Speakers

Luis Cuende

CEO, Aragon One
Luis is the CEO of Aragon One, one of the teams working on the Aragon project. Luis has been into crypto since 2011, and loves how decentralized organizations can solve the world’s worst problems. Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. He cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. Prior to founding startups, he created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin.

Griff Green

Co-founder, Giveth & Aragon DAC
Community manager for TheDAO, led the cleanup effort for TheDAO Hack from every angle, co-founder of the White Hat Group and Giveth and leading the creation of the Aragon DAC, as well as advising DAppNode, 0KIMS (iden3), ETHSignals, Open Source Blockchain Explorers NOW! and many other groups within the Ethereum Community.

Jutta Steiner

Co-Founder and CEO, Parity Technologies
Dr Jutta Steiner is the co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, a blockchain technology company best known for Parity Ethereum, the most advanced Ethereum client. Previously, Jutta served as Chief of Security for the Ethereum Foundation and pioneered blockchain use in supply chains as Project Provenance co-founder.

Trent-McConaghy

Co-founder, BigchainDB
Trent McConaghy did AI research for two decades, including machine creativity and AI to help drive Moore's Law, via two startups (both acquired) and a PhD. Now he focuses on AI * blockchain, via Ocean to democratize AI data, and BigchainDB decentralized database. His hobbies include Token Engineering and advising governments on AI * blockchain

Santiago Siri

Founder, Democracy Earth Foundation
Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a Y Combinator backed non-profit building incorruptible digital governance technology; and the Partido de la Red (Peers Party), the first digital political party that ran for elections with candidates committed to people's will online. Partner of Bitex.la, a leading bitcoin exchange in Latin America. Published 'Hacktivismo' in 2015 with Random House. Member of the World Economic Forum since 2012. Awarded by MIT Technology Review and Singularity University. Co-founded Argentine Game Developers Association in 2002.

Joe Urgo

Co-Founder, District0x
Joe is a co-founder of district0x, a network of decentralized marketplaces and CEO at Sourcerers, a consultancy firm supporting leading Ethereum-based projects. Joe previously spent three years as an Operations Manager at Coinbase. Prior to Coinbase, he was a derivatives trader for Three Arrows Capital, an international hedge fund based in Singapore. Joe serves as an advisor at Status, Keep, SpankChain, Bloom, Witnet, Abacus, Access Network, LiquidX, Fabric Ventures, Republic, and Common Interest.

Lane Rettig

Independent Core Developer, Ewasm
Lane Rettig is an independent Ethereum core developer and a member of the Ewasm team, where he is helping build the execution engine for Ethereum 2.0 (the Shasper roadmap). He is also the founder of Crypto NYC, a Manhattan-based, blockchain-focused community and coworking space dedicated to making Web3 technology accessible to all humans.

Primavera De Filippi

Postdoctoral researcher, National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS)
Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.

Matt Lockyer

Founder, Soloblock Solutions
Matt Lockyer wrote the Ethereum ERC-998 standard for Composable Tokens and his work on Token Curated Registries (TCRs) has been published on a16z's crypto reading list. Matt founded and operates the NFTy Magicians - a group of over 300 blockchain developers - as a pendant to the Ethereum Foundation. He currently advises projects on their smart contract architecture and token engineering processes with a background in full stack development, computer science, UX research, public speaking and university lecturing.

Mario Laul

Researcher, Placeholder Ventures
Mario Laul works as a researcher for Placeholder, a New York venture capital firm investing in decentralized information networks, and for Beyond the Technological Revolution, a four-year research project led by Carlota Perez exploring the relationship between technology, finance, and public policy. Each fall, he teaches an introductory course on the sociology of culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, and is looking to combine the study of technology governance with a sociologically informed perspective on emerging forms of decentralized economic and social coordination.

Martin Köppelmann

CEO and Co-founder, Gnosis
Martin Köppelmann has been an entrepreneur in the blockchain space for more than 5 years. He is the CEO and co-founder of Gnosis, the decentralized Gnosis prediction market - one of the first decentralized application that went live on Ethereum in 2015 in an early verison.

Raine Revere

Co-founder, Maiden
Raine Revere is an engineer and educator in the Ethereum community who has spoken at blockchain events around the world. Raine is the Lead Architect of ShapeShift Prism and is the co-founder of Maiden, a company that delivers socially-aware blockchain education, cultural & leadership development, and diversity-powered blockchain consulting. As a therapist, teacher, and cryptocurrency engineer, Raine has the unique capacity to engage deeply with both the technical and social aspects of technology.

Aron Fischer

Governance Researcher, Colony
Aron Fischer received his PhD in mathematics from the City University of New York in 2015. He is working in the research arm of Colony: a platform for open organizations which seeks to enable new forms of decentralised organizations. The work involves a careful balancing of what is desirable in terms of governance and what is possible given the technical limitations of the Ethereum blockchain.

María Gómez

Ecosystem Development, Aragon One
María Gómez is a former corporate lawyer. She worked several years in the M&A and corporate finance practice. Currently she works on ecosystem development for Aragon.one, one of the teams working for the Aragon project.

Evan Van Ness

Founder & Editor, Week in Ethereum News
Evan Van Ness is the founder and editor of WeekInEthereum.com and a member of ConsenSys. As a Texan, decentralization is in his blood.

