Leaders in Blockchain

In 2020, we launched The Blockchain Laboratory, to enhance our work as the premier academic leader in the blockchain space.

Fall Events and Resources

Blockchain Development Series

The Stevens Center, in conjunction with Polygon, will be hosting a blockchain development series for all Penn students aimed at educating students about the blockchain ecosystem and inspiring students to build their own projects.

The series was kicked off by a virtual fireside chat on September 10th and will be followed by a few sessions delving deeper into the most notable use cases of blockchain. In addition, students who attend these events may get some exclusive rewards. Learn more below!

Development Series Timeline:

Fireside Chat with Polygon | Sept. 10, 2021

NFT Q&A | Oct. 15, 2021*

DeFi Q&A | Nov. 5, 2021* 

Fireside Chat with a Founder | Dec. 3, 2021*

*tentative dates

Blockchain Resources

If you’re interested in learning more about blockchain, check out a list of introductory resources the Blockchain Laboratory team has compiled below.

Penn Discord Blockchain Community

If you’re a Penn student interested in joining a community of people who want to learn more about blockchain, join the Stevens Center Discord below by emailing our team for a link with your Penn email address. We’ll be sharing job postings in the blockchain and crypto space, more opportunities to get involved with us, and much more.


Provide access to rich data to the Penn community

Develop unique research opportunities for students and faculty

Participate in and learn about the blockchain governance process.

Support innovation in the blockchain community.

The Blockchain Laboratory administers grants for research related to blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Please contact us to inquire about research proposals for the current award cycle.

At the Blockchain Laboratory, our team runs validation nodes on several blockchain networks, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, and engages in research projects focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency.  In addition, the Laboratory cultivates a cohort of Blockchain Fellows, who have opportunities to conduct research projects, engage with blockchain business leaders, and assist in the operations of the nodes.

Faculty Supervisor: Sarah Hammer, Managing Director (sarah21@upenn.edu)
Faculty Supervisor: Brett Falk, Research Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (fbrett@seas.upenn.edu)
Student Director: Rishin Sharma (sharmark@wharton.upenn.edu)
Student Director: Sebastian Melendez (sebm@seas.upenn.edu)
Student Director: Shiva Menta (smenta@wharton.upenn.edu)

Research Areas include:

  • Decentralized Finance
  • U.S. and Global Blockchain Regulation
  • Financial Infrastructure
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies
  • Crypto Strategy for Traditional Institutions
  • Enterprise Blockchain
  • Non-Fungible Tokens

The Blockchain Laboratory is a proud sponsor of the Wharton Fintech Conference.

The Blockchain Laboratory is excited to announce its plans to launch a Blockchain Accelerator in 2020!