The Stanford Blockchain Conference 2020

Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University
Feb. 19-21, 2020

This conference explores methods of security engineering and risk management in blockchain systems. We are interested in the application of cryptography, decentralized protocols, formal methods, and empirical analysis to improving security or mitigating risk in blockchain deployments. We aim to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among practitioners and researchers in blockchain protocol development, cryptography, distributed systems, secure computing, crypto-economics, and engineering and economic risk analysis.

The talks and papers from the previous events in this conference series are available here:   2017,   2018,   2019.

Conference Dates:   Feb. 19 - 21, 2020.
There will be an evening reception on the first day of the conference, Feb. 19, 2020, after the day's program of talks concludes (5pm - 7pm), at Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Venue: Arrillaga Alumni Center (326 Galvez St), Stanford University. Map.

Registration: Attendance is free, but please register if you plan to attend. This will help us with planning for food and space.

Accommodations: Some hotels close to Stanford are the Sheraton Palo Alto, the Stanford Terrace Inn, and others listed at Stanford's lodging guide.


Organizing Committee

Call for papers

Proceedings and Submission at other Conferences

SBC is not archival and does not have proceedings. It is allowed to submit work which has been published at or submitted to another conference or a journal.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cryptography & distributed systems
Formal methods and Programming Language Theory
Attack analysis and threat modeling
Secure scaling
Testing & deployment
Third party ecosystem

Do Not Submit
The conference is generally not interested in price analysis of cryptocurrency markets or other investor related topics. Nor is it a venue for legal considerations of owning or using cryptocurrency. We request proposals that are engineering or scientific in nature only.

Submission Types

WIP - Work In Progress
A promising but early stage idea generally not ready for publication, but which could benefit from constructive feedback from a technical audience attuned to bleeding edge developments. This category is ideal for high-risk high-return ideas that may be novel or impactful if successful, but which are too early in development for their viability to be assured. SBC aims to be a supportive venue for such talks. Please prefix the title with WIP: to clearly denote this submission type.

SOK - Systemization of Knowledge
A talk that organizes and presents existing knowledge to better facilitate education and exploration of the topic. Examples include surveying promising research directions, comparing alternate approaches (for example, the many cryptographic signature schemes or consensus protocols used by different blockchains), presenting evidence for a position, or integrating knowledge from other disciplines. Please prefix the title with SOK: to clearly denote this submission type.
Technical Paper
A detailed technical proposal that describes a novel contribution to the theory or practice of blockchain engineering or science, especially relating to engineering risk and/or security. Any submission not prefixed with WIP or SOK will be assumed to be of this type.


The founding members of the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research (CBR) are:

Additional funding for the conference was provided by: