2019 Expo Speakers

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Allan Stevo
Co-Founder, Bitcoin NYC & Business Development, Kraken


MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Amanda Fabiano
Senior Program Manager, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology


MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Amber Baldet
Co-Founder & CEO, Clovyr


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Andrew Poelstra
Director of Research, Blockstream


MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Arjun Balaji
Independent Investor & Cryptocurrency Researcher


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Ash Egan
Principal, Accomplice VC


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Bill Barhydt
Founder & CEO, Abra


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Bjorn Wagner
Co-Founder, Parity Technologies & Polkadot Network


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Boyma Fahnbulleh
Contributor, Handshake


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Bruce Fenton
Founder, Chainstone Labs


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Caitlin Long
Co-Founder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition


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Carl Dong
Software Engineer, Chaincode Labs


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Cathie Yun
Cryptographer, Interstellar


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Charles Guillemet
Chief Security Officer, Ledger


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Christian Decker
Software Engineer & Researcher, Blockstream


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Cory Fields
Developer, Bitcoin Core, MIT DCI


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David Molnar
Developer, Wasabi Wallet


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David Vorick
CEO, Nebulous & Co-founder, Sia


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Elaine Shi
Associate Professor, Cornell University


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Erick Pinos
President & CEO, Blockchain Education Network


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Fabrice Drouin
Founder & CTO, ACINQ


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Gary Gensler
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan & Former Chairman, CFTC


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Georgios Konstantopoulos
Lead Researcher, Loom Network


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Giulia Fanti
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University


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Hester Peirce
Commissioner, SEC


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Jack Mallers
Creater, Zap Wallet


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James Prestwich
Founder, Summa


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Jamiel Sheikh
Founder & CEO, Chainhaus


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Jed Breed
Senior Product Manager, Crypto at Circle


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Jeremy Welch
Founder, Casa


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Josh Cincinnati
Executive Director, Zcash Foundation


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Justin Moon
buidlbootcamp


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Katherine Wu
Director of Business Development, Messari


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Kristen Ragusin
Blockchain Enthusiast & Financial Investment Professional


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Leigh Cuen
Coindesk


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Lindsay Lin
Legal Counsel, Interstellar & Stellar Development Foundation


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Lucianna Kiffer
PhD Student, Northeastern University


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Marcin Jachymiak
MIT Bitcoin Club


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Matt Koskinen
Zcoin Ambassador to Boston


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Meltem Demirors
Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares


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Nadav Hollander
Founder, Dharma Protocol


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Naveed Ihsanullah
Head of Engineering, Algorand


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Neha Narula
Director, MIT DCI


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Nic Carter
Founder, Coin Metrics & Partner, Castle Island Ventures


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Nima Vaziri
Contributor, Counterfactual


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Niraj Pant
Partner, Polychain Capital


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Paige Peterson
User Education, ZCash Company


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Parker Hao
Partner, Bitbridge LP


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Peter Todd
Applied Cryptography Consultant & Bitcoin Engineer


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Peter Van Valkenburgh
Director of Research, Coin Center


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Pierre Rochard
Founder, Lightning Power Users


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Rebekah Mercer
Protocol Researcher, Coda Protocol, O(1) Labs


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Rhys Lindmark
Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact, MIT DCI


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Richard Myers
Decentralized Applications Engineer, goTenna


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Rune Christensen
Co-Founder & CEO, MakerDAO


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Ryan R. Fox
Development Coordinator, BitShares


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Sharon Goldberg
Co-Founder & CEO, Arwen (formerly Commonwealth Crypto)


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Steve Jain
Contributor, Bisq Network


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Stuart Haber
Cryptographer


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Tadge Dryja
Thought Leader, MIT DCI


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Todd Lippiatt
Co-Founder & CEO, Factora


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Zaki Manian
Advisor, Cosmos


2019 Expo Schedule Day 1

10-250

Time

Description

Presenters

Moderator

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome by MIT Bitcoin Expo Director and Expo Committee Members Manasi Vora
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Schnorr, MuSig, Thresholds and More for Bitcoin: A History Andrew Poelstra
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Utreexo: Reducing Bitcoin Nodes to 1 Kilobyte Tadge Dryja
10:15 AM - 10:50 AM Blockchain Attack Vectors and Ecosystem Security Cory Fields + Carl Dong + James Lovejoy Sharon Goldberg
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM Wasabi Wallet: Unfairly Private David Molnar
11:25 AM - 11:50 AM 10 years of Bitcoin: Evaluating its Performance as a Monetary System Nic Carter
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Decentralized Exchanges: Self-Custodying Your Assets Steve Jain + Ryan Fox + Ethan Fast Leigh Cuen
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Taming the Wild West: Effectively Regulating the Blockchain Space Gary Gensler + Hester Peirce
2:10 PM - 2:35 PM Non-Atomic Swaps James Prestwich
2:35 PM - 3:00 PM Zcash Governance: The Road Toward 2-of-2 Multisig Josh Cincinnati
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Break
3:10 PM - 3:35 PM The Cosmos Launch: Defining an MVP for a Next Generation Blockchain Zaki Manian
4:00 PM - 4:35 PM Let's Talk About CEX: Centralized Trading Platforms Jed Breed + Allan Stevo Parker Hao
4:35 PM - 4:45 PM Break
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM Livestream from 34-101

