Event Schedule

ICO Forward NYC Summit
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00AM - 9:00PM

404 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001, USA

Although we've taken every precaution to ensure accuracy, events and times are subject to change without notice.


9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcoming Reception

Badges issued to guests
Complimentary Breakfast and Coffee provided

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Seating begins

Ushering services provided

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Ian Balina

Ian Balina

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Investor, Advisor & Influencer

  • Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Street, INC and Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Former Analytics Evangelist at IBM
  • Leads a global cryptocurrency investor syndicate that invests $100,000 to $3 million in promising blockchain startup’s token sales

Data Analysis and Investing in ICOs

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Fireside Chat: Oleg Ivanov with Mikhail Lapushner

Mikhail Lapushner

Founder & CEO of MLP Advisors

  • Partner at Halo Venture Partners
  • Founder and former CEO of OneBeat
  • Former VP of Oppenheimer & Co

Presented by

Jaroslav Kacina (CEO of SophiaTX)
Alexy Burdyko (Founder & CEO of Play2Live)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Protecting the Internet Using Blockchain
Presented by

Max Niebylski (CEO & Founder)
Alex Godwin (CTO & Co-Founder)
Marcelo McAndrew (COO & Co-Founder)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker: Matt McKibbin

Matt McKibbin

Founder of Decentranet

  • Expert in decentralization
  • Bitcoin Baron
  • Currently tokenizing a Zone for Employment and Economic Development

Enabling New Jurisdictions, Political Decentralization & Startup Societies

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM


12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

Fireside Chat: Matt Hagger & Michael Gold

Matt Hagger

President of E-Man Labs Worldwide

  • Co-Founder of Doppels, a Silicon Beach social gifting platform
  • At age 21, created and raised $500,000 for Net Sorcerer, the first real-time desktop news alerts platform in the UK
  • Product Strategy Advisor to VIMarket, an ICO Forward-attending company

Michael Gold

Co-founder & CEO of Holojam

  • Oversees development of patented 3D visual effects software used in AR/VR prototyping and production.
  • Entrepreneur in Residence at NYU's Future Reality Lab
  • Featured at Sundance, SXSW, FoST, SIGGRAPH and Art Basel
Moderated by: Lynne D. Johnson

Lynne D. Johnson

Digital Marketer, Tech Evangelist, Storyteller

  • Contributor at Black Enterprise Magazine and MediaVillage
  • Former Director of Digital and Social Media Strategy at Waggener Edstrom
  • Former Senior Editor and Community Director at Fast Company

Convergence — The Perfect Storm
Crypto and VR: Two Emerging Industries That Intersect

12:35 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Speaker: Dan Bates (President & CEO of Impact PPA)

Social Impact and the Blockchain

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Speaker: Peter Klein

Peter Klein

CEO of Educated Change

  • Expert in deep learning
  • Partner at Duke University Corporate Executive Educational Program
  • Educated Change was named a 2016 winner of Top 100 Companies in Europe

The Art of Pre-suasion in the ICO Market & Advanced Marketing

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


Networking Opportunity

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Nick Morgan & R. Scott Forston

Nick Morgan

Partner & Securities Lawyer at Paul Hastings

  • Expert on SEC and FINRA investigations and litigations
  • Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law Board of Governors Member

R. Scott Forston

Global Head of Regulatory Compliance at S&P Global

  • Expert in international financial regulation
  • Director of the Board of Trustees for Global Association of Risk Professionals
  • Associate at Columbia University

Regulation of ICO Markets

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Dan Doney

Dan Doney

CEO of Securency

  • Expert in Innovation
  • The First Chief Innovation Officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency
  • Officer of a Nuclear Submarine
& Xavier Hawk

Xavier Hawk

CEO of Phireon Capital

  • Expert in blockchain
  • Negotiated a blockchain currency for a nation
  • Created the member-owned blockchain cooperative corporation

Moderated by: Shaun Newsum

The Power of Blockchain/DLT and Its Importance & Relevance to Compliance

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM


3:10 - 3:40 PM

Speaker: Robert MacInnis

Robert MacInnis

Founder & CEO of AetherWorks

  • Co-Founder of ActiveAether and AetherStore
  • Distributed systems expert with several patents in the field
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of St. Andrews

