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Crypto Enthusiasts Disappointed By Lack of Employers Willing to Pay in Bitcoin

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SYDNEY, 12 September 2018. – The majority of employees would be willing to receive part or all of their wages in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, according to ChronoBank’s survey. However, businesses typically lag in their attitudes – despite the fact that the poll highlights the advantages such a move would offer both employers and their workers.

In July 2018, HR blockchain startup ChronoBank surveyed 445 cryptocurrency enthusiasts from all over the world including the US, Australia, and Russia to learn more about this emerging financial landscape. Results of the survey revealed that 92 percent of the respondents were male, and 40 percent were aged between 25 and 34 and 75 percent are currently employed.

Survey Findings

  • 66 percent of respondents are willing to receive wages in cryptocurrencies;

  • Only 30 percent believe that companies in their country will change to paying salaries in digital assets;

  • 83 percent are willing to receive their bonus payments in cryptocurrencies;

  • Only 52 percent are ready to pay taxes on their digital revenues;

  • 57 percent of respondents are confident that payments in crypto will positively affect the economic growth of countries.

Payments in crypto

Despite the active development of the cryptocurrency and blockchain economy in 2016-18, employers are not taking advantage of these new technologies. 72 percent of respondents stated that employers never offered them to switch salary to payments in cryptocurrencies. However, 66 percent of those surveyed expected that their employers should embrace technological change and that they would be willing to receive wages in cryptocurrencies. However, an incredible 83 percent of respondents were more than happy to receive their bonus payments in cryptocurrencies.

Sergei Sergienko, CEO of Chronobank, said: “Most revealing was that 72 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer an employer who has the salary payment option in the cryptocurrency when choosing their next place of employment. These results suggest that employers need to get up to speed with crypto sooner rather than later.”

Access to quick and convenient money transfers appear to be the main advantages in paying salaries in cryptocurrencies. But this answer changed depending on the nationality of users. For example, 37.5 percent respondents in Australia think that the most significant benefit of getting paid in crypto is tax avoidance. However, the majority of respondents still believe in the growth of the value of digital assets in the future.

50 percent believe that receiving a salary in cryptocurrency would help them spend less and only 19 percent would use it to make transactions. Why? Because if they left their crypto in their wallets, there is still an expectation that the value would increase. For younger people in the 18-24 bracket, the number of holders is even higher at 60 percent.

Users are aware of the potential risks that surround cryptocurrencies, but almost half of the respondents (49 percent) are much more concerned about the price volatility of digital assets. Younger people in particular (18-24) are more concerned about being the victim of an attack by a hacker (34 percent) than price volatility (44 percent).

Conversion of cryptocurrency into fiat at receiving salary would only be carried out by every fifth respondent. At the same time, only half of those polled are ready to pay taxes on their digital revenues, and about 25 percent have not yet decided. Although 65 percent of those surveyed in the US was prepared to pay taxes, in other countries such as Russia, only 30 percent are ready. But it’s important to highlight that overall, 62.5 percent of younger people are much more willing to pay taxes on crypto globally.

Future Perspectives

Bitcoin LogoSergei Sergienko said: “Even though there are ongoing changes in the legislation of different countries in the field of cryptocurrency, audiences are still not adequately informed about the innovations. Almost half of the respondents do not have enough information on whether salary payments in cryptocurrencies in their countries are allowed.”

Only 33 percent stated that they know that the relevant transactions are permitted in their country. In the USA – 43,5 percent know it’s allowed. Meanwhile, in Russia, the most common answer that it is not allowed (48 percent) and Russians understand about that.  

Despite the readiness of the respondents to receive funds in the cryptocurrency, most of them doubt that the companies will switch to salary payments in the cryptocurrency. Only 30 percent of respondents believe that companies in their country will change to paying salaries in digital assets. Surprisingly, in the USA it’s even lower, but in Australia, people are more optimistic.  

