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Bloggers Invited: Consensus 2016 - Making Blockchain Real 22.3.16

Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Lawrence H. Summers and Silver Lake Co-Founder, Glenn Hutchins to Deliver Keynotes at Consensus 2016, the Blockchain Technology Summit



New York, NY – XX March 2016– CoinDesk, the bitcoin and blockchain industry’s leading media business, has announced several new high-profile keynotes for Consensus 2016, its 2nd annual blockchain technology summit, which will be held May 2-4, 2016, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Glenn Hutchins, Chairman of North Island and co-founder of Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing, who sits on the board of Nasdaq, AT&T and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will close the first day’s general session.  Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University, and former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will close the second day with a fire-side chat.

Summers, who currently serves as an advisor to bitcoin startup Xapo, will share his perspective on bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, and offer his thoughts on how new technologies like digital currencies could be integrated into the global financial system.  In a Wall Street Journal interview in May 2014, Summers was early to warn skeptics not to dismiss new and potentially disruptive technologies like bitcoin, saying, “It seems to me that the people who confidently reject all the innovation here [in new payment and monetary systems] are on the wrong side of history.”

Hutchins will offer his views on why he believes that bitcoin technology could potentially be as transformative as the internet itself, particularly with respect to modernizing global payment systems.

“Summers and Hutchins are incredibly influential leaders who have been early among their peers to recognize blockchain technology’s potential to usher in a new era of innovation in financial services,” said Ryan Selkis, CoinDesk’s team lead.  “Our goal with this year’s summit is ‘making blockchain real’, and the insight of these trailblazers will certainly help advance that agenda.  We look forward to hearing their views on how this emerging technology can help accelerate the development of a better financial system.”

These keynote speakers will join an elite lineup featuring many other financial services executives, policy-makers and over 30 other founders from many of the leading blockchain technology companies, such as:


  • BLYTHE MASTERS, CEO, Digital Asset Holdings, LLC

  • JEREMY ALLAIRE, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Circle


  • STEPHEN PAIR, Co-Founder and CEO, BitPay

  • MARWAN FORZLEY, CEO, Align Commerce

  • ELIZABETH ROSSIELLO, Founder and CEO, BitPesa

  • CHAD CASCARILLA, CEO and Co-Founder, itBit

  • CHRIS LARSEN, CEO and Co-Founder, Ripple

  • ERIC JENNINGS, Co-Founder and CEO, Filament

CoinDesk is producing Consensus 2016 in collaboration with Digital Currency Group, the bitcoin and blockchain industry’s most active investor, and Coin Center, the industry’s leading public policy research and advocacy center.  This year’s event is the encore to the company’s well-received inaugural summit, which was sponsored by Citi Ventures and attracted more than 600 attendees to New York last September.  


Consensus 2016 keynotes and speakers will continue to be announced in the coming weeks. Discount registration tickets remain available for purchase. Visit Consensus2016.com for more information.


[Note to Editors:  The official name of the event is Consensus 2016. Complimentary registration will be made available to accredited members of the press. Please submit your request for press accreditation to press@coindesk.com.]


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About Consensus

Consensus is the leading annual blockchain technology summit, presented by CoinDesk,the industry leading information and news source, in collaboration with Digital Currency Group (DCG), the blockchain industry’s most active investor, and Coin Center, the industry’s leading public policy research and advocacy center. The multi-day event brings together the perfect blend of innovators, power brokers and deal-makers from startups, investment firms, financial institutions, policy groups and academia with a focus on making blockchain real in commercial and enterprise applications. For more information visit Consensus2016.com. #consensus2016

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