Blockchain Technology Meets Expertise in Miami

Blockchain Shift is a one-of-a-kind event in the world of blockchain. Our core mission is to raise awareness and educate the world on the power of this transformative technology.
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Blockchain Shift will welcome a diverse group of distinguished thought leaders and experts, including crypto and institutional investors, bankers, attorneys, government officials, service providers, as well as representatives of blockchain architected startups, projects working on tokenizing real assets (such as real estate, music and art), as well as valuable enterprise companies for an unparalleled series of discussions and networking opportunities.

Blockchain technology brings a fundamental change in the approach to how companies conduct business and will forever alter industries globally. With thousands of applications, it promises a tectonic shift in technology development and our daily lives.

We are committed to curating unforgettable interactions that harness the collective power of our tech community, educate future industry leaders, support open dialogue with government officials, inspire entrepreneurs and advocate for a decentralized and transparent society.

  • Distributed ledger technology represents a major paradigm shift in how companies conduct their business. This revolutionary technology is poised to have a major impact on various industries across the globe.

  • Blockchain Shift℠ will address this head-on by bringing together everyone from government officials, institutional investors, blockchain startups working on tokenizing real assets, enterprises implementing blockchain, bankers, attorneys, to Broker-Dealers, regulators, students, professors, artists and various service providers for an unparalleled series of discussions and interactions.

  • Perspectives on Blockchain and the Hedge Fund Industry

  • The Rise of Crypto Hedge Funds – Alpha Unbounded

  • Impact of the Blockchain & Virtual Currencies on Trading Markets

  • How will the Blockchain Impact Wall Street?

  • Banking the Un-bankable with Blockchain: Banking Paradigm Revolution

  • Blockchain Investing and How to Invest in Blockchain Ventures

  • How to Avoid Fraud Claims: Common Defenses to Securities Fraud Charges

  • The Modern Caribbean – Tokenizing the Islands

  • The Future of Blockchain Initiatives in Florida

  • What

    Incorporating Blockchain and cryptocurrencies into business, institutions, and beyond.

  • Where

    Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

  • When

    Thursday, October 11th to Friday, October 12th
    (With private investor event happening October 10th in the evening)
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We’re thrilled to have confirmed an array of top-tier speakers.

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We’ve confirmed senior leadership from global organizations who will discuss an array of diverse topics related to blockchain. The main stage and exhibitor space will feature keynote addresses, top-tier panel discussions, and fireside chats.

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7:30am | Registration Opens

7:30am - 9:00am | Breakfast – Exhibits Open

9:00am - 9:10am | Chairperson Opening Remarks
Daniel G. Viola - Blockchain Shift Founder

9:10am - 9:35am |A Safe Place to Innovate
Christopher Ferris
IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Open Technology
IBM Digital Business Group, Open Technologies
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9:35am - 9:55am | Keynote Address – An Early Investor Perspective: Are Blockchains and ICOs Here to Stay?

In this talk, Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner of blockchain focused VC firm Future\Perfect Ventures, will talk about the evolution of startups in the space, the proliferation of ICOs and where she sees future investment opportunities in the sector.

Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures

9:55am - 10:15am | Perspectives on Blockchain and the Hedge Fund Industry
Anthony Scaramucci, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SkyBridge Capital

10:15am - 10:45am | Morning Networking Break

10:45am - 11:25am | The Rise of Crypto Hedge Funds – Alpha Unbounded

Jon Najarian, Investitute and CNBC Commentator

James Andrew, Omega One
Paul Brodsky, Partner, Pantera Capital
Jake Brukhman, Managing Director & CEO, CoinFund
Kenneth Goodman, Co-Founder, Altcoin Advisors
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11:30am - 12:05pm | The Impact of Virtual Currencies on Trading Markets – Volatility Extreme

Olga Kokareva, Director of Business Development, Quantstellation

John D’Agostino, Managing Director, DMS Governance
James Haft, Co-Founder, CryptoOracle
Alexander Kravets, Co-Founder and CEO, XTRD
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12:10pm - 12:50pm | Lunch

