Cardano grows stronger after successful Virtual Summit

With 10,500 attendees from around the globe, the recent Cardano Virtual Summit was a resounding success. The event took a deep dive into Cardano and the scientific research underpinning it, as well as revealing the latest blockchain technology advances with applications both in the developing world and for wider enterprise.

Over two days of presentations and discussions, the three host companies, IOHK, Cardano Foundation and Emurgo, showcased Cardano’s recent developments, inspiring thousands more to believe in and join their project. The sessions were held across five virtual rooms: Main Auditorium, Science of Blockchain, Delivering Solutions for Business and Enterprises, Supporting ADA Community, and Governance & Regulations.

The virtual summit was indeed so successful and inspiring that Cardano and its coin ADA surpassed Litecoin, briefly taking the position of 7th largest cryptocurrency, with a market cap of $2.74 billion.

This summit’s main topic was the Shelley update, which, as announced, has been successfully completed. The team revealed the launch of Project Catalyst and the Voltaire era, which will focus on establishing a democratic platform governance system.

About the announcement, Charles Hoskinson, one of the minds behind Cardano, said: “ADA holders need a simple process where they can directly influence the future of Cardano. This process needs to be fair, usable and lead to impactful funding decisions, something that to date hasn’t been achieved by any other system in the industry. We’ll be rolling this out in Q4 of this year. With a simple mobile interface and voter rewards, our community will be able to fund initiatives they believe in. Project Catalyst primes us for Voltaire and is a huge step in fulfilling IOHK’s promise of a decentralised, fair and impactful treasury system.”

Other important announcements included the release of Cardano’s Atala PRISM, a multi-purpose decentralised system providing “self-sovereign” identities and access to a blockchain marketplace for financial and social services. Furthemore, PRISM seeks to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and privacy concerns, providing a blockchain system for users to exchange personal and sensitive information safely.

The launch of PRISM is a testament to Cardano’s mission to build technology systems which can provide financial services to the populations of developing countries, more particularly to the three billion people who are currently excluded from mainstream banking services. According to the Cardano website, PRISM technology can be applied in a variety of industries such as education, government services, digital identity and finance.

Hoskinson said about PRISM: “As an open and inclusive system potentially accessible through simple cell phones or paper wallets; this could fuel a new wave of applications extending social and financial systems to millions worldwide.

“PRISM could give almost 2 billion unbanked people an economic identity, track global goods from source to sale, and de-risk investment in emerging markets. In the wake of an increasing backlash against Silicon Valley firms over data privacy, this decentralised identity system gives people sovereignty over their data and reduces the risk of data privacy breaches for service-providers.”

In even more exciting news, IOHK announced the launch of a venture fund with Wave Financial Group intended to support development and strengthen IOHK platforms: among them, Cardano. IOHK is investing $10 million and Wave plans to raise a further $10 million, with the total amount to be distributed to start-ups and early stage companies around the world whose products are built on top of IOHK technologies. It is hoped that the move will widen Cardano adoption.

Underneath the technological refinement of Cardano lies the philosophy of creating a blockchain enterprise based on a human-centred approach to innovation. The project has been developed by thorough research and in-depth study. Education has always been the backbone of Cardano’s philosophy, underpinning its mission to establish itself as a leading institution in the academic study of blockchain by tackling difficult research questions. The recent summit clearly demonstrated that Cardano and its partners are fully committed to making this mission a reality while building a solid foundation in the industry.

The project’s original aim has expanded, as increasing opportunities showed the game changing power it can offer society. It is not just about providing financial services and technological infrastructure to developing countries; it is about individual and community empowerment, social impact and innovation, and human progress. More use cases have been tested and are currently in development.

Ahead of the Summit, Cardano launched its new website. Visit cardano.org, the hub for all things Cardano, where users and businesses can find information about development, updates and industry applications.

Cassiopeia Services and our in-house production FinancialFox are media partners of the event and long-term supporters of the Cardano project. Watch our recent FinancialFox interview with co-founder of IOHK and Cardano Charles Hoskinson:

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Countdown to Cardano Virtual Summit 2020

IOHK, Cardano Foundation and EMURGO, the companies behind Cardano, are proud to announce the Cardano Virtual Summit 2020, Shelley Edition. The Summit will take place on 2–3 July and is free to attend.

Cassiopeia Services and our in-house production FinancialFox are media partners of the event, which will mark the completion of the Shelley Phase of Cardano, bringing full decentralisation to its blockchain.

The Summit will take a deep dive into the Cardano world and the scientific research supporting it, as well as revealing the latest advances in blockchain technology, with applications both in the developing world and for wider enterprise.

IOHK will discuss the peer-reviewed scientific research underpinning Cardano, while EMURGO, the investment arm working to boost the Cardano ecosystem, will feature in sessions covering the wide-ranging applications of the blockchain for global enterprises and governments. Cardano Foundation, the independent not-for-profit responsible for overseeing the long-term development of Cardano and its ecosystem, will lead discussions on the future of the project.

Cardano is one of the most advanced and sophisticated projects in the blockchain space, being the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. It is ranked among the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation.

Cardano’s main focus is to apply rigorous academic research and evidence-based solutions to provide technological infrastructure. After the new Shelley update, Cardano will be up to a hundred times more decentralised, taking its place as a true third-generation cryptocurrency whose mission is to unlock a new era of development powered by technology and decentralisation.

Underneath the technological refinement of Cardano lies the philosophy of creating a blockchain enterprise based on a human-centred approach to innovation. One of Cardano’s main objectives is to provide financial services and technological infrastructure to developing countries, more particularly to the three billion people who are currently excluded from mainstream banking services. Cardano currently reaches 54 countries in Africa and is committed to building blockchain governance to future-proof the region’s sustainable growth and development.

Beyond the development of Cardano, IOHK is engaged in promoting blockchain research, having recently donated $500m in Cardano (ADA) to the University of Wyoming. The fund is intended to enable blockchain research and development in academia, one of IOHK’s core values. The state of Wyoming is known for its progressive approach to crypto legislation, as reported by CoinTelegraph.

Over the last three months, ADA has seen a surge in price. Ryan Selkis, CEO of Messari, believes that Cardano will become the fifth-largest cryptocurrency in 2021, as reported in CryptoSlate, given that the Shelley update will enhance the cryptocurrency’s performance.

Cardano price 3months via coindesk

Some of the confirmed speakers are Vinton G Cerf; Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of IOHK and Cardano; John O’Connor, Director of African Operations at IOHK; Stephen Wolfram, Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research; and Caitlin Long, co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition.

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, said:

“The virtual summit marks a milestone in the development of Cardano as we start the roll-out of Shelley, bringing decentralisation, staking and delegation of ADA to the blockchain.

The launch of Shelley brings with it the promise of a blockchain a hundred times more decentralised than Bitcoin, representing another step toward the full delivery of a decentralised, autonomous blockchain, with class-leading scalability and interoperability.

With the unique abilities of the system having already been proven during extensive testing, involving over a thousand registered stakepools, this roll-out promises to deliver the world’s most advanced proof-of-stake-based blockchain.”

For more information on the event agenda and to register for free: https://cardanosummit.iohk.io/

Watch our latest interview with co-founder of IOHK and Cardano Charles Hoskinson:

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Time for cryptocurrencies to take over the stock market?

While the events of the past few months have shaken up pretty much every aspect of our lives, the truth is that even before the pandemic was in sight, the financial market had been struggling. Talks about another crisis had been brewing for some time.

The arrival of Covid-19 was indeed the last straw in revealing widespread discontentment with a system that is increasingly considered unfit for purpose. Amid a near total shutdown of the air travel industry, the price of oil — which had already been heading down — reached negative figures, worsening the turmoil in the financial market.

Beyond the wreckage in the stock market, the impacts can also be seen in the global economy, which will experience negative growth this year. In the US alone, 30 million people have filed initial unemployment claims since mid-March. As a way to recover the economy, the US FEd and the European Central Bank are resorting to quantitative easing, a method criticised by many as potentially causing inflation and returning very low interest rates on investments.

The virus has shown itself not only to be a threat to people’s lives and healthcare systems; it has also highlighted how our economic and political structures are ill-prepared to protect people’s assets and jobs, calling into question how much governments and authorities can be trusted to provide sound and effective solutions at a time like this.

In a research report published on April 30th, Phil Bonello from Grayscale Investments noted: “Today’s macroeconomic environment continues to reinforce that a scarce, digital, non-sovereign form of money may be an attractive place to store value and may serve as a hedge against unrestrained money printing.”

Cryptocurrency to the rescue?

Talk of alternative finance has always been brewing within the crypto community, which has long advocated for a shift to a new financial and economic system, one that is less centralised and more user-centric.

Cryptocurrencies leverage on the features of blockchain technology, allowing money to be transferred in a safe and quick manner. Praise for blockchain and cryptocurrencies had been growing over the last few years as the ‘crypto revolution’ was fuelled by frustration with the old highly centralised system which operates slowly and concentrates power into the hands of a few elite organisations.

Just as stock markets were struggling at the start of April, Revolut, one of the largest fintechs in Europe, announced its decision to make cryptocurrency trading available to all its seven million customers.

Revolut was no stranger to digital assets, having offered support for Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin to its Premium users since 2017. The London-based fintech referred to crypto’s origins as an “alternative to real money during the times of quantitative easing and currency devaluation following the 2008 financial crisis,” which is “happening again right now” following the COVID-19 economic upset.

Investors have been seeking safer havens for their money, and cryptocurrencies — particularly Bitcoin — are regarded as one of these alternatives. “Aside from gold, the list of alternative assets to consider as a hedge against uncertainty in the global markets are few and far between,” said Fred Schebesta, co-founder of Finder, to the Economic Times. ”To me, Bitcoin remains one of the most attractive assets in helping diversify a portfolio looking to hedge against risk in the coming years.”

Crypto market heats up anticipating Bitcoin halving

This May, crypto enthusiasts are looking forward to the next Bitcoin halving, a rare event that will mark the fall in the number of bitcoins unlocked for mining one block, from the current 12.5 bitcoins to 6.25 bitcoins. This mechanism exists to ensure the limited supply of Bitcoins and to control the value of the cryptocurrency. It also works as a market regulator, indicating it could lead to a price increase. Crypto advocates see the halving mechanism as a way to control inflation.

Clem Chambers — serial investor, CEO of global leading financial news platform ADVFN and CEO of blockchain application developer Online Blockchain — who predicted the market collapse in earlier in January 2020, warns investors to be very careful about equities as he looks favourably at crypto as a sound alternative investment for long- term rewards in these times of market volatility and anticipated recession: “If you think the future is hyperinflation, you need to buy Bitcoin.”

