As an effort to cope with the rising demand for skilled workers in the blockchain industry, Singapore Polytechnic has recently announced that they will offer a beginners course on blockchain technology starting February 2019. The course will be taught by Dr Ernie Teo who was also a research scientist for IBM’s Centre for Blockchain Innovation.
A formal request has been issued by the Bank of Israel where they have requested to receive for information regarding Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). The goal of the request described as, “Regulatory Coordination of Virtual Assets, the regulators of the Israeli financial system believe that there is room to renew and strengthen cooperation and coordination among all regulators and public”
A collaboration has been recently established between Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) with a technology firm based in Canada, Ubique Networks in launching an eSports platform powered by blockchain. The CEO of Ubique Networks, Vijai Karthigesu then explained that We are now moving both the Q network and the Swarmio application to blockchain and decentralizing the technology and tokenizition.”
Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), the German railway operator has into partnership with Unibright, a blockchain integration platform to explore the possibility of tokenizing its ecosystem, it was A revealed through press release. The German railway which is considered to be the largest in Europe, ponders whether decentralized solutions can cut operational costs and help increase of the travel industry.
Parity, an United Kingdom-based blockchain infrastructure provider has launched a beta version of its tool for creating customized blockchains.The release states that Substrate is designed to provide “maximum technical freedom” while creating blockchains. It supports multiple programming languages, users can make their own consensus mechanisms, and it is compatible with most existing consensus algorithms.
A collaboration made between IBM Research and Hello Tractor have recently developed an AI and blockchain-driven platform for Africa’s farmers. The CEO of Hello Tractor, Jehiel Oliver then explained, “Agriculture is a complex industry that can have so many different variables. We’re bringing a decision tool to the Hello Tractor ecosystem powered by AI and blockchain.”
The South Korean government seems to hint their plan to heavily invest on a blockchain technology project in 2019. The Ministry of Science and ICT of South Korea then explained, “We are responsible for the blockchain industry – the Financial Services Commission is responsible for cryptocurrencies. The two sectors must be considered as distinct from one another.”
The Vitalik Buterin has granted 1,000 ETH tokens worth $324,000 to three startups that are currently working on Ethereum ecosystem. The token was gifted by Buterin as a “contribution to the push the development of Ethereum 2.0”. This indicates a welcoming and supporting gestures from Vitalik itself for those start-ups which eyes to work on Ethereum ecosystem.
Hansecoin, a blockchain project based in Estonia has big plans for 2019. Their blockchain projects are focused on real estate market both in manufacturing space and property, the plan is to issue security tokens backed by real estate assets. The platform will have two types of tokens: Virtual Project Access Token (VPAT) and Project Participation Token (PPT).
Blythe Masters, one of the most influential women in the crypto world and former JPMorgan executive resigns from head of Blockchain startup Digital Asset citing personal reasons. Through her lead company entered valuable deals with Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and SIX Swiss Exchange. AG Gangadhar, will now be the new CEO, in past he was with Amazon, Google, and Uber.