Consensus 2023, the coveted Web3 event from CoinDesk, is all set to kick off from April 26 to April 28. The largest and longest-running Web3 event in the world, the three-day event will bring the who’s who of the crypto and Web3 space under a single roof. Moreover, this year’s gathering is all the more special as CoinDesk is gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Now, Consensus 2023 has announced its first 100 speakers, including Yuga Labs CEO, Daniel Alegre; Animoca Brands’ Co-founder, Yat Siu; and Freedom of the Press Foundation’s president, Edward Snowden.
Here’s all you need to know about Consensus 2023, its confirmed speakers, and what you can expect this year:
What is Consensus 2023?
Started in 2015, Consensus is the leading annual crypto and blockchain event curated and produced by CoinDesk. From NFTs, Web3, and DeFi, to investing and the Metaverse and more, Consensus covers all the facets of the crypto industry. Every year, the event brings together developers, creators, policymakers, executives, and academics from different projects the world over.
In its 2022 edition, the event saw over 20,000 attendees from 112 countries alongside over 500 thought leaders and speakers. This year, Consensus 2023 will run from April 26 to April 28 in Austin, TX.
“The market turmoil and the collapse of key players such as FTX have created an opportunity for the industry commonly known as ‘crypto’ to reset its priorities, to advance innovation, and to set the technology on a path to having the meaningful impact it deserves,” said Michael Casey, CoinDesk’s Chief Content Officer. “As the ‘big tent’ event on the crypto calendar, Consensus is uniquely placed to facilitate this vital conversation as it brings together the many disparate groups with an interest in blockchain technology’s development.”
Who are the Consensus 2023 speakers?
As of now, CoinDesk has confirmed 140 speakers for Consensus 2023, announcing the first 100. Here are some of the coveted speakers of the event:
- Amanda Cassatt, CEO of Serotonin, President and CEO of Franklin Templeton
- Daniel Alegre, CEO of Yuga Labs
- Christy Goldsmith Romero, CFTC Commissioner
- Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Animoca Brands
- Illia Polosukhin, Co-Founder of NEAR Protocol
- Taylor Monahan, Builder at MetaMask
- Kevin Rose, CEO of PROOF Collective
- Edward Snowden, President, Freedom of the Press Foundation
- Richard Widmann, Head of Strategy for Web3 at Google Cloud
You can find the complete speaker list here.
Highlights of the event
The three-day Consensus 2023 spans over 10 stages, featuring workshops across crypto, blockchain, Web3, the metaverse, and AI. Attendees will also have numerous after-programming networking events, parties, live music, and experiential activations to participate in.
“The Gallery”, for example, will have creators, communities, brands and even sceptics discuss the possibilities of collectibles, art, and ownership. Meanwhile, Protocol Village will serve as a space for top chains and builders to showcase their projects. Ethereum, Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana, Cosmos, Avalanche, and more are participating. Some of the other highlights include intimate off-stage group discussions, networking dinners, invite-only dinners for top Web3 brands in Web3 and pitch competitions. A new multichain Web3athon, satellite events, and live music performances are also included.