In anticipation of the halving, in the last week of April the entire market capitalisation or value of cryptocurrencies jumped $35.3 billion in 24 hours. Bitcoin reached $9,388.30, representing an 18.57% increase in one day.

In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin price went back above $9,000, just as as the U.S. government announced it plans to borrow further $3 trillion to revive the economy.

While Bitcoin can be considered as a form of ‘digital gold’, the true value of cryptocurrencies lies in the fact that they are designed as more than an alternative finance method. Digital assets have high use-case value because they provide a range of services and products that in the traditional system would require a middleman such as a bank, in addition to going through a lengthy, expensive and bureaucratic process.

Ethereum, the second-highest valued crypto in the market, for example, is a smart contract platform that enables developers to build decentralised applications (dapps). On the blockchain, smart contracts run without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference; facilitating the exchange of money, content, property, shares, or any valuable asset.

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The Future of Education: the Growth of VR and Online Learning

Among the many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak, the education sector has been shaken up in particular by the shut-down of schools and universities, prompting a surge in the use of online learning tools. In the same way that working from home has become a new reality for many, remote education may also become the norm.

Technology has taken over and redefined nearly every aspect of our lives, and education is no exception. The discussion around online learning and the growth of education technologies has been taking place for a few years, and this novel virus has offered an opportunity for institutions to reinvent themselves by fully embracing the tools that make online learning possible.

Among all the online potential, university shutdowns have brought notable losses: personal connections, events, networking experiences, and the whole social experience of studying at a higher education institution have been modified or sacrificed in these times of necessary adaptation. Nevertheless, the unprecedented situation may bring in broader changes in the way education works; students who could not otherwise afford or would not have the time for classroom-based degree could benefit. A more widespread online teaching practice may represent a golden opportunity, after all. Indeed, experts are saying that institutions which do not adopt technology tools will be left behind.

During enforced quarantines and periods of self-isolation, the internet has proven to be the best weapon, providing vital information and means of communication. The internet has infinite resources accessible from all around the globe regardless of language and time zone. Also, many of today’s students are ‘digital natives’, having grown up with technology. So, why shouldn’t education be included in this mix?

Online learning has already been growing steadily over the years: the learning platform Coursera, which offers thousands of online courses — many free — has over 30 million users. Coursera is a leading provider of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which typically comprise video lessons, reading assignments, assessments and discussion forums.

Right now, as universities and schools are forced to interrupt activities, institutional change has become necessary. Over the past weeks, video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype have seen an increase in users, alongside the many other tools available that help round out the online learning experience.

The software Proctorio is a Google Chrome extension that monitors students taking exams online. Other tools include Instructure’s Canvas, where teachers can engage students in an active, modern learning experience that impacts achievement, and Google Classroom, which helps students and teachers organise assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

As ever, the growth of online education has its own challenges: funding for software must be found and adequate training rolled out, not to mention the constant technical maintenance and high levels of media literacy required of both students and educators. These challenges should be taken seriously and risen to if education is committed to making this leap into the online world.

VR in Education

The virtual reality (VR) market in the education sector is expected to grow by USD 6.34 billion during 2020–2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

North America is the leader in the VR market for education, followed by Europe. North America is also predicted to register the highest growth due to stronger emphasis in the use of VR and the surge of affordable VR tools in the region. “The advent of 360-degree cameras and the increasing emphasis on foveated rendering will further boost market growth during the forecast period,” said a senior analyst at Technavio.

Social VR tools can help enhance the studying experience and go some way to fulfil the social aspect of being at school. It offers a viable alternative to connect with other students and immerse in an environment with more sensorial stimuli.

Google Tour Creator is one of the available tools to build 360° projections from a personal computer. All it takes is for users to upload panoramic photos, or find one on Google Street view, and highlight points of interest for their viewers.

Not only can classes be hosted in VR, but conferences and social gatherings too. This could bring many benefits such as removal of attendance limits, lower costs to participants, options to record and replay sessions, as well as reduced travel and associated carbon impact.

Such an experiment is already in place: The HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC), which is usually held in Shenzhen, China, was streamed via VR this year.

“Whilst there is no monetary value to this agreement, we believe that it marks the first time an official physical industry event is fully replaced by VR. It also provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase the exciting capabilities of our ENGAGE platform to a truly global technology-led audience,” said David Whelan, CEO of VR Education, in a statement.

We are sure to see more developments unfolding in the sector in the near future, and many innovative tools are coming onto the market offering new solutions.

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Crypto in coronavirus times: Opportunity or doom?

Crypto in coronavirus times: Opportunity or Pitfall?

With the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe and the Americas, we have seen increasing disruption in the financial markets and political spheres. Tensions have been building as more cases and deaths are reported by the day and countries take ever more drastic measures such as closing borders and locking down cities.

The impact on the stock market has left investors flocking to bonds and yields in search of safer investment options in this critical situation. The US 10-year yield fell below 1% on Monday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to near zero, as well as announcing it would start quantitative easing in order to pump $700 billion into the economy.

The crypto market has also felt the effects of the global pandemic. Last Thursday, bitcoin suffered its worst one-day drop in years, falling from $7,600 to $5,300. On Friday March 13, bitcoin fell to a year low of $3,867..

