Toronto Blockchain Week 2019

Living in London, Ontario all my life and being in the technology field for over 15 years I have always found that staying connected to the Toronto technology community has always allowed me to experience technology progression in the fast lane. This became even more relevant when I started my journey in blockchain technologies in late 2017. Joining the blockchain hub community at York University and attending a few conferences really opened my eyes to how quickly the city embraced Blockchain technologies. Toronto in 2019 is just putting the pedal to the metal with Toronto Blockchain Week running from April 22nd to 28th. If you’re still wondering what the blockchain and crypto currency space is all about, I encourage you to attend this FREE to attend week of events. There are lots of great topics covered, here are some of the highlights of what you can experience (full events schedule can be found here).

  • April 22nd, 2019 @ 6 pm: Blockchain to LIVE: How Toronto is Paving the Road to Decentralization at 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
  • April 23rd, 2019 @ 5:30 pm: A Look Inside Digital Asset Platforms: Regulation, Trading and More! at Dentons, 77 King Street West, Suite 400, Toronto, ON
  • April 24th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm: Blockchain & Permissioned vs. Permissionless Use Cases (Hyperledger, Crypto-Economy) at The BlockchainHub, York University
  • April 25th, 2019 @ 5 pm: Mini Research Symposium on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at University of Toronto, Bahen Centre for Information Technology 
  • April 26th, 2019 @ 11:30 am: Exploring Practical Applications of Blockchain, Tokens & Securities at Tokensquare, Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery, 42 Liberty St, Toronto
  • April 27th / 28th, 2019 @ all day and night: Blackhack organized by Bitcoin Bay and taking place at George Brown College.

Blockchain and Charity Transparency

Whenever you make a donation to a charity for a good cause that you care about, you make the assumption that the money is going to be put to good use.  Unfortunately that is not always the case, the lack of transparency in the Charity industry as to how your donations are used is not always clear. Bringing transparency to this industry is not easy but startups in the blockchain space are trying to change that.  Recently the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance kicked off a project called Binance Blockchain Charity Foundation.  I spend some time doing more research into this space, below you can download a short presentation on my findings.  Lots of great projects that I think will allow us to better track our donations across the world.  

Donation Transparency with Blockchain

October 2018, Issue 2

Intro

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Blockchain press monthly newsletter.  This month we are going to switch it up a bit and focus on a specific application on the blockchain, we are going to look at Point of Sale solutions.  The inventor(s) of Bitcoin had very specific goals in mind when they release the currency to the world, one of them was to enable a world where you can store your digital currency (money) easily without a need for a bank and the cost of transactions would be much cheaper than what we experience today.  I would say this goal is still a work in progress and we might have to wait some time before we see it realized on a large scale.  More to come on this topic in the education section but for now lets go over some news.

Canada Blockchain News

Research paper: Bank of Canada on incentive compatibility on Blockchain

Research paper: Bank of Canada: Can securities be settled on a Blockchain 

News: Canada emerges as a hub for blockchain technology

Coinsquare Subsidiary Launches ETFs on Canada’s TSX

Deloitte helps RiskBlock Alliance expand into Canada

Tech leaders form coalition advocating for blockchain regulation

Educate Yourself

Back to our Point of Sale (POS) solution discussion. As bitcoin and other crytpo currencies go mainstream, businesses will start accepting digital currencies as a form of payment for products and services.  To enable these everyday transactions there has to be a very easy transition for the end customer to want to complete transactions using bitcoin.  This is where point of sale systems and mobile wallets similar to apple or google pay can help.  Another option is pre-paid crypto currency gift cards, which is an easy way to introduce customers to the concept as well.  Below we will review a few projects that are working hard to enable everyday transactions using crypto currencies. 

Please note that these projects are in various stages of implementation on their published road map, please review blogs or social feeds updates to determine project maturity and status.

Pundi X – POS

  • Based out of Asia, focused on Asia/South America currently and going through certification for Canada to deploy their POS products
  • One of the more mature platforms out there with real deployments in Asia
  • For the latest on their progress check out their blog
  • To get an overview of their ecosystem review the white paper

Utrust

  • Based out of Portugal, focused on EU market
  • A platform which combines the power of several blockchain networks into one ecosystem. This simplifies the cryptocurrency payment experience for users while providing a seamless integration for merchants to accept crypto into their existing systems.
  • To get a better understanding, review their value proposition on their blog

Fintech Select

  • Based out of Toronto
  • Services in pre-paid cards, mobile banking and POS crypto currency solutions
  • Selectcoin offers a POS Cryptocurrency solution to provide easy and hassle-free buying and or selling of Cryptocurrencies through our retail partners.   They have developed a proprietary solution that turns any of our retailers’ POS terminal into a Cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Read more about their solution on their site

STK Token

  • Based out of Toronto
  • Currently running pilots via their STK digital wallet
  • STK will be a solution that will facilitate real-time cryptocurrency transactions at points of sale. Their vision is to create a globally accessible alternative to traditional banking, allowing you to store your money safely, access it instantly and transact with it anywhere, in any currency including crypto.
  • For a overview and demo of their solution have a read here
  • If you want to read over the white paper, you can review it here