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Understanding Decentralisation & The Blockchain [clear filter]
Wednesday, May 18

10:15am CEST

Blockchains & Smart Contracts for Beginners

If the internet we use today is the internet of information, blockchain is the internet of value that can fundamentally disrupt business, economy & politics as we know it. The aim of this workshop is to understand the basic principals of blockchain and the potential of smart contracts that build on top of it. How does the blockchain affect you? What products and services can we build on top of it? Are the coders of today, the lawyers of the future? And what does the future of democracy look like?

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Shermin Voshmgir

Founder, BlockchainHub
Shermin is the founder of the BlockchainHub, a Berlin based info hub & think tank focusing on topics like smart contracts, peer-to-peer economy & the future of democracy. She got her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics, where she used to work as an assistant... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am CEST

11:30am CEST

Booting the Shadow Aristocracy

The upcoming revolution of trust-commoditization will fundamentally alter power structures in society, disenfranchising institutions and its constituents born into a role of assumed guardianship of our economic and political world. I'll discuss why they were there the in first place, what has changed and throw some ideas around for how it might play out.

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Gavin Wood

Founder, Ethcore Limited
Before founding Ethcore, Dr. Gavin Wood was the Chief Technology Officer and co­founder of the Ethereum Project. During his time with the project, he co-­designed, formalised and implemented the Ethereum Protocol, created the Whisper protocol and devised the DEVp2p network protocol... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:30am - 11:45am CEST

11:30am CEST

Building DApps (Decentralized Applications)
Deploying a smart contracts on Ethereum blockchain might sound exciting but we first need to be sure it's relevant to meet our respective objectives. Attendees will be invited to describe the scenario of their own app. After summing up the main good practices, we'll code, deploy and test one smart contract together.

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Julien Béranger

Co-founder, Abie Fund
I discovered blockchain techs in April 2013. Abie Fund is an Ethereum based crowdfunding decentralized app. It's a non-profit project and it's a work in progress. I love to talk about startups (specifically governance, salaries, shares), marketing, social networks, cooperatives... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CEST

11:45am CEST

Plantoid & DAOs : Blockchain-based Life Forms
Artist & researcher Primavera De Filippi has created a new species. It’s called Plantoid, and it’s difficult to describe in a single sentence. At first glance, it appears to be a mechanical sculpture, but taking a closer look it reveals itsself more as a mechanical creature.
Primavera tells the story of the Plantoid as a “distributed autonomous organisation” or DAO, which is a quasi-legal entity that exists as executable code on the blockchain. Every Plantoid implements its own DAO, allowing it to interact with the real world.

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Primavera De Filippi

Researcher & Faculty Associate, CERSA/CNRS and Berkman-Klein Center / Harvard
Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:45am - 12:00pm CEST

12:00pm CEST

Blockchain beyond Bitcoin
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Vinay Gupta

Strategic Architect, Consensys Systems
Vinay Gupta is a strategic architect at Consensys Systems. He was the project manager for the first Ethereum releases, and spends a lot of time figuring out how to communicate blockchain technology concepts, and make this new world more accessible to people.

Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm CEST

12:15pm CEST

Connecting Diversities: Migrants, Social Innovation and Collaborative Inclusion

We must change the way we think about migrants. With their diversity and mobility they can help us to make a much-needed cultural shift: to move from the traditional idea of living in solid and homogenous societies, toward the recognition that we already are experiencing open and dynamic — and therefore fluid and changeable — social forms and structures. A condition in which, in many ways, we are all mutually strangers.

The question then becomes: how can people who consider each other strangers live well together? How do we achieve connection within diversity? The answer is collaboration: the exchange of time, experiences, and expertise in order to achieve a mutually recognized result.

Even in contemporary society, with all its contradictions and complexity, collaboration is possible. Already we see collaborative social innovation in action between migrants and citizens — whether it’s organizing soccer games, playing music together, or starting up enterprises. Diverse people are able to meet and collaborate. And, doing so, to produce values for themselves and for the whole community. The task of design must be to create ecosystems where these forms of collaboration can grow and thrive, generating models that go well beyond the issue of migrants to improve social cohesion as a whole. 