Chart from 17/03/20 https://www.coindesk.com/price/bitcoin

The bitcoin price drop was a surprise for some crypto advocates, who had argued that cryptocurrencies were the new ‘safe-haven’ assets and flight capital of choice due to their limited supply, lack of transportation issues and because they can be bought and turned into fiat very easily regardless of geographical location. In previous stock market declines, the crypto market was indeed boosted, and prices rose. However, this time, the trend does not seem to follow.

Even traditional safe-haven assets such as gold and silver are seeing a decrease in prices. The price of silver reached an 11-year low this week, while gold dropped to a multi-month low, as reported by Kitco News.

Some in the industry have said this bear run could pose an opportunity to buy cryptocurrencies.

Clem Chambers, CEO of ADVFN (which owns InvestorsHub in the US) and Online Blockchain plc comments: “Crypto is a victim of liquidity issues caused by the collapse of other markets. People are selling BTC for dollars to make margin with their banks and brokers or even pay wage bills.”

“As liquidity from central banks flood the markets, this should reverse, but the situation is very fragile with a guarantee of many outrageous situations to come.”

Next Bitcoin halving is close

Despite the sharp price drops, the crypto community is looking forward to the upcoming bitcoin halving.

With the next occurrence expected in May 2020, bitcoin halving sees the reward for mining new blocks of the cryptocurrency halved. On this occasion, miners will be rewarded 6.25 BTC, instead of the current 12.5 BTC. Halvings are scheduled once every 210,000 blocks, until the network reaches the maximum supply of 21 million bitcoins generated.

This mechanism exists to stop inflation by limiting the supply of coins: an important price and market regulator which could also indicate a price increase.

The first halving in November 2012 saw the initial reward of 50 BTC halved to 25. Since the second halving in 2016, miners have been receiving 12.5 bitcoins for each block successfully processed.

However, other crypto experts argue that the circumstances are different in 2020, and that the two previous halvings should not be taken as an indication of price surges.

"The bitcoin ecosystem today is arguably very different from previous halvings: four years ago, crypto derivatives markets were in their infancy, institutional involvement was slim and valuation frameworks were practically non-existent. It’s not unreasonable for investors to believe that this time it’s different," wrote Noelle Acheson, Director of Research at CoinDesk.

Blockchain to rescue the global economy?

The global pandemics and the ensuing stock market plunge have thrown the current economic model into question by showing it is not fool proof, nor does it protect individuals in times of need.

So, can new technology step in? Many of us think so.

Cryptocurrencies, by their very nature, challenged the economic model and were designed as a decentralised, borderless alternative to traditional currencies. The foundation of the cryptosystem is to democratise access to money and financial services. Even in their infancy, before the price booms and institutional investment, cryptocurrencies attracted advocates who believed a new finance model was possible and necessary, an idea we have recently been sharply reminded of.

The criticism of the current system comes from some of the most acclaimed names in the crypto industry, such as IOHK and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson. In times of a drastic crisis like the COVID-19, we can see how fragile economic and market systems are. Through a pragmatic view, we see that the current economic and financial system works on the basis of artificial sums of money coming from trade and debt, being kept afloat by interest rate cuts and weekly cash injections from central banks.

Hoskinson believes in the potential of cryptocurrencies like Cardano and even believes that blockchain technology could benefit from the current crisis, offering better future prospects and a healthier financial system.

“They are probably going to want financial freedom and our industry as a whole is the only one that can offer that so the worse this pandemic gets, the better it’s going to be for our industry and for people’s perception of the need for new systems to solve complicated problems,” Hoskinson commented.

On his Twitter, Hoskinson said that the $700 billion ‘quantitative easing’ announced by the US government — what he called ‘dumpster economics’ — would not happen in the crypto sphere.

While there seem to be no right answers in this unprecedented scenario, it feels crucial to ask the right questions about building more resilient and fairer solutions.

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Discover the future of enterprise technology with the Blockchain Expo Global 2020

Returning to Olympia London, UK for its fifth year on the 17–18th March 2020. Uncover the latest Blockchain innovations, next-generation technologies and strategies from the world of Blockchain to drive your business forward in 2020 and beyond.

Join 9,000 attendees from across the world including CTO’s, Heads of Innovation and Technology, IT Directors, Developers, Start-Up’s, OEM’s, Government, Automotive, Operators, Technology Providers, Investors, VCs and many more.

Over the two days the event will also showcase the most cutting-edge technologies from more than 300 exhibitors and provide insight from over 500 speakers sharing their unparalleled industry knowledge and real-life experiences.

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Here’s an overview of why you need to attend the Blockchain Expo in London!

1) Five collaborated events covering Blockchain, Ai, Big Data, Cyber Security, IoT and the brand new 5G Expo.

With 5 events under one roof this is THE event to explore the future of enterprise technology. The Blockchain Expo is co-located with The brand new 5G Conference and Exhibition, IoT Tech Expo, Cybersecurity & Cloud Expo, Blockchain Expo, and Ai & Big Data Expo.

Make sure to purchase an all-access Ultimate Pass to attend all 21 conference tracks over the 5 events. More information about ticket options here.

2) Hear industry experts delve into Blockchain for Enterprise

Purchase a Blockchain Gold or Ultimate Ticket to hear the latest user cases from lading brands. This conference track includes several top-level talks, interactive panel discussions and workshops focusing on:

— Supply Chain & Logistics

— Blockchain for Business, from Proof of Concepts to Unicorns

— Smart Contracts

— Proving Blockchain ROI

— Energy transformation

— Enabling digital transformation in the real world?

