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by Michael Scott, Oct 12, 2017

Ethereal SF to Broaden the Blockchain Conversation on October 27


Ethereal Summit

ConsenSys a venture studio focused on decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain technology, has announced the Ethereal San Francisco summit to be held on October 27.

It will occur at Terra, one of the city’s premier art galleries and event locales.

Ethereal SF comes on the heels of the widely attended Ethereal Summit BK that ConsenSys hosted in Brooklyn, New York earlier this year.  Over 650 people were present for that first event, which hosted renowned crypto investor Mike Novogratz and Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong, BitPesa co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Rossiello and World Bank Blockchain Working Group founder Rosanna Chan, among other industry headliners. The event received glowing reviews from Forbes senior editor Laura Shin.

Touted as the “SXSW of blockchain,” Ethereal SF will feature a mixture of panels, live music, discussions and workshops. The aim of this “culture-focused” gathering will be to deliver non-technical blockchain knowledge, promoting an ease of understanding for those in attendance

ConsenSys unveiled the framework and roadmap for Ethereal SF this summer with the launch of its San Francisco office. Seeking to galvanize the Bay Area community, this event aims to bring together a collective of innovators, futurists and thought leaders in the rapidly evolving blockchain space.

Among the featured speakers:

  • Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE foundation and co-founder of Singularity University
  • Bryan Johnson, founder of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree
  • Taryn Southern, content creator, virtual reality enthusiast and YouTube star
  • Gil Penchina, angel investor and entrepreneur
  • Galia Benartzi, co-founder, Bancor Protocol
  • Ayako Miyaguchi, managing director, Kraken Japan
  • Olaf Carlson-Wee, rounder and CEO, Polychain Capital
  • Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum

And in a twist certain to intrigue those in attendance, the event will include a presentation by a non-human speaker, SingularityNET's chief humanoid Sophia Hanson.

Igniting a Social Movement

Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, sees blockchain technology as a “global movement toward decentralization,” one that extends beyond the prevailing tribe of techies and nerds. Lubin hopes to attract “humanitarians, artists, philosophers and other futuristic thought leaders” who can contribute ideas and wisdom amid blockchain technology’s rapid ascension.

Designed to be an interactive and engaging event, Ethereal SF will help demystify blockchain technology’s often esoteric nature through panel discussions, open dialogue, art installations, live music, practical workshops and more. The hope is that this meeting-of-the minds will generate greater awareness of the many ways that blockchains can positively impact the everyday lives of global citizen.

This movement is expected to attract some of the most influential leaders, innovators and creators in technology, science, the arts and more. Speakers from a number of different industries will shed light on blockchains’ advancements and what they portend for the future of the world.

As an added bonus, an in-person hackathon is scheduled to take place at U.C. Berkeley's School of from October 21 to 22. The focus of the challenge will center on blockchains’ application for identity, governance and voting. Student and professional developers, designers and entrepreneurs are encouraged to register for the hackathon. They will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to present at Ethereal and win a prize that includes preferred access to ConsenSys Academy and $5,000 in ether. The hackathon is co-sponsored by ConsenSys, Blockchain@Berkeley, XPRize and Microsoft Ventures, all of which will have judges and mentors in attendance.

Ethereum and the world of tokenization are taking the Bay Area by storm, with ConsenSys leading the charge. Those interested in learning more about the exciting developments taking place in this space are encouraged to purchase tickets at etherealsummit.com.

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