Blockchain & Distributed Ledger

Gruppo di Lavoro


Stemmed in 2018, the purpose of the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory is to study the “Blockchain” phenomenon, Distributed Ledger systems (system enabling network nodes to reach a consensus on the changes made to a distributed register when there is no Central system) and, more in general, the “Internet of Value”: networks of digital nodes that transfer digital assets between each other, without requiring mutual trust, through a system of algorithms and cryptographic rules enabling a consensus to be reached. Resulted from the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world, the blockchain is gaining much interest at global level and is at the center of many debates on the opportunities it can generate for companies. The goal of the Observatory is to generate knowledge, establish order and clarify these themes, contributing to the appropriate development of the Italian market and creating opportunities for meetings and discussion among major players in this field. The Observatory was founded as a result of the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Workshop, that in 2017 began tackling the theme by studying cross-sector application environments (finance, utility, insurance, agri-food, etc.).


Activities planned by the Observatory for 2018, performed in collaboration with the DEIB - Dipartimento di Elettronica Informazione e Bioingegneria (Dept of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering) of the Politecnico di Milano, are the following:

  • In-field Research involving major National and International market players;
  • Many meeting and in-depth consultation opportunities:
    • 1 design Workshop, closed-doors with sponsors, aimed at sharing the Research advancement status and at addressing next-step activities;
    • 3 interaction and education Workshops dedicated exclusively to sponsors and some prominent stakeholders;
    • 3 theme-based Workshops focusing on some application areas and dedicated to sustainers and the reference community (topics will be established by the Research team in collaboration with research sponsors).
  • public Conference to present Research results, with breakout sessions and keynotes delivered by leading figures of the business world (planned for April 2018);
  • A hard-copy Report including main 2018 Research results, which will be distributed at the Conference, and some online Reports examining more in depth the themes of Research conducted in 2018;
  • A bi-monthly Press release for Partners and Sponsors, collecting the most relevant facts of the international and Italian markets.


The 2018 edition, in keeping with Research performed by the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Workshop, will further the following areas of research.

  • 6 cross research streams:
    • Definitions and characteristics: analyze the definitions available in literature to consolidate a common taxonomy on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger topics; identify the characteristics of the various solutions and thus the conditions that make applying these solutions worthwhile.
    • Application environments: survey application environments and projects developed by national and international companies to establish which use cases are more interesting and promising.
    • Investments: quantify the level of interest and degree of investments in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger of major national corporations.
    • Startups and innovation directions: analyze the most interesting Startups and national and international Blockchain & Distributed Ledger ICOs to delineate innovation directions.
    • Technology, security and privacy: map the various Blockchain and Distributed Ledger configurations and compare them in terms of technology, security and privacy.
    • Regulation: study how legislation regulates such solutions and activate a constructive debate with legislative Authorities.

  • 3 vertical research streams, therefore specific to application sector/area, that will be defined by the Research team in collaboration with research sponsors. Each vertical stream will be examined in greater detail to:
    • identify strengths and weaknesses of the various Blockchain & Distributed Ledger solutions for the area;
    • understand the approach of national and international players on these themes;
    • Quantifify the benefits of these solutions compared to traditional systems.

Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

The 2018 of the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory is accomplished with the support of: Enel; Consorzio CBI, GS1, Tesisquare.


For more information on the possibility of collaborating and supporting research conducted by the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory, please contact Valeria Portale (valeria.portale@polimi.it) and Giacomo Vella (giacomo.vella@polimi.it).