Topics of interest | Submission guidelines | Important dates | Organizers and Chairs | Program Committee

The introduction of bitcoin protocol in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto has been a disruptive event that marked the beginning of the new era of decentralization in information systems worldwide. After a ten years period of incubation the more comprehensive version of technology is mature enough to become the fully-fledged architecture being the basis for numerous applications from broad range of industries. One of Its traits of being third-party independent make the blockchain platforms a first choice for innovative business models and startups. So far the focus on technologies around blockchain was mainly the domain of innovators, enthusiast and early-adopters. Although the developments in the field is closely observed by the academia there is relatively little research forums concerned purely with distributed ledger phenomenon.

The first International workshop on Blockchain and Smart Contract Technologies (BSCT), co-located with 21st International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2018) being held in Berlin, Germany is planned to be such a forum. It will be the platform bringing together practitioners and researchers to create an open space for introducing insights and exchanging new ideas. The workshop aims at investigating challenges and opportunities in the field of blockchain technologies and its future developments. Additionally, it will pay a special attention to issues related to blockchain architectures and applications as well as innovative business models and use-cases based on distributed ledger environments.

The workshop is open to any research or position papers describing current work relating to blockchain and smart contracts technologies with respect to applications, analysis, simulation results, proof-of-concept or innovative solution approaches.

Topics of interest

  • Anomaly detection on blockchain
  • Assessment of consensus protocols
  • Asset digitization
  • Blockchain and Big Data
  • Blockchain economic implications
  • Blockchain performance
  • Blockchain vulnerabilities and attacks schemes
  • Consensus protocols
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • DAO & Governance
  • Data protection issues and blockchain
  • Development and runtime environments
  • Distributed ledger & IoT solutions
  • Distributed ledger analytics
  • Distributed ledger impact on economy and society
  • Financial aspects of ICO
  • General use of blockchain technologies
  • ICO
  • Identity management in anonymous environments
  • Industry applications (fintech, healthcare, insurances, fraud detection, supply chain etc)
  • Innovative approaches and paradigms
  • Ledger legal regulations
  • Legal and organizational issues of blockchain
  • Macro and microeconomic models for cryptocurrencies
  • Performance measures of blockchain
  • Programming techniques for smart contracts
  • Security and privacy concerns
  • Smart contracts
  • Smart contracts deployment and maintenance
  • Smart contracts testing
  • System consistency

Submission guidelines

  • Long papers: max. 12 pages
  • Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages
  • Demo papers: max. 4 pages

Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP template

Submission system is available at EasyChair.

Papers approved for presentation at BSCT 2018 will be published in BIS 2018 workshop post-conference proceedings, as a volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series. BIS 2018 Workshops proceedings will be distributed to workshop participants by regular mail.
Workshop papers will be made available in electronic form by the BIS organizers to all workshop participants (and only to them) directly before the conference.

Important dates

  • May 27, 2018 – submission deadline
  • June 18, 2018 – notification of acceptance/rejection
  • June 25, 2018 – submission of final papers (for presentation)
  • July 18-20, 2018 – the workshop

Organizers and Chairs



  • Saulius Masteika, University of Vilno, Lithuania
  • Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Piotr Stolarski, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Program Committee

To be announced…