Blockchain: why (not) the hype?

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Thomas Kerber, The University of Edinburgh Blockchain Technology Laboratory

Venue: Room G.03, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all.

Livestream link for people can't attend:

This meeting will be preceded by the BCS Edinburgh Branch AGM at 6:15pm.


Blockchain technology has been around for a while now, and to the surprise of many, has not completely died. In this talk you will be given a foundation to identify if blockchains are relevant to what you're doing: It will give an overview of what this new(ish) technology can and cannot do, and detail what importance it has to the world, and likely doesn't have to your business.

About the speaker


Thomas is a PhD student in cryptography at the University of Edinburgh, and part of its the Blockchain Technology lab, as well as a researcher for IOHK. He holds a BSC in computer science, also from the University of Edinburgh.

Thomas' research is primarily into the privacy of distributed protocols, in particular of smart contract systems.

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