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 
02 February 2018   461

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.

Consensus 2018 summit to be held in New York City

4th annual blockchain technology summit - Consensus 2018, will take place in New York City on May 14-16
22 April 2018   41

CoinDesk has announced its 4th annual blockchain technology summit Consensus 2018 on May 14-16 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Along with the discussions on the blockchain technology, the event is going to feature a hackathon, PoW pitch competition and a scholarship award in a partnership with Zcash. Title sponsors of the event include bloq, Deloitte, Ledger, Octagon Strategy and SONM.

Consensus 2018 will feature 250+ speakers and 4,000+ attendees from the leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy. Among the notable speakers there will be Blockstack co-founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, J.P.Morgan blockchain program lead Amber Baldet, eToro CEO and founder Yoni Assia, Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf, ConsenSys founder Steve Cerveny, Athena Capital founder Meltem Demirors and many others.

The full 3-day agenda of the event can be found here.