If you didn't manage to get a ticket to the conference, never fear!

You can follow along on our livestream: Track 1, Track 2, workshops.

Please note that this schedule is subject to changes up until the conference.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Word From Our Sponsor: TronDAO

Justin Sun, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the WTO & Founder of TRON

A Word From Our Sponsor: Everscale

Nikita Inshakov, Everscale

A Word From Our Sponsor: Solar

Tief (Jeffrey Tiefenthaler), Solar

Around the World With Play-to-Earn

Moderator    Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist        Aleksander Leonard Larsen, Co-Founder & COO at Axie Infinity

Panelist        Abhishek Anand, Business Head at IndiGG

Panelist        Miles Anthony, Decentral Games

Play-to-earn games have traditionally been most popular in Southeast Asia and other developing parts of the world. Is this still true? In this panel, we will discuss the birth of the P2E industry, where most of its players began and where they are now. How has P2E transformed since the launch of some of its most famous games, like Axie Infinity and Yield Guild Games?

Next Big Thing to Keep Our Eyes On: DeFi Dissected

Moderator   Matt Zahab, Cryptonews

Panelist    Clayton Roche, Community Lead at UMA

Panelist    Jaynti Kanani, Founder at Polygon

Panelist    Matthew Graham, CEO at Sino Global Capital

Panelist    Melody He, Co-Founder at Spartan Group

DeFi is a huge space — predicting what will be the “next big thing” is basically an entire job on its own. In this panel, we have assembled some of the top crypto thinkers to give their perspective on what they are most looking out for in 2022.

The Evolution of DEXes

Moderator     Andy Cavanaugh, DeFi Slate

Panelist         Varun Vruddhula, CEO at Hashflow

Panelist         Nikita Inshakov, CEO at Hyperflex Studio

Panelist         Captain ApolloX

Panelist         Leonard, Co-Founder of PearDAO

If you were around in the early days of decentralized finance, then you might remember what it was like to use the very first wave of decentralized exchanges. Slow, clunky, unintuitive and downright frustrating. These are some of the first adjectives that come to mind when describing most of these platforms. But things have come a long way in recent years, and decentralized exchanges are beginning to rapidly encroach on both the utility and usability of centralized platforms — which still remain the dominant way for cryptocurrency users to trade today. The panel delves into the history of DEXes and what they are up to today.

Welcome to the Metaverse

Moderator    Andrew Hayward, Decrypt

Panelist    Travis Wu, CEO at Highstreet

Panelist    Aaron Koh, Head of Marketing at Klaytn

Panelist    Tief (Jeffrey Tiefenthaler), Senior Brand Ambassador at Solar

The term "metaverse" is used so often in the crypto space now, you'd almost forget that it's still a new concept. What exactly is the metaverse? How are crypto projects using this concept to expand their offerings and connect with their users? How is the world reacting to the onset of a metaverse-centered life?

How to Get Hired in Crypto: “The Work-to-Earn Paradigm”

Host    Davier Mu, CMC

Speaker    Raman Shalupau, CryptoJobsList

Lending in DeFi

Moderator    Jacob Oliver, Cryptobriefing

Panelist    Rooter 0x, Founder at Solend

Panelist    Brad Harrison, CEO at Venus Protocol

Panelist    Jennifer Senhaji, Growth at Maker

In the last three months of 2021, VCs invested over $10.5 billion in crypto and blockchain startups. That is no small amount of money. In this panel, some of the top VC firms in the crypto space will go over what they look for when investing in DeFi and what they’ve noticed has changed in crypto investment over the past few years.

A Fireside Chat With Michael Saylor

Moderator    Connor Sephton, CMC

Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy

Who's Funding DeFi?

Moderator    Steven Erhlich, Forbes

Panelist    Kyle Samani, Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital

Panelist    Augustus Ilag, Sequoia Capital

Panelist    Romit Mehta, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Liquid Staking: Explained

Moderator    Brian McGleenon, Yahoo! Finance

Panelist     Amitej Gajjala,  CEO & Co-Founder at StaderLabs

Panelist    Torab Torabi, Head of Partnerships & BD at Marinade Finance

Panelist    Kelvin Lam, Project Lead at Athos Finance & Linear Finance

In the face of limitations surrounding both self staking and exchange staking, liquid staking comes as an innovative alternative to sidestep risks associated with illiquidity, complexity and centralization. 

In this panel, we will discuss the current status of liquid staking in the industry and what role it can play in the future.

