• [Outside Event] BuildETH - A One-Day Ethereum DevCon

    Mission Bay Conference Center

    *** This is an outside event organized by BuildETH *** BuildETH 2019 is on Friday, July 19, 2019 in San Francisco. It is a one-day Ethereum developer conference from 9am to 5:30pm and will features presentations, workshops, and expert sessions from the top developers and architects in the Ethereum community. It will be a premier gathering of the best creators, innovators, and industry experts in the decentralized space. Talks and discussions will cover everything from the basics on DApp development to real-world usability, Layer 2 solutions, wallets, DAOs, governance, smart contract development, DeFi, crypto gaming, and much more. Join 250+ other beginning and expert developers for what promises to be one of the top blockchain developer conferences this summer. REGISTER HERE: http://buildeth.io TICKETS: $40 Student, $99 Regular PROMOTION­AL CODE: SFEthDevs (25% off) *** Do not sign up on this event page. Go to the Registration link above ***

  • Chainlink: Connected Consensus on Ethereum

    Starfish Mission

    Agenda: 6:00pm: Networking 6:30pm: Chainlink Presentation ----------------------------------------------------- Presentation: The 'oracle problem' is one of the thorniest issues in blockchain development. The oracle problem can be summarized with a simple question: how do you accurately, securely and quickly import data from the outside world onto a blockchain platform? Chainlink is one of the leading protocols seeking to solve this problem, and has recently seen its adoption grow by leaps and bounds, involving partnerships with companies like Google, Oracle, and many others. Sergey Nazarov, the founder and CEO of Chainlink, will give a presentation about how Chainlink works, how you can integrate it into your Dapp, and the things that are coming next on its development roadmap. Be sure you come to this amazing event! ----------------------------------------------------- About the Sponsor and Host: Starfish Mission is a hub for emerging tech communities with a focus on blockchain/Web3 and AI, based out of the mid-market area in San Francisco. As an organization, and network, Starfish is committed to creating spaces and learning networks for a community of builders, and doers. Offerings at Starfish include coworking and office space, curated industry events, and education. Reach out to them at [masked] or visit www.starfish.network.

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  • EXTERNAL EVENT: Maker, Mosendo & Mimosas with DAI

    Starfish Mission

    You're invited to the Maker, Mosendo & Mimosas brunch to experience payments with DAI. About this Event Kick off your weekend with DeFi enthusiasts and DAI-hards over brunch! Pay with DAI! - Drinks are paid for in DAI [1], using Mosendo's [2] beta, instantly and free, built on Connext's layer 2 payment channels. FREE BRUNCH! - The first 140 people to sign up will receive two free mimosas & a breakfast burrito! (note: subject to capacity restrictions) At the event we will be using Mosendo's beta web wallet to make instant, free and gas-less payments to the bar. If you'd like additional mimosas or burritos, you can top up your DAI with cash on site or BYOD (Bring Your Own Dai). We're looking forward to connecting with the community around our shared visions of borderless access to money and wealth! Note: waitlist tickets granted entry based on capacity availability In attendance will be: MakerDAO Depfi Connext Starfish Network Polychain SF Ethereum Developers Meetup and more... FAQ What is DAI? - DAI is a decentralized stable cryptocurrency [3] produced by MakerDAO [4] How can I make my own DAI? - You create a Collateralized Debt Position [5] with your ETH which generates a loan in USD pegged DAI What does this have to do with peer-to-peer electronic cash? Good question! [6] Where can I learn about layer 2 payment channels? State channels for babies [7] [1] https://makerdao.com/en/dai [2] https://mosendo.com/ [3] https://medium.com/depfi/what-is-dai-and-how-does-it-work-ac836c68aac9 [4] https://makerdao.com/ [5] https://cdp.makerdao.com/ [6] https://hackernoon.com/where-the-f-ck-is-our-peer-to-peer-electronic-cash-system-c8f43f5ad8b0 [7] https://medium.com/connext/state-channels-for-babies-c39a8001d9af

  • A Technical Overview of the Compound Protocol

    Starfish Mission

    Agenda: 6:00pm: Networking 6:30pm: An Overview of Compound ----------------------------------------------------- About the Sponsor and Host: Starfish Mission is a hub for emerging tech communities with a focus on blockchain/Web3 and AI, based out of the mid-market area in San Francisco. As an organization, and network, Starfish is committed to creating spaces and learning networks for a community of builders, and doers. Offerings at Starfish include coworking and office space, curated industry events, and education. Reach out to them at [masked] or visit www.starfish.network. ----------------------------------------------------- Presentation: The team from Compound (https://compound.finance/) will present a technical overview of their protocol. Compound is an open-source protocol for algorithmic, efficient Money Markets on the Ethereum blockchain. Compound users can supply assets to Compound and earn interest on those assets, or borrow from Compound with overcollateralized loans (somewhat similar to minting DAI using MakerDAO). The Compound team will also discuss its new and upcoming open oracle system. Compound has approximately $45,000,000 of assets on its protocol right now, and that number is growing quickly. Don’t miss this great event to learn about how Compound works!

