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Conference
Hackathon

Feb 9 — 12 // Penn Museum, Philadelphia

Sponsored by:
120+
Industry Experts
22+
Top Academic Institutions
30+
Panels Organized
1
Location

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.

// Judges

Natalie Mullins

Analyst | Volt Capital

Katie Chiou

Investor | Archetype

Lane Rettig

CTO | SpaceMesh

Lang Cui

Vice President | Struck Crypto

AGENDA

The conference and hackathon is being hosted in the grand and historic Penn Museum, specifically across two main spaces: Harrison Hall and Widener Auditorium.

Harrison Hall
Friday, Feb 10
10:00
-
10:15
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Welcome & Overview of Conference

Moderator
Panelists
Sofia Wawrzyniak
Co-Managing Director
Chunda McCain
Co-Managing Director | Penn Blockchain
Catrina Wang
Head of Conference
10:15
-
11:00
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SEC and the Future of Crypto

Moderator
Lewis Cohen
Co-Founder | DLx Law
Panelists
Hester M. Peirce
SEC Commissioner
11:00
-
11:45
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Value Accrual in Web3: A Refresh on Fat Protocol Thesis

Moderator
Catrina Wang
Head of Conference
Panelists
Aleks Larsen
General Partner | Blockchain Cap
Joel Monegro
General Partner | Placeholder VC
Jason Choi
Co-Founder | Tangent
Chia Jeng Yang
Investor | Pantera
13:00
-
13:45
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Future of Scaling

Moderator
Chunda McCain
Co-Managing Director | Penn Blockchain
Panelists
Ben Sparango
Head of Strategic Business Development | Solana Foundation
Matt Pearring
Head of Product | Arbitrum
Matthew Rossi
VP of Product | Polygon
13:45
-
14:30
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Valuation in Web2 <> Web3

Moderator
Sudarshan Sarathy
MBA Candidate | Wharton
Panelists
Lindsey Li
Bessemer Venture Partner
Jason Brooke
VP | Sapphire Venture
Josh Finer
Investor | Solana Ventures
Sylvester Wee
Founding Partner | Sentinel Global
14:45
-
15:30
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Why Crypto Needs the Law

Moderator
Kevin Werbach
Professor | The Wharton School
Panelists
Sandra Ro
President | Global Blockchain Business Council
Christopher Perkins
President | Coinfund
Ashley Scott
Senior Director | Circle
Nisa Amoils
Managing Partner | A100x Ventures
15:30
-
16:15
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Web3 Adoption: What Does it Take?

Moderator
Zack Seward
Contributing Editor-at-Large | Coindesk
Panelists
Anand Iyer
Partner | Lightspeed
David Pakman
Managing Partner | CoinFund
Jared Madfes
Co-Founder | Tribe Crypto
Nick van Eck
Partner | General Catalyst
16:30
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17:15
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Real World Asset Meets Token Economy

Moderator
Nikhil Raghuveera
Head of Strategy | Celo Foundation
Panelists
Anna Lerner Nesbitt
CEO | Climate Collective
Asad Khan
DeFi Politician | Centrifuge
Sanjay Raghavan
Head of Crypto | RoofStock
Saturday, Feb 11
9:30
-
10:15
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The Next Iteration of DeFi

Moderator
Chunda McCain
Co-Managing Director | Penn Blockchain
Panelists
10:15
-
11:00
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Governance Mechanics and Delegation

Moderator
Jun Sun
Director of Governance
Panelists
11:15
-
12:00
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Future of Interoperability

Moderator
Lane Rettig
CTO | SpaceMesh
Panelists
12:00
-
12:45
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The Blue Ocean of Web3 Data and AI

Moderator
Catrina Wang
Head of Conference
Panelists
13:30
-
14:15
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Crypto Assets in Traditional Finance

Moderator
Sofia Wawrzyniak
Co-Managing Director
Panelists
14:15
-
15:00
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How to Keep Web3 Secure

Moderator
Isaiah Washington
Investor | Coinfund
Panelists
15:15
-
16:00
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Unpacking Web3 Social

Moderator
Amanda Young
Investor | Collab+Currency
Panelists
16:00
-
16:45
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What's Next for NFTs?

Moderator
Shayon Sengupta
Investor | Multicoin
Panelists
16:45
-
17:30
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Future of Gaming and the Metaverse

Moderator
Clea Chen
Manager | Cypher Accelarator
Panelists
Widener Auditorium
Friday, Feb 10
13:00
-
13:45
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How to "DAO"?

Moderator
Young Ling
London School of Economics
Panelists
13:45
-
14:30
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Wallets 2.0: The Next Generation of Wallets

Moderator
Mene Mazarakis
Partner | Chapter One
Panelists
14:45
-
15:30
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What Everyone's Eyeing: ZK

Moderator
Kenny Li
Co-founder | Manta Network
Panelists
15:30
-
16:15
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Institutionalizing Crypto

Moderator
Henry Nguyen
Investor | Kraken Venture
Panelists
16:15
-
17:00
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University Presidents

Moderator
Panelists
Saturday, Feb 11
10:15
-
11:00
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Brands Entering Web3

Moderator
Winnie Lau
Vice President | BlockTower
Panelists
11:15
-
12:00
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DeSci Landscape

Moderator
Chunda McCain
Co-Managing Director | Penn Blockchain
Panelists
13:30
-
14:15
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Crypto in Emerging Markets

Moderator
Andrew Piscione
Advisor | Valor Capital Group
Panelists
14:15
-
15:00
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Web3 Hiring Trends & Talent Application

Moderator
Panelists
15:15
-
17:00
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IRL Hiring Event

Moderator
Panelists

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)