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Ezio Manzini

Professor, DESIS Network, University of the Arts, London, Politecnico di Milano
For more than two decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools... Read More →

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Ahmad Sufian Bayram

Regional Manager, Techstars
Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Managing Director Ahmad is a social entrepreneur and collaborative economy expert. He works as the Middle East and Africa regional manager at Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed with a portfolio of over 1,100 companies... Read More →
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Stéphane de Freitas

CEO, Indigo
28 years old Artist, Founder and President of the Indigo Cooperative ARTIST Stéphane de Freitas is an artist known under the pseudonym SdF, working on the concept of mixing opposites. His work is translated in painting, live performances, short films but also in messages he diffuses... Read More →
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Anne Riechert

Founder and managing director, ReDI School of Digital Integration
Anne Kjær Riechert is a 2006 graduate from the prestigious social innovation and change management education KaosPilot in Denmark. From 2006-2009 she worked as creative lead and corporate social responsibility consultant for the Copenhagen-based brand strategy company Stoic, where... Read More →
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Ben Webster

Founder, Jamiya
Founder of Jamiya, which to aims to provide accessible higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees by reconnecting the communities of displaced students and academics through online learning. Previously worked in Jordan for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm CEST

12:15pm CEST

Blockchains: The End of the Corporation or its Reinvention?
The Internet has enabled decentralized exchange of information, but until know, any exchange of value had to rely on a trusted third party, even in the digital economy. With Blockchain Tech, even transactions can be managed in a completely distributed fashion, removing the need for any intermediary at all: it is "the Ultimate Uberization". Does this mean corporations will eventually disappear, or morph into blockchain-based DAOs - "Decentralized Autonomous Organizations" ? Or in the contrary, will the transparency and efficiency of blockchain technology open a whole range of possibilities for businesses to reinvent their industry, hopefully for the better?

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Benjamin Tincq

Co-Founder, Good Tech Lab / OuiShare
Co-Founder of Good Tech Lab, OuiShare and POC2Benjamin is an impact entrepreneur, and expert on collaborative innovation and decentralized business models. He is the founder of Good Tech Lab, a research venture exploring the frontiers of technology, entrepreneurship and finance to tackle... Read More →

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Claire Balva

Co-founder, Blockchain France
Claire Balva co-founded Blockchain France in September 2015 in order to enlighten and spread blockchain as well as to develop the blockchain ecosystem in France. Recently, in January, she and her team organized the first big event about blockchain in France. Blockchain France also... Read More →
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Philippe Dewost

Deputy Director, Caisse des dépôts
Philippe Dewost is an executive with a dual corporate & startup track in high tech and telecom, and has been recognized over the past 15 years as an innovation driven, game changing, and inspiring leader. As Wanadoo co-founder, he helped build Europe’s #1 ISP, held senior marketing... Read More →
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Vincent Fily

Business Developement Manager Finance, Microsoft
Vincent leads the strategy midterm to grow Microsoft impact in the Banking andInsurance industries in France and co-lead Microsoft France Blockchain virtual team.Vincent moved back from Seattle where he managed Microsoft Strategy for the CapitalMarkets and Securities industry at Microsoft... Read More →
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Arno Laeven

Head of Blockchain Lab, Philips
Arno is initiator and head of the Blockchain Lab at Philips. With a dedicated team of developers, designers, business modellers and legal experts Philips is creating a strategic, technical and legal framework for the use of Blockchain in Healthcare. They do so by building working... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm CEST

3:00pm CEST

The Promise of a Centerless World

Decentralization is already here, but it hasn't been evenly distributed. Based on his research, William Mougayar describes where we are in decentralization along three dimensions: Trust: Law, Governance, Industry Services (Financial, Government, Trade, Healthcare), Wealth: Economic Production, Flow of value, Transactions, and Information: Content, Privacy, Security. In this talk, Mougayar also defines the building blocks of decentralization: Peer-to-Peer Models, Trust-based Systems and Services, Autonomous Organizations, and Wealth Creation Methods in the New Crypto-Economy.

Keynote by William Mougayar + Q&A by Brennan Novak 

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Brennan Novak

UX Designer / Developer, Transparency Toolkit, Qubes OS
Brennan Novak has been designing and building for the web sincethe late 90s and participating in IndieWebCamp community since2010. In 2013 he successfully helped crowdfund the encryptedemail project Mailpile. Currently, he works on security focusedQubes OS.

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William Mougayar

General Partner, Virtual Capital Ventures
I'm an entrepreneur, investor, blogger, mentor to startups, and advisor to large enterprises. Expert researcher on blockchain technologies, decentralization and peer-to-peer models. Author of The Business Blockchain (Wiley), and the upcoming book, Centerless (Wiley). Boards/Advisory... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm CEST

3:30pm CEST

New Kids on the Blockchain
The Ups and Downfalls of the Internet and what the Blockchain can change

The internet and world wide web started as decentralized technologies. Nevertheless very quickly the centralized models and structures from the industrial age hijacked this originally democratic vision of decentralization. In fact we saw a catalyst effect injecting steroids into multi national organizations and turning them into global mega platforms. With the advent of the blockchain it seems we get another chance to restructure our economical and societal models. Questions that arise are: Who will be affected by the Blockchain the most? Looking at startups, organizations and governments: What opportunities will be created or closed off? And how can we as individuals become more empowered? How can wealth be more distributed? What question comes to your mind... ?

