BSIC Annual Conference

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

9:00 AM To 9:00 PM

Online Only

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Event Description

Join Entrepreneurs, foundations, NGOs, corporates, and impact-driven organizations for a day at the crossroads of Impact and Blockchain.


9:00 – 9:05 am: Welcome Remarks – Yorke Rhodes (Microsoft, BSIC Board), Vanessa Grellet (ConsenSys, BSIC Board)

9:05 – 9:30 am: NGO Consortia Leveraging Blockchain: Why is Governance Key? – Houman Haddad (World Food Program)

9:30 – 9:45 am: Keynote : Leveraging Blockchain to Build a Sustainable Future – Sal Ternullo (KPMG)

9:45 – 10:15 am: The Paris Accords will drive Blockchain Adoption – Steven Haft (ConsenSys), Bill Kentrup (Allinfra) Padmini Ashok Kumar (KPMG), Paul Gambill (Nori)

10:15 – 10:30 am: Building tech for the hearing impared – Vahid Hajjehforoosh (Bridgium)

10:30 – 11:15 am: Digital Rights are Universal Human Rights – Elena Giralt (Electric Coin Company), Holmes Wilson (Zbay)

11:15 – 12:00 pm: What are Governments and Multilateral Organisations Building on Blockchain? Marcos Allende, (IADB), Raunak Mittal (World Bank), Ashley Lannquist (World Economic Forum)

12:00 – 12:15 pm: Collective Bargaining for Fair Housing – Clara Pardo Gromaches (Communitáz)

12:15 – 12:30 pm: Ethics in Blockchain – The Presidio Principles – Sheila Warren (World Economic Forum)

12:30 – 13:00 pm: Blockchain Solutions for Digital Identity and Urban Populations – Bill Sterling (Wolfpack) Karen Bhatia (NY EDC) Adam Wiedemann (City of Austin)

1:00 – 1:15 pm: Offsetting Carbon Emissions in Crypto Exchanges – Sean Murphy (ImpactScope)

1:15 -1:45 pm: How can Blockchain Technology Increase Financial Inclusion ? Andre Serano (ECC), Gigi Gatti (Grameen), Will Le (Celo), Natalya Thakur (Stanford)

1:45 – 2:00 pm: Community Currencies – Gustav Friis (

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Alternative Currencies in Africa – Will Ruddick (Grassroots Economics)

2:15 – 2:25 pm: Smart Climate Finance and Credit Management in Emerging Economies – Ermia Saharkhiz (Treejer)

2:25 -3:00 pm: Blockchain for Everyone : How to Build Community – Dennison Bertran (DappHero), Dani Osario (NEAR), Coogan Brennan (ConsenSys)

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Financial Tools for All – How DeFi is Transforming Finance – Vance Spencer (Framework), Michael Anderson (Framework), Tegan Kline (The Graph)

3:30 – 4:00 pm: The Values of Decentralization – What is the Impact?- Camilla Russo (The Defiant), Yaniv Tal (The Graph), Teck Chia (Binance), Tegan Kline (The Graph)

4:00 – 4:05 pm: Efforts of the US Govt: Congressional Blockchain Caucus – Raja Krishnamoorthi (US Congress, D-IL-8)

4:05 – 4:45 pm: Engineering Sustainable Products and Systems – Robby Greenfield (Emerging Impact), Ben Onuoha (Afri Blockchain), Thessy Mehrain (Liquality), Leah Callon-Butler (Emfarsis Consulting, Coindesk)

4:45 – 5:00: Insights from Devcon Scholars on Global Communities – Shawki Sukkar (Devcon V Scholar – Syria) Eman Herawy (Devcon V Scholar – Egypt)

5:00 – 5:45 pm: Who Watches the Watchmen? Deep Dive into Proof of Person – Divya Siddarth (Microsoft), Paula Berman (Democracy Earth), Adam Stallard (BrightID), Vinay Taylor (Nomqa), Clément Lesaege (Lleros)

5:45 – 6:00 pm: Frontiers of Democracy – Saeed Valadbaygi (Global Center for Risk and Innovation)

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Keynote: Payments and Financial Inclusion : Insights from Celo – Xochitl Cazador (Celo) Jackie Bona (Celo)

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Transforming digital identity into Self Sovereign Identity – Rouven Heck (DIF) Mark Blick (Diginex), Marcos Allende (IADB)

7:00 -7:30: UNICEF Blockchain Projects – Mehran Hydary (UNICEF)

7:30 Closing remarks BSIC Team


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About the Organizers

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