Shermin Voshmgir

Shermin is the director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics, and the founder of BlockchainHub. She is also advisor of Jolocom, a blockchain based identity protocol. In the past, she was a curator of TheDAO,  on the advisory board of the Estonian E-residency as well as Wunder, a decentralized Art Museum. She regularly speaks at conferences and consults on Blockchains especially in the context of sustainability and social impact of future technologies. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics. Furthermore, she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. She is Austrian, with Iranian roots, and lives between Vienna and Berlin.

Current Topics

Shermin gives talks in German & English.
Here a little sneak peak into her Videos & Podcasts.

  • Blockchain, Web3 & Token Economy
    Primer into Blockchain, the Web3 and the role of tokens. This talk will point out why Bitcoin and other crypto tokens are not currencies in the traditional sense, but rather a new asset which has more similarities to commodity money rather than to fiat money. It is furthermore an operating system for a new type of economy with distributed governance that can transcendent geographic boundaries of nation states.
  • Programming a Sustainable World
    Despite widespread media coverage about the carbon footprint of Bitcoin mining, the underlying Blockchain technology has a lot of potential to help us reach our global sustainability goals. In combination with AI and IoT blockchain can make sustainable action more transparent and providing incentive systems to program a sustainable world. This talk covers use cases and maps current activities worldwide.
  • Privacy in the Machine Age
    How are human right affected by the fact that every action we take leaves a digital trail. What does that mean in the context of current and future data structures, the role of cryptography? Do we need to start redefining what human right mean in the digital age. Is there such a thing as digital Human rights?
  • Impact of Future Technologies
    Emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Biotechnology, and 3D printing all interdependent, and mostly still in their fetal stages. Once they reach their inflection point, the world we will live in might look quite different from everything we know today. This talk will point out the opportunities and challenges of such a future world.

Speaking Engagements

Austrian Notaries
Keynote: The Future of Notary Services
Vienna, May 24, 2019

Business Circle
Keynote: Blockchain & Web3
Vienna, April 4, 2019

Unfold Art Exchange
Panel: Blockchain & Art
Bahrain, March 7, 2019

Keynote: Blockchain & Web3
Vienna, January 31, 2019

Fintech Tagung Österreichische NationalBank
Panel: The Future of Fintech: Private Sector Perspective
Vienna, January 28, 2019

Plattform Industrie 4.0
Blockchain & Web3
Bregenz, Dez 12, 2018

Blockchain & Web3
Cologne, Dez 6, 2018

Cryptomonday: Blockchain & Sustainability
Introduction and State of Research (the event will be open to a general public)
Vienna, Nove 27, 2018

Aussenwirtschaft Österreich & Institut für Kryptoökonomie
Panel: Convergence of Technologies: Blockchain, AI and IOT
Vienna, Nove 26, 2018

TedX Cern
Keynote: Blockchain and the Web3: The future of the Web ist Decentralized
Cern, November 20 2018

Robert Bosch Stiftung 
Panel: Future of Society
Berlin, Nov 13, 2018

Boston Consulting Group
Blockchain Primer
London, Nov 8, 2018

Deutsche Telekom: Digital 2018
Keynote: Blockchain & Token Economy
Cologne, Nov 7, 2018

House of Beautiful Business
Keynote:Token Driven Societies
Lisbon, Nov 4,  2018

Keynote: Blockchain & Machine Economy
Munich,Oct 27, 2018

Gewinn Messe 
Blockchain und die Token Ökonomie
Vienna, Oct 17, 2018

Hagel Insurance
Blokchcain Primer
Vienna, Oct 17, 2018

Adesso Insurance Forum
Keynote: Blockchain & Token Economy
Munich, Oct 16 2018

Financial Market Authority, Austria
Panel: Impact of Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
Vienna, 4. Oct 2018

Athesia Media
Keynote: Blockchain, Web3 & Token Economy
Bolzano, Italy, September 20, 2018

Interne Revision
Keynote: Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
Salzburg, 13/14. Sept 2018

Audi AG
Keynote: Blockchain & Token Economy
Ingoldstadt, September 5 2018

Forum Alpbach
Blockchain & Information Security
Alpbach, 29. Aug 2018

Adesso Banking Forum
Keynote: Blockchain & Token Economy
Frankfurt, August 22 2018

