Agenda

March 6-7, 2019

Advocating for the Future of Blockchain

The Fourth Annual DC Blockchain Summit brought together leading blockchain companies, enterprise executives and policymakers to discuss key policy issues impacting the industry. Chamber of Digital Commerce members from more than 20 countries participated in the event to demonstrate how blockchain applications can serve as an engine for economic prosperity through trade finance, food supply chain management, health care, energy, digital identity solutions, tracking of ownership, and many others. Below is an overview of the DC Blockchain Summit 2019 program.

Day 1 – March 6, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration 

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
 

Speakers:

John Jacobs, Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets & Policy, Georgetown University

Anoop Nannra, Head of Blockchain, Cisco

Matthew Roszak, Chairman & Co-Founder, Bloq; Chairman, Chamber of Digital Commerce

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9:10 a.m.

National Action Plan for Blockchain

 

Speakers:

Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

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9:30 a.m.

Patrolling the Block: Token Regulation in the United States

Financial services regulation has dominated the headlines as well as enforcement activity over the past year. Regulatory uncertainty is often identified as a key issue impacting business development in the United States. Join us for an in-depth discussion with the experts at the heart of balancing interpretations of the law and sound public policy.

Moderator:

Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Speakers:

Daniel Gorfine, Chief Innovation Officer & Director, Lab CFTC; Organization to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Kavita Jain, Director, Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues, FINRA

Jessica Renier, Senior Advisor on Domestic Finance, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets & Innovation, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

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10:15 a.m.

Breaking Barriers to Blockchain Adoption: Getting to “Planet Scale” Trust

 

Speaker:

Anoop Nannra, Head of Blockchain & DLT Business, Cisco

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10:45 a.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

11:15 a.m.

Navigating Blockchain

Join Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one, as he discusses how blockchain technology will impact government, regulation, and digital commerce.

Speakers:

Brendan Blumer, CEO, Block.one

Frederick Bush, Chairman, Pavilion USA 2020

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11:40 a.m.

Paul Astengo, Senior Executive, Gibraltar Finance, HM Government of Gibraltar

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11:45 a.m.

A Token Journey: From ICOs to STOs and Beyond

The proliferation of tokens is creating new ways in which to participate with services offered by software platforms. While many are intended to be associated with necessary uses of the platform, some have been found to be offerings of unregistered securities. Within this environment, enterprising companies are recognizing the value of creating a security and trading it on registered marketplaces. During this session we will discuss the difficulties in navigating securities laws, and the benefits of offering registered securities.

Moderator:

Matthew Comstock, Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle

Speakers:

Richard Gorelick, Executive, DRW/Cumberland

Chris Housser, Co-Founder & COO, Polymath

Alan Konevsky, Chief Legal Officer, tZERO

Colleen Sullivan, Partner & CEO, CMT Digital

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12:20 p.m.

Innovating With Blockchain, Crypto, and Tokens in Your Business Model

Use of blockchain, cryptocurrency and tokens is being evaluated in virtually every business model in today’s enterprise.  In this panel, we will discuss a wide range of considerations inclusive of tax, accounting, KYC/AML, cyber security, technology and strategy. Participants will hear from Deloitte leaders and specialists in each competency as well as the CEO of Citizens Reserve as they build their tokenized business model.

Moderator:

Rob Massey, Global Tax Leader, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Deloitte

Speakers:

Wendy Henry, Managing Director, Government & Public Services Blockchain Lead, Deloitte

Alexi Von Keszycki, Managing Director, Risk and Financial Advisory/Regulatory and Operational Risk, Deloitte

Ivan O’Donnell, Partner, Deloitte

Linda Pawczuk, Principal, Blockchain Lead, Deloitte

Eric Piscini, CEO, Citizens Reserve

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1:00 – 2:10 p.m.

Lunch

2:10 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple

 

Ripple provides one frictionless experience to send money globally using the power of blockchain. By joining Ripple’s growing, global network (RippleNet), financial institutions can process their customers’ payments anywhere in the world instantly, reliably and cost-effectively. Banks and payment providers can use the digital asset XRP to further reduce their costs and access new markets. With offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, Ripple has more than 200 customers around the world.

Speakers:

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple

Jill Malandrino, Global Markets Reporter, Trading & Market Services, Nasdaq

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2:30 p.m.

