July 2018 Newsletter

Blockchain@UBC unites academia, commerce, government, and communities into a research and education-focused ecosystem which leverages the potential of the blockchain and distributed ledger technology to empower individuals and groups in measurably solving human, social and technical problems, starting with the people of Vancouver and expanding out globally. 
What’s coming up in August and beyond?
Blockchain@UBC will be taking a month-long hiatus, and will be back in operation at the start of September. We would like to thank everyone for supporting us over the last year, and we look forward to expanding, and providing more quality research, partnerships and events in the coming year. Below are a few of the events we have planned for the coming year. 

Technical Learning Labs 

Our Lab Manager, Ludzi Bokete, will be hosting weekly learning labs throughout the month of August. 

He will be running the 5th Technical Learning Lab on an Introduction to Ethereum and writing smart contracts this Friday (August 3rd), if you are interested in attending please fill-out this survey: 

Monthly Events

Blockchain@UBC Research Monthly Talk - September 18, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Peter Rizun

Blockchain@UBC Gets to know you - Speed Research Date - October 16, 2018

Blockchain@UBC Research Monthly Talk - December, 2018  
Speaker: Chris Rowell 

Blockchain@UBC Strategic Planning Meeting - January 2019

Blockchain@UBC Lab Crawl - April 2019

Blockchain@UBC 5MT - Your PhD in 5 minutes - May 2019 - PhD Students Group

Please follow us on our
LinkedIn and Slack channels for further information on these events and more.


What happened in July?

Blockchain@UBC Monthly Research Talk

Monthly Research Talk: Developing Blockchain Law

Date: July 19th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: Dr. Jon Festinger

Topic: The law is often criticized for not keeping up with technology or for dealing with advancements inappropriately. This presentation initially explores the connections between memes of justice and technology and what the arrival and development of blockchain could mean in that context. Within that framework the evolution and possible resolutions of specific blockchain legal issues will be examined.

To download the presentation of the talk, please click here.


Student Club Update

Held four events during the summer:
-  A company tour of Kabuni, a 3D printing blockchain company
- Presentation by Joseph Pallant (Blockchain For Climate)
- Covalent HQ Webinar (Visualizing Blockchain Data)
- Co-hosted a networking event with Elastos 

The student club has also joined the BlockVenture Coalition, an international network of university based blockchain clubs.

Follow the student club on Facebook for further updates.
New Team Members
We are proud to announce a new addition to the Blockchain@UBC Team. 

Dr. Dean Regier

Dr. Regier is a Scientist within Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer and the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC), and an Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Regier’s research focuses on improving methods to enumerate preference-based utility, with applications to genetic and genomic technologies and the ‘value of genomic knowledge’ i.e. how genes play a role in our personal lives and how publics value and trade between benefits and risks when making decisions to undergo genomic testing. He incorporates this person-centered evidence into economic models that answer questions of value for money.

Publications, PR and Awards
New grants awarded

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has generously awarded Blockchain@UBC two grants.

The first will fund a visit from renowned cryptographic researcher and blockchain scholar, Shin’Ichiro Matsuo, who currently heads Georgetown University’s Centre of Blockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design (B-TED) Center and the international BSafe Blockchain research network.

The second grant will fund the holding of an International Research Roundtable to explore the multidisciplinary connections in the design of blockchain technology to achieve societal/institutional, data/records, and computational systems trust.

Research Papers and Presentations

Darra Hofman will present a paper at IEEE blockchain, taking place in Halifax, NS at the end of this month, which springs from a collaboration between the research teams at the UBC iSchool (led by Lemieux) the Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence (PROOF) (led by McManus and Ng) and Deloitte.
Darra Hofman; Karen Lam; Casey Shannon; Sara Assadian; Bruce McManus; Raymond Ng; and Victoria L. Lemieux, “Building Trust & Protecting Privacy: Analyzing Evidentiary Quality in a Blockchain Proof-of-Concept for Health Research Data Consent Management,” IEEE Blockchain Conference, Halifax, N.S., Canada, 
July 27-Aug. 3, 2018.
Gholamreza Ramezan will also be presenting at IEEE blockchain. 
Gholamreza Ramezanl; Cyril Leung; and Z. Jane Wang, "A Strong Adaptive Strategic Double-spending Attack on Blockchains," IEEE Blockchain Conference, Halifax, N.S., Canada, July 27-Aug 3, 2018.
A copy of the paper can be found here.

Rowell, Christopher, and Marc-David L. Seidel. "Surviving in Platform Ecosystems Based on Distributed Trust Technologies: A Framework and Research Agenda" to be presented at the Academy of Management TIM Division Annual Meetings, Tuesday, Aug 14 2018 9:45AM - 11:15AM at Swissotel Chicago in Zurich G.

