Blockchain Interoperability The Cosmos Way
On 4 September, 2019, we welcome Cosmos back to Bitcoin Wednesday after a long hiatus. A lot has happened since Cosmos founder Jae Kwon spoke about blockchain interoperability back in November 2016. Since then, Cosmos raised $16.8 million in 4 minutes and 42 seconds in its crowd sale in 2017, and its mainnet launched on 14 March 2019. As of August 2019, it represents a market cap of more than $488 million.
Research scientist Sunny Aggarwal joined the team in 2017. His areas of focus are distributed fault-tolerant system design and, specifically, Proof of Stake and Blockchain Interoperability. At Bitcoin Wednesday he will present the Interchain, a vision for how the blockchain ecosystem works together, Cosmos’ role in it, and the essential tools that his team is building to make Interchain a reality.
Sunny is an active spokesman for Cosmos. He is a co-host of the Epicenter cryptocurrency podcast, and co-founder and advisor of the Blockchain at Berkeley group that organizes white paper readings and builds blockchain proof-of-concepts. He is also the founder of Sikka, a blockchain infrastructure startup that participates in decentralized protocols and networks, including proof of stake validators, full nodes, interchain relayers and lightning hubs. It currently operates one of the 5 largest validators on the Cosmos Hub.
He was previously an Ethereum developer at Consensys, where he helped design a developers’ training course for the Consensys Academy. He was also briefly enrolled at Berkeley and founded the California Pirate Party. He was initially drawn to the industry as a way to explore the convergence of technology with social sciences.
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