Crypto-Consciousness Conference 2017
About the Conference
Cryptocurrencies and other blockchain technologies might radically change the world, but how will they change us?
Any change to the systems that shape our world, must also impact our inner world – our beliefs, values, sense of identity and beyond.
This conference will bring some of the world’s leading thinkers in the space for a day of talks, open discussion, and expert-led breakout groups to explore how these emerging technologies might elevate consciousness and transform the human experience.
Here are some questions we’ll be delving into:
- How might cryptocurrency/blockchain technology impact individual and collective consciousness?
- How would a global shift in how we exchange value alter our sense of trust and connection to humanity?
- How does the greed partly fueling the emerging industry impact the ecosystem, and alter what might emerge?
- How does greed impact and alter the ecosystem?
- Can we tie currency to psychological wellbeing or mental health?
The Crypto-Consciousness Conference aims to set the stage for an ongoing conversation and community, pondering how these emerging technologies might influence the heart and soul of humanity.
When & Where
October 29th, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm
981 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Amanda Gutterman is Chief Marketing Officer at ConsenSys, a venture production studio and custom software development consultancy building decentralized applications (DApps), enterprise solutions, and developer tools for blockchain ecosystems, focused primarily on Ethereum. Forbes Magazine listed Amanda as one of 30 Under 30 in Media, and Inc. Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 Movers and Shakers in the Content Industry.
Most recently, Amber served as general partner and COO for EchoVC, a $26M Sub-Saharan Africa venture capital fund focused on investing in early stage technology companies. While based in Lagos, Amber was most passionate about her role pioneering in the creation and development of a newly emerging venture capital and entrepreneurial ecosystem. She previously served as VP of Finance of Founders Fund, the venture capital firm founded by Peter Thiel, former co-founder of PayPal. Amber has also spent years working with non-profits and other philanthropic organizations primarily focused in the humanitarian, women and children, and health sectors. Amber is currently a mentor and advisor to several technology startups. She is committed to leading with heart, integrity and compassion in her professional and personal life. She has a BS in Accounting from the University of Washington.
Ben is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace. Ben is also the Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings and robotics firm Hanson Robotics; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC. Ben is focused on creating benevolent superhuman artificial general intelligence; and applying AI to areas like financial prediction, bioinformatics, robotics and gaming. He also loves avante-garde fiction, weird music, philosophy, math, and wandering in the forest.
Bill Melton is the founder of several notable companies, including VeriFone, GIV Global Private Equity, and Cybercash Inc. Bill has been an entrepreneur building global technology companies for more than 30 years. Mr. Melton was a founding investor of Transaction Network Services Inc. Mr. Melton holds a Master’s degree in Asian Studies and Chinese Philosophy.
Dor Konforty is founder of Synereo, and an expert on decentralized organizational principles with many years of experience in the space. Has a master’s degree in neurobiology from an interdisciplinary brain research program in Tel-Aviv University, working on neural networks, and knows what makes distributed economies flow — whether they’re based on neurotransmitters or cryptocurrencies. A graduate of the Israeli Air Force IT unit.
A father to 3 lovely boys and a devoted husband, Gordy has been a serial entrepreneur since he can remember. Gordy spent over a decade helping build advertising technologies that have transacted over a trillion clicks online. After launching multiple successful digital marketing companies, Gordy turned his focus on to Conscious Capital. Two years ago he founded an organization called Conscious Thought Revolution (CTR.com) that redeploys capital and invests in entrepreneurs, technologies and conscious media that aim to measurably accelerate the evolution of human consciousness. Their primary focus is on leveraging behavioural data to develop algorithms that measure and raise human consciousness thru our digital experience.
Jorge is CTO of Economic Space Agency and lead architect of Gravity, a distributed computing architecture that is built from the ground up on object capabilities. Gravity allows multiple independent chains with tunable replication and performance parameters; all this whilst maintaining easy interoperability among networked constellations of autonomous agents.
Jorge’s work in software architecture is also informed by his exploration into consciousness and has been one of the earliest members of Urban Dharma.
Josh Whiton is an eco-tech luminary and enlightenment explorer devoted to the evolution of consciousness. He was named a Champion of Change by the Obama White House for the social and environmental impact of his past startups. As a mentor to the Thiel Foundation Josh was instrumental in garnering early support for the, then unreleased, Ethereum project. Check out his take on crypto consciousness here.
Matthew is Director of Communications at Holo, a peer-to-peer application hosting network that enables anyone with spare computing capacity to earn cryptocurrency by providing processing, storage or bandwidth services to other users. Holo is built on top of, and supports, applications running Holochain, a new, open-source infrastructure for truly distributed applications. Compared with alternatives such as blockchains, Holochain applications are faster, cheaper, fit-for-purpose, extendable and adaptable. Matthew is a graduate of Berkeley Law School, and occasionally surfs 50 foot waves at the world famous Mavericks in Northern California.
Max Brody is co-founder & CEO of Cent (cent.co) – a platform built on the Ethereum blockchain that allows anyone to earn cryptocurrencies by answering the questions of others. In blending the worlds of art, entrepreneurship, and philosophy, he sees a new octave of human awareness emerging where instead of applying band-aid solutions to the effects of systemic imbalances, attention is increasingly being paid to the causes of these outward-facing problems.
Noah Thorp is CEO/Founder at CoMakery, a platform that helps modern tribes to thrive through token economies. Previously, he co-founded a holacratic blockchain innovation prototyping studio, was VP of Engineering at Nasdaq Private Market, and ran a record label where he wrote algorithmic music and pressed obscure records on thick Czechoslovakian vinyl.
Rafael holds a degree in computer science from Stanford University where, as a student, he co-founded StreetCode Academy, a volunteer program dedicated to teaching youth how to code. StreetCode has raised over $1mm and taught thousands of students. He did machine learning research at Google Brain and Palantir, where he patented an AI system for predicting crime. He is now a co-founder of TrustToken which is a blockchain startup backed by Founders Fund.
As CSO at ConsenSys, Sam defines strategy regarding business models in the emerging blockchain economy. Additionally, Sam brings expertise in Venture Capital, software development methodology, enterprise architecture, and growth strategy to ventures within ConsenSys.
Sophia is the Chief Humanoid at SingulartyNET. She defies conventional thinking of what a robot should look like.
Her creator is Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and a modern-day renaissance man who has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act amazingly human. The new version of Sophia’s mind, currently under development by SingularityNET a new open source decentralized platform for the AI economy led by Dr. Ben Goertzel, the father of the Artificial General Intelligence
Toni Lane Casserly
Toni Lane Casserly is an artrepreneur in the Digital Currency and Blockchain Industry who co-founded CoinTelegraph and the virtual blockchain nation, VNATION. Miss Lane serves as an advisor to several notable companies, funds and family offices, including SingularityU, The United Nations, HSBC, Bosch, Cicso, P&G.
With a background in the sciences, international relations, law (and early attempts at game programming), Vienna had proposed for elections and governance to be run on the blockchain in 2013 while organizing an electoral reform movement of 80,000 people in Malaysia. She had been involved in the blockchain space since 2011 where she co-founded a blockchain start-up. Thereafter started trading and angel investing in early blockchain start-ups. Currently, she is leading operations at Economic Space Agency.
Outside of the blockchain space, she co-founded a human rights organisation and a media station focusing on ASEAN (Southeast Asia’s EU equivalent) socio-economic current affairs, hosted international conference for the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), and is grateful to have been a part of Consciousness Hacking.
|Optional Blockchain Crash Course – for those that need a primer
|Welcome & Intro w/ Mikey Siegel and Josh Whiton
|Idea Masterminding / Group Discussion
|Panel of Crypto Experts
|Talks with Experts
|Expert-led Breakout Sessions