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Uc Berkeley Blockchain Research Skyrockets Alongside Price Of Bitcoin

Uc Berkeley Blockchain Research Skyrockets Alongside Price Of Bitcoin

UC Berkeley blockchain research skyrockets alongside price of bitcoin UC Berkeley graduate student fights human trafficking through algorithms A single bitcoins worth as of press time is $11,498 a stark increase from January 2017, when one bitcoin was valued at around $1,000. The value of bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency proposed in 2008, jumped to $19,498 in December 2017 before dropping down to its current value. While the volatility of bitcoin has investors glued to market updates and stakeholders hoping for another boom, its the technology behind bitcoin blockchain that has UC Berkeley student groups and researchers excited for the future. Blockchain at Berkeley, a campus student group with more than 100 members dedicated to blockchain solutions, has quickly become one of the leaders of blockchain-related education and real-world applications in the Bay Area, according to Blockchain at Berkeley president Max Fang. I think were definitively the worlds largest and most active university-based blockchain organization, Fang said. Theres nothing that quite matches us in terms of our scale or our reach or the pure number of things that were working on. Blockchain is a digital record-keeper that is available to the public. Information is stored on blocks that are constantly being updated by thousands ofprocessors at the same time, resulting in a system where every party involved has the same information. People can help confirm the data on the bitcoin blockchain by mining bitcoin, which is verifying transactions on their own systems and receiving an extremely small amount of bitcoin in compensation. Nowadays, most bitcoin mining occurs on specialized systems and not on personal computers. The buzz about blockchain is reflected by a growing interest from campus fa Continue reading >>

The Authoritative Guide To Blockchain Development

The Authoritative Guide To Blockchain Development

Entrepreneur. @Airbnb, @earndotcom alum. Instructor @Outco. Writer. Effective Altruist. Blockchainist. Former poker pro. The authoritative guide to blockchain development Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, magic internet money its all so damn exciting, and you, the eager developer, want to get in on the madness. Where do you start? Im glad youre excited about this space. I am too. But youll probably find its unclear where to begin. Blockchain is moving at breakneck speed, but theres no clear onramp to learning this stuff. Since I left Airbnb to work full-time on blockchain, many people have reached out to me asking how to get into the blockchain space full-time. Consider this my authoritative (and inevitably incomplete) guide on how to get into blockchain engineering. Why should you learn blockchain development? Why should you learn blockchain development? Before I answer that question, let me first note: blockchain is a massively overvalued space right now. These prices are unsustainable, and a crash is definitely coming. This has all happened before, and will probably happen again. But if you work long-term in this space, youll learn to shrug off prices. In the words of Emin Gun Sirer prices are the least interesting part of cryptocurrencies. These are massively important technologies, and they are going to irrevocably change the world. If youre unsure, I cant tell you whether or not you should jump in. But I can tell you five reasons that convinced me to take the leap: Bitcoin was invented 10 years ago, but the rate of innovation has only reached a fever pitch in the last couple of years, especially with the launch of Ethereum in 2015. Most of the new companies and ideas in this space have been built on top of Ethereum, which is still very immature. Even if you start now, you Continue reading >>

Blockchain @ Berkeley +iota

Blockchain @ Berkeley +iota

The IOTA Foundation is excited to welcome Blockchain @ Berkeley into the community and to announce our official collaboration. [email protected] is an organization setup by students at UC Berkeley . Their group consist of Berkeley students, alumni, community members, and Distributed Ledger Technology/Blockchain enthusiasts from all educational and industrial backgrounds: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Economics, Business, and more. Over the coming months we will be exploring several different use cases in a multitude of sectors together with this great team. Read below about each individual members experience, interest and reason for wanting to work on IOTA in their own words. I am the Co-Head of Consulting at [email protected] I was in the military for five years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, then worked at several tech startups before starting school at UC Berkeley last semester. I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a focus in economics, business, and computer science. I have been closely following the blockchain space since late 2013 and I am an avid physical crypto collector. I am very excited to work with IOTA. When I first read the white paper I was extremely impressed with how it took such a novel approach to solving the issue of transaction throughput seen on other current distributed ledger implementations. Many of the use cases I have been explored make much more sense with feeless transactions and no hard cap on transaction rate. Looking at the development road map it is extremely ambitious and we cant wait to get involved in any way that we can. I am a student developer at [email protected] and a third year electrical engineering and computer science major at UC Berkeley. Last semester, I worked as a developer for [email protected] external consulting team on a project wit Continue reading >>

Latest In Cosmosjanuary Update

Latest In Cosmosjanuary Update

Arianne brings a mix of startup operating experience and financial expertise to the Tendermint team. She was Associate Director at a seed-stage accelerator based at the University of Toronto, and more recently, Director of Finance at an AI water tech company. She also founded an online tutoring marketplace after college. Arianne holds a Master in Finance from Princeton University. Alex was an early adopter of Go and co-founded the Golang meetup in Berlin. He was one of the first employees at SoundCloud, where he worked on distributed systems and developer tooling. Federico Kunze is a senior CS and IEOR student from Chile. During Fall 17, he took a semester abroad at UC Berkeley, during which he got into Blockchain at Berkeley as a developer and joined an external consulting team working to build a decentralized license marketplace for Qualcomm. Cosmos Academy will teach you everything that you need to know in order to build your own Bitcoin in less than 100 lines of code. It covers everything from Ethereum smart contracts to building an application in go-lang/rust on top of the Cosmos SDK. Learn more about the Academy: But first, an overview of Cosmos infrastructure by Sunny Aggarwal : Tendermints Sunny Aggarwal paired up with Uports Nate Rush to run a technical podcast covering all things blockchain. Check out the very first episode and subscribe to the Cosmos YouTube channel . Check out episode #0: Tendermints Chjango Unchained takes you behind-the-scenes to showcase the killer applications in blockchain that you dont want to miss. ETGate is the gateway between Ethereum and Tendermint-based zones to facilitate message passing between these disparate blockchains. Read more about it here . New website can be found here: Ethermint is the Ethereum Virtual Machine running Continue reading >>

Sapien X Uc Berkeley Blockchain Lab

Sapien X Uc Berkeley Blockchain Lab

Positioning Sapien at the frontier of blockchain research and development. We are excited to announce another partnership. This is a special one with UC Berkeleys Blockchain Lab at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) . Blockchain Lab is a platform for students to gain real-world experience working with Blockchain technology. The SCET has created the foundation of Berkeleys entrepreneurship ecosystem including SkyDeck , the Fung Institute , the Engineering Leadership Professional Program , Global Venture Lab , and an extensive ecosystem of Silicon Valley and Global partners. The Blockchain Lab is working to establish new emerging sectors through applied research into the the following problems and projects: Creation of truly mobile blockchain applications Scalability of the blockchain itself in terms of both number of nodes and transaction speed Ability for broader smart contract creation and execution Policy and regulatory issues in blockchain Some of the notable connections to Blockchain Lab include Da Hongfei, the Founder of NEO and CEO of Onfido, Steve Chen, the Founder of EchoLink, and Ronen Kirsh, an Industry Specialist for Blockchain at Berkeley. The Blockchain Lab at SCET has a strong network of entrepreneurs and a solid basis for fostering innovation. This partnership will give the Sapien team access to talent, resources, and the professors at SCET conducting research at the forefront of blockchain technology. Continue reading >>

Berkeley Wants To Use Cryptocurrency To Help House Its Homeless

Berkeley Wants To Use Cryptocurrency To Help House Its Homeless

By Marisa Kendall | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group BERKELEY In search of cash to help alleviate an intensifying homeless crisis, city officials here are considering a radical, and very Silicon Valley option a cryptocurrency fundraiser. Berkeley leaders are drafting a proposal that could make it the first U.S. city to launch an initial coin offering, or ICO a digital token offering that is a popular fundraising tool for some Silicon Valley tech startups. The city could use that money for various projects, but affordable housing and services for the citys homeless would be top priorities. We have more than 1,000 homeless people, and we see funding drying up, said Councilman Ben Bartlett, who is spearheading the effort. So we have to do something. Business Insider first reported Berkeleys ICO aspirations. Bartlett is working with UC BerkeleysBlockchain Lab and financial tech startup Neighborly to develop a plan for the unusual ICO. For now, details on the offering are scant, and the group doesnt plan to unveil its proposal until May. But the general idea is that investors would use blockchain the digital ledger that facilitates currencies such as Bitcoin to buy digital tokens backed by municipal bonds. The tokens could be used as vouchers in local stores, Bartlett said. The technology allows for a speedier delivery, cheaper rate, more flexibility, he said. It could be one block getting some trees. Or one ambulance. ICOs have taken the Bay Area, and the world, by storm over the past year, nabbing endorsements from celebrities ranging from Paris Hilton to Floyd Mayweather and raising $3.7 billion to date, according to CoinSchedule, which tracks ICOs. But the offerings, mostly used by blockchain technology companies, have drawn scrutiny from the Securiti Continue reading >>

