7. Blockchain@HTW Conference

Small States meet Blockchain@HTW Conference.

Small States–Big Issues: Can Technology be the rescue(r)?

14-15th April 2023, HTW Wilhelminenhof Campus, Berlin

On 14. And 15. April the seventh conference „Blockchain@HTW“ will take place at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW). This year we are merging the HTW Blockchain Conference with the Small State Conference from London, which is typically aimed at lawyers, politicians, diplomats and members of NGOs.
Small and island states in particular can benefit from the application of diverse (and new) technologies and make their own processes more efficient and effective. The tech community is working on solutions that can map this required process efficiency and effectiveness.
For this, we will welcome nationally and internationally renowned speakers who will share their latest insights with you and us.

Photos from the Conference

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Why you should attend this Event?

The Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft(HTW) Berlin and the Institute of Small and MicroStates (ISMS) are delighted to invite you to an exciting two-day conference on the importance of technology for small and microstates. The aim of the conference, which will be held predominantly in the form of interactive workshops, is to connect small states’ stakeholders with experts from the tech industry, economists, scientists, climate change experts, and the legal profession to foster an understanding of how technology can facilitate solutions to small states pertinent issues.

The importance of technology and the need to overcome existing prejudices are undisputed but so is the need for a reflective and judicious use of technology. Breaking down silos and highlighting the interconnectedness between issues and disciplines will help small states stakeholders in their decision-making and experts in the targeted development of solutions. The conference will start off by showing already existing examples. The aim of the workshop-style conference format is to create an environment where stakeholders and experts have the time and the space to discuss and work on solutions through free and frank discussions.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katarina Adam

Professor at HTW Berlin

Prof. Dr. jur Petra Butler

Director, Institute of Small and Micro States

Mr. Vrigesh Futta
Executive Director of the Mauritius Emerging Technologies Council (METC)
Prof. Joshua Ellul 
Associate professor,  Department of Computer Science
Director of the Centre for DLT
University of Malta
Dr. Thomas Dünser
Director, Office of Financial Market Innovation and Digitalisation (SFID),
Principality of Liechtenstein.
Dr. Joachim Schwerin
Principal Economist, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs
Prof. Ilan Kelman
Professor of Disasters and Health at University College
London, England
Steven Finizio
Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christin Schaefer
Founder and Managing Director acs plus
Arne Flick
Co-Founder of a digital agency, a learning-App Platform, and Deep Tech Academy
Simon Zieglgruber
 Policy Expert, Digital Finance, Association of German Banks
Sebastian Becker
President, IPDB, and Managing Director,
the brain behind GmbH.
Mariana de la Roche
Senior Regulatory Affairs Expert of the IOTA Foundation
Dr. Volker Wannack
Leiter & Koordinator für Blockchainanwendungen, insb. für die Energiewirtschaft
Andre Wassmann
Strategist, M&A and corporate finance expert
Marleen Krueger
Counsel at WilmerHale London
Moderator at the conference
Wendy Sternberg, MD
Founder & Executive/Artistic Director
Genesis at the Crossroads
Holger Mannweiler
Co-Founder & CEO of MetaBrewSociety
Prof. Crenguta Leaua
Janis Aguilar
Ecosystem Manager – Accelerator
Noe Rieker
Business Development Solana Foundation
Co-founder Superteam Germany
Mr. Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone FCIArb FRICS | Advocate, Barrister, Arbitrator, Adjudicator | Ampersand Advocates
Sylvia Niewiem
Senior Manager and Blockchain initiator,
Siemens Energy
Frank Voßnacker
Innovation Manager for transmission grids,
Siemens Energy
Simone Andrae
Project & Export Finance 
Sustainability CSR/ Transformation Advisor
Andrae Project Finance GmbH 
Marianela Bruno Pollero
Legal Officer
International Trade Law Division
(UNCITRAL Secretariat)
United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
Benedikt Faupel,
Head of Blockchain, Bitkom e.V.
Tobias Konsek
Technical Project Manager,
Tim Stockschläger
Software architect,
Ricardo Simoes
Executive Director, INATBA
Claudia Schebela,
Managing Partner CS Sustainable Consulting-
Impact and Sustainability Consulting


