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Don't miss our Next Event! Register Now for the next IC3 Meetup on August 30 , in Redwood City, CA. This is at Oracle in Redwood City (picked a central location for SF and Si Valley people). Hope many of you can make it! 
The Meetup speaker is Ethan Cecchetti (left), The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Ethan is a PhD student in Computer Science at Cornell, co-advised by Prof. Andrew Myers and Prof. Ari Juels (IC3 co-Director). He is interested in a wide range of research related to smart contract programming languages, security and cryptography.
The topic is Proofs of Replication , which appear necessary for Distributed Storage Networks (DSNs). These are currently a big topic. Filecoin, Sia, Storj, MaidSafe, and IPFS are all trying to build variations of them, and they're being discussed as a way to reduce the individual storage requirement of Ethereum and other blockchains so not everyone has to store the entire blockchain state, but everyone can be sure that it is being stored in a correct and robust fashion.

What Ethan's team at IC3 has done specifically is identify, define, and construct a core (and we believe necessary) building block of a Proof of Replication/DSN: a Public Incompressible Encoding (PIE). Our construction is highly tunable and very efficient.

Ethan will talk about what this construct is, why it's important, and/or how to build one.

6:00-6:30pm - arrivals and networking.
6:30-7:15pm - presentation.
7:15-7:30pm - Q/A.
7:30-8:00pm - more networking.

Seating is limited, so if you plan to attend, please register today:  IC3 Blockchain Meetup .
IC3 and the Ethereum Foundation conducted our third   IC3-Ethereum Crypto Boot Camp  on  July 12-18 , at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This is an immersive weeklong coding and learning experience in Blockchains and Smart Contracts with professors and students, along with leading architects, developers and engineers from industry and the open source community.

We took occasional breaks from the hacking to attend talks by well-known experts in the community – and also recorded some of the project team presentations  here . Note that some talks are pre-publication oriented and may not be posted.

The First Place project was awarded to Project Chicago led by Cornell Computer Science PhD students Phil Daian and Yan Ji. Their team implemented financial instruments for cryptocommodities à la GasToken ( ). For more info, please see .

Below is their award photo from the Boot Camp Celebration Dinner.
Pictured are:
IC3 Associate Directors: Prof. Ittay Eyal (at far left in photo) and Prof. Andrew Miller (at far right)
Team Chicago Members: (left to right, after Ittay Eyal) Sam Apter, Yan Ji (Team co-Leader), Edward Mehrez, Phil Daian (Team co-Leader, kneeling), Leland Lee, Kersing Huang.
Ethereum Foundation: Hudson Jameson and Vitalik Buterin (both standing at center of photo behind Phil).

The list below is condensed; please see IC3 Press for a more complete list.

Meet Oasis Labs, the blockchain startup Silicon Valley is buzzing about  by MIT Technology Review on July 12, 2018

Zcash: life on the crypto roller coaster  by Tech Crunch on June 24, 2018

Please feel free to contact us for more info on these items.


Jim Ballingall
Executive Director
The Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3) 
cel:  408-212-1035
Copyright © 2017-2018 The Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3)
The IC3 2018 Spring Retreat attendees gathered for a group photo at the end of the day in the lobby of the Tata Innovation Center, on May 10 at Cornell Tech in NYC.