Major industry announcements made at London Blockchain Week 2018

Exclusive announcements made by bitFlyer, EOS and the British Blockchain Association, set to shape the landscape for Blockchain innovation in 2018

 LONDON: This week, London Blockchain Week brought together over one thousand leading Blockchain thinkers, from enterprise, start-ups and VC firms, to regulators, government and academia.

The event was headlined by DreamTeam, IBM, BTCC, IOTA Foundation, bitFlyer and Gibraltar Stock Exchange.

Notable Blockchain businesses chose London Blockchain Week as a platform to make significant announcements that will shape the future of this industry in 2018. Key announcements include:

  • bitFlyer goes live in Europe: bitFlyer, the Tokyo-based operator of the world’s largest* Bitcoin exchange by trading volume including leveraged trades, announced its launch into Europe. Having been granted a license by the Ministry of Finance in Luxembourg to operate in the EU, it has become the first Bitcoin exchange to be regulated in Japan, the US and Europe, making it the most compliant virtual currency exchange in the world. *Ref: Coinhills
  • Brendan Blumer, EOS, announced new VC partnership: The developer behind the leading blockchain software EOS.IO, and digital assets merchant bank Galaxy Digital, announced the formation and capitalisation of a joint venture. The venture will be focused on developing the EOS.IO ecosystem and making strategic investments in projects that use EOS.IO blockchain software. As part of the new relationship, Block.one and Galaxy Digital will deploy capital for future investments through a new $325 million EOS.IO Ecosystem Fund.
  • UK first as the British Blockchain Association is launched: The British Blockchain Association (BBA) has been founded with the aim of supporting the technology’s adoption across public, private and the third sectors. The BBA’s goal is to highlight the commercial applications of blockchain and demonstrate the benefits that it will have for UK businesses, government and wider society. The BBA is made up of a team of industry and academic experts in specialisms including distributed ledger technologies, Blockchain IT and computer science.

London Blockchain Week founder, Luis Carranza, commented: “This year, London Blockchain Week has been bigger, and has showcased more diverse start-ups and big-name enterprise businesses from more sectors than ever before. We have also been livestreaming to audiences of over 6,000 across the world at any one time.

“We are delighted that so many organisations chose the event to announce new initiatives and audiences. London Blockchain Week has become the agenda-setting Blockchain event for the year ahead.”

London Blockchain Week took place in the context of soaring digital currency prices, major ICO hype, and accelerating testing and implementation of Blockchain platforms across the supply chain and operations of all sectors.

London Blockchain Week began with a Hack-The-Block Blockchain Hackathon at Cocoon Networks on 19 – 21 January. An Exhibition and Conference took place between 22 – 24 January at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. The Conference featured 50 international companies, and an additional 25 ICO and Blockchain companies pitching, including Viola.AI, Bethereum, Chainium, CharityStars, Atonomi, Lucyd, Bitcar and NEM Foundation. The week will be rounded off with a series of Blockchain / DLT workshops on 25 and 26 January.