We have some fantastic speakers already confirmed from principal companies including Unilever, FedEx, Rolls Royce, GE Power, PwC, Boston Consulting group and many more!

View the full conference track here.

3) Free admission to the exhibition floor and explore future technologies

The free to attend exhibition hall is the ideal place for all attendees to uncover the latest technologies and innovations live in action. A variety of over 300 exhibitors across the entire enterprise technology ecosystem will showcase their technology advancements including leading companies such as TCS, Kaspersky Labs, BCG, Bitmain, Coreledger to name a few. View all exhibitors here.

4) New AI-Powered Matchmaking Tool networking app

The new Matchmaking Tool is the official AI-powered networking app designed for the entire co-located event. It enables users to plan their two days with ease; view the agenda, speakers, exhibitors and floorplan. You can also connect with and organise meetings with other attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

Our Matchmaking Tool is available to download by all attendees, but to gain access to our Matchmaking Features you must have an Expo Plus, Gold or Ultimate ticket. Don’t miss the chance to meet like-minded tech enthusiasts with over 56% of attendees being director level and above!

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5) Official networking party at the stunning Pergola Olympia

Join us on Day 1 of the event (17th March) for an exclusive evening of networking and drinks. Share your experiences from the day and meet with existing and potentially new business partners in a more relaxed setting.

The party will take place at the stunning Pergola Olympia from 6–10pm. All speakers, sponsors, press and exhibitors are invited. Attendees who hold an Ultimate, Gold or Expo Plus ticket will also have access. Find out more here.

6) Brand new Convergent Technologies Stage and conference track

We’ve added a brand-new stage to our Global event this year. The Convergent Technologies track is dedicated to the convergence of emerging technology solutions and how it is changing the corporate landscape.

The topics will explore regulations, standards and collaborations including:

— How Ai & 5G enable real-time optimisations

— How to implement the technologies of now

— Methodologies and process of DataOps

— Secure systems

— How to successfully compete in the Ai, Blockchain, Cyber, IoT & 5G space and so much more.

View all sessions within the Convergent Technologies conference track.

7) Save up to £350 on your ticket with the Early Bird offer!

Purchase your ticket before 1st February 2020 and save up to £350 with the Early Bird offer! There are a range of ticket types available from Free Expo Passes to all-access Ultimate Passes.

Ultimate Pass

— Full access to the 5 co-located events: IoT, 5G, Blockchain, AI & Big Data, Cyber Security & Cloud

— All conference tracks over the two days

— All networking opportunities including VIP lounge, official party on day 1 and networking app

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Blockchain Gold Pass

— Access to all Blockchain conference tracks over the two days

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— Access to the co-located exhibition and free sessions on the expo floor stages

Find out more about the range of tickets available and register here: https://www.blockchain-expo.com/global

If you have any questions or would like to get involved please contact enquiries@blockchain-expo.com . We look forward to welcoming you to the event. #BlockchainExpo

Crypto Faucets: An easy way to earn crypto

There are many routes into the crypto market for investors: purchasing a coin, trading on an exchange, or even mining directly. Yet, making an informed decision between these alternatives requires a certain degree of technical expertise.

Recently, cryptocurrency companies have tried to fill this potential knowledge gap and spur growth in cryptocurrency adoption by setting up crypto faucets.

Faucets are applications that allow users to distribute and access cryptocurrencies without need for mining. As this model aims to address the technical difficulties of mining cryptocurrencies, it includes those users who are not familiar with the mining process but still want to obtain their share of cryptocurrencies.

These sites reward users with small amounts of Bitcoin when they complete a task on their platform, such as visiting ads, completing a captcha or playing games. Faucets then pay participants in Satoshis, the smallest available unit of BTC: a hundred million Satoshis equal one Bitcoin.

The faucet makes revenue by sharing its advertisement proceedings with users, as advertisers pay per click and by impression rates. This encourages users to return and spend as much time as possible interacting with the content, ensuring ad exposure.

One of the most recent faucets to arrive on the market has been launched by the Tezos Foundation and is targeted at developers. The Tezos mainnet allows developers and users to request XTZ tokens for development and testing purposes.

Because the service is free of charge, users may be sceptical of its legitimacy. If you are considering using faucets, be sure to do your research about the various services, weigh up the pros and cons of signing up, and always take precautions online such as never entering your addresses, public keys, or private keys on websites and forums.

Online Blockchain’s FreeFaucet: The ‘Yahoo of Crypto’

In 2019, Online Blockchain (OBC) launched its faucet product, the FreeFaucet, an easy service intended to make cryptocurrencies available to more people. So far, it has proven very popular: in eight months, OBC’s FreeFaucet has gathered more than 40,000 registered users, increasing its userbase by approximately 150 a day.

“With crypto faucets, we take that technical difficulty away. People can get a little Bitcoin, a little Ethereum, a little Brazio ̶ they can just get it on the website. If they want to get more, they can subscribe,” said the CEO of OBC, Clem Chambers.

OBC’s FreeFaucet, claimed to be have some of the highest paying faucets on the net, offers many popular cryptocurrencies including: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Monero, alongside OBC-owned cryptocurrencies such as PlusOneCoin, Buenos and Brazio. Free registered users can make three claims per day.

