Opening the Vienna Blockchain Week, on April 1st [UN]BLOCK3D Conference will provide a space for everyone interested in learning more about how blockchain can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN. In the spirit of Blockchain, the conference is permissionless, which means it is free of charge and open to everybody.

The aim is to act as the fertile ground for networking of all stakeholders (researchers, startups, policy makers, NGOs) bridging the gap between technology and sustainability experts.

  • Where? Vienna University of Economics
  • When? April 1-2 2019
  • Who? 400 guests (Startups, policy makers, NGOs, researchers, students)
  • How?
    • April 1: Full day conference with 4 Topic Blocks & 12 lightning talks
      April 1: Full day exhibition of startups in the exhibition space next to the conference
    • April 2: Break out Sessions with selected startups to explore potential pilot projects

Day 1 – Conference
The interdisciplinary approach is crucial in bringing these two very different worlds together.. Conference visitors will have the chance to hear from best sustainability researchers in the field, like Helga Kromp-Kolb and environmental activists, who starred in the movie “Voices of Transition” Rob Hopkins, but also from startups and their experiences on integrating blockchain technology, e.g. Ambrosus, Etherisc, Decent and more. There are 4 tracks:

  1. Local Currencies
  2. Purpose-driven Tokens (Power of Incentives)
  3. Supply Chain Transparency
  4. Governance, Accountability and Transparency

First conference day will be closing with a call to action and a very dynamic panel discussion with Ulrike Huemer, a CIO of City of Vienna,  and representatives from Ministry for Environment, Ministry for Digitalisation and UNIDO.

Day 1 – Exhibition

A separate exhibition area next to the conference hall will be provided for startups and various blockchain initiatives to showcase their token designs and decentralized business models and allow conference visitors to experience token functionalities first hand. Any startup/organisation/initiative wishing to showcase at the conference can apply for a space at the exhibition.

Day 2

The second day is invite only. Three pilot projects will be selected to engage in deep dive workshops to help develop concepts and identify potential bridges to further their cause. We are on the hunt for projects/products/initiatives/start-ups that uses or is interested in using blockchain technology to address one or more of the SDGs and are keen on extending their reach beyond the EU. Project themes may include (but are not limited to) impact entrepreneurship, supply chain transparency, behavioural change, tokenization and governance. If you think that you or your organisation fit into our context, please apply by the 22nd of February 2019.

About Us

Under the Tagline “Programming a Sustainable World” the Research Institute of Cryptoeconomics together with the Regional Centre of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development have started a partnership to explore blockchain technology in regard to sustainability. First research activities are being conducted together with the Austrian Development Agency and the City of Vienna. For more info visit the official website.