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Report: More than 65 Ways Blockchain Technology Can Fix Global Environmental Challenges

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San Francisco, United States, 14 September 2018 – A new World Economic Forum report released today at the Global Climate Action Summit in California identifies more than 65 ways blockchain can be applied to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges and calls for new global platforms to incubate ‘responsible blockchain ecosystems’ rather than just individual applications or companies.

Produced in collaboration with PwC, Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet also identifies eight game-changers where the technology can fundamentally transform the way the world manages its natural resources. These range from decentralising management of natural resources such as energy and water, to creating more transparent supply chains that drive greater sustainability, and providing new mechanisms for raising the trillions of dollars that will be needed to deliver low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

Blockchain-enabled solutions are currently being explored to improve the sustainability of global supply chains and could help overcome illegal activities by tracking fish from “bait to plate”, or commodities like palm oil, beef, and soy from “farm to fork”. Such transparency is vital in influencing consumer decisions, updating supply chain practices and triggering new governance arrangements. Blockchain-enabled smart contracts could, for instance, be used to underpin innovative tenure arrangements that give specific resource rights to communities or fishers.

According to the report, these and other opportunities have been largely untapped by developers, investors, and governments, and represent an opportunity to unlock and monetise value that is currently embedded in environmental systems.

environmental challenges“Blockchain’s potential to fundamentally redefine how business, government, and society operate has generated considerable hype,” said Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distribute Ledger Technology at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “Despite this hype, there are many challenges to overcome – it is still a nascent technology undergoing rapid development. Now is the right time for stakeholders to work together to ensure the development of responsible blockchain solutions that are good for people and the planet.”

Celine Herweijer, Partner, PwC UK, added: “It is important for anyone thinking about developing or investing in a blockchain application for the environment to take a step back and ask three essential questions: will blockchain solve the actual problem, can downside risks or unintended consequences be acceptably managed, and has the right ecosystem of stakeholders been built?”

If harnessed in the right way, blockchain has significant potential to enable the transition to cleaner and more resource-preserving decentralised solutions, unlock natural capital and empower communities. This is particularly important for the environment, where the tragedy of the commons and challenges related to non-financial value are prevalent.

“If history has taught us anything, it is that these transformative changes will not happen automatically,” said Dominic Waughray, Head of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Global Public Goods. “They will require deliberate collaboration between diverse stakeholders ranging from technology industries through to environmental policy-makers, and will need to be underpinned by new platforms that can support these stakeholders to advance not just a technology application, but the systems shift that will enable it to truly take hold.”

Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet forms part of a series of reports from the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth project, run in association with the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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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:

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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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