The Challenge

Present a blockchain/DLT (distributed ledger technology reference model for clinical trials application. The reference model must include either a private, public or hybrid application using a distributed ledger technology.

When designing your white board please be sure to take into account the following:  Who, What, Where, Why, and How

  • Understand the problem the blockchain/DLT will solve
  • Understand who will be the users of the technology
  • Present a detail record of how the users would use the technology
  • Sketch the reference model flow

Challenge Goal: All accepted whiteboards will put on display during the Blockchain for Clinical Trials Forum on 12 February 2018. Sketch of the white board will feature an attached one-page synopsis by the author. Attendees will get to vote throughout the day on their favorite white board. Authors have the option to present their ideas to attendees during the evening reception. Winner of the white board challenge will be invited to lead a collaborate on a paper and/or lead a work stream for technical standards in the application.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The submitted white board must be original piece of work.
  2. The white board is to include a schematic diagram of the blockchain referenced model as it relates to an application within clinical trials operations.
  3. All of the following files must be submitted for consideration:
    1. White board design of a public, private or hybrid blockchain for clinical trials reference model
    2. 1 page (max) synopsis of the design
    3. A paper or presentation outlining the problem, why the reference and how the reference model will solve it, who are the intended users of the model, where the application makes the most significant impact, the considerations and challenges yet to be resolved, and what will it take for users to embrace this model.
    4. Full contact information (name, affiliation/organization, job title (ie. student, professor, etc) postal address, email address, telephone, website (if available). [Only author name, title and affiliation we will publicly published with the white board)
  4. Accepted file format. All files must be submitted in PDF with embedded images and fonts.
  5. White Board Schematic dimensions: 30”(w) x 24” (h); background must be white
  6. Synopsis and full paper may be submitted in standard US Legal Size (8 1/2” x 11”)
  7. Submission deadline: 12 January 2018

The Acceptance Process

  • All submissions will be reviewed by the Blockchain for Clinical Trials SME Insights Member
  • Accepted white boards will be posted on the Blockchain for Clincial Trials Program website including author(s) name, title, and affiliation
  • Accepted submissions will be invited to attend the Blockchain for Clinical Trials Forum on 12 February 2018 to present their white board (registration will be complimentary)
  • Winner (by majority vote of attendees) will be invited to either co-author an IEEE-SA Blockchain for Clinical Trials White Paper or lead a workstream on recommendations for technical standards on a blockchain application for clinical trials


Please contact Maria Palombini,

Remember: Submissions are Due Before 12 January 2018

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