The Plutus and Marlowe smart contracts tools were launched at the first PlutusFest on December 11, 2018, at the University of Edinburgh.

Our thanks go to the 200-plus people who attended from the Cardano community of users and developers as well as from the university and IOHK to make the day such a success. From this page, you can download many of the talks, keep up with Plutus and Marlowe developments, and learn about the future of smart contracts. IOHK plans to build on the first PlutusFest with more events and hackathons.

Among the speakers at PlutusFest were Charles Hoskinson, IOHK chief executive, and Professor Philip Wadler, team leader for language development and Haskell pioneer. The event was hosted by Professor Aggelos Kiayias, IOHK’s chief scientist and head of Edinburgh University’s Blockchain Technology Laboratory.

PlutusFest was a day of debate with IOHK’s scientists and engineers. Free public sessions ran alongside academic presentations. The event saw the launch of Plutus, a programming platform for blockchain smart contracts, and Marlowe, a simple smart contracts language for financiers. Plutus and Marlowe bring the rigour and safety of functional programming to smart contracts on Cardano.

Plutus draws from modern language research to provide a safe, full-stack programming environment based on Haskell, the leading purely functional programming language. The accompanying Plutus Playground provides a free environment for testing code.

Marlowe is aimed at professionals working in finance who do not have programming skills. Alongside the simplified development language comes Meadow, a web-based tool that helps create and test Marlowe financial smart contracts.

These products will enable banks, businesses and developers to leverage the power of smart contracts with the democratization of Cardano, IOHK’s third-generation blockchain, and the ada cryptocurrency in 2019.