The ATARCA consortium represents transdisciplinary research and innovation at it’s finest: Aalto as a leading university in design, business, engineering and technology, Streamr as an experienced early stage commercialiser of token technology, Novact with experience in innovative social experiments (including REC), Demos as a think tank with expertise in research and policy impact, and Qbit as innovators in social economies. The balance of academic, SME and NGO partners provide an ideal environment for the creativity, knowledge and practical skills needed to meet the challenges raised by ATARCA.


Over the past 10 years, Aalto University has become one of the leading new Universities in Europe known for its advanced research and entrepreneurial culture. The current living strategy of the university emphasizes themes of sustainability, radical creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Aalto is comprised of six schools: School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Chemical Technology, School of Business, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, and School of Science. Aalto is participating through four departments located at three different schools, as described below.

The Department of Communications and Networking (COMNET) in the School of Electrical Engineering is the largest research department in Finnish universities in this area. COMNET researches a broad spectrum of topics related to future mobile and internet technologies, ubiquitous computing, energy efficient internet, and techno-economics. In 2019, Aalto was ranked number 22 in the world and number 4 in Europe in Telecom Engineering in the Shanghai University subject ranking.

The Department of Management Studies in the School of Business educates strategic leaders with a strong ethical mindset for contemporary global business environments. Research activity is organised around five disciplines: organisation and management, international business, entrepreneurship, philosophy of management and organisational communication. The School of Business holds a Triple Crown status (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Association of MBAs, and The European Quality Improvement System–AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) — an honor held by only few business schools worldwide.

The Department of Accounting in the School of Business is the leading accounting department in Finland. The research activities in the department are focused around four main areas: management accounting, financial accounting, corporate governance, and auditing. The department’s research profile is versatile in nature and members of the department rely on a number of qualitative, quantitative, and experimental research methods to explore and inform business relevant issues in all areas of accounting.

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management in the School of Science focuses on creating new scientific knowledge for establishing new businesses and technology-driven transformation of large and small firms and of entire industries. DIEM ties together theory-driven and problem-oriented research as the basis for educating future managers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and scientists able to meet global challenges in technology-based business.

Key personnel

Prof. Pekka Nikander

Professor of Practice

Professor Nikander has over 30 years of research and software development expertise. He is the founder of Nixu Ltd., today a leading computer and network security consultant company in Finland listed at Nasdaq OMX Nordic. Early in his career, he led Nixu for over 10 years, followed by another 10 years at various leadership roles at Ericsson Research, followed by 6 years in six different start-up companies, before being nominated as a professor at Aalto in 2017. Prof. Nikander is first and foremost a generalist in ICT. He has 30 years of experience, both at personal and at group-leadership level, on architecting, designing, and implementing secure and scalable distributed and decentralised systems, including protocol stacks. He has written some half a million lines of code, authored or co-authored over 100 refereed scientific articles, with almost 10000 citations,  and is the inventor or a co-inventor in some 20 priority patents.

Prof. Vikash Kumar Sinha

Assistant professor of accounting

Professor Sinha is an expert in risk management and internal auditing. Vikash holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics and Management from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico Di Milano. Vikash’s research focuses on practices, standards, regulation and digital transformations (such as DLTs) of accounting and audit activities, especially risk management, internal audit, and corporate governance. His research specifically covers institutional, social, organisational and ethical aspects of accounting and auditing activities. In his academic pursuits, Vikash also draws on his 8+ years of experience in Management and Technology consulting focusing on Operational Automation, Financial Assessment, Transaction Advisory, and Risk Management for clients in Banking & Financial Services. 

Prof. Sinha a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Dr. Sonja M. Amadae

University lecturer

Dr. Amadae is an expert on political economy and computational forms of governance.Dr. Amadae’s current research at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford analyses neoliberal forms of capitalism which are characterised by highly inequitable distributional outcomes.  She is conducting research on the Nordic Model of political economy as an alternative to the deregulated global movement of capitalism which has little regard for the inclusive flourishing of local communities and diverse constituencies.  Dr. Amadae’s experience with algorithmic governance includes the role of computational forms of rationality in public policy, and the cybersecurity risks of automated decision systems in nuclear command and control.

