Abstract Istanbul.

The Heartbeat of Account Abstraction & 4337
14 NOV 2023  9am - 7pm

Step into the universe of Account Abstraction, where user experience is elevated tenfold. Engage with pioneers through captivating keynotes, panels, and immersive workshops. Learn all things Account Abstraction and 4337 from the forerunners shaping this technology.


Meet the web3 legends

Nicolas spent five years at Oberthur, a leader in embedded digital security, specializing in card systems. After that, he founded Ubinity to focus on smartcard operating systems. Later, he co-founded BT Chip with the aim of creating an open-standard, secure-element-based hardware wallet, which laid the foundation for the first Ledger wallet.

Nicolas Bacca
Co-Founder of Ledger

Julien has been a long-term advocate of account abstraction and is well-know for his blogpost series “WTF is Account Abstraction”.

Julien holds a PhD in Physics with a focus on Quantum Information and Quantum Cryptography.

Julien Niset
Co-Founder & CSO at Argent

Alex is a software architect with over 15 years experience in engineering and startups. He is the co-inventor of zkSync and currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Matter Labs. He leads a talented team focused on addressing blockchain scalability challenges using zero-knowledge proofs.

Alex Gluchowski
Co-Inventor of zkSync
Co-Founder & CEO at Matter Labs

Henri Lieutaud
Head of Developer Relations at Starknet Foundation

Baki is a co-founder and product lead at Clave, bringing over a decade of experience from corporate and startup ventures. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a master's degree in Robotics, and is a CS PhD dropout. Baki is also known for creating the DeFi Library, a valuable resource for the Turkish community, where people can find trustworthy knowledge about DeFİ.

Baki Er
Co-Founder & Head of Product at Clave

Ivo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ambire. He is a recognized expert in web3 and crypto, with extensive experience in blockchain development. As the CEO of Ambire Wallet, he leads a team of skilled developers and designers in building innovative products for the blockchain space.

Ivo Georgiev
Co-Founder and CEO at Ambire

CEO of Fuel Labs - building the fastest modular execution layer.
Builder of 1st / only optimistic rollup on Eth
Autonomy is life.
Previously #16 @ ConsenSys

Nick Dodson
CEO at Fuel Labs

Ulaş is a co-founder and software developer at Clave and an active member of the Ethereum ecosystem, involving various educational and open-source contributions.  He is responsible for the blockchain/backend developments in Clave, also the co-author of EIP-7212.

Ulaş Erdoğan
Co-Founder & Software Developer at Clave

Prior to his time at Polygon, he worked as a research scientist at Meta, where he led the development of Winterfell, a highly performant general-purpose STARK prover. Bobbin has been active in Web3 since 2018. His focus and passion have always been building of open-source components fundamental to zero-knowledge tech to ensure a decentralized, private future of the web.

Bobbin Threadbare
Co-Founder at Polygon & Polygon Miden Lead

In the last five years, Lukas has focused on enhancing web3 accessibility in blockchain. At Gnosis since 2019, he co-led the Safe project and co-founded the Safe Ecosystem Foundation, driving Safe Protocol adoption. Safe now oversees $40B+ digital assets, a reliable choice for teams and individuals.

Lukas Schor
Co-Founder of Safe

Hsuan Lee is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blocto, which was founded in 2019 to make web3 easy and accessible. He had 10+ years of engineering experiences, previously serving in Yahoo and Agoda.

Hsuan Lee
Co-Founder & CEO of Blocto

Internet's own boy

Nicolas Consigny
Devrel at Ledger

Developer Relations at Particle Network. Full-time DevRel for two years, originally starting at 16 years old. Dedicated towards enabling developers to shape the future of a consumer-facing Web3 ecosystem

Ethan Francis
Developer Relations at Particle Network

Anthony leads the technology team behind zkSync at Matter Labs, and has a background in software and machine learning. Prior to joining Matter Labs, Anthony spent a number of years in industry building teams at SpaceX and Uber, and in academia at CERN, where he worked on searches for new physics and the Higgs boson discovery.