12:50pm - 1:10pm | Chris Bertish, Impossible

1:10pm - 1:45pm | Regulatory Update - What's New at the SEC, FINRA, FinCEN, CIMA and the CFTC

Joel S. Telpner, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Andrew (Andy) B. Busch, Chief Market Intelligence Officer, Office of the Chairman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (INVITED not confirmed yet)
Andrew (Andy) B. Busch, Chief Market Intelligence Officer, Office of the Chairman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Dmitry Chesnokov, Assistant Director – Supervisory Attorney and Senior Technology Officer, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Matthew Taber, Partner, Harney Westwood & Riegels
Daniel G. Viola, Partner, Sadis & Goldberg LLP

Panel will discuss cybersecurity risk, valuation challenges, AML/KYC requirements, current regulatory requirements and the inherent strengths and weakness of crypto currencies in general.

1:45pm - 2:20pm | How Blockchain is Impacting Retail Banking, Credit and Lending

John Siracusa, Bank on it Podcast

Satya Bajpai, Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, JMP Securities
Gregory Keough, Chief Executive Officer, Finova Financial & Founder/Chairman, Institute for Blockchain Innovation
Alexander Lopatine, Park Capital & Executive Chairman, Blockchain Shift
Jeff Reed, CEO, AccuPlan/AccuBITZ
Banking experts explore how blockchain will disrupt the banking sector including insights into the retail banking, credit and lending and un-bankable segments of the business.

2:25pm - 3:00pm | Blockchain’s Impact on Wall Street – The Efficient and Compliant Frontier

Ralph Daiuto, Jr., COO & General Counsel, tZERO

Hear how tZero is leading the way in blockchain capital markets innovation by creating a platform for trading security tokens in an easy and regulatory-compliant manner.

3:00pm - 3:30pm | Afternoon Refreshment Break + Meditation Session

3:30pm - 4:05pm | Cryptocurrency Trading – The Current and Future Landscape of the Crypto World – Who Will Survive and Where Will Prices be at the End of the Year?

Bartt Kellermann, CEO and Founder, Global Capital Acquisition

Elie Galam, Chief Investment Officer, Eastmore Group
Mickael Salabi, Founder, CEO and Fund Manager, Tokenpot Capital Management
Alex Sunnarborg, Founding Partner, Tetras Capital
Bradley Rotter, Co-Founder, Board of Director at Entanglement Institute & Vice Chair, Rivetz

4:05pm - 4:30pm |How to Avoid Fraud Claims for Blockchain Issuers – Common Defenses to Securities Fraud Charges

Matthew E. Kohen, General Counsel, 8base

Derelle Janey, Partner, Gottlieb & Janey
Joseph Tacopina, Attorney at Law, Tacopina & Siegel
• Strategies to protect yourself as an issuer given the regulatory landscape
• Disclaimer best practices
• How omissions play a role in allegations – from both a civil and criminal perspective

4:30pm - 5:00pm | Blockchain in Paradise

Rhonda Eldridge, Founder, Harness All Possibilities (HAP)

Learn how the Bahamas is becoming a leader in the Blockchain community. A model for other governments.

5:00pm - 5:25pm | Lending and the Blockchain

Maurice Berkower, Managing Principal, Berkower LLC

Kenneth Goodman, Co-Founder, Altcoin Advisors
Cynthia Pedersen, Manager, Tax Advisory Services, Cohen & Company
Zac Prince, Founder & CEO, BlockFi

• Is there any guidance from the IRS regarding lending in cryptocurrency?
• How are we seeing lending in cryptocurrency structures? (e.g. P2P, over exchanges, how are funds getting involved)
• What are the risks involved from a tax perspective? (sale and by-back v. loan)

5:25pm - 5:45pm | Closing Keynote - Rise of the Initial Coin Offering
Nick Spanos, CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp. &

Zap represents an entirely new speculative data market where not only are individuals able to make money from having valuable data they can also make money by speculating on the data of others being valuable in the future through the utility of bonding curves based on the research of Simon De la rouvier. Bonding curves and curation markets create an economic incentive for data to remain honest and maintained throughout its utility. This same economic incentive of honest data provides an opportunity for a new market with unlimited potential.

