Track: Practical Cryptography & Blockchains: Beyond the Hype


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Looking past the hype of blockchain technologies, alternate title: Weaselfree Cryptography & Blockchain

Track Host:
Riccardo Spagni
Crytocurrency Expert & Lead Maintainer Monero/Monero Core
Riccardo is a member of the Monero Core Team, who are stewards of the Monero Project, and is also the lead maintainer of the Monero and Monero Core projects. With an academic background in informatics and logistics, Riccardo spent many years in software development, before starting a business in the import/export industry with his wife. Due to the success of that business, he had enough freedom to start tinkering with Bitcoin early in 2011. In 2012 he became involved in various cryptocurrency-related projects, and more recently he has launched PayBee, a digital currency payment processor. Riccardo and his wife live along the Garden Route on the coast of South Africa, where he spends weekends pack rafting, hanging out with their six dogs, building and flying multicopters, and playing with LEGO.
10:35am - 11:25am

by Elaine Ou
Security Engineer @GlobalFinancialAccess

Will answer the questions: what is a blockchain, why all the hype, what makes a blockchain secure, what can be built on top of blockchains, what are some real-world use-cases?

11:50am - 12:40pm

Open Space
1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Peter Todd
Bitcoin Core Developer & @Coinkite Advisor

Talk will answer the questions:

  • why use Bitcoin over other blockchains
  • what are safe, future proof ways to peg data to Bitcoin's blockchain
  • what is Bitcoin script, and how can it be used?
2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Jeremy Rand
Lead Engineer @Namecoin

Will cover: an overview of Namecoin and Monero, why a separate project and not a sidechain, advantages to alternate blockchains, risks of using chains that are not as secured or are merge mined

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by David Vorick
Sia Creator & @NebulousLabs Founder

Will cover: the need for distributed / decentralised storage, real life use-cases for distributed storage systems, dealing with data loss in a distributed system, brief overview of IPFS and Sia, building on top of distributed storage systems

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Paul Sztorc
@BitcoinHivemind Creator

Will cover: what are smart contracts, what are oracles, how can decentralized code safely rely on external data that may be centralized, and a brief overview of Ethereum, Rootstock, Bitcoin Hivemind, and CounterParty.