Top 25 Blockchain Blogs And Websites On Blockchain Technology

Top 25 Blockchain Blogs And Websites On Blockchain Technology

Top 25 Blockchain Blogs and Websites on Blockchain Technology The Best Blockchain blogs from thousands of top Blockchain blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites Feedspots editorial team and expert review CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Top Blockchain Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Blockchain blogs on the internet and Im honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. If your blog is one of the Top 25 Blockchain blogs, you have the honour of displaying the following badge on your site. Use the below code to display this badge proudly on your blog. You deserve it!: Continue reading >>

Uc Berkeley Opens New Blockchain Lab Steve Chen Appointed To Co-lead Newly Formed Berkeley Blockchain Lab

Uc Berkeley Opens New Blockchain Lab Steve Chen Appointed To Co-lead Newly Formed Berkeley Blockchain Lab

Steve Chen, founder of EchoLink, a credentials-verification Blockchain project, has been appointed industry co-lead of the new Berkeley Blockchain Lab , a platform for students to gain real-world experience working with Blockchain technology. Chen came up with the idea behind EchoLink while serving as the founding engineering director at a NYSE mobile technology company, where he saw the opportunity to create efficiency and value by storing data around engineering graduates degrees on the Blockchain. As he embarks on helping to lead the Berkeley Blockchain Lab, Chen will draw upon his experience in both enterprise technology and entrepreneurship. The Berkeley Blockchain Lab is run by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET), and will give Berkeley students one unit for participating in the EchoLink project through The Berkeley Blockchain Lab toward the five required to earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology. The SCET has helped create the foundation of Berkeleys entrepreneurship ecosystem by launching institutions and programs such as SkyDeck, the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Global Venture Lab, and cultivating an extensive network of Silicon Valley and global partners. The focus of the first Berkeley Blockchain Lab project will be on off-chain data inputs, distributed storage, and web-based Blockchain query systems. App development will be evaluated with the objective of minimizing the cost of running decentralized applications (Dapp). A secondary objective will be developing a Dapp that can process data in batches. The application focus will be bringing trust-based credentials from off chain including degree certificates onto various Blockchains EchoLink in partnership wit Continue reading >>

Uc Berkeley And Bitmark Partner To Bring Data Donation To Public Healthstudies

Uc Berkeley And Bitmark Partner To Bring Data Donation To Public Healthstudies

The Property System for the Digital Environment UC Berkeley and Bitmark partner to bring data donation to public healthstudies Bitmark technology allows users to take ownership of their digital lives and help advance the frontiers of publichealth Our phones and Fitbits track our steps, calories, sleep cycles, and more. This data is empowering and helps improve our wellbeing. This data can also aid research in myriad areas. What if you could safely donate your data directly to those who are advancing the frontiers of public health? Today, we are extremely excited to announce our partnership with UC Berkeley School of Public Health to explore how to accomplish exactly that. Bitmark will fund two School of Public Health research fellows to conduct studies that securely incorporate personal data from our phones and other devices. When students return in the fall semester, they will have the opportunity to transition from passive internet users to active participants, taking ownership of their digital lives, and helping to advance public health. The School of Public Health at UC Berkeley is excited to partner with Bitmark Inc. on this research fellowship. It is a great opportunity for our young researchers to gain valuable hands-on experience at the intersection of public health and technology. Lauren Goldstein, PhD, Director of Research Development, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. Bitmark is pleased to announce Madelena Ng and Victor Villalobos as the fellows who will be using Bitmark technology in their future studies as part of this new partnership. In addition to funding support, Bitmark has committed to providing dedicated engineering resources to work closely with fellowship recipients to help them realize their research goals. Here are the brief abstracts about Continue reading >>

Neighborly Partners With Uc Berkeley Blockchain Lab And Berkeley Officials To Combat Social Issues