5:45pm - 7:00pm | Cocktails and Art Exhibits

7:00pm - 11:00pm | Day 1 After Party / Entertainment

1:00pm | Stage Opens

1:00pm - 1:30pm | Cyber Security Challenges and Innovations

Yuda Saydun, President, CyVent

Simon Librati, CEO, World Trade Financial Group

1:30pm - 2:00pm | Digital Security Spotlight

2:00pm - 2:30pm | A Global Look at Blockchain: Everything Malta and Much More – A Safe Haven for Exchanges?

2:45pm - 5:30pm | Hall of Fame of Entrepreneurial Blockchain Pitches – Pitch Competition
A series of 15-minute pitches, only for Blockchain Issuers and interested investors.

Investor Introduction featuring:
Barry Dorfman, Founder and President, BLD Holdings Inc.
Adi Divgi, President and CIO, EA Global

5:30pm | Stage Closes

8:00am - 9:45am | Breakfast / Exhibits Open

9:40am - 9:45am | General Session Day 2 Kick-Off + Chairman’s Recap of Day 1

9:45am - 10:45am | The Role of Government in Blockchain in Florida / Fireside Chat with Government and Policy Leaders

9:45am – 10:00am
Keynote Address by State of Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera

10:00am – 10:45am
Fireside Chat with Political and Business Leaders

Mike Valdés-Fauli, CEO Pinta

Honorable Francis Suarez, Mayor of the City of Miami
Honorable Raul Valdes-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables

10:45am - 11:15am | Tokenization of Real Estate Assets: Blockchain and Smart Contracts are Opening Up a New Market

Donna Redel

Young Kwon, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Apollo Global Management
Moishe Mana, Businessman and Entrepreneur

11:15am - 11:45am | Women in Blockchain- Leaders of the Blockchain Paving the Way for Gender Diversification

Adam Mastrelli, Blockchain Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM

René Bostic, Technical Vice President of Innovation and Technologies, IBM Cloud, Worldwide
Laura Loughran, Product Manager , IBM Blockchain
Carolyn Rogers, Blockchain Offering Manager, IBM Blockchain

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11:45am - 12:15pm | Leaders of the Blockchain Paving the Way for Inclusion

Alexander Golding, CEO, Helped Hope

Jeremy Gardner, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ausum Ventures

12:15pm - 12:45pm | Blockchain Shift Pitch Competition – Finalist Presentations

12:45pm - 1:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm - 2:05pm | Institutional Investment Mining Panel

Oleg Flaksman, CEO, Blockchain Consultants

David Granzotti, Guidant
Eli Rouimi, CEO, Ero Crypto Mining /
Eli Rouimi, CEO, idmoney
Matthew Tunney, CEO, TB Sunridge
Ben Young, Georgetown Public Affairs LLC

2:05pm - 2:40pm | Operational Due Diligence for Crypto Funds

Dan Smith, President, Trident Fund Services, Inc.

Simonne Hurse, VP Marketing & PR Communications, Satis Group

Scott Army, Founder & CEO, Vision Hill Advisors
Will Coleman, Director of Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company
Matthew Nitschke, Managing Partner, Mosaic Partners

2:40pm - 3:10pm | How to Raise Capital for Blockchain Issuers and Crypto Funds
FINRA Registered Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

Simonne Hurse, VP Marketing & PR Communications, Satis Group

Paul Eckel, Founder, Crypto Emerging Manager
Andreea Porcelli , CEO, Swiss Growth Forum, TheCoinBoost
Brian Stutman, President, Castle Hill Capital Partners, Inc.