The Computing Potential Made Available by the Blockchain

3:40 PM - 3:55 PM

Using the Blockchain to Incentivize GREEN Energy

Presented by

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Fireside Chat: Renata George & Rik Willard
Moderated by: David Drake

Renata George

Managing Director at Zenmen

  • Expert in Venture Capital Investing
  • Advisory Board Member at 500 Startups Fund
  • Rated one of the top women in venture capital by Forbes

Rik Willard

Founder & Managing Director at Agentic Group

  • Co-Founding Member of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society
  • Acting CEO of Global Blockchain Technologies
  • Founder of the World's First Digital Currency/Blockchain Think Tank
  • Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association
  • Featured speaker for Harvard Business School, Kaufmann Institute, CNN and CNBC
  • Advisor to multi-million dollar ITOs

David Drake

Chairman of LDJ Capital

  • Expert in Investing and developing organizations
  • Board Advisor of a BlockChain global supply chain innovator
  • Invited to White House Champion of Change Ceremony

VC's, Healthy Startups and the ICO Market

4:25 PM -4:40 PM


4:40 PM - 4:55 PM

Speaker: Joe McKinney

Using an ICO, Startup Societies and Special Economic Zones to Rebuild Puerto Rico

4:55 PM - 5:10 PM

Speaker: Dan Doney

Dan Doney

CEO of Securency

  • Expert in Innovation
  • The First Chief Innovation Officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency
  • Officer of a Nuclear Submarine

Using the Blockchain to Innovate Assets Trading

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM


5:20 PM - 5:50 PM

Speaker: David Mondrus

David Mondrus

CEO of Trive

  • 20-year veteran of the NYC dotCom startup scene
  • Former CEO of Blockchain Factory
  • Contributed to many blockchain projects including CryptoWerks, ND Coin and Bitzme.com

How the Blockchain Can Break Fake News

5:50 PM - 6:20 PM

Fireside Chat: E. David Ellington, Mikhail Lapushner & Emmie Chang

Emmie Chang

CEO of SuperBloom Network

  • Founded a Y-Combinator backed ed-tech company that served tens of thousands of users
  • Bootstrapped two ed-tech companies to multi-million dollar revenues
  • Holds a B.S.E.E. from Rice University and an MBA from University of Texas McCombs

R. D. Titus

Founder of Prompt.ly

  • Expert in product development
  • Customer experience lead for Samsung
  • Advisor and investor for some of the most innovative Blockchain Companies

E. David Ellington

Managing Partner at Emory Capital Group

  • Expert in Institutional, private equity and venture capital investing
  • Former President of Gridspeak Corporation
  • Former Board Chair & Investment Committee Chair, San Francisco Retirement Board (US$20B; 6 years)
Moderated by: Richard Titus

An Educated Conversation on ICO's
(Q&A session)

6:20 PM - 6:30 PM


6:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Speaker: Xavier Hawk

Xavier Hawk

CEO of Phireon Capital

  • Expert in blockchain
  • Negotiated a blockchain currency for a nation
  • Created the member-owned blockchain cooperative corporation

Using the Blockchain to Make a Better Life for Everyone

6:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Speaker: John Wise (Founder & CEO of Loci.io)

Intellectual Property and the Blockchain

7:15 - 7:35 PM

Special Feature Entertainment:

Gregory Wilson, Professional Pickpocket

Gregory Wilson

Professional Pickpocket

    Armed and humorous, Greg earns his laughs and his living on stage with pick-pocketing, card-sharking, street-swindling and mental manipulation. Fast on his feet and quick with his wit, his signature is to make you laugh so hard you never notice your missing watch and wallet. But since he is the “Honest Con Man,” after he steals your stuff he gives it all back — most of the time.

    Learn more about the "Man of Steal" at GregoryWilson.com

7:35 - 9:05 PM

Networking Cocktail Hour

Featuring Gourmet Snacks and Live Close-Up Magic Performances by Gregory Wilson

to our partners, leaders and esteemed guests:
We are deeply grateful for your presence and support.

Here's to a revolutionary future.

— The ICO Forward Team