Dr. Amadae’s successful projects include the award-winning book Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2003, over 650 citations); and Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2016, over 100 citations).  Together these texts lay the basis for a paradigm change in political economic practices away from the hyper-individualism of strategic rationality to social forms of team reasoning and shared meaning-making. This research respects the important roles of advanced digital technologies for facilitating social exchange and governance, and also helps us to recognise its limitations for facilitating the sustainable and open access regeneration of culture and civilisation.  She is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Dr. Ville Eloranta

University lecturer

Dr. Eloranta is an expert in business model innovation (ecosystem-level and platform business models), design management (connecting design paradigms to management practice), and transdisciplinary higher education.

Dr. Eloranta works in Aalto University, School of Business, and teaches future transdisciplinary professionals in the International Design Business Management program, and business executives in Aalto Executive Education. He is also involved in the development of Network University FItech: a transformative education endeavour of 7 biggest Finnish universities, Technology Industries of Finland, and TEK). In addition, Dr. Eloranta develops UNITE! – University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering, which educates a new generation of European students in science, technology and engi­neering, transcending the traditional engineering education, with an entrepreneurial mind­set.

Before joining academia, Dr. Eloranta worked nearly 20 years as a service designer and programmer, and design agency entrepreneur (founder of a 30-person company in 3 countries), solving digitalisation challenges especially for big B2B customers.

Dr. Eloranta is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Dr. Esko Hakanen

ATARCA Project Manager, Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Hakanen has enjoyed a short but successful career in academia. His dissertation work, which focused on the effect of digital transformation on the business models of technology industry firms, was submitted for pre-examination less than two years after starting his postgraduate studies. As a vindication of the practical relevance of his research, he won the Pöyry Megatrend challenge in 2018 with the ideas presented in his thesis. During his short academic career, he has already published his work in an FT45-listed journal. 

With his colleagues, he already has an extensive background in the complex interplay of the business models between the firm and the ecosystem, and he will continue that research avenue in this project. 

Dr. Hakanen has a multidisciplinary background that he has actively utilised in his research career. Having a master’s degree in Materials Science has proven particularly useful for studying the business models change in the metals and mining industry. Dr. Hakanen is also affiliated with the Aalto Design factory. He has an H-index of 6. He is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Ulriikka Järvihaavisto

Doctoral candidate

Ulriikka Järvihaavisto is a Doctoral candidate at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University. She will be defending her thesis during 2021. Her research focuses on the formation and orchestration of platform ecosystems. She is especially interested in organisational identity change in digital transformation. Her current research context includes industrial platform ecosystems as well as Google’s innovation ecosystem. In this project, she will explore the governance of decentralised platform ecosystems and study the organisational adoption of business models for anti-rival goods.

Her research work has been awarded with the Strategy Prize 2018 by the Strategic Management Society of Finland and she is a wanted platform ecosystem speaker among Finnish industrial companies and organisations. She is currently part of Digital Disruption of Industry -project funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.

Ulriikka Järvihaavisto is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Streamr Network AG

Streamr Network AG is a limited company registered and operating in Zug, Switzerland. It was founded in 2017 and crowdfunded with the equivalent of 30MM CHF. Linked third parties are listed in Section 4.2.

Streamr is a distributed open-source software project with contributors from a number of countries globally. Stream vision is to replace centralised messaging infrastructure with a global, decentralised peer-to-peer (P2P) network for transmission of real-time data. It is aiming to provide a solution to well-known problems associated with centralised collection and distribution of real-world data: Domination by large corporations and platforms, isolated data silos, the lack of robustness, vulnerability to cyber attacks and the stifling of innovation due to lack of sharing. 

To solve such problems, Streamr is developing a decentralised data backbone in the form of a global peer-to-peer (P2P) network for transporting real-time data from the industry, IoT, smart cities and communities. The network provides low-latency, robust and secure data delivery and persistency. The throughput capacity scales linearly with the number of nodes. The architecture helps the network to resolve scalability issues resulting from the exponential growth of the amount of data. And by relying on cryptography instead of trust, the Streamr protocol enables data sharing, data monetisation and crowdselling through data unions.