Aleks Larsen

General Partner | Blockchain Cap

Alex Lin

Head of Research | Shima Capital

Amanda Young

Investor | Collab+Currency

Anand Iyer

Partner | Lightspeed

Andrew Piscione

Advisor | Valor Capital Group

Anna Lerner Nesbitt

CEO | Climate Collective

Anna Li

Director of Tokenomics | Republic Crypto

Anna Stone

Co-Founder | GoodDollar

Asad Khan

DeFi Politician | Centrifuge

Ashley Scott

Senior Director | Circle

Ben Sparango

Head of Strategic Business Development | Solana Foundation

Benjamin.lens

Co-Founder | MAI Finance

Brandon Hoffman

General Partner | Sunset Venture

Bruno Lulinski

Ecosystem | Aztec

Calanthia Mei

Co-Founder | Masa Finance

Caleb Kauppinen

Vice President Blockchain | Columbia & LionDAO

Camila Ramos Garzon

Head of Developer Relations | Fuel Labs

Carl Hua

Partner & CTO | Shima Capital

Carlos Arena

Director of Digital Asset sales | Google

Catrina Wang

Head of Conference

Charles Wayn

Co-Founder | Galxe

Chia Jeng Yang

Investor | Pantera

Christina.lens

Head of Growth | Lens Protocol

Christopher Perkins

President | Coinfund

Chunda McCain

Co-Managing Director | Penn Blockchain

Cindy Jiang

Director of Research | FranklinDAO

Clea Chen

Manager | Cypher Accelarator

Dan Eskow

Up Top Search

Daniel Helm

Developer Evangelist | Scroll

Daniel Schmerin

Co-Founder & President | Metaversal

David Gogel

VP of Strategy & Ops | DYDX

David Pakman

Managing Partner | CoinFund

David Schwed

COO | Halborn

David Wu

Head of Growth | Phantom

Devin Walsh

Executive Director | Uniswap Foundation

Don Ho

Co-Founder | Quantstamp

Dorian Lee

CFO | Metaplex

Evin McMullen

Co-Founder & CEO | Disco

Faris Oweis

Founder | Crypto Coach

Francis Gowen

Lead Governance Contributor | Flipside Crypto

George Beall

Overseer | dYdX

Gregory Rocco

Co-Founder | Spruce

Henry Nguyen

Investor | Kraken Venture

Hester M. Peirce

SEC Commissioner

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Isaiah Washington

Investor | Coinfund

Jared Madfes

Co-Founder | Tribe Crypto

Jason Brooke

VP | Sapphire Venture

Jason Cao

COO | CertiK

Jason Choi

Co-Founder | Tangent

Jason Huan

Co-founder | Frax Finance

Jesse Tasman

Head of Product | Redefine

Joe Doll

General Counsel | Magic Eden

Joel Monegro

General Partner | Placeholder VC

John Peurifoy

Co-Founder & CEO | Floating Point Group

Jon Kol

CEO | HyperLane

Jonathan Victor

Ecosystem Lead | Protocol Labs

Josh Finer

Investor | Solana Ventures

Julia Zhu

Partner | AlphaLab

Jun Park

Gaming Investments Lead | Hashed

Jun Sun

Director of Governance

Justin Yuan

Partner | TIRTA Ventures

Katie Chiou

Investor | Archetype

Kavita Gupta

Founder & GP | Delta Blockchain Fund

Kenny Li

Co-founder | Manta Network

Kevin Werbach

Professor | The Wharton School

Kirill Naumov

Director of Investments | FranklinDAO

Lane Rettig

CTO | SpaceMesh

Lang Cui

Vice President | Struck Crypto

Lee Smallwood

General Partner | Hivemind

Lewis Cohen

Co-Founder | DLx Law

Lindsey Li

Bessemer Venture Partner

Maria Chak

Head of Gaming | Republic Crypto

Matt Fontana

Head of Ecosystem | Streamr

Matt Pearring

Head of Product | Arbitrum

Matthew Rossi

VP of Product | Polygon

Matthew Stein

Governance | StableLab

Mene Mazarakis

Partner | Chapter One

Michael Fischer

Founder | DB DAO

Michael Sena

CEO | Ceramic

Michal Benedykcinski

SVP | Arca

Miko Matsumura

Managing Partner | Gumi Crypto

Mo Saraiya

Executive Director | GCM Grosvenor

Natalie Mullins

Analyst | Volt Capital

Nick Emmons

Co-Founder/CEO | Upshot

Nick van Eck

Partner | General Catalyst

Nikhil Raghuveera

Head of Strategy | Celo Foundation

Nisa Amoils

Managing Partner | A100x Ventures

Omar ElNaggar

CEO & Co-Founder | Weavechain

Ori Nevo

Head of Customer Success | Chaos Labs

Paul Lei

Protocol Program Management Lead | Gauntlet

Porter Grieve

Co-Founder & CEO | Mercury

Raakhee Miller

CEO | Mojito

Ross Shuel

Governance Lead | A16Z

Ruby Thelot

FWB DAO

Sandra Ro

President | Global Blockchain Business Council

Sanjay Raghavan

Head of Crypto | RoofStock

Sergey Gorbunov

Co-Founder | Axelar

Seth Ginns

Managing Partner | Coinfund

Shayon Sengupta

Investor | Multicoin

Sofia Wawrzyniak

Co-Managing Director

Sudarshan Sarathy

MBA Candidate | Wharton

Sunny Parikh

Operating Partner | Point72

Sylvester Wee

Founding Partner | Sentinel Global

Thomas Bohner

Founder & CEO | Credix

Tim Peterson

VitaDAO Steward

Ty Haney

Co-Founder & CEO | TYB

Varun Kumar

Co-Founder | Hashflow

Vincent Tiu

Deputy of Development | FranklinDAO

Wenwei Xiong

Founding Engineer | Polymerdao

Will White

COO | WalletConnect

Winnie Lau

Vice President | BlockTower

Young Ling

London School of Economics

Zack Seward

Contributing Editor-at-Large | Coindesk

CONTACT US

For Penn Blockchain Conference
Catrina Wang
TG & Twitter: @Curiouscat178
For Penn Hackathon
Chunda McCain
TG: @chunda_wt
For Penn Hackathon
Sofia Wawrzyniak
TG: @sofiawawrzyniak
For Media Inquiries
Richard Ou
TG: @yuhuangou
For Sponsorship Inquires
Bo Cui
TG: @Something_something1