April 23, 2018
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

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Blockchain—You've heard the term, now understand the impact.

Digital technologies let people who’ve never met do business across borders and continents in an instant. But how can they trust one another without relying on bureaucracy and middlemen? How can security, identity, and ownership be guaranteed while still operating at the speed of the Internet?

Blockchains, or distributed ledgers, may provide the answer.

Companies, researchers, and governments are exploring how blockchains can secure trust without the need for middlemen or third parties. Leaders in a wide range of industries around the world are seeking to understand how distributed ledgers can help them operate more efficiently.

MIT Technology Review in collaboration with MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative invite you to a one-day conference examining the technology, ethics, and impact of blockchains.

• Meet pioneers in this emerging field
• Learn about the technology to gain business advantage
• Separate fact from hype, and what’s imminent from what’s far off

New feature: Blockchain Primer

Join us for a pre-event explainer session on the fundamentals of blockchain, featuring experts from MIT and industry.

Sunday, April 22
6:00-8:00 pm

Open to all Business of Blockchain conference attendees. Opt in as part of your registration.

Speakers

Meet the pioneers of this emerging technology.

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  • Julius
    Akinyemi

    Cofounder and CEO, UWINCorp

    Towards Financial Inclusion: Next Generation Capital Markets Infrastructure

    Julius is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Marketplace) - an initiative for Unleashing the Wealth of the Nations - a project he initiated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The initiative aims to create the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure. Julius is also the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Media Lab where his mission is the commercialization of technology innovation to empower developing economies especially the African continent. Julius is a technology innovator, a Digital Assets and Blockchain enthusiast. Prior to his residency at MIT he was the Global Director of Emerging Technologies for PepsiCo Inc., where he guided technology research and innovation activities. And prior to joining PepsiCo, he was the Senior Vice President for Emerging Technologies and the Wireless Business Technologies at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco where he led the architecture team for Mobile Banking and many of the Retail Banking digitization platforms among other reengineered processes. Julius is a current member of the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT-Africa Committee and its MIT-Africa Executive Working Group. He was a member of the United Nation’s ICT Working Group to eradicate poverty and one of the 12 member global jurors for OECD’s prize for taking Innovation to scale. Julius was a Donald Gordon Innovation Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. He is a cofounder of Cape Town’s “Workshop 17” Innovation Hub. He was the 2016 honoree of the “Spirit of Africa Award” by the Self Help Africa Organization. Julius obtained his MBA from Ohio University; he holds a couple of intellectual property patents and he is a global speaker on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and global Economic Development.
  • Robleh
    Ali

    Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab

    The Future of Digital Currency

    Robleh Ali is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative. His main focus is on how national currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and what role central banks should play in such a system. The overall aim is to fundamentally reform the financial system by changing the way money is issued. He previously led the research into central-bank-issued digital currency at the Bank of England.
  • Amber
    Baldet

    Cofounder & CEO, stealth startup

    Building a Real Internet of Value: Privacy, Connectivity, and Scale

    Amber Baldet led J.P. Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence since its inception in 2015, recently leaving to launch a soon-to-be-announced venture. Appearing on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list of the most influential young people in business of 2017 and CoinDesk’s 10 Most Influential in Blockchain, she “handily bridges the divide between the Wall Street and crypto sets.”
  • Brian
    Behlendorf

    Executive Director, Hyperledger Project

    Blockchain: Unlocking the Power and Potential

    Brian Behlendorf is the executive director of Hyperledger Project. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management, a global technology investment firm.
  • Joseph
    Bonneau

    Assistant Professor, NYU

    What You Need to Know About Ethereum

    Joseph Bonneau is an assistant professor at NYU. His research spans cryptography, security protocol design, security economics, and human factors in security. He's interested in making systems more trustworthy and transparent, particularly encrypted communication tools, cryptocurrencies, and HTTPS and PKI on the web. His past research has spanned passwords and authentication, side-channel cryptanalysis, protocol verification, software obfuscation, and privacy in social networks.
  • Kathleen
    Breitman