Seidel, Marc-David L. "Digital ledger technology: How blockchain is changing organizations and markets symposium" discussant Academy of Management OMT/STR Divisions Annual Meetings, Monday, Aug 13 2018 1:15PM - 2:45PM at Marriott Chicago Downtown - Magnificent Mile in Grace.

Kim, Henry M., Marek Laskowski, and Ning Nan "Self-Organized Governance in Blockchain-based Tokenized Markets" to be presented at the Academy of Management TIM Division Annual Meetings, Tuesday, Aug 14 2018 9:45AM - 11:15AM at Swissotel Chicago in Zurich G.

Cohen, Lisa E, and Marc-David L. Seidel "Bringing the Inside Out and the Outside In: How Hiring Processes Bridge Across Startup-Ecosystem Boundaries" INSEAD Doriot Entrepreneurship Conference (IDEC), Fontainebleau, France, August 2018.

Marc-David L. Seidel was invited and participated in the University of Michigan & Global Silicon Valley Impact Summit in July 2018 to discuss building distributed innovation ecosystems with a focus on societal impact.

Marc-David L. Seidel gave a talk entitled, "Blockchain@UBC - Developing a HIBAR Cluster" to the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board in May 2018.

Marc-David L. Seidel gave a talk entitled, "Disruptive opportunities for distributed trust ecosystems" at the University of Alberta School of Business in April 2018.

Marc-David L. Seidel gave a talk entitled, "Developing a HIBAR Cluster - Blockchain@UBC" to the Sauder School of Business Business Career Centre staff in July 2018.

Chris Rowell will give a talk entitled, “Platform Ecosystems as ‘Meritocracies’: How blockchain technologies can promote ethics, equity, and individual empowerment”  at ParTecK18, a conference run by the Human Data Commons Foundation (HDC) in August 2018
Chris Rowell delivered the Executive Education course, “Blockchain 101: Fundamentals, applications and opportunities”, UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education, Open Enrolment, in July 2018. 
The course was met with positive reviews, and will be offered again in November 2018, March 2019, and July 2019.
To register, and for further information on this course, please click

Chris Rowell gave a talk entitled, “Blockchain: Fundamentals, applications and opportunities in accounting and finance” at the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) board retreat in July 2018

Chris Rowell gave a talk entitled, “Blockchain: From basic record keeping to profound disruption”, at the Boeing Vancouver Blockchain Workshop in July 2018

Other Announcements

Dr. Victoria Lemieux has been named Associate Editor of the section on Non-Financial Blockchains of new open source journal Frontiers in Blockchain.  Academic and Industry partners are invited to submit papers for an upcoming themed collection on Healthcare and Blockchain.

The section Non-Financial Blockchain has two main foci of interest. First, it addresses the aspects of blockchain technologies that support applications beyond simple transfers of currency. In this special call, the specific focus will be on the application of blockchain technology in any area of healthcare, including clinical trials, personalized medicine, “omic” medicine, pharmaceutical supply chains, prescription drug management, and health data management.  With respect to the second focus, this section covers research merging approaches and methods from different disciplines: for instance, computer science, archival science, big data analysis, game theory, economics, complexity, organizational science, law, and forensics. For the special call, we are seeking articles that focus on the intersection of blockchain, healthcare and these approaches. In addition, articles that discuss any of the following topics in the context of healthcare are welcome:

·      Design and analysis of non-financial blockchains

·      Security analysis

·      Governance models

·      Incentive mechanisms

·      Applications Design and analysis of blockchain applications

·      Formal methods

·      Domain-specific languages

·      Security analysis

·      Analysis and verification techniques

·      Performance evaluation

·      Incentive mechanisms

·      Software engineering

·      Blockchain analytics

·      Machine learning from blockchain data

·      Fraud detection

·      Modelling and forecasting

·      Tokens for digital assets

·      Blockchain metrics

·      Interdisciplinary studies of blockchain-based systems

Papers can be either theoretical or empirical: in both cases, they must contain original content that advances the state of the art of blockchain technologies. We also welcome survey papers that compare existing approaches, or systematisethe knowledge about a given topic.

Expressions of interest or enquiries can be sent to v.lemieux@ubc.ca



Blockchain Research Lab

With the generous support of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), Blockchain Research Lab is located in Room 188 of the ICICS building. 

UBC Vancouver 

Our main office is located in the Forest Sciences Centre Building, FSC 3641 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver. If you are in and around FSC, please do drop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays to say hello (although drop Sean an email just to check that he’ll be in office). 

UBC Okanagan

Assistant Professor Chen Feng, our UBC Okanagan co-cluster lead, is located in office EME 4285, in the School of Engineering - 1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna, BC. He can be contacted by telephone (Tel: 250-807-8286) or email (chen.feng@ubc.ca). He is hosting a computer node for BSafe.network.

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