The interconnected centres will also become a channel to engage companies and governments globally in the work of the research institute
Cyber-security and blockchain specialist, WISeKey, and the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) are creating a number of interconnected Blockchain Centres of Excellence around the world.
Centres are already being established in India, Mauritius and Rwanda with Buenos Aires in Argentina and Geneva in Switzerland likely to follow.
The two sides want to promote the use of blockchain technologies internationally, facilitate the rapid adaptation and on-boarding of blockchain-based solutions, foster stronger collaboration between the public, private and academic sectors and cooperate to ensure that the latest technological standards are made available in a safe and trusted manner.
The centres will also be instrumental in prototyping, the co-creation of use cases and IP creation on blockchain technology and platforms. They will also become a channel to engage companies and governments globally in the work of BRI, as well as a distribution channel for BRI’s research.
“Blockchain represents the second era of the Internet, from an Internet of Information to an Internet of Value,” said Don Tapscott, founder and executive chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute. “We at the BRI are delighted that the Blockchain Centers of Excellence initiative will help the world get access to and take advantage of our work.”
"The creation of Blockchain Centres of Excellence represents an important step to overcome the tremendous trust deficiency we currently live with”
The Blockchain Centres of Excellence will operate as a coordinated, interoperable blockchain ecosystem around the world, allowing all partners to benefit from shared learnings, experiences and resources.
Each centre is expected to develop a particular expertise that can be shared among the others. For example, the Blockchain Center of Excellence in Buenos Aires will spearhead the development of particular platforms and applications to fight counterfeiting, illicit trade and corruption, while the Geneva Blockchain Centre of Excellence will focus on Fintech, particularly digital private banking and commodity trading applications.
"The creation of Blockchain Centres of Excellence represents an important step to overcome the tremendous trust deficiency we currently live with and represents an unprecedented effort in fostering stronger collaboration between the public, private and academic sectors for the adoption of latest technological blockchain standards in a safe and trusted manner,” said Carlos Moreira, WISeKey’s CEO and founder.
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