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 Dekrypt Capital, Noris, and 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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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.


Sarah Azouvi

Researcher, 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 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.


Tom Brand

PhD 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 Buterin

Creator 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 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 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 Choi

Ex-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 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.


Jameson Detweiler

Co-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 Dong

Co-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 ElBahrawy

PhD 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 Floersch

Casper Development, Ethereum Foundation

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


Arthur Gervais

Co-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 and co-founder of Liquidity.Network, the first bi-directional off-chain wallet for Ethereum.


Steven Goldfeder

PhD 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 Gong

Researcher, 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 Hirai

Formal Verification Engineer, Ethereum Foundation

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


Stephanie Hurder

Partner 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 Janin

CTO, 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 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.


Ben Kaiser

PhD 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 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.


Aparna Krishnan

Founder, 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-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.


Xuanji Li

Researcher, 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 Lundfall

Formal 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 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.


Graham McBain

Evangelist 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 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.


Tal Moran

Faculty 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 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.


Billy Rennekamp

Co-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 Robinson

Product 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 Rouviere

Full-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 Shataierman

Graduate 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 Shi

Associate 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 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.


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.


Florian Tramer

PhD 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 Tsabary

PhD 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 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).


Jinglan Wang


Jinglan currently works on Handshake and is one of the co-founders of She also co-founded the Blockchain Education Network.


James Waugh

Co-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 to facilitate coordination with greater transparency.


Glen Weyl

Author, 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 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.


Michael Zargham

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.

Topics Schedule

October 10 - Day 1 - Main Stage

  • Keynote

    By Oasis Labs - 9:00AM

  • Spacemesh

    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

  • Lunch

    12:25PM - 1:25PM

  • Towards 10k-TPS Sharding Blockchains without Sacrificing Security

    by Mahnush Movahedi - 1:25PM

  • Fast Multiparty Threshold ECDSA with Fast, Trustless Setup

    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 Financial Intermediary

    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 Agreement

    by Dominic Williams - 5:00PM

  • Thunder: A Fast and High Throughput Blockchain

    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

  • Keynote

    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

  • Lunch

    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 Platform

    by Mo Dong - 5:00PM

  • GasToken: A Journey Through Blockchain Resource Arbitrage

    by Florian Tramer - 5:30PM

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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