Written by Emma Lawton • Published 27th November 2017
Possibly the most talked about technology of 2017, blockchain technology has made the headlines almost every single week. The backbone of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, blockchain has the potential to revolutionise almost every single industry from finance to recruitment and even music.
This week, the driving forces in blockchain will meet at Blockchain Summit in London to discuss the technology’s impact on business, relevant real-world case studies and cutting-edge developments in the space. We’ve picked out some of the attendees we think are ones to watch in the new year.
HelloSugoi is a blockchain-based data-empowered event management ecosystem, flying in the face of those who say blockchain only has applications in the world of finance. The platform enables decentralised, secure, and transparent event ticket allocation which utilises the encryption features of blockchain. HelloSugoi aims to align the economic relationship between artists, event organisers, vendors, and consumers, acting as the much-needed financial backbone in the live performance industry.
Harnessing blockchain’s anti-fraud capabilities, Bitcomo is the first decentralised platform in the CPA partner networked based on blockchain to use smart contract algorithms. The platform brings transparency to the entire cycle of exchange from publisher to advertiser, displaying the process using open, immutable code. Further, the smart contacts eliminate time costs and the risk of information being lost during transfer by human error, streamlining and improving the whole end-to-end process.
Trust in the world of enterprise is easily lost and difficult to get – Qadre want to fix this. Using blockchain, Qadre is planning to redefine how business onboards, quantifies, and manages trust; minimising inefficiencies and the chance of fraud. Their aim is to enable a world where accountability is a natural part of the digital world.
UJO Music is an application that is shaking up the music industry. The app aims to simplify how musicians are paid, while also creating an even better experience for fans. In 2015, Imogen Heap collaborated with UJO, demonstrating how Ethereum can create a modern music supply chain, founded on prompt and transparent payments. The UJO team are passionate about using blockchain to rejuvenate the digital music industry.
Circle is on a mission to change the global economy – one international payment at a time. Using their experience in internet technology and global finance, Circle are making online payments easier to use, safer and more convenient than ever before. Harnessing open internet standards and protocols, including blockchain and an AI risk engine, the team are on the cutting-edge of keeping your money safe.
One of the forerunners in renewable energy, Enel is working to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems around energy consumption. Its global portfolio is highly diverse, running on hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, solar, thermoelectric, nuclear, and other renewable sources of power. A leader in clean energy, the group is looking to harness the power of blockchain technology to further drive their vision of a new era and new energy.
The BlockEx Digital Asset Exchange Platform manages the entire lifecycle of blockchain based digital assets in one, simple and easy to use space. Including origination, issuance, exchange, settlement, and redemption, the BlockEx exchange is blockchain agnostic, enabling any business to harness the platform’s benefits.