The Streamr project consists of several layered technologies. There is a public roadmap on how to implement the full technology stack. The first version of the P2P network with distributed message brokering functionality is live and already transports around ten billion data points monthly. The transaction layer is implemented in Ethereum smart contracts which handle data permissioning. The data propagation in the network happens without centralised intervention or control. Because the data packets are routed from the contributors to recipients by several different pathways, the network is fault tolerant and resilient to attacks.

As per Section 4.2., there are linked third parties which carry out most of the work allocated to STRMR. Each of these third parties is directly or indirectly owned by Streamr Network AG. STRMR together with the linked companies has deep technical and commercial expertise in decentralised technologies, token engineering, economic modelling, software development, and service process design.

Key personnel

Carlos Pancrazi

Project & Key Account Manager

Carlos Pancrazi is a senior Project and Key Account Manager with over 13 years of experience in effectively managing and coordinating the actions and resources to support global technological partners. Before joining TX, he was responsible for people management in large organisations, business strategy, service quality certifications and deployment of sales with multiple partners.
Since 2008, he has been based in Barcelona, Spain where he finished a Master Degree in International Business and Commerce at the University of Barcelona, and completed the recognition of his Electronic Engineer title in the EU.
In this work programme, Carlos will contribute with the communication with partners, coordinate actions to support the project implementation, resources, documentation and monitoring the milestones and deliverables in collaboration with the Consortium. He is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Martin Moravek

Solutions Architect

Martin Moravek is a software engineer and architect with nearly 10 years of experience in various areas. Besides others he has worked for the Streamr P2P project implementing several industrial pilots and was developing several blockchain related projects at Tomorrow Explored. His background also includes mobile app development and automotive software engineering.

Jarno Marttila

Head of Technology

Jarno Marttila is Head of Technology at TX with 10 years of experience in designing, developing and delivering software projects. Before joining TX, he has worked as a researcher, a data journalist and as a consultant for Finnish IT companies delivering solutions for customers needs. His background includes both business and engineering studies and he holds an MSc in computer science and soon a MSc in business and economics. He is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Risto Karjalainen

Risto Karjalainen is a co-founder and COO of Streamr Network AG. He’s got extensive international experience in quantitative finance, asset management, data science, and blockchain technology. He holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in machine learning and finance. Before helping set up the Streamr project, Risto has worked as a quantitative analyst, a portfolio manager, and team leader in boutique investment firms as well as multinational asset management organisations, including JP Morgan Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Apart from real-time data and decentralised computing, his interests include behavioural finance, game theory, experimental economics, and evolutionary computation. In this work programme, Risto will contribute to the design of the anti-rival token mechanism and ensure that appropriate resources by Streamr, TX P2P and TEX are deployed into the project. He is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Michael Malka

Michael Malka is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at TEX. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 18 years professional experience. He has recently been working on ways to use Streamr technology in the health and pharmaceutical sector in the Horizon 2020 KRAKEN project, and has been developing use cases for decentralised data sharing models across a wider range of industries. Michael has previously co-founded other technology companies and has held a number of CTO and CEO roles as well as a number of board positions. With computer science studies at Helsinki University, he is experienced in designing, planning and successfully executing software projects in finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction and health and pharmaceuticals industries throughout Europe. He is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Markku Nousiainen

Markku Nousiainen is a Senior Service and UX designer currently focused on decentralised (blockchain based) services, data economies, and MyData. Markku is an advocate of design thinking and participatory design methods and aims at creating disruptive digital service concepts that empower users by giving them control of their own data. Before joining TEX, he has worked in different digital design agencies, software companies, universities, and TV and radio companies such as YLE in Finland. While currently based in Finland and Sweden, Markku has several years of experience working in international settings in the Mexican and Latin American markets, as a designer and business developer, and as a lecturer at Tecnológico de Monterrey, a university in Mexico City. Markku holds an MSc in industrial management from Helsinki University of Technology (2000), and an MA in New media from the Media Lab of University of Art and Design Helsinki (2006). He is a first-time participant to FET under Horizon 2020.

