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.
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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Sunny AggarwalResearcher 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.
Sarah AzouviResearcher, University College London
Sarah is a PhD student in Computer Science at University College London, working under the supervision of Dr Sarah Meiklejohn. Her research interests are in Applied Cryptography, Distributed Systems and Game Theory.
Joseph BonneauTechnology 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.
Tom BrandPhD Student, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Tom is a graduate student working with Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson. His research focuses on Blockchains and Consensus Protocols in distributed permissionless settings.
Vitalik ButerinCreator of Ethereum
Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum. He first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the technology and its potential. He now leads Ethereum's research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
Christian CatchinResearcher, 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 ChiesaAssistant Professor at UC Berkeley
Alessandro is a faculty member at UC Berkeley's EECS department (theory, cryptography, security). He is an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARKs, and a co-inventor of the Zerocash protocol. He is co-founder of StarkWare Industries and Zcash.
Jon ChoiEx-R&D, Ethereum Foundation
Jon used to work in R&D under the Ethereum Foundation and previously worked on storage infrastructure at Dropbox. He studied economics at Harvard.
Jeremy ClarkAssistant 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.
Jameson DetweilerCo-Founder and CEO, Fantasmo
Jameson Detweiler is the Co-Founder of Fantasmo which is building a decentralized 3D map of the world, indoors & out for Augmented Reality, Robotics & IoT applications.
Mo DongCo-Founder, Celer Network
Mo received his Ph.D. from UIUC. He was a founding engineer and product manager at Veriflow, working on network formal verification. He is an expert in applying algorithmic game theory to protocol design, and teaches full-stack smart contract courses.
Abeer ElBahrawyPhD Student, University of London
Abeer is a second year PhD student at the University of London. Currently she is working on analysing the dynamics of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies market, how competition arose and consensus emerges within these systems.
Karl FloerschCasper Development, Ethereum Foundation
Karl is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation working on Casper Proof of Stake.
Arthur GervaisCo-Founder, Liquidity.Network, Assistant Professor, ICL
Arthur obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich on blockchain security. He is co-founder of the smart contract formal verification tool securify.ch and co-founder of Liquidity.Network, the first bi-directional off-chain wallet for Ethereum.
Steven GoldfederPhD student, Princeton University
Steven is a PhD candidate at Princeton University. He works at the intersection of crypto(graphy) and crypto(currencies) and is a co-author of the leading textbook on cryptocurrencies.
Fang GongResearcher, Ocean Protocol
Fang is a founding member and researcher in Ocean Protocol, which unlocks data for AI. His research interests focus on mechanism design for tokenized ecosystem. Fang received his Ph.D. degree from electrical engineering at UCLA in 2013.
Yoichi HiraiFormal Verification Engineer, Ethereum Foundation
Yoichi works on Ethereum Virtual Machine and some proof-of-stake protocols as a formal verification engineer.
Stephanie HurderPartner and Founding Economist, Prysm Group
Dr. Stephanie Hurder is a Founding Economist at Prysm Group, a firm that specializes in economic and governance design for blockchain companies, institutions, and governments.
Simon JaninCTO, Leva
Simon Janin is CTO and co-founder at Leva, a Swiss-based company focusing on enabling private equity to the masses. Simon's interests include off-chain scaling, dispute mediation and game-theory.
Ari JuelsProfessor, 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.
Ben KaiserPhD Student, Princeton University
Ben Kaiser is a PhD student at Princeton University studying security and privacy technologies. He has conducted research in cryptography, cloud security, and formal methods in addition to cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
Shahan KhatchadourianFounder, 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.
Aparna KrishnanFounder, Mechanism Labs
Aparna is a Thiel Fellow and the co founder of Mechanism Labs - an open source blockchain research lab and a recipient of UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab Grant. She is currently working as a researcher at ThunderCore.
Lawrence Lundy-BryanHead 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.
