THE RACE TO ATTRACT THE NEXT BIG BLOCKCHAIN IDEA IN SWITZERLAND

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A new global blockchain accelerator has launched in Crypto Valley, backed by the cantons of Zug and Uri, and the Greater Zurich Area. Stefan Deiss, the founder and CEO of Blockchain Propulsion, says that the aim is to onboard 100 blockchain projects over the next five years across 15 to 18 hubs around the world.

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July 19: What happened in blockchain this week?
Bitcoin Suisse applies for a banking license, Zug investment platform TEND goes into administration, and Facebook’s Libra questioned on Capitol Hill.

What happened in blockchain this week?
Bitcoin Suisse brings the first crypto ATM to the Swiss Alps, the Commercial Registry of Zug accepts bitcoin payments in person, and Crypto Valley Labs searches for the next batch of blockchain startups for its incubation program.

July 5: What happened in blockchain this week?
The University of Geneva plans to be the first institution to teach Facebook’s Libra; Swiss blockchain entrepreneurs recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list; Bitcoin’s energy consumption surpasses Switzerland’s; and the Swiss stock exchange hosts first Bitcoin Cash ETP.

University of Geneva plans to be first to teach Facebook’s Libra
The University of Geneva is teaching Facebook’s new currency Libra in its blockchain programming course starting in September. A new module is being introduced specifically to cover Libra Blockchain and the associated Move programming language. Jean-Marc Seigneur from UNIGE says talks are already underway with Libra regarding collaboration on education: “The most advanced parts of Libra blockchain, the technical parts, might be taught by developers of Calibra, for example.”

Will Switzerland really benefit from the Libra Association?The Libra Association and its 28 founding members including Facebook will set up home in Geneva. Experts at the Crypto Valley Conference weigh in on whether this will just be another mailbox.

June 28: What happened in blockchain this week?
Facebook’s Libra was the talk of the town at Crypto Valley Conference, PwC Switzerland released its fifth ICO/STO report, United International Business Schools is turning to blockchain for diplomas, and Bitcoin’s ride past $13,000.

Facebook’s Libra could shake up the banking industry
Facebook is promising low transaction costs for users of Libra, its new digital currency. At the Crypto Valley Conference in Zug, we find out how this will impact the banking industry.