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International House, Osaka

8 Chome-2-6 Uehonmachi

Tennoji Ward

Osaka, Osaka 543-0001


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A modern resurrection of Pnyx for the practice of the ancient art of asking the right questions to move beyond hype and arrive at knowledge.

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WTF is the new TED

About WTF: the Power of Asking

A modern resurrection of the Greek Pnyx (/nɪks/): a supportive space for open, inclusive, informed, and thoughtful exchanges of ideas, for the practice of the ancient art of asking the right questions to move beyond hype and arrive at knowledge.

DeFi.WTF pierces through the surface of decentralized finance

The first of a series of WTF events, traces the emergent DeFi stack and explores its implications through in-depth conversations with the space’s main actors.

Time: 2019/10/07

Location: Somewhere interesting, Osaka, Japan

Community Participation: donation to Community ENS (to be released soon) & "A DeFi Billboard" Social Experiment on Harberger Tax

To comment on the agenda and submit new ideas for talks please come to our GitHub repo here

Tentative Agenda:

1. Bird's-eye view of the Ethereum DeFi Microcosm 9:00-10:00

1.1 Story of DeFi: How it started, where it stands now, DeFi Definition Revisited

1.2 Let’s play Lego: DeFi ecosystem mapping

1.3 DeFi East meets West

2. Evolution of Liquidity 10:00-11:00

2.1 Evolution of Exchange Architecture of DEXes

2.2 Overview of Market Making Strategies in DeFi

2.3 Deep Dive into DeFi Liquidity Models

2.4 Liquidity Microstructure: CeFi vs. DeFi

3. Putting the "De" Back in DeFi 11:30-12:30

3.1 50 Shades of Decentralization in DeFi Mechanism Design

3.2 DAO in DeFi & DeFi in DAO

4. WTF Talks & Lunch 12:00-13:00

5. Inception or Deception? 13:00-14:00

5.1 Chasing Yields across Crypto Native Assets

5.2 From Overcollateralization to undercollateralization

6. Conversation with Your DeFi Investor 14:00-15:00

Profiling DeFi Projects

6.2 Valuation Models for DeFi

6.3 Capture Value in DeFi: What Didn't Work and What's Next

7. DeFi Product-Market-Fit 15:00-16:00

7.1 Mapping the Mass Adoption Puzzle: Missing Pieces Within the DeFi Stack

7.2 Best of DeFi UIUX: Insights from Asia vs. Outside of Asia

7.3 GamificatiOn: DeFi Games vs. DeFi in Games vs. DeFi as Games

7.4 Real vs Expected Users: Institutions vs. Retail, Human vs. Bots vs. Other Smart Contracts?

8. Attacks and Defenses 16:00-17:00

8.1 DeFi Risk Assessment Framework

8.2 Attack Vectors in DeFi Ecosystem: Smart Contract, Oracle, Liquidity Hack. etc

8.3 Modeling Financial Risk Transfers: Case Study on MakerDAO Credit Events

8.4 Cascading Failures Through Highly Coupled Systems

9. Implications of Intra- and Inter-dependencies 17:00-18:00

9.1Visualizing DeFi: The Evolution of a Connected System

9.2 Implication of ETH 1.0 to 2.0 for the Highly Coupled DeFi Stack

9.3 Security and Liquidity Implications of Interoperable Asset and Bridges: MCD, tBTC, etc.

10. DeFi Beyond Ethereum 18:00-19:00

10.1 DeFi Bull vs. DeFi Bear: A Debate

DeFi for Ethereum vs. Cosmos vs. Polkadot vs. EOS vs. Libra

DeFi.WTF Community Participation:

1. "A DeFi Billboard" Harberger Taxes Social Experiment (Coming Soon!)

This is the only place you may see logos, REALLY LOUD LOGOS. We are creating "A DeFi Billboard" specifically to take the salesman pitch off the serious discussions.

"A DeFi Billboard" is both physical and virtual: we will conduct a continuous auction on 10 Slots collecting Harberger Taxes, have a physical retro-style neon billboard at the event venue for the winning logos, and a banner on DeFi.WTF website (coming soon). The proceeds will go into funding the event, as well as funding the continued research that comes out of the event.

To participate in the Harberger Taxes Experiment, DM me at Github: @ShrutiAppiah or Telegram: @ShrutiAppiah1

2. Donation to Community ENS: defiwtf.eth

You may include a 140 letter message detailing why you are pledging your support, or something you would like to say to the community.

Your name and message will be recognized at DeFi.WTF website (coming soon), DeFi.WTF Twitter, and at the event.

If you'd like to support Community ENS, DM us at Github: @ShrutiAppiah/@CarboClanC or Telegram: @shrutiappiah1/TinaZhen

3. Pop-up Collective - Dissolves after 21 Days

If you are a thinker/creative/hacker, join our pop-up collective of volunteers in preparation of that will exist for 21 days then dissolve. The collective will determine the spending of the donations and "A DeFi Billboard" proceeds, and publish the financials once the collective dissolves.

The collective will determine which research streams gets the remaining balance. Prior to dissolving, the collective also decides whether to turn into a loosely-organized community or a more institutionalized DAO with clear governing mechanism.

We need your brain power in helping us come up with the toughest questions that YOU care. Comment directly under this thread if you have a proposal or comments, and don't forget to VOTE when voting period begins. More details, coming soon!

We need more help with design and implementation of the Quadratic Voting tool, and the Harberger Taxes social experiment! (DM me @CarboClanC on GitHub or Telegram @TinaZhen)

For community participation please also come to our GitHub repo here

Join our telegram community here

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International House, Osaka

8 Chome-2-6 Uehonmachi

Tennoji Ward

Osaka, Osaka 543-0001


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