Xuanji LiResearcher, L4 Ventures
Xuanji does research and development on state channels for L4. His primary research interest lies in blockchain scalability, both through base-layer technologies and layer-2 systems.
Martin LundfallFormal Verification Researcher, DappHub, MakerDao, Circles
Martin Lundfall is a formal verification researcher and developer. With a background in category theory, brain computer interfacing and logic, he is dedicated to rebuilding the commons through decentralization technologies.
Loi LuuCo-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 ManianExecutive 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.
Graham McBainEvangelist at XYO Network
Graham is passionate about making technology accessible to everyone. He believes that the work XYO is doing will help to create a more fair decentralized future.
Patrick McCorryAssistant 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 MicaliProfessor, 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.
Tal MoranFaculty Member, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Tal is a faculty member in the School of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. His research focuses on employing ideas and techniques from theoretical cryptography to design secure systems in the real world.
Mahnush MovahediSenior 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 PiliourasAssistant 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 PoonCo-Author Plasma and Lightning Network
Joseph is the co-author of bitcoin’s Lightning Network whitepaper and Plasma (Plasma.io). His current areas of research involves blockchain scalability mechanisms, inter-blockchain interaction, and cryptoeconomic incentives.
Billy RennekampCo-Founder, Bin Studio
Billy Rennekamp is an artist, developer and co-founder of Bin Studio, a multidisciplinary research, design and development studio based in Berlin. He recently received an ECF grant to continue work on Clovers.Network, a game that rewards the creation of scarce art.
Dan RobinsonProduct Architect, Interstellar
Dan is an engineer at Interstellar, 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.
Simon de la RouviereFull-Stack Engineer, Consensys
Simon de la Rouviere is a full-stack engineer at ConsenSys, having co-founded Ujo Music (first project to use smart contracts for royalty payments with Grammy-winning Imogen Heap) & invented bonding curves.
Alon ShataiermanGraduate Student, Technion - Israel Institute of Techonlogy
Alon a graduate student at the Technion, working with Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson. His research interests include cryptocurrency technology and economics, distributed systems, algorithms and game theory.
Elaine ShiAssociate Professor, Cornell University (IC3)
Elaine is an Associate Professor at Cornell. She is a Co-founder and Chief Scientist of IC3 and currently is researching at ThunderCore.
Emin Gun SirerAssociate 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.
Dawn SongEECS 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 TeutschFounder, 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.
Florian TramerPhD Student, Stanford University
Florian is a PhD student at Stanford University advised by Dan Boneh. His interests are in the security and privacy of machine learning, applications of trusted hardware, and the security of smart contracts.
Itay TsabaryPhD Student, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Itay Tsabary is a PhD Student under the EE department at the Technion Israel Institute of Techonlogy. He is currently researching the combination of incentives and security of cryptocurrencies.
Angela WalchResearch 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).
Jinglan WangCo-Founder, Cryptoeconomics.study
Jinglan currently works on Handshake and is one of the co-founders of Cryptoeconomics.study. She also co-founded the Blockchain Education Network.
James WaughCo-Founder, Cre8
James Waugh started Bidio in 2016 to help artists get sponsored without compromising the integrity of their work. In collaboration with Trevor Overman, the author of ERC-888, he is currently building cre8.xyz to facilitate coordination with greater transparency.
Glen WeylAuthor, Radical Markets
Glen Weyl is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft and teaches economics at Princeton University. His work on political economy combines economics, law, technology, philosophy to design radically egalitarian and inclusive markets to address large scale social problems.
Dominic WilliamsPresident 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 ZamfirResearch 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.
Michael Zargham is the founder and CEO of BlockScience. Dr. Zargham holds a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied optimization and control of decentralized networks.
