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Join Penn Blockchain Conference 2024

February 23-24

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SPEAKERS

We are thrilled to have a world-class group of global thought leaders coming in person this year.
(More to be added based on rolling invitations)

Catrina Wang

Head of Conference | Penn Blockchain , Partner | Portal Ventures

Oliver Harris

Head of Digital Assets | Goldman Sachs

Keone Hon

Co-founder & CEO | Monad

Pranav Kanade

Head of Digital Assets | Van Eck

Ben Slocum

Associate Director | Penn Office of Investments

Marcos Veremis

Partner | Accolade

Evan Fisher

General Partner | Portal Ventures

Sandy Kaul

SVP | Franklin Templeton

Mark W. Yusko

Founding Partner | Morgan Creek Digital Assets

Tarun Chitra

Founder | Gauntlet

Smokey

Co-founder | Berachain

Tom Schmidt

Partner | Dragonfly

Jason Yano

Co-founder | Blockworks

Wei Dai

Research Partner | 1KX

Parth Chopra

Principal | Bain Crypto

Franklin Bi

Partner | Pantera

Nikhil Raman

Investor | Union Square Ventures

Remi Gai

CEO | Inco

Justin Mellilo

Founder & CEO | Mona

Magmar

CEO | Skip Protocol

David Beiner

Founder & CEO | Hume

Chris Maddern

Co-Founder & CEO | Floor

Zon

Founding Team | Initia

Asta Li

Co-Founder & CTO | Privy

Sriram Vishwanath

Professor | UT Austin

Nikhil Raghuveera

CEO | Aethos

Jon Charbonneau

General Partner | DBA

Manrui Tang

Co-Founder | Untangled Finance

Dr. Stephan Rihs

The Wharton School

Jonathan Jaranilla

Chief Innovation Officer | ExaBITS

Jason Fang

Founding Partner | Sora Ventures

Kent Lin

President | Harvard Blockchain

Gil Rosen

President | Stanford Blockchain Accelerator

Allen Ng

CEO | Everest Ventures Group

Sudarshan Sarathy

Investor | Hartree

Josh Lehman

Executive Director | Urbit

Miguel de Vega

CTO | Nillion

Vikramaditya Singh

Penn Blockchain | Co-president

Mads

Head of Reseach | Maven 11

Amanda Young

Investor | Collab & Currency

Chris Yin

CEO | Plume Network

Bo Du

Co-founder | Polymer

Eric Chen

Co-founder & CEO | Injective Labs

Pramod Viswanath

Professor | Princeton University, Witness Chain

Ranvir Rana

Co-founder | Witness Chain

Sarah Allen

Research & Research Program Manager | Flashbots & IC3

Ellie Davidson

Head of Consensus | Espresso

Michael Mestayer

Executive Director | Moelis and Company

Allyson Smith

Partner | Kirkland & Ellis

Vivian Zhu

Penn Blockchain

Boris Alergant

Head of Defi Markets | Ripple

John Morrow

Co-Founder | Aera Finance

Siddharth Lalwali

Co-Founder | Range Protocol

Coltron Liberacki

Governance Lead | KarpetKey

Andrey Stejko

Co-Founder | Fyde Treasury Protocol

Alex Duckworth

Director of Governance | Penn Blockchain

Mike McCoy

Strategy & Partnerships Lead | WalletConnect

Joshua Ashley Klayman

U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets | Linklaters

Josh Litchman

Investor | Framework Ventures

Ryan Lovell

Director of Capital Markets | Chainlink

Anirudh Pai

Partner | Dragonfly

Elizabeth Napolitano

CoinDesk / CBS News | Reporter, Global Regulations and Polic Team

Sid Powell

CEO | Maple Finance

Chunda McCain

Ion Protocol CEO & ex-President of Penn Blockchain

Chelsea Jiang

Investment Manager | Foresight Ventures

Dr Sankha Banerjee

Head of Product | Babylon

Jonah Burian

Investor | Blockchain Capital

Pratyush Mishra

Professor | University of Pennsylvania

Avi

Chief Product Officer | Nil.Foundation

Colin Hong

Partner | Standard Crypto

Caleb Shack

Investor | Big Brain Holdings

Andre Serrano

Product & Partnerships | Stacks Foundation

AGENDA

The conference and hackathon is being hosted in the grand and historic Penn Museum.

