In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Weijia Zhang, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Regional Head of China and Vice President of Engineering, Wanchain Foundation.
Conor and Weijia discuss the state of interop with blockchains right now, where it's heading and what a successful outcome would look like in the space.
Weijia has focussed on blockchain interoperability for a number of years, he leads the cross chain interoperability working group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Weijia is also an accomplished academic and technologist, he has invented over 20 patents and published over 30 research papers. His vast experience and knowledge of blockchain interoperability really comes across in the podcast as he provides his valuable perspective on the space.
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Programming the Open Blockchain' by Andreas Antonopoulos and then everybody knows about this and this is a good book as well! Yeah. And I also do a lot of white papers of different projects. I actually spend a lot of time reading white papers and also the Ethereum Foundation, the EEA website, a lot of those medium papers as well and I also read the EIP specification, a lot of the low-level specification codes and I also notices that Conor, you are publishing a book and I look forward to reading your book as well! Oh, cool, thank you! Yeah it should be out by December this year, 'The Blockchain Innovators Handbook' so I'm looking forward to that and it will be fun to have it out there! How do you manage to keep up though with what to read in terms of white papers and so on because there's so many coming out all the time? Yeah and actually I'm teaching and sometimes we ask students to read as well so I normally select good ones and one of the challenges with blockchain is it's a fast-paced technology and there's so much information that you need to absorb, right? I have to pick good authors, good projects and they read the good ones, all the kind of trusted ones and trusted authors and I really do not read just random publications. Yeah, no that's it and certainly it's easier for us technologists to be able to at least know whether some people seem like they're legitimately authors fairly quickly but there's a lot of noise there. So, Weijia, if people want to reach out to you or follow you or just keep up with what Wanchain's up to, what are the best mechanisms for them to do that? Is it Twitter, LinkedIn, whatever else? Wanchain's website is wanchain.org and then we also have Telegram and also Wanchain has a Twitter account as well. I normally do not send too many posts with Twitter. Also, you can reach me through email and look at Wanchain's website and and contact us. Just go to wanchain.org. You can get a lot of information out of there I'm sure. The preferred way for people to reach you as well, would be by participating in the cross-chain interop working group for the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance? Yes, yes, I really look forward to people, experts joining the working group to work together to develop this protocol for cross-chain interoperability. Yeah, it's exciting times definitely! So Weijia, thank you so much for your time, it's been really awesome catching up and I just love hearing how this space is evolving and heating up more and more every year! Yeah well thank you Conor, it's always great to talk to you. I really appreciate this opportunity. Thank you, speak soon.