June 2018 Newsletter

Blockchain@UBC unites academia, commerce, government, and communities into a research and education-focused ecosystem which leverages the potential of the blockchain and distributed ledger technology to empower individuals and groups in measurably solving human, social and technical problems, starting with the people of Vancouver and expanding out globally. 
What’s coming in July?

Blockchain@UBC Monthly Research Talk


Monthly Research Talk: Developing Blockchain Law

Date: July 17th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber UBC, 
1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Speaker: Jon Festinger

Topic: The law is often criticized for not keeping up with technology or for dealing with advancements inappropriately. This presentation initially explores the connections between memes of justice and technology and what the arrival and development of blockchain could mean in that context. Within that framework the evolution and possible resolutions of specific blockchain legal issues will be examined.

More information regarding registration for the event will be up on Eventbrite soon. Stay posted on our LinkedIn page for further details.  

Workshop: Blockchain 101 - Fundamentals, Applications and Opportunities

Date: July 11th

Lecturer: Dr. Chris Rowell

Topic: This is a one-day workshop aimed at executives looking for a non-technical introduction to blockchain and how it could impact their industry. The workshop is split into two parts. First, participants will get an overview of blockchain technology and its current applications. Thereafter, they will analyze an industry of their choosing to understand how this could be impacted by blockchain technologies in both the short and longer-terms.

For more information click here.


What happened in June?
Monthly Research Talk: Scalability of Proof of Work - The Principle and Challenge of Payment Channel 

Date: June
 19th 2018

Speaker: Dr. David Z.H. Wang, Chief Micropayment Scientist for Right Mesh

  The talk briefly introduced and analyzed several popular consensus algorithms. Then Dr. Wang discussed micropayment channel technology and the use case of integrating micropayment channels in RightMesh, Projecting and forming a payment network to circumvent the performance limitations in Ethereum.

For more information about the talk, and for a link to the presentation, please click here.

August Hiatus

The Blockchain@UBC team will be taking a break in the month of August. This means that there will be no monthly talk in August, and there will be no newsletter for the month of August. The monthly talks will be back in September! We thank all our members for their patience and understanding.

Lab Updates
Blockchain@UBC is pleased to announce a new section for the monthly newsletters. As many of our members know, from our previous announcements, Blockchain@UBC has an entire lab in the ICICS building at UBC (further location details below). We recently hired a lab manager, Ludzi Bokete, who is working on making the lab a state of the art facility for innovation and collaboration. The lab updates are as follows:

Lab Makeover
New furniture that will be more ergonomic and secure to support student work in the lab.
- We will be receiving new desks, chairs, meeting tables, projectors, screens and mobile whiteboards. 
-The lab will also be publishing new lab policies so stay tuned to learn more about that.
- Currently, the lab is being repainted and receiving floor work. We should be back up and be running by the 2nd of July.

Technical Learning Labs
- The weekly technical learning labs have been designed to accelerate students technical understanding and competence in emerging blockchain technologies. We have designed a series of labs that cover implementing payment channels with the bitcoin lightning network, writing smart contracts with Ethereum  and designing business networks with Hyperledger. 

Everyone is welcome, we just ask that you come with a good attitude and an open mind!

Dates and descriptions for the workshops will be released shortly. Please follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

New Team Members
We are proud to announce one new addition to the Blockchain@UBC Team. 

Jiaying Zhao

Jiaying Zhao is on the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sustainability, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Her research uses psychological principles to design behavioural solutions to address financial and environmental sustainability challenges.
Publications, PR and Awards
Papers being presented at IEEE Blockchain July

Darra Hofman, doctoral student in the iSchool, will present a paper at IEEE Blockchain, from July 30th -August 3rd, 2018.

Paper: "Building Trust & Protecting Privacy: Analyzing Evidentiary Quality in a Blockchain Proof-of-Concept for Health Research Data Consent Management”

Contributors: Darra Hofman (iSchool), Karen Lam (Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence (PROOF)), Casey Shannon (PROOF), Sara Assadian (PROOF), Bruce McManus (PROOF), Raymond Ng (PROOF), and Victoria Lemieux (iSchool).

Gholamreza Ramezan, will be presenting a paper at IEEE Blockchain, from July 30th -August 3rd, 2018.

Paper: A Strong Adaptive Strategic Double-spending Attack on Blockchains

Contributors: Gholamreza Ramezan, Cyril Leung, and Z. Jane Wang

Other News
Our community partners, DCTRL, have shared with us a fantastic article that features Chelsea Palmer's thoughts on the blockchain ecosystem in Vancouver! You can check out the article by clicking the link below.

How DCTRL creates the foundation for Vancouver’s blockchain companies:

Blockchain Research Lab

With the generous support of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), Blockchain Research Lab is located in Room 188 of the ICICS building. 

UBC Vancouver 

Our main office is located in the Forest Sciences Centre Building, FSC 3641 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver. 

UBC Okanagan

Assistant Professor Chen Feng, our UBC Okanagan co-cluster lead, is located in office EME 4285, in the School of Engineering - 1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna, BC. He can be contacted by telephone (Tel: 250-807-8286) or email ( He is hosting a computer node for

Online Channels

Our Slack workspace is an open community for anyone to join. Please feel free to share this open invitation to Join our Community. 

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