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An introduction to blockchains

Lucy Wyman (Puppet)
11:00am11:40am Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 15 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone interested in knowing more about programming theory

What you'll learn

  • Gain a deeper understanding of blockchain technology and discover applications beyond cryptocurrency


Since Bitcoin was open sourced in 2009, we’ve been reading about how cryptocurrencies are the new internet. But how do they actually work? In part, they depend on the blockchain: a linked list used as a distributed ledger to record transactions between parties. Lucy Wyman offers a deep dive into blockchains, covering what a blockchain is, how it works, the cool math and theory that it uses, and applications beyond cryptocurrencies.

Topics include:

  • The structure of a blockchain and why we can trust them
  • Interesting properties of blockchains and their implications
  • How and why blockchains are decentralized
  • Other uses for blockchains
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Lucy Wyman


Lucy Wyman is a software engineer at Puppet, where she works on the company’s open source remote task runner Bolt. Previously, she was a frontend engineer for Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab. Lucy holds a BS in computer science from Oregon State University. In her free time, she likes hanging out with friends, hiking, experiencing new things, and enjoying a wide variety of podcasts, TV shows, blogs, books, and other media. You can find out more on her blog.

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07/19/2018 3:41am PDT

Yes! Slides are available at http://slides.lucywyman.me/introduction-to-blockchain.html

07/18/2018 1:30pm PDT

Hi Lucy,

I attended your speech and thought it was very informative. Unfortunately, I showed up a little late. I was wondering if your slides are online somewhere, or if you could share them with me. Thanks.