Crypto and Consumers: A 2019 SXSW PanelPicker Proposal by Inverse

A SXSW Panel by Inverse

by James Dennin

Bitcoin’s many bubbles have been covered exhaustively from the highs to the lows to the million dollar thumb drives lost in public landfills. But what hasn’t been as exhaustively covered is whether or not the decentralized revolution has started to have a meaningful impact on the lives of large numbers of consumers and investors. Inverse’s 2019 SXSW PanelPicker proposal will hopefully help change that.

On one hand, not a lot of people seem to have actually bought into the hype. A July poll from Gallup estimated that only 2 percent of people with $10,000 or more in investments owned any bitcoin at all.

And yet, experts like Campbell Harvey, a professor at Duke who was one of the first academics to develop a course about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, tell Inverse that assessments like this miss the point. The true promise for decentralized currencies lies outside the United States, which is where the crypto community’s innovation will really take flight.

Next year at SXSW, join Inverse for what promises to be one of the festival’s most dynamic and diverse panels to dive honestly into crypto and the blockchain’s impact on consumers.

We’ll be joined by Professor Harvey; Jesse Lund, the Blockchain and Digital Currencies lead at IBM; and Taylor Monahan, founder and CEO of MyCrypto. This group of industry leaders will be moderated by Leigh Cuen, a reporter at CoinDesk the leading industry outlet covering crypto and the blockchain.

If you’re interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies and their impact on consumers, please upvote our panel in the SXSW Panel Picker, and consider leaving a comment about why the panel should be selected. You can check out Inverse‘s other SXSW panels here.