Anthony Rose
SVP of Technology at zkSync

Anton contributed to various crypto projects, including MultiToken, NEAR Protocol and Synthetix. He collaborated with Sergej Kunz in a hackathon where they built a DEX aggregator solution – essentially an MVP for the future 1inch Aggregation Protocol

Anton Bukov
Co-Founder of 1inch

Martin is the lead developer for OpenZeppelin Contracts for Cairo. Before, he worked as a Developer for Decentraland and was previously CTO of Benchrise, a machine learning startup. In his down time, he likes making music, building stuff, and learning. Recent areas of interest include the Japanese language and data science.

Martín Triay
Lead Developer at OpenZeppelin

Jérôme de Tychey is the president of Ethereum-France and CEO of Cometh. He is the host of EthCC, the largest blockchain event in Europe. He previously held leadership positions at Ledger, ConsenSys and Ernst & Young. Jerome is also an associate professor in economics at CNAM, an engineering school in Paris.

Jérôme de Tychey
CEO at Cometh & President of Ethereum France

Marcin is currently serving as the Chief Protocol Architect at Matter Labs, the team responsible for zkSync. Prior to this, he led protocol development at NEAR Blockchain, extending his expertise in blockchain technology

Marcin Michalski
Chief Protocol Architect at Matter Labs

Derek Flossman
Head of Product at Starknet Foundation

Yilan Huang leads Global Development across different regional markets at CyberConnect. CyberConnect is the largest ERC-4337-compatible (Account Abstraction) smart contract wallet system and also web3’s earliest and biggest decentralized social network that enables developers to create social applications empowering users to own their digital identity, content, connections, and monetization channels.

Yilan Huang
 Global Development Lead at CyberConnect

Taylor is currently working as Developer Relations for Etherspot and is deeply rooted in the Account Abstraction space.

Taylor Ferran
Developer Relations Engineer at Etherspot

Keng Lim
DevRel at Taiko

Derek Chiang is the founder and CEO of ZeroDev, a provider of embeddable & programmable smart (AA) wallets.  Derek contributed to the spec and reference implementation of ERC-4337, and ZeroDev built the first modular AA wallet known as “Kernel” which is currently the most widely deployed AA wallet.

Derek Chiang
Founder & CEO at ZeroDev

Jeff is a Co-founder of Curvegrid, a blockchain software company founded in Tokyo, Japan in 2017. Curvegrid's MultiBaas blockchain middleware makes it easy and cost effective to build on blockchain. Jeff is a regular mentor at ETHGlobal hackathons and occasional contributor to go-ethereum. Previously, Jeff worked in financial services and enterprise data storage.

Jeff Wentworth
Co-founder of Curvegrid

Vitaly is the Co-founder & CTO at ZKX, where he leads all aspects of the technology and innovation of a suite of Web3 products. He is a strategic, business-driven leader with 20+ years of experience and specializes in developing operational strategies to assure business growth through emerging technologies and product-market-fit.

Vitaly Yakovlev
Co-Founder & CTO at ZKX

Joe is the co-founder and President of Aztec Labs. Previously, Joe was the CTO of a food tech startup and received his BEngin  Materials Science from Imperial College London.

Joe Andrews
Co-Founder & President at Aztec Labs

MSc in Psychology & Neuroscience | Expansive Web3 Background w/ specialisation in Business Operations.

Ben Virnich
Head of BD at Mute

Thomas is the Co-Founder of StarknetID, a digital identity dapp on Starknet.

Thomas Marchand
Co-Founder of StarknetID

Rafi is a co-founder and development lead at Clave. He is a full stack developer and has prior experience of project coordination for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He’s coming from an engineering background and mainly focusing on cutting edge technologies regarding blockchain ecosystem.

Rafi Ersözlü
Co-Founder & Head of Development at Clave

On-boarding developers to web3 since 2017. Previously at the Celo Foundation and Consensys Academy.

