Cancelled: Collider Event Edinburgh on March 18 2020

14 February 2020 - Published by Evite van Winkoop
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. A Collider is a conceptual design event, bringing together computational thinking and design thinking, to pull informaticians together with designers and problem holders. At the start of this Collider we will set the scene by presenting the GeoPact technology and demonstrating its potential. This will be followed by three inspirational talks, before breaking out into workshop sessions. This event is organised by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership and the University of Edinburgh.

Can blockchain technologies redesign the way we transport people and things around cities? 

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies have catalysed new thinking around the use of distributed systems to transform the provision of services that help to move people and things through cities. Smart contracts are computational agreements, that run on blockchains which provide a guarantee, so that people and organisations can create these agreements with each other about how things should take place, without the need for a trusted third party such as a lawyer. It has been speculated that these may enable people to easily create trusted agreements with each other about how things happen relatively quickly and cheaply. A utopian view is that this technology might open up the design of public services to a broader population. However, this ideal has yet to materialise. There are many questions to answer such as: - Who creates the smart contracts? And how? And how will they adapt to the messiness of real life? 

We have created GeoPact, a system that supports the deployment of location-aware smart contracts. These contracts use location data as part of coded agreements about how objects and people move in space and time. Secured through internet of things (IoT) devices and distributed ledger technology (DLT) these produce new possibilities for location-based transactions. To kick off this collider we will use GeoPact to demonstrate some simple smart contracts in action. 


  • Grigorios Fountas (Greg) is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Edinburgh Napier University and member of the Transport Research Institute.
  • Prof. Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School
  • Ed Stack, from Delic Network

Registration will begin from 1.30pm with the event starting at 2pm until 5pm. Event is free but places are limited so please sign up in advance via Eventbrite.

Sign up for this free event here.