With respect to the regions that will lead to the payment of salaries in cryptocurrencies, Japan (32 percent) is leading the way. The US (15 percent) and South Korea (15 percent) are next in line, but US respondents believe more in South Korea (25 percent) than in Japan (only 13 percent). In Russia, 47 percent believe that Japan is the complete leader in the industry.

57 percent of respondents are confident that such initiatives will positively affect the economic growth of countries. By contrast, US respondents (47 percent) are a bit more skeptical than average.

In the field of HR, the majority of respondents are confident that the blockchain will be used as a secure system for payments. About 23 percent also believe that the blockchain will not be limited to this sphere and will allow employers to verify the data of employees using this technology.

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UTU – the first African Blockchain Startup to announce IDO on Binance DEX

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PRAGUE / NAIROBI / VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN Sep 20 2019Æ Ventures, an investment company that provides initial funding, acceleration, and advisory support to blockchain projects, today announced that Starfleet graduate UTU Technologies, a Nairobi-based company building a trust infrastructure for the sharing economy on æternity blockchain, is launching an IDO (Initial DEX Offering) on Binance DEX.

UTUUTU will launch its IDO on Binance DEX at Æternity Universe One, the first conference dedicated to the Æternity Blockchain’s growing ecosystem taking place September 20-21, 2019 in Prague. While IDOs are a fairly new concept, they are growing in popularity due to their independent nature, as they are independent of Binance and are 100 percent self-organized by the token issuer. UTU’s decision to employ this new funding measure is rooted in the company’s core values of trust and innovation.

UTU delivers proprietary trust recommendations to decentralized applications with the aim to disrupt anonymous star ratings and reviews, which are the current standard for discerning trustworthiness of digitally contracted service providers. The goal is to transform the online services industry by tokenizing the acquisition of users and data and creating a safe space to securely store and govern data access while providing monetary incentives for endorsing trusted service providers. UTU’s technology runs on a graph database, powered by machine learning, that is adapted for each user’s unique preferences and trust model. Therefore, in operation, UTU’s API seamlessly serves up personalized recommendations for trusted service providers on sharing platforms to drive conversion, satisfaction, retention and viral acquisition.

UTU’s technology is particularly useful for establishing trust for P2P e-commerce, P2P lending, and online professional services. For example, fintech platforms can use UTU to evaluate credit risks with little or no formal data, helping them to better understand the correlational risk to their portfolio. Online professional services like content and copywriters can use UTU to build trust and relationships, therefore driving conversion up by 20 percent, satisfaction up by 10 percent and they can generate up to 30 invites per new user.

“From the onset, our mission has been to bring real-world trust to the digital world; and we believe conducting an IDO is the next step up toward expanding this vision,” said Jason Eisen, CEO of UTU Technologies.

UTU will also showcase its technology at this year’s Æternity Universe One conference. This milestone highlights UTU’s development since participating in Æ Ventures’ Starfleet Accelerator program where they received $200,000 USD in investment and went on to win the Startup World Cup at the Trescon Global AI Show.

“The Æ Ventures team is very proud of UTU’s success through our Starfleet accelerator program,” said Nikola Stojanow, CEO of Æ Ventures. “We share UTU’s vision of providing a safer, more trusted digital world, built around relationships; and we are happy to support their efforts to build a solid blockchain ecosystem in Africa.”

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BIAN Announces National Campus Blockchain Hackathon Focused on Sustainable Growth

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The Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN) – formerly Nigeria Blockchain Alliance (NBA) – in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) announces the National Campus Blockchain Hackathon focused on sustainable growth. With the successful launch of Campus Blockchain Hackathon in five (5) Nigerian universities, the Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN), the brain box behind the Campus Blockchain Development Programme is concluding the pilot stage of Campus Blockchain Hackathon with a national programme.

Campus Blockchain Hackathon is an initiative of Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN), a sub-division of Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria (CDIN), in engaging the academic community on the importance of Blockchain Technology, its relevant use cases, and more specific, its adoption for innovative solutions. The Hackathon aimed to give Nigeria University students early exposure to the career and business opportunities being presented by the Blockchain/DLT digital innovations in order to domesticate the knowledge and skills for sustainable national development.

