Scaling Bitcoin ‘Kaizen’, focuses on the systematic identification of portions of the Bitcoin protocol that best lend themselves to continuous, non-’consensus layer’ improvement.
‘Kaizen’ focuses on the refinement of Bitcoin’s existing impressive security, integrity and performance properties by identifying opportunities to drive further algorithmic efficiency and rigorous testing.
Particular attention will be paid to the precision engineering of all aspects of Bitcoin’s quality assurance processes, such as unit, integration and system-level testing, testnet data gathering and analysis, streamlining toolchain support and the verification and validation of existing integrity testing and distribution approaches.
Workshop SponsorshipIf you are interested in sponsoring the Scaling Bitcoin Workshop, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2018-10-01 23:59 UTC - Submission of logos for print (must be submitted in AI or SVG vector file formats)
- 2018-08-15 23:59 UTC - Last day for travel subsidy application
- 2018-09-01 23:59 UTC - Deadline for applicant acceptance notification
- 2018-11-01 23:59 UTC - Deadline for submission of travel receipts
Call for Proposals
The current Scaling Bitcoin Workshop will take place Fall 2018 in Keio University 2 Chome-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku Tōkyō-to 108-8345, Japan. We are accepting technical proposals for improving Bitcoin performance including designs, experimental results, and comparisons against other proposals. The goals are twofold: 1) to present potential solutions to scalability challenges while identifying key areas for further research and 2) to provide a venue where researchers, developers, and miners can communicate about Bitcoin development.
We are accepting two types of proposals: one in which accepted authors will have an opportunity to give a 20-30 minute presentation at the event, and another where accepted authors can run an hour-long interactive workshop.
This year we would like to place a stronger focus on the following topics:
- Simulation, modeling and testing
- Methods and tools for simulation and testing of blockchain behavior
- Game theory and Mechanism Design
- Enhancement of Scripting
- New Validation Methods
Other topics of interest include:
- Improving Bitcoin throughput
- Layer 2 ideas (i.e. payment channels, etc.)
- Security and privacy
- Incentives and fee structures
- Network resilience
- Anti-spam measures
- Block size proposals
- Empirical mining data
All as related to the scalability of Bitcoin.
Apart from general presentations and workshop, we plan to accept a limited number of short engineering presentations to cover state-of-the-art engineering progress after the submission deadline. Details of the short presentation submission will be announced later.
While proposals that may apply to digital currencies in general are welcome, this event deals with the scalability of Bitcoin, and submissions which focus primarily on other digital currency systems are out of scope for this event.
- 2018-06-30 23:59 UTC - Last day for submission
- 2018-08-15 23:59 UTC - Last day for notification of acceptance and feedback
For the regular presentation proposals, review is conducted by double blind reviewing process. Submissions must be anonymous, with no author name, affiliations, acknowledgement or obvious reference.
Proposals may be submitted as a BIP, as a 1-2 page extended abstract, or a paper describing ideas, designs, and expected experimental results. Indicate in the proposal whether you are interested in speaking, running an interactive workshop, or both. If you are interested in running an interactive workshop, please include an agenda.
All submissions are processed on EasyChair. Please submit your proposal through the following URL:
Proposals should be submitted by 2018-06-30 23:59 UTC.
- All talks will be live-streamed and published online, including slide decks.
- Scaling Bitcoin Workshop does not have proceedings.
- There are no submission restrictions - authors of presented submissions can submit to any other conference.
How do the Workshops work?
- Events are live-streamed with remote participation facilitated via IRC for parallel online discussion and passing questions to the event.
- These workshops aim to facilitate the existing Bitcoin Improvement Proposals process. Most work will be done outside of the workshops in the intervening months. The workshops serve to be additive to the design and review process by raising awareness of diverse points of view, studies, simulations and proposals.
- Travel, venue details, accommodation recommendation are available below.
- Please see the FAQ section below, it should answer most other questions.
Keio University - South Building
Tōkyō-to 108-8345, Japan
- Engineers (related areas of expertise)
- Academics with research in related areas
- Journalists affiliated with technical publications
Ticket sales will begin in the near future and will be announced on Twitter.
I need some sort of document for a travel visa
(Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Japan) You are responsible for identifying your own personal visa requirements to enter Japan. If you need a letter of invitation, please correspond with shigeya at wide.ad.jp (please include your name as in your passport, title and correspondence address).
IMPORTANT: Please note that if you require visa for entry in Japan, you must submit your application before 2018-09-01.
I can’t go but I want to participate!
The event will be livestreamed, and you will be able to participate via IRC. Although it is naturally easier to participate in person, everyone at the event will have a desk in front of them and will be encouraged to join in online discussions with global participants who are viewing the live stream. It is also important to understand that no decisions are to be made at the workshop. (read more below)
How do I give a presentation?
You can submit your proposal to email@example.com (see CFP above). If you’ve worked on research, we recommend that you post the results, including papers, simulation results, and source code, to the bitcoin-dev discussion list. Depending on the quantity of accepted presentations, the workshop will allot a fair amount of time to each presenter. If people have substantially overlapping plans, they may be suggested to merge. Publishing a paper is NOT required—if you have a good presentation plan, you can propose a detailed summary.
- Are any decisions made at the workshop?
Absolutely no decisions are made at workshops, as this would run the risk of being rushed and unfair to the global community unable to attend in person. The workshop is about raising awareness of issues and proposals, finding common ground, and encouraging public discussion within the existing mechanism of technical progress through the Bitcoin Improvement Proposal process.
- Will there be a debate?
There will probably be no debate, and the workshop organizers and participants will be operating with the goal of making the event low-stress and non-confrontational. The intent of the workshops are to showcase diverse points of view and promote open-mindedness in order to improve our collective understanding of how to improve Bitcoin’s scalability. In-person debates could too easily do a disservice to the future of Bitcoin in being about solidifying simplified positions for the purpose of winning political points. It would be unreasonable to entrust the safety and security of the future of Bitcoin to smooth talking at a one-time event rather than deliberate technical study with time for the global community to weigh in.
- Can we discuss governance of the Bitcoin projects at this workshop?
Scaling Bitcoin Workshops are focused on raising technical awareness of scalability issues, simulations and proposals to improve scalability. Conference participants want this event to be entirely focused on the science and engineering, which is how Open Source Software development has proven to deliver excellence.
- Future Workshops? Workshop BIP?
We aim to host a Scaling Bitcoin Workshop once per year. If you would like to host next year's event please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Are there Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Options for the Food?
Yes. Please email email@example.com if we can be of any assistance.
- Is there Wheel Chair Access to these social events?
Yes, all venues have been audited and are wheel-chair friendly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of any assistance.
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Scaling Bitcoin Planning Committee
- Anton Yemelyanov, Base58 Association NPO. (Planning Committee Chair)
- Nelly Milanova, Base58 Association NPO.
- Jeremy Rubin, Bitcoin Core Contributor
- Neha Narula, MIT DCI
- Ethan Heilman, Boston University
- Ferdinando M. Ametrano, Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology professor at Politecnico di Milano
- Byron Gibson, Engineering Consultant and Startup Advisor
Workshop Host Committee
- Taro Watanabe, Digital Garage (Chairman)
- Shigeya Suzuki, Keio University
- Kanta Matsuura, The University of Tokyo
- Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Georgetown University, BSafe Network
- Anditto Heristyo, DG Lab
- Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Georgetown University, BSafe Network (Program Committee Co-chair)
- Tadge Dryja, MIT DCI / Lightning Network Contributor (Program Committee Co-chair)