Demos Helsinki

Demos Helsinki was set up in 2005 to work towards more fair and sustainable societies. It is the leading independent think tank in the Nordics. Demos Helsinki collaborates with diverse partners – from ministries and cities, policymakers, researchers and universities, corporations, associations and foundations, to popular movements, activists and citizens. Demos Helsinki employs over 50 specialists of different fields around societal transformations: social scientists, urban geographers, political scientists, futures researchers, engineers, philosophers and designers.

Research in Demos Helsinki is conducted via Demos Research Institute. It focuses on high-quality research projects and research-based development and innovation projects. DRI has participated actively in national research programmes in Finland (Strategic Research Council of Finland) as well as in European research programmes (Horizon2020 and FP7).

Economic implications of digitalisation, blockchain and data governance feature prominently in Demos’ research. Central themes of our research and co-creation activities are policy interaction, the societal effects of technology, and new economic models. We are also a well-known actor in the field of public sector innovation and 21st century government. We have worked with governments all over the world to rethink how policies could be done. Digitalisation, experimentation and a collaborative approach to problem solving have been central in our work towards better governance, embodied in successfully lead, impact-driven projects leading to concrete changes in policy. 

Key personnel

Anna Björk

Research Area Lead

Anna Björk (DocSocSci, Political Science) specialises in research on political institutions, societal impacts of emerging technologies and the politics of citizenship. Her background includes a PhD and postdoc projects on citizenship, migration and naturalisation in Europe. She has also worked in public sector consultancy, compiling reports and research projects for several ministries in Finland and the Finnish Parliament on e.g. human rights, gender equality and open science. As Research area lead at Demos Helsinki, Anna’s responsibilities include research on democracy, governance and politics, including emerging technologies and the ethics of AI. In ATARCA, she is part of the Demos Helsinki team’s work on impact creation, with the specific interest in research angle to policy and governance. Dr. Björk is a first time participant to FET under H2020.

Johannes Mikkonen

Johannes Mikkonen, Senior Expert in Digital Governance, MA in Social Sciences (Political Science). Johannes has extensive experience in researching and working with the impact of digitalisation in government, society and business. He has led and been a key contributor to strategic digital transformation processes in public administration and has been in charge of strategic stakeholder interaction and collaboration in three publicly funded large-scale research projects. Two of these focused on the development and impact of sensor technology, bringing together developers, users and public administration. Through projects such as these,  Johannes has garnered unparalleled experience in designing and executing impact-driven strategic stakeholder processes that build lasting value for those involved. Currently he is organising a Policy Observatory in the H2020 funded TOKEN project that focuses on blockchain. In addition to his work at Demos Helsinki, Johannes sits on the board of the influential Finnish Information Society Development Center. Johannes’ expertise in policy observatories, digital governance and blockchain makes him well suited to lead ATARCA’s policy interaction. Mr. Mikkonen is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Atte Ojanen

Research Coordinator

Atte Ojanen is a Research Coordinator at Demos Helsinki. He has a MSSc from the University of Turku, where he majored in practical philosophy. At Demos Helsinki, Atte works on research projects related to societal effects of emerging technology and future of democracy. Aside from ATARCA, he is also working on “Avoiding AI biases: A Finnish assessment framework for non-discriminatory AI systems” -research project for the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland. Previously Atte has interned at the in-house think tank of the European Parliament and at the research unit of the Finnish Foreign Ministry, focusing on global trends and strategic foresight. He is also active in Turku AI Society, a university think tank publishing on ethics of artificial intelligence. In ATARCA, his work focuses on policy observatory and dialogue sessions. He is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.


Novact contribute to changes in the political, economic and social structures in the euromediterranean region by means of nonviolence, denouncing unjust situations and constructing alternatives: Control the privatisation of war & security, prevent extremist violence, promote gender justice, support nonviolent civil resistance strategies and build democracies.