Neighborly Partners With Uc Berkeley Blockchain Lab And Berkeley Officials To Combat Social Issues

Neighborly Partners with UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab and Berkeley Officials to Combat Social Issues 'Initial community offering' will explore blockchain technology to tackle homelessness and housing insecurity BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Neighborly Corporation , a San Francisco-based public finance technology platform, today announced it is partnering with the UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab , and Berkeley elected officials, to launch the Berkeley Blockchain Initiative (BBI). The BBI will leverage blockchain technology to develop a first-of-its-kind tokenized municipal bond compliant with all regulatory requirements. Through ongoing research and collaboration, the initiative will seek to identify ways that Neighborly's secure platform can be used to deliver low-cost, tax-exempt public finance offerings that could benefit residents of Berkeley and other municipalities. More importantly, the BBI will look to channel funds raised toward addressing some of the City of Berkeley's most pressing issues, including a lack of affordable housing and recent surges in its homeless population. "Neighborly has a strong track record of leveraging sophisticated technologies to enhance transparency and accessibility in the public finance market while creating meaningful, social impact," said Kiran Jain, chief operating officer at Neighborly. "Berkeley is home to socially minded investors, and a top-rated public university with some of the most talented engineers in the world. By combining forces, we are well positioned to create a model of civic capital formation that can directly address a community's most pressing challenges." The City of Berkeley has a history of pioneering innovative financing mechanisms. In 2008, with the launch of its Berkeley FIRST (Financing Initiat Continue reading >>

Ronen Kirsh,cofounder Blockchain At Berkeley/venture Partner Dekrypt Capital #cryptohedgefunds

Ronen Kirsh,cofounder Blockchain At Berkeley/venture Partner Dekrypt Capital #cryptohedgefunds

Ronen Kirsh,CoFounder Blockchain at Berkeley/Venture Partner Dekrypt Capital #cryptohedgefunds Ronen Kirsh,CoFounder Blockchain at Berkeley/Venture Partner Dekrypt Capital He is Co-Founder and Co-Head of Consulting at Blockchain at Berkeley. He is advising Fortune 500 companies and start-ups with blockchain and crypto-economic implementations. Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder Silicon Valley TV: Broadcasting Silicon Valley to the World! She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with over 2k members. Other events she has produced Smart Money Silicon Valley: Network with & Learn from Silicon Valley Investors! & NoPanels: Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders; VCHangout: hangout with Investors! & PitchPerfect Silicon Valley: Craft your Pitch & Slide Deck for Funding! She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors. She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 13 years. She has been in small business for 40 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research with vcs, angels & women founders) "Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation" available on Scribd. Continue reading >>

Blockchain At Berkeley

Blockchain At Berkeley

A blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to create a digital ledger of transactions and share it among a distributed network of computers. It uses cryptography to allow each participant on the network to manipulate the ledger in a secure way without the need for a central authority. We're a student-run organization at UC Berkeley dedicated to serving the Berkeley and greater East Bay crypto and blockchain communities. Our members include Berkeley students, alumni, community members, and blockchain enthusiasts from all educational and industrial backgrounds. Our team consists of undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Economics, Business, and more. We host a range of events and programs to promote blockchain in the East Bay communities and beyond, largely centered around education, consulting, and innovation. We teach an open-source undergraduate cyptocurrency course, organize the largest crypto meetup in the East Bay and host tech talks, developer tutorials, workshops and more. We work with companies to develop strategic approaches to implement blockchain technologies. We build Proof of Concepts, and translate new developments into use cases and novel approaches. We build side projects and do research with cutting-edge blockchain and crypto technologies. Our projects have won first prizes at collegeiate hackathons like TreeHacks and CalHacks. All of our work is open-source. Are you interested in the blockchain but unsure how to implement it? Blockchain at Berkeley can help you develop a strategic approach to applying blockchain to your company and advise you on the different applications and possibilities implementing this technology. We will analyze your problems and utilize our technical knowledge to r Continue reading >>

