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Consensus New York 2017 Coverage

By Maria Esteves

The Consensus New York 2017 (3rd Annual Blockchain Technology Summit) presented by CoinDesk was held at the New York Marriott Marquis, May 22-24. The Blockchain as a Service and Cryptocurrency annual event included a special presentation of EOS, Blockchain operating system; the launch of R3 Corda Blockchain operating system, the Blockstack decentralized browser and Token virtual chain, PRISM cyptocurrency portfolio by, and TOKEN messaging app by Coinbase, keynote presentations, panel sessions, workshops, exhibitor show, special events and network receptions. Financial technology industry leaders from around the world attended this year’s outstanding event.

The State of Blockchain panel session with industry leaders CTO Richard Gendal Brown, R3; executive computer programmer Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger; CEO Adam Back, Blockstream; and founder Joseph Lubin, ConsenSys; moderated by Pete Rizzo, editor in-chief, CoinDesk commenced Monday, May 22. Questions posed by Rizzo to the panelists included: There's a stack of technologies here, what are the opportunities to be working on a Stack and why do you believe they should even exist? In running open public Blockchains, can you explain where you see Hyperledger in Stacks, Hyperledger in its own Stack and what opportunity with that said going forward? Who are in these networks that you are trying to breed and how do you want them to interact with one another? It seems like in your case you have a very specific vision for that, financial parties that want to share facts.

Bitcoin Beyond $20 Billion: Digital Currency’s Future panel session with Founder & CEO Eric Voorhees,, PRISM; and President & CEO Peter Smith,; moderated by Ben McLannahan, U.S. banking editor, Financial Times commenced Tuesday, May 23. The panelists discussed the future of Bitcoin cryptocurrency and the changes in the U. S. banking industry within the past 15 years.

EOS: A New Economic Structure special presentation with CTO Daniel Larimer,, commenced Tuesday, May 23. Larimer introduced the new cryptocurrency and Blockchain operating system for financial services. software scales millions of transactions per second, eliminates user fees, and allows for quick and easy deployment of decentralized applications.

R3 The New Operating System for Financial Services special presentation with founder & managing partner David Rutter, R3 commenced Tuesday, May 23. Rutter announced the launch of Corda DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) for financial services, a new open source operating system running on the Internet’s semi-private Blockchain.

Blockstack: Building A New Decentralized Internet panel session with co-founders Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea, commenced Tuesday, May 23. Ali announced the launch of a decentralized blockchain storage system that performs like the Cloud Computing infrastructure. Shea announced the launch of the first end-to-end decentralized Internet browser (the Netscape of decentralized Internet) that allows you to manage any blockchain currency and the Blockstack Token, a virtual chain on top of existing blockchains that can transcend individual blockchain systems.

Closing Keynote Presentation with co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong, Coinbase commenced Tuesday, May 23. Armstrong introduced TOKEN, an open source Browser, a private Messenger app, and a digital wallet for the Ethereum Blockchain system. Token provides a universal financial system to more than 2.5 billion people who do not have a bank account at a financial institution. With Token, you control your own money, and send it anywhere.

The Bitcoin Workshop on The Global Digital Currency Infrastructure Landscape, with guest speakers Ola Doudin, co-founder and CEO of BitOasis; Tony Liu of Korbit; and Sunny Ray of Unocoin; moderated by Joseph Weinberg, CEO, co-founder and Nicole Martinez, analyst, development, DCG commenced Wednesday, May 24 at New York Marriott Marquis. Question posed to Doudin, by moderator Weinberg "When building an infrastructure, how do you choose the head players to work with full scale?"


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