  • An Overview of the Ethereum 2.0 Prysmatic Labs Client (Part 1)

    Agenda: 6:00pm: Networking 6:30pm: The ETH 2.0 Prysm Client with Terence Tsao ----------------------------------------------------- About the Sponsor and Host Starfish Mission is a hub for emerging tech communities with a focus on blockchain/Web3 and AI, based out of the mid-market area in San Francisco. As an organization, and network, Starfish is committed to creating spaces and learning networks for a community of builders, and doers. Offerings at Starfish include coworking and office space, curated industry events, and education. Reach out to them at [masked] or visit www.starfish.network. ----------------------------------------------------- Presentation: The ETH 2.0 Prysm Client with Terence Tsao Ethereum 2.0 has been worked on for years, and has undergone innumerable iterations. It's a massive re-architecture of the Ethereum platform, involving new components such as proof of stake-based consensus, sharding, a WebAssembly-based VM, and more. These changes, if successful, will provide significant boosts to Ethereum's security, scalability, and decentralization. This event is the first of a multi-part series on ETH 2.0 and the Prysm client. About the Speaker Terence from Prysmastic Labs (https://prysmaticlabs.com/) will present a high-level overview of ETH 2.0's current architecture, the progress it's made recently, and upcoming developments . His talk will cover topics like the deposit workflow, the beacon chain state transition, the LMD GHOST fork choice rule, and how finality gets achieved. The talk will cover multiple aspects of ETH 2.0, and will stay at high level for each topic but can dive into detail on any particular topic if there's sufficient interest from the audience. *** Make sure you don't miss this great event! ***

  • [Co-Listed Event] ZEXE: Enabling Decentralized Private Computation

    (This event is co-hosted between Starfish Mission and the SF Ethereum Developers Meetup). In this talk, we will introduce ZEXE, a system for conducting privacy-preserving decentralized computations using zero-knowledge proofs. we will focus on how one can use the strong privacy, expressivity, and efficiency guarantees of ZEXE to realize privacy-preserving analogues of popular applications, such as private user-defined assets, regulation-friendly private stablecoins, and private decentralized exchanges that allow users to trade these while providing front-running resistance. ZEXE is a zkSNARK based micro-kernel for the blockchain. It provides the absolute minimum in process isolation while ensuring privacy and allowing inter process communication. It also makes all transactions succinct, therefore, it’s also scalable. Because ZEXE is a micro-kernel, you can build different types of systems on top of it. Full fledged smart contracts, smart transactions, or anything else. ZEXE is an OS, not a language or framework. Paper: https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/962.pdf Speakers About Pratyush Mishra: Pratyush is a third year PhD student at UC Berkeley working on applied cryptography and computer security. He is particularly interested in constructing and applying efficient zero knowledge proofs. About Howard Wu: Howard Wu is a cryptography researcher at UC Berkeley, where he is advised by Professor Alessandro Chiesa, and a managing partner of Dekrypt Capital, a blockchain investment firm focused on core infrastructure, privacy-preserving protocols, and early-stage ventures. Howard first became involved with Bitcoin in 2011, and has contributed to cryptographic libraries used in Ethereum and Zcash. He serves as Advisor to Blockchain at Berkeley, the largest university ecosystem for blockchain technology. Howard holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

  • The Counterfactual State Channels Framework with Liam Horne and Erik Bryn

    Agenda ----------- 6:00 Networking 6:30 The Counterfactual State Channels Framework with Liam Horne 7:00 How to Use Counterfactual with Erik Bryn --------------------- About the Host Starfish Mission is a co-working space for the Blockchain Community to gather, work and learn together in San Francisco. They are hosting both established blockchain startups and companies and small teams at the ideation or development stage. (https://www.starfish.network/) --------------------- Liam Horne, the founder of L4 Ventures, will be presenting Counterfactual, a framework for building generalized state channels. Liam will discuss what generalized state channels are and why they're beneficial to Ethereum developers (hint: you can scale your dApp a million-fold!), and then show how Counterfactual has been created to easily build dApps that utilize generalized state channels. Following Liam's overview of Counterfactual, Erik Bryn will provide a line by line walkthrough on how to actually build a scalable dApp using Counterfactual. Erik is a veteran open source developer who helped build the Counterfactual framework - he is a former Ember.js core team member, and has brought years of open source experience to making Counterfactual high quality and easy to use. This is going to be a great event highlighting how one of the most advanced state channel frameworks in crypto works. If you're interested in layer 2 scalability, be sure not to miss it!

