DFINITY Foundation

The DFINITY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Zurich, Switzerland, and operates research centers in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Zurich.

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Our Mission

We believe that "smart contracts" that run on a public blockchain are a vastly superior new form of software. However, traditional blockchains provide hosting frameworks for smart contracts that are highly limiting. We believe that once these limitations are removed by a next generation blockchain, a "blockchain singularity" will occur, in which the majority of the world's systems and services will be rebuilt entirely from smart contracts. In the process, these systems and services will be fundamentally reimagined, changing how our information systems, financial systems, economy and society works, by leveraging the many new capabilities that smart contracts provide.

Our mission is to develop technology that supports the next generation Internet Computer blockchain network and ecosystem. Among many firsts, the Internet Computer is the first public blockchain that can scale the capacity it provides to smart contracts without bound, allowing it to process and maintain any amount of data required. It can run smart contracts with efficiency approaching that of traditional software, while keeping costs low and predictable. It hosts smart contracts that run at web speed, and which can serve interactive web content directly to end users without intermediaries, providing for the creation of systems and services that run entirely from a blockchain. The blockchain also runs under the control of an algorithmic governance system and is self-directed.

The Internet Computer is supported by a growing community of crypto enthusiasts, investors, and independent node providers, who operate the node machines that power the Internet Computer. Our team of world-class researchers and engineers propose, design, and develop extensions and improvements to the Internet Computer blockchain based on breakthrough inventions in crypto, distributed computing and decentralized governance.

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Oct 2016

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Our Community

The DFINITY Foundation is dedicated to bringing people and organizations together to learn about and collaborate on the next-generation of decentralized applications. The Internet Computer allows developers to build dapps that are scaleable, run smart contracts at web speed, and serve user experiences directly on chain. We believe in a future in which every system and service is rebuilt and reimagined using smart contracts and runs entirely from public blockchains without need for traditional IT. We’re committed to connecting those who believe the same through our events, content, and discussions.

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Past Events


Startup Days 23

May 25–Apr | Kursaal, Bern

EDCON 2023 Montenegro

May 19–23 | Podgorica, Montenegrro

Metaverse Leaders Summit

May 16 | Zurich, CH, PwC Headquarters

ICP x Offchain Zurich: NFT Singularity - BTC Ordinals

Apr 25 | Zurich, CH; DFINITY HQ

Sustainability Round Table | Viewing Party @ DFINITY HQ

Apr 20 | DFINITY HQ, Zurich and Online

ICP x OffChain Kuala Lumpur: The Future of NFTs

Apr 17 | Netverk (Bar & Restaurant) G-8&9, Oval Damansara, Jln Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, 60000 Malaysia

World Computer Conference 2023 - Hong Kong Edition

Apr 13 | JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong 88 Queensway Level 3, Salon 5&6 Hong Kong, HKI Hong Kong

Hong Kong Web3 Festival 2023

Apr 12–15 | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 5F,1 Expo Drive Wan Chai Hong Kong, HKI Hong Kong

Web3 and the Metaverse

Apr 04 | Online

ICP 广州 - 区块链技术如何重塑下一代互联网

Mar 28 | 天台美术馆 35 天寿路 未来社(1F)四季共厨 Guang Zhou Shi, Guang Dong Sheng 510635 China

ICP 成都 - 区块链技术如何重塑下一代互联网

Mar 23 | 豹走驻车场(cafe&bar) 198 世纪城路 108-1-1室 Cheng Du Shi, Si Chuan Sheng 610212 China

START Summit

Mar 23–24 | Olma Halls, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Tutela e Promozione Del Made In Italy Con La Technologia Blockchain

Mar 21 | Rome, Italy

WBS Dubai - World Blockchain Summit

Mar 20 | Dubai, UAE

Web3 Innovation & Opportunities

Mar 18 | Online

Building on ICP Blockchain: A Hands-on Workshop for Bicolano Developers

Mar 11 | Sunshine International School Dona Maria Subdivision Daraga, Albay 4501 Philippines

ICP x OffChain Milan: Bitcoin & Web3 - Immaginando Nuovi Scenari

Mar 08 | LUX Gourmet Social Club 5 Via Eugenio Carpi 20131 Milano Italy

MWC Barcelona - 4YFN

Feb 27–Mar02 | Barcelona, Spain

ETH Denver

Feb 24–Mar05 | Denver, USA

ICP x OffChain Bali: Making BTC green again with Chain-Key

Feb 24 | The Lighthouse Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.5X, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali

De-buzzing Decentralization & Blockchain

Feb 23 | Venture Café Warsaw Foundation 73 Chmielna 00-801 Warszawa Poland

ICP x OffChain Jakarta: Reinvent Bitcoin with CK cryptography

Feb 23 | Botella Bottle Bar, Jl Pangeran Antasari No. 36, Jakarta

ICP x OffChain Paris

Feb 22 | The Long Hop 25 Rue Frédéric Sauton 75005 Paris France

Blockchain at Michigan workshop - Internet Computer and Lumos Labs

Feb 21 | Online

ICP x OffChain Singapore: The Bitcoin Reloaded

Feb 21 | Shophouse 41 Tembeling Rd (Level 2), Singapore

ICP x OffChain Ho Chi Minh

Feb 17 | C-Space Coworking Office 62 Võ Văn Tần Ho Chi Minh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh QMGR Viet Nam

ICP x OffChain Bangkok

Feb 10 | The Hive Thonglor, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

ICP.Lab DeFi Meet-Up | Zürich

Feb 06 | DFINITY HQ, Zurich

MasterZ x DFINITY | Pitch Contest

Feb 03 | Online

Maximising the potential of Blockchain Tech in the development of Africa

Jan 28 | Work and Connect 50 Ebitu Ukiwe Street Abuja, Federal Capital Territory 900108 Nigeria

ICP x OffChain Hong Kong

Jan 13 | the Hive Sheung Wan