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February 2019

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.

January 2019

The DAO of Bisq

Eyal Ron is a core contributor to Bisq, formerly known as Bitsquare, one of the world’s first decentralized exchanges. He belongs to the team designing the Bisq DAO, which has helped transform the organization developing the exchange into an autonomous self-executing second-layer solution on top of the Bitcoin blockchain.

The Self-Adapting Ledger

Emmanuelle Anceaume is the lead researcher of Sycomore, a self-adapting permissionless ledger. She is affiliated with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and works for INRIA / IRISA, a world leader in computer science.

Breaking Smart Contracts

Daniel Fischmann is lead auditor of ChainSecurity, based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he has investigated security guarantees for Augur, Kyber Network and DAOStack, among others.

Regulatory Overview

Sameer Ismail is Chief Compliance Officer for Luno, a cryptocurrency exchange with its headquarters in London. His presentation will detail current cryptocurrency regulations around the world and the proposed implementations of the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. It will also include notable comparisons with jurisdictions both inside and outside of the EU.

Predicting BTC Prices

Nikolai Zaitsev is Director of consultancy Innovaest where he conducts research on risk analysis and the prediction of Bitcoin prices. He previously served as Head of Quantitative Trading Risk Analytics at ABN Amro and held similar roles at GMK Risk and Fortis.

Tim Epskamp

BlockBay Capital Founding Partner Tim Epskamp will be the Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 6 February, 2019. Tim has provided asset management services for cryptocurrency investments since March, 2018. He previously worked as an investment analyst for UBS and Kempen & Co.

Blockchain and Sustainability

Horst Treiblmaier is a professor of International Management at MODUL University Vienna and a board member of the “City of Blockchain”, a Vienna-based organization that promotes the use of Blockchain technology to create smart sustainable cities.

December 2018

Mimblewimble

Alexander Zaidelson is CEO of Beam, the world’s second implementation of the anonymous-by-default Mimblewimble protocol. He is a veteran of the Israeli startup scene, was co-founder of the P2P file-sharing company, Nareos, and desktop dictionary, Wikitup, as well as an investor in Israeli growth- and late-stage companies.

Space Mesh

Iddo Bentov is Chief Scientist of Spacemesh, which raised $15 million in a series A financing round led by Polychain Capital in September, 2018. He is a postdoc in cryptocurrency and cryptography at Cornell University who has been involved in cryptocurrencies since mid-2011 and is responsible for a substantial part of the design work upon which Spacemesh is based.