Libby Kent on Ethereum: The World Computer (2013)

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Cross Streets: Watt and Grand. Note: Please make sure you’re signed-up for the meetup, including your first and last name. Without this info you won’t be allowed into the building by security.

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We're super excited to host Libby Kent, software engineer, distributed ledger programmer, and demonstrator of Monads Made Semi-Understandable (! She'll be presenting on the Ethereum White Paper ( A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform (also available here ( with additional details), authored by Vitalik Buterin.


In 2009 bitcoin emerged as a peer-to-peer value transfer system, and was successfully deployed throughout the world. Four years later (2013), the Ethereum white paper was published by an 18 year old Vitalik Buterin which builds on top of the Bitcoin consensus model to allow for distributed computation and applications to be deployed on a decentralized peer-to-peer network.

This paper discusses introducing a turing complete language that can be run on top of the network, utilizing a modified consensus algorithm (GHOST), strategies for defending against mining centralization, further application of such a system beyond just finance, the introduction of state, as well as a history of bitcoin and and the fundamental concepts of the underlying blockchain.


Libby ( (@viskobatz ( is a software engineer, former Hacker Schooler (now Recurse Center ( and Papers We Love groupie who leans towards functional programming, and really wants to understand category theory some day. She has worked in an array of industries from game startups to digital publishing and advertising and is currently in financial services, working on distributed systems - distributed ledger technology, blockchain - and cloud technologies. When not coding she enjoys snowboarding, tennis, traveling, friends, good conversations, beer, coffee, dark chocolate and cheese.


Doors open at 6:45 pm; the presentations will begin right around 7:15 pm; and, yes, there will be refreshments of all kinds and pizza.

You'll have to check-in with security with your Name/ID. Definitely sign-up if you’re going to attend–unfortunately people whose names aren’t entered into the security system in advance won’t be allowed in.

After Libby's presentation, we will open up the floor to discussion and questions.

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