Josh Crites
Developer Relations Engineer at Aztec Network

David has worked for a number of prominent projects & DAOs in the Ethereum ecosystem, and maintains a number of popular data websites like CryptoFees.info

David Mihal
Product Strategist at Fuel Labs

Omar Espejel is a Cairo Blockchain Engineer at the Starknet Foundation. Before this, he worked at Starkware and was a Machine Learning Engineer at Hugging Face, the most important open-source AI company. He is the editor of the Starknet Book.

Omar Espejel
Developer Advocate at Starknet Foundation

Senior Frontend Engineer at Argent

Dhruv Kelawala
Senior Frontend Engineer at Argent

George holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and made a career in software, where he focusses on the people aspect of tech -- privacy, personal data, digital identity, human-made data etc.

At Consensys Diligence he specializes in security auditing to help the technology get adopted safely as smart contract usage skyrockets.

George Kobakhidze
Smart Contract Security Auditor at Consensys Diligence

Alexandra is Head of Marketing at Etherspot, an Account Abstraction development platform. With involvement in Web3 since 2019, she's adept in crafting marketing strategies for Ethereum, EOS, and Polkadot projects. Alexandra's passion lies in the potential of account abstraction to revolutionize the blockchain industry. Leading the Etherspot AA weekly digest, she keeps the community updated on this groundbreaking technology.

Alexandra Nartova
Head of Marketing at Etherspot

Smart Contract Developer at Clave

Tahir Özpala
Smart Contract Developer at Clave

Rui, an investor at SevenX Ventures, done in-depth research of AA, modular AA stacks, 4337, and key management solutions. Her objective is to research, invest, and support the foremost technology that drive blockchain adoption

Rui Shang
Investor at SevenX Ventures

Dennis Huisman
Developer Relations Engineer at Matter Labs


Join the Vanguard: Boost your brand alongside industry innovators and thought leaders



Come pitch your account abstraction project to the best Web3 investors


The St. Regis Istanbul
Mim Kemal Oke Cad 35 Nisantasi, 34367 Şişli
İstanbul, Türkiye
See on Google Maps

Apply to join

Limited Availability: Don't miss your opportunity to join the pioneers
Register now


9:15 AM- 10:00 AM

Opening Doors and Morning Coffee

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Introduction and Opening

Julien Niset
Co-Founder & CSO, Argent

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel: Flavors of Account Abstraction

Bobbin Threadbare, Co-Founder, Polygon
Nick Dodson, CEO, Fuel Labs
Joe Andrews, Co-Founder & President, Aztec Labs
Marcin Michalski, Chief Protocol Architect, Matter Labs
Keng Lim DevRel, Taiko
Rui Shang, Investor, SevenX Ventures

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Building a Network with Native Account Abstraction, One Feature at a Time

Henri Lieutaud, Head of Developer Relations
Starknet Foundation

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Account Abstraction without Duct Tape

Nick Dodson
CEO, Fuel Labs

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Panel: Wallets as a Gateway to Web3 Adoption

Ivo Georgiev, Co-Founder & CEO, Ambire
Julien Niset, Co-Founder & CSO, Argent
Lukas Schor, Co-Founder, Safe
Nicolas Consigny, Developer Relations, Ledger
Ulaş Erdoğan, Co-Founder & Software Developer, Clave
Jeff Wentworth, Co-Founder, Curvegrid

12:20 PM - 13:30 PM

Lunch Break

13:30 PM - 14:10 PM

Panel: Use-Cases and Applications in an Abstracted World

Derek Flossman, Head of Product, Starknet Foundation
Jérôme de Tichey, CEO, Cometh
Yilan Huang, Global Development Lead, CyberConnect
Vitaly Yakovlev, Co-Founder & CTO, ZKX
Ben Virnich, Head of BD, Mute
Taylor Ferran, Developer Relations Engineer, Etherspot

14:10 PM - 14:30 PM

A Journey Across the AA Spectrum

Julien Niset
Co-Founder & CSO, Argent

14:30 PM - 14:50 PM

Account Abstractions for real (and 3 reasons why I’m afraid to use it today)

