UNLOCK Blockchain two-day forum ended with the participation of 350 attendees, more than 58 speakers and announcements from du, UNLOCK, and other governmental representatives
Dubai UAE Jan 22nd 2019: The UNLOCK Company DMCC, a platform that provides information, intelligence, insights and news pertaining to the Blockchain sector held its UNLOCK Blockchain forum in Dubai on Jan 15-16, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC.
The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum was a great success with 350 participants from around the region. Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (EITC), the parent company of du, presented his keynote at UNLOCK which talked about the Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS) that du is now offering and how it plays an essential role in the formulation of the Smart City Vision alongside technologies such as AI, Internet of Things as well as human influence.
Mr. Walid Abou Zaki, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UNLOCK also announced the formation of a blockchain fund “We are pleased not only to be holding our second series of UNLOCK on the 10th year anniversary of Bitcoin & Blockchain but we also hope to continue to build the ecosystem and as such we are working with many partners to launch a $50 million fund in 2020 to further develop the blockchain ecosystem in the region. Regional private and family offices are keen to invest in the technology and digital assets but under proper terms and well-structured strategy.”
In addition to the very interesting panels and keynotes that covered the two-day event, more and more governments across the region are starting to carry out huge blockchain implementations. In the government panel on day one, Dr. Khalid Tahhan, CEO of Blockchain Solutions and services talked about Oman government strategy to implement blockchain use cases across 21 Ministries. Mr. Ali Hashmi Director of Technology & AI Lead at Deloitte talked about the importance of Blockchain adoption and alluded to a huge governmental blockchain project that Deloitte is participating in within the MENA region. In addition, Dr. Hesham Bin Abbas, Blockchain Technology Advisor, Ministry of ICT and Communications also discussed the KSA strategy for introducing blockchain across governmental and private entities, and the importance of building the talent base, the use cases, as well as better understanding of technology and investment environment.
According to Toufi Saliba CEO of Toda Network, “today Blockchain has only 0.2% penetration across the world and until all five attributes which include implementation, security, efficiency, confidentiality, scalability and interoperability are made available, blockchain implementations will not become widespread so we must work on this in the upcoming year.”
In addition to the panels that raised awareness on blockchain as a technology and its implications, du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), and Dhonor healthTech, a leading national company focused on global healthcare blockchain solutions, announced they were entering into a collaboration to build the UAE’s first Patient Safety Blockchain Solution.
The use case in question will empower and enrich lives through the country’s first patient-centric safety verification blockchain solution. This solution is designed on du’s BPaaS in order to provide authenticity and compliance traceability that delivers the transparency and trust that has eluded the healthcare industry to date.
Finally, Lara Abdulmalak, project lead for UNLOCK Blockchain stated, “We are very proud to have held our second edition of UNLOCK despite the bearish conditions in the market today. We thank once again our esteemed speakers, our sponsors du, DarkMatter, Avanza Innovations, Deloitte, Centurion & Co. and our 20 plus startups for being with us this year. We hope to continue to grow the community and improve on UNLOCK year after year.”
To view the videos of the panels and check out pictures please visit www.unlock-bc.com/events/unlock/2019
UNLOCK Blockchain is a service offered by The UNLOCK Company DMCC. It is a platform that provides information, intelligence, insights and news pertaining to the Blockchain sector. We are one of the cornerstones in the evolution of the Blockchain ecosystem in the MENA region and globally. We encourage Blockchain’s disruptive innovation through our support of startups, investors, developers, and clients. Our main offerings include:
- A media platform for the dissemination of information, news, insights, reports on the state of Blockchain in the MENA region and globally
- UNLOCK Blockchain Forum, which is an anchor event in Dubai for Blockchain enthusiasts to network, exchange knowledge, and showcase developments
- Strategic Marketing, Public Relations and Communications services for Blockchain companies interested or currently present in the region
- Community Building to help connect developers, users, investors and advisors through various social media networks
- Advisory Services which include the organization of roadshows to introduce ICOs to potential investors and clients in an effort to facilitate adoption
- Blockchain Proliferation by encouraging businesses, governments and individuals to adopt Blockchain technology in an effective, efficient, and optimal manner
Vtoken Exchange Celebrates SEC Filing in Time Square
The largest decentralized exchange in the world, Vtoken, obtained its SEC filing from the United States Treasury Department this week. The firm took to the world-famous NASDAQ billboard in Time Square to celebrate the move. This is the second time the company graced this iconic attraction seen by millions. Also, the move symbolizes further blockchain integration into traditional securities markets.
Speaking on these developments, Vtoken’s Chief Advisor to the Asia Pacific Region explained how his firm plans to cultivate a robust blockchain ecosystem. He took moment to discuss recent global developments in the security token space. Specifically, he touched on how both Chinese and American markets experienced a huge surge in blockchain-based firms.
The Vtoken combines the regulatory protections found in the traditional securities markets with the efficiency of a blockchain -based system. The company offers transfer agents flexible solutions to many of the current issues plaguing the securities markets.
For example, traditional securities can take three days for trades to complete. This delay leaves investors in a less than optimal position. In contrast, Vtoken’s blockchain-based system can complete trades in a matter of hours. Consequently, the platform enables a more nimble trading experience.
Real World Experience
Vtoken is a unique hybrid of technology, compliance, experience, and professional customer service. The firm handles a wide range of clients but specializes in Regulation A transactions. To date, Vtoken’s clients include NASDAQ, NYSE, OTC-listed firms, IPO-issuers, and private investors.
Vtoken’s strategy is unique in that the firm created a complete blockchain ecosystem. Here, investors can get all the information they need to host a compliant STO. The company offers a full range of solutions for both enterprise and private investors. These services include pre and post token issuance and management, smart contract programming, and ownership protection.
The latter feature is unique to V-token. This functionality allows investors to restore lost or stolen tokens, an option not usually available in the blockchain space. More importantly, Vtoken is now in a very exclusive class of decentralized exchanges registered with the SEC.
Vtoken shares many of its core developers with Ripple. Additionally, Vtoken utilizes graphene underlying technology. The token has a trading gateway that is similar to Stellar Lumens. This enables the platform to maintain optimal transaction speeds. Currently, Vtoken can process transactions faster than the third-generation crypto EOS.
Last month, Vtoken made headlines after forming a strategic partnership with blockchain payment platform PayDex. The PayDex platform functions on Vtoken’s public blockchain. The system provides global crypto settlement with support for BTC, ETH, VToken, USDT, VRT, YEC, EOS, LTC, and VUST. PayDex seeks to bring crypto payments to the masses through a simplistic mobile interface.
Vtoken’s all-inclusive approach to the market is crucial to its overall strategy. V-Token provides users with everything they need to become a player in the security token market. You can expect to see this firm continue to make headlines s the platform expands in the coming months.
AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns to Develop Secondary Market
‘Making Illiquid Assets Liquid’ – That is the guiding sentiment behind AlphaPoint, a young company which utilizes blockchain to facilitate tokenization.
This idea is one step closer to becoming a reality, as AlphaPoint has just announced a partnership with Elevated Returns – A forward thinking company which specializes in real-estate.
In this announcement, the pair has indicated that they will be developing a secondary market for trading digital securities backed by real-estate. It is through secondary markets that traditionally illiquid assets, such as real-estate, will become easily tradable – all the while opening up fractionalized ownership, and opportunity for exposure to retail investors.
Elevated Returns will focus these efforts on Asian markets, following their expansion into the region roughly one month ago. At the time, the company acquired a large share in a Thai broker-dealer – a move allowing for them to commence operations through previously attained licensure.
“Elevated Returns prides itself on our reputation as a pioneer in the digital securities space. To that effect, we have a policy to partner with the best in class companies across industry verticals; AlphaPoint’s technology solutions for unlocking digital asset liquidity are unparalleled. Having already demonstrated the capability to integrate with the token standard that we are developing on the Tezos blockchain, AlphaPoint was the clear choice to facilitate the adoption of our tokenized real estate initiatives.”
AlphaPoint is a United States based company that was founded in 2013. With their sights set on ‘making illiquid assets liquid’, AlphaPoint has successfully serviced global customer through their various service offerings.
Since opening their doors, AlphaPoint has seen their diligent work towards growth land them customers in 5 continents, to date.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Salil Donde.
Elevated Returns is a United States based company, which specializes in investments surrounding real-estate. Recognizing the potential of digital securities, Elevated Returns operates with a goal of acquiring assets viable for tokenization.
One such example was the noteworthy tokenization of the St. Regis Resort; A high-end ski resort that successfully sold digital securities representing ownership within the resort, becoming one of the first to do so.
Company operations are overseen by President, Stephane De Baets.
In Other News
We have detailed developments pertaining to both AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns in the past few months. Check out the following articles to learn a bit more about what each of these companies has been up to in this time.
Due Diligence Process Delays tZERO Investment
In this statement, they indicate that while this investment is on-going, further delay is unavoidable. After initially setting a mid-April deadline, the due diligence process is simply more time consuming than initially thought.
In the update, distributed to its shareholders, Patrick Byrne expressed praise for Makara, while commenting on the tenuous nature of the deal and reassuring readers at the same time. The following are a few excerpts from this statement, highlighting these sentiments.
‘Makara’s due diligence has progressed, and in the course of its due diligence Makara has proven to be a professional and serious fund. Still, the parties will not have a definitive deal in place by the mid-April target.’
‘tZERO plans to continue facilitating Makara’s diligence, but is not under any exclusivity with Makara or GSR and has retained advisors to pursue parallel alternatives. We will update shareholders after tZERO signs definitive documents.’
‘Our retail firm is recovering more dramatically than I anticipated and discussed during our Q4 2018 earnings call. In addition, tZERO is on track to introduce the products described in that phone call. Our intense focus on execution is paying off.’
This news may be slightly disheartening, as it represents, not the first, but second hiccup in the investment process. Despite this setback, tZERO has been on a tear over the last year. They are not being held back by this process.
tZERO has their hands in many pots, with endeavours resulting in the launch of a trailblazing secondary market for digital securities. Beyond this, tZERO has seen progress through adoption, and the awarding of patents.
Founder, Patrick Byrne, has reiterated his strong belief in digital securities multiple times over the past year. He has gone so far as to shift his entire focus from Overstock to tZERO and its ongoing development. Unmoved by ‘crypto winter’, Patrick Byrne has, in the past, commented to The Wall Street Journal, on the potential of tZERO. He stated, “I don’t care whether tZERO is losing $2 million a month…We think we’ve got cold fusion on the blockchain side.”
In Other News
tZERO is a regular in our news feed, as they have been pivotal in establishing the digital securities sector in its infancy. Below are a few articles detailing past developments pertaining to this impressive and important company.
- Vtoken Exchange Celebrates SEC Filing in Time Square April 20, 2019
- AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns to Develop Secondary Market April 19, 2019
- Due Diligence Process Delays tZERO Investment April 18, 2019
- Brian Collins, CEO at Horizon Globex – Interview Series April 18, 2019
- ST8 Launched in an Effort to Help French SMEs April 17, 2019