Tokenizing Assets for Global Capital Markets

The investment world saw the power of blockchain backed tokens in 2017 and 2018. Billions of dollars were raised globally from people from every walk of life. But as the recent months have shown, without proper oversights and real companies behind these investments, unsophisticated investors can lose. Can we use blockchain technology to allow legitimate businesses to raise capital globally? Our panel of experts in capital markets, blockchain technology, and securities law share expertise that will address this question.

Moderator:

Tiana Laurence, Chief Marketing Officer, ABE Global

Speakers:

Era Anagnosti, Partner, Global Capital Markets Practice, White & Case

Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners

Joel Blom, Co-Founder & COO, ABE Global

John Pigott, Principal & Co-Founder, ABE Global

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3:15 p.m.

BELTED Systems: A New View on Blockchain 

Saying blockchain in business is suddenly a term aligned with risk is not how it should be. We will discuss how blockchain can be better described to business and government, and share with you our thoughts on when these solutions make sense

Speaker:

Bernie Moreno, Chairman, Ownum

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3:30 p.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

4:00 p.m.

Under Secretary Manisha Singh, U.S. Department of State

Manisha Singh was designated Acting Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment and Privacy Shield Ombudsperson on September 28, 2018. 

She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State on November 22, 2017. She leads a team of over 200 employees in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs which also serves as the home bureau for economic officers posted in embassies around the world. She is the first woman appointed to the role and is responsible for advancing American prosperity, entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. 

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4:15 p.m.

Future of Finance: Multi-Stakeholder Governance for Blockchain Based New Financial Ecosystem

The multistakeholder governance approach is often referenced in conjunction with Internet governance and is viewed as an optimal way to make policy decisions for a globally distributed network. Key benefits of the multistakeholder governance model include its inclusiveness and its ability to evolve. This discussion brings together experts in Internet governance and blockchain researchers to discuss a multistakeholder governance approach for the blockchain ecosystem.

Moderator:

Shin’ichiro Matsuo, Research Professor, Georgetown University

Speakers:

Eric BurgerResearch Professor of Computer Science, the Co-PI of the Blockchain, Technology, Ecosystem & Design Research Center, Georgetown University

Steve Crocker, Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer

Patrick Ryan, Adjunct, CU Boulder ITP; Researcher & Author on Internet Governance; Trust, Strategy & Engineering Principal, Google (day job)

Yuta Takanashi, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

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4:50 p.m.

Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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5:05 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Counselor Craig Phillips, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury


Speaker:

Craig Phillips joined the Treasury in January 2017 and serves as Counselor to the Secretary. He assists the Secretary in a range of matters including domestic finance, domestic financial institution policy, housing finance policy, and regulatory reform. From 2008 to 2017, he served as a Managing Director and Member of the Global Operating Committee of BlackRock, Inc. 

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5:20 p.m.

CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo

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5:35 p.m.

Evolving Government Processes with Blockchain

KPMG and Ownum are pleased to present and announce their joint working relationship to bring blockchain enabled digital platform and services primarily for state governments. Beginning with vehicle title management and extending to other forms of record management including birth and death registries as well as tax credit tracking, the firms will provide an overview of how blockchain is helping government agencies achieve their digital transformation objectives while accelerating value to citizens and reducing costs to taxpayers.

Speakers:

Arun Ghosh, U.S. Blockchain Lead, KPMG

Shane Bigelow, CEO, Ownum

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6:00 p.m.

Reception

Day 2 – March 7, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration 

8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks 

 

Speakers:

John Jacobs, Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets & Policy, Georgetown University

Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

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9:00 a.m.

Rep. Tom Emmer, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

(View Video)

9:20 a.m.

Fireside Chat: The Future of Tokenization 

The tokenization of money, identity, real estate, art, equity, debt and beyond are all going through an extraordinary discovery phase, and things are just getting started. New multi-trillion dollar networks are being reimagined and built on blockchain-based systems, with next generation financial infrastructure including wallets, exchanges and custody. From ICOs to STOs, as these new cryptoassets begin to take shape, they also bring with them a host of regulatory considerations that multiply across geographies and jurisdictions. This expert panel will discuss the surprisingly near future of this emerging area of crypto-finance. 