34-101

Time

Description

Presenters

Moderator

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome by MIT Bitcoin Expo Director and Expo Committee Members Manasi Vora
9:15 AM - 9:27 AM The Technology for the Borderless Economy Naveed Ihsanullah
9:27 AM - 9:39 AM Blockchain Education Network: Teaching the Next Generation Erick Pinos
9:39 AM - 9:51 AM Defending Against Counterfeiting Attacks in Zcash Paige Peterson
9:51 AM - 10:03 AM Lelantus: Improving on Zerocoin Matt Koskinen
10:03 AM - 10:15 AM Funding Cryptocurrency Development Arjun Balaji
10:15 AM - 10:50 AM Landing a Node on the Moon; Does it Have to be Rocket Science? Justin Moon + Pierre Rochard + Jack Mallers Marcin Jachymiak
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM Abra's Crypto Collateralized Contract Technology Bill Barhydt
11:25 AM - 11:50 AM Counterfactual: A Framework for Generalized State Channels Nima Vaziri
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Lightning Implementations: A Scaling Story Fabrice Drouin + Christian Decker + Tadge Dryja
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Livestream from 10-250
2:10 PM - 2:35 PM The Path to Personal Sovereignty Jeremy Welch
2:35 PM - 3:00 PM Incentivizing Mesh Networks with Layer 2 Micropayments Richard Myers
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Break
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM Handshake: An Experimental, Peer-to-Peer Root DNS Boyma Fahnbulleh
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM Security Analysis of PoW Consensus Protocols Lucianna Kiffer
3:50 PM - 4:10 PM Plasma Cash: Towards improved Plasma constructions Georgios Konstantopoulos
4:10 PM - 4:45 PM Investing in a Digital World: New Approaches to VC Niraj Pant + Meltem Demirors + Ash Egan Amanda Fabiano
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM Money, Apathy, Cryptography: The Fates of Internet Societies Amber Baldet

2019 Expo Schedule Day 2

10-250

Time

Description

Presenters

Moderator

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Zuck Bucks, Dimon's Diamonds and Bitcoin: A Debate on Permissioned vs. Permissionless Systems Peter Todd + Jamiel Sheikh Rhys Lindmark
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Blockchain: An Origin Story, and a Warning About its Scientific Foundation Stuart Haber
10:30 AM - 11:05 AM Democratizing and Decentralizing Finance Rune Christensen + Nadav Hollander + Todd Lippiatt Kristen Ragusin
11:05 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 11:40 AM Zero Knowledge Proofs and Smart Contracts with Bulletproofs Cathie Yun
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM Non-Custodial Solutions for Centralized Exchanges Sharon Goldberg
11:40 AM - 12:05 PM Polkadot & Substrate: Supercharging Blockchain Innovation Bjorn Wagner
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM Lunch
1:05 PM - 1:50 PM Regulation and Law: Layer 2 Peter Van Valkenburgh + Katherine Wu + Caitlin Long + Lindsay Lin Bruce Fenton
1:50 PM - 2:20 PM Synchronous, with a Chance of Partition Tolerance Elaine Shi
2:20 PM - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Funds are ScAFE: Security Assessment of Open Source Hardware Wallets Charles Guillemet
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Deconstructing the Blockchain to Approach Physical Limits Giulia Fanti
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Busted Setup David Vorick
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM A Guided Tour Through the World of Snarks Rebekah Mercer
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Preventing Catastrophic Cryptocurrency Attacks Neha Narula
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM Closing Remarks

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2019 Expo Team

MIT BITCOIN EXPO

Manasi Vora
Expo Director


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Shounak Ghosh
Expo Co-Director


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Hugo Uvegi
Expo Content


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James Lovejoy
Expo Content


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Océane Boulais
Expo Logistics


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Nchinda Nchinda
Expo Logistics


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Daniel Marquez
Expo Logistics


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Ronald Vargas
Expo Marketing


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Sacha Ghebali
Expo Marketing


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Sahil Sachdev
Expo Sponsorship


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Ethan Nevidomsky
MITBTC Treasurer


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William Lopez-Cordero
MITBTC President