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Charitable Giving in a Digital World

  • Oct 5, 2016 · 6:30 PM
  • ewz-Unterwerk Selnau

PRO TIP: install a Bitcoin wallet. We will be testing "reverse donations" ;)

Charitable Giving in a Digital World

In 2015, 38.7mn people donated USD6.6bn to charities through PayPal and 23% of these were on mobile devices. This year Paypal has incorporated a donate-button directly in their mobile app. Recently the Harvard Business Review's Franz Paasche opined on the use of fintech to embed "social purpose into everyday activities."

In Switzerland, we see Swisscom with it's digital crowd-fund-raising platform and the Swiss Red Cross taking active strides. Fintech, Mobile Tech and even Blockchain are increasingly making a positive impact, on both personal and corporate levels, to acts of charity. 

Our friends at Kickstart Accelerator are providing the stage and we are joined by the blockchain-charitable-giving-company HelperBit to learn about the next generation of digital tools in this space. Each of the three participants will last 10-20minutes to to present their views on the impact and challenges of tech in their organizations’ activities. We will wrap up with a 10minute panel Q&A. 

The presentation is open to the public. *Refreshments* will be sponsored by Bitcoin Suisse and Kickstart Accelerator, so if you plan to attend please RSVP by Tuesday, 4 October. 


Marcin Nikolajuk, Head of Web Office at Swiss Red Cross

Guido Baroncini Turricchia, Founder at

Gregor Widmer, Community Manager at Swisscom

Paolo Del Ponte, Co-Founder Project-Aqua at Kickstart Accelerator 

About & Websites: 

Swisscom -

Swiss Red Cross -

Helperbit -

Project Aqua -

HBR Article -


Stage & "Après Beers" by Kickstart-Accelerator and Bitcoin Suisse


Marcin Nikolajuk holds a CS Masters degree from the Vienna University of Technology. With extensive professional experience in software engineering, R&D and technical leadership in various industries, Marcin is author of several scientific publications in the areas of Semantic Web and End-User Development. Since 2015, he leads the digital team at the Swiss Red Cross.

Gregor Widmer is a Digital Business Masters student at the HWZ Zürich. With more than 20 years digital experience in the finance and insurance industries, Gregor is a Product Manager for Crowdfunding and Community Manager for LetsHelp.CH at Swisscom.  

Guido Baroncini Turricchia  is Environmental Engineer, expert in GIS and Remote Sensing, Blockchain enthusiast. During the last 3 years he focused his attention to the diffusion of blockchain technology mainly in Italy. He co-founded Bitcoin Foundation Italia and Guido is partner in Coin Capital and currently leading the team.

Paolo Del Ponte is an entrepreneur in the current cohort of Kickstart Accelerator with his Project-Aqua. He is a graduate of the University of St.Gallen.

See you there! 

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  • Guido

    Warm people

    3 · October 6

  • Dario

    ALL - Thank you for participating in this Meetup. I'd be keen to see pictures you might have taken of the event (slides, speakers, whatever). I'd also be interested in your critique so we can improve the process.

    Lastly, I'd like to hear from you about any *themes* for future Bitcoin / Blockchain Meetup.

    wish you all a great Thursday ;)

    3 · October 6

  • Marcin N.

    Many thanks for the invite and for your interest.

    3 · October 5

  • Dario

    Tomorrow I'll be putting some QRcodes up on the screen during the introduction and panel Q&A ... those of you in the audience (with know-how and speed) will have a chance to "sweep" the private keys.

    How cool is that ?


    No QRcode here, but you can practice with this key ... who's paying attention ?

    3 · October 4

  • Dario

    PRO-TIP: make sure you have a Bitcoin wallet installed on your phone :)

    2 · October 4

  • Dario

    Can any of you, the attending, contact Matthias Pfander of the Tages Anzeiger and/or Yvonne Helbe of the NZZ ... and *invite* them to Meetup ??

    Or pass me their deets ;)

    Thanks in advance

    October 3

  • Valerie

    I am really sorry I can't make this event. I think it's a great application. If anyone is talking notes, please send my way. Thank you!

    October 2

  • Demelza H.

    Wish I could come but my Dad is visiting from Florida that week :)

    September 23

    • Dario

      D - bring him with you. Lucas is spending the beers ;)

      2 · September 23

  • Lucas B.

    Thanks a lot for organizing Dario!
    Bitcoin and charity fits perfectly together :)

    2 · September 23

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