Atomic Swap: Presented by Decred and Zebpay

Decred is a community-directed digital currency designed to be a superior store of value for generations to come. Its hybrid PoW+PoS consensus …

Ditto PR and The Block are delighted to host “Atomic Swap” on Wednesday, May 15 in NYC during NYC Blockchain Week. In the words of Ditto PR founder Trey Ditto: “Speculative investments? Yawn. Crypto as a transformative technology? Been there, done that. Join @DittoPA and @TheBlock__ at #AtomicSwapNYC to be part of a new conversation on blockchain and crypto as a social and political movement.”

We are thrilled that a unique group of leading companies, projects and people will be sharing insights on crypto through a very different lens than every other conference.

Atomic Swap is possible due to the generous support of Decred and Zebpay, two projects that have been terrific partners to Ditto PR in preparation for the event. Through their support, Atomic Swap has been able to attract an audience of 200 leaders from the crypto ecosystem who will challenge and engage with the ideas throughout the day.

Decred is a community-directed digital currency designed to be a superior store of value for generations to come. Its hybrid PoW+PoS consensus mechanism, transparent proposal and voting system, and continually funded treasury make it secure, adaptable, and self-sustaining. Decred’s unique governance system is inclusive and decentralized, designed to empower stakeholders to collectively make and change the rules. The team launched its off-chain proposal system Politeia in late 2018. Since then, community members have voted to create a DEX, hire a PR firm (Ditto), deploy Lightning Network testnet, and further decentralize the Treasury.

Zebpay is a crypto exchange operating out of Singapore used by over 3M crypto traders in over 132 countries and supports fiat to crypto trading. The team just launched trading services in Australia and has opened a new office in Melbourne this week on the heels of a busy winter with the deployment of Lightning Network transactions and scraping trading fees to zero for all users.
Ditto PR, The Block, Decred and Zebpay look forward to meeting you next week at #AtomicSwapNYC!

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IBM’s Stephen Rogers addresses BiTA on transport’s adoption of blockchain

Now the relationship is growing deeper: yesterday, an IBM executive reported on his company’s research into blockchain for transportation to BiTA’s …

IBM’s technologists overcame more than a year of legal wrangling with the company’s intellectual property attorneys and were finally able to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). Now the relationship is growing deeper: yesterday, an IBM executive reported on his company’s research into blockchain for transportation to BiTA’s members.

BiTA is a member-led industry organization dedicated to building open-source and royalty-free data standards for blockchain in the transportation and logistics industry. At Thursday’s BiTA Spring Symposium, which followed Transparency19 in Atlanta, IBM’s vice president of blockchain initiatives for the supply chain Stephen Rogers spoke to the assembled membership and working groups.

IBM has already proven its leadership in the ‘blockchain for the supply chain’ space. FreightWaves reported on TradeLens, IBM and Maersk’s joint project to solve inefficiencies in container shipping last August; at roughly the same time IBM opened up IBM Food Trust, which began as a pilot project to create visibility into Walmart’s leafy green supply chain.

“It took a year between the business side and legal side to get here. The legal side kept saying there are risks, there are risks, but we’re here, and that makes me the happiest person in the world,” Rogers began. IBM’s in-house research institute, the Institute of Business Value (IBV), has created a virtual library of research reports on blockchain, many of them pertaining to the supply chain. Rogers presented the results of the IBV’s recent research.

One of the more interesting claims that Rogers made early in the talk concerned the relationship between blockchain and the internet of things (IoT)—he said that distinction would start to blur.

“In five years, blockchain will be the operating system for IoT,” Rogers predicted.

The transportation industry faces many challenges, but has a long history of resisting all but the most essential innovations, Rogers argued. Those challenges include physical and digital threats in security, inefficiencies in logistics tracking and payment due to intermediaries, uncertainty and volatility resulting in unforeseen circumstances, and first movers and digital giants entering market and challenging the status quo.

Then Rogers began outlining the results of a large survey of transportation industry executives. The requirements to be a respondent included the following: respondents were limited to the CFO, COO, CTO, and CIO roles; their organizations must be working with or planning to work with blockchain; and the respondents must be familiar with their organization’s blockchain strategy. The survey results included input from executives from 16 countries, and about a third were based in North America.

Although transportation executives believe that they will begin actively participating in blockchain networks on a slightly later time scale than other industries (2020 rather than 2019, the average of other industries the IBV has studied), more executives in transportation said they would be on the blockchain than any other industry.

The first wave of industries studied included banking, financial markets, healthcare, government, and electronics. A little more than half of those executives—53 percent—said that they would be active participants on a blockchain by 2019. But 70 percent of transportation executives said they would be active participants on a blockchain by 2020.

Rogers said that he spoke to an executive at a medium-sized trucking company who said “I’m not going to blockchain anybody, but I think there’s a lot of people who want to blockchain me.” In other words, the executive believed that while his company would not necessarily be an agent of change, he felt like other companies would be knocking on his door and trying to get him to join their networks.

When transportation executives were asked which business functions had the highest potential to be improved through blockchain implementation, 26 percent said shipment status or tracking, 21 percent said payment processing, 20 percent said empty container management, and 20 percent said shipment security management.

About 15 percent of industry participants are ‘first movers’ in the adoption of any new technology, and transportation is similar: 14 percent considered themselves first movers. A nearly unanimous majority of self-identified first movers in transportation — 97 percent — agreed with the statement that they expect blockchain to help remove transactional inefficiencies from the transportation ecosystem.

Rogers identified other potential use cases for blockchain in the supply chain, noting ruefully that the amount of organic food sold in the United States was about twice the amount that was produced in the U.S. or imported. The implication was that immutable ledgers recording the actual conditions under which food was grown, harvested, and transported could reduce fraud.

Other topics covered in Rogers’ talk included reducing supply chain waste from empty containers, accelerating payment cycles, and chain of custody verification for high-value shipments like biopharmaceuticals and luxury goods. Rogers ended his talk by outlining three basic pieces of advices for companies who want to explore blockchain technology.

“Learn intentionally; invest wisely; disrupt strategically,” Rogers said. ““Leaders will dedicate resources to proven blockchain improvements, but transformation requires enterprise-wide investment in fundamentals, including digitizing and instrumenting transport operations.”

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Malta AI &Blockchain Summit getting wrapped up for the May show

… Sunil Chhaya, Vice President of NextWorld Capital; VivekRamaswami, Vice President at Redpoint Ventures; Alex Fayette, Principal at ACME Capital …

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By&nbspMallika jain

The second edition of theMalta AI &Blockchain Summit (AIBC)is getting wrapped up for a stellar show one month from now, on May 22-25. It is expected to bring a whopping 5000 delegates, 700 investors, 300 exhibitors, and 100 startups to convene for a grand show at the Hilton in St Julian’s, Malta.

Leading up to the show, the AIBC has also organized a roadshow of exclusive C-level dinners under the iconic heading Knights of Blockchain. The Knights of Blockchain dinners are lavish invite-only events with no expense spared in the company of 200 C-level Executives from the industry. From Manila in March to Tel Aviv on April 2nd and Stockholm on April 10th. The AIBC has also expanded with new offices in Manila and Dubai.

“We are moving beyond the hype by discussing not only Blockchain but also AI, Quantum Tech, Big Data, and IoT this year. Wining and dining in the company of fellow industry executives goes a long way. I strongly believe that business is not made between companies, it is made between people. With the Malta AI &Blockchain Summit at the Hilton in less than a month from now we have gathered an impressive crowd of AI and Blockchain industry leaders for momentous connections to take form.” says EmanPulis, Founder of the Malta AI &Blockchain Summit.

The speaker line-up is comprised of industry titans such as Tim Draper, Roger Ver,and Brock Pierce, along with Ben Parr, Co-Founder of Octane AI and world-famous author of Captivology; Patrick Chang, Director at Samsung NEXT; Tone Vays, renowned Bitcoin/Blockchain Researcher with more than 80,000 YouTube subscribers; Sunil Chhaya, Vice President of NextWorld Capital; VivekRamaswami, Vice President at Redpoint Ventures; Alex Fayette, Principal at ACME Capital; Ted Lin, Chief Growth Officer at Binance; H.E. Khurram Shroff, Chairman at IBC Group; Rachel Wolfson at Forbes; Alexandra Mikityuk, Co-Founder & Head of Blockchain Technology at The Blockchain Group; Alexander Borodich, Founder of Universal; Eric Van Der Kleij, CEO at Centre for Digital Revolution, and many more.

Blockchain and AI luminaries alike have a wide selection of cherries to pick from in the comprehensive agenda prepared by the AIBC, comprising of six conferences and a myriad of specialized workshops. The conferences include the topics AI &Blockchain Regulation; AI Startup Pitch Battle; World Changing Applications of AI & BC; AI, IOT & Big Data; ICO/STO Pitch Battle, as well as a conference dedicated to Blockchain Investments & Digital Money.

To support startups within AI, Blockchain, Quantum Tech, Big Data, and IoT, the AIBC has invited no less than 100 startups to claim a booth on the expo free of charge, giving them access to 700 attending investors.

This spring edition of the summit includes a lavish VIP dinner, networking drinks in the midst of the warm Mediterranean spring, a Startup Pitch and STO Battle, 12 workshops and 6 conferences, and is rounded off with a lavish Proof of Steak pool party on the 25th of May. Although the main conferences are taking place 23-24th of May, delegates are advised to block their calendars for 22nd-25th due to all extra events that the AIBC is hosting.

The organizers have announced that ticket prices for the upcoming show are set to increase to the Last Minute price level on the 30th of April. The Malta AI &Blockchain Summit is a landmark event that nobody in the field can afford to miss.

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September 21-22 Tezos Hackathon

Eventbrite – CHAIN ACCELERATOR presents September 21-22 Tezos Hackathon – Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Sunday, September 22, 2019 at …

Chain Accelerator is a blockchain startup accelerator based at STATION F, the biggest startup campus in the world, building an ecosystem with blockchains, universities, corporates, institutionals and investors.

Chain Accademy provide blockchain course and it’s also a hub for doctorals, in order to put them in touch with the main world projects.

We can provide a grant for your courses: fill a complete order form.

Tezos Hackathon

Chain Accelerator is organizing, for Tezos (Nomadics Labs ) a hackathon. To be won:

  • 1st: 7 000 €

  • 2nd: 2 000 €

  • 3th: 1 000 €

  • For a TOP 3 project, if the project is accepted by Chain Accelerator, a 6 months incubation at Station F (Paris) will be offered

We reserve the right to change the distribution of the prize.


Here is a channel dedicated to the event, on our Telegram, useful if you want to meet participants:

Slack #hackathon-tezos

Each team’s aim is to deploy a service compatible with Tezos ecosystem, as well as the corresponding user interface.

Place: PARIS Université Paris-Dauphine

  • Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 75016 Paris

  • Hackathon’s opening at Room Raymond Aron.

  • Lecture Hall 2, 3 and 4 for team work.

  • Hall 2 for meals

  • Room Raymond Aron


  • Nicolas Cantu co-fondateur Chain Accelerator

  • Nomadic’s Lab & Tezos representatives

Available Subjects (feel free to suggest some more):

  • Tooling for Tezos
  • Governance

  • Tracability
  • Secure smart contract infrastructure

Participants: Between 50 and 75 people including: Grandes Ecoles, researchers, ideation startups, engineer and business schools, and independent geniuses. Come with your team or come to complete an existing team.


  • Saturday 9:30 – 9:45 am: Arrival, welcome & arrangement

  • Saturday 9:45 – 10:15 am: Hackathon’s and Cosmos/Tendermint presentation

  • Saturday 10:15 – 10:30 am: Teams’ creation, Github projects and running order

  • Saturday 10:30 am – Sunday 4:15 pm: Projects development

  • Saturday 4 pm Snack break

  • Saturday 7:30 pm: doors closed

  • Sunday 9:30am: doors open

  • Sunday 4 pm Snack break

  • Sunday 4:15 – 5:15 pm: 5 minutes pitch with a working demo of each project

  • Sunday 5:15 – 5:30 pm: Panel decisions

  • Sunday 5:30 – 6 pm: Announcing winners and prize giving


  • Teams are composed of 3 to 5 persons to make between 7 and 10 teams

  • Ideally mixed: 3-4 developers + business and research

  • Possibility to develop on site or remotely

  • Wifi available, you just need to bring your stuff (laptop, chargers, …)

  • Using Github to upload projects

  • Free food and drinks: pizzas, cakes, sodas, water, …

About Tezos:

About Chain Accelerator:

Chain Accelerator is one of the world’s leading accelerators, fully dedicated to the advancement of blockchain technology. Chain Accelerator supports a growing ecosystem: startups, protocols, universities, businesses, developers, cyber security communities and especially promising entrepreneurs, while providing investors with unique access to blockchain projects. Chain Accelerator is located at Station F in Paris to support blockchain startups around the world. Chain Accelerator is the co-organizer of CryptoMondaysParis and the Paris Blockchain Week.

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MakerDAO Governance & Risk Call: Spirits high as Dai continues march towards peg

… frozen MKR tokens in perpetuity. Fortunately smart contract auditors Zeppelin Solutions were able to disclose the bug before any damage was done.

Turnout for the virtual MakerDAO Governance & Risk roundtable was relatively sparse this week, likely due to competition from the infamous in-real-life New York Blockchain Week. But despite the drop in participation spirits remained high with Dai marching slowly towards its target peg for the second week in a row.


The ‘governance’ portion of the conversation predominantly revolved around the revelation earlier this week of a bug in the voting portal’s smart contracts which, if exploited, would have frozen MKR tokens in perpetuity. Fortunately smart contract auditors Zeppelin Solutions were able to disclose the bug before any damage was done.

Join Genesis now and continue reading, MakerDAO Governance & Risk Call: Spirits high as Dai continues march towards peg!

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