Guardtime is a systems engineering company, engaged in R&D in hash-based cryptography and distributed ledger technologies. It focuses on building core technology and value-added solutions that provide real-time situational awareness into the integrity state of electronic systems and data. Guardtime is one of the world’s leading blockchain technology companies, with its core technology KSI® Blockchain in production since 2008.

The KSI® blockchain stack enables its customers to know, and be able to forensically prove whether any part of their systems or stored electronic data and logs has been changed, either by insiders, external actors, or technical malfunction. It provides a mathematically tamper-evident audit trail and evidence for post-incident investigations, establishing who, what and when with forensic precision. 

Guardtime’s international R&D division - with its hub in Estonia - is a team of cryptographers, researchers, engineers, scientists and analysts, with qualifications in both foundational and applied research. Guardtime is devoted to building breakthrough technologies and applications in cryptography and computer sciences.

With over 40 patents granted since 2007 and more pending, Guardtime has a proven track record in transforming foundational research into practical solutions, covering a number of research areas with practical use-cases for the government, military, healthcare, life sciences, finance, and supply chain, to name a few.

IBM Research – Zurich  is one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. IBM has maintained a research laboratory in Switzerland since 1956. As the first European branch of IBM Research, the mission of the IBM Research – Zurich Lab, in addition to pursuing cutting-edge research for tomorrow’s information technology, is to cultivate close relationships with academic and industrial partners, be one of the premier places to work for world-class researchers, to promote women in IT and science, and to help drive Europe’s innovation agenda.

University of Tartu (UT)* is the oldest and largest Estonian University (17000 students and 1800 academic staff) and the highest-ranked University in the Baltic States according both to the Times Higher Education and the QS World University rankings. UT’s Institute of Computer Science has 80 academic and research staff and 60 PhD students. It conducts research in the fields of software engineering, distributed systems, cryptography, theoretical computer science, data science, programming languages and natural language processing.

*UT excited the consortium in 2019.

Eindhoven University of Technology is a leading international university specialising in engineering science & technology. TUE con- tributes through excellent teaching and research to progress in the technical sciences, to the development of technological innovations and as a result to the growth of welfare and well-being, both within its own region (technology and innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond it. TUE was founded in 1956 to give a vital boost to the economy in the South East of the Netherlands. This is still one of the primary objectives.

Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting OÜ is a private company established in 2014 and dedicated to the development of online voting systems. The company is owned by Smartmatic, world leader in the automation of elections, and Cybernetica AS, the Estonian R&D intensive ICT company that built the online voting system used in Estonia.

University of Salerno is among the largest and most important universities in the south of Italy with more than 40.000 students, and rewarded by an increasing progress in recent national and international rankings. The origins of the University go back to the VIII century AD thanks to the foundation of the celebrated Salerno medical school, an authoritative, prestigious, sanitary institution, which remained important throughout the whole Medieval Age.

 GRNET is the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology for Greece, providing network connectivity to all universities and research centres in Greece, and also connecting the Greek academia with the GEANT pan-European network. GRNET has also provided computational resources, first in the form of Grid computing and more recently with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing. In particular, GRNET has developed and provides as a production service okeanos , an open source computing and storage cloud infrastructure that services more than 8000 users providing more than 9000 virtual machines.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Its international character is reflected in its international student population, international staff and in its joint research and other links with overseas universities, institutes, companies and governments. The University is the leading research university in Scotland and is amongst the top five in the United Kingdom. According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework some 83% of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), — which are classified as “world leading” or “internationally excellent.” Edinburgh research in Computer Science and Informatics was rated the best in the UK, based on breadth and quality of research. UEDIN has a strong focus on bridging the gap between research and innovation, and has been responsible for the formation of more spin-out companies that any other UK university in the past five years. 

GUNET was founded in 2000 and its members are all the Universities and Higher Technological Education Institutes (TEI) in Greece (20 Universities and 16 TEI). The mission of the company is to promote, facilitate and coordinate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), services and applications in the Greek academic community.

Input Output Research (I.O. Research) is a Cyprus based European subsidiary of Input Output HK Limited (IOHK). IOHK is an international research and engineering company focused on blockchain protocol design and development. It is a leader in the blockchain sector and develops blockchains and cryptocurrencies for government entities, research institutions and private corporations. The vision for IO Research is to be a leading institution in the academic study of blockchain and to establish a reputation for tackling difficult research questions and for building a strong foundation in the blockchain industry.