    Cofounder and CEO, Tezos

    After the ICO

    Kathleen Breitman is a cofounder of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Before joining Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the iWall Street Journal/i. She holds a degree from Cornell University.
  • Chris
    Burniske

    Partner, Placeholder

    Evaluating Cryptoassets

    Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a venture capital firm based in New York City that invests in decentralized information networks. Previously, he pioneered ARK Invest’s crypto efforts, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in Bitcoin in 2015, and coauthored the best-selling book Cryptoassets. His commentary has been featured in national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Fortune. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford University.
  • Michael
    Casey

    Senior Advisor, DCI, MIT Media Lab

    Applying Blockchain Technologies to Humanitarian Aid Efforts

    Michael Casey is a senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also chairman of the advisory board for CoinDesk, for which he writes his weekly “Token Economy” column, and a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council. A writer, researcher, and public speaker on economics and digital technology, Michael was a journalist for most of his career, including 18 years at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior columnist covering global finance. He is the author of five books, including The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything and The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order, both coauthored with Paul Vigna, and The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life, co-written with Oliver Luckett.
  • Thaddeus
    Dryja

    Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab

    Shaping the Blockchain Landscape: Bitcoin from 2009 to Today

    A creator of the Lightning Network, one of the most promising Bitcoin scaling solutions, Tadge Dryja leads DCI research focused on the scaling and interoperability of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts.
  • Dan
    Elitzer

    Blockchain & Distributed Web Portfolio Lead, IDEO CoLab

    Creative Approaches to Driving Change with ICOs

    Dan leads the blockchain and distributed Web portfolio for IDEO CoLab, a collaborative R&D network and venture studio. He earned his MBA from MIT Sloan in 2015, during which he founded the MIT Bitcoin Club and cofounded the MIT Bitcoin Project, an initiative that distributed $100 in Bitcoin to every MIT undergrad in the fall of 2014.
  • Rod
    Garratt

    Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair, Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara

    Cryptocurrencies and Global Monetary Policy

    Rod Garratt holds the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has served as a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements, a research advisor to the Bank of England, and a vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the FRBNY he co-led the Virtual Currency Working Group for the Federal Reserve System. After leaving the FRBNY he consulted for Payments Canada and R3 on Project Jasper, a proof of concept for a distributed-ledger-based wholesale interbank payment system. Garratt received a BA from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from Cornell. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Political Economy. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures and the Journal of Network Theory in Finance.
  • Gary
    Gensler

    Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Former Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    Ethics and Governance in the Blockchain Era

    Gary Gensler is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and senior advisor to the director of the MIT Media Lab, where he is a senior advisor to both the Digital Currency Initiative and the Ethics and Governance of AI project. Gensler served as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014), leading the Obama administration's post-crisis reform efforts of the $400 trillion market in over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps. In recognition, he was a recipient of the 2014 Tamar Frankel Fiduciary Prize. He currently is chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission. Gensler earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 1978 and his MBA from the Wharton School in 1979.
  • Ibrahim
    Gokcen

    Chief Digital Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk

    Industry Impact: Global Supply Chain Implications

    Ibrahim Gokcen is the chief digital officer for Maersk Transport & Logistics, where he leads digital strategy, product delivery, and organization across container shipping, port operations, and supply chain management. He previously held digital leadership roles for 12 years at GE in a variety of areas, including commercial, innovation, IT, product management, and R&D. Ibrahim holds a PhD in computer science and a BS in software engineering.
  • Sharon
    Goldberg

    Cofounder and CEO, Commonwealth Crypto; Associate Professor, Computer Science, Boston University

    Scaling Blockchain Using Layer 2 Technologies

    Sharon Goldberg is the CEO and cofounder of Commonwealth Crypto, a Boston blockchain startup that is making cryptocurrency trading faster and more secure. She is also an associate professor in the computer science department at Boston University. At BU, her research focuses on blockchain and on securing the protocols that provide many of the global Internet's core functions. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2009 and her BA from the University of Toronto in 2003. She has worked as a researcher at IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft, as an engineer at Bell Canada and Hydro One Networks, and on working groups of the Federal Communications Commission and the Internet Engineering Task Force. She is the recipient of two IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prizes, an NSF CAREER Award, an N2 Women Rising Star in Networking and Communications Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.
  • Jonathan
    Johnson