Bochum University
Keynote: Plurale Ökonomie
Bochum, 11. Juli 2018

TedX Heidelberg
Heidelberg, 30. Juni 2018

Panel: Medienbildung
Berlin, 19. Juni 2018

Poetry of the Real
Keynote: Blockchain & Cryptoeconomics
Zurich, 13. Juni 2018

IMPACT – SBA Research
Keynote: State of Cryptoeconomics Research
Vienna, 12. June 2018

Keynote: Blockchain & Future of the Web
Berlin, 7. June 2018

Prozess Management Forum
Keynote: Blockchain & Future of the Web
Vienna, 7. June 2018

WU Matters
Keynote: Intro to Blockchain & Cryptoeconomics
Wien, 5. Juni 2018

Schöne Neue Welt
Keynote: Blockchain, ein Betriebssystem für eine neue Welt
Klagenfurt, 1. Juni 2018

Token Economy – The Crypto Economics of Blockchain
Loipersdorf, 17. May 2018

Katapult Future Fest
Keynote: Programming a Sustainable World
Oslo,14-16 May 2018

Re:pubica 2018 
Panel: Kryptopia oder altes Geld mit neuen Mitteln: Bauen wir noch ein neues Finanzsystem – oder passen wir das alte nur an?
Berlin, 2. May 2018

Keynote: Towards a Token Economy
Panel: Data Privacy
Vienna, 18-19 April 2018

Future Technology Panel
Berlin, 17. April 2018

Future Technology Panel
Berlin, 17. April 2018

Crypto42 Summit
Keynote: Token Valuation Framework
Vienna, 16. April 2018

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft
Keynote: Blockchain, Kryptoökonomie und Co. – Was ist das eigentlich und wie verändert es unser Leben?
Vienna, 13. April 2018

Improve Digital
Keynote: Blockchain & the Future of Marketing
Venice, 29. March 2018

Insurance Forum Austria
Blockchains and Smart Contracts for the Insurance Industry
Neusiedlersee, 22. March 2018

Credit Risk
Token Economy – The Crypto Economics of Blockchain
Vienna, 15. March 2018

Jordan Economic Forum
Keynote: Token Economy – The Crypto Economics of Blockchain
Panel: Blockchain and Beyond
Dead Sea, Jordan, 13. March 2018

Money Talks #2 @ Supermarkt
Token Economy – The future of Currencies?
Berlin, Feb 22 2018

Crypto Asset Conference
Frankfurt School of Business
Keynote: Crypto Economics & How to evaluate a Token
Frankfurt, 23 March 2018

LEAD Community Summit
Speaker: Neue Führung, Neue Welt – Führung in Zeiten von digitalem Wandel
Berlin, Feb 16 2018

Humboldt University Berlin
“Blockchain in Society” panel with Nina-Luisa Siedler, Frederike Ernst, Sven Läpple, Florian Glatz, Shermin Voshmgir
Berlin, Jan 25 2018, 19:00-21:00h

Humboldt University Berlin
“Blockchain in Society” panel with Nina-Luisa Siedler, Frederike Ernst, Sven Läpple, Florian Glatz, Shermin Voshmgir
Thursday, 25 January 2018, 19:00-21:00h.

European Lotteries Association
Blockchain & Smart Contracts
Brussels, Dec 1 2017

Bank Austria
Keynote: Blockchain & the Token Economy
Linz, 29. Nov 2017

Emerging Technologies and the Future of Citizenship
Identity & Privacy on the Blockchain
Florence, 27. Nov 2017

Next Digital Leader Summit
Blockchain & the Future of the Web
Essen, Zollverein,11. Nov 2017

Banking & Technology Days
Blockchain Keynote & Panel
Vienna, 9. Nov 2017

EHI Technologie Tage
E-Commerce Implications of Blockchain Technology
Essen, 7 Nov 2017

Blockchain & Science Hack’n’Share
Token Economy – The Crypto Economics of Blockchain
Berlin, Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, 29. Oct 2017

Hidden Values
Keynote & Panel
Essen, Zollverein, 27. Oct 2017

Creative NRW 
Blockchain & The Future of the Web, Keynote
Köln, 26. Oct 2017

Ada Lovelace Festival
Blockchain & the Future of the Internet, Keynote
Berlin, 19. Oct 2017

