Back to Events

Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN Block #6) @Zurich [Hybrid]


Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) provides an open and neutral sphere for all stakeholders to deepen common understanding and to collaborate to address issues they face in order to attain sustainable development of the blockchain community. It is a unique global network of leading thinkers from industry and academia in the field of blockchain.
The Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) takes a leading role to design healthy governance where stakeholders develop a common understanding, enhance dialogue, and work together and make a real positive impact for the ecosphere and society at large. To serve the above purpose, BGIN tentatively aims at

  1. Creating an open, global and neutral platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue
  2. Developing a common language and understandings among stakeholders with diverse perspectives
  3. Building academic anchors through continuous provision of trustable documents and codes based on an open source-style approach

The Blockchain Center of the University of Zurich ( will host block #6 of the Blockchain Governance Initiative Network ( BGIN #6 continues to bring voice to individuals focused on governance for digital economic networks. The Block #6 Program Committee is curating the meeting themes and speaker list.
While the programme is hybrid, we strongly suggest people to participate in the programme onsite, as there will be unique networking opportunities.
The programme and speakers will be announced by 24th June 2022

Who should attend?

  • Developers, Regulators, Business entities, Consumers, Civil society, Academia
  • And anyone interested in blockchain ecosystems!

Call for agenda item

We call for agenda items to discuss at the Block #6.
If you want to contribute a talk, please feel free to contact

Travel and Accommodation

There is no traveling restriction on the Covid in Switzerland.
Below is a list of recommended hotels. You might also want to try for a bigger choice.


(All Recordings)

Time (26th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Registration
09:30 – 09:45OpeningProf. Claudio J. Tessone
(Universität Zürich)
Introduction and Welcome
09:45 – 10:30Opening Prof. Shin’ichiro Matsuo
(Georgetown University)
Opening Plenary
10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15Digital IdentityDaniel Buchner
(Decentralized Identity at Block)
Web 5, Decentralized Identity and its ecosystem
11:15 – 11:40 Digital IdentityDaniel Gasteiger
Self Sovereign Identity
11:40 – 12:05Digital IdentityBernhard Halshofer
(Complexity Science Hub Vienna)
12:05 – 12:50 Round tableRound Table on Decentralized Identity and Beyond
12:50 – 13:50Lunch
13:50 – 14:20Digital IdentityE. Glen Weyl and Puja Ohlhaver
(Microsoft Research)
Soul Bound Token
14:20 – 15:20Digital IdentityE. Glen Weyl, Puja Ohlhaver, Adam HelinsRound Table on NFT, SBT etc.
15:20 – 16:50IKP WG Editing SessionE. Glen Weyl and Puja Ohlhaver– Web5/DID/VC and Soul Bound Token (SBT): Discussion
– Soul Bound Token(SBT): Presentation
– Selective Disclosure: Presentation
– Others
16:50 – 17:20 Coffee Break
17:20 – 19:20 Industry SessionsIndustry Talk / Panel
Time (27th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Opening
09:30 – 10:15StablecoinsCaroline HIll
10:15 – 10:45StablecoinsSébastien Kränzlin
(Swiss National Bank)
Invited Talk
10:45 – 11:15StablecoinsAli Nejadmalayeri
(University of Wyoming)
Invited Talk
11:15 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 StablecoinsCaroline HIll
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Working Group SessionsDTWG Session
15:00 – 16:00Working Group SessionsFinancial Internet Study Group
16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:30 Contributed Talks / Industry Session
18:30 – 20:30
Time-(28th July) TopicSpeaker Title
09:00 – 9:30Opening
09:30 – 10:15Local Blockchain Community Session Keynote
10:15 – 10:45Local Blockchain Community Session Invited Talk
10:45 – 11:15Local Blockchain Community Session Invited Talk
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:15 Local Blockchain Community SessionInvited Talk
12:15 – 13:00 Local Blockchain Community SessionPanel
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00Contributed Talks / Industry Session
16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:15 Administrative matters and future roadmap
17:15 – 18:15Closing Plenary


Swiss National Bank
University of Wyoming
Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Microsoft Research


To be announced

Organizing and program committee

Programme Co-Chairs

Georgetown University
University of Wyoming
DLT Education
Galaxy Innovations Ltd

Local Organisers

University of Zurich
University of Zurich
University of Zurich

(Reference) Past General Meetings

  • BGIN Block #5 meeting (Virtual Japan/Tokyo) 4-6 April, 2022 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #4 meeting (Virtual Nairobi/Lome/Accra) 2-4 November, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #3 meeting (Virtual DC/NY) 29 June – 1 July, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #2 meeting (Virtual Paris/France) 13:00-16:00 UTC, 8-10 March, 2021 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #1 meeting (Virtual Mumbai/India) 12:00 – 15:00 UTC, 23-25 November, 2020 [Details]


UZH is the largest University in Switzerland by raw student number and programme areas (having seven Faculties); it is constantly ranked as the first general University in Switzerland and among the top-100 Worldwide. Its inherently broad expertise is reflected in the perspectives to blockchain across Faculties.
With informal activities since 2017, UZH BCC is a UZH Competence Centre since 2019. 21 UZH Professors from the most varied areas (Business, Economics, Finance, Informatics, Law, Social Sciences and Mathematics) and 10 external Professors give it a rare multidisciplinary approach in the field. In terms of members, range of expertise and activities developed, it is the largest academic initiative in Switzerland, a renowned Worldwide blockchain hub. In 2021, UZH was ranked first in Europe (4th, Worldwide) by Coindesk University Ranking.

By mandate of the University Board, the roles of the UZH BCC are: (1) To foster and coordinate research activities in blockchain and related technologies; (2) To create and nurture a complete education programme (ranging from university students to practitioners) in the space; (3) To act as the single point of contact between industry initiatives, peer institutions and governments with the University of Zurich in blockchain. UZH BCC has been invited repeatedly as part of official delegations of the University of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, and the Swiss Federal Government abroad (JP, SK, DE, ZA).  Among its active collaborations, it includes key players of the Swiss blockchain ecosystem, and policy makers (e.g., Swiss National Bank, Switzerland’s Central Bank, European Central Bank).