3:10pm - 3:40pm | Afternoon Break

3:40pm - 4:10pm | Marketing Your Token Offering
The Power of an Experienced Advisory Board

Jenny Vatrenko, Co-Founder and COO, Oath Protocol

Adryenn Ashley, Blockchain Influencer and TV Host
Karim Babay, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Intrinsic Value Investment Partners (IVIP)
Christian Ferri, President and CEO, BlockStar
Wendy Lee, Blockchain & Technology Startup Advisor; Former Chief Legal Officer of (EOS)

4:10pm - 4:50pm | Security Tokens – The Keys to Investing in Compliant Tokens

Rita Golub, Co-Founder, Top Ledger Consulting

Nelson Chu, CEO, Cadence
Carlos Domingo, Co-founder and CEO, Securitize
Katya Fisher, Partner, Fisher Cataliotti P.C.
Gregory Keough, Founder, Institute for Blockchain Innovation (IBI) &CEO, Finova Financial
Philipp Pieper, Co-Founder and CEO, Swarm Fund
George Sirignano, General Counsel, Old City Investment Partners

4:50pm to 5:10pm | Closing Keynote Speaker – Stay Tuned!

5:10pm | Conclusion of General Session

5:00pm - 7:30pm | Cocktails, Exhibit Networking and Art Sales

Exhibits to Close at 7:30pm

10:00pm - ??? | Night Shift Party

9:45am | Stage Opens

9:45am - 10:00am | Digital Transformation and The Blockchain

Albert Santalo, Founder & CEO, 8base

During this talk, serial entrepreneur and founder & CEO of 8base, Albert Santalo, will discuss modern companies' need to digitally transform in order to remain competitive. The talk will cover how companies are approaching digital transformation and adopting advanced technologies like blockchain in order to streamline business practices or provide a more enjoyable user experience for their customers.

10:00am - 10:30am | Payments and Blockchain Innovation

Nina Knox, Co-Founder, Top Ledger Consulting

Steven Sprague, CEO, Rivetz Corp
TBA - iCash

10:40am - 11:10am | Education Committee Innovation Panel – Mining Spotlight

Matthew Tunney, CEO, TB Sunridge

Oleg Flaksman, CEO, Blockchain Consultants
JP La Torre, Managing Member, Vulcan Mines
Sean Markert, BitBros
Andrés Romero, Nova Bit

11:20am - 11:50am | Art and the Blockchain – Controlling the Chain of Custody

Katya Fisher, Partner, Fisher Cataliotti P.C.

Noon - 12:30pm | Gun Safety Using the Blockchain

Derek Borek, Captain, Rhode Island State Police
David R. Paolo, President and CEO, G Media Studios Inc.

12:30pm - 1:10pm | Lunch Break

1:10pm - 1:30pm | IBM Featured Talk

1:30pm - 2:00pm | The New Generation of Blockchain Entrepreneurs
Top 5 to Watch Under 30

2:10pm - 2:45pm | Blockchain and Music

Panelists: Lauren Bissell, Founder/CEO, Immutable Industries & Vice President of Production, Live Alliance
Larry Dvoskin

2:55pm - 3:30pm | Blockchain and Movies

Adryenn Ashley, Blockchain Influencer and TV Host

3:30pm - 3:45pm | Afternoon Break

3:45pm - 4:15pm | Gambling, Gaming and Blockchain

Ed Tedeschi, Principal, KPMG

4:15pm - 5:00pm | Cannabis/CBD and Blockchain

Berna Barshay, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Viola Capital
Brian Young, CEO, CUVIA Labs

Geneviee Roch-Decter, CFA, CEO, Grit Capital

5:00pm | Stage Closes

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White Glove Experience

Let us become your personal resource in organizing your time with us. We will provide individual white-glove service to all of our participants at every step of your Blockchain Shift experience.

Forget about long lines at boring and old-fashioned registration stands and enjoy the talks given by our distinguished thought leaders in a curated environment free of distractions and unnecessary noise.

We provide an exclusive free digital concierge service to our attendees by Wysh to set up one-on-one networking opportunities and eliminate disorderly clamor of a typical blockchain conference.

Enjoy the main stage reserved for our keynotes speakers and panelists, as well as our Investor Lounge, a place for investors and entrepreneurs to unwind, network and possibly even secure business deals.

