May 2, 2019
MIT Media Lab
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10 years in: A serious look at how blockchains can change how the world does business

We’ve seen how powerful blockchain technology can be, but how disruptive can it really become? Fundamental technological and market-related challenges still stand in the way of potentially world-changing applications. Now that the mania of 2017 and early 2018 has worn off, which projects and ideas have staying power?

The race is on to define the new blockchain era.

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

Our 2019 program will explore:

» The strengths and weaknesses of the underlying technology
» Lessons learned from early blockchain projects, and how the most promising new initiatives are attempting to transform key global industries
» How legal and regulatory environments around the world are adapting to the arrival of cryptocurrencies
» The potential for blockchain to address pressing social challenges, from expanding access to financial services to tracking war crimes

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A deeper look into blockchain technologies

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

Wednesday, May 1
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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  • Robleh
    Ali

    Research Scientist, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab

    Stablecoins: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency

    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.
  • Elizabeth
    Bramson-Boudreau

    CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

    Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

    Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

    Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
  • Adam
    Caplan

    SVP of Emerging Technology, Salesforce

    Blockchain's Role in the Enterprise

    As SVP of emerging technology, Adam Caplan is currently focused on Salesforce’s blockchain strategy. He previously ran the strategic projects consulting organization at Salesforce, a global team building custom applications on the platform to help companies reimagine what’s possible with Salesforce and turn their visions into reality. Adam joined Salesforce through the acquisition of Model Metrics in 2011. Model Metrics, which he founded in 2003, was a consulting company focused on helping enterprise organizations accelerate the adoption of cloud computing and enterprise mobile applications. In 2011, he was named CEO of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association. Adam earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Greg
    Di Prisco

    Head of Business Development, MakerDAO

    Gregory Di Prisco is the Head of Business Development at MakerDAO, creators of Dai, the world's first decentralized stablecoin. Dai is a cryptocurrency pegged to the US Dollar and collateralized with other cryptocurrencies. In addition to working with MakerDAO, Greg is a managing partner at Distributed Capital Partners, an investment partnership that specializes in early stage blockchain projects and distributed software. In 2016, along with other partners, Greg founded EtherIndex LLC, the first and only ETF in registration with the SEC to track the price of the cryptocurrency ether. Prior to working in the blockchain space, Greg was a futures trader at Axiom Markets LLC, trading a variety of commodity and financial derivatives. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University.
  • Thaddeus
    Dryja

    Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab

    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.
  • Gary
    Gensler

    Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

    Crypto Regulation: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

    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.
  • Thomas
    Hardjono

    Chief Technology Officer, MIT Connection Science and Engineering

    Thomas Hardjono is the CTO of Connection Science and Engineering. He leads technical projects and initiatives around identity, security and data privacy, and engages industry partners and sponsors on these fronts. He is also the technical director for the Internet Trust Consortium under MIT Connection Science that implements open source software based on cutting edge research at MIT. The consortium embodies the MIT philosophy of giving back to the community.

    Thomas has a BSc degree in Computer Science with Honors from the University of Sydney, and PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
  • Will
    Knight

    Senior Editor for AI and Robotics, MIT Technology Review

    Will Knight is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, and human-machine collaboration. Will grew up in London, and was previously an editor at New Scientist magazine in the UK.
  • Alexander
    Labowitz

    General Counsel, Cadre

    Security Tokens: Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing

    Alex is general counsel at Cadre, where he leads on legal, regulatory, and compliance matters and advises on special projects such as asset digitization and opportunity zones. Prior to joining Cadre, Alex worked on a broad range of international corporate and commercial real estate transactions at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Shearman & Sterling. Alex received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Scott
    Likens

    New Services and Emerging Technologies Leader, PwC

    Blockchain Promises Trust, But Can It Deliver? - Presented by PwC

    Scott leads PwC’s New Services and Emerging Tech practice in the United States, Japan, and China. With more than 21 years of experience in emerging technology, he has helped clients transform their customer experience and enhance their digital operations.

