Friday Hacks #179: High-throughput blockchain and Open Source

Hosted by NUS Hackers

Public group

This is a past event

10 people went

Seminar Room 5, Town Plaza, UTown, NUS

2 College Ave West · Singapore

How to find us

This week is at Seminar Room 5, Town Plaza. Go up the spiral staircase in the air-conditioned foyer next to the Fine Food food court.

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18:30: Pizza is served
19:00: First talk starts
19:45: Second talk starts

Talk #1: Building a high-throughput blockchain platform for applications

- What is blockchain and short overview on consensus algorithms
Overview of Zilliqa
- Introduction to sharding in public blockchains
- Introduction to smart contracts and why we developer our own smart contract language, Scilla
- Short introduction to applications development - How to get started?

Speaker Profile
Jun Hao is a developer on weekdays and security geek on weekend. His experiences spanned over multiple computer science domains including blockchain, web security, trusted computing, and program analysis. At Zilliqa, he has co-developed a world-first public blockchain platform that uses sharding to scale. He is also the co-founder of 2 cybersecurity interest groups, Edgis and NUS Greyhats.

Edison leads a team of application developers at Aqilliz, a blockchain solutions provider that create trust, transparency, and convenience for the rapidly growing platform economy. Edison and his team worked on Proton, a digital advertising reconciliation platform and HG Exchange, a private equities member-based exchange. Edison holds a M.Sc from CMU, and enjoys software engineering, blockchain and cybersecurity

Talk #2: Open source: what, why and how

Open-source software is everywhere around us; from Linux to Mozilla Firefox and 7-Zip, in many cases, the preferred application for a task is open-source, and much of the Internet today runs on open-source software. We discuss briefly what exactly open-source means, why it is important for the field of computing as a whole and its close ties to hacker culture, and how you can get started both in contributing to open-source and also open-sourcing your own software. In the process, we will cover the differences between the major categories of open-source software licenses, as well as some of the philosophy behind open-source software and also free software.

Speaker Profile
Hao Wei is a computer science undergraduate, and an NUS Hackers coreteam member.

Free pizza is served before the talks.

Supported by The HANGAR by NUS Enterprise — the campus hub for entrepreneurs