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ZKLux#1 
Luxembourg's First Zero Knowledge Days

Tech Session on Wednesday 26th June 2019
Conference on Thursday 27th June 2019

ZKP (zero-knowledge proofs) is a method to prove the knowledge of some fact, without revealing that fact. It is already used in several blockchains and is expected to have a major impact on applications that involve transactions, identity systems, and proprietary information in general. ZKLux#1 is the perfect occasion to find out about this exciting and important new technology.

Venue: House of Startups / LHoFT, 9 Rue du Laboratoire, 1911 Luxembourg

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Program

Wednesday 26th June, 14:00-18:00
Technical Sessions & Hands-on Workshop

Target Audience: Students, researchers and IT developers. Some mathematical background required.

14:00-15:20    Part 1: Introduction to Zero-Knowledge Proofs
1. Algebra Refresher, Elliptic Curves, Introduction to Cryptography Principles    Alex Kampa, Sikoba Research
2. Mathematical Concepts of Zero Knowledge Proofs    Vincenzo Iovino, University of Luxembourg

15:20-16:00    Part 2: Isekai Workshop    Guillaume Drevon, Sikoba Research
1. Introduction to Isekai
2. From Code to Circuit to R1CS
3. Hands-on Tests
It is recommended to read First steps with isekai on Windows to prepare for this workshop.

16:00 Break

16:15-17:00    Part 3: zk-SNARKs and Bulletproofs
Introduction to zk-SNARKs and Bulletproofs. Review of recent research on Bulletproof Optimisation - Dmitry Khovratovich, Sikoba Research

17:00-17:45    Part 4: What is Quantum Teleportation?
A Special Talk by Claude Crépeau, Co-inventor of Quantum Teleportation in 1993 (this has obviously nothing to do with Zero Knowledge).

Location: LHoFT, combined "Bajcsy" and "Tesla" meeting rooms on the 3rd floor

Attendance Limit: 25

Thursday 27th June, 10:00-17:00
ZKLux#1 Conference 

Target Audience: C-level executives wishing to learn about the impact of Zero Knowledge proofs, managers in charge of technology and innovation, blockchain practitioners, professionals interested in data privacy. 

Conference Program: The goal of the conference is to provide a wide-ranging overview of Zero Knowledge Proofs without requiring any prior technical knowledge.

09:30    Registration and coffee/pastries

10:00    Introduction    Alex Kampa, Sikoba Research

10:30    Fantom: Consensus-as-a-Service    Michael Chen, Fantom Foundation

10:45    Zero Knowledge is Crypto: 10 Mistakes You Will Probably Make and How to Avoid Them    Dmitry Khovratovich, Sikoba Research

11:15    Why We Need Zero Knowledge Proofs: A History Including Blockchains    Prof. Jean-Jacques Quisquater, UC Louvain

12:15     Lunch Break (club sandwich buffet, "mignardises", soft drinks)

13:15    Zero Knowledge Proofs in (traditional) Financial Services    Markus Willms, European Investment Bank

13:35    Confidential Smart Contracts for Securities    Emanuele Francioni, Dusk Network

14:05    Practical Applications of Zero Knowledge Proofs    Guillaume Drevon, Sikoba Research

14:45    Multi-Party Zero Knowledge Proofs    Prof. Claude Crépeau, McGill University

15:35    Coffee Break

16:00    Layer-2 Blockchain Solutions Using SNARKs    Alex Gluchowski, Matter Labs

16:30    Non-Interactive Zero Knowledge and Its Applications, Including E-Voting    Vincenzo Iovino, University of Luxembourg

17:00   Closing remarks

17:15    Cocktail reception

Practical Details: All talks will be recorded and later published on YouTube. A light lunch will be served to all conference participants. There will also be a coffee break in the afternoon as well as a networking cocktail after the conference.

Location: House of Startups, "Big Bang" room (level 0)

Speakers

Prof. Jean-Jacques Quisquater
UC Louvain

Main Sponsor

Fantom Foundation

Fantom Foundation (http://fantom.foundation) is the principal sponsor of the conference. Fantom is a DAG-based distributed ledger technology stack, incorporating new methods of scalability, combined with a high-performance virtual machine and safe, secure smart contract execution. Fantom also plans to include ZKP features into its blockchain.

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Gold Sponsors

Call for Sponsors

We still have sponsorship slots available, please contact one of the organisers for more information. We ask for financial contributions to cover organisational costs, as well as paying for catering and for speaker travel and accommodation. 

About Sikoba Research

Sikoba Research Sàrl (http://research.sikoba.com) is a Luxembourg company incorporated in October 2018 with the purpose to conduct fundamental and applied research in the areas of cryptography, blockchain and distributed systems. It is a sister company of Sikoba Ltd (http://www.sikoba.com) which is developing an IOU platform on blockchain.

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Sikoba Research is developing Isekai, a verifiable computation framework that will
allow to work with several programming languages and verifiable computation
systems while using a single code-to-circuit module.
Our goal is to make the use of ZK proofs and verifiable computing as easy as possible, especially for non-specialists.

Conference Organisers:
Alex Kampa
ak@sikoba.com

Guillaume Drevon
gd@sikoba.com

Dmitry Khovratovich
khovratovich@gmail.com

Address:
House of Startups / LHoFT,
9 Rue du Laboratoire,
1911 Luxembourg


+352 691 46 85 81


+352 691 15 22 15


+352 691 21 47 17