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Blockchain Expo has announced dates for 2020 world series.



The leading Blockchain Expo World Series has announced dates for its 2020 world series. Hosting our triannual Global expo on the 17-18th March, Europe 1-2 July and North America 4-5th November.   Our conferences are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the blockchain ecosystem. Bringing together content from industry leaders, top-level sponsors, and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the very latest use of Blockchain technology. Further information on our world series and to register for your ticket see here:

The event will bring together 9000+ attendees from 70+ countries to explore the entire enterprise technology ecosystem across now, a co-located event covering Blockchain, IoT, AI & Big data, Cyber Security & Cloud and the newest addition 5G. Over the two days there will be multiple networking events, parties, 1-1 connection opportunities, and a wide variety of exhibitors to engage with.

If 2017 was the year of blockchain hype, and 2018 was the year of
naval-gazing and disappointment, 2019 was one of consolidation and
understanding of the technology’s capability in an enterprise context.

Expect this trend to continue this year and beyond. Writing in November, Martha Bennett, VP and principal analyst at Forrester predicted that, alongside the public versus private debate reaching the executive table, interoperability and collaboration will be the key topic of discussion in 2020.

“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of multiple networks addressing the same use case… and there are also processes that span multiple chains,” wrote Bennett. “Participants in these permissioned networks are keen to understand whether, and how, these various chains will interact. We’ll also see a much greater focus on integration with existing systems; providers of existing automation and business process management solutions will seek to enhance their offerings with DLT capabilities.”

The consensus – to pardon the expression – now is that the
technology is here, and it is decision time for many enterprises. Hyperledger
executive director Brian Behlendorf, who spoke at Blockchain Expo Europe in June,
says that enterprise adoption has ‘blossomed’. He agrees that it will not be a
winner-take-all scenario.

“People have projected this image that there will be one winner or only one technology that becomes the VHS to everyone else’s Betamax – and I don’t think it’ll play out that way at all,” he says. “I think we’re at a moment now where organisations of any reasonable size should have a centre of competence, tracking new technology developments, and doing experiments in multiple technologies to understand them at a deeper level.”

Evidence suggests that for other emerging technologies, taking the next step reaps its reward. Research from McKinsey has found that more than half (58%) of companies who had gone into production with their IoT initiatives had seen at least a 5% increase in revenue, with 46% saying they had seen at least a 5% decrease in cost.

A wide variety of industries started taking those steps as 2020
came into view. Some were more obvious than others. Courier giant FedEx, with
its focus on delivery, understandably has various blockchain bets. Again, the
theme is cooperation. Dale Chrystie, business fellow and blockchain strategist
at FedEx, and who spoke at Blockchain Expo North America, explains
that blockchain is ‘not only a technology discussion’ for the almost
50-year-old company.

“We don’t believe we can put a FedEx logo on blockchain and the
world will come to us,” says Chrystie. “It’s not
about where we compete, but rather in blockchain, it’s about where we can agree
in non-competitive areas that benefit all.”

Like many other technologies, it is not so much the technical hurdles which need to be overcome, but the cultural ones. Pramod Achanta, IBM VP and blockchain services leader for North America and another speaker at Blockchain Expo North America in November, led his team in writing a playbook for consortia to make the right decisions and eventually sponsor a production network. As he explains, blockchain is a ‘team sport’, but it does not tell the full story.

“It’s sometimes difficult to put those teams together,” says Achanta. “A lot of times the network needs to come together for the common good, but at the same time the value that each of these participants get out of that network may not be uniform.”

Getting all the stakeholders in the same room together – from project managers to vendors, to developers, to end-users – is therefore vital. In a mission to connect the blockchain ecosystem our next conference will take place at the Olympia London 17-18th March 2020. We have an audience of enterprise decision-makers who are responsible for innovating new technology within supply-chain, transport, legal sectors, financial services, retail, insurance, energy, music, gaming, government, real estate, luxury goods and more. 

