This Year’s ICO Funding Has Exceeded All of 2017

This Year's ICO Funding Has Exceeded All of 2017

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) continue to rise in popularity; in the first three months of 2018, ICOs have managed to generate more money than they did for the entirety of 2017. According to the data collected by CoinDesk, that figure sits at USD 6.3 billion, 118% of the 2017 total. It appears that despite the […]

UN Gets $2.4M from Belgium for Blockchain Food Plan

UN Gets $2.4M from Belgium for Blockchain Food Plan

The World Food Program (WFP) announced on 19 April that it had received a USD 2.4 million contribution from Belgium towards a program to finance blockchain solutions to fight global hunger. The Belgian donation will be used to expand research of the WFP’s blockchain solutions in addition to its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project used […]

UK MP Talks of Blockchain’s “Monumental Impact”

UK MP Talks of Blockchain's "Monumental Impact"

British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Matt Hancock delivered a speech to the Law Society yesterday and commented that blockchain technology will have a “monumental impact” on people’s lives in the future. At London’s Blockchain Conference held on 19 April, the MP spoke of “vast areas of public life” which he predicted blockchain would transform: […]

Citigroup Advertises Jobs Requiring Bitcoin Professional Certification

Citigroup Advertise Jobs Roles Requiring Bitcoin Professional Certification

Citigroup has recently advertised multiple job roles for potential employees requiring a Bitcoin Professional Certification. The American multinational investment bank is looking to hire a VP and a senior VP with a background in Bitcoin, specifically to explore the risks associated with money laundering and cryptocurrencies. They noted that a specialist would more aware of suspicious transactions […]

Dubai Tourism Introduces Blockchain B2B Marketplace

Dubai Tourism Introduces Blockchain B2B Marketplace

Dubai’s government has launched Tourism 2.0, a blockchain-backed marketplace that connects businesses in the tourism sector with each other across Dubai. Launched by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the service is its contribution to the Dubai 10X initiative that aims to place the city 10 years ahead of others across the globe. […]

G20 Hands On Crypto Discussions At Washington Today

G20 Hands On Crypto Discussions At Washington Today

Global economic leaders are meeting today in Washington DC for the Second G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, with cryptocurrency regulation firmly on the agenda. As a follow-up to the Buenos Aires G20 meeting in March, where the need for a global plan for cryptocurrency regulation was initially discussed, more talks on […]

IBM Pilots Blockchain Loans in Africa

IBM Pilots Blockchain Loans in Africa

Multinational giant IBM has launched a pilot blockchain-based project to support small businesses throughout Africa with a Kenyan logistics company. The company, Kenyan-based Twiga foods, has used mobile technology to develop its supply chain for farmers and traders. To expand and offer microloans to its African clients, the company has joined IBM to employ blockchain […]

IBM and Marsh to Partner for Blockchain Insurance Platform

IBM and Marsh to Partner for Blockchain Insurance Platform

IBM and insurance broker Marsh are developing a blockchain-based platform to maximize efficiency in insurance verification. ACORD Corporation and ISN will also be working in partnership with them. The system will be built on IBM’s blockchain platform as well as the Hyperledger Fabric code. Why a blockchain-based insurance platform? A blockchain-based insurance platform can help in reducing […]

North America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

North America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

North America Welcome to our weekly roundup of all important blockchain and cryptocurrency news from around the world. Follow the latest developments in the cryptocurrency space continent by continent, country by country.   USA Authorities launch major investigation into Bitcoin trading: The attorney general for the US district of New York has launched an investigation […]