EU Launches Blockchain Observatory and Forum

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum will be gathering information, monitoring and analyzing trends, addressing challenges and exploring blockchains' socioeconomic potential 
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The European Commission announced on February 1 the launch of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum with the support of the European Parliament to help the EU to stay at the forefront of blockchain technology. 

According to the announcement, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum will play an active role in helping Europe to seize new opportunities offered by blockchain, build expertise and show leadership in the field. It will be gathering information, monitoring and analyzing trends, addressing challenges and exploring blockchains' socioeconomic potential. 

It will also enable cross-border cooperation on practical use cases, bringing Europe's best experts together and promoting an open forum for blockchain technologists, innovators, citizens, industry stakeholders, public authorities, regulators, and supervisors, to discuss and develop new ideas in order to learn, engage and contribute in an open way, the Commission said.

I see blockchain as a game changer and I want Europe to be at the forefront of its development. We need to establish the right enabling environment - a Digital Single Market for blockchain so that all citizens can benefit, instead of a patchwork of initiatives. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is an important step in that direction.

 

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society

The European Commission has partnered with ConsenSys, an ethereum startup, to support the Observatory's outreach in Europe following a call for tenders launched last year. It will work in close cooperation with Commission services to run the EU Observatory and Forum.

Swansea Hosts Blockchain and Distributed Energy Conference

The BEW'18, which will be held on February 19, 2018 in Swansea, UK, is a must-attend for people who are interested in the cutting edge of blockchain
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The Blockchain Energy Wales'18 Conference will be held on February 19, 2018 in Swansea, United Kingdom.

The conference will introduce Klenergy and their Pylon Network, which is a decentralised energy exchange platform powered by renewable energy. The BEW'18 is a must-attend for people who are interested in the cutting edge of blockchain, distributed energy, peer2peer and smart technology.

BEW conference location swanseaBEW'18 Exact Location

Location: TechHub Swansea, 221 Stryd Fawr, Swansea SA1 1NW, UK
Time: from 9AM to 1.30PM

The headline speakers include Paul Harwood, Basicincome supporter and advocate, and David Clubb, director of RUKCymru and head of digital RenewableUK.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: Blockchain technology and its application in the energy sector, future of blockchain wallet systems, buildings as power stations, building the open-source co-operation protocol for the energy sector, and more.