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Opening Address

14:00-14:30 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Jack Gavigan is the Executive Director of the Zcash Foundation. He has been involved with Zcash since early 2016, when he became an advisor to the Electric Coin Company. He subsequently joined the company as COO shortly before the launch of Zcash in October 2016. In 2018 he relinquished the role of COO to focus on regulatory relations. He took up the position of Executive Director at the Zcash Foundation in February 2021.

User Defined Assets (panel discussion)

14:40-15:25 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Ian Miers is one of the seven founding scientists behind Zcash, and a member of the Zcash Foundation’s board of directors.

Peter Van Valkenburgh is a board member of the Zcash Foundation and Director of Research at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He is a graduate of NYU Law, as well as a self-taught web developer. He drafts the Center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before Congress, briefed staff and members of the EU parliament, and educated policymakers and regulatory staff around the world on the subject of cryptocurrency regulation and decentralized computing systems.

J.R. Willett invented the concept of the ICO in 2012, and performed the first ICO in 2013. In addition to “Inventor of the ICO”, J.R. has also been credited as “Inventor of the Stablecoin”, as his landmark 2012 whitepaper introducing the ICO concept also described how to algorithmically stabilize a token to peg to an external asset, like the dollar. Numerous projects have since put his ideas into practice.

Matt Luongo is a serial entrepreneur who joined the cryptocurrency space in 2014. He’s currently the CEO of Thesis, the crypto venture studio that incubated Fold, Keep, tBTC, and Saddle. Matt is based in Atlanta, GA and is a husband and father of two.

This panel discussion will be chaired by Jack Gavigan.


Zcash Open Major Grants

15:35-16:20 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a New York venture firm that invests in decentralized information networks. Prior to Placeholder, he co-authored the best-seller, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond, and spearheaded ARK Invest’s crypto efforts, including its 2015 bitcoin investment. His commentary has been featured on international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and Bloomberg. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford University. Twitter @cburniske.

Holmes Wilson is an activist and software maker. Right now he’s building the peer-to-peer messaging app and Zcash wallet Zbay, while serving on the Zcash grants committee ZOMG. Previously, he co-founded the US-based Internet freedom activism group Fight for the Future.

Hudson Jameson is a Zcash and Ethereum community member who specializes in being a technical liaison between protocol developers and the wider community. He co-founded the blockchain IoT start-up Oaken Innovations, co-founded the Ethereum Cat Herders, and is a committee member of Zcash Open Major Grants (ZOMG).

Michelle Lai started her career in traditional finance before finding a wacky home in crypto. She’s worked in SF Bay Area and across the Asia Pacific region. Through her time growing up and living in conservative communities, she’s developed a deep personal desire for privacy and freedom. She believes in actions over words, values over rules, and zcash over bitcoin. She is on the Zcash Open Major Grants Committee (@zcashomg). She was Head of BD at Anchorage. Michelle goes by @ml_sudo on the Zcash forums and @88crypt on Twitter.


Fireside Chat with Andrew Miller, Michele Lai and Zooko Wilcox

16:30-17:00 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Andrew Miller is chairman of the Zcash Foundation’s board of directors, and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Michelle Lai started her career in traditional finance before finding a wacky home in crypto. She’s worked in SF Bay Area and across the Asia Pacific region. Through her time growing up and living in conservative communities, she’s developed a deep personal desire for privacy and freedom. She believes in actions over words, values over rules, and zcash over bitcoin. She is on the Zcash Open Major Grants Committee (@zcashomg). She was Head of BD at Anchorage. Michelle goes by @ml_sudo on the Zcash forums and @88crypt on Twitter.

Zooko Wilcox is the founder and CEO of the Electric Coin Company. He is one of the original cypherpunks. Zooko is a long-serving technologist and entrepreneur. His experience spans open, decentralized systems; cryptography; information security; and startups.


The State of UX in the Zcash Ecosystem

17:10-17:55 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Pili Guerra is current working as Engineering Manager for the Engineering team at the Zcash Foundation. She has 15 years of experience working in the tech industry as a software developer, solutions engineer, consultant and project manager. She has previously worked at the Tor Project as a Project Manager for the Tor Browser, Community and UX Teams.

Joseph Van Geffen


Building the Outside Contributor Community

18:05-18:35 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Kevin Gorham


HSMs & Hardware Wallets

18:45-19:30 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Juan Leni

Conrado Gouvêa is a cryptography engineer who worked with the efficient software implementation of cryptographic algorithms during his Master’s and PhD. Since then, he has worked in the industry, developing software for cryptographic devices such as tokens and hardware security modules (HSMs).

