How can government-industry collaboration support aspiring blockchain projects and accelerate the ascent of blockchain technology into the mainstream

After the dizzying heights and profound optimism of 2017, 2018 will be remembered as a reality check for the blockchain industry and cryptocurrency enthusiasts alike. Countless projects looked to capitalise on the technology and raised billions of dollars from hopeful investors in ICO funding, without any consideration as to whether the solutions they offered required the use of blockchain. There has also been an underestimation by many of the complexity around implementing the technology in proposed projects. This has, at least in part, caused one of the most formidable bear…

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Europe positions itself as the Global bloc for Blockchain

Europe is positioning itself as the global bloc for blockchain and this week we see the EU Blockathon taking place, an event hosted by the European Union to explore how blockchain technology can actually make a difference and lead to a better society. This is only one of numerous examples of how Europe is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with this new technology.     In the past few months in Europe we have seen:   23 countries within the EU signed a Blockchain Partnership agreement Ireland’s Prime…

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The relationship between education and blockchain

The UK Department for Education has announced they have no immediate plans to include cryptocurrency and blockchain as topics in the UK school curriculum.       The announcement is timely considering the ongoing conversation surrounding the incorporation of blockchain and cryptocurrency education into the curricula of several leading universities, including New York University (NYU) and the University of Cambridge, which introduced a module in blockchain to its Masters in Finance degree in 2016.   With third-level institutions steadily incorporating blockchain into their existing curricula, it is becoming increasingly apparent…

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