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BGIN Block #8 meeting : May 2023

Rebuilding Value, Governance and Reputation on Blockchain

What’s New

The goal of the eighth general meeting (Block #8)

BGIN Block #8 continues to bring voice to individuals focused on governance for digital economic networks, digital identity and more applications based on blockchain technology. Major themes to include are (not limited to):

  • governance of blockchain technology, applications and
  • digital identity
  • social-economic design
  • financial stability
  • ethics. and
  • BGIN community growth for all stakeholders

Who should attend?

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

Date and Time

BGIN Block #8 meeting (in-person/online hybrid format) Thursday, May 4, 2023, to Sunday, May 7, 2023


Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa Bol, Brač, Croatia

Form of the Meeting

BGIN Block #8 will be held in a hybrid (in-person/online) manner. This meeting is co-located with Financial Cryptography 2023. The meeting has a joint session with [The 4th workshop of Coordination of Decentralized Finance (CoDecFin) 2023 and the 7th Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts (WTSC)](


The registration site is now open at Eventbrite.

Registration link

Registration fee

Registration fee includes coffee and attendance at the evening reception.

  • General admissoion: 100.00 USD

  • FC/Workshops participants: 50.00 USD

    • FC/Workshops participants are requested to present a name badge of FC/workshops at the venue.
  • Online Participants: Free

    • Online participants are requested to register from the above Eventbrite page to deliver the meeting Zoom link.

Day 1 (May 4, 2023, all times are in CEST)

Financial Applications
21:00 - 21:30Opening PlenaryShin’ichiro Matsuo, Andrea Bracciali
21:30 - 22:15Keynote 1
The Future of Private Digital Money and its Governance
Massimo Morini (Algorand Foundation)
22:15 - 23:00Round Table 1 (DTWG): Mitigating potential failure of Stablecoin and DeFi (for the issue raised by SVB)Moderator
Ali Nejadmalayeri (the University of Wyoming, remote)

Main Discussants
Caroline HIll (Cirle, remote)
Yuko Kawai (Japan Digital Design, remote)
Filip Saravanja (Aurcash ,online)
Anamarija Staničić (Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency, online)
Kaihua Qin (Imperial College London)

Day 2 (May 5, 2023, all times are in CEST)

Financial Applications
14:00 - 15:00Joint Panel with WTSC and CoDecFinModerator
Shin’ichiro Matsuo
Andrea Bracciali
21:00 - 23:00DTWG Interactive Workshop SessionCo-Chairs
Ali Nejadmalayeri (University of Wyoming)
Leon Molchanovsky (Galaxy Innovations Ltd)
Acting Session-Co-Chair
Michi Kakebayashi (UC Berkeley)

Day 3 (May 6, 2023, all times are in CEST)

Financial Applications, and IKP
8:30 - 9:30Round Table 2 (DTWG): CBDC and BlockchainModerator
Carole House (Executive in residence)

Main Discussants
Masaki Bessho (Bank of Japan, remote)

Chloe White (Genesis block)
Geoffrey Goodell (UCL)
Linardo Martincevic (Croatian national bank)
Daniel Eidan (BIS Innovation Hub)
9:30 - 10:30Keynote 2
Decentralised Identifiers and SSI in action - How to design a verifiable information exchange framework?
Alen Horvat (Lead Architect of EBSI)
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00Round Table 3 (DTWG): DeFi and DAO GovernanceMain Discussants
Patrick McCorry (Arbitrum Foundation)
Ivan Glava (Blockroad)
Frane Šesnić (CEO at Zagreb Innovation Centre)
Caroline Malcolm (Chainalysis, remote)
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 15:00IKPWG Interactive Workshop Session
Overview on works complete
Soulbound Tokens (SBTs) Future Study
Selective Disclosure
Token Economy Compliance with SBT
Smart Contract Literacy
Future Works and AOB
Nat Sakimura (Nat Consulting)
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)

Main Speakers
Michi Kakebayashi(remote) /Joseph Beverley
Daniel Buchner(remote)
Masato Yamanaka /Ken Katayama(remote)
15:00 - 16:00Round Table 4 (IKP): DID/SSIModerator
Nat Sakimura (Nat Consulting)

Main Discussants
Christopher Allen (Blockchain Commons, LLC, remote)
Alen Horvat, Lead Architect, EBSI
Chris Were (, remote)
16:00 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30Round Table 5 (IKP): Wallet Governance and Key ManagementModerator
Nat Sakimura (Nat Consulting)

Main Discussants
Shady El Damaty (Holonym, remote)
Chris Were (, remote)
Ash van der Spuy (Jubi DAO, remopte)
Tommaso Gagliardoni (Kudelski Security, remote)
Patrick McCorry (Arbitrum Foundation)
Christopher Allen (Blockchain Commons, LLC, remote)
18:00 - 20:00Reception@Pool side

Day 4 (May 7, 2023, all times are in CEST)

IKP and Industrial Session
9:00 - 10:00Round Table 6 (IKP): SBTs/NFTs for real-life use casesModerator
Mitchell Travers (Soulbis)

