Software Technology for Blockchains, Bitcoin and Distributed Trust Systems

2-10 June 2018, Elba Island, Italy

14th LASER Summer School on Software Engineering

Early bird registration until January 31; to registration page.

The combination of advances in distributed systems and cryptography is bringing about a revolution not only in finance, with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but in many other fields whose list keeps growing. The LASER 2018 summer school brings the best experts in the field, from both industry and academia, to provide an in-depth exploration of the fascinating software issues and solutions behind these breakthrough technology advances.


We have lined up a unique group of lecturers:

  • Christian Cachin, IBM, on Secure distributed programming for blockchains
  • Taylor Gerring, Ethereum
  • Maurice Herlihyy, Brown University, on Blockchains, Smart Contracts, & the future of distributed computing
  • Christoph Jentzsch, Slock
  • Bertrand MeyerPolitecnico di Milano
  • Dahlia MalkhiVMWare
  • Emin Gun SirerCornell University
  • Roger Wattenhofer, ETH Zurich

See lecture abstracts


The school is intended for professionals from the industry (engineers and managers) as well as university researchers, including PhD students. The school’s focus is applied, although theory is welcome to establish solid foundations. The format of the school favors extensive interaction between participants and speakers.

Panorama From Procchio

Like its predecessors, the 2017 LASER summer school takes place in the idyllic setting of the Elba Island off the coast of Tuscany, easily reachable by air, car, bus or train.

The school location is the magnificent Hotel del Golfo in the Gulf of Procchio, Elba. Along with an intensive scientific program, participants will have time to enjoy the natural and cultural riches of this history-laden jewel of the Mediterranean.