Following on the heels of last week’s American Banker conference, the inaugural Keynote 2015 echoed many of that event’s larger themes, emphasizing the blockchain as a potentially universal solution for a variety of use cases beyond payments.
On the talking block at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles were trends such as the role of the distributed ledger in identity and security as well as its implications for consumer protection given that the technology could come to replace traditional third parties.
Overall, Keynote succeeded at providing insight into this variety of viewpoints and voices, even if many didn’t express them in direct conversation on stage. For example, among the presenters were Swarm community manager Caterina Rindi and Silvio Tavares, CEO of the credit card industry group the CardLinx Association, who spoke about distributed ledgers from the viewpoints of innovators and incumbents, respectively.
Keynote 2015 chairman Moe Levin perhaps best expressed the desired and ultimate outcome of the event in his opening address, remarking:
“Keynote is like inviting all your friends from different social circles to the same place, you hope they’re open to new ideas and