We co-create the future of science and blockchain technology


as it happened 25 – 28 February 2019 in Davos, Switzerland

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SEED in press

SEED Think Tank Projects

Watch the final results of the Think Tank – see pitches of PubHub, C.O.R.A., Proof-of-Review, Find’n’Fund, ANAZETEO and SciSeed.


“Scientists need an open and efficient way to publish because this enables more research.”

Proof Of Review

“Researchers need a fair reward system (with individual data ownership) because the current system does not encourage good science.”


“Researchers need an independent verification metric because the current system does not encourage trust and openness between researchers.”


“Researchers need ‘one stop shop’ for both patents and research papers because they spend too much time on non-research related tasks and waste time and money.”


“Researchers and funders need a global database and marketplace for research projects to avoid double funding and increase funding in the system.”


“Early career researchers need unbiased and institution-independent funding because it enables unconventional and novel research.”

Our mission

Discover the potential of blockchain in science


Blockchain technology can revolutionize more than just the financial system. Intersecting blockchain and science has a great potential for incentivizing collaboration and openness in science, finding new ways of funding research projects, and empowering the scientific community.

At SEED, we teach the basics of the blockchain technology, as well as other peer-to-peer technologies beyond blockchain. Various experts from the scientific ecosystem – lawyers, librarians, funding organizations and researchers – paint a comprehensive picture of where innovation is much needed today.

Form interdisciplinary collaborations


At SEED you meet industry experts, lawyers, scientists, librarians, technologists from all around the world, and form new collaborations. You develop ideas in teams while using design thinking tools and canvases. The ideas of SEED2019 have a direct impact on ETH Zurich Library Lab’s innovation process of the research infrastructure!

SEED event in Davos was just the beginning – we turn the best ideas coming from the working groups into open source code within 3 months. Hence, members of the SEED community leave SEED both with a contribution to science and a range of new skills.

What is SEED?

A collaborative event in Davos, during which people with various background are working on new technological solutions for research.

Make impact

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Learn fundamentals

of peer-to-peer technologies

Expand your network

with experts and like-minded people

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Program of SEED2019

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Registration & Welcome Coffee (8:30-9:30)

Problem-driven track (09:30)

9:30 (10’): Welcome & Intro (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

9:40 (30’+5’): “Open Science is just science done right!” (Dr. Jonathan Tennant)

10:15 (30’+5’): “How Economics Shapes Science.” (prof. Paula Stephan)

10:50 (30’+5’) “The Structure of Academia and its Implications for Blockchains” (Dr. Michael Hill)

11:25 (30’+5’): Research data management (Dr Malin Ziehmer)

12:00 (60’) – Lunch

13:00 (30+5’) “Blockchain and Patents” (Dany Vogel)

13:35 (30’): “Intro to blockchain” (Dr. Sebastian Bürgel)

  • Disintermediation – what’s the problem?
  • From Excel to Blockchain – a thought experiment
  • Smart Contracts – business process automation 2.0

Coffee break (20’): 14:05-14:25


Solution-driven track (14:25)

14:25 (30’): “Intro to blockchain – continued” (Dr. Sebastian Bürgel)

14:55 (30’+5′) “The data problem – a technical overview” (Andrew Kessler)

15:30 (30’+5′) Blockchain for Science (Dr. Soenke Bartling)

16:05 (20’+5’): Blockchain for peer review (Dr. Joris van Rossum)

Coffee break (20’): 16:30-16:50

16:50 (30’+5′): “Smart contract for research funding” (Lambert Heller)

17:25 (20’+5’): Blockchain-secured contributions science ecosystem (prof. Lawrence Rajendran)

17:50 (10’+5’): “openRDM.swiss: a national research data management service for the Swiss scientific community” (Dr. Henry Luetcke)

18:05 (5′): Key takeaways from Day 1 – feedback form


Training track (9:00)

9:00 (30’) “Cryptographical background of the blockchain” (Gotthold Fläschner)

9:30 (60’) “Hands-on crypto-currencies and smart contracts” (Dr. Sebastian Bürgel)

  • Wallet setup
  • Receive and secure your first own money
  • Getting in touch with a smart contract

Coffee break (30’): 10:30-11:00

11:00 (60’) “Let’s buidl a SEED decentralized autonomous organization DAO” (Qianchen Yu)

  • Overview of DAOs
  • Introduction to the SEED DAO
  • First interactions

12:00 (30’+5′) “The data problem – a legal overview “(Stephan Meyer)

12:35 (55’) – Lunch

13:30 (30’+5’) “On the future of smart contract security” (Dominic Brütsch)

14:05 (30’+5’) “Blockchain and GDPR: Friends or Foes” (Nicola Benz)

14:40 (30’+5) Well-incentivized platforms and cryptoeconomics (prof. Claudio Tessone)

Coffee break (20’): 15:15-15:35


Training track (15:35)

15:35 (30’+5) “The data problem – an economic overview” (Byron Houwens)

16:10 (10’+5’) “Blockchain for Architecture” (Dr. Ina Blümel)

16:25 (20’ + 5’) “Personal branding online” (Luke Szkudlarek)

16:50 (10’+5’) “Conceptual design of the research cryptogrants platform” (Dr. Sergey Ivliev)

17:05 (10′)  Research infrastructure innovation (Maximiliane Okonnek)

17:15 (10’+5’): Health data tokenization is the key towards a sustainable future of health” (Dr. Quy Vo-Reinhard)

17:30 (5′) Key takeaways day 2 – feedback form

Networking session, coffee and snacks (20’): 17:35-17:50



Talks & Design Thinking Workshop Start

9:00 (5′) Welcome

9:05 (15’+5′) “Evaluating transdisciplinary collaborating teams with collaboration readiness tool” (Dr. Eva Kalmar)

9:25 (30’+5′) Setting the stage – research infrastructure (Maximiliane Okonnek)

10:00 (30′) Lessons learnt from the symposium (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

  • messages from the speakers
  • survey results: 3-5 design challenges
  • open discussion & team building

Coffee break (30’): 10:30-11:00

11:00 (60′)  Design Thinking & Prototyping Workshop Start (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

  • Human-centric design stages.
  • Identify major stakeholders and their interactions.

12:00 (60’) Lunch


Design Thinking & Prototyping Workshop Continued (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

13:00 (180’) Workshop continued

  • Blockchain context of the interactions.
  • Interteam discussion.
  • Set aside your assumptions and empathise with potential users – maps and canvases.
  • Redefine problem in a human-centric manner.
  • Map the customer journey.
  • Solution ideation phase with various tools.

Coffee Break (30’): 15:30 – 16:00

16:00 (90’) Workshop continued

  • Value proposition.
  • Project rundown – interteam feedback.



Design Thinking & Prototyping Workshop Day 2 (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

09:00 (90’) Workshop continues

  • Customer journey II.
  • User stories.
  • Prototyping – sketching screenshots of the product on paper.

Coffee break (30’): 10:30-11:00

11:00 (90’) Workshop continues

  • Pitch preparation – NABC framework.

12:00 (60’) Lunch


Presentations & Voting (13:00)

13:00 (120’) Presentations of Think Tank teams

  • pitches delivered on stage (15-minutes per team)
  • voting using SEED DAO from Symposium Day 2
  • results & closing ceremony

15:30 – 16:00 Final networking – coffee and snacks 

16:00 (30’) Incubator kickoff & briefing for the winning team

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