North America AGENDA

5-6 June 2024

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Chairpersons welcome and opening remarks

Victoria Chynoweth

Contributor at Forbes Digital Assets

Forbes Digital Assets

10:05AM - 10:35 AM

Keynote – Revolutionizing Aerospace: Implementing Blockchain Distributed Ledger Technology within Enterprise Operations

Join Al Salour, Technical Fellow at Boeing, as he explores the intersection of aerospace engineering and blockchain technology. Discover how version control ensures compliance and minimizes errors in development and production phases. Learn about the importance of securing intellectual property in data exchange, and the limitations of current tools in tracking permissions. Salour introduces an advanced method for secure technical data sharing, offering enhanced protection and traceability. Explore the benefits of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in bolstering security, transparency, and accuracy in data communication.

Al Salour, Technical Fellow

Boeing Research & Technology

The Boeing Company

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel – Driving Blockchain for Enterprise Growth Through Innovation

Explore enterprise expansion through blockchain-enabled convergence.

Key takeaways: 

  • Demonstrating how integrating blockchain technology within enterprises streamlines operations, reduces costs, and enhances transparency, thereby fostering growth opportunities.
  • Highlighting the power of collaborative innovation in driving blockchain solutions for enterprise growth, showcasing successful partnerships and strategies for scalable implementation.
  • Discussing the importance of understanding and navigating regulatory frameworks in blockchain adoption, empowering enterprises to expand sustainably while ensuring compliance and security.
MODERATOR: Daniela Barbosa General Manager Blockchain and Identity, Linux Foundation
and Executive Director, Hyperledger Foundation

Daniel Pietrzykoski
Technical Strategy & Product Innovation – Blockchain / IoT Technology
Johnson & Johnson

Miguel Guillen
Director, Data Foundation Architecture
PepsiCo

Mark Rakhmilevich
Vice President of Product Management
Oracle

11:55 AM - 12:25 PM

Presentation

Mark Rakhmilevich

Vice President of Product Management

Oracle

12:30 AM - 1:00 pM

Presentation - Identifying the Next Wave of Generational Solana Projects

This presentation will shed light on emerging trends in the Solana ecosystem, with a particular focus on the funding landscape. It will discuss potential opportunities and strategies for funders (whether investors or not) to identify and engage with the most promising projects.

Andrea Baglioni

Head of Capital & Grants

Solana Foundation

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch Networking Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel – Social Impact Through Blockchain and Web3

Explore how blockchain and Web3 technologies empower marginalised communities.

Key takeaways: 

  • Review how real-world assets are tokenized, expanding investment choices and liquidity.
  • Explore upcoming trends like fractional ownership and regulatory changes, shaping the future of asset digitization.
  • Discuss how tokenisation democratizes access to assets, making transactions more efficient and lowering costs for investors and owners.

MODERATOR: Daniela Barbosa
General Manager Blockchain and Identity, Linux Foundation and Executive Director
Hyperledger Foundation

Autumn Moss Penaloza
Head of Global Community
Algorand Foundation

Ettore Rossetti
Head Advisor, Technology/Marketing and Innovation Partnerships
Save the Children

Arry Yu
Head of Strategy (US)
Global Business Blockchain Council (GBBC)

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Presentation – Revolutionizing DeFi: Applying AI in Decentralized Finance

Alex Nascimento

Managing Director

7CC Blockchain Investments

3:25 PM - 4:10 PM

Panel – CBDC's, the Devil's Spawn or the Future of Money

Engage in a lively discussion as the panel explores diverse viewpoints on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), framing the debate around whether they are considered the “Devil’s Spawn” or herald the “Future of Money”. 

Delve into the potential societal impacts of CBDCs, considering how they may influence financial inclusion, privacy concerns, and the overall dynamics of the traditional banking system. 

Key takeaways: 

  •  Exploration of societal impacts including financial inclusion, privacy, and effects on traditional banking. 
  • Diverse viewpoints from the panel to a offer comprehensive understanding of the CBDC debate. 