Sea Level R(a)ise Project
Charlotte Lau
Master’s Student at the University of Applied Science Berlin
Benjamin Loncarevic
Master’s Student at the University of Applied Science Berlin
Laura Schönherr
Master’s student at the University of Applied Science
Sascha Grumbach
Digital Economy: Finance / Payment / NFTs
Arne Flick
Co-Founder of a digital agency, a learning-App Platform, and Deep Tech Academy
Mr. Tim Schlößer
Former Head of Office, European Parliament,
Policy Expert


Mariana de la Roche
Senior Regulatory Affairs Expert of the IOTA Foundation
Laura Kajtazi
Project and Regulatory Affairs Manager, IOTA Foundation

Climate Change: Mitigation & Adaptation Tools

Steven Finizio
Dispute Resolution & AI
Maciej Bulanda
Tech4development (T4D) professional

IoT Sensor Data & Smart Contracts
Holger Köther
Data Privacy, Secure Dataspaces & the Freedom of Speech

Day 1 – 14 th April (Friday)

Day 2 – 15th April (Saturday)


Entry & Registration


Entry and Registration


Welcome Remarks
President HTW:
Prof. Dr. Rauscher-Scheibe


Marianela Bruno Pollero; UN;
UNCITRAL’s Dispute Resolution in the Digital Economy Project


Welcome Remarks
Prof. Dr. Katarina Adam,
Prof. Dr. Petra Butler


Continuing workshops/ sprints
Concurrent  Programs, Part II:

10:05 – Benedikt Faupel, Bitkom e.V.
Small States, Big Blockchain: Lessons from Germany and Beyond
10:25 – Janis Aguilar: CVLabs:
Why Capital is Not Enough. How a Strong Ecosystem Can Accelerate the Growth of Web3 Startups
10:55 – Noe Rieker: Solana:
Web 3 Infrastructure for everyone 
11:15 – Coffee Break
11:30 – INATBA: Adapt and Flourish
Web 3.0 Skills for Individuals


Keynote I
Mr. Vrigesh Futta




Panel Discussion I
Green Finance
Prof. Dr. Katarina Adam

Andre Waßmann,
Dr. Joachim Schwerin
Simon Zieglgruber,
Simone Andrae


Brandon Malone, FCI
Artificial Intelligence and the Psychology of Dispute Resolution


Coffee Break


Prof. Crenguta Leaua
Blockchain and sustainability in the small states: challenges and opportunities


Panel Discussion II
Ethics and Trust
Prof. Dr. Petra Butler
Christin Schäfer,
Mariana de le Roche,

Harald Zapp,
Claudia Schebela


Workshop – Presentation


Keynote II
Prof. Joshua Ellul


Closing remarks Petra Butler & Katarina Adam




End of Conference


Keynote III
Dr. Thomas Dünser


Keynote IV
Dr. Joachim Schwerin


Introduction Disaster Theory
Prof. Ilan Kelman


Opening for Workshops:
Restricted entry, confidential, Safe Space

Concurrent Programs:
15:00 – BAMF Use Case
(Benefits of Self-Sovereign Identity in Public Administration)
15:20 – Web 3 Beer Brewery
15:40 – Siemens Energy, (Connect2Evolve)
16:00 – Dr. Wendy Sternberg, Bridging Technology and Humanity (Series of Opportunities on multiple levels)
16:20 – Student-Team: Sea Level R(a)ise
16:40 – Coffee Break
17:00 – Mittweida 
17:20 – Discussion
17:50 – Closing remarks of the day


End Day 1 – Sundowner at HTW Venue

Workshop Details : Opening for Workshops:
Restricted entry, confidential, Safe Space

  • Digital Economy: Finance / Payment / NFTs
  • Climate Change: Mitigation & Adaptation Tools
  • Tech-Gov:
    How modern technologies can significantly simplify the administration of municipalities and communities in Small States.
  • Dispute resolution & AI
  • IoT Sensor Data and Smart Contracts
  • Data Privacy, Secure Dataspaces & the Freedom of Speech


Prices below are for the whole 2 days.
External Trade Visitor- 90 €
HTW Staff/Student – 25 €

Note: Please mention your workshop priority below as limited seating is available for each workshop.

ATTENTION: After registration, you will receive a separate email with a provisional confirmation and the request to transfer the payment to our account!

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