Blockchain Australia @ Linux Conf 2017

The Linux Conf 2017 has just wrapped up in the City of Hobart, Tasmania.

The Conference saw 3 days full of inspiring, educational, technical and conceptual discussions on a wide range of topics around Linux and the Open Source communities.

As the head of Blockchain Australia, an Australian based advocacy group charged with introducing and educating about the benefits of blockchain and bitcoin to a wide cross section of the community, it was a pleasure to make the trip to Hobart to do a short presentation outlining decentralisation and the role that blockchains can play in the process.

Being limited to 20mins, the presentation was a very high level view of several use cases where bitcoin/blockchain could add efficiencies to existing systems or create new systems that were previously impossible.

My presentation touched on bitcoin, Flux, smart contracts, among other things along with an interesting story about the island of Yap and the rai stones that are used as money. I my view, this was a precursor to the blockchain in the way they money was moved from individual to individual via a community meeting.

If you are interested in learning more or contributing to our efforts, please join our association either as an individual member or a corporate sponsor.

Adam Poulton

 

 

Blockchain Standards Roadmap Workshop

Australia will be hosting the worlds first International Blockchains Standards Meeting in Sydney, April 2017, on the formation of Standards around Blockchains and Digital Currencies.

Blockchain Australia Board Member Alan Tsen and Nick Addison from FinHaus Labs have been working on the submissions to date  and will be heading up the work in Australia and at the upcoming RoadMap Workshop on Feb 17th in Sydney.

The road mapping exercise is designed to identify key stakeholder issues and to develop a priority list of standards for development to support blockchain technology.

All relevant Australian stakeholders are invited to participate:
• Take the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Survey (closing date 10 February 2017)
• Attend the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Workshop (17 February 2017)

These activities will shape the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Recommendations Report to be released on 28 February 2017. The Blockchain Standards Roadmap will provide recommendations for Australia’s strategic leadership on International Blockchain Standards, by identifying issues and use cases, defining standards development work streams and developing a draft work program for consideration by the International Blockchain Standards committee ISO/TC 307.

The Standards Australia Survey of Blockchain/DLT closes in 2 days 

Please take the survey if you want to have your say on the  standards roadmap.

Blockchain Standards Australia

Just a quick reminder about the roadmap survey issued by Standards Australia and survey meeting coming up this month in Sydney.

I’d highly encourage you all to fill it in and attend the workshop if you’re interested in the development of blockchain standards.

Alan and the Blockchain Melbourne team.

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Reminder: Blockchain Standards Survey and Workshop

With the world first International Blockchain Standards meeting set to be held in Sydney in April 2017, Standards Australia will be facilitating a number of key activities to support the Blockchain Standards Initiative. The first of these will be the development of a Blockchain Standards Roadmap.

The road mapping exercise is designed to identify key stakeholder issues and develop a priority list of standards for development to support blockchain technology. All relevant Australian stakeholders are invited to participate:

  • Take the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Survey(closing date 10 February 2017)
  • Attend the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Workshop(17 February 2017)

These activities will shape the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Recommendations Report to be released on 28 February 2017.  The Blockchain Standards Roadmap will provide recommendations for Australia’s strategic leadership on International Blockchain Standards, by identifying issues and use cases, defining standards development work streams and developing a draft work program for consideration by the International Blockchain Standards committee ISO/TC 307.

Full details regarding Standards Australia’s Blockchain Standards Initiative can also be found on the Standards Australia website.

Blockchain Australia, the NEW Voice of All Things Blockchain

Introducing Blockchain Australia

Continuing our advocacy efforts for all cryptocurrencies and new emerging blockchain related technologies.

The BAA has always been at the forefront of cryptocurrency advocacy since our inception in 2013.

During this time we have lead the advocacy efforts with the senate for taxation issues on cryptocurrencies in Australia, provided education to the professional sector on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, and continually strive to spread the message about the potential that blockchains have to offer to disrupt, empower and create new industries.

Although we have advocated for all elements of emerging blockchain technology, our name has not fully reflected our vision. For this reason we have become Blockchain Australia, a new name and brand that is reflective of our mission and is inclusive of the numerous branches of blockchain technology that have been created, since the initial bitcoin blockchain went public in 2009.

Our board brings a wide and comprehensive range of experience in all fields of blockchain technology (from legal through to technical) to our members in the form of:

  • engaging with government on policy areas affecting blockchain businesses,
  • providing working technology solutions to various government departments,  
  • customised educational seminars,
  • partnering with prominent event organisers such as CeBit and Asia Pacific Blockchain Conference,
  • keeping the community informed,
  • connecting with regular meetups,
  • Being the voice for our members in the sector.

We look forward to continued service to our existing members and welcome new members to support our ongoing work.

2016 Blockchain Summit

In June the BAA were invited to the 2016 Blockchain Summit in Melbourne and given the option to present and be part of a panel discussion on the use of smart contracts and the blockchain in banking. It is great to see so many industry bodies taking notice and getting involved in the event.

The event was insightful with some great presentations. Startups gave their impressions and feedback to the banks for their private chains ideas.

Overall, the dialog was good, open and honest. I was personally impressed by a number and calibre of speakers, and the pragmatic and thoughtful approach taken by some.

I left the summit wondering have we reached a peak? We don’t see this level of excitement around HTML conferences. Time will tell. It will be interesting reading this post after the 3rd halving!

Lucas Cullen