New training on Developments on Social Economy

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This year FEBEA is proud to launch a new series of trainings, the first one will take place on the 28th of April, analysing New Developments in Social Finance.

Please find all the information and the programme here:

  • Cost of the training: 100.00 € + VAT (for non-members) – FEBEA members: free.
  • Modality: online only
  • Language: English
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The training

We can expect that technological advancements will continue to transform many aspects of our lives. How can blockchain technology or artificial intelligence be of use of the Social Economy and ethical finance? 

Both technologies have seen their cycles of hype and decline in the past.

Even if blockchain technology is primarily known for cryptocurrencies, its decentralised, secure and transparent nature makes it ideal for a range of applications in the finance sector but also the wider social economy based on smart contracts.

Artificial intelligence is a concept which enables machines to learn from data and experience, and perform tasks that traditionally required human intelligence. It currently receives a lot of attention around the large language models and image creators. However, finance is a natural fit as it involves numerous variables and either risk or return as an outcome. 

This workshop is designed to explore the potential of blockchain and AI in contributing to the growth of ethical finance and the social economy. The session will include a real-life case study from a FEBEA member that demonstrates how blockchain technology is being used in the social economy. The case study will provide insights into the practical application of blockchain in promoting transparency, accountability, and trust in social enterprises. 


Francesco Longo  received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Messina, Italy, where he is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers in international journals and conferences. His main research interests include: analytical modelling and performance evaluation; reliability and availability of distributed systems; Grid and Cloud computing; Internet of Things and Fog/Edge computing and their applications in the context of Smart Cities; blockchain technologies and their use for IoT, Cloud, and Fog/Edge computing. He is one of the co-founder of SmartMe.IO Srl, an academic spinoff of the University of Messina focusing on transforming the advances of scientific research in the IoT field into solutions available on the market. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Horcynus Orca Foundation and of the Messina Evolved Social District. 


Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl works at the European Center for Social Finance, which delivers Technical Assistance services on behalf of FEBEA. He has an engineering background and started his career in investment banking. Wolfgang has been active in the field of social finance since 2009. His current main interests are emerging new technologies and their intersection with social and environmental objectives.

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