Stanford Blockchain Conference

February 19th, 2020

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 February 19th, 2020 - February 21st, 2020 

Stanford Blockchain Conference

Event submitted on Sunday, December 1st 2019, approved by Content Team

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February 19th, 2020 - February 21st, 2020
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One of the homes of Cybersecurity research, Stamford, hosts this event. This event packs in a bunch of world-class speakers within the Blockchain space so if you’re at all interested and in the US then this would be a great event to network and learn. Highly recommended.

- Review written by Henry Dalziel on Sunday, December 1st 2019.
- If you would like to edit or ammend facts in my review please either send us a message or connect with me via LinkedIn.

Conference Event Summary

The following description was either submitted by the Conference Organizer on Sunday, December 1st 2019, or created by us.

This event will explore the methods of risk management and security engineering blockchain systems. Organizers are interested in the application of cryptography, formal methods, decentralized protocols, and empirical analysis to improving security or mitigating risk in blockchain deployments. The events’ goal is to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers and practitioners researchers in blockchain protocol development, distributed systems, cryptography, crypto-economics, secure computing, and engineering and economic risk analysis.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Cryptography & distributed systems
-New cryptographic primitives or consensus protocols applied to blockchain architecture
-Novel applications of existing cryptography and consensus protocols to blockchain architecture
-Security proofs or analysis blockchain protocols

Formal methods and Programming Language Theory
-Secure programming languages for blockchain protocols & smart contracts
-Formal analysis or verification of cryptography, consensus-critical code and other blockchain components
-Limitations of formal methods in blockchain design and analysis
-Tools for design and analysis of distributed systems and cryptosystems (verifiers, solvers, provers, etc)

Attack analysis and threat modeling
-Cryptographic attacks
-Consensus attacks
-Hardware attacks
-Simulation of production systems and attacks

Secure scaling
-On-chain scaling
-Layer 2 and off-chain scaling
-Compression techniques
-Secure decentralized randomness techniques

-Zero-knowledge proofs and other methods for confidentiality

-ASICs and other mining/validating hardware
-HSMs and other specialized custodial hardware
-Hardware wallets and similar
-Satellite, radio and alternative means of transport/relay
-Analysis of using off-the-shelf devices for cryptocurrency purposes

Testing & deployment
-Testing methodologies (simulation, experiment design, testnets, etc.)
-Measurement and analysis of production systems
-Production system upgrade strategies
-Reproducible build systems

-Analysis or critique of any economic aspect of permissionless or permissioned protocols
-Protocol-native aspects only, not third party market analysis. Examples:
-Analysis of on-chain resource costs (Ex: mining economics, transaction fee market, gas prices, disk/memory use/costs, etc)
-Techniques for measurement of resource use and cost
-Decentralized money supply algorithms
-Decentralized stabilization algorithms (as applied to price, monetary supply, monetary velocity, or any other metric where stabilization is of interest)
-Systemic risk and resilience in crypto-financial systems

Third party ecosystem
Topics related to centralized or trusted third party services are of interest if they have some impact on protocol level architecture or security. For example, talks on the design or security of non-custodial services offered by trusted or centralized third parties would be of interest. As would talks on designing and securing oracle services for injecting real-world information into smart contracts.

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