March 11-12, 2020

DC Blockchain Summit 2020 Discussion Topics

The Future of Money

Central banks around the world are exploring issuing fiat on the blockchain. Private companies are issuing many different types of stablecoins. Commercial banks are issuing tokens too. How is the financial and monetary system evolving with the introduction of this technology.

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Former Chairman, U.S. CFTC

Robert Bench, Director of Applied FinTech Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Colleen Sullivan, Partner & CEO, CMT Digital

U.S. Competitiveness On Blockchain Technology

Countries around the world have embraced the power of blockchain technology and are actively working to promote its growth. The United States has responded with questions on how to regulate it, prompting concerns that it will not be among the leaders as this technology flourishes. How do we achieve a healthy balance of promoting innovation with light-touch guardrails? What can we learn from other regions that have forged ahead, and what steps are needed to catalyze US leadership in blockchain?


Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow & VP of Blockchain, IBM
James Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Commerce International Trade Administration

Global AML Standards Are Incoming: What FATF means for Financial Institutions

Discussion about the new FATF Framework almost one year later, how industry is responding from governance and technological approach, and the unique environment in the U.S. around the Funds travel and transfer rules which may not be in place globally.

Jason Weinstein, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Banking on Blockchain – How Banks Are Looking at Digital Assets

Banks and other “traditional” financial services players are reacting to strong interest from clients to engage with digital assets. What are the key areas of opportunity, the considerations, and areas of friction that need to be resolved to enable institutional engagement?

Micah Kerr, Head Architect of Commercial Payments & Blockchain Guru, Discover Financial Services

How Blockchain is Strengthening Supply Chain

Blockchain technology is transforming supply chain management. Having a single source of truth with a shared ledger allows for greater collaboration, transparency, and traceability. Hear from industry pioneers that are reimagining the way businesses trade globally. 

Jonathan Johnson, CEO, Overstock; President, Medici Ventures

DC Blockchain Summit 2020 Agenda

Day 1 – March 11, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

4:05 p.m.

Blockchain Infrastructure – What’s On the Horizon for Capital Markets?

Will a new decade bring a fresh tailwind? Companies and financial institutions have increased their focus on providing new products and services involving digital assets to meet customer demand; and yet, obstacles remain.  Our expert panelists will discuss how institutions are leveraging blockchain in capital markets – whether for clearing and settling of securities, custody, or other service offerings — and what lies ahead to enable success. 


Aaron Kaplan, Co-CEO, Prometheum
Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets, U.S. SEC

6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Day 2 – March 12, 2020

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

Heath Tarbert, Chairman, U.S. CFTC

5:00 p.m.

Panel: Token Jurisdiction: Deep Dive into SEC and CFTC Oversight

Discussion about the future of regulatory oversight for the spot markets and digital tokens. How should the agencies settle the question of what is a security, and what is not?


Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners; Former Commissioner, U.S. SEC


Thomas Chippas, CEO, ErisX
Hester Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. SEC
Brian Quintenz, Commissioner, U.S. CFTC

6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

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