Settlemint: Demo & Walkthrough on March 31, 2022 – 13:00 CET

Settlemint: Demo & Walkthrough on March 31, 2022 – 13:00 CET

Settlemint, a company from Belgium, offers a low-code platform enabling any company to start projects, with simple steps and a visual overview of set-up, costs and tracking of performance. TruBlo invited Settlemint to talk about their low-code platform for fast blockchain onboarding.

Please join us on Thursday, March 31 at 13:00 CET

Settlemint is a tech start-up from Belgium, five years in business by now and a leader in this particular field. There are a number of reasons why making it easier to launch blockchain projects will meet a lot of demand.

  • Firstly, there is by now much interest in how established businesses can actually use blockchain technology, in order to enhance and extend their workflows. 
  • Secondly, there is a severe scarcity of developers who have experience with blockchain. This means that only a few companies can start exploring blockchain right now. 
  • With Settlemint it is possible to get started much fast, connect data from your current cloud and then explore the options with a variety of available blockchain protocols. Settlemint offers a cost calculator, provides a visual overview and all other needed components. 

We want to hear about the Settlemint platform and see it in action. Stefan Günther from Settlemint will provide an overview and a short presentation in our one-hour event.  

The event is organized jointly by Settlemint and TruBlo, an EU-funded project funding innovative approaches towards “trusted content on future blockchains”.

More info:

Short article about Settlemint on TruBlo:

Settlemint homepage:


SettleMint provides a simpler, faster option to get started with blockchain

SettleMint provides a simpler, faster option to get started with blockchain

Many companies and organisations would really like to get started with blockchain projects, either to gain know-how or to expand their business. But two factors are blockers right now. First, there is a need for experiments to gain insights into how an existing business – for example an art gallery – could actually benefit. Secondly, there is a severe scarcity of blockchain developers. The lack of resources keeps many from early experiments and real innovation work.

A feature-rich platform to get started 

Settlemint, a company from Belgium, wants to change this. They have created a low code platform that promises to provide a fast way to “build, launch, integrate and monitor blockchain implementations with a low-code environment”. 

The platform Settlemint has developed offers support for multiple cloud services (Google, AWS and Azure) and allows for the selection of a suitable blockchain protocol. Users can choose between Enterprise Ethereum, Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Tezos and Polygon. According to the founders, almost 95% of all current use cases can be started with one of these protocols. With this background, even projects in an early stage will find the right chain, based on the needs and demands of a particular project.

The core: Adapting smart contract to a business logic

In many projects, it is the option to include smart contracts for certain workflows which is the new element of doing business. Here Settlemint can support a quick start through a number of pre-built smart contract templates, which can be adapted, based on the business logic of the client. All of the templates can be accessed at the code level so that developers can change and adapt based on a particular client’s needs.

Instead of having to self-develop clients can use a visual dashboard to drag and drop applications together, based on a library of prebuilt integration modules. 

Integration Studio. Source: Settlemint.

Additional services are a special backend solution to generate GraphQL APIs for data to be used in a given project. There is a Graph Middleware to connect applications. Finally, a monitoring tool enables the analysis of test runs, or to check on deployments for extensions and maintenance.. 

Like Lego for blockchain

“Settlemint was basically like Lego for us”, is what one client said about the experience with the platform. Settlemint was founded in 2016 and currently has a team of currently 45 people working. So far the company has already completed more than 50 Enterprise blockchain implementations. “We strongly believe that blockchain is the technology that will change our society, revolutionize our global economy and disrupt our industry”, says  Matthew Van Niekerk,  a founder & the CEO of SettleMint.

The focus of projects includes set-ups for NFT platforms or solutions for certain industries, such as banking, insurance, supply-chain management, food and beverage and logistics as well as use cases in energy or healthcare.

Visual of Settlemint Blockchain Monitoring Tools

Monitoring Dashboard. Source: Settlemint

A sign of maturity is that on the homepage Settlemint offers a very simple way to calculate monthly prices for a given blockchain/cloud project – potentially clients can calculate themselves or get assistance from specialists. The question “How much does it cost?” seems to be a very frequent inquiry, with the calculator one can define a range. All resources are scalable, they can be extended with usage over time. 

More information

For companies interested in trying out Settlemint, there is a 25-minute demo video where the CEO provides a walk-through of how the platform works. The demo is comprehensive and shows the platform in action – it really is quite simple to get started. Single users or teams can register for a free trial test of the low code platform on


DONS: Dynamic Optimized Neighbor Selection for Smart Blockchain Networks (Research)

DONS: Dynamic Optimized Neighbor Selection for Smart Blockchain Networks (Research)

Below is an abstract of a scientific article, which has been accepted for publication by a prestigious journal. The findings are related and useful for the funded project of the team. Their project in TruBlo is called FogBlock4Trust. Findings from the work below are used in the project.