Wirtschaftsforum Baden-Württemberg
Blockchain Keynote for Digitale Zukunft – Chancenreich und Chancengleich
Stuttgart, 9. Oct 2017

9984 Summit
Keynote: Privacy in the Machine Economy: On digital human rights, the right to encryption and self sovereign data
Berlin, 9. Oct 2017

Innogy Unconference & Iprize
Blockchain & IoT: Why privacy matters
Berlin, 28. Sept 2017

Circle: Changing Dynamics
Keynote: Blockchain
Amsterdam, 22. Sept 2017

Next Conference
Keynote: Blockchain & the Future of the Internet
Hamburg, 21. Sept 2017

Magic of Innovation
Keynote: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & The Future of Insurance
Vienna, 20. Sept 2017

Blockchain Lightning Talk & Panel
Hamburg, 14. Sept 2017

UDL Digital
Talkshow & Diskussion: Gesellschaft Ohne Geld?
Mit Jens Spahn & Shermin Voshmgir
Berlin, 11. Sept 2017

Keynote: Blockchain & the Decentralized Web – Own your own Data!
How the Internet is broken and why we could fix it with Blockchain
Copehagen, 6. Sept 2017

Good School
Keynote: Intro to Blockchain
Berlin, August 31, 2017

Propellor Film Tech Hub & BlockchainHub
Blockchain & The Film Industry, Keynote
Berlin, August 29, 2017

Young Leaders Program, BDI
Blockchain & the Future of Democracy
Berlin, August 25, 2017

Tech Open Air
Blockchain Tokens & ICOs
Berlin, 12-14 July 2017

Mind, Culture and Behaviour in the Digital Age @ Alpe Adria University
Keynote: Blockchain
Klagenfurt, 28 June 2017

BAKS: Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik
Keynote: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & the Decentral Web
Berlin, June 20 2017

Keynote: Blockchain und Smart Contracts: Wie eine IT-Technologie die Welt verändern kann
Frankfurt, June 20 2017

Pey – The Block Conference
Blockchain & ICOs
Hannover, June 14 2017

Austria Connect Conference
Keynote: Blockchain
Barcelona, June 8 2017

Storage Solution Day
Keynote: Blockchain, Smart Contracts und verteilte Filesysteme
Zurich, June 1 2017

The Next Web
Keynote: New Kids on the Blockchain
Amsterdam, May 19 2017

Fraunhofer Institut
Anwendungen & Potentiale der Blockchain
Keynote: Future of Identity
Berlin, May 18 2017

Katapult Festival
Panel: Our future Society
Keynote: Death of Government
Panel: Post Scarcity
Oslo, May 10-12 2017

FUEL Conference
Keynote: Re-think Internet: Blockchain
Berlin, May 9 2017

Disrupting Organizations: Decentralized Autonomous Organizations on the Blockchain
Berlin, May 8 2017

Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics: Blockchain Deep Dive
Keynote & Break out Session: Self Sovereign Identity on the Blockchain
Vienna, May 6-7 2017

Fonds Insights 2017
Blockchain, Smart Contracts & the Future of Law
Imperial Riding School Renaissance Austria Hotel
Vienna, Mai 5 2017

Gamechanger Festival
Keynote: Disrupting Organizations
Vienna, April 25 2017

STORAGE Technology Conference
Keynote: Blockchain & Dezentrale File Systeme
Bonn, April 24 2017

Digital City Vienna: Blockchain Kickoff
Keynote: Blockchain
Vienna, April 25 2017

CSC Bankenforum
Blockchain Panel
Frankfurt, March 29 2017

Ethereum Meetup
Blockchain’s Problems with Unknown Unknowns
Berlin, March 28 2917

DiNE – digital. inspiring. networking
Blockchain Workshop
Munich, March 22 2017

2033 – neue Perspektiven für gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt
Panel: “Welche Gesellschaft werden wir sein? Welche Gesellschaft wollen wir sein?” with Prof. Karin Heitzmann, stv. Leiterin Forschungsinstitut Economics of Inequality, WU Wien, Christopher Lindinger, Director Research & Innovation, Ars Electronica Future Lab Othmar Sailer, CEO LiSEC Group, Stephan Vopel, Direktor, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Dr. Shermin Voshmgir, Gründerin Blockchainhub Berlin
Impact Hub Vienna, Lindengasse 56
Vienna, March 20 2017