Day 1
Friday, Feb 23
10:00
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10:15
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Opening Remarks

Moderator
Panelists
Chunda McCain
Co-founder | Ion Protocol
Vikramaditya Singh
Penn Blockchain | Co-president
Catrina Wang
Head of Conference | Penn blockchain
10:15
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10:35
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Penn Founder Keynote

Moderator
Catrina Wang
Head of Conference | Penn Blockchain , Partner | Portal Ventures
Panelists
Chunda McCain
Co-founder | Ion Protocol
Nikhil Raghuveera
CEO | Aethos
Zon
Founding Team | Initia
Magmar
CEO | Skip Protocol
10:35
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11:20
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The Next Mega Trend in Crypto

Moderator
Vikramaditya Singh
Penn Blockchain | Co-president
Panelists
Franklin Bi
Partner | Pantera
Nikhil Raman
Investor | Union Square Ventures
Colin Hong
Partner | Standard Crypto
Parth Chopra
Principal | Bain Crypto
Anirudh Pai
Partner | Dragonfly
11:20
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12:05
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Consumer Crypto Trends

Moderator
Amanda Young
Investor | Collab & Currency
Panelists
Asta Li
Co-Founder & CTO | Privy
Chris Maddern
Co-Founder & CEO | Floor
Justin Mellilo
Founder & CEO | Mona
David Beiner
Founder & CEO | Hume
13:00
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13:45
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Blockchain Bankruptcies and Regulatory Realities

Moderator
Vivian Zhu
Penn Blockchain
Panelists
Allyson Smith
Partner | Kirkland & Ellis
Michael Mestayer
Executive Director | Moelis and Company
13:45
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14:30
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The Future of ETH Scaling

Moderator
Vikramaditya Singh
Penn Blockchain | Co-president
Panelists
Bo Du
Co-founder | Polymer
Chunda McCain
Co-founder | Ion Protocol
Ranvir Rana
Co-founder | Witness Chain
Ellie Davidson
Head of Consensus | Espresso
14:30
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15:15
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Global Digital Assets Outlook

Moderator
Elizabeth Napolitano
CoinDesk / CBS News | Reporter, Global Regulations and Polic Team
Panelists
Jason Yano
Co-founder | Blockworks
Tom Schmidt
Partner | Dragonfly
Allen Ng
CEO | Everest Ventures Group
Boris Alergant
Head of Defi Markets | Ripple
15:15
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16:00
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How TradFi is Embracing Crypto

Moderator
Panelists
Sandy Kaul
SVP | Franklin Templeton
Oliver Harris
Head of Digital Assets | Goldman Sachs
Pranav Kanade
Head of Digital Assets | Van Eck
Joshua Ashley Klayman
U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets | Linklaters
16:00
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16:45
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Asset Managment: Crypto as a New Asset Class

Moderator
Sudarshan Sarathy
MBA Candidate | Wharton
Panelists
Evan Fisher
General Partner | Portal Ventures
Marcos Veremis
Partner | Accolade
Ben Slocum
Associate Director | Penn Office of Investments
Mark W. Yusko
Founding Partner | Morgan Creek Digital Assets
16:45
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17:30
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ZK Primitives

Moderator
Jonah Burian
Investor | Blockchain Capital
Panelists
Wei Dai
Research Partner | 1KX
Pratyush Mishra
Professor | University of Pennsylvania
Avi
Chief Product Officer | Nil.Foundation
Day 2
Saturday, Feb 24
10:30
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11:15
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DAO Treasury Allocation & Management

Moderator
Alex Duckworth
Director of Governance | Penn Blockchain
Panelists
11:15
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12:00
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New paradigm of Internet Infra

Moderator
Caleb Shack
Investor | Big Brain Holdings
Panelists
12:00
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12:45
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Revival of BTC: Beyond a store of value

Moderator
Chelsea Jiang
Investment Manager | Foresight Ventures
Panelists
14:00
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14:45
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Blockchain Initiatives at Universities

Moderator
Panelists
14:45
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15:30
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MEV - The Dark Forest

Moderator
Sarah Allen
Research & Research Program Manager | Flashbots & IC3
Panelists
15:30
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16:15
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The Next Generation of L1s

Moderator
Parth Chopra
Principal | Bain Crypto
Panelists
16:15
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17:00
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Real World Assets

Moderator
Nikhil Raghuveera
CEO | Aethos
Panelists
17:00
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17:45
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Liquid Funds / Proprietary Funds

Moderator
Panelists

Welcome to the 5th Penn Blockchain Conference

Our conference is the largest of its kind, seeking to bridge the gap between academia and industry in the pursuit of building and using decentralized systems.

We bring together the brightest minds and talents around the world and provide them with the infrastructure to grow and develop.

Our Hackathon Brings Together the Brightest Young Talents

Through the Penn Blockchain scholarship, we are uniting students from over 22 top academic institutions to build projects across 3 tracks.

CONTACT US

For Penn Blockchain Conference
Catrina Wang
Twitter: @dotCuriousCat
For Penn Blockchain Conference
Chunda McCain
TG: @chunda_wt
For Penn Blockchain Conference
Sofia Wawrzyniak
TG: @sofiawawrzyniak
For Penn Blockchain Conference
Vikramaditya Singh
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