Daniel James is a software engineer at Gemini.


Halo2 & Orchard

19:40-20:40 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Sean Bowe

Daira Hopwood is an anarchist, cryptographer, ZIP editor, and the lead author of the Zcash Protocol Specification. Ze has been heavily involved in the design of the shielded protocols used in Zcash since before launch.

Deirdre Connolly


Reworking the NUP

20:50-21:20 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Steven Smith is currently the Vice President of Engineering for the Electric Coin Co., the creators of Zcash. He as over 20 years experience in Engineering and Product leadership roles and was most recently the CTO and Head of Engineering for FRDM Inc., a company focused on fighting modern slavery through the use of supply chain analytics and blockchain technology. Steven also spent 7 years at Salesforce in various IC and engineering leadership roles and served as the CTO of the Intelligent Automation Business Unit at Cisco prior to joining Salesforce.

Deirdre Connolly


FROST

21:30-22:00 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Chelsea Komlo


Update on Zcash Implementations & Protocol

22:10-22:55 UTC on Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

In this session, Jack and Teor will talk about recent changes in the zcashd and Zebra Zcash node implementations. We’ll cover key features, including the Canopy and NU5 network upgrades. We’ll also talk about how the teams have been collaborating, and the benefits of having multiple node implementations.

Teor is a privacy researcher and software developer living and working on Turrbal and Jagera country. They develop and analyze secure and anonymous software, with a focus on financial transactions, network privacy, and electronic voting. They are currently working as the Zcash Foundation’s Zebra team lead. They previously worked as a Tor developer and researcher.

Jack Grigg from the Electric Coin Company.


Recent Advances in Zero-Knowledge

14:00-14:45 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Mary Maller is a cryptography researcher at the Ethereum Foundation. She is generally interested in public key cryptography, with a focus on the design of trusted setup ceremonies. Much of her research has looked into the design of ceremonies for zero-knowledge proofs.

In this session Mary will be surveying some of the SNARK literature that has come out in the past couple of years. The talk will mostly be high level with an intention of comparing and contrasting different schemes.


Evaluating New Zero Knowledge Proof Research Before Implementation

14:55-15:40 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Eran Tromer is a research scientist at Columbia University and a professor of computer science at Tel Aviv University. He studies cryptography and information security, and in particular using powerful cryptographic tools such as Zero Knowledge proofs to achieve privacy and integrity in distributed systems. He also studies side-channel attacks and other privacy threats. He is a founding scientist of Zcash’s Electric Coin Company.

Pratyush Mishra is a PhD student in computer science at UC Berkeley. His research is focused on cryptography and security, with a focus on the theory and practice of succinct cryptographic proof systems, and on efficient systems for secure machine learning. He is a co-author of the arkworks zkSNARK libraries, which are used by several academic and industrial projects, and is a founding scientist at Aleo, a system for decentralized private computation.

Mary Maller is a cryptography researcher at the Ethereum Foundation. She is generally interested in public key cryptography, with a focus on the design of trusted setup ceremonies. Much of her research has looked into the design of ceremonies for zero-knowledge proofs.

Daniel Benarroch


Snarks on Other Ecosystems

15:50-16:35 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Marco Stronati is leading the privacy team at Nomadic Labs, working on the Tezos blockchain. In a previous life he was a researcher on Privacy Preserving Technologies.

Ariel Gabizon is Chief Scientist at Aztec Network. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute and was previously a researcher and engineer at Zcash & Protocol Labs. Ariel is a co-creator of the PLONK zk-SNARK.

Barry Whitehat

Anna Rose


Auditing Cryptography

16:45-17:30 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Thomas Pornin is a Technical Director at NCC Group, specialized in cryptography. His research focuses on the design and implementation of cryptographic algorithms, with an emphasis on defence against timing-based side channel leaks; he is the author of BearSSL, an SSL/TLS library that embodies this approach and is optimized for constrained embedded systems. He is also an active participant to cryptographic competitions (AES, eSTREAM, SHA-3, PHC, and the ongoing Post-Quantum standardization process).

Isis Agora Lovecruft (they/them) has worked as a cryptographic consultant and cryptographic engineer for over a decade. They have contributed to numerous privacy focused organisations and critical security system, including Tor, Signal, Zcash, EFF, Riseup, and others. In their career, they have advised cryptographic endeavours at several Fortune 500 companies, and their code has been successfully deployed in products with billions of users. In their spare time, isis enjoys tending to gardens of rare and poisonous plants, and hiking with their Irish Wolfhound named Merlin.

