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Smart Contract Summit Recap: One of The Largest Blockchain Conferences

Chainlink’s first-ever SmartCon Summit marked a major 2020 blockchain event. We saw 8,000+ attendees, representing 100+ countries from all 7 continents, join over 130 speakers for 70+ talks, panels, workshops and AMAs. We heard from developers, dApp teams, node operators, researchers, and enterprise leaders sharing their cutting edge research and current thinking about the future of decentralized technology. Additionally, a diverse collection of projects currently building with Chainlink oracles on Ethereum, Bitcoin, and various other blockchains showcased the state of DeFi today and set the stage for high growth in the coming years.

Key takeaways Former RSA Chief Scientist and Chainlink whitepaper co-author Dr. Ari Juels will lead the new Chainlink Labs research arm as Chief Scientist. The Chainlink Labs Global Research Program will actively research and develop strategic enhancements for the Chainlink Network to continually expand the value it provides to users and society as a whole Chainlink Labs acquires DECO from Cornell University, which enables Chainlink oracles to makes HTTPS/TLS data available on public blockchains without sacrificing confidentiality DeFi leaders Sergey Nazarov from Chainlink, Andre Cronje from yearn.finance, Stani Kulechov from Aave, and Kain Warwick from Synthetix see a massive level of global coordination happening across the DeFi stack like nothing else in history Microsoft, Oracle, T-Systems, Armanino, and other enterprise companies are turning to blockchain for data provenance, security, and new revenue verticals Enterprise blockchain adoption is taking off in China; Nervos, Conflux, BSN, and SNZPool shared how Western blockchain projects need to separate out tokens from technology, form localized relationships and partners, and focus on government relations in order to be successful in China OpenLaw released smart contract functionality within Microsoft Office documents, enabling OpenLaw smart contrac...
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