UNICEF Chooses Six Blockchain Startups for Humanitarian Investment Venture

Months after publishing a “blockchain call” to startups that could benefit humanity, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has invested in six blockchain startups. In January 2018, UNICEF called for early-stage technology startups that were registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries. It received over 100 applications...

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“Blockchain for Europe” Launched by Leading Global Blockchain Companies

Four leading global blockchain companies (EMURGO/Cardano), Fetch.AI, NEM and Ripple) have recently come together to establish an association representing blockchain originating organisations within Europe. With ‘Blockchain for Europe’, they hope to create a unified voice for the blockchain industry in Europe. The reason behind the launch of the association...

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Swiss Railway Tests Blockchain Identities for Workplace Safety Boost

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has completed a proof-of-concept (PoC) of a blockchain-based credentials management system for workers employed at the company’s construction sites. The project ran from May to November, and aimed to improve upon the current manual, paper-based processes in an “agile working environment with a digital, audit-proof...

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IBM collaborates with Columbia University on accelerator programme for blockchain startups

IBM and Columbia University have announced two new accelerator programmes to establish and scale the next generation of blockchain innovation. These programmes will back 10 startups that are working towards building blockchain businesses and developing enterprise blockchain networks. As part of each programme, participants will explore best practices for...

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Australia’s Science Agency & Commonwealth Bank Trial Blockchain ‘Smart Money’

A trial conducted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Data61 unit of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has proven that blockchain-powered smart money possesses immense social and economic benefits for Australia’s insurance scheme for persons living with disabilities. In the proof of concept, it...

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