Blockchain Workshop
Theory & Practice

Organized by CERSA / CNAM

Paris, 21-22 January, 2019

Conservatoire National des Arts & Métiers (CNAM)
292 Rue Saint-Martin - 75003 Paris, France


Blockchain technology has lead to the emergence of new peer-to-peer infrastructures for distributed coordination, enabling new ways of exchanging value and recording information in a secure and decentralized manner. It is regarded by many as a disruptive technology that could lead to a new wave of disintermediation, changing the way in which people work and organize themselves. 

However, blockchain technology is still immature and its adoption remains limited to only a few fields of endeavor. Despite the recent popularity (or hype) surrounding the technology, its potential cannot be achieved without the involvement of multiple stakeholders both from the private and public sector: technologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, policy makers, and regulators, all need to work together in order to better understand the social, legal, and political implications of blockchain technology. 

This forum will convene various scholars and practitioners from different backgrounds and academic fields in order to bring more clarity regarding the current state of affairs and the future directions of blockchain technology.


THEORY - January 21

08:30 - 9h00

Breakfast and Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Keynote

Charles Nesson / Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

09:30 - 10:30

Debate: Is blockchain anything new?

James Mickens / Berkman Klein Center

Rick Dudley / Vulcanize

Jaap-Henk Hoepman / Groningen Univ.

Moderated by Primavera de Filippi

10:30 - 11:30

Panel 1: Working Theories: what worked and what didn’t work

Arthur Breitman / Tezos

Simon Polrot / Chaintech

Vincent Danos / ENS

Moderated by Alexis Collomb

11:30 - 12:45

Panel 2: New economic models, between coopetition and tokenomics

Alex Lipton / MIT

Jason Potts / RMIT University

Kary Beehmaiah / Fahrenheit 212

Alexis Collomb / CNAM

Julien Prat / Polytechnique

Moderated by Johann Palychata

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15h30

Panel 3: Governance of/by blockchain

Odysseas Sclavounis  / Oxford

Wessel Reijers  / EUI

Primavera De Filippi  / CERSA

Jérôme de Tychey  / European Blockchain Observatory

Moderated by Vincent Danos

15:30 - 17h00

Panel 4: Blockchain & Regulation- where are we headed?

Nikkolas Guggenberger   / Yale

Florence G’sell / Univ. Lorraine

Adrien Basdevant  / Lawyer

Jean-Baptiste Soufron  / Lawyer

Moderated by Simon Polrot

17:00 - 17h30


17:30 - 18h00


Bodo Balazs (IvIR): on the notions of “trust” and “trustless”

18:00 - 18h30

Closing Keynote 

Heinz Wismann  / EHESS


Reception at the Art & Métiers Museum

PRACTICE - January 22

08:30 - 9:00 : 

Breakfast and Registration

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Keynote

Alex Lipton / MIT

10:00 - 11:15

Panel 5: Practical assessment of blockchain-based applications

Sébastien Choukroun / PWC

Ludovic Courcelas / European Blockchain Observatory

Nadia Filali / CDC - Labchain

Johann Palychata / BNPP

Pierre Laurent / Co-founder Atka & dapp expert

Moderated by Anuj Dasgupta

11:15 - 12:30

Panel 6: Augmented currencies/directed money & latest crypto-innovations

Laurent Benichou / Axa - founder of Fizzy

Philippe Denis / Chief Anticipations Officer - BP2S

Christophe Doré / MoneyTrack

William Piquard / Co-founder Atka & crypto-trading expert

Olivier Rocca / Moneybydesign

Moderated by Alexis Collomb

12:30 - 14:00 


Session in partnership with Labex ReFi

14:00 - 15:30

Panel 7: Risk & Blockchain

Karima Lachgar / Lawyer

Quentin de Beauchesne / Co-founder Ownest

Fabrice Heuvrard / OEC

Christophe Hénot / Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne & Labex ReFi

Alexis Collomb / Cnam & Labex ReFi

Moderated by Dominique Guégan

15:30 - 16:00


Claude de Ganay (Member of French Parliament - OPECST): on the challenges of dealing with innovative and complex technologies (AI, blockchain, ...)