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Домой Мероприятия 01.06.2018- Blockchain for Social Impact Conference(Washington, USA)

01.06.2018- Blockchain for Social Impact Conference(Washington, USA)


United States Institute of Peace
2031 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037


Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2018

As blockchain becomes the shared infrastructure for more and more people to collaborate with one another, participate in global marketplaces, access essential services, and protect their personal data and assets, it is the responsibility of the larger tech community and governments around the world to make sure this technology reaches the vulnerable populations who need it and stand to benefit from it the most.


The global refugee crisis, the fragile state of democracy in many regions, communities without infrastructure, and our planet’s unsustainable agricultural practices are constant reminders that there is much work to be done and that the task is too large for any one project or organization to make a lasting impact.


Co-hosted by PeaceTech Lab

This year’s conference will be an opportunity to meet the specialists and organizations who are building solutions on the ground and working with key stakeholders, end beneficiaries, and governments to make an immediate and concrete difference in the developing world. Winners from this year’s Decentralized Impact Incubator will also present their projects, which are focusing on global issues regarding reliable hardware, refugee support, agriculture practices, and mechanisms for democracy.


This June, the Biannual Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Conference will bring together government officials, leadings NGOs, charities, think tanks, impact investors, technologists, and innovators to harness the talent, enthusiasm, and resources of the impact community and to strategize about and develop blockchain-based solutions to pressing global challenges in the following areas: identity management, refugee resettlement, supply chain, energy, financial inclusion, human rights, democracy, and voting.


We hope that you will join us for this day of learning and discovery as we discuss the state of the technology, scaling solutions, regulatory frameworks, design thinking, and how we can best collaborate to develop and deploy humanitarian blockchain solutions. We look forward to addressing the urgent issues of our time head-on, to working together to make blockchain a vital and accessible resource for citizens around the world, and to laying the groundwork for a sustainable, distributed, and shared future.

Conference Schedule

We’ve curated a variety of perspectives and insights for you to explore. Join us on one of our diverse conference tracks featuring workshops, demos, and illuminating presentations given by social impact leaders.



8:00- 9:00

Breakfast & Check-in


Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director, ConsenSysBlockchain for Social Impact Coalition

Sheldon HimelfarbPresident and CEO, PeaceTech Lab

Nancy Lindborg, President, US Institute of Peace

9:15AM – 9:25 – KEYNOTE

Opening Keynote with Lesly Goh, CTO, World Bank

Leveraging Emerging Technologies and Blockchain for Social Impact

Great Hall Events

9:20 – 9:40 – FIRESIDE CHAT

Refugees and Blockchain

Leigh Cuen, Author, Coindesk 

Joséphine Goube, CEO, Techfugees

9:45 – 10:00 – LIGHTNING TALK

Data & Tech for Peace

Rohini SrihariChief Data Scientist, PeaceTech Lab

10:00 – 10:10 – SHOWCASE

BSIC Incubator Showcase

10:10 – 11:00 – PANEL

Blockchain & the Future of Energy & Climate

Karim Jabbar, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration

Nick BeglingerCo-Founder & CEO, Cleantech21 Foundation

Katherine FosterCarbon Markets and Finance Innovation: Blockchain Specialist, World Bank Group

Evan CaronCofounder and Managing Director, Swytch

Linda KristoffersenSpecial Advisor, Chooose

Geof Rochester, Head of CSR and NGO Partnerships, Cuipo

11:00 – 11:15 – LIGHTNING TALK

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Tom LombardiHead of Market Development, EEA

11:15 – 11:40 – LIGHTNING TALK

World Food Programme and Blockchain

Robert OppDirector, Office of Innovation and Change Management, UN World Food Programme

11:40 – 11:50 PM – SHOWCASE

BSIC Incubator Showcase

12:00 – 1:00 – BREAK


1:00 – 1:40 – PANEL

Blockchain and Development Aid

Paul Nelson, FinTech and Digital Finance Advisor, USAID

Thomas DebassActing Special Representative for Global Partnerships, US Department of State

Robert OppDirector, Office of Innovation and Change Management, UN World Food Programme

Adrian LawrencePartner, Baker & McKenzie

Susan David Carevic, Business Management Officer, ITS Technology and Innovation: Blockchain Lab, World Bank Group

David BohigianExecutive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

1:40 – 2:00 – SHOWCASE

Project Bifrost

Ben SiegelGlobal Social Impact Project and Partnerships Lead, ConsenSys 

Robby GreenfieldGlobal Social Impact Technical Lead, ConsenSys

Greg DipriscoBusiness Development Lead, MakerDAO

2:00 – 2:45 – PANEL

Freedom of Press, Fake News, Connectivity

Melissa Jun RowleyTech and Social Impact Journalist

Matthew IlesCEO and Co-Founder, Civil

Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc. 

Heidi L. SieckPrincipal, Democrats.com LLC

Micha BenolielCEO, Nodle 

Nancy PayneCOO, PeaceTech Lab

2:45 – 3:00 – BREAK

Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:10 – SHOWCASE

BSIC Incubator Showcase

3:10 – 4:00 – PANEL

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains Challenges & Opportunities

John WolpertProduct and Venture Development, ConsenSys

Tyler MulvihillCoFounder, Viant

Lauren RomansClient Solutions Metals & MineralsEverledger

Yorke Rhodes, Founder Blockchain at Microsoft

Tomicah TillemannDirector Blockchain Trust Accelerator, New America

4:00 – 4:50 – PANEL

Human Trafficking, Identity and Supply Chain

JP Ziegler, CEO, Collaborative Health Solutions

Mariana DahanCo-Founder and CEO, World Identity Network

Joséphine GoubeCEO, Techfugees

Lauren HendricksExecutive Vice President for Program Strategy and Institutional Relations, Grameen Foundation

Rouven HeckCoFounder, uPort

Elizabeth M. Renieris, Global Policy Counsel, Evernym

4:55 – 5:10 – LIGHTNING TALK

Sustainable Fisheries

Nik Sekhran, US Chief Conservation Officer, World Wildlife Fund

5:10 – 5:20  – SHOWCASE

BSIC Incubator Showcase

5:20 – 6:00 – PANEL

Creating New Financial Institutions & Creditworthiness for the Unbanked

Michael del CastilloJournalist, Forbes

Megan O’DonnellDirector, Financial Inclusion, World Council of Credit Unions

Betsabe Botaitis, Co-Founder and CEO, Aikon

Daniel MooreExecutive Director, SALT Bridge Foundation

Faith SahalCFO, Colendi


Thessy Mehrain, Founder Women in Blockchain and Director, Global Product & Innovation ConsenSys



Sheldon Sheldon HimelfarbPresident and CEO, PeaceTech Lab 


6:10 – 6:30 – KEYNOTE

ConsenSys Keynote

Joe LubinCEO, ConsenSys

BSIC18 Reception

6:30 – 8:30 PM – NETWORKING

Reception Hosted Exclusively by Salt Lending


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