October 10 - Day 1 - Main Stage
By Oasis Labs - 9:00AM
By Tal Moran - 9:25AM
- Cryptoeconomics Panel
By Vitalik Buterin, Karl Floersch, Joseph Poon - 9:55AM
10:40AM - 10:55AM
- Algorand 2.0
By Silvio Micali - 10:55AM
- Transparent zkSNARKs
by Alessandro Chiesa - 11:40AM
12:25PM - 1:25PM
- Towards 10k-TPS Sharding Blockchains without Sacrificing Security
by Mahnush Movahedi - 1:25PM
- Fast Multiparty Threshold ECDSA with Fast,
by Steven Goldfeder - 1:55PM
- Fundamentals of Scaling Blockchains at the
Network and Consensus Layers
By Emin Gun Sirer - 2:25PM
2:55PM - 3:15PM
- Layer 2 and Scalability
by Xuanji Li - 3:15PM
- Liquidity.Network's NOCUST - A 2nd Layer
by Arthur Gervais - 3:45PM
- FileBounty: Fair Data and Value Exchange
with Automated Dispute Mediation
by Simon Janin - 4:15PM
4:45PM - 5:00PM
- DFINITY: How the World's Computer Reaches
by Dominic Williams - 5:00PM
- Thunder: A Fast and High Throughput
by Elaine Shi - 5:30PM
October 10 - Day 1 - Titans of Tech (Imperial B)
10:40AM - 10:55AM
- Chainweb: Braiding PoW for Speed and Security
by Kadena - 10:55AM
- Scaling Consensus with Systems and Language Design
by Harmony - 11:25AM
- Cosmos Proof of Stake
by Sunny Aggarwal - 11:55AM
12:25PM - 1:25PM
- Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
by Glen Weyl - 1:25PM
- Radical Markets Q&A
by Glen Weyl - 1:55PM
- Virtual Worlds
by Jim Waugh, Jameson Detweiler, Graham McBain - 2:25PM
2:55PM - 3:15PM
- Equilibrium Bonding Markets
by Fang Gong - 3:15PM
- Multi-Layered Bonding Curves and Refungible Tokens
by Billy Rennekamp - 3:45PM
- Socio-technical Systems: Engineering, Analysis and Ethics
by Michael Zargham - 4:15PM
4:45PM - 5:00PM
- Radical Markets: Art, Engineering and Society
by Glen Weyl, Simon de la Rouviere, Michael Zargham, Jon Choi - 5:00PM
October 11 - Day 2
by RChain - 9:00AM
- Meta-Analysis of Alternative Consensus Protocols
by Aparna Krishnan - 9:25AM
- Hostile Blockchain Takeovers
by Joesph Bonneau - 9:40AM
- Blockchain Upgrade as a Coordination Game
by Stephanie Hurder - 10:10AM
10:40AM - 10:55AM
- Analyzing China's Influence over Bitcoin
by Ben Kaiser - 10:55AM
- A comparison of Proof of Stake and Proof of Work protocols
by Tom Brand - 11:20AM
- Arbitrum: Scalable, private smart contracts
by Ed Felten - 11:40AM
- Cosmos Proof of Stake
by Sunny Aggarwal - 12:10PM
12:30PM - 1:25PM
- Lost Cryptocurrency Recirculation
by Alon Shataierman - 1:25PM
- The Gap Game
by Itay Tsabary - 1:55PM
- Evolutionary dynamics of the cryptocurrency market
by Abeer ElBahrawy - 2:25PM
2:55PM - 3:15PM
- Gormos: A high performance and scalable design for decentralized applications
by Loi Luu - 3:15PM
- Verifying dapps from the bytecode up
by Martin Lundfall - 3:45PM
- Betting on Consensus with Fantomette
by Sarah Azouvi - 4:15PM
4:45PM - 5:00PM
- Solving Liquidity Shortage and State Availability Challenge in Off-chain Scaling
by Mo Dong - 5:00PM
- GasToken: A Journey Through Blockchain Resource Arbitrage
by Florian Tramer - 5:30PM
- 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