Track 1

Thursday, May 26, 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday, May 27, 2022

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.