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Food & Wine

  • Gourmet Food Trucks

    Take a bite of our exquisite food bonanza and taste the best food Miami has to offer. Our gourmet food trucks will provide a variety of inclusive organic options for all of our attendees, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Seating Areas

    Our seating areas across the event provide an experience of comfort and leisure on par with what you may come across in a cozy speakeasy or a private screening room. We are here to make you feel at home and as part of a larger community.

  • Bottle Service

    We will offer concierge services within premium booths, as well as VIP bottle service for the Night Shift throughout the event.

  • High-End Coffee & Liquor

    Our wine and scotch bars are on par with what you may find in the best tasting rooms of wine countries and top distilleries, while the aroma of our coffee bars will take you to the heart of the world’s coffee-producing lands.

  • Our Gift

    Night Shift will provide attendees with a singular mix of business and pleasure, curating world-renowned DJs, top-shelf spirits, table service and an eclectic crowd of affluent attendees. We’re taking networking to a whole new level. Experience the Shift.

  • Superstar DJs

    There is always something going on on every given night in Miami. Its clubs and music scene welcome not only the die-hard party-goers but also those who normally shy away from after-dark activities. Miami’s nightlife and clubs will give Ibiza a run for its money and get even the most serious entrepreneurs and politicians dancing the night away.

  • Miami tastemakers & VIPs

    Miami after-dark life spells flavorful outfits and fashionable style icons, celebrities, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians all caught up in the whirlwind of color, fabric, fashion and entertainment. Its magical party scene is what many models, producers and creatives call home. Dive right in and feel at home just for one night.

  • The VIP Experience

    For a true party VIP experience, reserve the main or regular VIP tables with us and get a chance to see our DJs work their magic behind the scenes. Make it a party like no other and get once-in-a-lifetime celebrity treatment by letting us bring the party to you.



Blockchain Shift is an experiential event taking place in the FinTech hub of the Americas. Whether your are an attendee, or a company, this event is the unique opportunity for you to grow.

General Admission
(Early Bird)
Get a discount registering early.
Price goes up on Sept 15th.
Full Conference Pass to Both Days
Access to Main Exhibit Hall & Innovation Stage
General Networking
Thursday night party
Friday NIGHT SHIFT Ibiza Style Party
VIP Admission
(Early Bird)
Get an exclusive VIP event experience. Price goes up on Sept 15th.
VIP Conference Pass to Both Days
VIP Lounge Access (Take your networking to the next level)
VIP Food & Drinks (Includes food & drinks with waiter service)
Preferred VIP Seating in the Main Exhibit Hall & Innovation Stage
Personal Concierge for Appointment Setting & Lifestyle Requests
Thursday Night Party
VIP Access Friday NIGHT SHIFT Ibiza Style Party
(Starting at)
Get an opportunity to position your company as a leader.
Expo Booth Panel
All-Access Passes
and much more...


Innovation meets endless sunshine in Miami

The future belongs to Miami, an emerging hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Miami is a city of many faces and countless opportunities. It is a global destination for innovators, with unique access to Silicon Valley, New York, Latin America, Europe and Israel. Domestic and international businesses are proud to call Miami home.

Known for its exuberant lifestyle, vibrant diversity, famous nightlife, award-winning restaurants, a deep focus on health and wellness, as well as for affordable cost of living, pristine beaches and sunny skies year round, Miami also boasts an advantage that is hard to beat: no state income tax.

Miami is not only a launchpad for traditional industries such as banking but also a global stage for government officials who promote the advent of knowledge-based economy in the city. Miami is truly the blockchain and fintech hub of the Americas.

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Blockchain Shift has a fantastic lineup of featured speakers from across the US. As you attend our keynote addresses, panel discussions and fireside chats, you will be able to engage with the legends of blockchain industry who will talk about a variety of issues: from Security Token Offerings and government regulation, to the disruption of legacy institutions, the growth of blockchain-architected startups and the evolution of currencies.

Our exhibitor space will also provide excellent opportunities for networking, learning and engagement in a unique lounge style setup aimed at fostering an environment of collaboration and fun.



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*DISCLAIMER: Numbers above are only estimates and based on projections. Actual numbers are subject to change and reliance is not advised.