About Us


Who are we ?

The Blockchain Student Association at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) is the first student blockchain club in Switzerland aiming to educate members of the foundation to the latest innovations in the space.

We are a team of 23 students followed by professors B. Ford and R. Guerraoui of the DEDIS and DCL which are the chaperones of our association. We also have the opportunity to collaborate when needed with the EPFL blockchain laboratories.

We want EPFL and Switzerland to become Blockchain’s ecosystem.

Academic Advisors

Bryan Ford

Bryan Ford

Associate Professor

Prof. Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized/Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He focuses broadly on building secure decentralized systems, including privacy and anonymous communication, systems security, and blockchain technology. Since earning his Ph.D. at MIT, Ford has held faculty positions at Yale University and EPFL.

Rachid Guerraoui

Rachid Guerraoui

Professeur ordinaire

He held the Chair of Computer Science of Collège de France and was affiliated with the Research Center of Ecole des Mines de Paris, the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique in Saclay, Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research is devoted to concurrent and distributed computing, from multiprocessors to wide-area networks.

Jiahua Xu

Jiahua Xu

Collaboratrice Scientifique

Dr Jiahua Xu is a postdoctoral fellow at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), as well as a research associate at Harvard Business School and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. Her research interests lie primarily in blockchain economics, behavioural finance and risk management.


Gaspard Peduzzi


Pierre Schutz

VP and Treasurer

Hugo Roussel

VP and Administrator

Gauthier Vila

Marketing / Communication

Sophia Artioli


Gaiëtan Renault

Internal Communication

Jean Chambras

IT manager

Marc Watine



What can you bring?

Our Goal

We want to create a community of passionate leaders and develop the discussion and education on decentralized technologies topics on the EPFL campus.

We aim to provide education to all students of blockchain technology through the organization of multiple events on campus, like talks by experts, workshops for a hands-on approach, games like smart-contract security challenges and bigger events like hackathons. You can see our past events here.

BSA is also a vibrant and friendly association on the campus. We meet regularly to discuss organisation activity, subject of interest and last news and updates about the technology. Interested ? Email and meet us around a beer on campus!

An idea, a project? We build the world of tomorrow!

BSA Research & Development Hub

Created in 2009 by the famous and unknown Satoshi Nakamoto (and no, it is not Craig Wright !), the bitcoin introduced the world to a new era of decentralized technologies and digital trust. The blockchain technology enables new horizons for decentralized systems with applications in numerous domains such as cryptocurrencies. The R&D pole of the association aims to build those application !

The team gather the technical skills of students to build innovative applications, in a collaborative and open-source environment. We meet each other to discuss new projects, update on the advancement and work together.