Our project #DLT4Good is set for research and experimentation on the development and use of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for social and public good. The DLT4EU Accelerator program exists in this framework, led by a consortium composed by Metabolic (NL), Ideas for Change (ES), and Digital Catapult (UK).
The public launch of DLT4EU was held on 17 September. This virtual event was aimed to introduce the DLT4EU programme and selected projects to a broader audience.
How could the public and social sector extract benefits from Distributed Ledger Technologies? What would it take? These questions were posed by Alexandre Pólvora, from our EU Policy Lab team, when moderating the main panel at the Public Launch.
This panel under the heading of “Potential roles and pitfalls of DLTs in supporting public and good initiatives across Europe” counted with Piret Tõnurist, Innovation Lead at OECD-OPSI, Indy Johar, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Dark Matter Labs, and Ludovic Courcelas, Government Strategy Lead at ConsenSys, leading the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.
Following the panel, a pitch session was held were all the projects participating in the Accelerator Programme had 3 minutes to present their projects and how they will solve a challenge faced by different social and public organisations by using DLTs.
The Spanish association Ereuse addressed the challenge Collaborative E-waste management by the City of Sant Boi, promoting a circular consumption model for electronic equipment, extending its life cycle and value, and promoting reutilisation.
The Irish company AID:Tech addressed the challenge Data Sovereignty for all Citizens by the City of Helsingborg, helping citizens become the owners of their personal data generated by public administration, using predictive data models to improve public service provision.
The British platform Alice.si addressed the challenge Charitable Aid Accountability for Humanitarian Agencies by the Red Cross and Digital Future Society, helping to face barriers with the reporting, verification, and accountability processes, improving transparency and accountability within public service provision and humanitarian development activities.
The German university spin-off Acren addressed the challenge Digital Impact Coins by UNDP & AltFinLab, enabling new types of innovative investment in Community projects.
The Spanish cooperative DisCO.coop addressed the challenge Citizen-Powered Circular Textiles Sector by the Amsterdam CTO, changing the way textile waste is collected, treated and re-processed and allowing new uses in the city of Amsterdam.
The Canadian and Spanish company Convergence.tech addressed the challenge Track and Trace: Supply Chain Transparency by UNDP & AltFinLab, developing an infrastructure for a track-and-trace solution to be piloted with the use case of food, medical supplies or textiles.
The Italian foundation Prosume addressed the challenge Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Energy Solutions by UNDP & AltFinLab, developing an infrastructure that enables asset trading within communities and/or cooperatives of utilities – such as off-grid renewable energy markets.
The Dutch platform CiSe addressed the challenge Shared E-Mobility by The Greater London Authority, using DLT/blockchain to improve the way multiple European cities can provide common digital infrastructure on e-mobility.