Blockchain And Patent Law: A Conversation With Berkeley Law

Blockchain And Patent Law: A Conversation With Berkeley Law

Blockchain and patent law: A conversation with Berkeley Law Chris Mammen recently interviewed Berkeley Law professors Narechania and McCrary about some of the IP applications of blockchain. This short video touches upon the following points: Does it have broader applications outside Finance? Who is the inventor and why is his/her/their identity important? How might ownership of a core set of blockchain patents play out in IP terms? Is there a public interest element to patent ownership here and might the "open source" ethos be embraced? Improvement inventions, patentable subject matter and inventiveness questions in the context of bringing claims Who is active in the patenting space of blockchain? Economic perspective of blockchain innovation vs. patent law perspective What is the relevance here of the Supreme Court's Alice patentability decision? The defensive approach in the context of improvement patents and encouragement/discouragement of innovation Making Sense of a Wild Week in Cryptocurrency While developments in the burgeoning blockchain technology and cryptocurrency industry typically come at a breakneck pace, last week was marked by particularly significant news. On... Applications of blockchain technology are growing daily, but is it the next technology for conveying title to real property or recording real estate deeds? Cook County in Illinois is... Encrypted messages Deciphering blockchain's promise in insurance Views differ on blockchain. Somewhere amidst the hype and the scepticism, lie insights which will help secure the promise which many believe the technology could deliver. 2018 Hogan Lovells. All rights reserved. "Hogan Lovells" or the firm refers to the international legal practice that comprises Hogan Lovells International LLP, Hogan Lovells US LL Continue reading >>

Top 10 Blockchain Articles, Blogs &podcasts

Top 10 Blockchain Articles, Blogs &podcasts

Content strategy and content marketing consultancy. Over 2 million engagements on social media in 2017. Top 10 Blockchain Articles, Blogs &Podcasts Everything you need to know about blockchain, but were afraid to ask. Obviously this is nowhere near a definitive list but intended as a starting point to persons new to the subject. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments. Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble Excellent article about the potential of blockchain, by Steven Johnson from the New York Times. Yes, its driven by greed but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth. Making Sense of Crypto What is cryptoeconomics- bitcoin for example- and how does it relate to economics more generally? This article is a clear, non-technical outline of cryptoeconomics and its role in blockchain technology. Wired Guide to Blockchain A beginners guide to the blockchain with a short video here. Blockchain at Berkeley Blog about blockchain developments from students at UC Berkley. Blockchain Unleashed Conversations, stories and opinions from the blockchain community published by IBM. Chain Letter Blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and why they matter. Email newsletter delivered twice a week from MIT Technology Review. CoinDesk is the leading source for industry news with updated cryptocurrency prices. Hackernoon One of the best places online for opinion articles on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and associated technologies. Hashpower A three part audio documentary that explores the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies with leaders in the field. One of the best podcasts to introduce yourself to the fundamentals of bitcoin, blockchain and the concept of decentralization. Unchained Laura Shin- a senior editor at Forbes- talks with industry pioneer Continue reading >>

Blockchain At Berkeley To Assist Kyber Networks Exchange

Blockchain At Berkeley To Assist Kyber Networks Exchange

Blockchain at Berkeley To Assist Kyber Networks Exchange Kyber Network is honoured to announce the collaboration with a world-class academic institution to enhance our exchange implementation and businessmodel. Kyber Network and Blockchain at Berkeley announced a strategic partnership aimed at shaping the robustness and efficiency of decentralized exchanges. Bringing together education, the blockchain technology, research and innovation, the research efforts will explore topics including trading diversity, trading strategies, and trading sustainability in the context of the Kyber Network model. The partnership between Kyber Network and Blockchain at Berkeley comes as we seek innovative reserve management and trading strategies that could benefit all involved parties of our ecosystem. With better expectation of plausible outcomes in and out of the network, the partnership could enable us to offer better services to our users, especially after we have pledged to offer our token conversion service to platforms such as WAX and OPSkins, Aptoide, Gifto, and many other platforms with millions of users. Further, the partnership also gives us more confidence to onboard reserve operators from different organizations to improve the liquidity in Kyber Network. The research partnership between Kyber Network and Blockchain at Berkeley would take approximately 3 months to facilitate, and divided into 4 phases, starting with pre-analysis and problem statement, then designing potential solutions to the observed challenges, followed by developing concrete analysis of the proposed solutions, and lastly delivery of final report. Conventional exchanges provide a platform for market takers and market makers to interact and to perform trades. Due to the utilization of orderbook, these exchan Continue reading >>

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