Wasm Chains (NEAR, Polkadot, Spacemesh)


Learn what the next generation of smart contract development will look like from three leading platforms.

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October 12, 2019 16:00
October 12, 2019 18:00

Wasm, which stands for WebAssembly, is rapidly emerging as a global standard for deterministic, cross-platform computation across many platforms: the browser, backend, blockchain, the cloud and beyond. Many of the leading next-generation blockchain platforms are adopting this technology and designing smart contract virtual machines based on Wasm. Join the Wasm Chains event to learn from three such cutting-edge projects: NEAR Protocol, Polkadot, and Spacemesh. You'll hear about the under-the-hood technologies that enable these platforms, their emerging virtual machine designs, and what blockchain smart contract development will look like in the not-too-distant future. This is a technical, "tech talk"-style event, but it's open to attendees with a wide range of backgrounds, technical or not.


- NEAR is a blockchain protocol designed to bridge the adoption gap for mainstream commercial DApps. Designed to linearly scale with number of nodes by sharding (100k tps at 1M nodes, ~1s finality), have wide adoption by running on mobile devices, and security guarantees on the level of best blockchains. To build it, we have assembled a dream team of engineers who implemented sharded distributed systems at scale including 3 early MemSQL engineers, 4 ex-Googlers, 4 gold medals at ACM ICPC and more.

- Polkadot

- Spacemesh (https://spacemesh.io/) is a fair blockmesh operating system designed to run general-purpose smart contracts at web-scale. It is powered by a novel consensus protocol that is secure, proof of work-free and highly incentive-compatible. Spacemesh is designed to create a highly-decentralized p2p blockchain computer formed by individuals from around the globe running Spacemesh on their desktop PCs at home. It is a free, open source software that aims to become a core Internet protocol for blockchain computation. Check out the project brief (https://spacemesh.io/project-brief/), whitepaper (https://spacemesh.io/whitepaper1/), and FAQ (https://spacemesh.io/faq/) to learn more.


Illia Polosukhin, Co-Founder, NEAR Protocol

Illia is an ICPC finalist and has more than 10 years of industry experience, including 3 years at Google where he was a major TensorFlow contributor and a manager of the team building question answering capabilities for the core Google search.

Lane Rettig, Core developer, Spacemesh

Lane Rettig is a software developer, writer, and crypto-activist who believes strongly in the power of Web3 technology including strong privacy, self-sovereign data and identity, DAOs and other governance tools to build a better, fairer human society. He’s a core developer and community advocate at Spacemesh, and actively speaks, writes, and consults on the topic of decentralized, crytoeconomic governance systems.