CoinDesk’s inaugural conference took place at the TimesCenter in the heart of New York today, with over 500 guests in attendance.
Garrick Hileman, a CoinDesk analyst and economic historian at London School of Economics, kicked off the day’s sessions with an overview of the current state of bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Next was the day’s first panel, Trust, Permissions, Openness: The Future of Innovation on the Blockchain, moderated by Emin Gun Sirer of Cornell University and featuring Adam Ludwin, of Chain.com; Greg Maxwell of Blockstream; Bitcoin XT developer Mike Hearn of – joining via video link – and Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum.
The panellists explored the obstacles facing greater adoption and possible applications of blockchain technologies.
Buterin said he thought the blockchain space had diverged in the last couple of years and commented he had been “generally impressed” by institutional adoption in the last year.
Maxwell agreed, commenting:
“The amount of interest and excitement around cryptocurrencies and blockchain is tremendous but we are still using our training wheels, we are still learning.”
With regards to the possibility of being able to use one single multi-purpose blockchain, Hearn explained that the question being posed was based on a somewhat incorrect