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Final Projects

[ Analyzing Bitcoin in Practice | Bitcoin Applications | PointCoin Projects ]

Analyzing Bitcoin in Practice

Inside Bitcoin Exchanges

Alex Coffin, Ankit Gupta, Corrigan Blanchfield, and Tara Raj

Project Link
Sankey Visualizer

Bitcoin Address-to-Address Visualizer

This project takes a look into Bitcoin exchanges (Coinbase and Circle) to formulate a methodology by which we can understand how various exchanges operate to better invest in Bitcoin.

In our project we explore strategies such as transaction visualization, taint analysis, fulfillment processes, and pricing models to create an evaluation methodology.

Examining Anonymous Market Places

Max Serpe and Peter Gregrowski

In order to better understand anonymous market places and how they work, we conducted research and hands-on transactions on the Agora Dark Market.

Project (github)

Analysis of Locking Scripts in the Blockchain

Saba Eskandarian

Description: This project aimed to learn about what kinds of unusual scripts are being used in bitcoin transactions and how this has changed over time by creating a script that analyzes the blockchain and keeps track of unusual transactions which are then explorable via a web page and reports of script usage generated by the script.

github (github repo itself)

Bitcoin Price History

Oriana Ngo

An analysis on the events affecting bitcoin market price

Description: Earlier in bitcoin, international events and news stories had a very immediate and significant effect on the bitcoin market price, resulting in high volatility; my project examines this effect to analyze which factors affected bitcoin and the explanation behind it.

Prezi Presentation (Part 2) - Cryptocurrency Reward Block Halving.

In-depth look at one of the past "native" (occurred strictly within bitcoin) and historical events that effected bitcoin price history and was not covered in the timeline. Because another bitcoin halving will occur soon and once again affect the market price, I felt it important and supplementary to include. This part also serves as a prediction for the next halving.

Prezi Presentation (Part 1) - Bitcoin Market Prize History

Report: PDF

Cryptocurrency Survival: A Price Analysis of Bitcoin

Avinash Ramesh

Project Site

This project aimed to understand the factors that affect Bitcoin's price, as well as to examine and understand whether Bitcoin will be adopted in the future.

Subsidy Studies

Jacob Rosenberg and Laurence Meyers

An examination of the economic impact that halving the mining subsidy will have on the popularity and price of Bitcoin.

Presentation (Slides)

Bitcoin Arbitrage

Sam Abbate

Explores the potential for arbitrage opportunity within Bitcoin exchanges, by creating an automated tool to locate and present exchange opportunities with the greatest potential profits.

SHA-256 and Bitcoin

Jeremy Gabalski

An Analysis of SHA256 and the use of ASIC Hashing Hardware on Bitcoin

Presentation (Slides)

Bitcoin Applications


Ori Shimony

A scheme for decentralized communal funds on the blockchain.

Paper (PDF)

Loans and Financial Instruments in the Bitcoin Marketplace

Our project aims to examine the current state of Bitcoin lending, propose changes to the current system, and analyze the application of the Credit Default Swap as a solution to keeping Bitcoin lending anonymous.

Report (PDF)

Mobile Multisignature Wallet

Will Emmanuel and Kevin Hoffman

The first multi-signature Bitcoin wallet for iOS.

Project (github)

Scro - An Escrow Service

Kyle Angelotti and Michelle Wang

Scro is an escrow wallet service that aims to make a safer marketplace for merchants.

Project Link
Code (github)

PointCoin Projects

Kickstarting PointCoin

Jake Shankman

Description: Kickstarting PointCoin aims to remove many of the "issues of trust" present in traditional crowd funding (like Kickstarter and Indiegogo) via the implementation of assurance contracts in the PointCoin protocol; it also serves as a way to expand the uses and appeal of PointCoin beyond standard transactions.

PointCoinJ Wiki


Joey Weate and Charles Harding

Remembar is a Google Chrome Extension that saves your PointCoin address and generates a unique QR code in order to enable quick transactions and facilitate the sharing of PointCoin.

Project (github)


Anat Gilboa and Benjamin Edgar

A cryptocurrency marketplace for PointCoin

Project Site (github)
Demo Site