  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos on the State of Crypto in 2019

    Starfish Mission

    Agenda ----------- 6:00 Networking 6:30 Speaker --------------------- About the Host Starfish Mission is a co-working space for the Blockchain Community to gather, work and learn together in San Francisco. They are hosting both established blockchain startups and companies and small teams at the ideation or development stage. (https://www.starfish.network/) --------------------- A special guest speaker will be sharing his thoughts on the state of crypto. There will be ample time for Q&A, and lots of audience participation is expected. Don't miss this great event!

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  • [SF Eth Dev] The dYdX Protocol + A Conversation on the Crypto Winter

    Agenda ----------- 6:00 Networking 6:30 Speakers • A Deep Dive on dYdX • A Conversation on the Crypto Winter --------------------- About the Host Starfish Mission is a co-working space for the Blockchain Community to gather, work and learn together in San Francisco. They are hosting both established blockchain startups and companies and small teams at the ideation or development stage. (https://www.starfish.network/) --------------------- Talk 1: A Deep Dive on dYdX dYdX will present an overview of their platform. dYdX is a set of protocols for decentralized margin and derivatives trading, enabling different types of financial products to be created, issued, and traded for any pair of underlying ERC20 tokens. Their approach uses off-chain order books with on-chain settlement to minimize blockchain computational overhead while still retaining the benefits of trustlessness. Talk 2: A Conversation on the Crypto Winter This talk will be a panel discussion on the Crypto Winter. We'll discuss how companies and projects have been affected by the cooling as well as areas and companies that are heating up and making progress. Our panelists and moderator are deeply involved in the Ethereum ecosystem and will share their thoughts on the state of the ecosystem and how they expect it to develop in the future. Moderator: Grant Hummer Panelists: Haseeb Qureshi, Layne Haber, Steve McKie About the Panelists Haseeb Qureshi is an advisor to MetaStable Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund. He is also a cryptocurrency course instructor at the Bradfield School of Computer Science. He was previously a software engineer at Earn.com and Airbnb. Layne Haber is a Founder at Connext Network. She graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering. While at UCLA, Layne was twice published for her bioengineering research and founded a company that predicted bipolar episodes based on phone usage, a project which was accepted into the UCLA Anderson Incubator and awarded an NSF grant. In 2017 she cofounded Connext, where she works on payment channel networks. Steven McKie is a crypto veteran of 6+ years. Previously Head of Growth and Product Content at Purse, he expanded Purse’s operations with value-added partnerships in multiple regions globally and assisted in building out the bcoin developer team and now working preparing for the launch of Handshake. McKie also hosts and edits BlockChannel, a podcast and educational publication focused on cryptoeconomics and crypto software development. He is now a Founding Partner and the CEO of a hybrid crypto hedge/VC, Amentum.

  • Moloch DAO with Ameen Soleimani

    Cloudflare

    Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, also known as DAOs, are one of the most powerful and novel use cases of Ethereum. As Ben Parker (Spider Man's uncle) once said though, "With great power comes great responsibility." With some notable exceptions, many projects have shied away from creating or using DAOs ever since the 2016 debacle that caused an existential crisis, temporarily split the ETH community apart and led to the ETC hard fork. That's starting to change in 2019. Responsible approaches to Solidity programming and best practices around creating safe smart contracts are coming into shape, and exciting new experiments in decentralized governance and organization are being conducted once again. Moloch DAO is one of those experiments. Moloch is a grant giving DAO meant to provide resources to public-goods type projects in the Ethereum ecosystem and overcome the 'tragedy of the commons' situation where for-profit projects aren't incentivized to build or fund things that are beneficial for the Ethereum ecosystem as a whole. Moloch recently launched to great fanfare at ETHDenver. Ameen Soleimani is one of the founders of Moloch, and he will be giving a walkthrough on how Moloch works, its future plans, the code behind it and his philosophy on DAOs as a whole. If you're interested in DAOs or secure Solidity programming, this is an event you don't want to miss!

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