Blockchain is a global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices where not just information but anything of value (money, music, art, intellectual property, votes, etc.) can be moved and stored securely and privately. On the blockchain trust is established through mass (distributed) collaboration. Blockchain has the potential to change in a fundamental way how we deal not only with financial services but also with more general applications, improving transparency and regulation. Many applications have been proposed, starting with bitcoin, and smart contracts as introduced in Ethereum.
Smart contracts are software programs that self-execute complex instructions on blockchains. The promise of smart contract technology is to diminish the costs of contracting, enforcing contractual agreements, and making payments, while at the same time ensuring trust and compliance with the absence of a central authority. It is not clear, however, whether this promise can be delivered given the current state-of-the-art and state-of-practice of smart contracts.
Within this track, we would like to gather researchers with different background and interests on smart contracts. Some of the questions that will be addressed in the workshop are: