Germany’s largest locations for blockchain startups
BTC-ECHO and BlockState examined Germany’s blockchain start-up scene and found that there is a huge focus on the technology in the German startup scene. The by far largest location is Germany’s capital Berlin with 89 companies. Munich follows in second place with only 23 companies. 19 companies are located in the largest state in North Rhine-Westphalia. However, there isn’t a single blockchain startup in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and the Saarland.
Jobs in the blockchain industry are booming
According to a survey by the „Glassdoor“ job portal, around 1,700 workers were sought for blockchain-related jobs in August alone: An increase of 300 percent over the previous year, the boom continues. About one fifth of all jobs in the blockchain area were advertised for software developers. In addition to startups, there are also well-known companies among the jobs on offer. After this year’s crash, a solid corporate base appears to be forming, the study said.
Fight overfishing with the blockchain
Too many fish are pulled out of the sea every day. With highly efficient fishing methods the oceans are literally grazed. In addition, it is often difficult to understand which fish really lands on our plate. The use of blockchain technology in conjunction with IoT sensors could at least improve the situation. Several projects are currently involved in reliably recording supply chains from the safety net to the dining table. So all involved parties should be able to check at any time, from where the sea animals come, which species it is, who caught them and who sold them, and which way they have come.
South Korea trials Blockchain voting
South Korea will test out a new blockchain voting system this month, according to severals reports. Developed by the country’s National Election Commission and its Ministry of Science and ICT, the distributed ledger system is based on IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric and will be used to authenticate voters and save voting results in real time. South Korean officials believe a blockchain voting system will increase both security and transparency, thereby improving people’s trust in digital voting. The system will be trialed in the private sector by Handysoft Consortium, which provides collaboration systems for smart work environments.
According to a new study conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), 43 blockchain solutions implemented in the international development sector had a zero percent success rate. The team behind the research documented projects that promised to improve security or enhance operational costs. None of these promises were able to be documented in real-world applications.
„We expect the blockchain-based voting system to increase the reliability of voting.“
Kim Jeong-Von, a South Korean Election Commission official, about his hopes for a blockchain-based electoral system.
First marriage contract stored on the blockchain
Till code us do part: Austria has seen the first marriage contract with smart separation of property stored on the blockchain. The smart wedding contract links to two Ethereum wallets, so the assets can be added and separated according to shares. The wedding smart contract was implemented by the groom’s company Block42. According to the newlyweds, one of the advantages of a smart wedding contract is that physical assets like cars and houses can be added or removed with relative ease. Furthermore, the contract also indicates the share ratio of their assets.