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Brennan Novak

UX Designer / Developer, Transparency Toolkit, Qubes OS
Brennan Novak has been designing and building for the web sincethe late 90s and participating in IndieWebCamp community since2010. In 2013 he successfully helped crowdfund the encryptedemail project Mailpile. Currently, he works on security focusedQubes OS.

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Christopher David

Founder & CEO, Arcade City
I am building Arcade City, a decentralized ridesharing startup using blockchain technology and a driver coop model. We've been active so far in 28 states (US) and Australia. Planning a broader global release for late spring.
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Henning Diedrich

Programmer, IBM
Henning is an entrepreneur, programmer and game designer. He worked as lead software engineer for companies in payment, insurances and games. Currently he is working for IBM in the field of Blockchain and IoT (Internet of Things).
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Shermin Voshmgir

Founder, BlockchainHub
Shermin is the founder of the BlockchainHub, a Berlin based info hub & think tank focusing on topics like smart contracts, peer-to-peer economy & the future of democracy. She got her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics, where she used to work as an assistant... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CEST

3:45pm CEST

Exploring the Social OS
We are living in times of big changes. On the one hand our actual systems show their inability to deal with most basic human needs, on the other citizens powered by technology are opening new ways to create and distribute value in a more democratic and efficient way.

The goal of this workshop is to explore the emergence of a new "Social Operating System" and share information about existing initiatives and tools, discuss metrics and create some kind of working group on the subject.

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Javier Creus

Founder, Ideas for change
Javier Creus is the founder of Ideas for Change, a boutique consulting firm that designs high growth platform strategies for corporations, institutions and cities. .Javier is considered to be one of the primary strategists and thought leaders in collaborative economy, open and 2P... Read More →
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Lisa Gansky

Founder, Mesh
Lisa is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and the author of the best selling book, The Mesh, a primer for the Collaborative Economy. Lisa currently serves as Chief Instigator of Mesh Labs a platform for the curious; She works with startup ventures and community driven programs... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm CEST

5:00pm CEST

Decentralizing Life: Digital nomadism & Co-living, a serious opportunity
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Christoph Fahle

CEO, Betahaus
Christoph Fahle founded Betahaus, one of Europe's biggest and most influential coworking spaces. As a CEO of his company he guides the international growth and partnerships. As a strategy advisor he helps corporate companies to understand the transformation of work and the coworking... Read More →
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Asmaa Guedira

Fundadora, Hyper-Gender
Asmaa é uma hiper-conectora que veste muitos chapéus. Ativista de gênero, change-maker, estratégista de futuro do trabalho e inovação, facilitadora, nômade. Ela constrói pontes entre diferentes mundos e culturas, quebrando barreiras, indo além das fronteiras. Asmaa escolheu... Read More →

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Eric Van den Broek

CEO, Copass
I am the cofounder of Copass, the first global network of independent coworking spaces. In 2010, with my two brothers and my childhood friend, I also co-founded Mutinerie in Paris, one of the most influential coworking space in Europe. I'am passionate about the changes happening right... Read More →
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Bruno Haid

CEO, Roam
Bruno grew up in hospitality, in a tiny Austrian village, built a couple of startups and led large-scale projects for corporates like McKinsey, BMW or Swarovski. He's also a founding tenant of co-living spaces on 3 continents, including San Francisco's 20Mission, and writes something... Read More →
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Felicia Hargarten

Founder DNX, Felicia Hargarten
Feli is the founder of DNX Digital Nomad Conference, Travel Blogger and Online Entrepreneur. After working for 7 years in different online startups in Duesseldorf and Berlin in Germany she became self-employed. She loves to live healthy and to do sports like zumba, beachvolleyball... Read More →
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Marcus Meurer

Founder, DNX
I am Marcus, Digital Nomad, Online Entrepreneur and founder of the DNX - Digital Nomad Movement. Marcus Meurer (marcusmeurer.com) and Felicia Hargarten (feliciahargarten.com) started the global DNX movement end of 2012. Since then they kicked off events for digital nomads all over... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm CEST

5:00pm CEST

Internet of Things & Demonstration of a Decentralised Network
The Internet of Things is here. Objects, sensors and devices in the physical world connected to the internet gathering and sharing data are everywhere around us: home appliances, traffic and transport sensors and healthcare devices among many others. They have arrived and they are here to stay. What are the benefits, where does all the data come from and where does it go? AGILE is a project funded under the European Union H2020 framework, and explores how individuals and organizations can share there data in a different - in a decentralized way.

