DisCon 2018

Join us as we explore emerging research, ideas, tech & culture of digital currency & the distributed web. Over the course of two full days there will be talks, discussions, workshops & more.

The energy and excitement around Bitcoin & digital currencies is hard to miss. Rumors of a massive technological leap forward have fueled an epic wave of tall promises and speculative investments.

Despite the turbulence, a new wave of applications and protocols are emerging. At DISCON we'll go beyond the blockchain hype to explore and expand on crypto currencies and decentralization.

Jared Polis

Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public-sector background to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation.

Polis is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus. The caucus’s purpose is to educate, engage, and provide research to help policymakers address issues raised by blockchain-based technologies and payment methods. Polis has led several efforts to improve the regulatory environment for emerging technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is the co-author of H.R. 3708, the Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act, which seeks to clarify the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies and make reporting requirements easier for taxpayers and digital wallets.

While still attending Princeton University, Polis co-founded his first company, American Information Systems, a success he followed with the launching ofbluemountain.com and ProFlowers.com. He has been named an "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst and Young."

Jordan Earls

Talk subject: game theory behind designing a blockchain protocol

Jordan is the co-founder and lead developer of Qtum. He leads a team of developers from 9 countries which include China, Belarus, and the United States. Managing a team of talented developers across time zones, he is responsible for delegating tasks according to each developer’s strength while ensuring that deliverables meet scheduled deadlines. He is involved in designing and the implementation of the blockchain infrastructure such as the consensus layer, distributed ledger architecture, and smart contract virtual machine. Jordan also serves as the co-chairman of the Smart Contracts Alliance under the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The alliance is aimed at promoting the recognition and adoption of smart-contracts technology by addressing issues such as interoperability and policy. Jordan built his reputation in the blockchain community by uncovering scams, viruses and other malicious activities in various cryptocurrencies. Jordan is a self-taught developer who built a custom operating system for an android app.

Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Boulder to study Analytic Number Theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.

His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency related start-ups - Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK - and he has held a variety of colorful positions in the public and private sector. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in September of 2013.

His current projects focus on education of cryptocurrency, evangelism of decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream. This includes leading the research, design and development of Cardano, a third-generation cryptocurrency that was launched in September 2017.

Chelsea Rustrum

Chelsea Rustrum explores shared ownership and value distribution through the lens of the sharing economy and blockchain technology. She’s the author of It’s a Shareable Life, the founder of Blockchain for Good, a social and educational series, and the co-founder of Blox 7, a new economy storytelling agency.

Chelsea grew up a teenage entrepreneur building businesses online from middle school onward. Later she understood how sharing time, space, and resources could transform human relationships and exchange. Today, she works toward creating systems, structures, and financial models that reinforce our interdependence. To that end, she’s working on a collaborative Blockchain Code of Ethics to program the future with collectively aligned values.

She has also advised dozens of marketplaces and has spoken to corporate audiences such as PwC and J&J, helping organizations understand the changing, often disruption nature of innovation in business. She’s also contributed to articles in Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Wired, Forbes, and The Economist.



All Tickets Sold as 2-Day Passes

Event will take place on Friday 8/3 and Saturday 8/4, 2018

Daily Schedule:

7:00am - Box Office Opens

8:00pm - Doors/Registration Table Open

12:30pm - Lunch Break

Show ends around 7:00pm


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