Huge Blockchain Potential for IoT Applications if Vendors Can Tackle Barriers to Growth

The emergence of blockchain-based applications is driving substantial investment in IoT-oriented projects. ABI Research finds there to be great promise for the technology to alter and transform established industries beyond fintech. In addition to transactions, blockchain technology can also be used for communication, identification, ownership, and device management. With continued architecture improvements, blockchain technology is expanding... more Read more »

Caceis Joins French financial Securities Blockchain Initiative

CACEIS has signed an investment agreement intended to develop a post-market Blockchain infrastructure for the SME segment in Europe.  Launched in June 2016, the objective of this partnership is to improve the access of such companies to capital markets, while facilitating and enhancing the security of post-market operations. It brings together eight major financial institutions: CACEIS, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Caisse des Dépôts et... more Read more »

Blockchain Opportunities in the EU Payments Space Will Be Discussed at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague

An independent financial expert Ugo Bechis (Milan, Italy) will make a presentation at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague on May 19. He will talk about the prospects and practical application of blockchain in the banking ecosystem of the European Union.  Ugo Bechis is an independent e-Payments & SEPS Advisor. The range of his longstanding researches include Banking, Trading On-line, Corporate and Retail Payments, Cards, Consumer... more Read more »

nChain Appoints Jon Matonis as Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Blockchain pioneer nChain announces the appointment of Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Jon Matonis as its new Vice President of Corporate Strategy. In this position, Matonis will support nChain's business growth by developing commercial relationships, and evaluating opportunities for strategic investments and acquisitions. Read more »

Microsoft Azure Experience to be Shared at Blockchain Conference Astana

The company's representative will share its experience of successful integration of Microsoft Azure cloud service with blockchain and potential for its use in Kazakhstan at Blockchain Conference Astana to be held June 14 - 15, 2017 at Diplomat Hotel & Business Center. Read more »

IHS Markit Cooperates with Chamber of Digital Commerce to Promote Use of Digital Assets and DLT

IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, today announced it has joined the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a global trade association that promotes the understanding, acceptance and use of digital assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT), also known as blockchain technology. Read more »

Prague Conference to Discuss Blockchain Impact on Labor Market

On May 19, Prague will host the largest conference in the Eastern Europe, dedicated to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague. One of its topics will be optimization of labor market with the help of blockchain. The topic will be covered by Jonathan Chester (USA), the founder and president of the international service BitWage, and author of Fintech articles in Forbes. Read more »

IBM and National University of Singapore Collaborate To Develop Blockchain Module for Fintech Course

The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing and the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation (ICBI), a part of IBM Research, are collaborating to jointly develop a module on financial technology, to better equip students with essential knowledge and skill sets in this area. Read more »

Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM Japan to Launch Blockchain-based Trade Financing Platform

Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM Japan today announced they are building a blockchain-based trade financing platform. With the platform, Mizuho is aiming to streamline trading operations and improve supply chain efficiency. Read more »

Hyperledger Welcomes Seven New Members

 Hyperledger, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today that seven new members have joined the project to help create an open standard for distributed ledgers for a new generation of transactional applications. Read more »

Medici Ventures Invests in Latin American Bitcoin Startup Ripio

Medici Ventures, a global leader in advancing blockchain technology, has added bitcoin consumer financial service platform Ripio to its portfolio of strategic blockchain-focused investments through participation in Ripio’s Series A financing.  In addition to Medici Ventures’ equity position, the blockchain-focused subsidiary of US e-commerce pioneer will take an observer’s seat in Ripio’s board of directors meetings. Read more »

Moscow Hosted Russia’s Largest Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

On April 19, Moscow-based Digital October hosted an annual, Russia’s largest conference, dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia. It gathered 750 visitors and 30 speakers – blockchain practitioners and theoreticians from Europe, America, and Africa. Read more »

The Largest European Blockchain Conference Was Held in Munich

April 6, - BlockShow Europe 2017 was held in Alte Kongresshalle, Munich. With 560 attendees, 26 exhibitors, and 26 speakers, the conference became the largest international Blockchain-related event ever organized in Europe. Led by Elizabeth Lumley, the managing director at Rainmaking and one of the most famous women in Fintech, the event covered a number of hot topics ranging from practical application of Blockchain technology to aspects of... more Read more »

BBVA Unveils New Blockchain-Based Transfer System to Simplify Overseas Payments and Reduce Transaction Fees

Banco Bilbao Baningo Vazcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA), second largest multinational Spanish Banking group, has announced execution of its first cross-border payments, based on the blockchain-supported fund transfer system.  By virtue of the new technological advancement, designed by Ripple, San Francisco firm, BBVA managed to transfer about 50-euto dominated payments from Spain to Mexico within a few seconds. Usually, conventional transactions... more Read more »

Blockchain Startup Factom Raises $8m

Factom, Inc., a blockchain as-a-service (BaaS) technology provider has closed their Series A funding at $8,029,796 USD following the launch of its mortgage product, Factom Harmony. Read more »


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