After finishing preparations, it was time for Max Kordek, Oliver Beddows and Thomas to pack their bags and attend Consensus 2017 and Tokensummit 2017 in the heart of New York City. Consensus 2017 featured several keynotes and panel discussions throughout the day, addressing most opportunities and challenges in the blockchain space today. Topics ranged from privacy to regulation and from governance to healthcare. Following I will highlight a few topics of interest.
Several healthcare companies are planning to integrate Blockchain technology to improve their database systems. One of the discussion panels elaborated on the challenges the healthcare industry faces like how complicated it is to give people more control over their personal data. Debbie Bucci from the US Department of Health and Human Service summarised the health care discussion in one sentence:
Consumers don’t really know the power of owning their own information.
Most value for Lisk was generated by its exposure on the conference floor and our ability to network with industry peers. In the evening we attended networking events including a dinner organised by our legal firm MME. Here we met people from the Blockchain space such as Guy Benartzi. During the dinner he pitched us the interesting concept behind his Bancor Protocol.
Throughout the week, Max introduced Oliver and Thomas to his network and friends from the space he met over the years. This included the people of our own PR agency Wachsman, based in New York City. We distributed and collected lots of merchandise, pitched the Lisk project and shook an incredible amount of hands with interesting people. Among those Warren Anderson (Ripple), Paige Peterson (Zcash), Etham Buchman (Cosmos), Patrick Dai (Qtum), Vasiliy Ivanov (SONM), Eyal Hertzog (Bancor) and Vitas Civilis (Mysterium). Since it was clear that we were representing Lisk, it was easier for people to approach us. A great number of new people showed their interest in Lisk by raising questions or asking for our advice. The result? A suitcase full of business cards, more investors and a growing Lisk fan base.