CESC

The Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC) is taking place in October 2017 at UC Berkeley. Find out everything you need to know about the event today.

What Is The Crypto Economics Security Conference?

The Crypto Economics Security Conference, or CESC, is an event dedicated to discussing security issues related to the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

The official website, CESC.io, explains that, “We think the blockchain space needs more academic presence.”

With that in mind, CESC promises to explore the economic security aspects of blockchain technology. Some of the topics covered will include game theory, incentive design, mechanism design, and market design, along with other topics related to crypto-economic security.

The event’s goal is to foster collaboration among researchers and practitioners who work on these issues every day.

What Is Crypto Economics?

You may have never heard the term “cryptoeconomics” before. However, it could soon be an entire academic discipline in the future. The CESC website describes cryptoeconomics as follows:

“Cryptoeconomics is a formal discipline that focuses on the design and characterization of protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy.”

Just like we study economics today, future students – and even current students – study cryptoeconomics as an entire academic discipline.

Where Is CESC 2017?

The CESC 2017 event is taking place at UC Berkeley in the Pauley Ballroom, on the top floor of the Martin Luther King building on campus. UC Berkeley is in Berkeley, California.

When Is It?

CESC is taking place October 2 to 3, 2017. It’s a two day event.

Who’s Going?

The CESC website lists the following participants, among others:

Leemon Baird (CTO, Swirlds Inc.):

Leemon is the creator of the hashgraph consensus algorithm. He’s been working on blockchain technology for several years. He has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon and has served as a professor, a research scientist, and as a member of two startups that were acquired.

Joshua L. Boehm (Associate Attorney, Perkins Cole LLP):

Josh is a lawyer specializing in blockchain-related law. He guides companies through the complex regulatory issues associated with designing new products – especially fintech products.

Benedikt Bunz (PhD, Computer Security, Stanford):

Bunz is a second year PhD student who has previously received degrees from the University of Zurich and Stanford. His research focuses on designing cryptographic protocols using the blockchain.

Allesandro Chiesa (Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley):

Alessandro is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s EECS department, where they cover theory, cryptography, and security. He’s an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARKs. He’s also a co-inventor of Zerocash and a co-founder of Zcash, both of which use libsnark.

And Others:

The CESEC website lists dozens of leaders from across the space, including academics, industry professionals, and more. Overall, however, there’s a focus on academics over industry professionals, and the event is designed to introduce more academic study to the world of blockchain technology.

CESC Schedule Of Events

A full schedule of events over the two day can be found online at CESC.io.

CESC Event Tickets And Pricing

CESC tickets are priced at $27 to $129.

As of September 25, 2017, CESC is sold out.

Stay tuned for more information about CESC 2017 after the event wraps up!

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