Read The Cornell Daily Sun article by Shivani Sanghani—“Cornell Blockchain Conference Will Explore the Future and Potential of Cryptocurrencies” (March 12, 2019)—to learn more about the conference that will convene to debate blockchain and “its potential revolutionary impacts on other fields” at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City on April 12th.

On April 11th, Emin Gün Sirer joined event organizers to ring the bell at Nasdaq.

Cornell’s own CS and Cornell Tech professors—Ari Juels, Emin Gün Sirer, and Elaine Shi—will be speaking at the international conference devoted to four key topics: platforms, regulation, security tokens, and lastly, growth and adoption.

Several of the speakers are active members of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3).

Also in attendance are Cornell alumni who have founded firms that take part in the cryptocurrency business, including Kathleen Breitman ’12, Michelle Gitlitz ’98, and Jae Kwon ’05.

Some of those in attendance with Cornell affiliations (listed here with their respective affiliations and initiatives) include:

Kathleen Breitman, Cornell University alumna and co-founder of Tezos

Michelle Gitlitz, Cornell University alumna and co-chair of Blank Rome’s Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies Group

James Grimmelmann, Cornell Tech professor with a focus on internet law

Ari Juels, Cornell Tech professor, co-director of IC3 

Jaw Kwon, Cornell University alumnus, CEO and co-founder of Tendermint and co-builder of Cosmos

Elaine Shi, Cornell CS professor, co-founder of Thunder Token and chief scientist of IC3.

Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell CS professor, founder of bloXroute and co-director of IC3.


John Wu, Cornell University alumnus and CEO of Digital Assets at Sharespost