2019-08-29 Blockchain Nights # 015


We take a closer look at the infrastructure of smart contract platforms and thus the fundament of so many projects the community put hopes, money and effort in. Issues regarding security and structure should be observed cautiously. An example would be weaknesses in the security of the Ethereum network layer that one of our guests will talk about.


We start with lightening talks of each 25 minutes + 5 minutes questions per invited speaker. After a 10 minute break the end event will be concluded by a 30-minute panel discussion. The audience is invited to contribute to this discussion.

Session Chair:

Ingolf G.A. Pernice

17:30 – 18:30

I. RegistrationNote that registration is necessary.

18:15 – 18:20

II. Ingolf G. A. PerniceResearch Associate (Weizenbaum-Institute)
„Introduction & Welcome“

18:20 – 18:50

III. Jan Hackfeld, Ph.D.Head of Research (Lightcurve)
„Consensus Algorithms and Incentives“

18:50 – 19:20

IV. Friedhelm VictorResearch Associate (Department of Telecommunication Systems, Technical University Berlin)
„Measuring Ethereum-based ERC20 Token Networks“

19:20 – 19:50

V. Sebastian HenningsenResearch Associate (Weizenbaum-Institute)
„Eclipsing Ethereum Peers with False Friends“

19:50 – 20:00

VI. BreakNote that we will gather questions for panel discussion.

20:00 – 20:30

VII. Panel DiscussionProf. Dr. Florian Tschorsch (Assistant Professor, TU Berlin, Distributed Security Infrastructures)
Moderation of the Panel Discussion

20:30 – 20:35

VIII. FarewellValeira Aragonéz Diaz (BCN Organization Team & Venture Development

About the Blockchain Night Event Series

In a cross-disciplinary cooperation the
  • JP Private Equity (Hermann Elendner) and the
  • LvB Chair of Statistics (Wolfgang Härdle)
  • Institute for Economic Theory II (Macro; Michael Burda), the
  • Chair of Information Systems (Stefan Lessmann), and the
  • Chair of Computer Engineering (Björn Scheuermann)
are organising jointly with the
  • Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (Research Group 17 - Martin Florian)
a monthly discussion series to foster a factual debate about Crypto-Currencies, Blockchain Technology, and Smart Contracts.


The aim of BlockChain Nights is to bring together students, researchers, and start-ups from Berlin's venture scene. The inter-disciplinary series addresses all interested in business, economics, or technology perspectives – theorists as well as practitioners.


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