The Kenyan Division of IBM Research has partnered with US-based Hello Tractor to boost the African agriculture industry with the implementation of Blockchain and Internet of Things. The duo intends to address the various issues faced by the Agriculture industry in Africa by offering a Blockchain-based digital wallet.
Hyperledger has announced that 16 new members have joined its Blockchain Consortium. Deutsche Telekom, a telecommunication provider in Europe; Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba; and the ventures arm of Citigroup are some of the names among the newest members.
The state of Vermont, in the northeastern US, has announced the forming of a working group to explore Blockchain technology. As reported, the group will be commencing its work from January 2019. The group will work to find out the challenges, issues, and scopes of the distributed ledger technology in Vermont.
West Bengal, an Indian state, is going to host a ‘Global Blockchain Conference’ in Kolkata on 18th and 19th December 2018, at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. The conference is aimed at exploring the scope and opportunities in Blockchain Technology. The event will be hosted by the State Information Technology and Electronics Department.
IBM has announced that the firm is looking forward to introduce DNC calls registry on Blockchain from 2019. IBM has started working with Indian telecom firms to offer blockchain solutions in a variety of fields like mobile number portability and Do Not Call registry. The company has already completed a series of pilot programs and proof of concepts.
UNICEF Innovation has announced that it will be funding six technology companies to work on blockchain related projects. The fund of $100,000 is being invested in tech areas such blockchain, machine learning, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, etc. The companies will build separate prototypes and systems to address certain global issues such as transparency and affordability.
Facebook has announced the listing of five new blockchain related jobs that are claimed to be technically and intellectually challenging. The positions include two software engineers, a data scientist and a data engineer. The jobs have been described as full time roles at the company’s headquarter in Menlo Park, California.
Catenae Innovation Plc, a digital media and technology company, has announced the signing of a contract with STM Security UK. The company will supply STM with OnGuard Plus, a business management solution especially developed for the security industry using Sequestrum, its blockchain-based technology that allows clients to store critical data in an immutable form.
HashCash has announced that the consulting firm is planning to implement blockchain to improve the situation of Kenyan farmers. The firm intends to track the lifecycle and productivity of the products in real time, curbing the issues faced due to inefficiencies of the present systems.
Omni, a rental service company, has partnered with Ripple and its cryptocurrency XRP to improve the liquidity for its users. The platform will enable owners to earn in XRP coins without the need of actually investing in the cryptocurrency.