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International Women’s Day: Women and Crypto – The Direction in 2019

It is International Women’s Day 2019, and a time for Bitcoin News to reflect on a year in print and celebrate women in fintech, and those women of all ages whose lives still remain largely uncelebrated. The point of International Women’s Day is to look back over the past year and pinpoint the successes and failures in the promotion of …


IDC Report: Blockchain Spending in 2019 to Soar 88.7%

Blockchain spending is on the rise as more companies embrace the technology, with a predicted growth forecast of USD 2.9 billion in 2019, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The figures come from IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide and indicate that the technology has now moved beyond research and design, and is now increasingly being used by many companies in …


Malta to Store Education Certificates on Blockchain

Local English publication Malta Today has reported that the country will now store all education certificates on a blockchain-based platform. According to the report, the latest move came after the successful implementation of a two-year-old pilot project. Now, the pilot project will be upgraded to include all schools in Malta, whereby secondary school certificates issued by independent schools, state or …


UC Berkeley Starts Accelerator for Fledgling Blockchain Startups

UC Berkeley Starts Accelerator for Fledgling Blockchain Startups

The prestigious Californian educational Institute UC Berkeley has just launched an accelerator program for new blockchain startups in the country. The program is 12 weeks long and will help the early stage projects to gain the necessary traction and development to become successful later on. The new Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is partly sponsored by Venture Capitalist fund Berkeley X-lab Fund and …


Starting Young: UK High School Wins 3rd Place in Barclays Blockchain Comp

Starting Young_ UK High School Wins 3rd Place in Barclays Blockchain Comp

Blockchain enthusiasts are starting young, as proved by the third-placed team at a blockchain interoperability hackathon at the Barclays Rise fintech hub in London. The hackathon was hosted by London-based blockchain startup Clearmatics. The prize was awarded to a team of high school students from Bedford, who was up against challenging senior competition. Not only did the students take away the …


South Korea’s “Sampo Generation” Find Escape in Crypto Amid Rigid Society

South Korea's _Sampo Generation_ Find Escape in Crypto Amid Rigid Society

For many of South Korea’s millennials, cryptocurrency has proven the only way to escape the rigors of the country’s social demands. Many of South Korea’s young are now calling themselves “dirt spoons”, a reference in South Korea to economic and social status, with gold and silver spoons being the best off and dirt spoons being the worst. Older Koreans refer …


Ripple Initiative Results in $1 Million Windfall for University of Michigan

Ripple Initiative Results in $1 Million Windfall for University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (UM) in the US is to establish a collaboration through cryptocurrency through Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). Michigan has joined a number of universities, now numbering 11 in all, who have formed a partnership with Ripple under the scheme aimed at supporting academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. UM …


Ledger: Market Still Here for Hardware Wallets

Ledger_ Market Still Here for Hardware Wallets

Eric Larchevêque, CEO of French hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, has said that he is optimistic for the future of the cryptocurrency industry, as he prepares for “a whole new generation of consumers”. However, Larchevêque claims that education is still an area of concern when it comes to storage of cryptocurrencies, and many users fall short of protecting their funds adequately. …


Seven Crypto Exchanges Use Nasdaq Surveillance Tech for Clean Trading

7 Crypto Exchanges Use Nasdaq Surveillance Tech for Clean Trading

Nasdaq’s cryptocurrency exchange guidelines are continuing to offer technical support for seven cryptocurrency exchanges, paying to use its tech to help them ensure trading activities are kept free from manipulation. Nasdaq’s team of specialists monitor all exchanges wishing to use the surveillance technology for both technical capability and ethics. To date, seven crypto exchanges have satisfied Nasdaq’s stringent guideless although only the …


Kazakhstan Kindergartens Streamline Waiting Lists on Blockchain

Kazakhstan Kindys Streamlining Waiting Lists Through Blockchain

Blockchain is being employed in numerous areas across sectors in all parts of the globe moving into 2019, but the education department of the Kazakhstan capital of Astana has found another use for it to keep parents happy. Admissions to kindergartens in Astana have been painfully slow as children start their road to education, and parents have been waitlisted as …


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