European Blockchain Week 2021: Outcomes

The Block.IS Project participated at the European Blockchain Week 2021 (EBCW 2021) organised in the framework of Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, between 20-24 of September in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The event gathered more than 120 panellists, 25 panels, workshops and roundtables and more than 1200 participants from 86 countries is one of the soundest events in the framework of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The aim of the Block.IS Project, its services, results and offerings (Cluster Missions and Innovation Challenges) were presented to event attendees by Danijel Pavlica and Tajana Medaković of InoSens.

Following the key messages of EBCW 2021, of which the most important were:
  1. Enhancement of application of advanced digital technologies in Slovenia and Europe, with the purpose of strengthening of the resilience within a green and digital economy and society, the objectives followed by Next Generation EU and European Green Deal.
  2. Showcasing the leading role of Slovenia in the area of Blockchain technologies and AI, while at the same time it creates stronger blockchain ecosystem, which is an important partner in the field of transfer of knowledge, development and application of technological solutions and creation of regulatory solutions to adapt the legislation to the requirements of the new technologies.
  3. Deployment of the advanced digital technologies shall not remain in the domain of SMEs and startups only but shall play an important role in the transformation of large and traditional companies, which transform their business processes in cooperation with SMEs and startups.
  4. An opportunity to strengthen the commitment to the use of advanced digital technologies in Slovenia and EU, which in the period after COVID-19 pandemics will enable faster economic and social recovery, the conference brought up clear conclusion, that Blockchain and AI are here to stay and significantly contribute to the European Green deal, predominantly in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Circular Economy, have a positive impact on the mitigating of Climate changes and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 2030.

Policy Dialogue shall be strengthened in certain areas of intervention, as well as the integration of Blockchain and AI solutions into EU strategic and policy documents are needed as an important tool in the design and implementation of common European legislation, regarding blockchain-based eID – Self Sovereign identity, Digital finance package based on DLT/Blockchain technology.

In the field of Blockchain ecosystems, there is an ongoing transfer of knowledge and supporting activities for blockchain projects, various forms of startup engagement have been developed. While ecosystems shall be further strengthened on the European level and globally, there is an opportunity for cross-border and cross-region cooperation, which can be enabled through interregional partnerships, such as EU-Africa partnership on stakeholders level and interoperable infrastructure on a technological level, such as integrated national blockchain infrastructures and upgrading of European blockchain services infrastructure.

EBCW2021 was organised by the Digital Innovation Hub Blockchain for Trusted Data Ecosystems in collaboration with Ministry of Economic Development and Technology Digital Innovation, Technology Park Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Hashnet, SPIRIT Slovenia, Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia, Slovenian Digital Centre, BTC City together with European Commission, EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, INATBA – International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications, DT2 Invest Launchpad, Blockchain Alliance Europe, Blockchain Adria, Cotrugli Bussines School, Regional Development Agency SIMORA, Institut Ruđer Bošković, Blockchain for Europe and many other partners.