See below for the full agenda, descriptions of each panel, and more.
Coffee and Registration
Mounir Mustafa, VP, White Helmets
What is Blockchain for Social Impact
Approximately one-sixth of the world’s population do not have documented proof of their existence. An estimated 2 billion adults worldwide don’t have a banking account. 65.6 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. We are risking reaching an irreversible tipping point of climate change while coal, oil and gas still account for over 80% of our current energy needs – a situation unlikely to change without drastic policy changes.
The blockchain's ability to leapfrog corrupt and inefficient power structures can revolutionize the way we approach these most pressing matters. What exactly is this technology? How can it change the status quo? Our panelists will give an overview of the blockchain technology and discuss its potential to scale the delivery of impact in the humanitarian space.
Moderator: Leigh Cuen, Reporter, International Business Times
Ibrahim AlHusseini, Investor, FullCycle Energy Fund
Jeffrey D Neuburger, Partner, Proskauer
John Wolpert, Product and Venture Development, ConsenSys
Raine Revere, Cryptocurrency Engineer, Maiden Global
Andrea Wong, Head of Programming, World Economic Forum
Liquid Democracy, Government, and Civic Tech (Satellite Room)
Representative democracy has been under fire these days with mounting mistrust between people and the government. Historically impossible to achieve, liquid democracy now emerges as an alternative form of governance where voters can fluidly delegate votes based on each issue being voted, instead of delegating all votes to a single representative. Ethereum is an ideal platform for implementing liquid democracy for its ability to securely and frictionlessly process business logic. Several feasible models of liquid democracy are already being developed. Our panelists will discuss the significance of blockchain in governance and how it will change our civil lives.
Moderator: Andrew Hoppin, Chair Of The Board Of Directors, Global Integrity
Ethical and Transparent Supply Chains
Supply chains are one of the weakest links in a global economy, allowing negotiation power and profits to concentrate in the hands of few. Malpractices, frauds, and corruptions prevail because goods change too many hands and responsibility is hard to locate. From food and drugs, to diamonds and artwork, blockchain can bring utmost transparency and efficiency to the global manufacturing and delivery networks. Our panelists will discuss how blockchain shifts global supply chain dynamics and level the field for the upstream players.
Moderator: Rob Henning, Director, Chemonics International
Rhett Godfrey, Senior Programs Manager, BOMA Investments
Tyler Mulvihill, Director Enterprise, ConsenSys
Sambhav Sankar, Senior Advisor for Technology, The Nature Conservancy
Amanda Graham, Co-Founder and COO, Blockchain for Change
Education (Satellite Room)
Credentials from education, internships, and professional experiences demonstrate our capability and trustworthiness. Without a better source of information, large issuers such as colleges and universities will continue playing the trustee and being a gatekeeper to the more marginalized population. While still in early stages, several projects have been working on better education systems on the blockchain. By establishing a single source of truth, blockchain avails students with significantly broadened opportunities and options to learn skills and knowledge. Our panelists will discuss what blockchain means for educators and students.
Moderator: Ben Siegel, Impact Policy Manager, Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition
Access to Renewable Energy
Distributed solar generation will soon be the most cost-effective means of electrical generation. Higher solar and battery penetration will lead to more efficient markets and a more robust grid infrastructure, fundamentally altering the way we produce and consume energy. The future of energy markets that blockchain enables is one without obstacles of utility, security, legal and physical constraints for users to generate and transact among themselves according to their need. Our panelists will discuss how a system of smart grids, smart batteries and smart “metering” can be built and scaled on the Ethereum network for a decentralized, energy-efficient future.
Moderator: Ben Schiller, Reporter, Fast Company
Todd Lemons, Co-Founder, Veridium Foundation
Alexander Dale, Community Relations Senior Officer, MIT Solve
Erika Boll, Senior Portfolio Associate, Global Development Incubator
Matt Walters, Full Stack Engineer, Grid+
Charitable Giving using Blockchain (Satellite Room)
Donors of today are favoring cryptocurrencies for tax and transparency considerations. With a public ledger to record transactions, traditional charities are pushed to the edge to rethink how they best account for donors' contributions. Blockchain posits new cryptosystems that could incentivize doing good and giving help much more effectively. Smart contracts can also deploy resources where they are most needed when certain conditions are met. Our panelists will discuss how blockchain shift the paradigm of charitable giving.