Taylor Hornby

JP Aumasson

Liz Steininger is the CEO/Managing Director of Least Authority in Berlin, a company supporting people’s right to privacy through the development and support of free and open source software and providing security audits to other projects.


Interoperability Between Chains

17:40-18:25 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Maximilian Roszko is an ecosystem advocate at the Ren project - building an open protocol that enables the movement of value between blockchains

Matt Luongo is a serial entrepreneur who joined the cryptocurrency space in 2014. He’s currently the CEO of Thesis, the crypto venture studio that incubated Fold, Keep, tBTC, and Saddle. Matt is based in Atlanta, GA and is a husband and father of two.

Zooko Wilcox is the founder and CEO of the Electric Coin Company. He is one of the original cypherpunks. Zooko is a long-serving technologist and entrepreneur. His experience spans open, decentralized systems; cryptography; information security; and startups.

Christopher Goes is the research & development Lead at Heliax, co-founder of the Anoma project, and a member of the Anoma Foundation Council. He formerly led on the design and development of the Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) at Tendermint & Interchain GmbH. Christopher didn’t always work in blockchain, though, having started his career programming autonomous underwater robotic submersibles. He switched to designing distributed ledger technology when it became clear that those coordination problems were not going to solve themselves.

John Light spends much of his time thinking about how to improve the human condition. He is excited about using innovative governance, entrepreneurship, and technology as means to that end.John is currently working on community governance for Sovryn and independently researching bitcoin’s crosschain technology ecosystem. John previously worked on community governance for the Aragon project, was a product marketer at Abra, was a co-founder of Bitseed, and founded the Buttonwood SF cryptocurrency trading meetup. He is also an advisor to startups and investors, and enjoys contributing to open source projects.


Network Privacy

18:35-19:20 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Giulia Fanti is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests span the security, privacy, and efficiency of distributed systems.

George Kadianakis has been working for a long time on Tor, designing and implementing secure protocols using applied cryptography.

Janito Vaqueiro Ferreira Filho is a privacy and cryptocurrency enthusiast that has recently joined the Zcash foundation, and previously worked at Mullvad VPN

Alan Fairless is a hacker, founder, and privacy UX enthusiast.


Governance across Ecosystems

19:30-20:15 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Hudson Jameson is a Zcash and Ethereum community member who specializes in being a technical liaison between protocol developers and the wider community. He co-founded the blockchain IoT start-up Oaken Innovations, co-founded the Ethereum Cat Herders, and is a committee member of Zcash Open Major Grants (ZOMG).

Zaki Manian wears many hats in the blockspace. He is Director of Tendermint Labs at Tendermint Inc, Executive Director of the Trusted IoT Alliance, and cofounder of the iqlusion validator. He was a founding team member at Cosmos, and is an expert in cryptography and distributed systems. Zaki is excited about extending access and availability of secure computing to as many people as possible. Zaki has been active in the blockchain space since 2013.

Evan Shapiro is the co-founder and CEO of O(1) Labs, creator of Mina – the world’s lightest blockchain, and a board member of the Mina Foundation. He believes that technical decisions impact how we interact, and is committed to designing thoughtful, transparent technology that empowers people and brings out the best in human behavior and creativity.

David Vorick

Peter Van Valkenburgh is a board member of the Zcash Foundation and Director of Research at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He is a graduate of NYU Law, as well as a self-taught web developer.He drafts the Center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before Congress, briefed staff and members of the EU parliament, and educated policymakers and regulatory staff around the world on the subject of cryptocurrency regulation and decentralized computing systems.


Measuring Privacy Metrics

20:25-21:10 UTC on Wednesday 9th June 2021 - Add this session to your Google Calendar

Ashkan Soltani

Mitchell Krawiec-Thayer is a privacy researcher focused on data science and anti-heuristic protocol design in decentralized systems, with several projects in the Zcash ecosystem including: the Observatory R & D initiative, analyses of on-chain metadata, and experiments to reduce block propagation time.

Teor is a privacy researcher and software developer living and working on Turrbal and Jagera country.They develop and analyze secure and anonymous software, with a focus on financial transactions, network privacy, and electronic voting. They are currently working as the Zcash Foundation’s Zebra team lead. They previously worked as a Tor developer and researcher.

David Campbell (aka DC) is responsible for strategy and operations at ECC. He is a technical executive, and was previously CISO at SendGrid and founding CEO at JumpCloud. He enjoys working at the intersection of tech, privacy and policy. He has been active in the cryptocurrency community since 2011.

This panel discussion will be directly followed by Closing Comments by Jack Gavigan, from 21:10-21:25.