US passes consumer safety tech act to evaluate blockchain
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While cryptocurrencies still dominate the headlines, there are also interesting developments on the consumer front for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). One such development is the recent passing in the US legislature of the Consumer Safety Technology Act, by a healthy majority of 325-103. The Act requires the office of the Secretary of Commerce, […]

Big Banks are adopting blockchain and DLT
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An article from Forbes explores how big banks are adapting to and investing in blockchain and DLT as part of the increasing digitisation of the world of finance. With particular focus on how currencies are being digitised, such as the proposed ‘BritCoin’ and the digital Yuan, Forbes Digital Council member, Chris Naprawa, TAAL president, the […]

Report highlights European blockchain investment gap
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The European Investment Bank, working with the European Commission, has produced a report on artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies, providing “a global overview of the state of play of both technologies”. The report says that Europe needs to address an investment gap of up to €10 billion which it argues is holding back development and […]

Blockchain Ireland Enterprise Working Group call for members
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The Enterprise working group within Blockchain Ireland is actively looking to recruit new members to guide the group in delivering content and engagement for the enterprise membership. If you are involved with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in an enterprise environment, check out the working groups page of BlockchainIreland.ie, where you can make contact with […]

Formula 1 gets crypto backing
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Formula 1 has secured a $100 million sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com. Reported to be a five year deal, it will see branding trackside from the British Grand Prix onward, as well is in the new spring qualifying format. Not a first for the sport, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team had […]

Joint project on demand and supply of blockchain skills
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A joint project is being undertaken by ESRI, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) at the University of Sussex, and Blockchain Ireland on blockchain skills development as part of a joint project on the demand and supply of blockchain skills. Below is a letter from the respective instututes, with a call to action for […]

StartupsLunchbox-06 – 23 June
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The Blockchain Ireland Start-ups working group is continuing its Lunchbox series of events at 13:00 on 23 June, with the topic of decentralisation, innovation and the public sector. The series comprises bitesize conversations with DLT entrepreneurs and trailblazers from Ireland and overseas, covering emerging trends, early adoption and advice on getting started. Featured speakers are: […]

Micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability
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The European Commission wishes to hear the views of citizens, governmental and non-governmental organisations (international, European, national, regional and local) as well as of education, training and employment stakeholders on the subject of EU-wide recognition of learning outcomes. They can respond to the public consultation in a personal or organisational/institutional capacity by filling a the […]

Education opportunities for the digital world
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The world of finance is moving at a swift pace, driven by various digital developments, such as blockchain, digital currencies and decentralised finance (DeFi). For those already in the world of financial technologies (Fintech) or for those who want to understand these growing trends, ICT Skillnet has a range of courses delivered with education partners […]

New event series on MiCA
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The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) has created a new event series entitled “MiCA goes Global”. According to the association, the series was created to be the next step in its work on the EU Commission’s Regulation of Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) and the Prime Pilot Regulation (PRR). Each event in the series, […]

Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 – solid foundations
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Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 was an unqualified success, as more than sixty events and hundreds of speakers and participants over the course of the week generated more than 4,800 registrations from 60 countries. With the broad theme of blockchain as a foundation of trust for a new era of digital services and applications, clear themes […]

SkillsBuild FREE Blockchain Learning Pathways
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Blockchain for BusinessBlockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. An asset can be tangible (a house, car, cash, land) or intangible (intellectual property, patents, copyrights, branding). Virtually anything of value can be tracked and traded on a blockchain network, reducing risk and cutting costs for […]