Media Arts and Design | Blockchain Conference 2020 (Online: May 2-3, 2020 hosted by Drexel University)

Update. 04/14/2020:

Media Arts and Design | Blockchain Conference 2020 (May 2-3, 2020 @ Drexel University – 100 % online):
Drexel University’s Department of Digital Media, supported by the Education Arcade @ MIT, the LIVE LAB @ Texas A&M, the Department for Arts and Cultural Sciences @ Donau-Universität Krems and the Conceptualising Blockchain group @ University of Vaasa is organising a conference & anthology on the usage of Blockchain technologies in the fields of Media Arts and Design. The conference will be hosted online (due to COVID-19) by the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia on the weekend of May 2-3, 2020.

Register as participant:

Schedule:  TimeSchedule V 1.6 – 020520 – Drexel Conference (PDF; date: 02.05.2020)

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GMT -5 GMT -4 GMT +2 GMT +3 Speaker Topic
06:30 07:30 13:30 14:30 LOGIN TO ZOOM
07:00 08:00 14:00 15:00 Michael Wagner Welcome Words
07:10 08:10 14:10 15:10 Nicholas Jushchyshyn Introduction of Drexel Media Program
07:20 08:20 14:20 15:20 Scot Osterweil Introduction of the MIT Education Arcade
07:30 08:30 14:30 15:30 André Thomas Introduction of the Texas A&M Live Lab
07:40 08:40 14:40 15:40 Alesja Serada Introduction of the Conceptualising Blockchain group at Vaasa University
07:50 08:50 14:50 15:50 Christine Rigler & Natalie Denk Introduction of the Department for Arts and Cultural Sciences at Donau Universität Krems
08:00 09:00 15:00 16:00 Alexander Pfeiffer A short explanation about blockchain technologies to non-experts.
08:30 09:30 15:30 16:30 Invited talk: Joshua Ellul Introducing the specifics of Ethereum to non-blockchain-experts
09:00 10:00 16:00 17:00 Invited talk: Lior Yaffe NXT/Ardor: What the pure PoS pioneers can offer to the media & arts community.
10:30 – 10:45 (GMT – 4) BREAK
09:45 10:45 16:45 17:45 Selected Keynote I: Julia Staudach The Logbook Token, a diary on Blockchain
10:20 11:20 17:20 18:20 Corrado Andriani Jr. Ardor.Rocks: Social Network made different.
Introducing: The Conference Blo(ck)g of Abstracts
10:40 11:40 17:40 18:40 John Larsson


Fight Against Counterfeinting in Media and Arts
11:00 12:00 18:00 19:00 Selected Keynote II: Nemanja Avramovic Introducing Cryptic Legends  – a Hero-Manager on Blockchain
11:35 12:35 18:35 19:35 Ernst Gebetsroither Hot City: Gamification as a means of generating data for energy-oriented neighbourhood planning
11:55 12:55 18:55 19:55 Thomas Staudacher Strategic opportunities and risks of blockchain technologies in the gambling industry
12:15 13:15 19:15 20:15 End of the first day
06:30 07:30 13:30 14:30 LOGIN TO ZOOM
07:00 08:00 14:00 15:00 Ana Santiso Introducing the first game of Tarasca DAO: “Mythical creatures of the world”
07:20 08:20 14:20 15:20 Alexander Pfeiffer Blockchain and the gaming industry: an overview
07:40 08:40 14:40 15:40 Selected Keynote III: Lloyd Donelan, Nick Muniz and Michael Black Gallery-Defender: Serious Game & Assessment on Blockchain
08:15 09:15 15:15 16:15 Jürgen Hobarth Collection Games 2020: How Major Sports Leagues bet on Non-Fungible Tokens
08:35 09:35 15:35 16:35 Thomas Wernbacher Why (open) blockchains will win in the end: Findings on the success of networks in the fields of sociology, psychology, arts & biology.
08:55 09:55 15:55 16:55 Selected Keynote IV: Andreas Humpel Crypto Wiener Most Leiwande Collectibles
09:30 10:30 16:30 17:30 Bernhard Nessler On the project AbstractBlocks
10:50 – 11:00 (GMT – 4) BREAK
10:00 11:00 17:00 18:00 Daniel Kraft Scalable and Fully Decentralised Blockchain Games
10:30 11:30 17:30 18:30 Tuomas J. Harviainen Blockchain games: Implications beyond User Adoption
11:00 12:00 18:00 19:00 Oliver J. Scholten Gambling and Crypto-Games: Mechanics and Definitions
11:30 12:30 18:30 19:30 Alesja Serada The Fair Game and the Fair Price on a Peer to Peer Market
Closing Words
12:00 13:00 19:00 20:00 Michael Wagner, Alexander Pfeiffer, Alesja Serada, André Thomas & Natalie Denk Closing Words
12:10 13:10 19:10 20:10 Debriefing of the origanization committee and speakers who want to actively participate in the discussion.

