Inside Consensus 2024: Crypto and the Vision of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Consensus 2024, the world's largest and most influential event in the blockchain and crypto space, recently concluded in Austin, Texas. Hosted by CoinDesk, this year's conference welcomed over 15,000 attendees, including industry leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and enthusiasts from around the globe. 

The event served as a platform for groundbreaking discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, covering a wide range of topics such as NFTs, DeFi, AI, the metaverse, and the future of digital assets. With nine separate stages dedicated to various aspects of the web3 ecosystem, Consensus 2024 offered a comprehensive exploration of the latest trends and innovations shaping the industry.

One of the highlights of the conference was the presence of high-profile figures like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a presidential candidate and vocal advocate for cryptocurrency. His on-stage panel discussion and press conference garnered significant attention, as he shared his vision for regulating digital assets and embracing blockchain technology as a hub for innovation.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Keynote

One of the most memorable moments at Consensus 2024 was the keynote address by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmental lawyer and maverick presidential candidate. His presence drew hundreds of additional attendees, including investors, media, and startups, all eager to hear his thoughts on cryptocurrency and the future of digital assets.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

During his fireside chat, Kennedy was asked about his thoughts on the Trump verdict. He commented,

"I think this is the weakest case people brought against him. My belief is that it will end up helping President Trump among a large part of the American public. I am not a fan of Trump's. I'm running against him on the basis that he ran up $8 trillion more than all presidents combined. He shut down a country after promising he was going to run America like a business. He embroiled our country in foreign wars. The division in our country is largely down to him and Biden, and it's not a good thing for our country."

Kennedy also spoke about the issues surrounding cryptocurrency and, in an early press conference, announced that he owned Bitcoin and had gifted the digital currency to his children. He emphasized the importance of transactional freedom, sovereignty over wallets, and transparency in currency. "We need to make sure America remains the hub of blockchain technology," he stated. "I'm going to make sure cryptocurrency is regulated in a way that protects customers from deceptive schemes. I purchased 21 bitcoins since I started this campaign. I also bought three coins for each of my kids."

Networking Events and Connections

Beyond the keynotes and panel discussions, Consensus 2024 provided ample opportunities for networking and forging meaningful connections within the web3 community. I attended various cocktail events, including the Inner Circle Multi-Chain Mixer and the Unstoppable VIP Partner Meetup, where I connected with industry leaders and media professionals to discuss the latest trends and innovations.

During the event, I had in-depth discussions with Krystyna, the new CMO at Cookie Tree, and Domenic Carosa from Hivello, who provided valuable insights into DePIN, a decentralized protocol for incentivized networking. I also had the pleasure of catching up with former podcast guests like Sansy Carter from Unstoppable Domains, the influencer Crypto Megan, and Jeff Kauffman from the JUMP community. Attending Jeff's breakfast event was a highlight, as it fostered a sense of community and camaraderie.

Key Takeaways and the Road Ahead

As Consensus 2024 drew to a close, several key themes and insights emerged, shaping the future trajectory of the web3 ecosystem. One of the most prominent discussions centered around the regulation of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s presence and his stance on regulating the industry in a customer-centric manner resonated with many attendees.

Kennedy's emphasis on transactional freedom, wallet sovereignty, and transparency in currency highlighted the need for a balanced regulatory approach that fosters innovation while protecting consumers. His personal investment in Bitcoin and gifting it to his children further underscored his belief in the potential of digital assets.

Innovations in Blockchain and AI

Beyond regulation, the conference showcased numerous innovations in blockchain technology and its convergence with artificial intelligence (AI). Discussions around decentralized protocols, such as DePIN, which incentivizes networking through blockchain, demonstrated the potential for disrupting traditional models.

The integration of AI and blockchain was a hot topic, with experts exploring how these technologies can enhance transparency, provenance, and trust in various industries. The metaverse and its intersection with web3 also garnered significant attention, as attendees explored the possibilities of immersive virtual worlds built on blockchain infrastructure.

The Power of Networking

While the keynotes and panel discussions provided valuable insights, the true value of Consensus 2024 lay in the networking opportunities it offered. Attendees had the chance to connect with industry leaders, media professionals, and fellow enthusiasts, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Events like the Inner Circle Multi-Chain Mixer, Unstoppable VIP Partner Meetup, and Jeff Kaufman's breakfast gathering facilitated meaningful conversations and the exchange of ideas. These connections not only strengthened existing relationships but also paved the way for future collaborations and partnerships within the web3 ecosystem.

