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Blockchain Talk – Consensus Protocols – Phoenix Zerin & Joshua Bodyfelt

22 June @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Get the latest updates about blockchain technology in New Zealand and globally. Connect with experts and blockchain based projects happening around New Zealand.

Phoenix Zerin:
Phoenix has been developing and architecting software applications for over a decade, most recently completing a 5-year stint as a digital nomad in South America. Phoenix is a Senior Blockchain Developer at Centrality and the lead developer for PyOTA, the Python API library for the IOTA cryptocurrency. In his spare time, he is a motorcycle enthusiast, bushcraft-curious, and likes cat emojis.

Joshua Bodyfelt:
In 2009, Dr. Joshua Bodyfelt earned his PhD from Wesleyan University. He continued in academics for two postdoctoral positions and then an offer of Research Officer from Massey University relocated him to New Zealand in 2013. At the beginning of 2018, Dr. Bodyfelt migrated from academics into his current role as Innovation & Research Manager at Centrality – where he has been involved in our flagship blockchain, PL^G. He is currently studying network consensus protocols, and is keen to apply deep learning to network security. As a member of ISO’s technical committee on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, Dr. Bodyfelt aims for more government standardisation and regulation of blockchain economies.

This is Part 1 of our series on Consensus Protocols, and will be followed-up with another upcoming talk on the various models (proof of work, proof of stake, proof of activity, proof of burn, delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance, etc).

5:30 pm – Open for food and drinks.

6:00 pm – Phoenix and Joshua will run through an overview of consensus protocols, starting with what they are, why they are necessary for blockchains, how they work, some of the theoretical principles behind having them, and what considerations are relevant for a business use case in application development. This will be followed by a brief Q+A.

7:00 pm – Opportunity for further networking and discussion with the experts.

View the event on our Meetup page to RSVP.

The venue for this event has been generously donated by Centrality.


22 June
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Blockchain Association of New Zealand


Centrality Offices
48 Emily Place
Auckland, New Zealand
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