A clear highlight of the club’s first year was HBC 2022, the inaugural blockchain and web3 conference hosted by the blockchain clubs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and ourselves at Harvard College.
The mission behind the conference was to bring together thinkers, investors, builders, and policymakers at the cutting edge of web3 and have them share their perspectives (and maybe spill a little alpha!) on the decentralized economy. The conference was completely free and attracted over 1200 attendees from the Boston area and beyond.
We were also fortunate to welcome over 100 speakers from across the industry—including HBS alumnus John Wu, Harvard College alumni Jai Ramaswamy and Amy Wu, and Alchemy’s Nikil Viswanathan—over the course of two days for a mixture of panels, fireside chats, and keynotes. We are extremely grateful to them for taking three days out of their extremely busy lives to come speak to members of the burgeoning blockchain scene in Boston.
In addition to the talks, our attendees were able to meet over 20 teams at our career fair, where they were able to network with industry professionals and learn more about career opportunities in web3. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors: a special shoutout to Ava Labs, BitDAO, and EduDAO, who were our largest contributors. We are greatly indebted to them for their support and for sharing our vision to make web3 more accessible to students. Many thanks to Gemini for hosting our welcome dinner for speakers at the Harvard Club, as well as Ava Labs and dYdX for hosting a happy hour and brunch during the conference, respectively.
We are also very grateful to Jack O’Neill and Jimmy Zheng at the HBS Blockchain & Crypto Club, Sam Altschuler and Maude Wilson at the HLS Blockchain and Fintech Initiative, as well as numerous other HBS, HLS, and Harvard College students involved in planning the event. Without your expertise, pragmatism, and hard work, we’re not quite sure how we would ever have pulled together a conference this successful.
Most importantly, we want to thank everyone who attended, whether it was Harvard students, students from the Greater Boston Area, alumni, or even students that traveled to Boston for the event. We are truly humbled by your support and it was a pleasure meeting all of you.
We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Virat, Muk, and Roman