After being canceled the past two years due to COVID, CoinDesk relocated its signature conference, bringing Consensus 2022 from New York City to Austin, Texas. It was a action-packed half week with panels, events, and parties and it sounds like Austin will be the new home for the conference moving forward (albeit earlier in the year to avoid 100+ degree temperatures). See some of the highlights below and go to the Blockchain Beach Twitter for a full roundup of tweets from the conference. To kick things off, we checked out everyone's favorite "Crypto Dad," former CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, talked about China's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC): https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1534931949126656003 Thinking about joining DAO's instead of companies? To avoid burnout, Zora and Friend's With Benefits' Yana Sosnovskaya recommends keeping it to a few key ones: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1534988363656491008 Can't we all just get along? Art Blocks creator Eric Calderon said he built his reputation as a "nice" Discord moderator: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1534992635886288959 Are you interested in Digital Fashion? Red DAO's Megan Kasper says the next twelve month's could be your time to shine: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1534998575670874113 The panelists giving us a Web3 "school" agreed that creators may be hesitant to launch projects if failure is not an option: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535000914758598661 Our friend Jarrod Dicker is now at TCG Crypto and thinks we're still early: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535005658956849167 What's the difference between audience and community? nft now CEO Matt Medved had a great answer: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535011344201703432 Friends with Benefits Mayor Alex Zhang on leadership structures of DAO's: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535296174630092801 Two of the longest running investors in the space, Pantera Capital's Dan Morehead and Galaxy Digital's Mike Novogratz share their knowledge and predictions: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535341736259641344 Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cynthia Lummis were joined on stage by Senator Pat Toomey and Rep. Patrick McHenry to discuss their new crypto bill: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535348650892738565 Messari's Ryan Selkis believes that Bitcoin and Ethereum maybe bottoming, but had a number of other concerns during his quick mid-year investment outlook: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535673630499143680 And no, NFTs are not dead: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535675045770670081 At least rapper 2 Chainz, is still having FOMO: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535677860714774528 Still having trouble understanding crypto (or explaining it to friends, family, or strangers on the internet)? Use this quote from Serotonin CEO Amanda Cassatt: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535699319466213384 The father's of the Metaverse closed out the day: https://twitter.com/blockchainbeach/status/1535711892118855680 See you next year!