March 04 - 05, 2017

Location: Building 26 - Room 100

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2017 Expo Speakers

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MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Ethan Heilman
PhD student, Boston University

Ethan Heilman is PhD student at Boston University's Computer Science Department and a member of the computer security research group BUSEC. His research includes novel attacks on hash functions including breaking a SHA-3 competitor, network security and Cryptocurrencies. He has contributed improvements to Bitcoin-Core to strengthen the security of Bitcoin's P2P network. His latest project is TumbleBit which allows for scalable private Bitcoin payments.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Andrew Poelstra
Main Developer, Elements Alpha

Andrew has been programming computers since he was four years old and has taken an interest in cryptography since 13. Today he is a main developer of the libsecp256k1 high-performance ECC library as well as the sidechain Elements Alpha.Andrew became involved in the Bitcoin community in late 2011; in 2013 he began contributing to the high-performance cryptography library libsecp256k1 which underlies Bitcoin Core's signature validation and signing. While completing his Masters of Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote and co-wrote several papers about Bitcoin, wrote the rust-bitcoin library, and contributed code and design to the sidechain Elements Alpha. In March 2016 he joined Blockstream full-time as a mathematician, where he continues to interact with the Bitcoin research community.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

David Vorick
CEO, Sia

David is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied Computer Science, finished his degree in three years, and graduated with honors. He has been following computer security trends since the age of 15. David has previously interned at IBM where he worked on the mainframe operating system, and turned down a job offer from Google after graduation in order to pursue Sia.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Peter Todd
BTC Core Dev

A Bitcoin Core contributor, researcher, and applied cryptography consultant, Peter is known for his no-nonsense approach to "blockchain" security, and his passion for outreach and education.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Matt Corallo
BTC Developer, Chaincode

Matt is a long-time Bitcoin developer who has been contributing to Bitcoin Core since 2011. Matt helped co-found Blockstream where he co-authored the Sidechains whitepaper and implemented the Elements Sidechain. Matt also built and maintains the Bitcoin FIBRE project, the latest generation of low-latency Bitcoin block relay.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Tadge Dryja
Thought Leader, LIT

He is co-author of the "Bitcoin Lightning Networks" paper, a proposal to increase the scalability of Bitcoin to encompass micro-payments. Thaddeus was previously an assistant professor at Mie University, and studied cryptography and network engineering at the University of Virginia. His undergraduate degree is in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Mitchell Dong
Independent Energy Entrepreneur

Mitchell Dong is a private investor and hedge fund manager. He is a serial entrepreneur who has started a dozen businesses over the last 40 years in alternative energy, technology and finance. He invests in quantitative traders, hedge funds and venture funds. He runs a global trading operation which trades bitcoin in China, Europe and the USA. Mitchell is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Gregory Sanders
Infrastructure Tech Engineer, Blockstream

Gregory has spent the last few years as a regular contributor to Bitcoin. He was a founding author to the bitcoin.org documentation, which is now widely utilized. He has worked extensively on the open source wallet GreenAddress, improving the privacy, security, and UX of the wallet. Now, at Blockstream, he is working on the core Bitcoin technology in addition to user-facing applications and proof of concepts.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Neha Narula
Director of Research, DCI

Neha Narula is director of research at the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Shinichiro Matsuo
Ph'D Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab

Dr. Shin'ichiro Matsuo is a research scientist in cryptography and information security. He is a research affiliate - Director's Liaison for Financial Cryptography at MIT Media Lab, a research professor at Keio University and a research fellow at University of Tokyo. He is an editorial team member of LEDGER, the first Blockchain academic journal and a program committee member of W3C, IEEE, ACM blockchain related academic conferences and Scaling Bitcoin. Together with Mr. Pindar Wong, he is establishing the BSafe.network to promote applied academic research in blockchain technologies. He is the editor of three ISO/IEC standards in cryptography. Dr. Matsuo founded CELLOS, the international consortium for security evaluation of cryptographic protocol and serves as the head of its technical working group dor securing cryptographic protocol like TLS.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Anders Brownsworth
Chief Evangelist, Circle Internet Financial