IPDB Meetup on Blockchain Governance
Voltastr. 5, Haus 12, Treppe 3, 1. OG, Berlin
Berlin, March 1 2017

Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research & Economy
Introducing Blockchain: How to integrate Blockchain into Austria’s Digital Roadmap
Vienna, February 24 2017

GSW Forum 2017
Keynote & Breakout Session: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & Dezentrale Autonome Organisationen
Oberursel bei Frankfurt, Feb 23 2016

Technology, Trends & Innovation: Blockchain Track @ Steinbeiss SMI
Full Day Workshop
Berlin, 22. Februar 2017

Berlin Legal Tech Conference & Hackathon
Breakout Session Blockchain
Berlin, Feb 10 2016

#openspace @ Kommerzbank
Talk: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & the Decentral Web
Berlin, Feb 7 2016

Blockchain Tag für die Energiewelt
Keynote: DAO Security Aspects
Berlin, January 27 2016

Kaffee & IT(ee) @ Deutscher Bundestag
Berlin, January 27 2016

Privacy Camp @ CPDP conference
Owning the Web Together: Peer Production & Sharing
Panel with Other confirmed participants in the panel are Ela Kagel (Supermarkt), Tim Jordan (University of Sussex) and Seda Gürses (KULeuven and Princeton University)
Brussels, 24 January 2017, 9.30 to 11.00 at Université Saint-Louis

Platform Coops – Start your own!
Keynote: Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
Berlin, December 9 2016

Blockchain Startup Contest Energie Steiermark
Keynote & Jury
28. Nov 2016, Graz

Österreichische Lotterien
Keynote Innovationsbreakfast
25. Nov 2016, Wien

Bitkom Arbeitsgruppe
Blockchain Use Cases
24. Nov 2016, Frankfurt

Bundeskanzleramt, Stattsminister Dr. Helge Braun
Keynote & Blockchain Roundtable
23. Nov 2016, Berlin

HUB Conference hosted by Bitkom
Keynote & Blockchain Panel
22. Nov 2016, Berlin

Breaking Patterns
New Economic Models on The Blockchain (Talk & Panel)
25. Oct 2016, 13:00, Vienna

re:publica Dublin
Blockchain & The Future of Law (Talk)
20. Oct 2016, Dublin

SAE Convention
Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Decentral Web (Talk)
12. Oct, 2016, Cologne

Bitkom Blockchain Day
Blockchain Talks & Blockchain Panels Bitkom Internal Event (Talk & Panel)
6. Oct 2016, Frankfurt

Future of Identity
Blockchain and Future of Identity (Panel)
Tallinn, Sept 1, 2016

DAOs & the Future of Decentralized Governance
 (Talk & Panel)
Keynote, Shermin Voshmgir (BlockchainHub) & Panel with Griff Green (, Nina Siedler (DLA Piper) & Greg McMullen (IPDB)
July 22, 2016 10:00 AM, Agora Collective, Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin

TOA Satellite Event
The Future of Data Science
July 13, 2016 6:00 PM, Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, Berlin
Panelists: Jose Quesada (Data Science Retreat, Machine Learning), Rino Montiel (eyeEM, Computer Vision), Shermin Voshmgir (Blockchainhub, Blockchain & Web 3.0)

Hertie School of Governance
HEEN – Hertie Energy & Environment Network
How can digitalization advance the low­carbon economy? (Talk & Panel)
July 2, 2016, Berlin

BlockchainHub Meetup
Introduction to Blockchain & Smart Contracts (Talk)
27 June 2016, Berlin, 19.00 Hubraum

Forum Alpbach presents re:think Austria
Introduction to Blockchain & Smart Contracts (Talk)
18 June 2016, Linz

The Future of Apps are dApps
16 June 2016, Zurich

Solarpraxis: Blockchain & Energy
Introduction to Blockchain & Smart Contracts (Keynote)
23 May 2016, Berlin

IFSE: Blockchain & the Arts
“Digitalisierung machen die anderen”
Workshop with Masha McConaghy & Shermin Voshmgir
23 May 2016, Berlin

