Leigh Cuen is a CoinDesk reporter who previously covered the blockchain industry for publications such as Newsweek Japan, International Business Times, and Vox (Racked). Her work has also been published by Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, The Jerusalem Post, Mic, Salon, and many more.
Presentation: What Crypto Fans Should Know About Journalism, a basic overview of how the industry works and why it's so challenging to publish thorough coverage of this space.
If you have deeper specific topics you'd like to see addressed beyond what you could ask in Q&A, please submit to me before hand and we'll do our best to incorporate that into the presentation.
Scaling the world computer is hard. Join us in discussion around solutions for scaling Ethereum for the future.
The Ethereum network can process around 1.3 million transactions per day at a rate of 13 tx/s while VisaNet processes 150 million transactions at a rate of 1600 tx/s. How can Ethereum reach global adoption with 1/100th of Visa’s throughput? Blockchain scaling comes with a unique set of problems by the very nature of decentralization. How can Ethereum achieve scalability while remaining secure and decentralized?
We’ll be discussing solutions such as sharding, side chains, off-chain computation, and state channels.
About the speaker
Preston Van Loon, Team Co-Lead @ Prysmatic Labs, Software Engineer @ Google.
Driven by the chance to have an impact on the world, Preston seeks challenges and solutions that can benefit everyone on a global scale. After first learning about Ethereum in early 2017, he began to explore and dive deep into Ethereum protocol. He co-founded Prysmatic Labs in January 2018. Prysmatic Labs has received grants from the Ethereum Foundation, Ethereum Community Fund, Aragon Nest, and others to enable implementation of an open source Ethereum Sharding client based on the popular client go-ethereum. He works closely with the Ethereum Research team and other clients to achieve sharding for Ethereum 2.0.
Etherisc builds decentralized insurance. The vision is to create a decentralized insurance platform that enables anyone to build their own insurance products on the Ethereum blockchain. Etherisc Flight Delay at https://fdd.etherisc.com is the first working product using the platform, a real insurance business operating with smart contracts on Ethereum. Initially launched over a year ago for Devcon2, the decentralized app is now legal, licensed and regulated insurance and sells flight delay policies to paying customers. The Flight Delay smart contracts generate real revenue from insurance premiums in ETH and fiat. Christoph will present the flight delay product, share learnings from the development and first weeks of operation. Speaker:
Christoph Mussenbrock, Co-Founder, Etherisc.
Christoph has a long record of accomplishment in the cooperative banking sector in Germany.
After several years on the board of a cooperative bank, he switched to the IT segment and became Chief Program Manager Credit Solutions and Chief of Strategy Development at Fiducia & GAD IT AG – one of Germany’s biggest IT Service Providers. Since 2015, he has been CEO of parcIT GmbH, one of Germany’s best-known companies specialized in risk management solutions.
Due to his many years of working in the field of banking and insurance, Christoph is highly experienced in all matters concerning regulatory frameworks. He also co-founded Progeno Wohnungsgenossenschaft eG, a housing cooperative in Munich, which has successfully crowdfunded a large residential project in Munich.
Christoph has a master’s degree in mathematics and wrote his thesis on formal soft- and hardware verification.
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Join co-authors Aaron Wright and Primavera De Filippi for the launch of Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code (Harvard University Press) Wednesday evening, May 9.
The pair will discuss how companies and applications built on the blockchain, essentially a technology that cuts out middlemen, will grow and coexist in tension with the greatest middleman: the state. Wright and De Filippi explore the new regulations and new approaches to legal thinking that will have to take place for blockchain technology to deliver on the productivity gains it's promised.
Joining Wright and De Filippi will be James Grimmelman, a professor of law at Cornell Tech.
Aaron Wright is a professor of law at the Cardozo School of Law and the cofounder of the legal tech blockchain startup OpenLaw. Wright also chairs the Legal Industry Working Group of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and the director of the Cardozo Blockchain Project & Tech Startup Clinic. Find him on Twitter @awrigh01.
Primavera De Fillipi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA).
