Call for Posters and Lightning Talks

The 1st International Summer School on Security & Privacy for Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies (BDLT) invites posters and lightning talks to showcase work-in-progress and already-published research related to the summer school. Example topics of interest include, but are not limited to: novel attacks on distributed systems; consensus protocols and fault tolerance; incentive structures, such as proof-of-work and proof-of-stake; recent results on blockchain scalability, payment channels and state channels; advancements on smart contracts; or, realistic adversarial capabilities. We strongly encourage both submissions from academia and industry. If your poster or lightning talk is accepted, at least one of the authors must register and attend BDLT to present their research.


Presenting a poster at BDLT is a great opportunity for students to receive valuable feedback on their ongoing research from a knowledgeable crowd from academia and industry, and also to increase dissemination of their already published research. Similarly, it is also a great opportunity for industry to present their current research and connect with students who have a particular interest in security and privacy for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Accepted posters that are presented at the poster session will be published on the BDLT website.

Submission Instructions

Please submit an extended abstract no longer than two pages that describes your research. If possible, please also include a draft of the poster you intend to present.

Submissions are not anonymous, hence, please include authors' names and affiliations. Please also indicate who will present the poster if it is accepted.

The research for the poster does not need to be completed or published, and preliminary results are encouraged but not required. We also invite posters that showcase previously published research. If your research is published, please provide a reference to the published version.

Abstracts should be two pages of technical content (with unlimited pages for references), two-column format, and a minimum 9-point font for the main text (for example, the new ACM conference proceedings LaTeX template fulfills these requirements). Poster should be size A0 (paper size, 841 × 1189mm), but have no other restrictions or requirements. We do not provide any templates.

Posters should be submitted through HotCRP.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: August 15th, 2019 (23:59 PDT)
  • Acceptance Notification: August 18th, 2019
  • Poster Session: September 2nd, 2019

Lightning Talks

The lightning talks session at BDLT is intended to present work-in-progress from attendees (both from academia and industry) in the form of a short presentation. We strongly encourage submission of a poster and a lightning talk on the same topic to the summer school.

There are no format requirements for your talk and we do not provide any template. Sign-up for lightning talks will be open until September 2nd, 2019, or until all the slots are taken.

Lightning talks should also be submitted through HotCRP.