Finished: 3 March 2021 Mid Term Conference BLING project

Venue: Digital
On March 3 the BLING consortium organizes their midterm conference, since the project is now halfway, it is time to showcase some of our work! During this free 1-day online programme we present great keynote speakers like Roman Beck, Daniel Du Seuil and Juho Lindman. BLING partners from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Scotland and Sweden present their latest use cases around blockchain. This conference is moderated by Hannah Rudman, researcher and blockchain expert at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

The conference is aimed at people with an interest in the possibilities of blockchain technology for government. We will highlight our work on use cases and our key notes speakers will give you an understanding of the potential of blockchain for transformation and innovation of public policies and services.

Use Cases deep dives

During the day 8 sessions will be held which focus on actual use cases from 6 countries who participate in the BLING consortium. Each participant to the conference has the possibility to hear about these use cases. We have use cases around smart contracts, health, procurement, port logistics, societal problems and a tool to assess blockchain readiness for government organisations. Would you like to know more about this use cases? You can find them in our magazine.

Europe and blockchain

Key note speaker Roman Beck, Professor at IT University of Copenhagen and Head of the European Blockchain Center will talk about blockchain economy, which focuses on the role of changing nature of work due to blockchain.

The programme is furthermore centered around European developments in blockchain, Daniel Du Seuil will explain the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). This is a network of distributed nodes across Europe that will deliver cross-border public services.

Juho Lindman, co-author of the latest OECD publication “The uncertain promise of blockchain” will explore some of the findings of this publication. Blockchain is still a fairly young technology and what now is exactly this promise for blockchain in government?

Information about the speakers

undefinedRoman Beck is Full Professor at IT University of Copenhagen and Head of the European Blockchain Center. Roman is among the top 3% of all German professors in business administration and among the top 1% of information systems researchers in the world.
As Blockchain economist, his research focuses on the role of changing nature of work due to Blockchain with focus on governance and value creation in decentralized systems. He is interested in institutional logics of organizations, organizational mindfulness, and awareness. Roman is Head of the Danish ISO TC 307 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology standardization group and representative of Denmark at the European Blockchain Partnership Technical Working Group at the EU Commission in Brussels. He is appointed expert at the OECD Blockchain Policy advisory board and at the UNECE Chain where he leads the governance interoperability group.



Daniel du Seuil is convenor for the European Self Sovereign Identity Framework at the European Blockchain Partnership and involved in numerous European initiatives related to blockchain. He is an active member of the EU Blockchain Observatory which aims to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain ecosystem within the EU, and so help cement Europe’s position as a global leader in this transformative new technology. 





Juho Lindman is an associate professor of informatics in the Department of Applied IT at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the director of the University of Gothenburg Blockchain Lab. In 2019, Lindman is a visiting scholar with the SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States). Lindman was a SCANCOR scholar (Stanford, US) in 2012 and 2015, and he was also a visiting research scholar at London School of Economics (United Kingdom) in 2010.





Hannah Rudman, moderator of the BLING conference, has over 20 years’ experience leading digital and data innovations through leading national programmes and entrepreneurial ventures, including recently DLT scale-up, SICCAR. She is currently Senior Challenge Research Fellow and Data Policy Lead at SRUC, focussing on how digital and data innovation can help society address the Grand Challenges we face – climate change, food safety and security, loss of biodiversity, etc. In 2018, Hannah co-authored Distributed Ledger Technologies in Public Services, a report commissioned by The Scottish Government. She sits on the Executive Management Team of Agrimetrics, is on the independent advisory board of the £10m DECaDE Centre for the Decentralised Economy, and is a technical expert on the Digital Identity Scotland programme.


During the conference the audience will have ample room for interaction with the presentors of the keynotes and the use cases. Interactions will be moderated by Hannah Rudman.

Practical information

  • Time: March 3, 2021. From 10:00 - 15:00 CET
  • Location: online, via Zoom
  • Sign up: via this link
  • Questions: let us know

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