PREVIOUS SPEAKERS AT BLOCKDOWN
Founder & CEO
Charles Hoskinson is the Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), Founder of Cardano and Director of The Bitcoin Project. Mathematician, cryptographer serial entrepreneur and leading industry commentator, Charles Hoskinson has been involved in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies since the early days of bitcoin. A visionary and pioneer in the development of blockchain technology since the industry’s formative times, Charles Hoskinson remains at the cutting edge of the industry.
Dovey Wan is a Founding Partner of Primitive Ventures, a full-stack crypto assets investment holding company. Before that, she was Managing Director of DHVC (Danhua Capital), leading investment effort in Fintech, AI and Marketplace. She was one of the earliest investors in Dfinity, Kyber Network, Cosmos, Chia Network, Celer Network, Messari, Handshake, FOAM, TrustToken, and Namebase. In 2018, Dovey had been nominated by Coindesk as one of the Most Influential Players in the space, featured by BlockExplorer as one of the Most Important Women in Blockchain of 2018, and elected by Block123 as the Top 100 Crypto Influencers.
Kathleen Breitman is the co-founder of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Previously, she was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates and the Wall Street Journal.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Of American-Senegalese descent, Akon is recognized as one of the most powerful voices across Africa and the Diaspora, named to the Forbes Celebrity 100 & 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa lists. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, he is among the first artists to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Through Akon Lighting Africa, he has already brought solar power to 18 countries in Africa, creating safety, health and well-being for over 100M of the 600M Africans who lack electricity today.
Sergey Nazarov is the Co-founder of Chainlink, the leading decentralized oracle network used by global enterprises and projects at the forefront of the blockchain space. Chainlink enables smart contracts on any blockchain to reliably connect to real-world data and currently secures billions in value for smart contracts across the decentralized finance (DeFi), insurance, and gaming industries, among others. Working with leading banks, insurance companies, and large technology firms on the creation of universally connected smart contracts gives Nazarov a unique perspective on what is required to drive mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.
Emin Gün Sirer
Founder and CEO
Emin Gün Sirer is a professor of computer science at Cornell University and Founder and CEO of Ava Labs. His expertise spans operating systems, networking, and distributed systems, with special emphasis on blockchains and peer-to-peer systems. He is well-known for having implemented the first currency that used Proof-of-Work (PoW) to mint coins, as well as for selfish mining, characterizing the scale and centralization of existing cryptocurrencies, and having proposed the leading protocols for on-chain and off-chain scaling. He is also the Co-Director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3), which aims to move blockchain-based applications from today’s whiteboards and Proof-of-Concepts to tomorrow’s fast and reliable financial systems of execution and record.
Kain is the founder of Synthetix, a protocol for issuing and trading synthetic assets on Ethereum. Since launching its native trading platform, Synthetix.Exchange, in December 2018, it has processed hundreds of millions of dollars in trading volume.
Morgan Creek Digital
Anthony Pompliano, better known as Pomp, is an entrepreneur and investor. He has invested over $100 million in early stage companies over the last four years, while also hosting a top 10 podcast in technology and investing. Previously, Pomp built and sold two software companies, ran various teams at Facebook and Snapchat, and served in the US Army Infantry.
The 2021 celebration you’ve been waiting for…
WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO
The cutting edge discussions from the decentralised data sphere
Discover the developments in data ownership, personal information security and self-governance
Live AMA’s, polls and Q&A’s featuring keynote speakers and the latest trending topics
Exclusive networking opportunities with the movers and shakers of the blockchain industry
Explore how the gradual shift from centralized to decentralized services will affect the 21st century’s most precious commodity, data
Build relationships with leading crypto media and influencers
Hours Of Content
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