AUSTIN, Texas, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, CoinDesk, announced that its largest annual event, Consensus, will return to an in-person format and be held in Austin, Texas, for the first time in its seven-year history. Since 2015, Consensus has been recognized as the most influential event in cryptocurrency and blockchain. The conference will bring together thousands of attendees to hear from the most sought-after thought leaders and experience a wide range of keynotes, exclusive panels, workshops, and networking opportunities. The festival-style event will be held June 10th - 12th, 2022, with theAustin Convention Center as its hub, while other locations throughout the city will host a variety of additional programming from CoinDesk, the World Economic Forum, Coin Center, and other partner organizations.
The Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, said, "The future of cryptocurrency and blockchain is exciting, accelerating, and of the day. Every day this disruptive revolution becomes more and more mainstream. Austin, a city of early adopters where new and great ideas flourish, embraces this new world and is eager to 'welcome home' Consensus 2022."
Texas is becoming a magnet for the blockchain industry. In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbottsigned the Virtual Currency Bill recognizing the legal status of virtual currencies. The law amends Texas' Uniform Commercial Code to better adapt commercial law to blockchain and digital assets, formally define virtual currencies and offer individuals and businesses a legal environment for crypto investment.
CoinDesk CEO Kevin Worth said, "CoinDesk is thrilled to partner with the city of Austin for Consensus 2022 to deliver an exciting new iteration of an event that has, since 2015, set the global agenda for the future of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and money. This past year has seen crypto quickly become a part of our everyday lives, permeating into the financial, cultural, and social fabric through the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Consensus 2022 is the one place where developers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, academics, regulators, activists, and crypto-curious newcomers come to learn, network, exchange ideas, and interact with the most important technology since the internet. We appreciate the partnership with WEF and Coin Center and welcome any and all interested industry partners to get involved in the most influential event of the year."
CoinDesk Chief Content Officer Michael J. Casey said, "As the one 'big tent' event of the cryptocurrency and blockchain calendar, Consensus stirs conversations on all elements of the financial and economic transformation that this technology is driving. Whether you're interested in bitcoin mining, Ethereum 2.0, central bank digital currencies, DeFi, decentralized energy, smart supply chains, Web 3.0, or the intersection of NFTs, art, music, and media, we've got you covered. Now we're taking this framework to its next logical step, as we move to a more open programming model in a city that has perfected the art of the festival."
"We're excited to see the World Economic Forum's work on crypto come into focus at Consensus 2022," said Sheila Warren, Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. "As part of this leading crypto event, we'll be convening sessions around our newly formed Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator and addressing how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles intersect with crypto and blockchain technology."
On Friday, June 10th Coin Center will host their annual fundraising gala to bring industry leaders from the blockchain community together for an exclusive evening. "We are excited to continue the tradition by hosting the Coin Center Annual Dinner alongside Consensus 2022. This conference brings together the best and brightest of our community, and we are looking forward to hosting them once again at a special event in support of our policy advocacy mission," said Coin Center Executive Director Jerry Brito. The Coin Center Annual Dinner will be an independent event with separate ticketing, available at coincenter.org/dinner.
About CoinDesk: CoinDesk is the most influential, trusted platform for a growing global community engaged in the transformation of the financial system and the emerging crypto economy. Founded in May 2013, the CoinDesk platform provides millions of consumers interested in cryptocurrency assets and blockchain technology with news and insights, podcasts, live streaming TV shows, research reports, live events, and a toolkit of indexes, data, and analytics. CoinDesk hosts the annual Consensus summit event each May, the largest and most important forward-thinking U.S. gathering of stakeholders in the global crypto and blockchain ecosystem and the anchor event for Blockchain Week NYC. In 2013 CoinDesk created the original price reference rate known as the Bitcoin Price Index, which is widely sourced in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, and many other outlets. CoinDesk employs the largest group of world-class, independent journalists dedicated to covering the crypto and blockchain ecosystem. Based in New York City, CoinDesk has over 100 full-time employees around the world. In January 2021, CoinDesk purchased TradeBlock, the world's leading crypto index provider. More than $45 billion of investment products under management are benchmarked against the XBX bitcoin price, and billions of dollars in the monthly trading volume are quoted against them.
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