Special Jurisdictions in a Post-COVID World

Where do we go from here?

Join us for our special Virtual Summit:

Special Jurisdictions in a Post-COVID World

May 1st and 2nd, 2020

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About the Event

In the aftermath of COVID-19, the world will need to rebuild economically and politically. To prepare for this, the Startup Societies Foundation is hosting a virtual summit that will explore how special jurisdictions can combat pandemics and rebuild governance, institutions and economies in the aftermath of COVID-19.

This conference will explore how small and special jurisdictions have an advantage when dealing with Coronavirus and similar pandemics. Their size makes it more manageable for governments to trace goods, and people, as well as implement drastic measures to fight health threats. Successful containment strategies within Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau are evidence of this.

Other special jurisdictions, like Special Economic Zones (SEZs), can facilitate trade as states enact policies to reduce transmission. Trade barriers will likely follow recent travel restrictions as states are more motivated to control their own supply chains. Yet, states must still trade. SEZs can provide a bastion of global exchange amid mounting tensions. Also, SEZs that focus on medical technologies can help firms create preventive treatments or vaccines. These innovative Zones can also be administered by Distributed Ledger Technologies, reducing the need physical contact.

Special jurisdictions should be at the forefront of post-COVID-19 policy by providing innovative, accountable and nimble governance.

Now — at the depth of the pandemic — is the time to lay the foundation. Don't Panic. Build.

On May 1st-2nd, this live virtual event will bring together leaders in special jurisdictions, policy making, epidemiology, distributed ledger technology, and data science.

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Our Sponsors

This one-of-a-kind event is kindly supported by the following:

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Featured Speakers

General Event Schedule

Day One
Eastern Daylight Times provided

10:00 am
Keynote
Joseph McKinney
Founder & CEO
Startup Societies Foundation
Welcoming Remarks
10:10 am
Keynote
Roger Ver
CEO
Bitcoin.com
Financial and Political Decentralization in a Post Covid 19 World
10:40 am
Keynote
His Serene Highness Prince Michael Von Liechtenstein
Local Solutions for Global Problems
11:00 am
Fireside
Mayor Ibrahim Natour of Rawabi & Omar M Hannoun
Mayor City of Rawabi
Head of Venture at Mine Digital
Restarting the Global Economy With New Cities
11:20 am
Keynote
Wade Shepard
New Silk Road Post Covid 19
11:50 am
Keynote
Mwiya Musokotwane
Charter Cities to Empower the Global South
12:20 pm
Fireside
Mark Beer, Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, and Kim Siegel
Autonomous Special Juirisdiction Legal Systems
12:50 pm
Keynote
Taavi Kotka
The Emergence of the Governance-as-a-Service Industry
1:10 pm
Keynote
Claude Baissac
Reconstructing Globalism with SEZs in a Post Covid 19 World
1:30 pm
Break
Lunch
Lunch
2:10 pm
Keynote
Robin Hanson
Variolation as a Strategy to Reduce Transmissions
2:30 pm
Keynote
Michael Castle Miller
Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Special Jurisdictions: Templates for Health, Security, and Prosperity
2:50 pm
Keynote
James Erlich
Self Sustaining Communities During Pandemics
3:10 pm
Panel
Dinis Guarda, Sam Cassatt, Aaron Voisine, Trent Larson, and Bradley Hook
Venture Invetment
Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation of Goverments and Special Jurisdictions
3:50 pm
Break
Networking and Break out Sessions
Networking and Break out Sessions
3:50 pm
Keynote
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Former General Partner
Andreessen Horowitz
Red and Green Zones: The Future of Pandemic Control
4:50 pm
Keynote
Lee Hansen & Lennart Lopin
CEO
Impact Investing
Digital Currency to Enable Markets
5:10 pm
Closing
Joe McKinney
Closing
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Day Two
Eastern Daylight Times provided

9:40 am
Keynote
Mark Frazier
HOAs and Condos Against Pandemics
10:00 am
Panel
Jim Coleman, Lotta Moberg, Tom W. Bell, Mark Lutter, and Thibault Serlet (Moderator)
Innovative SEZs to Regrow the Global Economy
10:40 am
Panel
Joe Sanchis, Marquis Cabrera, MonMondher Khanfir, Alexander Kreindler and Early Boykins (Moderator)
Investing in Special Jurisdictions and the Technology That Enables Them
11:20 am
Keynote
Michael Strong
Zoning for Prosperity rather than Zoning for Poverty
11:35 am
Intro
Nathalie Mezza-Garcia
Business Case with Social Impact for Floating Zones
11:50 am
Keynote
Titus Gebel
How a Free Private City Can Address a Pandemic
12:10 pm
Keynote
Oliver Porter
Private industry and Private Jurisdictions to Prevent and Recover From Pandemics
12:30 pm
Fireside
Jason Blick & Brent Tanner
Banks without Borders: Using Special Jurisdictions and Digitally Enabled Banks to Allow for Global Transfers
1:00 pm
Break
Lunch
Lunch
1:30 pm
Panel
Ricardo Vives and Ricardo Plata
How Muncipalities and Special Districts Can Lead the Charge Against Covid 19
2:00 pm
Break
Networking Session and Breakout Sessions
Networking Session and Breakout Sessions
2:00 pm
Keynote
Maria Vadel
FDI in Port Cities
2:20 pm
Fireside
Carlos Gershenson and Yaneer Bar-Yam
Complex Governance of Pandemics
2:50 pm
Panel
Britanny Kaiser
Data Sovereignty and Pandemic Tracking
3:30 pm
Keynote
Patri Friedman
Investor's perspective on Startup Societies
3:50 pm
Keynote
Joe Quirk
Seasteading In a Post Covid 19 World
4:10 pm
Panel
Rik Willard, David Johnston, Joel Telpner and Brent Traidman
Digital Transformation for Central Banks and Financial Ecosystems
4:50 pm
Keynote
Jason Potts
Captialism After Satoshi and Covid 19
5:10 pm
Keynote
Gary Lachance
Announcement about Decentralized Dance Party
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Special Events

Attendees who reserve a VIP slot will gain access to two exclusive events!

VIP Welcome Event

Get a full day head start by joining us for our VIP-only event on April 30th from 6-9pm ET. We've got all sorts of surprises in store for you, including guests you won't want to miss!

  • Special Guest: Tim Draper (of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Draper University) will join us live for the opening ceremony!
  • Investor Roundtable: Industry experts from NeWay and Pronomos Capital will be present to discuss the hottest issues of the day!
  • Break Out Session: Industry experts will lead discussion groups that provide an opportunity to learn and network with leaders in the movement.

Start your conference experience off with a bang by reserving your VIP slot now!

Virtual Decentralized Dance Party

What kind of conference would it be if there wasn't a blowout bash to cap it off? Don't let social distancing keep you from dancing your heart out on Day Two (May 2nd at 5pm ET) for our Virtual Dance Party!

  • Your living room is the place to be: Clear out plenty of space! Put up lights, dress your best, this exclusive VIP event is streamed live!
  • Multi-stream support: No one parties alone on our watch. You'll be able to show off your moves as dozens of other VIP livestreamers simultaneously join you!
  • This ain't your grandpa's record player: We'll be spinning the hottest dance and electronic club mixes live on air, so if you've got a knob for it, crank your bass up!

Don't argue. Build.

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