    President, Medici Ventures

    Blockchain: A New Model of Trust in Business

    Jonathan Johnson is a member of Overstock’s board of directors. Jonathan joined Overstock in 2002 and has been an integral part of the company's meteoric growth from a small startup to a publicly traded company with nearly $2 billion in sales and over 2,000 employees. He has served as its chairman of the board, acting CEO, and president and in a number of other executive roles. He was intimately involved in the company’s decision to begin accepting Bitcoin four years ago. Jonathan is also president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology companies. In this role, he is responsible for pioneering growth and innovation in applying blockchain to financial markets and beyond.
  • Gideon
    Lichfield

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

    Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
  • Andrew
    Lippman

    Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

    Building a Blockchain for Medical Data Management

    Andrew Lippman is a senior research scientist at MIT and associate director of the Media Lab. He has been with the Lab since its inception. Lippman’s work here has ranged from digital video and HDTV to graphical interfaces and networking.

    Currently, he heads the Lab's Viral Communications research group, which examines scalable, real-time systems whose capacity increases with the number of members. This new approach to communications, human transactions, and broadcasting migrates "mainframe communications" technology to distributed, personally defined, cooperative communicators.

    In addition, Lippman co-directs MIT's interdisciplinary Communications Futures program. Lippman has also led research programs on digital pictures, personal computers, entertainment, and graphics, and he has served on advisory boards of technology start-ups and established companies.

    He has written both technical and mainstream articles about our digital future, and given over 250 presentations throughout the world on the future of information and its commercial and social impacts. Lippman received both his BS and MS in electrical engineering from MIT. In 1995, he completed his PhD studies at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Silvio
    Micali

    Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT

    Scaling Consensus: Designing a Better Distributed Ledger

    Silvio Micali received his laurea in mathematics from the University of Rome and his PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1983 he has been on the MIT faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he is Ford Professor of Engineering. Silvio's research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudorandom generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design. He is the recipient of the Turing Award (in computer science), the Goedel Prize (in theoretical computer science), and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Patrick
    Murck

    Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

    A Blockchain Entrepreneur's Guide to the Evolving Legal Galaxy

    Patrick is a lawyer and expert on Bitcoin and blockchain-based technologies. He will conduct research into the law and policy implications of Bitcoin, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts.

    Previously Patrick was a cofounder of the Bitcoin Foundation, where he served at times as general counsel and executive director. He has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on Bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal.

    Patrick also serves as president of the board of directors for the BitGive Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on charitable giving and social impact using Bitcoin.
  • Neha
    Narula

    Director, DCI, MIT Media Lab

    Neha Narula is director of the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.

    In a previous life, Narula helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through a browser.
  • Sunoo
    Park

    PhD Candidate, MIT

    The Fundamentals of Cryptography

    Sunoo Park is a PhD student in the Cryptography and Information Security group within the Theory of Computation group at MIT and a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

    Sunoo is affiliated with MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative and the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Her research interests lie in cryptography, privacy, law, game theory, and security.

    Sunoo received her BA in computer science at the University of Cambridge in 2013 and her SM in computer science at MIT in 2015.
  • Sandra
    Ro

    Managing Partner, COO, Cofounder, UWINCorp

    Towards Financial Inclusion: Next Generation Capital Markets Infrastructure

    Sandra is a fintech entrepreneur, crypto trader, angel investor, and advisor, focusing on delivering financial access and products to people and communities. Sandra was named to Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech 2016 Power List, holds directorships or founding memberships on several industry boards, and advises several emerging-tech startups. Recently, she joined the US Department of State’s Speakers Bureau as a blockchain technology speaker and was voted CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council, based in Switzerland. Previously, she served as treasurer and founding board director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and founding member of the Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group, and she was a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger. Sandra has published numerous articles on blockchain, foreign exchange markets, and patents. She is the former executive director and head of digitization at CME Group. Sandra founded and was responsible for the firm’s digital assets and blockchain/distributed ledger technology initiatives, including CME bitcoin futures and index pricing.
  • Frank
    Yiannas

    Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart

    Industry Impact: Food Safety in the Global Supply Chain

    As vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety and other public health functions for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2008, Frank was the director of safety and health for the Walt Disney World Company, where he worked for 19 years. In 2008, Frank was given the Collaboration Award by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the 2007 recipient of the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Food Safety and the 2015 Industry Professional Food Safety Hero Award by STOP Foodborne Illness. Frank is also a past president of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and a past vice-chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). He is an adjunct professor in the Food Safety Program at Michigan State University, and in 2017 was awarded the MSU Outstanding Faculty Award. He is the author of the books Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System and Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance, by Springer Scientific. Frank is a registered microbiologist with the American Academy of Microbiology. He received his BS in microbiology from the University of Central Florida and his MPH from the University of South Florida.
  • Jake
    Yocom-Piatt

    Project Lead, Decred

    Sponsor Presentation: Blockchain Sovereignty and Blockchain Integration for Businesses

    Jake Yocom-Piatt is Project Lead for Decred. A cryptocurrency pioneer who has been using, funding, and directing the creation of open-source software for 10+ years, he has been an expert source for the iChicago Tribune/i and a variety of industry publications. He has also been a frequent panelist and has taught workshops on cryptocurrency governance. Prior to Decred, Jake funded and oversaw the creation of btcsuite, an alternative full-node Bitcoin implementation written in go, whose source code has been used in several other notable projects, including Lightning Network Daemon (lnd), Ethereum, and Factom. He also is a co-creator of zkc, a high-security asynchronous chat system.
  • Bridget
    van Kralingen

    Senior Vice President, Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, IBM

    Industry Impact: Trust and Transparency Through Enterprise-Ready Blockchain

    Bridget van Kralingen is senior vice president of IBM Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, a new unit that delivers transformative cloud-based solutions for clients across all industries. IBM’s blockchain business, one of several business priorities within her portfolio, has emerged as the leader in providing enterprise-level blockchain solutions. Collaborations with companies such as Walmart, HSBC, and Maersk have demonstrated how blockchain technology can be used effectively in all industries. IBM is a major contributor to the Hyperledger Project and an advocate for open-source blockchain governance. Bridget is a trained psychologist and began her career as a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She holds a master of commerce degree from the University of South Africa and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.
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Blockchain 2018 Schedule

Join the conversation.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • 5:00
    Early Registration

    Check in and pick up your materials early for the evening's pre-event explainer session

  • 6:00
    Blockchain Primer

    New this year, we have curated a pre-event explainer session on the fundamentals of blockchain. What is a blockchain? Where did this technology come from? What is it useful for?

    The session will provide us with a solid foundation from which to evaluate this fast moving space, from proof of work and proof of stake to understanding mining and other essential concepts. You’ll be well equipped to dive right in to the program on Monday as we explore the potential impact of these technologies at the Business of Blockchain forum.

    Hosted by MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, Gideon Lichfield and the Director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, Neha Narula.

    Sunoo Park PhD Candidate, MIT
    The Fundamentals of Cryptography
    Thaddeus Dryja Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab
    Shaping the Blockchain Landscape: Bitcoin from 2009 to Today
    Joseph Bonneau Assistant Professor, NYU
    What You Need to Know About Ethereum
    Brian Behlendorf Executive Director, Hyperledger Project
    Blockchain: Unlocking the Power and Potential

Monday, April 23, 2018

  • 8:30
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00
    Opening Remarks

    A welcome from our hosts: MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief, Gideon Lichfield and the Director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, Neha Narula.

    Gideon Lichfield Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
    Neha Narula Director, DCI, MIT Media Lab
  • 9:10
    Blockchain: Unlocking the Power and Potential

    The potential that state of the art blockchain technology has for commercial impact.

