IC3 Fall Retreat in NYC
Thursday October 5, 2017 Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, 2 West Loop Road, NYC

IC3 faculty, students and industry members gather twice per year to discuss the major technical challenges and innovative solutions to widespread blockchain adoption.

Several of the attendees gathered for a group photo long after the event ended on Oct 6. Photo includes speakers Jonathan Levin, Chainanalysis (center of back row), Prof. Emin Gun Sirer, and Prof. Andrew Miller (both to Jonathan’s left). Other speakers are Prof. Joe Bonneau (second from the right in back row), and Brian Schroeder, JP Morgan (front row, between Professors Sirer and Miller).

The events were conducted in Cornell Tech’s new campus on Roosevelt Island, just recently opening its doors in August 2017.

Oct 6 was open to the public, part of a series of inaugural Cornell Tech events to educate the public.

Oct 5 was for IC3 members only. Note: IC3 offers two levels of membership: Sponsor Member fees are $450k per year. Regular members fees are $150k per year.

Aerial photo of Cornell Tech campus by Iwan Baan.
Prof. Ari Juels, IC3 co-Director opens the Retreat on October 5. Professors Ittay Eyal and Andrew Miller are in the second and third row respectively in the upper right of the photo.
Dan Middleton, Intel, shares perspectives on new directions and opportunities in academic research for cryprocurrencies and contracts, during the Industry partner section. After Dan, we heard from Hadley Stern (Fidelity), Shaul Kfir (Digital Asset) Nik Gupta (IBM), Patrick Nielsen (JP Morgan), Michael DiPetrillo (VMware), and Shaz Qadeer (Microsoft).


Thursday October 5 - Fall Retreat
Breakfast 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Session 1: Blockchains in Action (BIA) -- Demo-driven presentations Isaac Sheff, Kai Mast, Phil Daian, Fan Zhang, Andrew Miller 9:30 – 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: Lightning talks (LT) -- 5-minute presentations by IC3 students Isaac Sheff, Sergi Delgado Segura, Ethan Cecchetti, Pat McCorry, Soumya Basu, Robbert van Renesse 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Networking Session 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Session 3: IC3 Industry Members Perspectives - What should researchers be working on? Dan Middleton (Intel), Hadley Stern (Fidelity), Shaul Kfir (Digital Asset) Nik Gupta (IBM), Patrick Nielsen (JP Morgan), Michael DiPetrillo (VMware), Shaz Qadeer (Microsoft) 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Break and Networking 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Session 4: On the horizon (OTH)--Research-driven presentations Iddo Bentov, Ian Miers, Elaine Shi, Ittay Eyal, Raymond Cheng, Dawn Song 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Friday October 6 - Blockchains Workshop
Introduction Dan Huttenlocher (Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech) 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction to the Program Ari Juels (Jacobs, Cornell Tech) 9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Session 1: The Basics (Chair: by Ittay Eyal)
What Exactly Is a Blockchain Anyway? Andrew Miller (UIUC) 9:25 - 9:50 a.m.
What Are Smart Contracts? Ari Juels (Jacobs, Cornell Tech) 9:50 - 10:15 a.m.
What Can and Can't Blockchains Do? Emin Gün Sirer (Cornell) 10:15 - 10:40 a.m.
Session 2: Business and Legal Frontiers (Chair: Emin Gün Sirer)
Initial Coin Offerings Joshua Ashley Klayman (MoFo) 11:25 - 11:50 a.m.
Real Estate Titles on Blockchains David Yermack (NYU) 11:50 - 12:15 a.m.
Session 3: Technical Frontiers (Chair: Andrew Miller)
Hostile Blockchain Takeovers Joe Bonneau (NYU) 1:15 - 1:40 p.m.
New Directions in Consensus Rafael Pass (Cornell Tech) 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Future Blockchain Technologies Dawn Song (UC Berkeley) 2:05 - 2:30 p.m.
From Cryptocurrencies to Fintech Blockchains Ittay Eyal (Technion) 2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
Session 4: Industry Frontiers (Chair: Jim Ballingall)
The Rise of Cybercrime on Ethereum Jonathan Levin (Chainanalysis) 3:40 - 4:05 p.m.
Quorum: Adapting Ethereum for Enterprise Brian Schroeder (JPMC) 4:05 - 4:30 p.m.