African tech startupsThe two-day event will bring together developers, enthusiasts, stakeholders, and students from the various teams that participated in the subsequent hackathon hosted by the initiative. With the theme; “Blockchain Innovations for Sustainable Growth,” the event is scheduled to hold in Nigeria’s federal capital territory, Abuja, on 24th and 25th of September, 2019. The National Campus Blockchain Program is proudly sponsored by Jelurida, IBM, and Nile University of Nigeria. Virtually everyone will agree, Technology can play a vital role in achieving sustainable growth. The blockchain is one of such that can help accelerate this progress. Just like the arrival of the internet which launched us into an era of technological change, the blockchain is a cutting-edge technology that possesses similar potential to redefine and transform every sector.

Through this project, the Campus Blockchain Hackathon seeks to harness innovation, by providing blockchain literacy, inclusion, skills and proffer long term solutions to critical problems towards the sustainable growth we desire.

Commenting from BIAN’s office in Abuja, Mr. Adeolu Fadele, President of BIAN said: “Education is the bedrock of any country’s development; the educational system of any country is considered as the cornerstone for meaningful achievements. The element of continuity and change remains hinged on education. Therefore, even though there is evidence of improved public understanding, increasing mainstream interest, and the emergence of startups that are building practical solutions using the blockchain technology in Nigeria today, however, all these cannot be considered to be true development until the learning institutions are carried along in a structured and sustainable manner.”

Campus Blockchain Hackathon began in October 2018, at the foremost Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, with over 1000 participants from the first day, undeniable evidence of Nigerian students’ growing interest in emerging technology as Blockchain Technology. After which, the project reached Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kwara State University; Federal University of Technology, Akure, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr. Kayode Babarinde, National Coordinator, Campus Blockchain Development Programme said: “The enthusiasm and participation of students across the five (5) universities in which Campus Blockchain Hackathon has been successfully held, has demonstrated that student culture in Nigerian universities goes beyond the norms of obtaining the degree and getting a good job. They are beginning to think outside the box and see real value in emerging technology as Blockchain. With the National Hackathon, we can look forward to mind-blowing innovations.”

The National Campus Blockchain Hackathon will also explore and fuel insightful discussions around key areas by featuring keynote sessions, panel discussions, learning, networking amongst others. The Program is Chaired by Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director General, at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

The event is open to entrepreneurs, software engineers, blockchain developers, start-up founders, business/tech consultants, government stakeholders and as well as individual with a keen interest in the field of blockchain.

For registration and further details please refer to the event website: www.bit.ly/nationalcampushack

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MEETUP: September 21, 2019 OKEX Brings the CryptoTour Africa 2019 to Kenya

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OKEx, the Malta-based mega crypto exchange, will be holding a meetup in Kenya, on September 21, 2019, featuring key speakers in the blockchain and crypto space in Kenya.

OKEx is looking to introduce its mega crypto exchange in the region to enables traders to margin trade for a profit.

The OKEx Cryptotour Africa 2019 will cover four African countries namely:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

The upcoming CryptoTour Africa 2019, Nairobi Edition, meetup will feature:

OKEx Meetup

Speakers who will be presenting at the OKEx CryptoTour Africa 2019

Roselyne Gicira – Chairperson, Blockchain Association of Kenya

Felix Macharia – Head of Operations, EOS Nairobi

Alex Matu – Crypto Trader / Trainer, BitcoinKE

Five lucky winners who attend the event will be rewarded with each winner getting 50 USDK ($50). Other gift perks will include OKEx T-Shirts, pens, key holders, and stickers for attendees.

Come enjoy great conversations, networking, drinks, and nibbles!

Event Details

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

LOCATION: Nairobi Garage, Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive, Off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya

REGISTRATION LINKhttp://bit.ly/OKEXRegistrationKE

RSVP to Attend. The event is FREE.

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