Blockchain at UCSB (BCUCSB) is a community of students, entrepreneurs, and academics at UC Santa Barbara who have come together to educate and bring awareness about compelling blockchain technology and its applications. We host workshops, speaker events, innovation competitions, and socials to bring blockchain awareness to our local community.

Who We Are

Founded in 2018, Blockchain at UCSB (BCUCSB) is a community of passionate students from every background with the same goal: to learn more about blockchain.

Do I have to be a Computer Science major to join? NO, everyone motivated and willing to learn is welcome! Our team consists of students from various fields: Computer Science, Global Studies, Economics, and more.

You can join us through shoreline or follow our Twitter and Facebook group.

What We Do

We work with faculty on campus to start accredited blockchain classes. Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of blockchain, we source speakers from the industry to come in as guest lecturers. We also host speaker events, workshops, and conferences to bring blockchain awareness to our local community.


BCUCSB hosts meetings and workshops that teach about both technical and social aspects of the technology, such as: building on the blockchain, developing decentralized applications, crypto-economics, decentralized governance, environmental applications, and much more. In collaboration with the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF), we started the first accredited blockchain course on campus. 

Are you an executive interested in learning more about blockchain? Earn a professional certificate in Blockchain from UCSB extension school. Learn more about the course here.

Meetings and Workshops

BCUCSB partners with multiple companies, like Consensys and Blockchain University, and campus organizations, such as the Technology Management Program, to co-host events. This is a great opportunity for students to build your network and experience the many opportunities the blockchain industry has to offer.


BCUCSB organizes multiple events with high-profile speakers from the industry and academia. For example, last year we hosted the Santa Barbara Blockchain Summit that included speakers from Cambridge Analytica, Orchid Labs, CoinTelegraph, and more.

Moreover, BCUCSB frequently offers its members free or discounted tickets to blockchain conferences, such as Crypto Invest Summit, Viva La Crypto!, and International Association for Cryptologic Research Crypto 2018 Conference.


Executive Team

nikita Buzov

Nikita Buzov



Computer Engineering 

Alexis de Landes

Alexis de Landes


Undergraduate Student


Maya Zaynetdinova

Maya Zaynetdinova

Head of Communication

PhD Global Studies

Aarti Jivrajani



Head of Project

Graduate Student

Computer Science

Michael Hewitt

Michael Hewitt

Head of Partnership

Undergraduate Student





Piergiacomo Palmisani

Former President

BAF Vice President


Cameron Denis

Co-Founder/Former Vice President

BAF President


Sarah Manski

PhD candidate


Christian Arita

Staker Product Lead at StakerDAO


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On November 23, the future of Blockchain will be again redefined. In conjunction with the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF), BCUCSB will bring prominent speakers from around the world including Julian Wheatland (Previous COO of Cambridge Analytica), and Brian Fox (Inventor of the BASH shell) and others to speak about the past, current, and future states of Blockchain technology. The summit will feature a variety of lectures and developer workshops and invites students, university faculty, academic researchers, local technologists, government officials, lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, journalists, and others.



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