EIC Horizon Prize
‘Blockchains for Social Good’ Finalists’ Day
Jointly organized between DG CNECT and DG RTD
MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2020
• Joint Research Centre (JRC) •
Rue du Champs de Mars 21, 1050 Brussels
During the ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ Finalists’ Day, 23 finalists selected out of the 178 applications received for the 5M€ EIC Horizon Prize on ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ will discuss their social innovation solutions with other innovators in front of an engaged audience. In a five-minute pitch, all candidates get the chance to present the impact of their solutions on social good aspects and the underlying economic models, and will demonstrate how their solutions would work for people, concretely.
In each session, ample time will be devoted to questions from the public (asked in person, or though twitter and sli.do – use the event code #BC4GOOD) and from other finalists as well, to explore and debate the advantages and limitations of the proposed solutions.
This interactive event will bring together blockchain innovators, specialists and curious minds from all across Europe, in order to learn how Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) might positively affect our society in various application areas related to sustainability and SDGs.
Please find more info about the Horizon Prizes here: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/what-horizon-2020
About the EIC Horizion Prize ‘Blockchains for Social Good’
The EIC Horizon Prize ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ awards the next generation of Blockchain innovators in the broad area of social good, where Blockchain technologies can be vital to enable solutions for the emerging environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges.
By awarding 5 million euro to the innovators that come up with the most promising Blockchain solutions to different social good areas, the initiative aims to motivate the development of decentralised social innovations beneficial for the European society.
Where do the finalists come from?
In 2019, applicants from 43 different countries submitted 178 proposals, 33 of which from non-EU countries. Applicants are mostly small private companies or consortia, and include individuals and public institutions.
How are the prize winners selected?
A multidisciplinary jury of 30 high-level experts in Blockchain technologies and economic and social sciences has evaluated the 178 applications against the five criteria set in the rules of contest. This includes positive social impact, decentralization and governance, usability and inclusiveness, viability at large scale, and European added value.
The jury selected the finalists in November 2019, and will identify the winners after additional hearings, by the end of March 2020.
The jury also identified, according to the Rules of Contest, 4 additional areas, related to SDGs, which could not be foreseen at the inception of this Prize, in 2015. It also noted that unfortunately none of the above threshold applications were addressing the original area “participation in democratic decision-making by enabling accountability, rewarding of participation and/or anonymity”.
The resulting areas are as follows (in brackets, the full description as indicated in the rules of Contest):
- traceability & fair trade (demonstrating the origin of raw materials or products and supporting fair trade and the fair monetization of labour);
- transparency of public processes (allowing for a greater visibility of public spending and a greater transparency of administrative and production processes);
- decentralised circular economy (enabling the development of decentralized social networks or clouds, or of decentralized platforms for the collaborative economy);
- management of public records (managing property, land registry or other public records);
- financial inclusion (contributing to financial inclusion)
- aid & philanthropy (new area);
- energy (new area);
- health (new area);
- quality content (new area).
Abstracts Finalists’ Day EIC Prize “Blockchains for Social Good”
EIC Horizon Prize, Blockchains for Social Good Finalists’ day
|Time||Monday 10 February 2020|
|08:30-09:00||Registration and welcome coffee|
|09:00-09.15||Welcome by Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit ‘Next Generation Internet’ of DG Connect at the European Commission|
|09:15-09.30||Blockchains for… Social Good? by Fabrizio Sestini, Senior Expert, DG Connect Next-Generation Internet|
TRACEABILITY & FAIR TRADE
Circularise (CirSource), COIN (see slides here), Minexx (see slides here), Provenance (PPP – see slides here)
TRANSPARENCY OF PUBLIC PROCESSES, and MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC RECORDS
Alice (GIVE – see slides here), OriginalMy (OMHorizon2020 – see slides here), VidChain (see slides here)
|11:15 – 11:45||Coffee Break – Poster presentations|
Commission setting the scene
DECENTRALISED CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Blockchain my Art (BMA – see slides here), Common Good Chain (ComGo – see slides here), Kleros (CKH2020 – see slides here)
CommonsHood (see slides here), Did4Basics (see slides here), GMeRits (see slides here)
|14:30 – 15:00||Coffee Break – Poster presentations|
AID & PHILANTHROPY
AID:Tech, BitDegree (BDG Scholarships – see slides here),
Unblocked Cash Project (OXBBU – see slides here)
BED4EUC (see slides here), Prosume (see slides here), SolarCoin
HEALTH and QUALITY CONTENT
Meditect, Vigicard – Content Blockchain (COBLO – see slides here), WordProof (see slides here)
|17:30-20:00||DRINKS & TALKS|