Hamza Baniata, Ahmad Anaqreh, Attila Kertesz


DONS: Dynamic Optimized Neighbor Selection for Smart Blockchain Networks”, Future Generation Computer Systems

Main points:

  • We propose DONS for enhancing Blockchain networks in terms of Finality and Fidelity.
  • We propose AnoLE, a privacy-aware method for leader election in public Blockchains.
  • DONS showed optimum message propagation in different network models and sizes.
  • Our methods provide high security and privacy measures compared to current methods.


Blockchain (BC) systems mainly depend on the consistent state of the Distributed Ledger (DL) at different logical and physical places of the network. The majority of network nodes need to be enforced to use one or both of the following approaches to remain consistent:

  • (i) to wait for certain delays (i.e. by requesting a hard puzzle solution as in PoW and PoUW, or to wait for random delays as in PoET, etc.)
  • (ii) to propagate shared data through the shortest possible paths within the network.

The first approach may cause higher energy consumption and/or lower throughput rates if not optimized, and in many cases, these features are conventionally fixed. Therefore, it is preferred to enhance the second approach with some optimization.

Previous works for this approach have the following drawbacks: they may violate the identity privacy of miners, only locally optimize the Neighbor Selection method (NS), do not consider the dynamicity of the network, or require the nodes to know the precise size of the network at all times.

In this paper, we address these issues by proposing a Dynamic and Optimized NS protocol called DONS, using a novel privacy-aware leader election within the public BC called AnoLE, where the leader anonymously solves the “The Minimum Spanning Tree” problem (MST) of the network in polynomial time.

Consequently, miners are informed about the optimum NS according to the current state of network topology. We analytically evaluate the complexity, security and privacy of the proposed protocols against state-of-the-art MST solutions for DLs and well-known attacks. Additionally, we experimentally show that the proposed protocols outperform state-of-the-art NS solutions for public BCs. Our evaluation shows that the proposed DONS and AnoLE protocols are secure, private, and they acutely outperform all current NS solutions in terms of block finality and fidelity.

Fig. 1. Phases and steps of the proposed DONS protocol. Each step is performed by one (or more) system entity(s).
A step may depend on the result of a preceding step of the current round, or on the result of a subsequent step of the previous round.

Full paper:

DONS: Dynamic Optimized Neighbor Selection for Smart Blockchain Networks”, Future Generation Computer Systems, Volume 130, May 2022, Pages 75-90

Go to journal home page - Future Generation Computer Systems

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TruBlo Newsletter #28

TruBlo Newsletter #28

TruBlo Newsletter #26

TruBlo Newsletter #26

How newsrooms fight disinformation – a Q&A with two experts

How newsrooms fight disinformation – a Q&A with two experts


How newsrooms fight disinformation
Q&A with Julia Bayer and Ruben Bouwmeester, DW Research and Cooperation projects

Tuesday, December 14 • 12:00-13:00 CET • via Zoom

How do journalists work against mis- and disinformation? What are the workflows for the verification of content? What are the main challenges for newsrooms? And: What do the experts expect from future blockchain solutions? To get answers and insights please join us for an open webinar on December 14, 2021, from 12:00 – 13:00. 

Join us as a guest

The event is organised for the now 25 funded project teams of TruBlo. But participation is open for guests from the NGI community, EU researchers, startups and developers. If you want to join as a guest please contact us at and we sent you the log-in credentials for the Zoom conference. 

The experts will give a very brief overview, the session will then allow for Q&A by the participants.

What we discuss:

  • How do journalists cope with disinformation?
  • What are the workflows?
  • Is there a way to overcome the current crisis of trust?
  • What tools are available and working?
  • What are current views on blockchain technology used for trustable content?

As part of the talk, the experts will talk about tools created to fight disinformation and to help with verification. Examples are the InVid verification plug-in, work done in the EU research project Digger (Deepfake detection) and Truly Media. The latter is a software platform for collaborative verification. Truly Media is used by a number of organisations, e.g. Amnesty International, Reuters, ZDF and the European Parliament.


Our experts:

Julia Bayer is an investigative journalist who dives deep online using OSINT. She has gained first-hand experience from work in the social media team of Deutsche Welle. In addition, she works as an innovation manager of the Research- and Cooperation team of Deutsche Welle. Julia is involved in a number of verification projects, such as the implementation of Truly Media and InVid. She also trains journalists in OSINT techniques and digital verification. Julia has worked with journalists in multiple international locations and has worked with newsrooms, NGOs and DW academy. Julia is the founder of @quiztime on Twitter, where a worldwide community of participants regularly has to solve verification and geolocation tasks.

Twitter: @bayer_julia

Ruben Bouwmeester brings concept development skills and profound graphical expertise. In his role as an innovation manager, Ruben was a key contributor to several software solutions and platforms used for the detection of disinformation and deep fakes. Ruben has been a key architect and manager for Truly Media, a collaboration platform created by the DW ReCo team in collaboration with Athens Technology Center. He has a background in project management, concept development, and design, holding a B.A. from The Hague University. As a ReCo innovation manager, Ruben specialises in User Generated Content (UGC), verification, and HLT. He also trained journalists at DW Akademie.

Twitter: @rubybouw