In addition to conventional faucets, FreeFaucet.io offers its free users a number of ways to net cryptocurrencies:

External webfaucets — cryptocurrency can be earnt by performing actions on other websites

Email faucet — users can claim cryptocurrency by accessing faucets sent to them via email

Impression faucets — an advertising disruptor; anyone registered can claim free cryptocurrency simply by checking out interesting featured projects on the site

Geofaucets — QR codes at set locations, which when scanned reward the scanner with cryptocurrency. Additionally, anyone can set up their own Geofaucet and make a passive income

Bitferno — a powerful cryptocurrency miner used to mine brand new cryptocurrencies. Approximately once a month, these cryptocurrencies are distributed — ‘airdropped’ — to all Freefaucet.io users

The innovative aspect of crypto faucets lies in their business model that allows users to earn without paying: FreeFaucet’s revenue comes from subscriptions and advertisements placed on the website. Cryptocurrency companies will purchase ad space on the FreeFaucet page to attract more coin holders

“It is not just about the money, it is about community and education, enabling people to enter the crypto world. FreeFaucet.io will help unlock the value of the crypto sector,” says Clem Chambers, CEO of Online Blockchain.

FreeFaucet “reverses the economic chain: money comes back to consumers rather than them paying the middlemen involved in purchasing a product or service,” he adds.

You can access the free faucet website here https://freefaucet.io

Follow Frefaucet.io on Twitter https://twitter.com/freefaucetio

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Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in…

Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in tokens

2020 has started with a bang.

Swiss real estate investment firm BrickMark announced that it has signed an agreement to make the largest property purchase ever made using tokens. The building has a prime location ̶ Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse ̶ with the total transaction valued at CHF 130 million.

In the latest episode of #FinancialFox, crypto guru Stefania Barbaglio talked to Stephan Rind, CEO of BrickMark, about this pioneering transaction and the impact of such a deal on the blockchain industry.

Founded 18 months ago, BrickMark is now a member of EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) and has already earned the position of leading blockchain real estate investment firm. The company is combining the asset value and profitability of this asset class with the technological possibilities of smart contracts in blockchain and tokenisation to create a more efficient “form of capital designed specifically for the needs of today’s global institutional investor,” said BrickMark on the announcement.

BrickMark sees this transaction as the first of a planned large-scale international real estate portfolio . The tokens will be built on the Ethereum blockchain and will make use of smart contracts to establish rights and entitlements of the token holders. “The market was waiting for a transaction of this size,” says Stephen.

CEO Stephan Rind

As for the high value of the purchase, Stephen says that ‘it is about trust, long-lasting relationships and track record’ and that the seller company RFR was a idealgreat international transaction partner.

Dr. Alexander Koblischek, Managing Director of RFR Management GmbH, said: “We gladly accepted the BrickMark tokens as part of the purchase price. We assume that digital financial instruments will also significantly gain in importance in the real state sector in the future.”

The BrickMark team has long-term experience in investment and real estate management. Two years ago, they realised the potential of blockchain in the industry.

“Real estate is the biggest asset class in the world and only 5% of all real estate investment is available for public investment through shares, bonds or fund units. The rest is locked in the hands of private investors. BrickMark tokens or other tokens that follow our concept are able to unlock this value and give access to these properties and wealth to people who haven’t had the chance to invest in prime properties in top locations around the world.”

Stephen believes this transaction is the first stage of BrickMark’s growth trajectory towards building a portfolio of high-quality properties.

Beyond tokens and smart contracts, blockchain technology can have other positive impacts on the real estate industry, especially in the developing world where land registry remains an issue to be solved. In many developing countries, property records are vulnerable to inconsistencies, as well as issues like tampering, damage, and loss, mainly due to the lack of a suitably secure system for land governance. These issues lead to vast areas of land ending up locked and unproductive.

The use of distributed ledger technology can streamline land and property records, reducing expropriation risks, facilitating market transactions, and unlocking access to finance, says the World Bank.

Watch the interview:

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Cassiopeia Services partners with Picante Tech Conference Europe

Focus on Innovation, Crypto and FashionTech

Cassiopeia Services, the award-winning London-based boutique PR firm focused on innovation in the investment space, is pleased to announce its new key partnership with the global news and publishing service portal PICANTE Media and Events for its 2020 Tech Conferences in Europe, which will discuss how innovation is shaping our economy and society, as well as raise awareness of valuable projects in Europe.

Launched in 2019, PICANTE TECH Conference Europe is a series of annual events designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several panel discussion and exclusive keynote presentations. The events are regularly attended by the top leading and emerging European startups, SMEs and large enterprises. The conferences aim to target businesses in Central-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Scandinavia and Southern Europe.

Our goals are to help companies connect with the right partners in order to further develop their offerings in the ever-growing business community of the Baltic and Nordic regions. There are many opportunities in mobility, fintech, blockchain, edtech, and several other industries which haven’t yet been fully researched and implemented,” says Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at PICANTE Media and Events.

Cassiopeia Services boasts a solid, global marketing platform with focus on social media, as well as a wide following in the investment, innovation and technology space, particularly on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. From a growth and PR perspective, these networks and channels represent a valuable alliance for Picante’s events.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist at PICANTE Media and Events said: “Cassiopeia Services is a respected boutique PR firm and we value their commitment as a media partner of the TCE series. As we continue to strengthen our position in the tech conference events calendar of Europe, while also planning our expansion into North America and Asia, they are among the most dedicated partners. Stefania and the team has built a great network and we look forward to welcoming them this year in Tallinn and Prague.

