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How will blockchain impact the way we work and function in the future? We delve into the world of the new technology and speak to the movers and shakers of the fast-growing industry.

Coronavirus is first big test for Bitcoin

Forget gold and equity markets, Bitcoin stands in its own category, says Crypto Finance CEO Jan Brzezek. He argues that Bitcoin hasn’t reached the status of a safe haven—yet. Brought to you by Swissquote.

Coronavirus is first big test for Bitcoin
Forget gold and equity markets, Bitcoin stands in its own category, says Crypto Finance CEO Jan Brzezek. He argues that Bitcoin hasn’t reached the status of a safe haven—yet. Brought to you by Swissquote.

March 6: What happened in blockchain this week?
The Paris Blockchain Week Summit has been postponed to December over coronavirus concerns; Facebook plans a redesign of its digital currency project, according to reports from Bloomberg and The Information; and India’s Supreme Court overturns a ban on cryptocurrency trading. Brought to you by Swissquote.

February 28: What happened in blockchain this week?
Migros Bank releases a new cryptocurrency survey in Switzerland; Nornickel looks to Swiss platform for tokenizing metals; and SIX invests in Omniex to pave the way for cryptocurrency trading.

February 21: What happened in blockchain this week?
UEFA kicks off blockchain-based ticketing for EURO 2020; Swiss diamond start-up loses its sparkle; blockchain powers local electricity markets in Switzerland; and Xing adds 6,000 blockchain jobs in DACH in Q4 2019.

February 13: What happened in blockchain this week?
Hundreds of crypto shoppers head to Digitec Galaxus; Zermatt jumps on the crypto train after Zug and Chiasso; Crypto Valley Conference returns for the third time; and BitGo enters the Swiss and German market to provide custody for digital assets.

Bitcoin is a hit with Swiss tax collectors
It started with Zug and then Chiasso. Now Zermatt is the latest Swiss town to let residents pay their taxes with Bitcoin. While cryptocurrencies are striking a chord with Swiss tax collectors, it’s falling short with residents.

PwC wants to make smart contracts smarter
PwC Switzerland is building up its blockchain arm with a focus on smart contracts. Partner Andreas Eschbach explains why the company is integrating ETH spin-off ChainSecurity and what’s holding blockchain back from mass adoption.

January 17: What happened in blockchain this week?
• Ulysse Nardin launches warranty certificate on blockchain • Crypto conference takes on Crypto Finance Conference St. Moritz • Swiss hospitals trace medical devices with blockchain Xatena • Blockchain real estate deal on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse

Libra says it’s just 3 steps away from launching its currency in 2020
“We realize there’s a number of hurdles left to be overcome and crossed,” says Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications at Libra Association. Disparte outlines the three main priorities for the digital currency project to take off in 2020. Regulation is just the first one.

January 10: What happened in blockchain this week?
IBM to trace coffee with #blockchain thanks to a new app developed in Switzerland; Bitcoin Suisse releases its 2020 Crypto Outlook Report; and PwC Switzerland snaps up blockchain start-up ChainSecurity.

Bitcoin Suisse delivers 2020 crypto outlook
Bitcoin Suisse CEO Arthur Vayloyan discusses his 2020 outlook for the crypto market, the imminent bitcoin “halving” and the Libra project.

Building a blockchain dialogue between Switzerland and Germany
Germany may be ahead in funding, but the regulatory environment for blockchain start-ups in Switzerland is more favorable. Zug investment firm CV VC explains why the two countries need to build a closer dialogue on blockchain.

We’re open to partnerships with SIX, says Swisscom Blockchain CEO
Swisscom and Deutsche Börse have turned the shares of a Swiss company into tokens and traded them using blockchain as part of a pilot project. Swisscom Blockchain CEO Lukas Hohl says the partnership with Deutsche Börse is “on track” and that they are also open to partnership discussions with SIX Swiss Exchange.

November 15: What happened in blockchain this week?
Swiss blockchain start-ups head to the Singapore Fintech Festival; SEBA Bank now accepts clients from Switzerland; Novartis ramps up focus on blockchain; and the ambitious plan to bring Bitcoin to the masses in Switzerland.

Novartis to go live with blockchain projects in 2020
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will ramp up its focus on blockchain in 2020. “We are now at the point where we say, we want to go live,” says blockchain lead Marco Cuomo. The company will start by digitizing manual processes to increase efficiency. Novartis is also leading a blockchain healthcare consortium as part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative. So far, 28 entities are onboard including 11 pharma companies.