Moderator: Marshall Brown, Reporter, Forbes Digital
2 billion people are unbanked globally. The World Bank estimates that $380bn value can be unlocked from the unbanked population, from closing the small business credit gap, to raising unbanked adults' spending level to that of lower-middle income average. Blockchain can close that gap by providing a secure, borderless transaction network with minimal loss of value, and a permanent digital identity that empowers an individual's soverenity and economic freedom. Our panelists will discuss how blockchain can connect the unbanked population to the global economy.
Moderator: John Paller, Chief Steward, Opolis
Healthcare (Satellite Room)
The legacy system of healthcare is much fragmented with critical information scattered across multiple systems and facilities, often unavailable when it is most needed, costing money and even lives. Blockchain gives promise to an integrated healthcare system that significantly streamlines processes, cuts down waiting times and costs, while improving patients' care experience. Our panelists will discuss how blockchain enables a new healthcare industry and better protection of sensitive data.
Yorke Rhodes, Global Business Strategist / Blockchain & Identity, Microsoft
Vulnerable populations are usually disadvantaged and excluded in society, out of reach from the current social welfare programs. They can easily slip into extreme poverty, and become vulnerable to violations of fundamental human rights. Blockchain-based Universal Basic Income programs backed by digital currencies could possibly replace current social welfare systems and be a better solution to the problem. New social programs that were previously inexcutable can also be tested on an unsurpassable scale. Our panelists will discuss how blockchain contributes to better social systems and support liberty and prosperity for all.
Moderator: Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation
Mounir Mustafa, VP, White Helmets
Josephine Goube, Chief Executing Officer, Techfugees
Joshua LeLand, Director Corporate Partnerships, Chemonics
Michael Sena, Product Lead, uPort
Yusuf Omar, Founder, Hashtag Our Stories
Design Thinking Workshop: The Next Big Blockchain Challenge (Satellite Room)
Alex Dale, MIT Solve
MIT’s Solve initiative works to drive social impact on global challenges through open innovation and partnerships, and we need your expertise to inform our 2018 topics. Join cross-sectors for a 90-min interactive workshop that will have you discuss the better world you would like to see, how blockchain fits in, and the key challenges that need to be tackled to get there. You’ll help prioritize what solutions Solve searches for during 2018, identify other key stakeholders, and help catalyze new partnerships within the BSIC community.
Investing in Blockchain for Social Impact
Investors have a key role to play in accelerating new technology. Impact investors with an eye toward scalable, effective solutions will be particularly impressed with blockchain's transformational potential. Our panelists will discuss investment opportunities in blockchain and review strategies for building a financially-competitive, impact-driven crypto portfolio.
Moderator: Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director, Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition
Alberto Gómez-Obregón, Director of Portfolio, Acumen
Sam Englebardt, Managing Partner, Galaxy Investment Partners
Ravé Mehta, Mehta Labs
Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director, Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition
William Michael Cunningham, AM, MBA, CEO, Creative Investment Research
Cecilia Chapiro, Emerging Technologies, UNICEF
Design Thinking Workshop by MIT Solve (Satellite Room)
Alex Dale, MIT Solve
Blockchain for Humanitarian Crisis and Aid Delivery
Humanitarian organizations are often criticized to be slow and inefficient in response to crises and disasters. The business model of aid has been unchanged for the last half century, one which increasingly struggles with bureaucracy and politics. Blockchain allows us to completely reimagine aid delivery for humanitarian crises. Lagged, reactionary relief assistance can be replaced by preemptive cash transfers which have long known to be more cost-effective. Collaborative open network also allows better data collection and more evidence-based practice. Our panelists will discuss successfully-built pipelines and use cases that can be applied on a global scale.
Moderator: Jorn Poldermans , Centre for Innovation at Leiden University
Katherine Foster, Executive Director, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration
Annemarie Poorterman, The Start Network hosted by Save the Children
Theresia Thylin, Gender and Humanitarian Specialist, UN Women
Rouven Heck, Project Lead, uPort
Hackathon Runners-up and winning teams will present their pitch videos, followed by a short Q&A with the winning teams.
Moderator: Thomas Rush.
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