The event gathers entrepreneurs, company representatives, investors and enthusiasts in the B2B sector of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, NanoTechnology, Quantum Technology, 5G, IoT, AR/VR and more innovative tech. In 2020, Tech Conference will host two editions: Spring, taking place in Tallinn in May; and Autumn, taking place in Prague in October.

Among the confirmed speakers for the spring edition are Vytautas Kubilius (Google’s Country Manager for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Clément Delbouys (Sales Manager for EasyMile Northern Europe), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Alex White(Co-Founder of crypto media group Coinstelegram), Märt Aro (Co-Founder at DreamApply and European EdTech Alliance), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Jovita Gabnienė (Dispute Resolution & Entertainment Attorney), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze) and more.

Cassiopeia founder and director Stefania Barbaglio will be moderating the panel session ‘Welcome to Crypto Paradise: Why the Baltic States are at the forefront of the Blockchain Industry in the EU’, when experts will highlight the potential of the Baltic nations in the context of crypto economy and blockchain technology.

She will also speak at the ‘FashionTech’ session on the r/evolution of fashion.

Cassiopeia’s TV channel FinancialFox , a fast-growing video platform for tech enthusiasts, innovators and alternative investment seekers, will host a series of special episodes dedicated to insights from industry speakers at this event.

“Our partnership with Picante Tech Conference represents all Cassiopeia stands for: promoting innovation, understanding the power of technology and making the right connections. Exploring the possibilities unlocked by new technologies is at the core of Cassiopeia’s work and for that reason, these events are the right fit for us. We are excited to be part of the 2020 conferences and we look forward to the discussions we will have in Tallinn,” comments Stefania Barbaglio.

Technology has the power to reinvent society and leave a positive impact in the world. Over recent years, there have been numerous projects harnessing technology to bring about increased sustainability, security and inclusion. While the fast-paced evolution in the tech space is indeed exciting and promising, it can also be overwhelming due to the sheer number of projects emerging in the sector, and doubts over the future of over-hyped products.

The key to a successful business is a strong use-case that can add real value to both customers and economic activity. It is also important for governments and institutions to be open to embracing new technologies that make systems safer and more efficient. The Baltic region has been rising as one of the new tech business and entrepreneurship hubs, supported by an agreement made by the three Baltic states to support the use of technology, especially in capital market innovations.

Nordic Countries: The hub of FashionTech

Known for her entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity, as well as her keen eye for opportunity, Stefania is an international businesswoman with vast experience in innovation strategies. Her expertise has placed Cassiopeia as one of the leading PR agencies in the tech space.

Beyond this, Stefania Barbaglio is a fashionista and fashion innovation expert. She has recently launched her own fashion innovation platform Steffy B. During the ‘FashionTech” session, she will talk about how new technologies are shaping the future of the fashion industry.

Sustainability, transparency and ethical practices are the hallmarks of the new fashion age. Through her platform, Stefania has been analysing how technologies play a key role in the evolution of industry, offering new shopping experiences, improved community engagement, better supply chain management, and social empowerment.

“The fashion industry and all the luxury markets are evolving fast thanks to the implementation of new technologies. But it is not just about new materials and better customer shopping experiences and new marketing practices; there is a lot of innovation to come that will disrupt the supply chain cycle, bringing more transparency, efficiency and empowerment to communities and creators. The considerable problems of counterfeits and the second-hand black market can now be fought against,” says Stefania

The Nordic and Baltic region is indeed the right setting for such discussion. The Nordic countries have established a tradition of sustainability and innovation in fashion, with the Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) earlier this year setting up a sustainability advisory board of international fashion industry representatives, banning single-use plastic bottles and developing a guide to more responsible fashion shows.

“We wish to use our role and our voice to make sustainability more attractive and are dedicated to speeding up the industry’s transition,” said CPHFW CEO Cecilie Thorsmark to Vogue.

The Nordic countries have also started a cooperation platform, promoted as part of the Nordic Fashion Association, NICE: Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical. “We are trying to move away from the very old-school, ugly-looking, chunking tech stuff happening now to a more fun, clean, fashion-tech scene that is more into emotional values, communication and solutions to everyday problems,” said Elin Fredberg, CEO of Swedish Fashion Council. The Swedish Fashion Council works with companies like H&M to develop tools to reduce faults in the fashion supply chain using technologies such as machine learning.

Be sure to follow us on social media @cassiopeia_ltd to keep up with more news and updates in this exciting sector. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about further upcoming interviews on FinancialFox.

Register for the Tech Conference with the code ‘CASSIO10’ and get 10% off your ticket on: https://techconference.eu

Cassiopeia Services partners with Picante Tech Conference Europe

Focus on Innovation, Crypto and FashionTech

Cassiopeia Services, the award-winning London-based boutique PR firm focused on innovation in the investment space, is pleased to announce its new key partnership with the global news and publishing service portal PICANTE Media and Events for its 2020 Tech Conferences in Europe, which will discuss how innovation is shaping our economy and society, as well as raise awareness of valuable projects in Europe.

Launched in 2019, PICANTE TECH Conference Europe is a series of annual events designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several panel discussion and exclusive keynote presentations. The events are regularly attended by the top leading and emerging European startups, SMEs and large enterprises. The conferences aim to target businesses in Central-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Scandinavia and Southern Europe.