    Brian Behlendorf Executive Director, Hyperledger Project
    Blockchain: Unlocking the Power and Potential
  • 9:30
    The Promise (and Perils) of the Cryptocurrency Craze

    Assessing the potential of cryptocurrencies in the global economy.

    Neha Narula Director, DCI, MIT Media Lab
    Silvio Micali Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT
    Scaling Consensus: Designing a Better Distributed Ledger
    Sharon Goldberg Cofounder and CEO, Commonwealth Crypto; Associate Professor, Computer Science, Boston University
    Scaling Blockchain Using Layer 2 Technologies
  • 10:10
    Technology Spotlight: 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2018
    Amber Baldet Cofounder & CEO, stealth startup
    Building a Real Internet of Value: Privacy, Connectivity, and Scale
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    Towards a Token Economy

    The latest thinking on establishing valuations for cryptocurrencies, including lessons learned from the year of the ICO.

    Chris Burniske Partner, Placeholder
    Evaluating Cryptoassets
  • 11:20
    After the ICO
    Kathleen Breitman Cofounder and CEO, Tezos
    After the ICO
  • 11:40
    A New Foundation for Financial Services?

    How might the current financial system change with the arrival of blockchain technologies?

    Robleh Ali Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab
    The Future of Digital Currency
    Rod Garratt Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair, Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara
    Cryptocurrencies and Global Monetary Policy
  • 12:10
    Blockchain in the Enterprise

    Examining the potential that blockchain technology has for commercial impact beyond finance.

    Jonathan Johnson President, Medici Ventures
    Blockchain: A New Model of Trust in Business
  • 12:30
    Lunch at Samberg Conference Center: Presentation & Networking Opportunities

    Special session, sponsored by Decred
    Blockchain Sovereignty and Blockchain Integration for Businesses

    Most cryptocurrencies, e.g. Bitcoin, use a pure Proof-of-Work consensus system, but this system has shortcomings that create instability. In this session, Decred Project Lead Jake Yocom-Piatt will discuss how hybridization of Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake can realign incentives to provide a sustainable system with a more traditional sovereignty model. Corporate stakeholders will learn that by making creative use of the timestamping properties of existing blockchains, it is possible to obtain many of the benefits of a blockchain, without requiring development of a custom specific-use blockchain.

    Hosted by MIT Technology Review CEO and Publisher, Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

    Networking options
    Facilitated table conversations, hosted by MIT DCI

    Join one of the open lunch tables to network with colleagues and researchers from the MIT Digital Currency Initiative to discuss the technology, its applications, and their ongoing projects.

  • 2:00
    Industry Impact: Supply Chain

    Industries around the world are considering the potential applications and influence of blockchains.

    Bridget van Kralingen Senior Vice President, Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain, IBM
    Industry Impact: Trust and Transparency Through Enterprise-Ready Blockchain
    Ibrahim Gokcen Chief Digital Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk
    Industry Impact: Global Supply Chain Implications
    Frank Yiannas Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart
    Industry Impact: Food Safety in the Global Supply Chain
  • 3:15
    Industry Impact: Healthcare

    Secure electronic health records might be transformed by blockchain solutions.

    Andrew Lippman Associate Director, MIT Media Lab
    Building a Blockchain for Medical Data Management
  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    A Global View: Regulations for the Crypto Economy

    Governments around the globe are exploring how to update regulations for the blockchain era.

    Gary Gensler Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Former Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Ethics and Governance in the Blockchain Era
  • 4:25
    The New Rules

    What will blockchain technologies mean for existing models of trust in finance and law?

    Patrick Murck Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
    A Blockchain Entrepreneur's Guide to the Evolving Legal Galaxy
  • 4:50
    New Models for Engagement

    Examining Airdrops. Can tokens serve as an incentive to encourage customer and community engagement?

    Dan Elitzer Blockchain & Distributed Web Portfolio Lead, IDEO CoLab
    Creative Approaches to Driving Change with ICOs
  • 5:15
    Blockchain for Good

    New approaches are emerging for challenges, from emergency response to supporting displaced populations.