As the curtains closed on Consensus 2024, it became evident that the future of Web3 is being shaped by a convergence of innovative technologies, regulatory frameworks, and a vibrant community of passionate individuals. The road ahead promises exciting developments, with blockchain, AI, and the metaverse poised to revolutionize various industries and redefine the way we interact with digital assets and virtual worlds.

Maximizing Your Web3 Conference Experience

Attending web3 conferences like Consensus 2024 can be an invaluable experience, but it's essential to approach them strategically to maximize your returns. Whether you're seeking knowledge, networking opportunities, or potential investments, having a clear goal in mind is the first step.

If your primary objective is to learn and stay updated on the latest trends and developments, carefully curate the sessions and keynotes you attend. Focus on the topics most relevant to your interests, whether it's blockchain development, marketing, or emerging technologies like AI and the metaverse. Don't spread yourself too thin by attending too many sessions; instead, prioritize quality over quantity.

For those seeking networking and career opportunities, web3 conferences are a goldmine. Leverage the event's mobile app or networking platform to set up meetings and connect with potential employers or collaborators beforehand. Prepare an elevator pitch that concisely communicates your skills, experience, and goals. Remember, the initial interaction is about piquing interest and securing a follow-up meeting, not closing a deal.

Founders and entrepreneurs looking to secure investments should consider investing in a VIP experience, which often grants access to exclusive events and opportunities to interact with investors and decision-makers. Hone your pitch to a 30-second attention-grabber, and be prepared to follow up persistently. Numbers play a crucial role here – the more people you pitch to, the higher your chances of securing meetings and, ultimately, closing deals.

Regardless of your goals, effective follow-up is key to maximizing your returns from a web3 conference. Promptly reach out to the connections you've made, schedule follow-up meetings, and maintain open lines of communication. Consistency and persistence are essential in nurturing these relationships and turning them into tangible opportunities.

"Those who actually succeed are the ones that either secure a longer meeting during the conference or are very persistent in the follow-ups."

Finally, don't underestimate the power of community-building. Web3 conferences offer a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and foster a sense of belonging within the ecosystem. Engage with attendees, participate in discussions, and explore ways to contribute to the community beyond the event itself.

By setting clear goals, strategically attending sessions, networking effectively, and following up diligently, you can maximize your returns from attending web3 conferences like Consensus 2024. The connections, knowledge, and opportunities gained can propel your career or venture to new heights within the ever-evolving world of web3.

Conclusion: Embracing the Future of Web3

Consensus 2024 has been a resounding success, bringing together the brightest minds and most passionate individuals in the web3 ecosystem. The event served as a testament to the rapid growth and innovation happening in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized technology space.

From Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s thought-provoking keynote on regulating digital assets to the insightful discussions on AI, the metaverse, and decentralized protocols, Consensus 2024 provided a comprehensive exploration of the frontiers of web3. The networking opportunities and connections forged during the event will undoubtedly shape the future trajectory of this industry.

As we bid farewell to Consensus 2024, it's important to remember that the journey towards a decentralized, transparent, and innovative future is just beginning. The web3 community must continue to collaborate, share knowledge, and push the boundaries of what's possible.

Looking ahead, there are numerous exciting events on the horizon where you can find me, such as the EthCC event in Brussels, the European Blockchain Convention in Barcelona, and the Web Summit in Lisbon. These gatherings will provide further opportunities to learn, network, and stay at the forefront of the web3 revolution.

I encourage you to share your experiences, insights, and feedback from Consensus 2024. Your perspectives will help shape the direction of future events and ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the web3 community. Together, we can foster a vibrant ecosystem that embraces innovation, transparency, and decentralization.

As we embark on this journey, let us remember the words of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: "We need to make sure America remains the hub of blockchain technology." With a shared vision and unwavering commitment, we can pave the way for a future where web3 technologies revolutionize industries, empower individuals, and create a more equitable and transparent world.

About the author, JoeriBillast

Fractional CMO
Web3 Marketing Strategist
Bestselling Author on Amazon
Host of the Web3 CMO Stories podcast