Moderator:

Frank Chaparro, Senior Correspondent, The Block

Speakers:

Matthew Roszak, Chairman & Co-Founder, Bloq

Manmeet Singh, Chief Financial & Investment Officer, EMURGO

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9:40 a.m.

Cast Your Vote: The Future of Blockchain Voting

Blockchain will transform government and numerous industries. But what about the future of voting? Does blockchain have a place in federal, state, or local elections and do its immutable features offer the promise of greater security, accessibility and efficiency? Have voting pilots for overseas service members made an impact? Is a digital identity solution needed to make this effective?

Moderator:
Jonathan Johnson, President, Medici Ventures

Speakers:

Michael Allman, Founder & CEO, Voterfied

Joe Cutler, Privacy & Data Security Partner, Perkins Coie

Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder and CEO, Voatz Inc.

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10:20 a.m.

One Block at a Time: Taking Steps Towards a DLT-Based Financial System

The transformative possibilities of blockchain technology and its tremendous positive impact for prosperity and security have been recognized by entrepreneurs, governments, and leaders around the world. Its ability to improve business processes, increase efficiency, and promote transparency in financial services is significantly enhancing the way financial institutions conduct business. This panel will explore how innovators are using blockchain in financial services such as payment processing, lending, custody, and investing.

Moderator:
Artem Korenyuk, Director Office of FinTech Strategy and Business Development, DTCC

Speakers:

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

Andrew Lom, Partner, Family Office and Investment Management, Norton Rose Fulbright

Puneet Singhvi, Managing Director, Citi

Alex Tapscott, Co-Founder, Blockchain Research Institute

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10:55 a.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

11:25 a.m.

Blockchain – Introducing Innovation at Enterprise Scale, Business Impact – Collaboration Required, and a Vision of the Future for You

Speaker:

Joe Bonefas, Vice President, Business Technology, Discover Financial Services

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11:45 a.m.

Robust Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Today

Many blockchain discussions speculate on what the technology will be able to do in the future, but neglect to address what is already possible. This presentation will showcase solutions created by Dragonchain as proof of what businesses can already deploy and the capabilities available today.

Speaker:

Joe Roets, CEO, Dragonchain

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12:00 p.m.

The Rise of Smart Legal Agreements

Blockchain has cast a spotlight on how smart contract code can execute transactions in highly efficient ways, but will broad adoption follow? This session will explore what constitutes a trusted environment for digital transactions, how semi- and/or fully-automated legal agreements can be implemented and enforced, the role standards will play—and how the public and private sectors can best prepare for the coming age of intelligent agreements.

Moderator:
Hal Marcus, Global Legal Evangelist, DocuSign

Speakers:

Peter Hunn, Founder & Director, Accord Project

Olga Mack, VP of Strategy, Quantstamp

Heather Petersen, Head of Trust Strategy & Marketing, DocuSign

Margo Tank, Partner, DLA Piper

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12:40 – 1:50 p.m.

Lunch

1:50 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Tom Jessop, Fidelity Investments

 

 

Speakers:

Tom Jessop, Head of Corporate Development & President of Fidelity Digital Assets

Kate Rooney, Markets Reporter, CNBC

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2:05 p.m.

Live And In Operation: How Blockchain Is Already Having Social Impact

The promise of blockchain technology’s ability to disrupt the status quo and reimagine the way we do business is not a new one. But, how much of that promise is a reality? Emergent Technology’s live blockchain ecosystem is already leapfrogging legacy infrastructure. In this session, CTO Abhishek Banerjee presents the company’s operational Responsible Gold Ecosystem. Witness firsthand how it is assuring integrity in the gold supply chain and laying the foundation for payments efficiencies and greater financial inclusion.

Speaker:

Abhishek Banerjee, CTO, Emergent Technology Holdings

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2:25 p.m.

Building Trust in Blockchains: Transparency, Regulation, and Institutional Adoption

It’s not unusual for the earliest adopters of disruptive technology to be criminals and other bad actors. Nowhere is this phenomenon been more notorious than in cryptocurrency, where cases ranging from sanctions evasion to terrorism financing dominate the headlines. But this activity is only one part of the story. Today, cryptocurrency is far more than just a financial loophole exploited for nefarious purposes. In this session, Jesse Spiro, Global Head of Policy at Chainalysis, discusses how transparency into the blockchain can lead to unprecedented insight into how and why people move money across the world, the positive implications of regulation, and how financial institutions can safely and responsibly integrate cryptocurrency into their systems and bring the technology further into the mainstream.