Main activities: 

  • To use advocacy in order to ensure that governmental, local and international actors work in favour of human security, peace building and democracy in all its dimensions, ensuring equality of treatment and respect for everybody.
  • To support peaceful civil resistance movements, which work for conflict transformation and/or in situations of injustice, ensuring human security and provision of basic needs, developing rights and freedoms, and promoting societies that can live without fear of violation of their values and rights.
  • To develop Nonviolent and Civil Operations of Peacekeeping in order to protect vulnerable populations in armed conflict situations, creating of systems for peace-building and conflict prevention, reconciliation and political transition, where local civil society and/or representative institutions demand it.
  • To promote innovation and technology to build new economic systems to reinforce economic justice.

In particular, NOVACT centers its strategy on two axes: economic democracy and political democracy. Economic democracy tasks deal with identifying Economic Justice as one of the fundamental pillars of Global Justice. The economy is a central aspect that determines the set of social relationships and conflicts: it is impossible to deepen democracy without advancing toward equity among peoples and persons. In this sense, it becomes necessary to change economic relationships and its final objective, in such a way the economy focuses on the common good and places persons in the center. We should encourage procedures through which society is the actor that controls the economy by means of participation, constructing economic sovereignty. On the other hand, it becomes necessary for the governments to adopt democratic standards progressively, constructing the institutions necessary to ensure citizen participation and to enact more laws and public policies directed at the common good. 

Along this line of economical democracy, Novact works with complementary monetary systems with the objective to favour a cooperative economy based on the social and solidarity principles and an economy for the common good. Novact has experience on channeling social public expenses in complementary currency to have an impact on the local economy and on analysing its impact. These monetary systems can have multiple applications to foster productive model change in cities and in relationships between persons. Transcending dynamics based on scarcity or resource centralisation, towards a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable system, orientated to the common good and a transparent dynamic for the management of socio-economic public policies. 

Novact has been participating in the European project: “Combining guaranteed minimum income and active social policies in deprived urban areas of Barcelona (B-MINCOME)”, where Novact created a monetary system named REC (Real Economy Currency). It is a complementary currency created to channel public expenditure towards the local economy: 533 families that live in the Besòs area of Barcelona spend 25% of the MIS (Municipal Inclusion Support – a basic income) payment using RECs in local, independently managed businesses. As a result, the local multiplier effect of the public spending has increased by 54% within the first year, coproducing an additional public policy in supporting the local economy. 

The REC is an exclusively digital currency and can be used with a mobile app (IOS and Android), so payments are contactless and through a QR code. The technological system of the REC can be replicated and integrated to other platforms to create new functionalities, always having the objective to promote local and cooperative economy.  

In this sense, Novact has experience in the design and implementation of monetary systems and social economies in different fields and areas, and therefore ATARCA is an opportunity to advance in the experimentation of new models and systems based on cooperation and collaboration.

Key personnel

Sofía González Fernández

Sofía González Fernández is a project manager. She is currently working in REC, the citizen’s currency of Barcelona: coordination with different actors (shop owners, entities, REC users…), following the implementation of the project, carrying out trainings for users, and giving technical support.

She worked one year in the NOVACT office in Tunisia, in a project related to the prevention of all forms of violent extremism in the MENA region. She coordinated the project within a consortium formed by NOVACT and 5 Tunisian civil society organizations.

Moreover, she worked on other projects:

  • The dynamization of the presential sessions with participants and technicians in the participative process to rethink and redefine the future of the Punts Òmnia.
  • Participatory Budgets in Barcelona: support in the face-to-face workshops and the dynamization of the Decidim platform in the participatory process of the Barcelona City Council 2020.

Sofía will work as the project coordinator of ATARCA in NOVACT.

Sofía González Fernández is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Diego Martínez Nebot

Diego Martínez Nebot is the responsible for the REC currency technology: ensuring the proper performance of the entire technology ecosystem. Strategic definition for new developments. Implementation of developments: elaborate functional design, coordinate the development team, follow up the process (App, B2B module, control panel, POS…) and perform quality tests in each development phases. Connection between the development team and the professional staff of REC.

