Humanitarian Blockchain Summit

Humanitarian Blockchain Summit

Hosted by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University

November 10, 2017
Fordham University at Lincoln Center

The Humanitarian Blockchain Summit brought technology experts, scholars, and humanitarian practitioners together for dynamic discussions about the future of blockchain technology in humanitarian operations and in pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Blockchain technology holds great potential for improving these operations—whether it’s used to transfer cash to disaster victims, coordinate the delivery of supplies, streamline humanitarian financing, or make humanitarian projects more gender-inclusive.

The summit was designed for those interested in using blockchain for tangible humanitarian impact. Breakout sessions focused on overcoming challenges to using blockchain, as well as identifying the best ways to develop humanitarian-friendly blockchain platforms, among other topics. The sessions also included collaborative exercises and presentations about how some organizations use blockchain.

Objectives

The goal of the event was for participants to recommend policies for using blockchain in specific humanitarian interventions through:

  • Highlighting a range of piloted and pioneered blockchain initiatives for humanitarian action;
  • Facilitating the ethical adoption of humanitarian blockchain solutions in response to technical, legal, and governance challenges facing the humanitarian sector;
  • Bringing together people from across sectors to foster new partnerships, encourage technical collaboration, and explore nontraditional funding sources;
  • Curating existing open-source tools used in humanitarian blockchain services; and
  • Building a digital community of developers interested in impacting humanitarian assistance.