    Michael Casey Senior Advisor, DCI, MIT Media Lab
    Applying Blockchain Technologies to Humanitarian Aid Efforts
    Julius Akinyemi Cofounder and CEO, UWINCorp
    Towards Financial Inclusion: Next Generation Capital Markets Infrastructure
    Sandra Ro Managing Partner, COO, Cofounder, UWINCorp
    Towards Financial Inclusion: Next Generation Capital Markets Infrastructure
  • 5:40
    The View Ahead

    Closing plenary session with MIT Technology Review's Gideon Lichfield and MIT Digital Currency Initiative's Michael Casey and Neha Narula examines the potential implications for every business to consider in the decade ahead.

  • 6:00
    Reception
The Digital Currency Initiative

MIT Technology Review is proud to present this program in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initative.

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The Digital Currency Initiative is a MIT Media Lab research group focusing on cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin enable open, trustless digital payments and contracts. In the spirit of the Internet's wide reach, this technology and the people behind it have the potential to increase wellbeing for billions of people and become a crucial part of daily life. We engage in fundamental research while shedding light on the associated benefits, risks, and ethical quandaries. Beyond research centered at MIT, we also help support open-source cryptocurrency communities and diversity, and look to foster a broader academic community in this space.

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Venue + Travel

April 23, 2018
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

MIT Media Lab

Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Conference Location: Entire 6th floor of Building E14

Attendee Registration: Lobby on 1st floor of Building E14

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Directions

MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, MA, USA. The campus is within three miles of two major interstate highways and less than six miles from a major international airport; it is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT is a 30-40 minute walk from Harvard University, which is located just up the river from MIT.

Via Public Transportation

MBTA ("The T") Subway — Take the Red Line subway to the Kendall/MIT Station.

The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. You can transfer to the Red Line without additional fees from any other subway line at the appropriate station. Please check the subway map at your boarding point for more detailed information.

At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed right (west) to the first traffic light. This is the intersection of Main Street and Ames Street, with Legal Seafoods on the corner. Turn left onto Ames Street. The Media Lab is about halfway down the block, the second building on the left at 20 Ames Street. It is a large, contemporary, white­tiled building. Adjacent and connected to E15 is the new Media Lab expansion building (E14); its address is 75 Amherst Street. For information on Boston's public transportation system, including maps and schedules for bus, subway, and commuter rail service, please consult the MBTA.

From Logan Airport

By Taxi — Taxi fare from the airport is about $20­$25. During non­rush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.

By Subway — From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). Under normal conditions the ride will take about 30 minutes; the fare is $2.00.

By Car — Leaving the airport, follow the signs to the Sumner Tunnel. Enter the tunnel and stay in the right lane. At the end of the tunnel, continue to stay in the right lane, start down an incline and bear to the right immediately at the sign for Storrow Drive. Take Exit 26 for Cambridge/Somerville. Follow the signs for Back Bay/Cambridge (do not take the exit for Cambridge/Somerville). Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Storrow Drive Westbound. After you pass under the pedestrian walkbridges, change to the left lane and take the exit for 2A North. Turn right and cross the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue).

Driving

From the Massachusetts Turnpike — Exit at "Brighton/Cambridge." Follow signs to Cambridge. The Doubletree Hotel will be on your right. Go straight over the bridge into Cambridge (on River Street) and take your first right onto Memorial Drive. The Charles River will be on your right. Go straight on Memorial Drive, staying to the left and going over the overpass at the Boston University (B.U.) Bridge (past MicroCenter). Staying in the left lane, pass under the next bridge, which is the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.

From Logan Airport — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). The Media Lab will be on your left about a block and a half down Ames Street. Logan International Airport's Web site provides up­to­the­minute information on weather, construction, and traffic.

To Logan Airport — Drive away from the river on Ames Street, and make the first right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to the Longfellow Bridge; proceed over the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, there will be signage directing you to Route 93 South. Follow Route 93 South to the Airport exit. From Route I­93: From I­93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Memorial Drive. The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.

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