Diego Martínez has a lot of experience as a project manager and Android developer:

  • CreativeChain POS (android app): that allows businesses to make payments with Bitcoin and Creativecoin crypto-currencies. This app also has a product catalog that allows the business to digitalise all its products. It also has a functionality to send invoices via email.
  • FairCoin POS (android app): similar to CreativeChain POS. The difference is that this version allows payments with Faircoin crypto-currency and also includes a whole system of recharging, payments, etc. with NFC cards. 
  • Small business app (android app): app for the administration of a small business, the management of home deliveries and the catalogue of available products.

Diego will coordinate the technology system. 

Diego Martínez is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Julia Ponti Estrems

Julia Ponti Estrems  is a communication officer. She is currently working in REC, the citizen’s currency of Barcelona: planning, development and coordination of communication campaigns, creation of promotional materials, community manager and relationship with other actors involved such as entities and REC’s users.

She worked one year in Pollinate Energy in India, an organisation that fights against extreme poverty through a sustainable development and promoting the gender equity. She designed campaigns for volunteer and fundraising promotion and coordinated volunteer teams: organisation and management of 4 volunteering programs.

Moreover, she worked on other projects:

  • The implementation of the NOVACT Equality Plan.
  • The dynamization of the presential sessions with participants and technicians in the participative process to rethink and redefine the future of the Punts Òmnia. 
  • Participatory Budgets in Barcelona: support in the face-to-face workshops and the dynamization of the Decidim platform in the participatory process of the Barcelona City Council 2020.

Julia will coordinate the communication and dissemination project.

Julia Ponti is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Dani Duocastella Muntada

Dani Duocastella Muntada is a sociologist specialised in participation and social transformation projects and active citizenship for the last 10 years. He has developed participation projects in all phases: design, management and dynamization of processes such as City Educational Projects, Plans Sustainability, Urban Mobility Plans, zoning plans, etc. It has also promoted active citizenship projects as Actívate, Barcelona Consensus to promote the creation of public circles of social transformation. He has contributed to the design and implementation of a citizen’s currency (REC) in Barcelona as part of the B-MINCOME project.

He has an extensive experience in coordinating projects, programs and teams. He has a good communication and advocacy skills gained through his job as raising awareness lead in NGOs and in participatory process. He has a good managerial skill.

Research and research projects:

  • Report on the results of the impact of the citizen’s currency on the Eix Besòs (Barcelona) 2019
  • Elaboration of the Social Observatory of Manresa (2008-2010)
  • Publication of the Social Inclusion Report (2010 and 2008)

Dani will coordinate the Novact team and he we will coordinate and define the participatory process and community monitoring, and evaluation. 

Dani Duocastella is a first-time participant to FET under H2020. 

Luca Gervasoni Vila

Luca Gervasoni Vila is the founding director of NOVACT – International Institute for Nonviolent Action. For the last decade, his work has focused on how grassroots nonviolent movements can successfully fight for rights, freedom and justice. He lives in Barcelona and has worked with activists from around the world waging social change. He has contributed to the book Economic Democracy: an alternative to capitalism.

Luca has more than 18 years of experience in the field of Human Rights, more than 18 years of experience in the field of Peace Building and more than 18 years of experience coordinating projects funded by the European Union, EU international cooperation agencies of the member states and UN agencies.

Luca designed and implemented the NGO Strategy on Rule of Law Promotion, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights Defenders Legal Support, Training Programs and Advocacy Strategy. He also designed and implemented the NGO Fundraising Strategy. Main Funders: Europeaid, AECID, UNDP-PAPP, UN-Rule of Law Program, Europeaid, ACCD, Barcelona Solidarity, Skoll Foundation, and designed and implemented the NGO Strategy in Strategic Relations and Institutional Representation.

Luca will participate in designing an economic model and the dissemination-communication project. 

Luca Gervasoni is a first-time participant to FET under H2020. 

Sergi Cutillas Márquez

Sergi Cutillas Márquez is a MSc in Specialised Economic Analysis: Competition Policy and Market Regulation. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He is currently part of Ekona’s team, a cooperative enterprise specialised in economics that promote innovation in the public and community spheres to adapt to the various transitions that are taking place.

