Read More
Clément Épié
Eric Jennings
Henning Diedrich
Primavera De Filippi
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

Panel: Blockchain as New Infrastructure

Do blockchains represent fundamentally new infrastructure? Can blockchains support and optimize today’s institutions and communities, improving real-time efficiency and allowing for significant reduction in transaction costs and management costs, from financial applications to improved supply chain management, automated transactions and value transfer, new authentication tools, new forms of sharing and validating data, improved access to infrastructure and services, etc.
Petros Kavassalis
Eric Jennings
Vlad Zamfir
Guy Zyskind
Henning Diedrich
Constance Choi

Keynote: The Blockchain as a Trojan Horse

The blockchain, a new gateway to commons governance or a Trojan horse for Austrian economics?
Michel Bauwens
12:45 - 13:45

Lunch

Panel: Alternative Economies and Reputation-Based System

Exploring the blockchain as a means to expand the traditional concept of money and value. What is the impact of crypto-currencies on traditional measurements of economic value? Can the blockchain support the creation of alternative value systems? Are these viable, and better measures of economic growth in the Information Age? What are the new economics and incentive structures of tomorrow?
Jason Potts
Michel Bauwens
Primavera De Filippi
Constance Choi
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

Panel: The Future of Decentralization

The Internet, blockchains, decentralization. What kind of society are we moving towards? What are the new principles that will govern it? Are we heading towards a freenet, skynet or neither? Towards a more inclusive and egalitarian society, a more oppressive and totalitarian system, or something new?
Ben Zevenbergen
Henning Diedrich
Peter Asaro
Primavera De Filippi
Vlad Zamfir
18:00 - 18:15

Closing Remarks

Keynote: Education Driving Innovation

Joi Ito (Director of the MIT Media LAB) will describe the important role that universities play in facilitating innovation and how MIT is driving blockchain innovation as an academic institution.
Joi Ito

Panel: Distributed Identity & Privacy

What are the challenges and opportunities of blockchain technologies when it comes to privacy and transparency? Are there unique security and privacy tradeoffs for blockchain technologies when extrapolating policy mechanisms from older technologies and systems? Can we deploy distributed identity management systems that comply with current anti-money laundering regulations? Are we seeing the emergence of new ways of authentication and reputation-based trust?
Read More
Oz Nathan
Greg Meredith
Peter Todd
Constance Choi
Vlad Zamfir
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

Panel: Decentralised Collaboration & Commons-Based Approaches

Are trustless blockchain technologies inherently libertarian? Can they be applied to promote grassroots community and decentralized collaboration? What are the most relevant use cases of blockchain technologies for commons-based peer production and grassroots innovation? Do blockchains offer new paradigms of economic and social coordination, and if so, how?
Read More
Clément Épié
Joachim Lohkamp
Daniel Hassan
Michel Bauwens
Primavera De Filippi

Keynote: The Blockchain as a Trojan Horse

The blockchain, a new gateway to commons governance or a Trojan horse for Austrian economics?
Michel Bauwens
12:45 - 13:45

Lunch

Introduction to Call for Papers Presentations

Entrepreneurial Discovery on the Blockchain
An Endogenous Theory of Decentralized Ledger Technology Regulation
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

Panel: The Future of Decentralization

The Internet, blockchains, decentralization. What kind of society are we moving towards? What are the new principles that will govern it? Are we heading towards a freenet, skynet or neither? Towards a more inclusive and egalitarian society, a more oppressive and totalitarian system, or something new?
Ben Zevenbergen
Lawrence Lessig
Henning Diedrich
Peter Asaro
Primavera De Filippi
Vlad Zamfir
18:00 - 18:15

Closing Remarks