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 blockchains 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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We think the blockchain space needs more academic presence.

Much of the industry has been focused on adoption when the underlying blockchain protocols still have a long journey to go. We're hoping that by creating this event, we'll inspire others to follow.

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

Submission instructions: Submissions can be full papers, 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.

Submission requirements: Two copies in PDF format. One with author names, one with no names or affiliations to facilitate blind review.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for all the quality submissions.

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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.


Jae Kwon

Founder and CEO, Tendermint/Cosmos

Jae Kwon is the CEO of Tendermint, a project aimed at liberating the blockchain from the costs and drawbacks of proof-of work-mining.


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.


Balaji Srinivasan

CEO, 21 Inc - Board Partner at a16z

Balaji is the CEO and co-founder at and a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Balaji was previously the CTO and cofounder of Counsyl and occasionally teaches at Stanford.


Joseph Poon

Principle Author, OmiseGo

Joseph is the co-author of bitcoin’s Lightning Network whitepaper and is the principal author of OmiseGo. He was previously a co-founder at Lightning Labs.


Andrew Miller

Advisor, Zcash - Associate Director, IC3 at Cornell University

Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor at UIUC in Computer Engineering. He is also an Associate Director of IC3 at Cornell and an advisor to the Zcash project.


Shahan Khatchadourian

Blockchain Research and Development, Consensys

Shahan Khatchadourian is a researcher (PhD) and software developer leading the Protocol Engineering Group at ConsenSys to develop secure, scalable blockchains.


Shin'ichiro Matsuo

Research Professor at Keio University

Shin'ichiro Matsuo is conducting research at Keio University and the University of Tokyo. He is also the co-Founder of


Nicolas Christin

Associate Research Professor, CMU CyLab

Nicolas Christin is an Associate Research Professor in Computer Science and in Engineering and Public Policy at CMU. He specializes in computer and info systems security.


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).


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.


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.

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