25 to 26 January 2020

The Genesis Block Conference 2020

Celebrating the birth of cryptocurrency/blockchain technology

Location

Bengaluru, India

Celebrating the beginning of a revolution, Celebrating Bitcoin.

11 years ago, from a white paper, some mathematics and cryptography — an idea was born. An idea so powerful it has ignited a revolution. Come join us as we celebrate the birth of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology.

Not your regular "blockchain" event. This is India's first crypto-centric conference focussed on the road ahead for Bitcoin, scaling crypto adoption, building the next generation of applications and smart contracts on DeFi, lightning, plasma and how businesses can benefit building Decentralized applications on public blockchains.

Event Partners
  • wazirx
  • matic
  • Inblox
  • delta exchange
  • delta exchange
  • delta exchange
  • delta exchange

Media Partners

  • cointelegraph
  • coincrunch
  • ambcrypto
  • ambcrypto

“We have elected to put our money and faith in a mathematical framework that is free of politics and human error.”
Tyler Winklevoss

Co-inventor, Facebook

“I do think Bitcoin is the first [encrypted money] that has the potential to do something like change the world.”
Peter Thiel

Co-Founder, PayPal

Speakers

A popular saying: If you are the smartest person in the room, you need to be in different room. Our aim is to get you to network with the smartest individuals in the crypto space and contribute in building the future.

Nischal Shetty
Nischal Shetty
Co-founder & CEO, WazirX
Michael Nye
Host, What is Crypto Podcast
Mayank Senger
Senior Manager at ConsenSys India
Sandeep Nailwal
Co-founder & COO, Matic Network
Hartej Sawhney
CEO, Zokyo & Advisor, Casper Labs
Nitin Sharma
VC & Co-founder, Incrypt
Sathvik Vishwanath
Co-founder & CEO, Unocoin
Tanvi Ratna
Global Blockchain Policy Specialist
Liam Robertson
CEO, Alphabit Fund
Mason Borda
CEO, Tokensoft
Shantanu Sharma
Creator and Host, Hard Fork
Sunil Aggarwal
Author of "Bitcoin Magnet" book
Jaynti Kanani
Co-founder & CEO, Matic Network
Kartik Mandaville
Founder, Springworks
Pankaj Balani
Co-founder & CEO, Delta Exchange
Sumit Gupta
Co-founder & CEO, CoinDCX
Mayur Relekar
Co-founder & Product Head, Newfang

This space will be updated as and when speakers are announced.

Topics Covered

We have curated the most essential topics in the cryptocurrency/blockchain field.

Bitcoin bad, Blockchain good?

Due to this being one of the newest technologies of our generation, it's easy to fall prey to miscommunication. The primary emphasis is on clearing the air on what exactly blockchain is and how cryptocurrency & blockchains need to go hand in hand to build the next generation technologies.

Crypto for the global economy

You will get to understand what is crypto in general, the reason for it's volatility, the reason why it's the hottest technology today and it's impact on the global economy.

Lightning Network

It is a widely understood fact that blockchains themselves can't scale for payments at the rate we expect. Hence, we'll discuss 2nd layer solutions such as lightning network, plasma, sidechains for payments and smart contracts that interface with cryptocurrency blockchains.

Security

We'll go through certain security measures that individuals as well as companies need to take for their crypto/blockchain applications. You will understand what crypto private keys are and how each one of us can become a soverign individual by having control of our keys.

The smart contract future

Ethereum showed the world that blockchains can be used for much more than payments. We'll discuss what smart contracts are and how the future will be impacted. We'll deep dive into RSK, the smart contracting platform for bitcoin as well as ethereum based smart contracts.

Crypto regulations

We'll discuss the road forward and challenges for governments to regulate and adopt cryptocurrencies and discuss possible solutions to counter fraud & money-laundering.

DeFi

The advancement of blockchain smart contracts has given rise to Decentralised Finance (DeFi) technology. We'll explore the possible applications and how this can evolve our current financial industry from applications of insurance to lending etc.

Cross-blockchain communication

We'll discuss how different blockchains can communicate with each other using Cosmos and atomic swaps to make the crypto ecosystem inter-connected.

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Schedule

Event Topics
Time
Speaker
Room
Registration
09:00 - 17:00

Welcome address
10:00 - 10:15
Event Hall

Keynote address - What is bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchains?
10:15 - 11:00
Watch this space. Exciting speaker to be announced.
Event Hall

What the Binance acquisition of WazirX means for the Indian crypto ecosystem?
11:00 - 11:30
Nischal Shetty
Event Hall

How Indian crypto startups can work with the Govts. to enforce regulations
11:30 - 11:50
-
Event Hall


Fireside chat on the Indian crypto scene.
11:50 - 12:30
-
Event Hall


What is Facebook's Libra and it's global impact?
12:30 - 13:00
Michael Nye
Event Hall

Networking & Lunch
13:00-14:00

Cybersecurity in Blockchain applications
14:00 - 14:45
Hartej
Event Hall

Getting started with bitcoin's lightning network
14:00 - 14:45
-
Workshop Room

Panel discussion on India's young blockchain ecosystem
14:45 - 15:15
Nitin Sharma
Nischal Shetty
Sathvik Vishwanath
Sandeep Nailwal
Pankaj Balani
Event Hall

Introduction to Cosmos and Tendermint protocols
14:45 - 15:30
-
Workshop Room

How to make cryptocurrencies & blockchains more accessible and usable?
15:15 - 15:35
Michael Nye
Nischal Shetty
Sathvik Vishwanath
Tanvi Ratna
Event Hall

