On November 10 2017, we will be hosting the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York, in partnership the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham UniversityUnited Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology and Civic Hall.


The event will bring technology experts, scholars, and humanitarian practitioners together for dynamic discussions about the future of blockchain technology in humanitarian operations and in pursuit of the UN 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 is designed for those interested in using blockchain for tangible humanitarian impact. Breakout sessions will focus on overcoming challenges to using blockchain, as well as identifying the best ways to develop humanitarian-friendly blockchain platforms, among other topics. The sessions will also include collaborative exercises and presentations about how some organisations are using blockchain.


The goal of the event is for participants to recommend policies for using blockchain in specific humanitarian interventions.


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



Plenary sessions will highlight the work of major humanitarian agencies—both intergovernmental and nongovernmental— testing blockchain to address child protection, gender equity, cash and food assistance, and other humanitarian challenges.


Breakout sessions and workshops will introduce specific field-tested prototypes or pilot projects for blockchain technology in humanitarian settings. Topical examples include humanitarian financing; data responsibility and protection; identity management in crises; and micro-contracts. Working sessions will focus on tackling specific issues that hinders a broader adoption of these systems in the humanitarian sector.


Speakers and participants will be encouraged to provide feedback on ongoing projects and propose new ideas for scale and replication.


You can find the full programme following this link:



Registration for the Summit is now open, find more details here:



When: 10 November 2017
Time: 8:00 – 18:00
Where: Fordham University Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, McNally Ampitheatre New York, NY 10023


Pre-summit events

Blockchain Day: What is “The Blockchain” and why it matters to the UN and Member States? – August 17, 2017 at United Nations Secretariat
Organised by the  United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology.
Missed this event? Check out the live recording.

Government Blockchain Professionals Group: International Case Studies – September 18, 2017 at Fordham University Lincoln Center
Organised by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and Government Blockchain Association.
Missed this event? Check out the live recording.

Blockchain for the United Nations: humanitarian and other applications – November 9, 2017 from 3 to 5:30 PM at United Nations Secretariat
This pre-summit event will increase participants’ knowledge of blockchain technology through demonstrations of innovative blockchain tools and projects for humanitarian action.
In partnership with the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology

Summit Partners

We are partnering with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs who is hosting the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit as well as innovative technology and humanitarian experts from: United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology and Civic Hall.