Main Discussants
Hal Seki (Japanese Digital Agency)
Austin Zhu (DeSoul, remote)
Boon-Hiong Chan (Deutsche Bank, remote)
Yuki Uwaizumi (Founder/CEO, Unyte Inc., remote)
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30Invited talks by Special and Level 1 SponsorsSoulbis
ACTUS: Financial Contracts Framework, Mark Greensdale (Casper Network)
11:30 - 12:30Panel by event sponsorsModerator
Ralf Kubli (Casper Network)

Main Discussants
Hiromi Yamaoka (DeCurret DCP)
Ken Katayama(NRI)
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Roadmap and Strategy
15:00 - 15:30Closing Plenary

How to get there

Bol is located in Brač, a beautiful island in Croatia. Brač has an airport, but the number of flights to Brač is very limited. The recommended way to get to Brač and Bol is arriving Split (SPU) airport and then (1) take a ferry to Bol or (2) take a ferry to Superter and a taxi to Bol.

The number of ferries from Split to Bol is very limited; just one or two ferries a day. There is a fast catamaran service from Split to Bol at 16:00 (16:30 Friday and Saturday) and from Bol to Split at 06:25 (07:25 Saturday, 13:25 Sunday and holidays) from the company Jadrolinija.

The ferry between Sprit to Superter is more frequent. Please see the webpage for details and timetable.

Please see the travel information page of the Financial Cryptography Conference.

Accommodation and Air (discount available)


The conference hotel (the same as the Financial Cryptography 23) provides a special discount rate for BGIN Block #8 attendees. The in-person attendees to Block #8 can enjoy the hotel discount for Financial Cryptography. Use the following link for the discount.

Hotel Reservation

Airline discount

Financial Cryptography Conference kindly extends its airline discount for the SkyTeam alliance to BGIN Block #8. Use this link to book your flight to Split.

Please find the details of the airline discount on the FC page.

Call for agenda item

We call for agenda items to discuss at Block #8.

Please send [the contact email address for any agenda item request.

Invited Speakers/Panelists

Massimo Morini

Massimo Morini

Chief Economist at Algorand Foundation.
Mitchell Travers

Mitchell Travers

Co-Founder, Soulbis
Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen

Principal Architect & Executive Director, Blockchain Commons, LLC
Ash van der Spuy

Ash van der Spuy

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill

Senior Director for Global Policy and Regulatory Strategy at Circle
Carole House

Carole House

Executive in Residence
Frane Šesnić

Frane Šesnić

CEO of Zagreb Innovation Centre
Masaki Bessho

Masaki Bessho

Head of FinTech Center, Payment and Settlement Systems Department, Bank of Japan
Yuko Kawai

Yuko Kawai

CEO Japan Digital Design Inc./Managing Director MUFG
Alen Horvat

Alen Horvat

SSI and decentralised solutions architect, Netis
Caroline Malcolm

Caroline Malcolm

Global Head of Public Policy, Chainalysis
Chloe White

Chloe White

Managing Director, Genesis Block
Chris Were

Chris Were

Founder, Verida
Filip Šaravanja

Filip Šaravanja

Head of Digital Assets at Aircash
Hiromi Yamaoka

Hiromi Yamaoka

Member of the Board at Future Corporation, Chairperson at Digital Currency Forum, Special Advisor for International Finance at Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Kaihua Qin

Kaihua Qin

PhD Candidate @ Imperial College London
Mark A. Greenslad

Mark A. Greenslad

Head Of Research And Development, Casper Network
Patrick McCorry

Patrick McCorry

Research @ Arbitrum Foundation
Shady El Damaty

Shady El Damaty

Co-founder, Holonym
Tommaso Gagliardoni

Tommaso Gagliardoni

Senior Expert in Cryptography and Global Practice Lead in Quantum Security, Kudelski Security
Boon-Hiong Chan

Boon-Hiong Chan

Director, Deutsche Bank AG Singapore
Ivan Glavaš

Ivan Glavaš

CEO, Blockroad, Croatia
Joseph Beverley

Joseph Beverley

Partner & Co-Founder, Soulbis
Hal Seki

Hal Seki

Senior Expert, Digital Agency Japan. Organizer of Web3.0 Research DAO
Yuki Uwaizumi

Yuki Uwaizumi

Founder/CEO, Unyte Inc. Admin of Rule Makers DAO. Engineer of WagumiDAO

Event Sponsors (Level 1)

Event Sponsors (Level 2)

Organizing and program committee (as of 3/4/2022)

  • BGIN Co-Chairs

    • Shin’ichiro Matsuo
    • Mai Santamaria
  • Working Group/Task Force Co-Chairs

    • Nat Sakimura
    • Mitchell Travers
    • Shigeya Suzuki
    • Leon Molchanovsky
    • Ali Nejadmalayeri
    • Ryosuke Ushida
    • Aaron Wright
  • Local organizers

    • Andrea Bracciali
  • Co-chairs of the previous block (Block #7)

    • Chang Lu
  • Chairs of the next block (Block #9)

    • TBA

(Reference) Past General Meetings

  • BGIN Block #7 meeting (Virtual/in-person hybrid format hosted from Vancouver, Canada by the University of British Columbia) November 30 - December 2, 2022 [Details]
  • BGIN Block #6 meeting (Virtual/in-person hybrid format hosted from Zurich, Switzerland by the University of Zurich) July 26-28, 2022 [Details]
  • 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]