On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Protocol Labs Research (opens new window) hosted our inaugural ConsensusDay 1. This day-long research symposium, held on the Stanford University campus, was dedicated to the topic of consensus protocols (opens new window) and included twelve presentations from consensus researchers as well as workshop discussions.
Presentation topics included: expected consensus (opens new window), secret single-leader election (SSLE) (opens new window), the Stellar Consensus Protocol (opens new window), and consensus hierarchies (opens new window). You can see the full playlist of talks here (opens new window).
Given the high-bandwidth discussions and cross-pollination of ideas that occurred at ConsensusDay 1, Protocol Labs Research will hold more of these events in the future. We will also soon be announcing other day-long research conferences on assorted topics. We will make future research event announcements on this blog.
Lastly, we would like to note that the Protocol Labs Request for Proposals (RFP) program (opens new window) currently has an open RFP, offering up to $200,000 to solve the Secret Single-Leader Election problem described here (opens new window). We welcome all applications before the March 13, 2019 deadline.
We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together to advance the state of consensus research. Onward!