Beyond DeFi 1.0

Moderator    Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist    Danny Chong, Co-Founder at Tranchess

Panelist    Hisham Khan, CEO/ Founder at Aldrin

Panelist    Marcus Aurelius, Core Contributor at KlimaDAO

Panelist    Tycho Onash, TrustMachines (Stacks)

DeFi took the world by storm two years ago with the launch of Yearn.Finance. Now, we are already onto the next thing — DeFi 2.0. While not an easy concept to grasp right away, this panel discussion will delve into what DeFi 2.0 looks like right now, the newest innovations in liquidity mining, and how DAOs factor into the DeFi 2.0 landscape.

Who Is Funding the Metaverse?

Moderator    Sam Yap, YAP Global

Panelist    Alvin Kan, Director of Business Operations at BNB Chain

Panelist    Jay Kurahashi Sofue, VP of Marketing at Ava Labs

Panelist    Ryan Watt, CEO at Polygon Studios

Play-to-earn gaming and the metaverse often go hand-in-hand — and both are some of the largest growing industries in the crypto space right now. In this panel, we will discuss the current amount of investments into P2E and the metaverse, where these investments come from, and how people expect to see these industries grow.

A Multi-Blockchain World

Moderator    Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist    Ahmed Al-Balaghi, CEO at Biconomy

Panelist    Jan Liphardt, Founder & Chief Technologist at Boba Network, Boba

Panelist    Leo Chen, VP of Engineering at Harmony Protocol, Harmony

Blockchains are clearly at the heart of cryptocurrency development. In our current, mulit-chain world, some believe that we are already far behind a one-chain vision. But what is the purpose of multiple blockchains? How can we take advantage of concurrent technologies? In this panel, we will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of the current state of blockchain development, scalabity and interoperability.

Current Trends in DEXes

Moderator    Zack Seward, Coindesk

Panelist    Nikita Ovchinnik, CBDO at 1inch

Panelist    Yenwen Feng, Co-Founder at Perpetual Protocol

Panelist    Milan Patel, Head of BD at Orca

Decentralized exchanges have already become the norm in crypto. As people are more cautious about keeping their money on centralized exchanges, and as more decentralized exchanges are coming up with ways to give even more ownership back to their users, DEXes will always be a big topic of conversation. In this panel discussion, we will explore the issue of governance tokens in DEXes, their usability, their benefits over more traditional exchanges and what is in store for some of the largest DEXes in 2022.

Virtual Economies in the Metaverse

Moderator    Orian Tal, MarketAcross

Panelist    Sebastien Borget, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox

Panelist    Quantum Wilder, CMO at Wilder World

Panelist    Kieren Warwick, Co-Founder at Illuvium

The metaverse was the buzzword of the past few months, but it’s no longer quite a buzzword anymore — things are actually being built in the metaverse, projects have launched, and economies are being built and running in these meta worlds. But how exactly can you make the most of participation in a metaverse economy? Some of the top metaverse studios and projects will discuss how they see the role of virtual economies in the metaverse shaking out, and what they hope to grow in the rest of 2022.

A Fireside Chat With Dan Held

Moderator      Dan Roberts, Decrypt

Dan Held, Kraken

A Fireside Chat With Samson Mow

Moderator  Pete Rizzo, Bitcoin Magazine

Samson Mow, Jan3

Friday, May 27, 2022

A Keynote From Justin Sun

Justin Sun, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the WTO & Founder of TRON

A Word From Our Sponsor: STEPN

Shiti Rastogi Manghani, STEPN

Data, NFTs and Web3 — How the Three Intersect

Moderator    Elizabeth Bopp, Cryptonews

Panelist    Wilson Wei, Co-founder & CEO at CyberConnect

Panelist    George Harrap, Co-Founder at Step Finance

Data is so important (and not just at CoinMarketCap) — good data tells traders when to trade, it tells journalists how to cover a space, and it lets protocols and smart contracts work in a fundamental way. In this panel, we will go over the importance of data and its functions in NFTs and the growing Web3 world

A Keynote From CMC's CEO: Rush

Moderator   Molly Jane, CMC

Rush, CMC

A Word From Our Sponsor: Trust Wallet

Eowyn Chen, Trust Wallet

Beyond Art: NFTs With Utility

Moderator    Dan Roberts, Decrypt

Panelist    Ty Blackard, Co-Founder/ Director of Biz Dev, NFTY Labs

Panelist    William Quigley, CEO and Co-founder, Wax

Panelist  Shiti Rastogi Manghani, CMO at STEPN

Panelist    Spencer Yang, CEO, Gomu

NFTs are no longer just digital art — they are being used for a range of uses, from concert tickets to proof of ownership of various types of items. In this panel, we discuss what other ways NFTs can help us in our lives beyond digital art.

Driving Mainstream Blockchain Adoption

Moderator   Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist    Samsul Karim, Business & Ecosystem Development at BNB Chain

Panelist    Luigi D'Onorio DeMeo, Head of DeFi at Ava Labs

Panelist    Michael Kong, CEO at Fantom Foundation

Panelist    Dani Osorio, Partner, MetaWeb/NEAR Protocol

How to Stake Your Assets: With Lido Finance

Jacob Blish, Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Lido

NFTs and the Creator Economy

Moderator    Molly Jane, CMC

Panelist    Leon Lee, Founder and CEO at Only1

Panelist    Zach Burks, CEO of Mintable

Panelist    Cami Russo, Editor of The Defiant and Author & Executive Producer of The Infinite Machine

Panelist    Luca Schnetzler, CEO of Pudgy Penguins

The NFT space has often brought up issues and questions in the creator community — how do creators make the most of creating digital art? Are there any drawbacks to working with NFTs? In this panel, we discuss how creators interact with the NFT space and what they hope to see change in the future.

Entertainment Enters the Metaverse

Moderator    Kate Irwin, Decrypt

Panelist    Paul Caslin, Founder HELLO

Panelist    Neeraj Roy, Co-Founder at Hefty Entertainment

Panelist   Noah Gaynor, Co-Founder and CEO at Parcel

It’s 2022, and we’re already holding concerts in the metaverse — this would have been unthinkable even just two years ago. How else has the entertainment industry entered the metaverse? In this panel, we will discuss how film, TV and the music industry has taken advantage of the ways the metaverse allows performers to expand their audience and more.

Wallets and Web3

Moderator    John Ricker, Cointelegraph

Panelist    Ravindra Kumar, Founder and CEO Frontier (DeFi)

Panelist    Eowyn Chen, CEO at Trustwallet

Panelist    Luke Mulks,  VP Business Operations at Brave/BAT

Wallets are a key part of the Web3 world — as adoption becomes more global, different types of protocols have been working on solving different types of uses cases to bring in more users. In this panel, we will focus on what wallets developments look like in the Web3 space.

Stacking Sats — How to be a Stacks Power User

Jamil Dhanani, Stacks 

Molly Jane, CMC

A Fireside Chat With Paolo Ardoino

Moderator   Molly Jane, CMC
Paolo Ardoino, CTO, Bitfinex

Crypto and the Environment: A Problem to Solve?

Moderator    Olivia Capozzalo, OKX

Panelist    Andre Vanyi-Robin, CEO at Plastiks

Panelist    Raphaël Haupt, Founder at Toucan Protocol

Panelist    Shiti Rastogi Manghani, CMO at Stepn

The issue of cryptocurrency and its environmental impact can be a loud one — and it's an issue that is not going away. In this panel, we will dissect the current impact of crypto protocol and NFTs on the environment, what can be done to make crypto as ecologically friendly as possible and what to expect from the environmentally minded crypto crowd in the coming years.

Building on L1s

Moderator   Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist    Marko Baricevic, the Cosmos SDK Product Lead

Panelist    Terry Wilkinson, Head of Ecosystem Development at Klaytn

Panelist    Denko Mancheski, CEO at Reef

Panelist    Mustafa Al-Bassam, CEO at Celestia

The blockchain space is constantly growing as new layer 1 applications are being launched across all networks. In this panel, our speakers will break down their own experiences building with layer 1 blockchain protocols and the problems and solutions that they have found along the way.

NFTs in 2022: Explained

Moderator    Bailey Reutzel, Influencer

Panelist    Roniel Rumburg, Co-Founder and CEO Audius

Panelist    Clement Lesaege, Founder at Proof of Humanity

Panelist    Nathan VDH, Ecosystem Lead at Snapshot

NFTs are never going out of style. While they only became truly mainstream in the past year, NFTs have been developing in the crypto space for years. While before, NFTs were seen as purely digital forms of art, NFTs now are taking more forms than ever before — concert tickets, other forms of ownership, and more. In this panel, we will discuss with some of the biggest thinkers in the NFT space today where they see the future of NFTs going in 2022.

Keys of Crypto Adoption

Moderator    Connor Sephton, CMC

Panelist    Michael Gord, CEO of GDA & Everscale Foundation member

Panelist    Eric Chen, CEO and Co-Founder at Injective Labs

Panelist    Dave Uhryniak, Director of Blockchain Strategy at TRON DAO

Even though cryptocurrency is much more visible than it was a few years ago, it's still not completely "mainstream." What's left preventing crypto from reaching widespread adoption? What progress has already been made? In this panel, we will discuss how the crypto space has matured and what is left in its path towards a wider global reach.