Update. 02/29/2020:

In order to deal with the current situation of the corona virus spread as rationally as possible, the origination committee has decided to offer a hybrid format of the conference and thus allow e-presentations as well as e-attendance at the conference. As there will be no workshops on day 2, as originally planned, we would like to extend the Call for Participation until 03.14.2020. and in this way offer additional e-presentations on the 2nd conference day.

Alexander Pfeiffer, in his function as PostDoc Fellow at the CMS/w Department, initiated the following conference together with Prof. Michael Wagner from Drexel University and Prof. André Thomas from TAMU. Alexander is pleased to announce the call for participation here:

Media Arts and Design | Blockchain Conference 2020 (May 2-3, 2020 @ Drexel University)

Call for participation

Drexel University’s Department of Digital Media, supported by The Education Arcade @ MIT and the LIVE LAB @ Texas A&M, is organising a conference & anthology on the usage of Blockchain technologies in the fields of Media Arts and Design. The conference will be hosted by the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia on the weekend of May 2-3, 2020.

Scientists, scene experts and specialists from academia and industry are cordially invited to submit proposals for delivering a talk or workshop with the option to contribute a chapter to the
planned anthology.

Suggested topics include:

  • Blockchain in Digital Games: “Games Industry & Blockchain”, “Blockchain & Serious Games”, “Blockchain & E-Sports”, “Collectible Games”, “Gamification in Blockchain Systems”
  • Blockchain in Interactive Digital Media: “Social Media & Blockchain”, “Attention Economy”, “Self-Sovereign Identity”
  • Blockchain in VR & Immersive Media: “Hybrid Economies” – connecting virtual items to tangible assets, “Immersive Blockchain Education”, “Blockchain & VR/AR Hardware Development”
  • Blockchain in Media Arts and Design: Applications of Blockchain technologies in all areas of Media Arts and Design.
  • Miscellaneous: All topics that have not yet been mentioned but are a proper fit for the conference.

Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 71-1A10F | Tel: 215.895.2386 | Fax: 215.895.4917

Submission procedure

  1. Please send a proposal of max. 3000 characters, an abstract of 350 characters, and your profile to by March 14, 2020. Please specify the intended
    format (20 min talk, 60min workshop) and whether you plan to contribute a scientific text to the anthology. Please note that there will be no remuneration for the proposals, the delivered talks or the final book-chapter after acceptance.
  2. After the submission deadline the conference-chairs and reviewers will make decisions about the acceptance of the proposals by March 31, 2020. The selection process will be a
    group review by the chairs of the conference and selected experts according to the panel topics.
  3. The top four submissions will be selected as keynote speakers of the conference.
  4. If your abstract is accepted and you decided to contribute for the anthology, you will be asked to submit your final article by June 30, 2020. The anthology is intended to be published at the end of 2020.

As Blockchain technology is still perceived to be at its infancy we aim to create an anthology that is understandable and readable for non technical professionals. The final articles are intended for the transfer of knowledge to the interested public, not especially for research purposes. Use language that is easy to understand and avoid abbreviations. Please keep texts as short as possible, but as long as necessary.

You are welcome to add screenshots or graphics. Make sure that gender identities are adequately represented in language. Prepare secured knowledge and discuss controversial positions if
necessary. Please do not write advertising texts for a product. Further instructions for authors and a detailed template will follow.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We wish you every success and look forward to your contribution!

Download Call: Media Arts and Design Blockchain Conference 2020

About Alexander Pfeiffer

Alexander Pfeiffer is recipient of a Max Kade Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Academy of Science to work at MIT with The Education Arcade. His research focus as a postdoctoral fellow is on blockchain technologies and their impact on game-based education and learning assessment. Before joining MIT, Alexander headed the center for applied game studies at Danube-University Krems, Austria, for eight years. He is also co-founder of the Austrian-based tech start-up Picapipe GmbH and the Malta-based B & P Emerging Technologies Consultancy Lab Ltd. He holds a doctorate and a social and economic sciences degree (mag.rer.soc.oec) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Master of Arts from Danube-University Krems, and an Executive MBA from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage. Besides this particular research his fields of interests are e-sports, media studies, emerging technologies, game studies and binge-watching TV series.


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