Our goals are to help companies connect with the right partners in order to further develop their offerings in the ever-growing business community of the Baltic and Nordic regions. There are many opportunities in mobility, fintech, blockchain, edtech, and several other industries which haven’t yet been fully researched and implemented,” says Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at PICANTE Media and Events.

Cassiopeia Services boasts a solid, global marketing platform with focus on social media, as well as a wide following in the investment, innovation and technology space, particularly on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. From a growth and PR perspective, these networks and channels represent a valuable alliance for Picante’s events.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist at PICANTE Media and Events said: “Cassiopeia Services is a respected boutique PR firm and we value their commitment as a media partner of the TCE series. As we continue to strengthen our position in the tech conference events calendar of Europe, while also planning our expansion into North America and Asia, they are among the most dedicated partners. Stefania and the team has built a great network and we look forward to welcoming them this year in Tallinn and Prague.

The event gathers entrepreneurs, company representatives, investors and enthusiasts in the B2B sector of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, NanoTechnology, Quantum Technology, 5G, IoT, AR/VR and more innovative tech. In 2020, Tech Conference will host two editions: Spring, taking place in Tallinn in May; and Autumn, taking place in Prague in October.

Among the confirmed speakers for the spring edition are Vytautas Kubilius (Google’s Country Manager for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Clément Delbouys (Sales Manager for EasyMile Northern Europe), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Alex White(Co-Founder of crypto media group Coinstelegram), Märt Aro (Co-Founder at DreamApply and European EdTech Alliance), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Jovita Gabnienė (Dispute Resolution & Entertainment Attorney), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze) and more.

Cassiopeia founder and director Stefania Barbaglio will be moderating the panel session ‘Welcome to Crypto Paradise: Why the Baltic States are at the forefront of the Blockchain Industry in the EU’, when experts will highlight the potential of the Baltic nations in the context of crypto economy and blockchain technology.

She will also speak at the ‘FashionTech’ session on the r/evolution of fashion.

Cassiopeia’s TV channel FinancialFox , a fast-growing video platform for tech enthusiasts, innovators and alternative investment seekers, will host a series of special episodes dedicated to insights from industry speakers at this event.

“Our partnership with Picante Tech Conference represents all Cassiopeia stands for: promoting innovation, understanding the power of technology and making the right connections. Exploring the possibilities unlocked by new technologies is at the core of Cassiopeia’s work and for that reason, these events are the right fit for us. We are excited to be part of the 2020 conferences and we look forward to the discussions we will have in Tallinn,” comments Stefania Barbaglio.

Technology has the power to reinvent society and leave a positive impact in the world. Over recent years, there have been numerous projects harnessing technology to bring about increased sustainability, security and inclusion. While the fast-paced evolution in the tech space is indeed exciting and promising, it can also be overwhelming due to the sheer number of projects emerging in the sector, and doubts over the future of over-hyped products.

The key to a successful business is a strong use-case that can add real value to both customers and economic activity. It is also important for governments and institutions to be open to embracing new technologies that make systems safer and more efficient. The Baltic region has been rising as one of the new tech business and entrepreneurship hubs, supported by an agreement made by the three Baltic states to support the use of technology, especially in capital market innovations.

Nordic Countries: The hub of FashionTech

Known for her entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity, as well as her keen eye for opportunity, Stefania is an international businesswoman with vast experience in innovation strategies. Her expertise has placed Cassiopeia as one of the leading PR agencies in the tech space.

Beyond this, Stefania Barbaglio is a fashionista and fashion innovation expert. She has recently launched her own fashion innovation platform Steffy B. During the ‘FashionTech” session, she will talk about how new technologies are shaping the future of the fashion industry.

Sustainability, transparency and ethical practices are the hallmarks of the new fashion age. Through her platform, Stefania has been analysing how technologies play a key role in the evolution of industry, offering new shopping experiences, improved community engagement, better supply chain management, and social empowerment.

“The fashion industry and all the luxury markets are evolving fast thanks to the implementation of new technologies. But it is not just about new materials and better customer shopping experiences and new marketing practices; there is a lot of innovation to come that will disrupt the supply chain cycle, bringing more transparency, efficiency and empowerment to communities and creators. The considerable problems of counterfeits and the second-hand black market can now be fought against,” says Stefania

The Nordic and Baltic region is indeed the right setting for such discussion. The Nordic countries have established a tradition of sustainability and innovation in fashion, with the Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) earlier this year setting up a sustainability advisory board of international fashion industry representatives, banning single-use plastic bottles and developing a guide to more responsible fashion shows.

“We wish to use our role and our voice to make sustainability more attractive and are dedicated to speeding up the industry’s transition,” said CPHFW CEO Cecilie Thorsmark to Vogue.

The Nordic countries have also started a cooperation platform, promoted as part of the Nordic Fashion Association, NICE: Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical. “We are trying to move away from the very old-school, ugly-looking, chunking tech stuff happening now to a more fun, clean, fashion-tech scene that is more into emotional values, communication and solutions to everyday problems,” said Elin Fredberg, CEO of Swedish Fashion Council. The Swedish Fashion Council works with companies like H&M to develop tools to reduce faults in the fashion supply chain using technologies such as machine learning.

Be sure to follow us on social media @cassiopeia_ltd to keep up with more news and updates in this exciting sector. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about further upcoming interviews on FinancialFox.

Register for the Tech Conference with the code ‘CASSIO10’ and get 10% off your ticket on: https://techconference.eu