MODERATOR: Kevin Soltani

Founder

GIMA Group

Kristopher Klaich

Policy Director

The Digital Chamber

David Schwartz

Projects & Strategic Partnerships Director

Litecoin Foundation

Mark Rakhmilevich

Vice President of Product Management

Oracle

4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

Presentation - Diversifying Your Retirement Portfolio with Digital Currencies

Learn how to invest your IRA or 401(k) funds in cryptocurrencies. With a self-directed IRA (SDIRA), you can combine the potential upside of the blockchain and decentralized currency with tax-advantaged growth. In this session, discover the essentials of digital currencies and SDIRAs. You will learn the do’s and don’ts, potential benefits, and critical steps for adding digital currencies to your retirement planning. Rounding off the session, there will be a 10-minute Q&A to address your specific questions and clarify any uncertainties you might have about incorporating digital assets into your retirement strategy.

Bill Neville

Business Development Manager

The Entrust Group

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Presentation – Interoperability Challenges: Overcoming the Complexities

Delve into the challenges and complexities associated with achieving true interoperability among blockchain networks, considering technical, regulatory, and practical aspects.

5:05 PM - 5:20 PM

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Victoria Chynoweth

Contributor at Forbes Digital Assets

Forbes Digital Assets

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Lisa M. Lum
Founder
Friends of the Metaverse

10:05 AM - 10:35AM

Blockchain for Secure IoT and AI Transactions: Real-World Implementations

Dissect the synergy between blockchain and IoT and AI, emphasising the impact on secure transactions for businesses to realise the opportunities these technologies present Key takeaways: – Showcase how blockchain enhances IoT transactions’ and AI security. – Highlight practical applications of blockchain in securing IoT and AI transactions across industries as part of the emerging economy of things. – Emphasize blockchain’s role in ensuring data integrity and the potential link between IoT data and AI Large Language Models and the wider data economy.

David Palmer
Blockchain Lead Vodafone Business IoT
Vodafone

10:40 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel: The Future of Crypto - Regulatory Uncertainty and the Way Forward

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion exploring the future of cryptocurrency amidst regulatory uncertainty. Industry experts will delve into the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for navigating the evolving regulatory landscape in the crypto space.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discussing the need for clear and comprehensive regulations to foster innovation while ensuring consumer protection and market stability.
  • Exploring the importance of industry collaboration and proactive advocacy efforts to shape favorable regulatory frameworks.
  • Strategies for crypto businesses to stay compliant with existing regulations and adapt to regulatory changes, fostering long-term sustainability and growth.

 

MODERATOR: Kevin Raham Soltani
Founder
GIMA Group

David Schwartz
Projects & Strategic
Partnerships Director
Litecoin Foundation

Cody Carbone
Chief Policy Officer
Chamber of Digital Commerce

Garrick Hileman
Financial Blockchain Section
Chief Editor
Frontiers

Deborah Curtis
White Defense & Investigations Partner
Arnold & Porter

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Presentation – Tokenised World – Perspectives on What's to Come

Overview of the current state of tokenisation and insights into future trends.

Key takeaways: 

  • Understanding the diverse range of assets being tokenized across industries, highlighting the growing adoption and adaptation of blockchain technology
  • Insight into anticipated trends in tokenization, such as increased regulatory clarity, interoperability between different tokenized assets, and the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms
  • Recognizing the transformative power of tokenized assets in reshaping traditional business models

Shy Datika

CEO

INX

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Presentation – The fast, feeless, scalable solution built for truly decentralized social web3

An introduction to the Hive blockchain and its unique approach to decentralization and Web3.

Crimsonclad
Operations
HIVE

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunch Networking Break

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel - Tokenizing Real-World Assets

As blockchain technology continues to evolve, the concept of tokenizing real-world assets has gained significant traction. This panel brings together experts from various sectors to explore the potential, challenges, and future outlook of tokenizing assets such as real estate, art, and commodities.

Key takeaways:

  • How tokenization democratizes access to traditionally inaccessible assets.
  • The importance of navigating regulatory frameworks for successful asset tokenization.
  • The transformative potential of tokenization in reshaping financial markets through increased liquidity and transparency.

MODERATOR: Victoria Chynoweth
Contributor at Forbes Digital Assets
Forbes Digital Assets

Shy Datika
CEO
INX

Alex Nascimento
Managing Director
7CC Blockchain Investments

Kevin Soltani
Founder
GIMA Group

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM

Presentation – The Future of DeFi - Decentralisation & Regulation

Explore key regulations and their influence on crypto businesses in the DeFi space as we look to the future.

Joshua Rivera
Operating Partner
Blockchain Capital LCC

Meredith Osborn
Partner
Arnold & Porter

Garrick Hileman
Financial Blockchain Section
Chief Editor
Frontiers

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Lisa M. Lum
Founder
Friends of the Metaverse