Testcontainers co-maintainer and Testcontainers-Spock author, in love with FLOSS. Received the Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassador award for his contributions to the Open Source community. Software Craftsman and testing fan. Plays the electric guitar and is a musician in his second life. Found his own company during his university years, developing mobile apps and client-server applications, which introduced him to Grails and the Groovy ecosystem. Fell in love with TDD because of Spock.
After many years working in the industry as an engineer, Kevin is now doing his PhD at the Institute for Internet Security and is leading a research team in the field of blockchain technology.
Blockchain – Through the Looking Glass
We all know the effects of the Gartner hype cycle and with regards to Blockchain technology we might wonder: Are we still on the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” or did we crash into the “Trough of Disillusionment”? No matter the current state, let’s hope we are at one point heading to the “Plateu of Productivity”, however this might look.In spite of the hype and the buzzword bingo, blockchain as a technology contains a lot of interesting concepts and building blocks from a diverse range of computer science domains, such as cryptography, distributed computing, fault tolerant computer systems or formal verification.
In this talk we want to take a closer look at those basic building blocks. Without regards to which cryptocurrencies or blockchain frameworks rise in the next years, knowing about those fundamentals will be a worthwhile investment with a stable return on investment. It will also provide ammunition in the next big discussion with a manager requesting to “3-D print a blockhain and HTML into a bitcoin”.