Hong Kong, 12 - 13 October 2015
Smart Contracts
Smart Cities
Blockchain Workshops presents

Who we are

Coala is a collaboration between academics, lawyers, technologists and entrepreneurs who have been driving research, policy and infrastructure-building in the blockchain ecosystem for the past three years.

What it is About

This conference will investigate the upcoming challenges and opportunities provided by blockchain technologies, and their impact on the current social, economic and political order.



Function Rooms, Cyberport
Cyberport Road, Hong Kong


The conference will be held at Hong Kong Cyberport and supported by the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and other IT institutes/organisations.

With one million square feet of tech-centric space located about 15 minutes from Central Hong Kong, Cyberport is an incubator and co-working space and boon to 600 companies. With a vision to establish itself as a leading information and communications technology (ICT) hub in the Asia-Pacific region, Cyberport is committed to facilitating the local economy by nurturing ICT industry start-ups and entrepreneurs, driving collaboration to pool resources and create business opportunities, and accelerating ICT adoption through strategic initiatives and partnerships.



Day 1
12 Oct 2015
Day 2
13 Oct 2015

Words of Welcome

By Herman Lam, CEO of the Cyberport

Opening Remarks

Introduction to the Blockchain Workshops
Constance Choi
Primavera De Filippi

Technical Panel: Blockchains and Its Applications & Zero Knowledge Proofs

Blockchains & Its Applications – state of the art of blockchain technologies, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, Eris, public vs private blockchains, emerging consensus mechanisms and more. Zero Knowledge Proofs – state of the art of ZKPs, its applications and implications for security and privacy, building trustless infrastructure for trusted systems.
Vlad Zamfir
Vitalik Buterin
Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn
Peter Todd
Casey Kuhlman

Blockchain Infrastructure

Internet of Things – centralization & top-down control vs decentralization & bottom-up governance;  democracy of devices and participatory design. Smart Property – metered appliances (micropayments and pay-per-use), P2P and D2D transactions (capitalization of access and time allocation).
Henning Diedrich
Pamela Morgan

Smart Contracts for Smart Cities

Smart Citizens – human vs capital-centered design, technology for the commons, decentralized architecture and mesh networking, open data & democratized access. Smart Governance – Data-driven policies and algorithmic governance, ethical design and moral choice, trustless systems for trusted infrastructure, building and digitizing transactional and democratic frameworks.
Alan Shapiro
Tomas Diez
Adam Arvidsson
Constance Choi
Primavera De Filippi

Smart Contracts for Social Good

The Internet of People — Democratic and economic sustainability – promoting long-term sustainability; building shared prosperity; new tools for open source democracy; participatory governance systems. Identity, Financial Inclusion, Human Rights – bridging the digital divide; addressing systemic inequality in access and infrastructure, liberal paternalization vs community-centered policies.
Gianluca Miscione
Fabro Steibel
Gavin Chait
Amor Sexton

Smart contracts and alternative IP systems

Blockchain registries, micro-payments, automated and decentralized collecting societies, trusted systems vs. trustless DRM systems; Crowdfunding for the arts, Creative Patents, etc.    
Mathijs Koenraadt
Alan Shapiro
Niva Elkin-Koren
Primavera De Filippi

Utopia vs. Dystopia

Are trustless blockchain technologies inherently libertarian? Can they be applied to promote grassroots community and decentralized collaboration? Utopia vs. Dystopia – what kind of society are we moving towards? what are the new principles that will govern it? are we heading towards a freenet or skynet? towards a more decentralized society, or a more oppressive and totalitarian system?
Robin Hanson
Aral Balkan
Primavera De Filippi

Autonomous Agents —Are we there yet?

Autonomous Devices, Self-owned artists, etc.
Henning Diedrich
Peter Asaro
Constance Choi
Primavera De Filippi


One Day Pass
1,000.00 HKD

One Day Access

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Two Day Pass
1,600.00 HKD

Two Day Access

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Previous Workshops

How Blockchain is Like or Not Like the Internet

Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

Autonomous Communities Fireside Chat

Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum

Mickey McManus MAYA Institute

Stanford Blockchain Workshops

Don Tapscott Keynote

Stanford Blockchain Workshops

Supported By

We’d like to thank our partners who help us organize and set up the event, as well as all the sponsors who are helping us by contributing resources to the event. A special thanks also to our Media & Community Partners.

Academic Partners