News release

August 14, 2018


Third Season of the Blockchaingers Open Innovation Program Starts September 25th with the Future of Trust Summit in the Hall of Knights, the Hague, the Netherlands

The Hague, the Netherlands – DutchChain, Europe’s leading blockchain ecosystem development agency, opens the third season of its Blockchaingers Open Innovation Program on September 25th with the second edition of the Future of Trust Summit in the Hall of Knights, The Hague. The Summit is organized in partnership with StartupDelta and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands.

HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Special Envoy for StartupDelta: “This summit sets the standards for a new collaborative mindset. Whereby startups, corporates and governments sit together to co-create. This is not only the best way to tackle complex challenges, but also provides the DNA of a nascent ecosystem. The Summit capitalizes on the strong momentum in The Netherlands to embrace decentralized technologies and their applications.”

At the Summit, 250+ selected international participants collaborate in a curated roundtable setting to co-create new ways to address the challenges of the 21st-century society. The articulation of these challenges sets the agenda for the 2018-2019 innovation season, with the Blockchaingers Hackathon in April 2019 as its highlight, where all stakeholders collaborate to co-create working prototypes of new solutions.

“Many challenges of today’s society and economy can’t be solved by a single organisation alone, because they affect everyone and involve many organisations. By nature, they are decentralized and interconnected at the same time,” explains Rutger van Zuidam, Founder & CEO of DutchChain and organizer of the Blockchaingers Innovation Program. “With the use of the right technologies, such as blockchain and AI, these challenges can be solved by trusted ecosystems–collaborative networks of organisations and individuals that operate on a new type of global public-private infrastructure.”

The Summit provides all participants with the input and context awareness necessary to contribute to the co-creation of decentralized solutions to support such ecosystems. At each of the 30 roundtables, the challenge contributors are united with a team of hand-picked leading innovators from a wide variety of industries and sectors. With the guidance of a senior table host, the start- and scale-up founders, launching customers from corporate organizations and governments, investors, scientists, students, developers, policy-makers, legal specialists, and others can crystallize various ideas into a clear collective understanding of the possible directions for future solutions and their fit into a decentralized world.

Raymond Knops, State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations: “Innovation is about having the right attitude and subsequently connecting people and organizations with different disciplines in order to create a system in which one can experiment to improve. The Dutch Government supports this open international ecosystem because the people that are involved are truly motivated in changing and improving the way we organize society in the near future. They will definitely make the difference in the interest of the whole community.”


Knights of the Future
The Future of Trust Summit also opens a limited series of events in The Hall of Knights by StartupDelta called “Knights of the Future”, which bring together scientists, startups, serial entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and the government, to help discover new ways to solve societal challenges. Later this year, “Knights of the Future: the Energy Edition” will also take place.


More information and how to apply

Visit for a detailed program, speakers, and application.

Visit the photo gallery to get an impression of the event.


Media Contact

Christel Sieling
Program Coordinator, DutchChain