2023 Agenda

The DC Blockchain Summit featured programming for policymakers, business leaders, and investors, serving as a platform to discuss the critical issues that will define the future of our industry for decades to come.

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If you are interested in participating or speaking at the DC Blockchain Summit 2023, please contact us. 

Below, please find some topics that will be discussed on stage. We will be updating the agenda periodically. 

Building Trust: Understanding the Complexities and Policy Considerations for DeFi

Sena Loyd, President, Web3 ID Coalition 
Erik Voorhees, Founder ShapeShift

Decentralized exchanges and lending platforms have both performed safely and securely this year despite market turmoil. DeFi protocols offer immense benefits to the U.S. financial system related to accessibility, autonomy, security, and transparency. This panel will discuss the risks and benefits of centralized decision making in DeFi and how legislative or regulatory action will impact its availability and accessibility in the U.S.  

Impact by Innovation: How Blockchain Impacts Humanitarian Aid and Charitable Giving

Christian Pennotti, Sr. Director, CARE 

Blockchain technology and decentralized finance make almost anything possible. From low-cost money transfers to purchasing goods and services – more use cases are being built everyday and can benefit society in ways never imagined. This panel will discuss how digital assets and blockchain technologies can improve the lives of people around the globe.

Gatekeepers Building Bridges: How Traditional Institutions Will Foster Mass Adoption

Many have said that protecting institutional investment in digital assets was necessary for markets to finally flourish. Yet, as some institutions have gone from the sidelines to the playing field, not much has changed. From custody to trading, financing, staking, and governance – this panel will discuss what it will take for more “TradFi’ institutions to enter this space and more importantly, how new entrants will impact the industry’s future. 

Future of Energy: How Digital Asset Mining Can Advance Energy Development in the United States and Abroad

Tom Mapes, Director of Energy Policy, Chamber of Digital Commerce 

Proof of Work mining has an opportunity to disrupt not only finance as we know it, but also the energy landscape. Transitioning to alternative energy sources requires significant investments in new energy technology, and different perspectives from the status quo. This panel will explore the truth with real energy experts and scientists discussing how mining can actually advance energy development into the future.  

Crypto-Asset Reporting: Vehicles to Improved Tax Accounting for Digital Assets

Digital assets represent the next evolution in increasing efficiency of financial and non-financial transactions. Due to their pervasive impact and exponential increase in adoption, unclear or unfit tax and accounting guidance of digital assets is the leading roadblock to institutional adoption. This panel will get down to the brass tacks of what type of tax and accounting framework is needed moving forward.

Don’t Trust, Verify - Proof of Reserves

Nic Carter, General Partner Castle Island Ventures (moderator)

In light of the industry’s current liquidity struggles, it’s imperative that investors and customers have the assurance their funds are properly managed. The growth of the digital asset industry has resulted in uneven and inconsistent methods for proving the existence of reserves to meet customer liabilities. This panel will debate what our industry can do without existing regulations and how a transparent system like proof of reserves can restore confidence in our industry.  

8:00 AM 


9:00 AM 

Welcome to the DC Blockchain Summit 2022

Matthew Roszak, Chair, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Wendy Henry, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

9:10 AM 

Congress Can’t Ignore Crypto

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

How is Congress approaching blockchain technology and what efforts can we expect to see from Capitol Hill this year?

9:15 AM

Can Regulation and Innovation Coexist?

SEC Commissioner, Hester Peirce
CFTC Commissioner, Christy Goldsmith Romero
Annemarie Tierney, Senior Strategic Advisor, Chamber of Digital Commerce (moderator)

What role does the SEC and CFTC play in digital asset regulation? How are regulators navigating the fine line between innovation and regulation and how are they coordinating?

9:40 AM

Breaking Down the Executive Order on Digital Assets

Perianne Boring, Founder and CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Richard Rosenthal, Principal US Banking Advisory Leader–Blockchain and Digital Assets, Deloitte
Kathy Kraninger, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Solidus Labs
Sulolit “Raj’ Mukherjee, VP, Global Head of Tax, Binance
Maggie Lake, Senior Editor/Host, Real Vision (moderator)

President Biden has made blockchain technology a national priority. What does this mean for digital asset innovators and the future of crypto projects in the U.S.? 

10:15 AM

Facing Regulations with FATF

Ken Menz, Policy Analyst, Financial Action Task Force Secretariat
Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. FATF is keenly focused on digital assets and issuing anti-money laundering guidance that is reverberating around the world. 

10:20 AM


10:50 AM

Crypto in the Capital

U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chair, Task Force on Financial Technology 

Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch joins us to discuss Congress’ role in establishing US blockchain policy.