Within the project SMEs and Startups active in the IoT domain will have the opportunity to build products and services on top of AGILE hardware and software. Through two open calls that will take place during the Project lifetime, participants will be able to receive funding (up to 50k each) for building hardware and software on top of AGILE components. The consortium would love to see many projects from the Ouishare community apply.

Introduction of AGILE by Charalampos Doukas
Presentation of a decentralized network by Markus Sabadello and Joachim Lohkamp
Discussion: what use cases are most burning & promising for the sharing & collaborative economy?

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Charalampos Doukas

Senior Researcher, CREATE-NET
Charalampos Doukas is a technology researcher, maker and open source hardware advocate. His main interests include the Internet of Things, wireless sensors and embedded systems, cloud systems, health data processing, wearable sensors and data transmission over heterogeneous networks... Read More →
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Joachim Lohkamp

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart for activism. As the founder of Jolocom, he has been working at the forefront of the decentralization movement in Berlin since 2014. To ultimately harvest this potential and inform innovation aimed regulation, he... Read More →
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Markus Sabadello

CEO, Danube Tech
Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm CEST

5:45pm CEST

From Seed to Mouth: how open source and decentralization can transform our food system

Our food system today is controlled by a handful of companies, that influence a lot regulations through lobbying in order to protect their financial interests. The power has shifted over the past decades from the producers to the food corporations, who control the whole food chain, from seeds to retail, leaving the farmers under pressure, and resulting in countless negative externalities: greenhouse gases, nutrients decrease, soil and water pollution, health consequences, dead marine zones, antibiotics resistance, farmers suicides. Patents on life filed by those corporations are not only a threat for global food sovereignty, but also, an important cause of destruction of the biodiversity of our planet. How can decentralized, open source and collaborative initiatives in farming practices, equipments and distribution transform our food system for the better? That's the question we are going to debate in this session.

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Anne-Sophie Novel

Journalist, Place to B
Phd in economics, I work as a journalist and blogger (http://www.demoinsenmieux.com) specialized in sustainable living, social innovation and collaborative economy. I founded a collective blog in ecology in 2007 (www.ecoloinfo.com) and now work for various medias (Le Monde, L'Express... Read More →

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Myriam Bouré

Co-founder, Open Food France
I got two passions in life: good food, colourful, tasteful, diverse, which repects life. And new forms or organizations that give back their creative power to the people. In particular, collaborative economies tremendously support people empowerment and enable them to reinvent a way... Read More →
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Marc-David Choukroun

CEO, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui
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Maxime de Rostolan

Directeur, Fermes d'Avenir
Fermes d'Avenir - Pour un nouveau contrat sociétal autour de l'agroécologie
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Nancy Zamierowski

Founder, Yellow Seed
Nancy is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about designing multi-stakeholder collaborations and trust systems that can be safe, sustainable and integrative. She is a co-founder of two non-profit impact driven enterprises; Yellow-Seed facilitates connection between farmers at... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:45pm - 6:30pm CEST

5:45pm CEST

Our New Digital Identities

Can we use new technologies like blockchain to finally design digital identity in a way that is beneficial to everyone, and that better reflects our identity in the real world?

Even though we may feel like we have an "online identity", the current technical architectures and protocols of the Internet in fact place our identity in the hands of others. Years of work on so-called "user-centric" or "self-sovereign" digital identity have not been able to change this. Today however, we have a large arsenal of new and promising technologies such as blockchain, linked data, peer-to-peer networks, and new cryptographic tools, which may be able to address some of the historic deficiencies.
This being a concern of the western world, the UN estimates that at least 1.8 billion people worldwide are without a legal identity at all. The proclaimed goal therefore is to provide legal identity to all, including birth registration, by 2030.
Another example is the Estonian e-residency program which is interested to see how an online identity recognised by an EU government, and therefore under EU law, could, for example, be used by banks to identify new customers, or could be used in the Blockchain to establish legal identities.
What is your understanding of identity?

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Markus Sabadello

CEO, Danube Tech
Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect... Read More →
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Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof

Susanne is an international entrepreneur, tech investor, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Libya, Egypt, Ghana and Indonesia in the past. In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication (WSC... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:45pm - 6:30pm CEST
Friday, May 20

7:45pm CEST