Speaker:

Jesse Spiro, Global Head of Policy, Chainalysis

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2:40 p.m.

Solving Frictions within and across Financial Institutions using DLT

Global financial institutions operate in a highly dynamic and competitive business environment. There are multiple sources of friction both within and across institutions such as fragmented data and work flow models, lack of a single source of truth, lack of real-time visibility and transparency, and cyber-security vulnerabilities. This presentation looks at the current state as well as discusses the new opportunities that can be envisioned using this disruption force of DLT.

Speaker:

Gangesh Ganesan, Founder & CEO, PeerNova

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2:55 p.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

3:25 p.m.

Evolution Into the Secondary Market – Development and Changes in Token Sales and Token Trading

Speakers:

Valerie Dahiya, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Kari Larsen, Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

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3:45 p.m.

Fireside Chat: Processing the Potential of Cryptocurrency Payments

Payment processing has served as an important function in facilitating financial transactions for decades. Cryptocurrencies have emerged as a way to enable merchants and even governments to receive payment in a quick and auditable manner.   However, frictions in regulatory policies, from tax treatment to money transmitter licensing, continue to hinder its full potential.  Join us as we discuss payment innovations and what needs to be done to enable future progress.

Speakers:

Stephen Pair, Co-Founder & CEO, BitPay

John Beccia, Co-Founder & CEO, FS Vector LLC

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4:00 p.m.

The State of Decentralization Benchmarks

When the SEC launched its guidance on the DAO in 2017, their analysis showed a new level of expertise for a regulatory agency that works with blockchain industry data sources. This expertise marked the start of the agency’s widespread application of the Howey Test to these data sources to determine the relative decentralization of a crypto network. This presentation looks at the current state of decentralization metrics and how to navigate these different data points, sources and indicators across the industry.

Speaker:

 Nolan Bauerle, Head of Research, CoinDesk

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4:35 p.m.

Update on Federal and State Government Blockchain Initiatives

Mark Fisk will provide an update on Federal and State Government Blockchain initiatives that have progressed from investigating the technology into the early stages of production pilots. Focus will be on specific use cases that have provided value to business networks that government agencies have sponsored leveraging design thinking and demonstrating value through the successful execution of agile proof-of-concept sprints.

Speaker:

Mark Fisk, Partner, IBM, Digital – Public Service Blockchain Leader, IBM Global Business Services

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4:45 p.m.

Blockchain Technology and Digital Assets… Why Insurance Matters

Financial and professional lines insurance plays an integral role in the sustainability of any new industry or technology. Learn what coverages are key to the development of the blockchain industry and digital assets, why they matter, and how we can work together to promote blockchain and the use of digital assets.

Speaker: 

Sarah Downey, Managing Director, Marsh

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5:00 p.m.

Cryptocurrency Trends in Emerging Markets

This talk will share insights on how cryptocurrencies are adopted, regulated, and traded in emerging markets, which is often in stark contrast to the U.S. market. While digital assets are transnational by nature, regional and national markets are heterogenous.

Speaker:

Terry Culver, CEO, Digital Finance Group (DFG) USA and General Partner of the DFG Fund

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5:10 p.m.

The Future of Blockchain – Experts Analyze Key Trends and Outlooks

It’s been 10 years since Satoshi Nakamoto first published his seminal whitepaper launching a peer-to-peer electronic cash system.  An extraordinary amount of development has occurred in that time, evolving into numerous applications for the technology beyond payments.  Yet so much more remains to be accomplished.  Join our panel of experts as they analyze key trends both in the technology and regulatory landscape, and offer their views on what to expect in 2019 and beyond.

Moderator:

Richard Levin, Chair of FinTech & Regulation Practice, Polsinelli

Speakers:

Bernadette Kogler, Co-Founder & CEO, RiskSpan Inc.

Al Lynn, Vice President, Cisco

Fletcher McCraw, Partnerships and Consulting, Blockchain, Cognizant

James Putra, Director of Product Strategy & Innovation, TradeStation Crypto

(View Video)

5:40 p.m.

Erik Bethel, Executive Director, The World Bank

5:50 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

(View Video)

 

5.55 p.m

Closing Remarks

 

Speaker:

Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

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