New conference agenda:

  • NEW: Crypto & Digital Asset
  • NEW: Convergent Technology
  • Blockchain Enterprise Platforms
  • Blockchain for Enterprise
  • Blockchain for Business
  • Fintech & Regulation

The Blockchain Expo Global 2020 has attracted our finest speakers yet. Experts and leading organisations are joining us to explore the entire Blockchain ecosystem. From areas in fintech, regulation, transportation industry, energy, supply chain, telecoms, and governance.  Blockchain Expo will divulge into how this technology is disrupting these areas plus many more. Explore the Global 2020 agenda here.

attendees can expect to meet with over 9,000 + like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors
such as IBM, Samsung Semiconductor, SAP and Hyperledger in a series of
networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also
allow you to ask questions to the events 100+ thought leading speakers in Q&A
sessions. These speakers include:

  • Sara Tavacoli, Head of Innovation & Finance Transformation, Vodafone
  • Manuela Godeck, Global Innovation Project Manager | Blockchain, Vodafone
  • Nicole Sandler, Innovation Policy Global Lead, Barclays
  • Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger
  • Thomas Lee-Warren, Group Digital CTO, Rolls-Royce
  • Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets, Nasdaq
  • William Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
  • John Henry Clippenger, Board Member | Advisor | Research Scientist | CIO, MIT Research Lab | Swytch
  • Essam El-Okda, Digital Supply Chain Transformation Manager, Unilever 
  • Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Program Director Distributed Ledger Technology, ING
  • John Calian, Head of T-Labs, T Mobile
  • Leanne Kemp, CEO, Everledger
  • Garrick Hileman, Head of Research, Blockchain
  • Nkiru Uwaje, Global Innovation Manager, SWIFT
  • Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
  • Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
  • Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist | Chairman, FedEx | BiTA
  • Julian Fifield, Blockchain Programme & Delivery, NSF
  • Eva Kaili, Member of European Parliament

As the leading enterprise event
across IoT, 5G, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Cyber Security and Cloud we offer
different ticket types to cater for every delegate experience, you can join us
with a Free Expo Pass which gives access to the co-located exhibition floor and
the sessions taking place on the expo floor stages, Gold Pass which gives exclusive access to the entire Blockchain
conference and networking opportunities and our Ultimate Pass which provides full access to all 5 expos! To find out more
and register follow this link.

We hope to see you at the Blockchain Expo Global event and make
sure not to miss out Blockchain Expo Europe taking place
at RAI, Amsterdam on 1-2 July 2020 and the Blockchain
Expo North America
will take place on the 4-5
November 2020.

For further information contact:

Blockchain Expo

Rebecca Clinton-Floyed

Marketing Manager / +44 (0)117
980 9023

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Dharma Domination Drive Thwarted as Uniswap Vote Concludes




DeFi protocol Uniswap has concluded its first governance vote with a failure to come to quorum by a minuscule margin. The good news is that it keeps the platform relatively decentralized … for now.



The first governance vote for automated market maker Uniswap concluded on October 20 with 98% of the votes in favour of the proposal, but that wasn’t enough to secure it.

Image – uniswap

As previously reported by CoinGape, the highly-contentious proposal raised a number of centralization concerns as it would effectively grant the most voting power to the largest couple of UNI holders, which were Dharma and Gauntlet at the time.

Crypto trading platform Dharma proposed a reduction of the thresholds for voting and quorum from 1% of the total supply to 0.3%, and 4% of the total to just 3% respectively. It has been reported that Dharma was not happy with the airdrop and distribution of UNI tokens and felt that their users should have got more.

Winning this vote would have enabled Dharma to have more control over the distribution process through subsequent proposals, which it would have won with collaboration from Gauntlet.



A Whisker Short of Winning

In order to seal the proposal, 40 million votes were required but it fell just short with just below 39,600. The majority of those came from just three accounts held by Dharma, Gauntlet, and Yuni.Finance, which is managed by other DeFi whales and big bag holders.

Naturally, the Dharma CEO and co-founder was disappointed with the outcome, almost calling it ‘undemocratic’;

While other industry observers hailed it a victory for ‘everyday users’ and against centralization;

DeFi Watch’s Blec added;

“The vote didn’t pass because users learned about the issue and decided not to vote for it. This is how tokenized governance is *supposed* to work. Votes shouldn’t just pass by default.”

Many simply abstained from voting either not wanting to spend the gas or seeing little point in going against the whales which had the majority.

UNI Price Reaction

UNI prices have retreated around 4% over the past few hours as news of the failed proposal circulates. As with the voting, the largest bagholders have the greatest influence over markets and price action should they decide to sell.

Currently, UNI prices are down over 60% from their peak on September 19. Prices may descend further when yield farming pools expire on November 17 and rewarded tokens flood the markets.

