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Smart contracts provide automation in blockchain solutions. They are immutable, decentralized and deterministic, which make them ideal to remove remote third-parties and let peer-to-peer interactions. Once aggreed agreed between the parties and deployed on a distributed ledger, their activities and outcomes can be verified, so they can be trusted by all stakeholders. Everybody involved in DLTs are interested in smart contracts and the benefits they bring, but are also worried because there are many aspects about smart contracts they don't understand including legal and ethical insecurities. The main goal of this workgroup will be to enable to give an academic perspective to this research topic and in parallel make clear to users, developers, researchers, businessmen, decision makers and others interested in smart contracts to understand how they can be utilized among practical ways to utilize them on the different DLTs that are under the Hyperledger unbrella umbrella and also explore all potentials from deploying them to in everyday software solution scenarios. 


The scope is to define concepts regarding smart contracts and to produce material to describe the various aspects and meanings, trying to come up to standards or good practices. The audience for smart contracts is large and spans from researchers, developers, businessmen, decision makers, policy makers, law makers, software users, citizens to governments, banks, financial institutions, insurance providers, etc


  •  Formal guarantees on outputs of smart contracts
  •  Smart contract packaging, code reuse, and dependency auditing
  •  Smart contracts as representatives of obligations and fulfilment fulfillment (i.e. 'law')

  - What properties should smart contracts with 'legal charge' have?


  •  Generation of smart contracts from existing artefacts artifacts (natural language, business process, state machines, non smart-contract code)
  •  Data structures and state

  - Verifiable and authenticated data structures - e.g. merkle Merkle dags, log-backed maps,

  - How best to expose through smart contract languages/libraries

  - Sharing state backends back-ends across execution engines

  - Conflict-free and additive data structures


  •  Design Patterns for Smart Contracts

Work Products

The anticipated initial work products will include (but is not limited to):

  • White Paper about smart contracts and the respected aspects concerning their development, deployment and usage

  • Taxonomy for of smart contracts in every day scenarios
  • Find practical ways to connect stuff 'out there' with things we could use within our implementations
  • Performance of smart contracts across the different HL DLT frameworks
  • Identifying use cases, case studies

  • Survey and continuously keep a record for the state of the art and academic content 
  • Produce 'Requests To Build' that could feed into feature planning on the different Hyperledger frameworks

  • Exploring security, privacy, legal boundaries

  • Proposing solutions to the problems identified

  • Identifying conferences or other opportunities to connect face to face

Collaborators (other groups)

This working group will collaborate with other Hyperledger working groups, the TSC, Linux Foundation staff, and the project maintainers. Especially the following Working Groups and their subgroups will be of great importance in achieving the anticipated results.



Interested Parties

The following individuals have already expressed an interest in joining this working group, and we hope they will become contributors over the first year:

NameCompanyEmail Address
Dan Selman
Prasanna BadmanabhanPichain

Srinivasan (Murali) Muralidharan


John Carpenter

Global Blockchain Summit
Bobbi MuscaraLedger
Mic BowmanIntel

Proposed Chair

The following individual has volunteered to serve as the initial chair for the working group: