Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account, the highest in the world, and it is spreading to West Africa and beyond.
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The AFRO: First Pan-African Cryptocurrency dedicated to Growth and Development in Africa

Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, safe and secure solution suited to Africa’s development challenges.

Intel Is Working on an Energy Efficient Bitcoin Mining System

Intel has obtained a bitcoin mining SHA-256 datapath patent that covers a processor and hardware accelerator. The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent.

Continental free trade area to boost e-commerce in Africa

High-level session at UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week shows that the continent has the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises - but its new free trade area will be key.

Omniaz is Bringing Blockchain & IoT Experience for Wine Consumers

Through this app, users will be able to access detailed information of their purchase for all wine, beer, and spirits, which will be authenticated on the blockchain.

Herding in the Most Volatile Market in Decades

Herding Behaviour is a phenomenon that occurs when individuals try to mimic the trades of others and thus traders copy each other. Two of the most important aspects is price and volume, especially the direction of causality between them.

Singapore launched a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the launch of a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector in Singapore and help financial institutions develop local talent in cybersecurity.

Singapore-based startup CSE unveils the Smart Contract 2.0 solutions

Blockchain ensures transparency while Smart Contract allows for intelligent execution, which CSE has integrated into a virtual machine. Aside from finance, users may also instruct this virtual machine to “substitute” people in areas such as: cultivation of crops, logistics handling, timeline management, chain of custody, intelligent data management, or smart city management, etc. This is open source platform so users may integrate their solutions in two ways, by API or by embedding codes into any applications such as Web, App, software, as well as hardware, especially the IoT equipment, NFC, etc.

IBM and Columbia University Launch Two Accelerator Programs for Blockchain Startups

Programs combine research and enterprise network expertise to help early-stage and later-stage companies build and scale blockchain businesses.

Buying Bitcoin with Paypal: Harder than it sounds

Currently, attempting to buy cryptocurrency through Paypal is difficult and expensive, mostly due to the potential for users to take advantage of chargebacks. For example, a user could buy some Bitcoins on an exchange, directly from their Paypal account and use its support system to charge it back so that they receive a refund. This can be problematic for exchanges since they can’t request refunds from the Bitcoin wallets they’ve credited.

Distributed ledger technology offers the potential to raise investments in small-scale renewable energy projects

Distributed ledger technology offers the potential to raise investments in small-scale renewable energy projects.

How Genesis Mining Took Over the Cloud Mining Sector

Genesis Mining is one of the largest cloud mining operations in the world. This crypto giant started from meager beginnings and grew into a global powerhouse in less than five years. Genesis Mining’s strategy of providing enterprise-level cloud mining to interested crypto investors has paid off massively and allowed the company to carve out a permanent home in the crypto space.

BestMixer.io’s Bitcoin Blender Aims to Bring Anonymity Back to Crypto

The BestMixer.io development team has introduced their next generation bitcoin blender in an effort aimed at disrupting the quickening pace of blockchain analysis firms such as Chainalysis.

Using Augmented Reality to inform consumer choice and lower carbon footprints

Using an AR smartphone app that combines comparative and detailed product information into personalized data and recommendations, a 23% reduction in carbon footprint was found for bottled water, and non-significant reductions for breakfast cereal.

Qualcomm shared its open-source Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System platform

Qualcomm Technologies' DIRBS server-based software platform can be used to help identify counterfeit, illegal, and stolen mobile devices in a country.

RatingToken Launches Sentiment Analysis Tool for Quantifying Online Sentiment Towards Blockchain Projects

By using textual analysis technology to study publicly available content across Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, RatingToken is able to produce a "Sentiment Score" for individual blockchain products. In this way, users can quickly see if a project has a positive or negative reputation online, and how it ranks compared to other projects.

EU Call for Proposals: Interoperable and smart homes and grids

The aim of the pilot is to exploit IoT reference architectures models that allow for combining services for home or building comfort and energy management, based on platforms that enable the integration of relevant digital technologies like IoT, AI, cloud and big data services and where applicable, combined with blockchain technologies.
Applications are closed
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An Integrated Platform for the Internet of Things Based on an Open Source Ecosystem

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly part of daily life. However, the development of IoT applications still faces many problems, such as heterogeneity, complex management, and other difficulties. In this paper, first, the open source technologies of IoT are surveyed.

Coin Dance | Community Driven Cryptocurrency Statistics

Coin Dance is a community-driven platform offering statistics and services for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Along with other prominent sites like Bitfire, a new wave of sites are challenging models not even strictly in the field of cryptocurrency. It appears that decentralization is sparing no area of business, not even statistics.

Smart Dubai and IBM announced the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Platform

Delivered through an IBM Cloud environment and built locally in the UAE, the enterprise-ready platform will serve as a stepping stone for organizations in the UAE and globally to transition their blockchain testing and development into full-production.