    Scott has worked across industries with some of the biggest multinational companies to transform their business by applying a local lens to global digital and emerging tech trends. He has expertise using emerging technology and advanced analytics in many areas, including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies, and social customer engagement.
  • Rhys
    Lindmark

    Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact, MIT Digital Currency Initiative

    Rhys Lindmark currently works at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. He focuses on the ethics and impact of blockchain technology, and how to catalyze paradigmatic change.
  • Caitlin
    Long

    Cofounder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition

    The Financialization of Cryptoassets

    Caitlin Long is a 22-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in Bitcoin and blockchain since 2012. She has been leading the charge to make her native state of Wyoming an oasis for blockchain companies in the US, having helped Wyoming enact 13 blockchain-enabling laws in 2018 and 2019. From 2016 to 2018 she jointly spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering market index data to Vanguard as chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain startup. Caitlin ran Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016), held senior roles at Credit Suisse (1997-2007), and began her career at Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP 1994), and the University of Wyoming (BA 1990).
  • Sonya
    Mann

    Communications Manager, Zcash Foundation

    The Path to Adoption: 3 Types of Product-Market Fit

    Sonya Mann runs communications at the Zcash Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to technological privacy infrastructure. In the past, she reported on the tech industry for Inc.com, after several years as a freelance writer.
  • Stephen
    McKeon

    Partner, Collaborative Fund; Professor of Finance, University of Oregon

    Security Tokens: Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing

    Stephen McKeon is a finance professor at the University of Oregon and a partner at Collaborative Fund. At UO he studies crypto-assets, security issuance, and M&A. At Collaborative, he leads the portfolio focused on blockchain-based financial infrastructure.
  • Aya
    Miyaguchi

    Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation

    Values and Goals of the Blockchain Ecosystem

    Aya originally became fascinated with blockchain for its potential to impact financial inclusion in emerging markets. She joined Kraken as managing director in early 2013 and has since worked to educate the public, VCs, and regulators on cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation globally. As the executive director of the Ethereum Foundation, Aya leads the foundation’s teams and supports Ethereum through core development, research activities, and educational efforts aimed at further expanding the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem. In 2019, she was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Global Council.
  • Sopnendu
    Mohanty

    Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

    The Rise of Blockchain in Singapore

    Sopnendu Mohanty is responsible for creating development strategies, public infrastructure, and regulatory policies around technology innovation. Mohanty has spent over 20 years in various leadership roles globally in technology, finance, and innovation. He has coauthored several patented works in area of retail distribution of the financial sector.

    Mohanty extensively engages with ecosystems of various jurisdictions on innovation, policymaking, and tech-enabled financial services. He is on Institutional Investor’s list of influential fintech global dealmakers. Mohanty has been recognized internationally as a fintech thought leader.
  • Charley
    Moore

    Founder and CEO, Rocket Lawyer

    Using Smart Contracts as Legal Contracts

    Charley is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer. His experience as an attorney representing startups exposed him to both the high cost and high value of great legal advice. So he started Rocket Lawyer to deliver high-value legal services at a price nearly everyone can afford. Today, Rocket Lawyer is one of the most widely used legal services in the world, with operations in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Charley graduated from the United States Naval Academy (BS) and the University of California at Berkeley (JD). He served as a US Navy officer and is a Gulf War veteran. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Rocket Lawyer and on the executive board of Tech for America (T4A).
  • Neha
    Narula

    Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab

    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Research

    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.
  • Mike
    Orcutt

    Associate Editor, MIT Technology Review

    Mike Orcutt is an associate editor at MIT Technology Review, focusing on the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchains. His reporting, which includes a twice-weekly, blockchain-focused email newsletter, Chain Letter, revolves around one central question: Why does blockchain technology matter?
  • Monica
    Quaintance

    Head of Research and Networks, Kadena

    Technical Developments of Permissioned Blockchains

    Monica Quaintance leads research and networks at Kadena. She is a former tech lead and senior data engineer at Rent the Runway and a former qualitative analytics engineer at the SEC. Prior to that, as an investment banking associate, Monica securitized and restructured commercial real estate assets at Cushman and Wakefield. Monica has degrees in statistics and probability, as well as economics, from Columbia University. She is also a cofounder of Universal Consensus, a blockchain-focused pro-diversity organization.
  • Haseeb
    Qureshi

    Advisor, MetaStable Capital

    Stablecoins: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency

    Haseeb Qureshi is an advisor at MetaStable Capital, a leading cryptocurrency hedge fund. He is a former software engineer, previously at Earn.com and Airbnb. He also teaches a seminar on cryptocurrencies at the Bradfield School of Computer Science.
  • Michael
    Reilly

    Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review

    As Executive Editor, Michael Reilly helps build new digital editorial products, such as newsletters and website enhancements. He also commissions and edits stories for MIT Technology Review's print and digital offerings.