Anders Brownworth is Chief Evangelist at Circle where he champions the Spark smart contract platform. Circle is making it as easy to move money as it is to share text, photos and videos on the Internet. Using our experience in internet technology and global finance (like helping to found and build the Allaire Corporation and Brightcove, and honing our skills at places like Square, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Adobe and Amazon), we’re making online payments easier to use, safer and more convenient than ever.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Sergio Lerner
Chief Scientist, RSK Labs

Sergio is the Co-founder & Chief Scientist of RSK Labs and doubles as an Information Security Consultant. He has been performing cryptocurrency audits for core teams since 2011 including Bitcoin, Ethereum & zCash. In the past he has beenCo-Founder of CoinFabrik, WayniLoans, Pentatek and security adviser for the Bitcoin Foundation & Xapo. He tweets at @SDLerner and blogs at bitslog.com.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Alex Shevchenko
Researcher, the Bitfury Group

Alex is one of The Bitfury Group’s researchers. Among other projects in the software R&D department, Alex also leads the company’s research on private blockchains. Alex has a PhD in mathematical modeling, where he specialized in building robust and efficient parallel algorithms for hybrid architectures as well as blockchain technology. In 2016, Alex and his team won “Best Pitch” in EY’s Blockchain Startup Challenge.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Joey Krug
Lead Backend Developer, Augur

Joey took a leave of absence from Pomona College to focus full time on Augur. He conducted the first Bitcoin transactionvia sound as well as the first Bitcoin transaction via iOS-Android Bluetooth LE. Joey is one of the 2016 Thiel Fellows. Before creating Augur, he and Jack completed Sidecoin, which allows new cryptocurrency distributions based on "snapshots" of Bitcoin account balances. He works on Augur's back-end codebase (its Ethereum smart contracts). He is currently making Augur's consensus implementation faster and more accurate. Joey worked on Bitcoin merchant solutions and enjoys hardware tinkering and game development. He was his high school valedictorian and a senior officer of his college investment club.

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Ling Ren
Graduate Student, MIT

I am a graduate student at MIT CSAIL. My advisor is Professor Srinivas Devadas. I do research in applied cryptography, computer security and hardware. For the past a few years, I worked on more efficient Oblivious RAM (ORAM) algorithms and hardware implementations. More recently, we invented Onion ORAM, the first ORAM construction with O(1) bandwidth blowup. It circumvents a known logarithmic bandwidth lower bound. A more detailed discussion on how we can (and cannot) circumvent the bound can be find in this paper.Aside from the above projects, I also worked on practical fuzzy extractors, proof of space, and ASIC resistant hash functions.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Andrew Koh
Director, this expo

Andrew is so incredibly impressive, his bio could not be included here. Instead we place this text describing the situation.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Doge Doggie
Original Shibe, Dogecoin

Very conference. So Doge.

2017 Expo Schedule

Exact times and titles subject to minor change

DAY 1

Time

Topic

Speakers

12:00 - 12:00 Welcome/Recap on Scaling Bitcoin Andrew Koh
12:00 - 12:30 Tumblebit Ethan Heilman
12:30 - 13:00 Mimble Wimble Andrew Poelstra
13:00 - 13:30 The Ideal Number of Bitcoin Full Nodes David Vorick
13:30 - 14:00 Scaling Peter Todd
14:00 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:00 Bitcoin's Miner Security Model Matt Corallo
15:00 - 15:30 Lightning Tadge Dryja
15:30 - 16:00 Exchange Security Mitchell Dong
16:00 - 16:30 Liquid Greg Sanders

DAY 2

Time

Topic

Speakers

10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 11:00 Welcome Second Day Andrew Koh
11:00 - 11:30 MIT DCI Neha Narula
11:30 - 12:00 Bsafe network Shinichiro Matsuo
12:00 - 12:30 Break/Lunch
12:30 - 13:00 Solidus: Incentive-Compatible Permissionless Byzantine Consensus Ling Ren
13:00 - 13:30 Circle Anders Brownworth
13:30 - 14:15 Rsk Sergio Demián Lerner
14:15 - 14:45 Digital Time Stamping Alex Shevchenko
14:45 - 15:15 Augur Joey Krug

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