Jordi Baylina

Tech Lead, Iden3
Jordi is one of the strongest Solidity developers in the world and a high impact contributor in the Ethereum community. He is a co-founder of the White Hat Group, which played a major role in rescuing funds from TheDAO and Parity Multisig Hacks, author of the MiniMe token contract, the elliptic curves Solidity library as well as numerous other established contracts in the Ethereum space. Well respected auditor, most notably leading teams to audit the MakerDAO Stable Coin system and Aragon project. Founder of the donation platform Giveth, DAppNode and Iden3.

Will Warren

Co-founder and CEO, 0x
Will Warren is Co-founder and CEO at 0x which is developing public infrastructure for peer-to-peer exchange on the Ethereum blockchain. After receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego, Will worked as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducting applied physics research. Will spent two years in UC San Diego's Structural Engineering doctoral program before dropping out to pursue an interest in Ethereum full time.

Jouni Helminen

Head of Design, Aragon One
Jouni has been designing for web and mobile for over 16 years in Finland, London and Asia. In addition to consulting in tech and finance, he has lately focused on open source - Ubuntu, redesign of Riot.im and of course Aragon. With Aragon his focus is designing the platform from human centred point of view - easy to use and accessible for anyone. Jouni is also working on Lorikeet - a design system for the decentralised web, used by Aragon and other leading Dapp projects.

Kenny Rowe

Vice President, RChain Cooperative
Kenny is an entrepreneur who brings a focus on governance, community building and collaboration to projects across the blockchain industry. Currently, he serves as Vice President of RChain Cooperative. Formerly he worked as head of operations at MakerDAO as well as a senior consultant at CoinFund. Kenny founded the Seattle Ethereum Meetup group and previously spent eight years working in e-commerce for Newell Brands in various management roles.

Laura Kalbag

Author, Accessibility for Everyone
Laura Kalbag is a designer from the UK, and author of Accessibility For Everyone from A Book Apart. She’s co-founder of Ind.ie, a tiny two-person not-for-profit working for social justice in the digital networked age. At Ind.ie, Laura works on Better Blocker, a privacy tool that protects you from being tracked on the Web, and on initiatives to create a federated personal web where everyone owns and controls their own piece of the internet.

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares
Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, the leading digital asset manager, and a cryptocurrency investor, advisor, and advocate, with a unique blend of experience in both legacy & blockchain-based finance and cryptocurrencies. On the legacy finance front, Ms. Demirors worked with some of the largest companies in the world, mainly on financial risk management and capital efficiency. On the blockchain-based finance side, she has had an intense focus on portfolio management and network development. She invests in cryptocurrency and blockchain focused companies and projects via her invest firm, Shiny Pony Ventures and lectures at the MIT Media Lab and Oxford.

Yalda Mousavinia

Co-founder, Space Cooperative
Yalda Mousavinia is a co-founder of Space Cooperative, a worker-owned aerospace cooperative, which is the original organization spearheading the establishment of Space Decentral, a DAO for creating a global space agency. She and other members of the Space Decentral community were awarded an Aragon Nest grant to develop a Planning Suite for DAOs and she is the lead product manager and UX designer. Prior to Space Cooperative, Yalda designed solutions for Oracle's Enterprise Resource Planning cloud software suite. Her career as a product manager and designer for software companies spans over 10 years.

Yondon Fu

Software Engineer & Researcher, Livepeer
Yondon Fu is a software engineer and researcher at Livepeer which is developing public decentralized video streaming infrastructure that helps developers scale video enabled applications. Previously, he worked on decentralized funding mechanisms for sustainable open source software as a part of his senior undergraduate thesis.

Alison Berreman

Assistant Editor, ETHNews
Alison Berreman is the assistant editor at ETHNews. She has a background in social work, and a master’s in rhetoric and composition studies from the University of Wyoming.

Christoph Jentzsch

Co-founder & CEO, Slock.it
Christoph’s background is in theoretical physics, where he developed optimized software solutions for high performance computing on specialized hardware. Christoph has been part of the Ethereum project since 2014 as Lead Tester, securing and shaping the core protocol while working on the backend of the C++ client. End of 2015 he co-founded Slock.it, working on the decentralized sharing economy through the connection of Blockchain and IoT as well as TheDAO.

Jacob Arluck

Researcher, Tezos
Jacob works on governance research for Tezos. He is most interested in improving blockchain governance to facilitate coordination and acquire the scalability necessary for widespread adoption.

Samer Hassan

Researcher and Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Samer Hassan is an activist and researcher, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (Harvard University) and Associate Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Focused on decentralized collaboration, he was awarded with a 1.5M€ ERC grant, the largest individual research grant in the EU, to build blockchain-based, democratic and economically sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy (the 'P2P Models' project)

Stefano Bernardi

Director, Aragon Association
Stefano has been interested in the crypto and decentralized organizations space since 2011. He is also a co-founder and advisor for Semantic Ventures, an early stage European venture fund focusing on decentralized computing.In his spare time, he writes Token Economy, a leading crypto newsletter and organizes Unplug.vc retreats, bringing people to the mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

Taylor Monahan

Founder & CEO, MyCrypto
Taylor Monahan is the founder & CEO of MyCrypto, an open-source, non-custodial wallet solution. Previously she founded MyEtherWallet. She is dedicated to making the blockchain safer and easier to access for everyone.

Jorge Izquierdo

CTO, Aragon One
Jorge is a co-founder of the Aragon Project and currently is the CTO of Aragon One, mostly focused on technology research. Before Aragon, Jorge was a mobile app developer and a tinkerer with any interesting tech he would learn of.

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Speaker applications are now closed

Thanks to everyone who applied to speak at AraCon 2019. We are now reviewing all submissions. If you are selected to speak you will be notified by November 19th 2018.