  • Dan
    Robinson

    Research Partner, Paradigm

    Scaling and Interoperability

    Dan is a research partner at Paradigm, a crypto asset investment firm. He previously worked as a protocol researcher at Interstellar and Chain, where he led development on Ivy, a smart-contract language for Bitcoin, and Starlight, a payment channel network on Stellar. Dan has been involved in research and development in several open-source projects and communities, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stellar, Plasma, Interledger, and Cosmos. Previously, he was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He has a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Harvard College.
  • Jessica
    Rosenworcel

    Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

    A View from the FCC: Blockchain and Wireless Spectrum

    Named as one of Politico’s 50 Politicos to Watch, Jessica Rosenworcel brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to her position as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to joining the agency, she served as senior communications counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

    She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, and a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.
  • Peter
    Van Valkenburgh

    Director of Research, Coin Center

    Permissionless or Permissioned? Parallels with the Early Internet

    Peter is director of research at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He is a graduate of NYU Law. He drafts the center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before the House and Senate, briefed staff and members of the EU parliament, and educated policymakers and regulatory staff around the world on the subject of cryptocurrency regulation and decentralized computing systems. Previously, he was a Google Policy Fellow and collaborated with various digital rights organizations on projects related to privacy, surveillance, and digital copyright law.
  • Stacie
    Waleyko

    Developer, Casa

    Stacie has experience working on everything from permissioned ledgers to public blockchains. Currently she is a developer at Casa, building key management solutions for sovereign individuals. Before that, she was the engineering lead on distributed ledger technologies at Context Labs.
  • Simon
    Whitehouse

    Senior Managing Director for Financial Services, Growth and Strategy, Accenture

    Understanding the Permissioned Ledger Ecosystems

    Simon Whitehouse has been with Accenture for more than 25 years, mostly in the financial services sector. He has concentrated on helping retail banks around the world improve their operations and performance.

    Mr. Whitehouse has led Accenture’s client relationships with some of the company’s largest banking clients and serves as a member of the board for its UK business and the Accenture Development Partnerships organization. His work has crossed countries and continents—Australia, Denmark, Turkey and the United States—as well as differing aspects of the financial services business, from capital markets to retail banking. He previously led Accenture’s financial services group in the United Kingdom and Ireland and was senior managing director for financial services and management consulting.

    He graduated from Cambridge University.
  • Emily
    Williams

    Blockchain Developer, Level K

    Emily Williams is an Ethereum dapp developer. She works with token curated registries, prediction markets, and bonding curves. Additionally, she hosts the Boston Ethereum Developers meetups.
  • Hui
    Zhang

    Director, Ant Financial Blockchain Division; Head of Blockchain Lab, Alibaba Damo Academy

    Blockchain in China

    Hui Zhang is director of blockchain division at Ant Financial and also the head of the Blockchain Lab at Alibaba Damo Academy. He is responsible for the R&D and commercialization of Ant Financial’s blockchain technology. Prior to joining Ant Financial, he was the head of the systems research department at NEC Labs America, focusing on R&D for high-performance distributed systems and networks, especially P2P network algorithms and big data analytics. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Southern California.
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Blockchain 2019 Schedule

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

  • 5:00
    Registration Opens
  • 6:00
    Blockchain Primer

    Open to all attendees, this pre-event session will provide a crash course on the latest developments in the fast-moving blockchain space. The primer is geared for attendees newer to the blockchain space looking to build a mental model of the technology and will provide a baseline for understanding the mainstage programming the following day.

    Stacie Waleyko Developer, Casa
    Emily Williams Blockchain Developer, Level K
    Thaddeus Dryja Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab
    Greg Di Prisco Head of Business Development, MakerDAO
    Thomas Hardjono Chief Technology Officer, MIT Connection Science and Engineering
    Rhys Lindmark Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact, MIT Digital Currency Initiative
    Mike Orcutt Associate Editor, MIT Technology Review

Thursday, May 2, 2019

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

    In 2017, blockchain technology was a revolution that was poised to disrupt the global financial system. In 2018, it was a disappointment. Now that the mania has worn off, which projects and ideas have staying power, and what industries beyond fintech still stand to benefit from this technology?

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
  • 9:10
    Blockchain Today

    We’ve seen how powerful blockchain technology can be, but how disruptive can it really become? Fundamental technological and market-related challenges like interoperability and scaling still stand in the way of potentially world-changing business applications. Our speakers explain the current landscape of blockchain technology.

    Neha Narula Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Research
    Dan Robinson Research Partner, Paradigm
    Scaling and Interoperability
    Simon Whitehouse Senior Managing Director for Financial Services, Growth and Strategy, Accenture
    Understanding the Permissioned Ledger Ecosystems
    Monica Quaintance Head of Research and Networks, Kadena
    Technical Developments of Permissioned Blockchains
  • 10:10
    Roundtable: How Is Blockchain Technology Evolving?