Marcin Michalski
Chief Protocol Architect at Matter Labs

14:50 PM - 15:30 PM

Fireside Chat - Building the AA Infrastructure

Anton Bukov, Co-Founder, 1inch
Ethan Francis, Developer Relations, Particle Network
Hsuan Lee, Co-Founder & CEO, Blocto
Nicolas Bacca, Co-Founder, Ledger
Derek Chiang, Founder & CEO, ZeroDev

15:30 PM - 16:00 PM

Coffee Break

16:00 PM - 16:20 PM

Schnorr Signatures: A Secure Key Management that Works Together with AA

Ivo Georgiev
Co-Founder & CEO, Ambire

16:20 PM - 16:40 PM

A New Perspective on Self-Custody

Baki Er
Co-Founder & Head of Product, Clave

16:40 PM - 17:20 PM

Panel: The Road to AA Standardization

Anthony Rose, SVP of Technology, zkSync
Henri Lieutaud, Head of Developer Relations, Starknet Foundation
Martín Triay, Lead Developer, OpenZeppelin
Alexandra Nartova, Head of Marketing, Etherspot

17:20 PM - 17:30 PM


17:30 PM - 19:00 PM

Drinks and Networking

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

Light-contracts - Understanding Fuel's Predicates

The Fuel L2 features a new primitive, known as "predicates". Learn how predicates differ from "smart contracts", and how to use them to build account-abstraction wallets, DeFi apps, and more!

David Mihal, Product Strategist, Fuel Labs

11:50 AM- 12:30 PM

Starknet Workshop: Account Abstraction

Omar Espejel, Developer Advocate, Starknet Foundation

12:30 PM - 13:30 PM

Lunch Break

13:30 PM - 14:10 PM

StarknetKit: Effortlessly Build and Connect Your Dapps to Starknet

Dhruv Kelawala, Senior Frontend Engineer, Argent

14:10 PM - 14:50 PM

Unleash the Superpower of Smart Contract Accounts with Session Keys

Unleash the Superpower of Smart Contract Accounts with Session Keys in Account Abstraction, and witness a paradigm shift from gaming to DeFi. Discover how Session Keys can revolutionize Ethereum transactions, opening up new possibilities for DeFi applications and gaming experiences.

Rafi Ersözlü, Co-Founder & Head of Development, Clave
Tahir Özpala, Smart Contract Developer, Clave

14:50 PM - 15:30 PM

Account Abstraction on Aztec

Josh will be demonstrating how accounts work on the Aztec sandbox

Josh Crites, Developer Relations Engineer, Aztec Network

15:30 PM - 16:10 PM

Real World Applications of AA

Dennis will go through three different demos of AA solidity contracts that show i. how a pension account works ii. how a token lockup account works iii.another example

Dennis Huisman, Developer Relations Engineer, Matter Labs

16:10 PM - 16:30 PM

Roundtable: Exploring the Security Benefits of Account Abstraction

Roundtable between Starknet, Consensys Diligence and Argent on smart contracts security in a AA context

George Kobakhidze, Smart Contract Security Auditor, Consensys Diligence
Julien Niset, Co-Founder & CSO, Argent
Thomas Marchand, StarknetID
Chingiz Mardanov, Consensys Diligence

Agenda: coming soon


Why Abstract Istanbul?

Abstract Istanbul is the ultimate annual gathering for Account Abstraction and 4337 enthusiasts, whether you're a builder, investor, entrepreneur, or a visionary in this space. Dive into a full-day whirlwind of captivating keynotes, insightful panels, immersive workshops, and the chance to pitch your projects to leading investors.

Why Istanbul?

Chosen during Devconnect week, Abstract Istanbul will unite top-tier participants from around the world, foster engagement with the brightest minds and sparking impactful discussions.

Who's welcome?

Anyone is welcome to participate. This event is open to all who are passionate about driving innovation and enhancing user experiences. Hurry and secure your spot —only 300 spaces available!

Please note, there's a small fee for tickets, and registration is limited. Secure your spot in advance.

Got more questions?

If you have a question that is not answered here,  feel free to reach out to us on Telegram

Get in touch

Have questions or need more information?

Contact us Join us on Telegram