Democracy4all is the third annual international conference. This year, it takes place in Barcelona at Casa Llotja de Mar, one of the city’s most significant landmarks on November 11th & 12th. This historic site will bring together talent, experts, and policymakers to analyze and plan advances in technology and regulation from different perspectives.

What makes this event unique is the use of blockchain as a tool for democratic improvement, including different aspects of social, corporate, and individual governance. With this orientation, the organizers set the event apart as people-oriented. While the business aspect of blockchain is still important, Democracy4all emphasizes how it can improve society’s wellbeing.

D4A also transforms Catalonia into a two-day hub for political actors and institutions that would not have the opportunity to cooperate otherwise. This speeds up the dialogue between government representatives, developers, and emerging projects.

Like all previous events, Democracy4all will follow “12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance set by the Council of Europe”:

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    Efficiency and Effectiveness
  4. 4
    Openness and Transparency
  5. 5
    Rule of Law
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    Ethical Conduct
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    Competence and Capacity
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    Innovation and Openness to Change
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    Sustainability and Long-Term Orientation
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    Sound Financial Management
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    Human rights, Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion
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These rules serve as a reference point for measuring and improving the quality of political and social governance and how it is delivered to citizens. Local governors are already using blockchain technology as a fundamental instrument.

Top-3 Speakers

John W.H. Denton

John W.H. Denton

Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Jordi Puigneró

Jordi Puigneró

Vice-President & Minister of Digital Policies and Territory of Catalonia
Pēteris Zilgavis

Pēteris Zilgavis

J.D., Head of Unit, Digital Innovation & Blockchain 
DG CONNECT, European Commission

All Speakers

  • Mònica Roca, President of Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce
  • Xavier Gasia, Partner & Director of Blockchain Practice at AddVANTE
  • Dani Marco, Director General for Innovation and Digital Economy, Government of Catalonia
  • Cathy Mulligan, ERA BIG Chair and Director of DCentral at Instituto Técnico Superior
  • Dieter Brockmeyer, Innovation and TIME Industry Expert, Co-Founder Diplomatic World Institute
  • Carles Agustí, International Professor and Governance Consultant and Sustainable Development Goals Manager
  • Dr. Jane Thomason, Founder of Supernova Data & Author of Frontier Technology for Social Impact Thought Leader
  • Ignasi Mas, Independent Consultant, Expert in digital money and financial inclusion in developing countries
  • Michael Donaldson, Digital Innovation Commissioner at Barcelona City Hall

Why You Should Attend

  • Startup pitching: Willing participants will have 2-5 minutes to pitch their ideas in front of VCs or angel investors. To help communicate the idea, you will be provided with information on relevant challenges and topics.
  • Roundtables: Roundtable discussions will be held in a hybrid model - online and offline. Organizations will be grouped together in a way that effectively contrasts different jurisdictions and generates a sharp debate.
  • Hackathon: This is one of the new activities. Different groups of developers from various sectors will design their own solutions for a political or governance topic. Participants can collaborate with each other and the D4A Team.
  • Dinners and cocktail parties: Over the course of the conference, the networking opportunities will include two VIP dinners and three cocktail parties. Those will be held after the main conference hours with some of the most influential figures in tech policy as well as VCs, business representatives, and other guests.


The agenda for D4A 2021 will be published soon.

Panels at previous events:

  • Blockchain for Law Enforcement: Problems and Solutions
  • Crypto Assets Regulations: the Rules of the Game
  • Enabling Role of Blockchain in Digital Pass Framework
  • Piloting First COVID Pass Powered by Blockchain from Girona

All previous events are available online.


  • Generalitat de Catalunya, Vicepresidència, Polítiques Digitals i Territori
  • Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona
  • i2CAT Foundation
  • The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Vocdoni
  • Digital4 Foundation
  • European Blockchain Observatory and Forum


Democracy4All is a set of conferences and networking spaces that advance discussions around blockchain applications. Since 2019, these events feature speakers from different fields, administrations, and companies. Participants can share new ways of engaging with the community and deliver new ways of working with blockchain technology.

The Democracy4All project is funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER). The goal of the project is centered around developing innovative systems and enhancing democracy in less developed or developing economies.

Media Partners

  • CryptoNewsZ
  • Observatorio Blockchain
  • Territorio Blockchain
  • Hola Blockchain
  • BeInCrypto
  • ICO Holder
  • Block Tides
  • Bitcoin Trading

Jack Evans

I became a crypto asset owner in 2014, when the industry was in its infancy. Before that, I was working in the classic US and European stock markets. Since then, I have gained extensive experience in both cryptocurrency investing and day trading. I am happy to share with readers my experience with crypto exchanges, DeFi and NFT instruments.

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