He has worked in different consulting projects in Ekona: 

  • Aequum ESG – Development of a certification system of responsible investment targeted to businesses, based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. 2019.
  • Taxi Project 2.0 – Policy contributions from the taxi sector to improve urban mobility in the EU. 2019.
  • Km-ZERO project – Urban architectural reform of the emblematic street of ‘les Rambles’, in Barcelona. 2017-2018.
  • Pla Queda’t (‘Stay’ Plan) – Policy plan to contain gentrification in Poble Sec, district of Barcelona. 2017.
  • Barcelona Energia – Original design of the public electricity company of Barcelona. 2016. 

He has different publications in books:

  • Europe, democratic alternatives. La Dispute. 2019. Author of a chapter.
  • Heads and Tails of Public Debt. RBA. 2016.
  • Degrowth: A vocabulary for a new era. Routledge-Earthscan. 2014. Author of a chapter.
  • Citizen Public Debt Audit – Experiences and Methods. CETIM-CADTM. 2013. Author of a chapter.
  • Why we shouldn’t pay the debt. Reasons and Alternatives. Icària. 2013. Author of a chapter.

And some sample of research:

  • Towards a new democratic Europe. 3rd Congress on Economics and Business of Catalonia. College of Economists of Catalonia. 2018.
  • The Project of the United States of Europe. Viento Sur. 2016.
  • TTIP and financialization. TTIP’s economic and financial impact. ODG. 2015.
  • Preliminary report of the Truth Committee on Greece’s Debt. Hellenic Parliament. 2015. Text produced collectively with other authors.

Sergi will participate in defining the experiment model design (legal, technical, economic) and the monitoring and evaluation. 

Sergi Cutillas is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

QBit Artifacts, SL

QBit’s main activity is to help entrepreneurs to start build successful companies, helping them in the technological, financial and strategical part.

Main activities: 

  • Develop and maintain the REC technical part, including the API, back office, mobile apps and infrastructure.
  • Invest and participate in innovative companies in seed phase.
  • Cryptocurrency and investment advisory.

Founders of QBit come from the cryptocurrency and security world, having founded several companies around the world related to cryptocurrencies (crypto exchanges and ICOs), and cybersecurity companies.

Two years ago, QBit started working together with NOVACT in the development and management of the REC monetary system and QBit’s team is the main contributor to the technical part of the project.

The REC is an exclusively digital currency and can be used with a mobile app (IOS and Android), so payments are contactless and through a QR code. The technological system of the REC can be replicated and integrated to other platforms to create new functionalities, always having the objective to promote local and cooperative economy.  

In this sense, QBit has experience in the design and implementation of monetary systems and social economies in different fields and areas, and therefore ATARCA is an opportunity to advance in the experimentation of new models and systems based on cooperation and collaboration.

Key personnel

Pere Andreu

Pere Andreu is Project Manager and backend developer. He coordinates the development team for Atarca. He is involved in the development and maintenance of the REC Api using Symfony Framework. He is also developing the permissioned blockchain in REC with Hyperledger Fabric.

He has worked in other projects:

  • The implementation of Sphera time tracker.
  • Development and maintenance of Almarda Sense Fils organization.
  • Crypto currency payment systems at Entropy Factory
  • Integration of FIAT payment gateways at Telepay

Pere Andreu is a first-time participant to FET under H2020.

Manolo Edge

Manolo Edge is the the REC front-end developer: develops and maintains either the Apps for android and IOS and the Back-office panel using Ionic Framework and AngularJS.

Lluís Santos

Lluís Santos is the REC backend developer: develops and maintains the REC  API using Symfony framework, he also does all the DevOps work related to the REC infrastructure and helps the REC team to take technological and security decisions.

Moreover, he worked on other projects:

  •   The implementation Creativechain project (
  •   The implementation of Pylon network project (
  •   He is one of the main contributors of the expansion in Castellon area (
  •   Contactless payment system and control access called TouchItEasy.
  •   Electronic signature system called SignItEasy.
  •   Contributes to the development of an open source game engine for WearOS and Android,  WearKit ( 
  • Contributes to the development of an open source solution for network backups, DisasterMan (

Lluís Santos is a first-time participant to FET under H2020. 

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