To keep track of DeFi updates in real time, check out our DeFi news feed Here.

Author: Martin Young

Martin has been writing on cyber security and infotech for two decades. He has previous forex trading experience and has been covering the blockchain and crypto industry since 2017.


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Bitcoin Price Eyes $12,000 Following US Fed Chair Powell Talks



  • Bitcoin’s price finally made a worthwhile move after surging to $11,840 on Bitstamp following days of stagnation.
BTC/USD. Source: TradingView
  • The price has since retraced a bit to trade at its current level of around $11,780. Nevertheless, this is a move in the right direction as concerns started crippling up that we might be in for a fill of the CME gap down at $11,100.
  • Bitcoin is trading approximately only $700 away from the $12,500 area – the 2020 highest level that was reached on August 17. The next major resistance for BTC now lies at $12,000 – $12,100.
  • The move came soon after the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, spoke on a panel hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • During the event, he said that the US is “committed to carefully and thoughtfully evaluating the potential costs and benefits of a CBDC (Centra Bank Digital Currency) for the US economy and payments system.”
  • He also said that it’s better to be right than be first on CBDCs.
  • Interestingly enough, BTC’s move appears to be uncorrelated to the US stock market. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500 is down about 0.4%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is down about 0.3%.

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33 Years Since Wall Street’s Black Monday: Have We Learnt Nothing? (Opinion)



They say that to see the future, one should only learn history. Oftentimes, though, we tend to ignore history altogether.

Exactly 33 years ago, on this day, October 19th, 1987, Wall Street and global markets tumbled in a massive selloff that saw the S&P 500 lose about 20% and the DJIA about 22%.

One might think that this is something that we don’t want happening again and that the economic policies would be structured in a way where massive national debt doesn’t mount up. Here we are, 33 years later, and the US national debt has increased by roughly 12 times.

But it doesn’t matter, right? The Fed can always just “print more money,” as the former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve has said.

Rolling Back to 1987: What Happened and Why it Matters?

The year is 1985. The United States policymakers and economists decided that the time is ripe for a shift in the direction. As such, they moved to a slower expansion approach, unlike the state of rapid recovery from the recession in the early 1980s.

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Fast forward a few years when on October 14th, 1987, the House Committee on Ways and Means introduced a tax bill that was aimed at reducing the benefits associated with financing leveraged buyouts and mergers.

October 19th comes, and traders, analysts, and economists found themselves dismayed as markets took a beating. The S&P dropped by over 20%, while the DJIA was down 22% in a single session. Additionally, markets from across the world were also bleeding out, making this into a global downturn.

Dow Jones during Black Monday of 1987. Source: Wikipedia

Back then, Nobel-winning economist Robert Shiller surveyed 889 investors right after the drops to find the reason, according to them. Most of them said that it was perhaps brought on by “too much indebtedness.”

Looking at historical data, the US national debt in 1987 was around $2.3 trillion, representing 48% of the country’s GDP.

Learn From History, or You’re Destined to Repeat It… Right

The year is now 2020, and we just saw the third quarter closing down. In March, there was another Black Swan event that saw global markets tumble in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Countries were literally locked down, and economies suffered as a consequence.

The US was no exception. In fact, it’s the current leader in terms of total cases of COVID-19. However, it’s worth noting that this year, unlike back in 1987, there was an obvious trigger as global economies were virtually shut down in response to the outbreak.

Their response, however, was criticized by many. Data shows that the US national debt has grown to $26.5 trillion at the end of the second quarter of 2020. This represents 136% of the country’s GDP. In fact, the debt increased by around $4 trillion this year alone. For reference, it grew with that much from 2015 to 2019 combined.

When there’s an obvious uncertainty of how the world will handle the pandemic, US stock markets are charting all-time highs. And all of this was made possible by the trillions of dollars printed to bail out huge corporations.

This Time Could Be Different… But Will It?

Of course, this time, we have Bitcoin – a scarce digital asset that comes with pre-programmed inflation that will, eventually, disperse.

However, it also challenges the very essence of what banks are created for. It’s the first real attempt to separate money from state and … well, that’s scary for some.

Bitcoin’s censorship resistance, immutability, actual transparency, and, most of all, digital scarcity are just some of its inherent qualities that could make a change. However, it’s definitely questionable if and when that will happen.


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