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Friday, 07 October 2016

Demystifying bitcoin + blockchain: Game-changing applications in ICT, Economy, Government and Law

Demystifying Bitcoin + Blockchain: Game-changing applications in ICT, Economy, Government and Law

Monday October 17, 2016, 18:00-21:00

International Hellenic University


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Scope: The emergence of bitcoin as a digital virtual currency in 2009 upset the financial and technical worlds, as it provided a decentralized means to securely perform financial transactions without the need of a third party (i.e. a bank or any other institution). These transactions are recorded on a globally available public ledger, known as the blockchain, which forms the crucial backbone of bitcoin. In fact, the underlying technology of the blockchain can also be used for other innovative applications and scenarios, some of which are currently under development. While it is still debatable whether bitcoin or its successors will ever make physical currency obsolete, there is no doubt that blockchain-based technologies will revolutionize the way we conduct business over the Internet in the future.

In this event, we ask an exceptional group of invited speakers from academia and industry to provide their expertise on the design, evolution and future applications of bitcoin and blockchain, covering both technical and entrepreneurial aspects of the problem. Targeting an audience of university students/graduates as well as other members of the ICT and financial industry, our goal is to dispel some of the common myths regarding bitcoin/blockchain and point out challenges and opportunities that a bitcoin/blockchain entrepreneur and researcher must face in a rapidly evolving global environment.


Attendance is free to students, young ICT professionals, the general public and all those who wish to become familiar with the exciting world of bitcoin and the blockchain architecture and applications. Prior free registration is required.

Scientific Coordination: Prof. Georgios Evangelidis, Dean, School of Science and Technology.

The working language of the event is English and Greek.


Registration: To register, please click here


For IHU location directions, please click here.


Event programme

18:00 – 18:15

Welcome Message, Presentation of the School’s MSc programmes

18:15 – 18:45

Konstantinos Karasavvas

Software Architect

Introduction to Bitcoin for new users (View/Download)

18:45 – 19:15

Androklis Polymenis

Digital Currency Entrepreneur, UbiCrypt

Bitcoin and alternative digital currencies: A user's perspective (View/Download)


Coffee break

19:30 – 20:00

Georgios Giaglis

Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business

The future of digital money: from Bitcoin to smart contracts (View/Download)

20:00 – 20:30

Komninos Komnios*

Attorney-at-law, IHU

Νομικές πτυχές του Bitcoin

20:30 – 20:45

Discussion and closing remarks


* denotes a presentation in Greek.

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Additional Info

  • Event date: Monday, 17 October 2016
  • Event time: 18:00
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