Central Bank of Ireland announces Innovation Sandbox Programme
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The Central Bank of Ireland has confirmed it will establish an Innovation Sandbox Programme in 2024. The programme will provide regulatory advice and support for innovative projects that promote better outcomes for society and the financial system, says CBI. The CBI announcement follows a three-month public consultation, and comes alongside a Feedback Statement to a […]

Blockhain Ireland Awards 2024!
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After a hugely successful Blockchain Ireland Week 2024, the wrap party was a joyous affair. This was due in no small part to the annual Blockchain Ireland Awards! Blockchain Ireland was delighted to recognise the oustanding contribution to the community and ecosystem made by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, and in his […]

Blockchain Bootcamp launch
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Join our BI Startups and Web3 ecosystem to learn more about Web3, DeFi, Crypto Startup culture. Connect with blockchain, crypto and Web3 founding teams, learn about Web3 product pipelines, digital marketing and community-building, fundraising and pitching in the Blockchain Bootcamp. The Blockchain Bootcamp will be weekly Monday Morning All-Hands and 1-1 mentorship for talented Web3 […]

Blockchain Ireland Week 2024 – Second Stage!
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Blockchain Ireland is delighted to announce a collaboration between the Technical and Start-ups and Web3 working groups for a second stage at Blockchain Ireland Week 2024. Taking place along side, but complementary to, the main stage, the programme will be hosted in the Maharry Theatre in the Trinity Business School. See below for the evolving […]

Mastercard launches ‘next gen’ of blockchain payments startup program
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Fintech giant Mastercard has announced that five new startups have joined its Start Path Blockchain and Digital Assets program, reports Cointelegraph. The Start Path Blockchain and Digital Assets program is a fintech accelerator program that focuses on “exploring future use cases to scale new solutions with startups around the world.” Joining the program are crypto […]

AI compute bottleneck: a case for decentralization
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The rapid development of AI over recent years, and particularly the rate at which Open AI seems to keep churning out new iterations of its GPT model, make it easy to assume that the technology will continue on a fairly linear trajectory as it matures – perhaps similar to the evolution of the internet. However, […]

Central Bank Innovation Hub – new website and engagement form
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The Central Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Hub has launched a new web site, with new media for engagement. The CBI Innovation Hub describes it as “the first in a number of changes being rolled out as identified in the recent Consultation Paper 156 and is designed to be a much better user experience & provide […]

Consensys is suing the SEC to defend the Ethereum ecosystem
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Consensys was founded on an era-defining mission: to empower people and communities through access to blockchain technologies, said the company in a statement. “We believe that advancing adoption of blockchain platforms like Ethereum will help reshape and enhance how future generations will manage economic, financial, social, political, and technological systems, creating a more equitable, transparent, […]

After 6-year hiatus, Stripe to start taking crypto payments, starting with USDC stablecoin
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  Stripe, the fintech giant, continues to inch its way back into the cryptocurrency market, reports TechCrunch. The company has announced that it would let customers accept cryptocurrency payments, starting with just one currency in particular, USDC stablecoins, initially only on Solana, Ethereum and Polygon. This will be the first time that Stripe has taken […]

Blockchain skills for business
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BlockW and the International Association of Trusted Blockchains (INATBA) has released one-page abstract from a larger report detailing the utility and skills associated with Web3. Available here, the 1-pager gives a digest of the skills model which provides practical guidance on adapting to the rapidly evolving blockchain industry. The main report emphasises the importance of education […]

Ethereum liquid restaking drives DeFi TVL to $100bn in Q1 ’24
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When compared to the previous quarter, the total value locked (TVL) in decentralised finance (DeFi) approximately doubled during the first quarter of 2024, indicating that DeFi has witnessed tremendous growth from the previous quarter, reports Blockchain.news. It is possible to ascribe, at least in part, this spike to Ethereum’s liquid restaking activities, which have been […]

BlackRock aware of RWAs as ‘multitrillion-dollar opportunity’
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The crypto markets’ focus on real-world asset (RWA) tokenisation has gained momentum throughout 2024, and multiple entities within the traditional finance (TradFi) industry are also integrating blockchain and asset tokenisation into their portfolios, reports Cointelegraph. Cointelegraph Markets spoke with Victor Sanchez and Alan Keegan, the co-founders of the RWA-focused blockchain project Kinto, to explore the […]