Global Challenges, Startup Solutions
Co-creating the next operating system for society
28th of September, Dutch National Hall of Knights
(Ridderzaal) The Hague
Blockchain Future of Trust Summit 201728th of September, The Hague
“We get to participate in redesigning and building the fabric of our civilisation.”
Nicolas Cary at Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2017Co-founder and president at Blockchain.com
“I can very effectively help these teams, as they are working on my number one political concern right now.”
Alexander Rinnooy Kan at Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2017Dutch Senator
“We come at a time where blockchain has an incredible potential to deliver change for the good, and at this time your are organizing this hackathon.”
H.R.H. Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau at Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2017Special-Envoy Startup Delta
“Its exciting to help seed the next set of innovators.”
Christopher Ferris at Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2017CTO Open Technology at IBM
Together with 200+ hand picked key players from startups to CEO’s, from government decision makers to leading (blockchain) entrepreneurs, from investors to scientists and politicians we will dive into the future of trust, crystalize a collective understanding towards clear use cases and pre-sort for a whole new season of building prototypes and doing business.
The Netherlands is the best possible place in the world for starting, growing and internationalizing blockchain business, and is the number one gateway to the rest of Europe. StartupDelta, lead by special envoy HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, is continuously building the Dutch startup ecosystem, by breaking down barriers and improving access to talent, capital, networks, knowledge and markets.
Initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, lead by Chairman René Penning de Vries, unites 4 Ministeries and 25 Corporates and large organizations in their venture to create fundamental, scientifically solid building blocks for a flourishing ecosystem, like Identity and IoT solutions. The coalition assumes a leading role and joint responsibility for an Action Agenda.
The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon, organized by DutchChain, founded by Rutger van Zuidam, mobilizes an open multidisciplinary ecosystem of 1600+ members (and growing) focused on building solutions and one collective mission: co-creating the next operating system for society. This international innovation accelerator with an annual programme unites launching customers (government and corporate) and startups from all over the world in over 10 preparative meetups, to collaborate in the largest blockchain hackathon in the world, which was first held in February 2017. With the inaugural annual Blockchain Future of Trust Summit, we kick off the second season!
On the 28th of September we will reach for the next level. We will kick off our second season with the Blockchain Future of Trust Summit 2017. For Global Grand Challenges, the Netherlands invites leading authorities in the fields of trusts, blockchain and transformation, to join 21 Round Tables. Here, launching customers (government and corporate), looking for solutions on a quest for future trust, are joined by the best blockchain startups and the most prudent, forward thinking investors, as well as scientists, developers, politicians, board and tech leaders. Together we will create a full day of collaboration, inspiration, doing business and growing, in the largest open blockchain ecosystem in Europe, at the heart of the Dutch democracy: The Hall of Knights/ Ridderzaal.
During one day of hard work you will learn how blockchain specifically impacts you and your organization. You will figure out your role in the ecosystem, find out what you can do and how, and you will make useful connections and actually pre-seed to do business.
Director of the World Food Program Innovation and Change Management Division;
Building Blocks - Leveraging Blockchain to reach a world with Zero Hunger
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. With the support of its Innovation Accelerator, WFP recently launched a cutting-edge blockchain project in Jordan that is helping 10,000 Syrian refugees purchase food through an ethereum-based payment and iris scan authentication system. Operating in the Azraq refugee camp, it’s the first known example of blockchain being practically applied to the humanitarian scene.
WFP will share what the project has achieved so far, their plans and what opportunities for blockchain they see on the horizon.
Co-founder of Ethereum and Chairman/ CTO of Parity.
Parity was one of the co-developers of the system, which was built with Parity's Ethereum client.
We will bring together people that need each other: launching customers with quests and startups and developers to deliver solutions, investors who can accelerate, politicians, regulators and officials who can free their ways and scientists who can deepen. We arrange every of 21 to 28 round table manually to secure valuable connections.
These are the global challenges the Netherlands aims at being a fertile ground for on blockchain-based solutions. If these solutions have the potential to create a global impact, they have the chance to be recruited and embraced by a thematic ecosystem on each of these challenges: launching customers, government officials and investors are all looking for start-up solutions to support.
The Dutch Blockchain Coalition is a jointly developed public-private partnership by industry, government and knowledge institutions. The coalition is initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, under the programmatic label 'Dutch Digital Delta'. The aim of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition is to create the conditions for reliable and socially acceptable blockchain applications. The coalition assumes a leading role and joint responsibility for an Action Agenda.
Blockchain is a young technology, which makes digital trust possible. We are in the initial phase and so we still need to discover where are the actual possibilities and pitfalls. The social, economic, technical and legal expertise in this area is still only present to a limited extent within specialised companies and at knowledge and research institutions. The importance of the best-known blockchain – Bitcoin – is, although conceptually brilliant, still relatively limited and there are currently no large-scale operational market implementations outside of the financial sector.
Many exploratory initiatives surrounding blockchain are being realised in the Netherlands within industry, the government and knowledge institutions. Several initiatives are already approaching the prototype phase and are expected to be operational shortly. Both industry and government currently want and need to realise synergy between these initiatives, to facilitate the flexible use of these for more fundamental problems, and to consolidate and share the lessons learned. Among all parties there is a considerable willingness not only to collaborate on an intrasectoral and cross-sectoral basis and to further investigate such collaboration, but also to create coherency between policy, legislation, supervision, enforcement and implementation.
The Dutch Blockchain Coalition currently focuses on the following lines of action:
The coalition is permanently open for experts and stakeholders who want to make a contribution so that the coalition realises the maximum result. In this process, it will be continuously considered where the best match lies between the expertise offered and the interest of the programme. Interested support, research and educational partners can read further here
Our purpose is to boost startups by connecting founders, investors and corporates. StartupFest Europe features inspiring events, fun & energizing meetups, deep dives and deal-making.
Startup Fest Europe is all about raising money, making deals, scaling your business, and changing the world.
We believe in the added value of strengthening, connecting and growing the thriving startup ecosystem of the Netherlands. We see the Netherlands as the best possible place for starting, growing and internationalizing business, and as a gateway to the rest of Europe.
With our unique connection to all layers of government, corporations and the main innovation hubs, we aim to merge the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single connected hub. We break down barriers and improve access to talent, capital, networks, knowledge and markets.
Co-creating the next operating system for our society!
Where launching customers, investors, governments, corporates, startups, scale-ups, NGOs, universities and regulators connect, share and collaborate. Where winning solutions that focus on improving society are guided towards implementation and scalable growth.
We support and accelerate your connections, your solution, your team, your consortium in our full year open innovation programme with:
The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon is an open ecosystem. We welcome the big and the small, the public and the private, the people and the machines.
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