Crypto in the Gaming industry
15:35 - 16:00
Sandeep Nailwal
Event Hall

Introduction to Matic Network
15:30 - 16:00
Jaynti Kanani
Workshop Room

Snack Break
16:00-16:15

Women in Blockchain and Fintech Panel
16:15 - 16:45
Event Hall

Ethereum India Meetup Series
16:15 - 17:30
Workshop Room

The future of Fintech with Decentralised Finance (DeFi)
16:45 - 17:30
Nitin Sharma
Event Hall

Optimise the throughput and confirmation latency of POW public chains using Tree Graph
17:30 - 18:00
Dr. Fan Long
Event Hall

Networking and cutting Bitcoin's birthday cake.
18:00-19:00

Proof-of-networking clubbing Night at Skyye, UB City
20:00-23:30

The complete schedule will be released closer to the event.

Registration
09:00 - 17:00

Why people don't understand Blockchain despite understanding the same?
10:00 - 10:30
Sunil Aggarwal
Event Hall

Lending and Derivatives in Crypto Trading
10:30 - 11:15
Pankaj Balani
Event Hall

How enterprises have incorporated blockchains in business operations
11:15 - 11:45
Mayank Senger
Event Hall

Importance of Data Ownership
11:45 - 12:30
Michael Nye
Event Hall

Programming Ethereum Smart Contracts
11:45 - 12:30
Workshop Room

Panel on implementation of Decentralized Applications (DAPPs) after the hype phase
12:30 - 13:00
Hartej
Mayank Senger
Kartik Mandaville
Jaynti Kanani
Event Hall

Networking & Lunch
13:00-14:00

Why Stablecoins are here to stay
14:00 - 14:20
Event Hall

Panel on Bitcoin Halving: What to consider with the crypto sector leading up to this important event.
14:20 - 14:45
Nischal Shetty
Michael Nye
Sathvik Vishwanath
Shantanu Sharma
Event Hall

What is Bitcoin Mining?
14:20 - 14:40
Workshop Room

Panel on Crypto Exchanges: The uncertain future and regulation of exchanges based in India
14:45 - 15:15
Nischal Shetty
Pankaj Balani
Sathvik Vishwanath
Event Hall

Panel on Enterprises & Blockchain: How enterprises are making use of this technology and where is the next innovation coming from?
15:15 - 15:45
Tanvi Ratna
Mayank Senger
Sandeep Nailwal
Event Hall

The complete schedule will be released closer to the event.

Scheduled dates

25 to 26 January 2020 - Bengaluru, India

Tickets

Early Bird Developer Ticket
999

Limited tickets only for developers

2 day access

Lunch provided for first 2 days

Free access to crypto networking clubbing night for selected few developers.

Free coffee and cookies through out the event

Early Bird Full Ticket
1999

2 day access

Lunch provided for first 2 days

Access to India's first crypto networking clubbing night at Skyye, UB City with food and drinks (21 & above only).

Free coffee and cookies through out the event

Use code "earlybird" to get 25% discount.

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Conference Venue

We've partnered with CoWrks, one of India's largest coworking spaces to provide you the best possible event experience.


Cowrks Residency Road, Purva Premiere, Residency Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025


Main Event Hall

Majority of talks will be taken place in this hall along with a dedicated sponsorship kiosk area.

Workshop Room

Most technical talks and workshops will be held in this room.



CoWrks Residency Road

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    MG Road Metro Station: 2.5 kms away, Bangalore City Railway Station: 5 kms away, Airport: 35 kms away.
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    Gourmet dining centres, lifestyle lounges, chic cafes, nightlife hubs - all available in the vicinity.
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    Bengaluru’s Central Business District & upscale localities like MG Road and Richmond Road.

Proof-of-networking party

Bringing to you India's first ever crypto-themed party. We've partnered with the most prestigious rooftop club in Bangalore - Skyye, UB City. We are celebrating Bitcoin's birthday with a bang! Your ticket includes free entry, unlimited food and drinks so you can dance the night away with your fellow crypto folk.

Frequently asked questions

Have you always been curious about bitcoin and blockchain applications and wondered what's the hype about?

Are you blockchain developer and want to be brought up to speed on the best practices in the industry?

Do you essentially want to change the world and be a part of the most exciting technology since the Internet?

If your answer is YES to any of these questions, you are our target audience.

YES! You are building the future. None of this would ever be possible without you guys. You can buy a discounted ticket in the ticket section. However, do note that you have to share your github profile for validation while registering at the event venue.
WE DO NOT encourage any sort of questions like this. Please refrain from asking such questions to our speakers. This event is stricly focused on gaining knowledge and having fun while doing it. The prices are only a by-product of this technology. If you are attending this event to know about crypto price future, you will be dissapointed.
It's bitcoin's birthday! We are going to have a bash! We will cut an awesome bitcoin shaped cake (Hopefully our vendor can pull it off :D) and then go clubbing in the hottest club of bangalore - Skyye, UB City. You get unlimited food and drinks. Put on some fancy crypto wearables so we can get you on our photo albums.
Yes, Satoshi Nakamoto mined the genesis block or block #0 on Jan 3rd. However, that date is quite close to the beginning of the new year and most of you would have had a lot of plans around that time of the year.
We'd love to hear from you! Shoot an email to - genesis@saffronproject.io