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Scaling Bitcoin two thousand seventeen – Scaling the Edge – November 4th-5th Stanford, USA

Bitcoin Scalability Workshops

  • RESEARCH: establishing and understanding the leading-edge of cryptography for cryptocurrencies
  • INNOVATION: identifying and evolving protocol characteristics that foster open innovation by industry
  • ADOPTION: driving bitcoin technology development capacity and end-user adoption


Workshop Sponsorship

  • 2017-10-06 23:59 UTC – Last day for sponsorship application
  • 2017-10-20 23:59 UTC – Conformity of logos for print (must be submitted in AI or SVG vector file formats)

Significant Dates:

Travel Subsidy Application Questions

The current Scaling Bitcoin Workshop will take place November four th -5 th at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center three hundred twenty six Galvez Street Stanford, CA 94305-6105, USA. We are accepting technical proposals for improving Bitcoin spectacle 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 Two) 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 chance to give a 20-30 minute presentation at the workshop, and another where accepted authors can run an hour-long interactive workshop.

This year we would like to place a stronger concentrate on the following topics:

  • Simulation, modeling and testing

(methods and implements for simulation and testing of blockchain behavior)

  • Game theory and Mechanism Design
  • Fungibility
  • We also welcome compilation/review of material on above topics made available to public since the last Scaling Bitcoin event.

    Other topics of interest include:

    • Improving Bitcoin throughput
    • Layer two ideas (i.e. payment channels, etc.)
    • Security and privacy
    • Incentives and fee structures
    • Network resilience
    • Anti-spam measures
    • Block size proposals
    • Mining concerns

    All as related to the scalability of Bitcoin.

    Significant Dates

    • 2017-09-25 23:59 UTC – Last day for obedience
    • 2017-10-16 23:59 UTC – Last day for notification of acceptance and feedback


    We are doing rolling acceptance, so submit your proposal as soon as you can. Proposals may be submitted as a BIP or as a 1-2 page extended abstract 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.

    Proposals should be submitted to by 2017-09-25 23:59 UTC .

    All talks will be livestreamed and published online, including slide decks.


    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 response most other questions.


    Stanford University

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Arrillaga Alumni Center

    Stanford University

    326 Galvez Street

    Stanford, CA 94305-6105, USA

    • San Francisco International Airport

    Distance: twenty five miles (SFO)

  • San Jose International Airport

    Distance: twenty miles (SJC)

  • Oakland International Airport

    From Highway one hundred one North & South

    From Highway two hundred eighty North & South

    From El Camino Real


    • Engineers (related areas of expertise)
    • Academics with research in related areas
    • Journalists affiliated with technical publications

    To obtain them, please e-mail a copy of your educational institution credentials to

    • What does it cost?

    Ticket Sales will begin on August 15th and will be priced at $350 USD/ticket — subject to availability.

  • I need some sort of document for a travel visa

    (Info: You are responsible for identifying your own individual visa requirements to inject USA. If you need a letter of invitation, please correspond with aberke at (please include your name as in your passport, title and correspondence address).

    Significant: Please note that visa applications must be submitted eight weeks prior to travel. If you require visa for entry in United States, you must submit your application before 2017-09-01 st .

  • I can’t go but I want to participate!

    The event will be livestreamed, and you will be able to participate via IRC. Albeit it is naturally lighter 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 significant 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 (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.

    This year we had an unprecedented number of submissions from many prospective hosts all around the world. Stanford is one of the most active educational institutions involved in Bitcoin education, research and development. In January 2017, Stanford held Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering conference. Stanford is also one of the few educational institutions that offers courses on Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and related cryptography. In addition, Stanford is in close proximity to San Francisco, which is a home to the largest Bitcoin deveopment community.

  • 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 incapable 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 most likely be no debate, and the workshop organizers and participants will be operating with the objective 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 lightly 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 sleek talking at a one-time event rather than deliberate technical investigate 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 supply 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

  • Are there Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Options for the Food?

    Yes. Please email if we can be of any assistance.

  • Is there Wheel Chair Access to these social events?

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