The Vision

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.

This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchain protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other topics related to crypto-economics security, and to foster collaborations among researchers and practitioners working on these topics.

CESC is hosted by Blockchain at Berkeley

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What is Cryptoeconomics?

Cryptoeconomics is a formal discipline that focuses on the design and characterization of protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy.

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We're looking for amazing speakers to help us with our vision.

Submission instructions: Submissions can be full papers, work-in-progress, one-page summaries or presentation slides. Please make sure that the submission provides sufficient detail to explain what the talk will be about. Papers or presentations may be previously presented or published.

Submissions should be technical in nature, but including considerations of the legal, policy, and ethical implications of results is appreciated.

*The conference does not publish proceedings. Submissions are now closed.

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Conference Press



Sunny Aggarwal

Researcher and Core Dev, Cosmos

Researcher and Core Dev at Tendermint/Cosmos focusing on Proof of Stake and Blockchain Interoperability. Co-Founder of Blockchain at Berkeley and Co-host of Epicenter Podcast.


Iddo Bentov

Postdoc, Cornell Tech

Iddo Bentov is a postdoc at Cornell Tech, and author of a number of academic papers on cryptography and cryptocurrency. He has been in involved the Bitcoin space since mid-2011, and more recently in ventures such as Spacemesh and StarkWare.


Joseph Bonneau

Technology Fellow, EFF and Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford

Joseph does research spanning cryptography, security protocol design, security economics, and human factors in security. He co-authored the Princeton textbook on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.


Christian Catchin

Researcher, IBM Zurich

Christian Cachin is a cryptographer and computer scientist interested in distributed computing, cryptographic protocols, and security. He currently works on consensus protocols and on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platform.


Alessandro Chiesa

Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley

Alessandro is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley's EECS department (theory, cryptography, security). He is an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARKs, a co-inventor of Zerocash and co-founder of Zcash, both of which rely on libsnark.


Jeremy Clark

Assistant Professor, Concordia University

Jeremy Clark is an assistant professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering. His research interests include cryptocurrencies and deploying financial technology on blockchain-based systems like Ethereum.


Karl Floersch

Casper Development, Ethereum Foundation

Karl is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation working on Casper Proof of Stake.


Yoichi Hirai

Formal Verification Engineer, Ethereum Foundation

Yoichi works on Ethereum Virtual Machine and some proof-of-stake protocols as a formal verification engineer.


Ari Juels

Professor, Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech

Ari is a Professor at the Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech, in NYC and Co-Director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). He was previously Chief Scientist of RSA.


Shahan Khatchadourian

Founder, PegaSys (ConsenSys)

Shahan Khatchadourian has a PhD from the University of Toronto and is founder of PegaSys, a protocol engineering group at ConsenSys that develops and conducts research on secure, scalable enterprise-grade blockchains.


Lawrence Lundy-Bryan

Head of Research, Outlier Ventures

Lawrence is exploring the intersections of artificial intelligence, blockchains and IoT. He is Head of Research at Outlier Ventures and pioneered the funds’ investment thesis and is thinking on governance in decentralised networks.


Loi Luu

Co-Founder, Kyber Network and SmartPool Project

Loi Luu is a co-founder and CEO of Kyber Network. He also earned his PhD from National University of Singapore where he did research on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security and distributed consensus algorithms.


Zaki Manian

Executive Director of Trusted IoT Alliance

Zaki Manian, is a prolific contributor to the development of blockchain technology. Zaki has deep expertise in cryptography and distributed consensus systems. He is also an advisor to Cosmos and other startups and funds in the space.


Patrick McCorry

Assistant Professor, King’s College London

Patrick McCorry will soon be at King’s College London as an Assistant Professor for Security Engineering. His research interests include cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and applied cryptography.


Silvio Micali

Professor, MIT

Silvio is a Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT. His interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudo-random generation, secure protocols, mechanism design, and distributed ledgers. Silvio is the recipient of the Turing Award, the Gödel Prize, and the RSA prize.


Mahnush Movahedi

Senior Researcher, Dfinity

Mahnush is a senior researcher at Dfinity working on scalable and secure distributed algorithms for consensus, secure computation, interactive communication and game theory. Mahnush was a postdoctoral Associate at Yale.


Georgios Piliouras

Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Georgios Piliouras is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in Engineering Systems and Design. He is also an advisor to the Ethereum project.


Joseph Poon

Co-Author Plasma and Lightning Network

Joseph is the co-author of bitcoin’s Lightning Network whitepaper and Plasma ( His current areas of research involves blockchain scalability mechanisms, inter-blockchain interaction, and cryptoeconomic incentives.


Dan Robinson

Product Architect, Chain

Dan is an engineer at Chain, where he researches blockchain scaling and interoperability solutions and leads development on Ivy, a smart contract language. Before joining Chain, Dan was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.


Emin Gun Sirer

Associate Professor, Cornell University (IC3)

Emin Gün Sirer is currently an associate professor of computer science at Cornell University, co-director of IC3. He is known for his contributions to peer-to-peer systems, operating systems and computer networking.


Yonatan Sompolinsky

Co-Founder and Scientist, DAGlabs

Yonatan Sompolinsky was a PhD student at the Computer Science department of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the coauthor of GHOST, Inclusive, and SPECTRE protocols, and founding scientist of DAGlabs.


Dawn Song

EECS Professor, UC Berkeley

Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning and security.


Jason Teutsch

Founder, TrueBit

Jason Teutsch is the founder of TrueBit, an initiative bringing scalable computation to blockchains. His research focuses on distributed systems security, game theory, and algorithmic randomness. He has held multiple postdoctoral/research positions and Fulbright fellowships.


Angela Walch

Research Fellow, Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London

Angela Walch is an Associate Professor at St. Mary's University School of Law and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL | CBT).


Dominic Williams

President and Chief Scientist, Dfinity

Dominic is a crypto theoretician and entrepreneur. His recent math includes Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation Towers and Trees, and USCIDs, and he proposes new ideas such as "The 3 E's of Sybil Resistance".


Vlad Zamfir

Research Lead, Ethereum

Vlad is a leading Ethereum researcher and expert in crypto-economics. Currently, he is working on proof-of-stake and blockchain sharding protocols for the Ethereum project.

Program Committee

  • Christian Catchin
  • Alessandro Chiesa
  • Jeremy Clark
  • Karl Floersch
  • Yoichi Hirai
  • Ari Juels
  • Shahan Khatchadourian
  • Zaki Manian
  • Patrick McCorry
  • Mahnush Movahedi
  • Georgios Piliouras
  • Joseph Poon
  • Dan Robinson
  • Jason Teutsch
  • Dawn Song
  • Angela Walch
  • Dominic Williams

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