OuiShare Fest
Talk & Workshop with Shermin Voshmgir
18-20 May 2016, Paris

Blockchain & the Future of Governance (Talk & Panel)
May 2016, Berlin

Blockchains & Smart Contracts (Keynote)
8 April 2016, RedBull Ring, Austria

Technical University of Berlin
Workshop by Shermin Voshmgir: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & Decentralising Trust
Hosted by Department of Information Systems Engineering, Berlin, March 08 2016

Blockchain Vlaanderen Meetup
Presenting Blockchainhub (Talk)
Feb 29 2016, Leuven, Belgium

Vienna University of Economics
Blockchain, Crypto Economy & Crypto Law (Talk)
Hosted by the Department of Information Systems, D2.0.038, 16:30 – 18:30
Jan 26 2016, Vienna

Blockchain & Smart Contracts (Talk)
January 7, 2016, Betahaus, Berlin

Vienna University of Economics
Department of Information Systems (Workshop
Dec 21 2015, Vienna

BlockchainHub Roundtable
Hosted by European Forum Alpbach with Masha McConaghy (, Philippe Narvale (Forum Alpbach), Gavin Wood (Ethereum), Joerg Platzer (Room77, Bundesverband Bitcoin & Author of ‘Bitcoin kurz & gut’), Shermin Voshmgir (BlockchainHub)
Berlin, 12 October 2015

Blockchain & The Future of Democracy (Talk)
10 October 2015, Berlin


Deutsche Welle: Made in Germany – Shermin Voshmgir and Blockchain
Thompson Reuters: Implications of Blockchain Technology
Wall Street Journal: Bitcoin finds a home in cash loving Germany
Venture Beat: Before you read in a Blockchian startup read this Editorial: Can you trust the Blockchain and remove the middle man?
Quartz: One Berlin startup wants to make sharing your data as easy as sharing your money
Refinery29: Demexco Conference – Leadership Advice for future female Leaders 
Materials Magazine

Bilanz: Institut für Kryptoökonomie, Shermin Voshmgir erforscht an der WU…
Merton Magazin: Kann Blockchain die Wissenschaft verbessern?
Die Presse: Bitcoin ist keine Währung
Der Standard – Mit Blockchains das alte System sprengen
Die Zeit: Die digitale Nomadin
Absatzwirtschaft: Bitcoin war gestern, jetzt folgt die Token Ökonomie
Die Pressse: Bitcoin ist wie email in den 90ern
Der Standard: Mit Blockchain das alte System Sprengen Shermin Voshmgir vom Forschungsinstitut für Kryptoökonomie
Sürdirol News: Blockchain Hype oder Revolution
BRZ: Der Gläserne Mensch – Alpbach Edition
Trending Topics
Frankfurter Allgemeine Quaterly: Die Weltverbesserer
Trending Topics
Wienerin: Kryptoökonomie
Gewinn: Shermin Voshmgir
Encore: Forschungsmagazin des Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft 
Die Presse
WU Magazin
RBB Inforadio
WIRED Germany
Das Netz Online
Heise Online
Digital Present Tagesspiegel
UDL Digital

Nexxworks: Three takeaways from Medialaans Innovation Conference
Bloovi: Blockchain brengt ons de volgend generatie internet het gedecentraliseerde we

Le Temps: La consommation intensive d’énergie dans la blockchain n’est pas une fatalité


In Production: Book, Token Economy, O’Reilly, tbe 2019
In Production: Intro Chapter, Rechtshandbuch Smart Contracts, Beck Verlag, März 2019
Business Purpose Design, Book Contribution,  Monica Smith, Shermin Voshmgir, et al., 2018
Krypto Economy, Book Contribution, Conversations on the Digital Era, Andrea Bauer, Shermin Voshmgir, et al., 2017
Hidden Values, Book Contribution, Die Währungen der Zukunft, Kapitel: Token Ökonomie, published by CREATIVE.NRW, April 2018
Blockchain Handbook, BlockchainHub, Shermin Voshmgir, Valentin Kalinov, 2017
Blockchain, Smart Contracts und das Dezentrale Web, Technologiestiftung Berlin, Shermin Voshmgir, 2016
Blockchain, Eine Technologie mit Disruptivem Character, Journal Chapter, Identitätsmanagement, published by Gesellschaft für Informatik, 2018
Disrupting organizations with Blockchain, Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Shermin Voshmgir, 2017,
Shermin Voshmgir on Medium, 2016 – ongoing


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