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TechNovation Day: Blockchain, what is it and why it matters to the UN & Member States?

Thursday, 17 August 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Blockchain Day:

What is “The Blockchain” and why it matters to the UN & Member States?

17 August 2017 (10 a.m - 4 p.m.) UN Secretariat, conference room E

A day of introductory talks & hands-on workshops on this emerging technology. View the recording of the event:

Morning session: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST).

Welcome address

Lambert Hogenhout, OICT

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Explained

Jorge Martinez-Navarrete, OICT & Vanessa Ko, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Opportunities and Risks for the UN & Member States

Hila Cohen, World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator & Lambert Hogenhout, OICT.

Innovation & Collaboration on Blockchain at the UN​

Erzen Ilijazi & Salem Avan, OICT.

Blockchain Projects & Initiatives in the UN

Heather Starikie, OICT Digital Blue Helmets

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST).

Lightning Talks. 5 rapid talks about Blockchain.

Caroline Rustern, UN Women blockchain lab; 

Ari Eisenstat, Impact Investing for the SDGs using Blockchain; 

Taynah Reis, Moeda Cooperative Crypto Banking Platform; 

Giulio Coppi, Humanitarian Blockchain Summit, Fordham University;

Qusai Jouda, Blockchain Innovation at UNICEF.


Hands-On Blockchain Workshop. Bring your laptop!

Alvaro Soneiro & Nikolas Engel, OICT - Digital Blue Helmets


About the TechNovation Talks

OICT organizes this ongoing series of conversations to raise awareness among UN personnel, Civil Society and Member States on innovative ways in which technology can be applied to our work.

The presentations given at this event can be found below: