UCL CBT March Research Newsletter

Call for Papers – 2020 Crypto Valley Conference

Dr. Paolo Tasca, the Executive Director of UCL CBT, will be chairing the “Economic and Financial Track” of the 2020 Crypto Valley Conference, to be held on 11th-12th June, in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

The aim of the conference is to merge the gap between academics, technologists, policy makers and regulators engaged in the new field of distributed and peer-to-peer systems, by providing a unique cross-sectoral perspective which allows to exhaustively address questions of practical importance from an economic, financial and business perspective. UCL CBT is a technical partner of the CVC 2020.

Accepted papers will be considered for a publication into Frontiers in Blockchain journal – Financial Blockchain.

The deadline for submitted papers is 03/04/2020.

For more information about submission topics and guidelines, see here.


UCL CBT Blockchain Research Showcase Presentations

The UCL CBT ran its first blockchain research showcase where awardees from the first Call for Proposals presented their findings. The event took place on Thursday 20th February at UCL in London, UK. Learn more about the research proposals and watch the presentations here.

News from CBT Associates

Horst Treiblmaier from Modul University Vienna has recently co-authored a paper together with Abderahman Rejeb and John G. Keogh titled “How Blockchain Technology Can Benefit Marketing: Six Pending Research Areas” in the Open Access Journal “Frontiers in Blockchain”. In this paper the authors discuss six potential blockchain application areas for marketing, namely fostering disintermediation, combating click fraud, reinforcing trust and transparency, enhancing privacy protection, empowering digital marketing security and enabling creative loyalty programs.

Paolo Giudici is keen to share his latest research into the spread of coronavirus. It shows how a country can position itself on the contagion growth curve, based on the available data. The research can be read here, and feedback is welcome!


Block-Sprint 2019: A Recap

Videos of the Block-Sprint winners’ pitches and highlights of the competition can be found here including a write-up on LinkedIn here. Watch out for the next one in 2020.


UCL CBT Releases Report on DLT in the Supply Chain

The UCL CBT, with the support of the Retail Blockchain Consortium (RBC), have created a market report looking at the adoption of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in physical supply chains. This report is the first comprehensive outlook on the state of DLT in the global physical supply chain sector. As part of this report over 100 different projects have been analysed including start-ups, corporates, consortia and government that are implementing various aspects of DLT in the applications areas of tracing (provenance), logistics, financial transactions, retail operations and circular economy. Get a copy of the report here.


Community News, Events, Jobs etc

UK-Polish Tech Hub has just been launched by Poland’s Minister of Development and by the British Ambassador to Poland. The first activity organised within the framework of this Techhub is the organisation of 13 Tech challenges that are proposed to British SMEs by 3 Polish corporates (PKN Orlen, KGHM and PKO Bank Polski).

You can find the list of all the challenges here. The original intention was that shortlisted British SMEs were to be invited to pitch their solutions during 1:1 meeting with Polish corporates’ representatives in London, on the 24th March. This event has since been cancelled due to the risk of coronavirus contagion, but interested companies can still reach out to PKO Bank Polski online. Thus, if you are interested, please contact jonathan.grinbaud.15@ucl.ac.uk for additional information.