    Some of blockchain technology’s most promising applications are still being built. Zeroing in on cutting-edge research and development can shed light on where things are headed. Our panel discusses these challenges and possible solutions for wider blockchain adoption.

    Neha Narula Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Research
    Dan Robinson Research Partner, Paradigm
    Scaling and Interoperability
    Simon Whitehouse Senior Managing Director for Financial Services, Growth and Strategy, Accenture
    Understanding the Permissioned Ledger Ecosystems
    Monica Quaintance Head of Research and Networks, Kadena
    Technical Developments of Permissioned Blockchains
  • 10:30
    Break & Networking
  • 11:00
    Privacy and the Zero-Knowledge Toolset
    Sonya Mann Communications Manager, Zcash Foundation
    The Path to Adoption: 3 Types of Product-Market Fit
  • 11:20
    Roundtable: Stablecoins—Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency

    Will cryptocurrencies ever become much more than speculative assets? If they do, the key might be a new kind of digital coin that is engineered to maintain a steady price.

    Robleh Ali Research Scientist, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
    Stablecoins: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency
    Haseeb Qureshi Advisor, MetaStable Capital
    Stablecoins: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency
  • 11:40
    Smart Contracts: Expanding Access to Legal Services

    Mainstream online legal services are getting serious about using crypto to automate bits of what they do—and lower the bar to entry for us all. If proven to work, this technology could be a powerful tool for businesses in all industries looking for legal contract execution and payment.

    Charley Moore Founder and CEO, Rocket Lawyer
    Using Smart Contracts as Legal Contracts
  • 12:00
    Roundtable: Security Tokens— Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing

    New kinds of trading platforms have opened the door to “tokenizing” traditional assets like company shares and trading them on a blockchain. Our panelists discuss the potential for security tokens to be a bridge between the traditional finance market, venture capital firms, and the emerging blockchain technology.

    Stephen McKeon Partner, Collaborative Fund; Professor of Finance, University of Oregon
    Security Tokens: Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing
    Alexander Labowitz General Counsel, Cadre
    Security Tokens: Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing
  • 12:20
    Blockchain's Role in the Enterprise
    Adam Caplan SVP of Emerging Technology, Salesforce
    Blockchain's Role in the Enterprise
  • 12:40
    Lunch & Networking

    Special Session Presented by PwC
    Blockchain Promises Trust, But Can It Deliver?

    In this session, we will explore the notion of automating trust of “assets in motion” through the convergence of blockchain with other emerging technologies like IoT and AI. Whether the asset is digital, physical, or human, the costs of ecosystem- and enterprise-level trust take different forms. Using real world examples, hear the PwC perspective on the promise blockchain makes and if it can deliver to address the costs of having truly automated trust.

    Scott Likens New Services and Emerging Technologies Leader, PwC
    Blockchain Promises Trust, But Can It Deliver? - Presented by PwC
  • 2:00
    Blockchain’s Global Impact

    As blockchain technology continues to grow rapidly in Asian countries, what lessons can be learned? Understand how regulation is shaping the blockchain landscape, and learn about the practical ways this technology is already being deployed.

    Hui Zhang Director, Ant Financial Blockchain Division; Head of Blockchain Lab, Alibaba Damo Academy
    Blockchain in China
    Sopnendu Mohanty Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
    The Rise of Blockchain in Singapore
  • 3:00
    Values and Goals of the Blockchain Ecosystem
    Aya Miyaguchi Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation
    Values and Goals of the Blockchain Ecosystem
  • 3:30
    Break & Networking
  • 4:00
    Regulation in the Blockchain Era

    Blockchains and cryptotokens don’t fit neatly into existing regulatory frameworks. What considerations must regulators make to encourage continued blockchain development rather than stifling innovation? Our speakers discuss the current stage of blockchain regulation and some possible ways government could benefit from this technology.

    Jessica Rosenworcel Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    A View from the FCC: Blockchain and Wireless Spectrum
    Peter Van Valkenburgh Director of Research, Coin Center
    Permissionless or Permissioned? Parallels with the Early Internet
    Caitlin Long Cofounder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition
    The Financialization of Cryptoassets
    Gary Gensler Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Crypto Regulation: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
  • 5:20
    Closing Remarks

    What are the potential implications for every business to consider in the years ahead, regardless of industry?

    Neha Narula Director, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Research
    Rhys Lindmark Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact, MIT Digital Currency Initiative
    Mike Orcutt Associate Editor, MIT Technology Review
  • 5:30
    Reception
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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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May 2, 2019
MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

MIT Media Lab

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75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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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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