Rwanda and Alibaba unveil the first Electronic World Trade Platform hub in Africa

Alibaba Group and the government of Rwanda have agreed to multiple bilateral initiatives to promote the African country’s economy through increased cross-border trade, capacity building and tourism.

Call for Applications: Ubisoft's Gaming and Entertainment program for Start-ups in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

Ubisoft’s program encourages and creates stimulating gatherings between Ubisoft expert teams, entrepreneurs and external experts in order to shape tomorrow’s entertainment. Each participating start-up works with Ubisoft to define their goals and regularly meets with experts to track their progress.
Applications are closed

Travelport and IBM working to disrupt travel industry with new innovations

Blockchain to bring increased hotel options, and IBM Watson to fuel new customer experiences

Call for Projects: YouTube Learning Fund

Through this program, we will support selected creators around the world in their creation of multi-session learning content.
Applications are closed

CoinBene: Review and Analysis of the Exchange Platform

CoinBene is a cryptocurrency exchange that offers users a simple-to-use platform for crypto-to-crypto trading. In our CoinBene review, we look at this exchange’s advantages and disadvantages by examining a variety of categories that are important for any cryptocurrency trader to consider.

Call for Applications: 2019 GrowthAfrica Business Scaleup Accelerator in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia

The GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business.
Applications are closed

Singapore to establish Additive Manufacturing Facility and Applications in Maritime Sector

The facility’s location also leverages PSA’s parts supplier base and facility operations to support just-in-time inventory. This move towards digitised inventories reduces the need to hold excess inventory, which lowers storage costs, while shortening turnaround time from weeks to days due to improved availability of spare parts. In the long run, PSA will expand the scope of these services to the wider maritime industry, including ship owners, to help build its business adjacencies.

The Bali Fintech Agenda: A Blueprint for Successfully Harnessing Fintech’s Opportunities

In response to the Bali Fintech Agenda, the World Bank will focus on using fintech to deepen financial markets, enhance responsible access to financial services, and improve cross-border payments and remittance transfer systems.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019

“The Intelligent Digital Mesh has been a consistent theme for the past two years and continues as a major driver through 2019. Trends under each of these three themes are a key ingredient in driving a continuous innovation process as part of a ContinuousNEXT strategy,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

Call for Applications: The Tech Startups Challenge for women inclusion in Africa

To promote entrepreneurial initiatives managed by women and/or men, tackling the challenges of women's inclusion and gender inequalities – whether social, economic, cultural or political – and leveraging digital innovation for their development.
Applications are closed

Tierion: Utilizing the Bitcoin Blockchain to Verify Documents

The Tierion’s development includes contributions from developers across the globe. The platforms code is open-source, and the development team invites programmers to help improve the coding.

IBM Food Trust Expands Blockchain Network to Foster a Safer, More Transparent and Efficient Global Food System

IBM announced growing adoption of its food supply chain network, IBM Food Trust. The blockchain-based cloud network offers participating retailers, suppliers, growers and food industry providers with data from across the food ecosystem to enable greater traceability, transparency and efficiency.

Institutional Investors Using OTC Markets to Enter the Bitcoin Market

Institutional investors are getting into the Bitcoin market via OTC trading platforms. Currently, the OTC trading market is said to be over two times the size of regulated exchanges with some desks handling over $100 million a day in transactions.

Digitalization set to revolutionize shipping – new United Nations report

Technological advances including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, blockchain applications, autonomous ships, drones and others have the potential to boost efficiency in the global shipping industry, says the 2018 edition of UNCTAD’s Review of Maritime Transport.

A Blockchain Implementation Prototype for the Electronic Open Source Traceability of Wood along the Whole Supply Chain

This work implements a blockchain architecture within the wood chain electronic traceability. The infotracing system is based on RFID sensors and open source technology.

BITMAIN building a farm for crypto mining in Texas

Bitmain, one of the largest cryptocurrency mining companies has announced plans for the operation of a new mining facility. The blockchain data center, commonly known as a farm, is already under construction in Texas and is worth an estimated $500 million.

Call for Proposals: Blockchain use cases in Agriculture

The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.
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Top Three Ways Blockchain Is Killing It in Agribusiness

We’re going to look at how blockchain in agribusiness is actually making a positive impact already with real, live use cases and companies making cost-savings and improving efficiencies now.

Organizations Are Gearing Up for More Ethical and Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence, Finds Study

A new study shows that business leaders are taking steps to ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) within their organizations. Most AI adopters – which now account for 72 percent of organizations globally – conduct ethics training for their technologists (70 percent) and have ethics committees in place to review the use of AI (63 percent).