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Scaling Bitcoin

István András Seres is a Hungarian researcher who studies the Lightning Network at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He will present his research on “The Shape of Lightning: The Topology of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network.”

Scaling Decentralized Video

Eric Tang is CTO and Co-Founder of Livepeer, an Ethereum-based video streaming network that empowers developers to create video applications.

Scaling Layer 0

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic is a Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University and the founder of Chicago-based bloXroute Labs. He is also an authority on Net Neutrality, and his work on this subject has earned him the National Science Foundation’s Career Award.

Sebastiaan ‘t Lam

Sebastiaan ‘t Lam is the General Manager of Makerversity, Amsterdam’s headquarters for the maker scene. Before coming to Makerversity Sebastiaan was an event manager for the EYE Film Museum and country manager for the American event technology company PSAV.

Securely Scaling Permissionless Blockchains

Philipp Jovanovich is an authority on blockchain scalability and one of the creators of the OmniLedger Protocol. He is a cryptographer and researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), a member of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) and a scientific advisor to the DFINITY project.

Securities Law Developments for 2018

Julian Zegelman is the Managing Partner at corporate and securities law firm Velton Zegelman PC. His practice focuses on cryptocurrency law alongside VC, corporate and securities law.

Security & Privacy

Liz Steininger is CEO of Least Authority in Berlin, a company that supports the citizen’s right to privacy through security consulting and solutions. Prior to this work, she managed financing for Internet freedom projects at the Open Technology Fund.

Segregated Byzantine Agreement

Emanuele Francioni is Tech Lead and Chairman of Dusk, a privacy-centric blockchain with a new consensus mechanism, the Segregated Byzantine Agreement. He spent more than a decade leading various multi-disciplinary development teams and has delivered multi-million-dollar technology projects for top corporate organizations, such as Tomtom, Commerzbank and Vitrociset.


Edmund Lowell is the founder of SelfKey, a solution for secure, self-sovereign identity based on Blockchain technology. He is a serial entrepreneur who has built Fintech and Regtech products including Incorporations.io and KYC-Chain.com, and has provided KYC solutions for some of the biggest ICOs.


Jane Zhang is the Shanghai-based CEO of ShellPay, which produces SkyLedger-based tokens, a hardware wallet and a decentralized exchange. She was selected by the Dubai government to join the Spring 2017 Program of Dubai Future Accelerators, through which the team developed a blockchain-based Passport Control solution for the national Immigration Office.