11:00 AM

Stablecoins and the Future of Money

Paul Balzano, Professional Staff, House Committee on Agriculture
Paul Wong, Stellar Development Foundation, Director of Product, CBDCs and Institutions
Caitlin Long, Founder & CEO, Custodia Bank
Jason Somensatto, Acting Director, LabCFTC
Stephen Palley,
Founder and Chair, Anderson Kill’s Technology, Media & Distributed Systems Group (moderator)

Stablecoins promise faster, lower-cost payments, as well as the opportunity for greater financial inclusion. What do state and federal policymakers need to consider when creating legislative and regulatory proposals? 

11:45 AM

Crypto Consensus: Bringing Bipartisanship
to Blockchain

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Ric Edelman, Founder, DACFP (moderator)

Senators Lummis and Gillibrand join forces to create a comprehensive framework for the U.S.’ regulation of digital assets.

12:00 PM

Token Jurisdiction: Deep Dive into SEC and CFTC Oversight

CFTC Commissioner, Caroline Pham
Sam Brylski, Regulatory Counsel & CCO, Hedera
Carlos Domingo, CEO & Co-Founder, Securitize
Thomas Chippas, CEO, ErisX
Katherine Dowling, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Bitwise Asset Management (moderator)

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

12:40 PM

A Look at NFTs: From Sports to Everyone

Channing Frye, NBA Champion and Lead Analyst, Turner Sports
Alison Kutler,
 Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Dapper Labs
Matt Roszak, Chairman and Co-Founder, Bloq (moderator)

We sit down with Dapper Labs’ Alison Kutler and champion NBA player Channing Frye to discuss how digital collectible NFTs are shaping a new kind of fandom while empowering and protecting content creators and collectors.

1:00 PM


2:15 PM

Expanding the Tank: How Sharks Sell Blockchain to the World

Kevin O’Leary, Chairman, O’Leary Ventures
Brian Dixon, President, Off the Chain Capital

Bitcoin has been the best performing asset 10 out of the last 12 years. Join leading investors as they discuss their approach to investing in this new asset class. 

2:30 PM

Reshaping the Energy Sector: How Bitcoin Mining will Lead the Energy Transition

Fred Thiel, Chairman and CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings
Dave Perrill, CEO and Co-Founder, Compute North
Bobby Kandaswamy, Senior Investment Director at National Grid Partners
Dennis Porter, Bitcoin Advocate and Political Strategist (moderator)

The synergy between digital asset mining and the energy sector will lead to unprecedented growth and opportunity for the future for energy innovation, emission reduction, and grid modernization and stabilization. How can we best chart a path forward to harness this opportunity?

3:00 PM

Mission Critical: Crypto Tax & Accounting

Jessica Reif-Caplan, VP, Tax Counsel, Fidelity
Rob Massey, Partner Global Tax Leader – Blockchain and Digital Assets, Deloitte
Erika Nijenhuis, Senior Counsel, Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Aaron Jacob, Head of Enterprise Resource Planning, TaxBit
Fred Cannon, Board Member, FASB
Roger Brown, Global Head of Tax Strategy, Chainalysis (moderator)

The need for clear tax and accounting guidance is a mission critical issue for companies seeking to invest and innovate in this technology.

3:50 PM


4:15 PM

The Power of Bitcoin - Transmitting Energy Through Time & Space

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
Michael Saylor, Chairman & CEO, MicroStrategy
MacKenzie Sigalos, Technology Reporter, CNBC (moderator)

Senator Daines and Michael Saylor discuss why proof-of-work mining should be included in the development of U.S. energy policy.

4:45 PM

Crypto and Comptroller of the Currency with Michael Hsu

Acting Director Michael Hsu, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Join us for an exclusive address from Acting Director Hsu on the bank policy issues involving crypto. 

4:55 PM

Crypto with Cory: Discussing potential of the blockchain ecosystem

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Join Senator Cory Booker as he discusses happenings on the Hill and beyond in the blockchain ecosystem.

5:15 PM

The Truth about Cryptocurrencies, Illicit Finance and Sanctions

Todd Conklin, Counselor to the Deputy Secretary for Cyber
Carole House, Director for Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation, National Security Council, The White House
Eun Young Choi, Director, National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team
Ari Redbord, Head of Legal and Government Affairs, TRM Labs
Jamal El-Hindi, Counsel, Clifford Chance (moderator)

Digital assets can provide an alternative to traditional financial systems, but also provide a means by which illicit actors can exploit these technologies to launder money and evade sanctions. What’s the truth on the illicit use of cryptocurrency?

5:55 PM

Blockchain’s Bright Future in Congress

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

How can the industry make the greatest impact in establishing pro-crypto legislation? The Congressional Blockchain Caucus has doubled this year, what’s on their agenda?

6:05 PM

Closing Remarks

Alex Levine, Head of Regulatory Affairs & SVP, Legal, Dapper Labs
Perianne Boring,
 Founder and CEO, Chamber of Digital Commerce

6:10 PM

Cocktail Reception

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