Co-create the future of science and blockchain technology


25 – 28 February 2019 in Davos, Switzerland

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SEED2019 is an event in Davos, during which people with various background will be working on new technological solutions for collaborative research.

Why attend?

Make impact

on the future of research

Learn fundamentals

of peer-to-peer technologies

Expand your network

with experts and like-minded people

Get inspired

by commercial applications

Get featured

as a contributor to the prototype

Boost your career

with newly acquired skills

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 will teach you 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 – will paint a comprehensive picture of where innovation is much needed today.

Form interdisciplinary collaborations


Meet industry experts, lawyers, scientists, librarians, technologists from all around the world, and form new collaborations. Develop ideas in teams while using design thinking tools and canvases. Your ideas can have a direct impact on  ETH Zurich Library Lab’s innovation process of the research infrastructure!

SEED event is just the beginning – we’ll turn the best idea coming from the working groups into open source code within 3 months. Hence, you will leave SEED both with a contribution to science and a range of new skills.

Don’t wait, get your ticket now and come back from SEED with a range of news skills and collaborations!

SEED Program*

*subject to change!


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’): “ 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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