KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ARON FISCHER, Colony | Colony – a platform for open organisations, built on the Ethereum Blockchain

In the talk, I will give an overview of the colony system, it’s purpose and constituent components.I will talk about it as an abstract technology for developers — a set of building blocks to enable developers to design systems according to their project or organisation’s requirements. I’ll also talk about it from an application perspective and the kinds of things we expect people to do with the application in the short term, and in the future as further functionality becomes available. Finally, I’ll talk about the role and benefit of org design as a discipline sorely needed in the wider decentralisation community, and the challenges of governance in the radically open kinds of organisations which the communities of financially incentivised agents surrounding blockchain protocols like Ethereum can be characterised as.

Aron Fischer received his PhD in mathematics from the City University of New York in 2015. His specialization was in Algebraic Topology and Homotopy theory. Since his graduation he has been studying homotopy type theory in his free time and is interested in how (higher) type theory can help us write safer smart contracts.
He is working in the research arm of Colony: a platform for open organisations which seeks to enable new forms of decentralised organisations. His work involves developing the Colony governance protocols, the rules by which members of a decentralised, pseudonymous collective can collaborate on large projects, allocate work and resources, resolve disputes and share rewards. The work involves a careful balancing of what is desirable in terms of governance and what is possible given the technical limitations of the Ethereum blockchain.