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Brookdale Center
What's under the hood - Understanding The Ethereum Network
Shawn Douglass, CEO and co-founder of Amberdata will provide an analysis and share insights into the Ethereum Network with specific emphasis on network integrity, limitations, transaction throughput, and the most active DApps. Speaker Bio:
Mr. Douglass is CEO of Amberdata, a platform for monitoring, searching, analyzing public and private blockchain. Amberdata enables operational intelligence for blockchain infrastructure, DApps, and transactions. Prior to founding Amberdata, Mr. Douglass served as President of Software and CTO at Unified, building and operating the company's rapidly-expanding SaaS offerings in cross-platform data management, analytics, and reporting. Mr. Douglass was CTO at ServiceMesh (acquired by CSC) and drove the strategy and vision of the ServiceMesh Agility Platform and contributing to IT transformation at Global 2000 enterprises. Prior to ServiceMesh, he was Managing Director at EMC Ventures where he led strategic investments in cloud, security, big data/analytics, and disruptive technology and business models. He has been a cloud visionary and key contributor to the emerging enterprise cloud operating model for over a decade. He has held roles as Board Member, Operating Executive, Technologist, Advisor, and Investor. Mr. Douglass is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Please join us at the JP Morgan offices in Hudson Yards for an evening focused on Ethereum development in the Enterprise.
JP Morgan is one of the founding members of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and is contributed heavily to the Ethereum ecosystem with tools such as Quorum and Cakeshop.
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The Singapore-based team who built FundYourselfNow (FYN) will be in NYC to demonstrate their platform.
About the project:
FundYourselfNow is a simple platform to allow project creators/promoters to raise funds for their projects using cryptocurrencies without the need of technical knowledge.
Fund Yourself Now improves on traditional crowdfunding sites by allowing more control once funds are distributed; providing support/mentors, and lowering transaction costs
About the speaker:
Kenneth is the co-founder of FundYourselfNow. FundYourselfNow vision is to build a global crypto-currency crowdfunding and talent marketplace that is safer, cheaper and faster than existing platforms.
Kenneth has over 10 years of experience in tech, starting his tech career in Accenture, and starting his software development company 4 years ago, before founding FundYourselfNow.
Crowdfunding has been around for centuries. We are currently at the nexus of a pivotal moment. The Internet has decentralised and democratised information flow. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are set to decentralise and democratise the flow of value In this session, we will explore how we are implementing blockchain technologies to improve crowdfunding by ensuring greater accountability by project creators, protection backers from fraud & helpers to support the project that they love.
MakerDAO is an open source “Decentralized Autonomous Organization” (“DAO”) operating on the Ethereum blockchain. (https://github.com/makerdao)
At its core, MakerDAO permits the creation of a decentralized ‘stablecoin’ on Ethereum called Dai. A stablecoin is a token that seeks to eliminate price volatility, effectively tracking the price of a fiat currency like the US dollar. For instance, should the MakerDAO choose to use the US dollar as the guideline for Dai, each 1 Dai should be created or redeemed for roughly 1 dollar.
MakerDAO accomplishes this through its suite of ‘smart contracts’-- open source software that runs on the ethereum blockchain-- available to all. These smart contracts let users deposit collateral-- e.g., ether (ETH)-- and in turn, create Dai. MakerDAO’s infrastructure and governance ensures that the collateral always exceeds a certain threshold to maintain the integrity of the stabletoken. Should the value of the collateral fall below the predetermined threshold, it is auctioned off automatically through the smart contracts to the highest bidder. MakerDAO itself never custodies any collateral or Dai, it simply creates the smart contracts which allow the blockchain to custody the collateral and the user to custody the Dai.
As a DAO, MakerDAO’s governance token is know as MKR. MKR holders have governance rights over the business logic parameters of the smart contract system. MKR holders exercise this governance function by voting with a smart contract called ds-chief. Ds-chief voting elects a “top” proposal smart contract with a continuous “approval voting” methodology. Anyone can submit a proposal smart contract that is eligible to be voted as the top proposal. The proposal smart contract that has the highest number of votes, becomes the top proposal, and can trigger alterations to business logic parameters according to its proposal terms. Since voting is continuous, this can happen at any time, however approved changes only take effect following a security delay to ensures that the community can respond to malicious proposals before the malicious changes take effect.
Join us for a discussion and book signing with Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar, authors of “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond.” This will be a morning event (7:30 am) held at the 5th Avenue Barnes and Noble store, as part of their Business Breakfast Series. The event will include a short presentation (20 mins) from the authors, before opening up for questions and book signing. We expect an eclectic mix of Wall St, deep crypto, and retail enthusiasts to attend. Due to the limited seating of this event (100 attendees) please only RSVP if you are sure to make it.
Please RSVP to Sabir Sultan, events manager, at [masked]
Here is the link to the event on B&N site: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061910972-0
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