Lightning Network: Scalable & Instant Bitcoin Transactions by Desiree and Stacie

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Eager to learn more about Bitcoin's scalability? Join Women in Blockchain for a discussion and demo on Lightning Network! Lightning Network is a layer 2 protocol used on the Bitcoin network. Bitcoin allows anyone to send value to others without a trusted intermediary. But payments are currently limited by transaction confirmation which takes up to one hour before they are irreversible.

Lightning Network solves these problems. It is one of the first implementations of a multi-party Smart Contract
(programmable money) using bitcoin's built-in scripting. And, future adoption permits Bitcoin to be a faster, efficient payment system. So for example, if you want to buy coffee or pizza using Bitcoin, you are likely to use the lightning network.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Sign in
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM – Talk by Desiree and Stacie
7:15 PM – 7:30 PM – Q&A
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Networking

About the speakers:
Desiree Dickerson is the Head of Operations at Lightning Labs ( She found Bitcoin by way of r/Dogecoin and has been patiently awaiting global adoption ever since. She recently served as blockchain fellow at the non-profit Women for Women International, exploring the potential of cryptocurrency and blockchain applications for women in marginalized, post-conflict areas. Desiree is a recovering management consultant, formerly specializing in strategy and operations for large-scale IT enterprises. She received her M.S. in Biophysics & Physiology from Georgetown University and B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Stacie Waleyko is a Developer at Casa ( Stacie has experience working on everything from permissioned ledgers to public blockchains. Currently at Casa, she works on building key management solutions for sovereign individuals. Before that, she was the engineering lead on distributed ledger technologies at Context Labs.

*A big thank you to Fidelity for providing us with space and thanks to Women Who Code Boston for helping support this event.*