Introduction to Ethereum, and Cryptoeconomic Mechanisms and Security

Vitalik Buterin


The presentation will provide an introduction to the Ethereum protocol from a technical perspective, including the high-level operation of the blockchain protocol, contract calling and gas mechanics, use of Patricia Merkle trees and other cryptography and light client proofs. I will then discuss some of the interplay between economics/game theory and cryptography both in consensus algorithm design (eg. proof of work, proof of stake) as well higher-level protocols like sidechains, challenge-response protocols and SchellingCoin, and will attempt to define and dissect different interpretations of the concept of "cryptoeconomic assurance".

Time and Place

Friday, February 20, 4:15pm
Gates 463