Bitcoins: failed experiment or currency of the future?

On Wednesday the 3th of May, the FITCE Belgium and the IEEE student branch Leuveninvite you to a Soirée Technique on bitcoins.
The event will start at 18:30 until 20:00, with a reception afterwards.

  • Location: Aud A, Departement Elektrotechniek ESAT Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, Heverlee
  • 19:00: Why bitcoin matters - Ren Zhang, COSIC, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 19:30: Safely upgrading the bitcoin network: why and how - Pieter Wuille, co-founder at Blockstream, Switzerland 

More information the IEEE Student Branch Leuven website.

Pieter Wuille

Pieter is an alumnus of the DTAI research group. He defended his PhD on " Functional Programming Abstractions for CP Modeling" in 2011 under supervision of Prof. Bart Demoen and Prof. Tom Schrijvers. After his PhD he moved to Google Zurich and since 2014 he is the co-founder of Blockstream.


Pioneering advancements in crypto currencies, open assets and smart contracts, Blockstream is the first company extending capabilities at the protocol level to support the application of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to a broad range of asset types. The extension mechanism of sidechains, the company’s initial area of focus, allows any number of so far unthought of developments to happen in an open and interoperable way. A champion of Bitcoin’s ethos, Blockstream supports values of decentralization, end-to-end security, user control, and open, permissionless innovation.

In November 2014, Blockstream announced closing a $21 million seed round. Its nearly 40 investors include many well-known pioneers of the Internet and financial services sectors. The round was led by Reid Hoffman, Khosla Ventures and Real Ventures, with investments from Nicolas Berggruen, Crypto Currency Partners, Future\Perfect Ventures, Danny Hillis, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Max Levchin, Mosaic Ventures, Ray Ozzie, Ribbit Capital, Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures and several others.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -
19:00 to 22:00
Aud A, Departement Elektrotechniek ESAT Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, Heverlee