1st International Summer School on Security & Privacy for Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies Closes Strong

As an educational outreach event organized by TU Wien, Princeton University, and SBA Research, the 1st International Summer School on Security & Privacy for Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies took place between September 2-5, 2019. Held in Vienna, Austria in its first year, it was organized as a mix of in-depth lectures from 15 high-profile speakers from academia and industry, as well as two hackathons. The summer school provided the 85 students, academic, and industry attendees an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge topics on blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies and foster their understanding of the security and privacy specific requirements and guarantees, and was made possible thanks to generous support by Liquidity Network, Nimiq, Research Institute, Bitpanda, NuCypher, Bolt Labs, the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms, and the city of Vienna.

The summer school’s closing panel with Patrick McCorry (King’s College and PISA Research), Jing Chen (Stony Brook University and Algorand), and Krzysztof Pietrzak (IST Austria), moderated by Matteo Maffei (TU Wien), discussed the future of blockchain technologies. It highlighted the technologies’ disruptive potential, from giving control over citizens’ money back to them, to reducing the processing costs of financial transactions, to enabling a worldwide trustworthy distributed computing platform, and it discussed their grand challenges, in particular emphasizing the need of interdisciplinary research that bridges cryptography and economy, and the need to address scalability and sustainability. 

More details are available on the website of the summer school: https://bdlt.school