UCL CBT May Activities Newsletter

Blockchain Rules Online Executive Programme

The UCL CBT has launched an in-person online course on Blockchain and the Law. This course will be taking place in-person online between 30 June and 28 July 2020, with two online classroom sessions per week. Primarily taught by Giovanna Massarotto, she will be covering the key rules that govern the blockchain world (e.g. cryptocurrencies and smart contracts) and the exploitation of these technologies to regulate today’s digital data-driven economy.

Click this link to learn more.

UCL CBT Online Seminar Series

Join us for an online series of seminars on blockchain technology. We are scheduling one near the end of each month for the foreseeable future. Register via Eventbrite to receive the webinar details. This months seminar is on 28 May at 18:00 UK time. Our speaker will be Giovanna Massarotto on the topic of  “Antitrust in the Blockchain Era”. The recording of the previous seminar with Nicola Dimitri is available here.


UCL CBT Job Opportunities

We are looking for an individual that would like to work on a reserach project using econometrics – if you are interested in this part time paid position please apply here.


Second Call for Research Proposals – Blockchain Tools To Combat Covid-19

We are excited to inform you about the opening of the second call for research proposals focussed on the theme of how blockchain can combat Covid-19. This call has a rolling deadline and is open until 18 July 2020. Projects will be assessed, and funding announcements made as and when they are received (until the funding pot is finished). Importantly this call is open to all of our Associates without needing to have a UCL Staff member acting as the Principal Investigator.


Call For Papers – UCL CBT Discussion Paper Series

Our current Call For Papers is to explore the theme of “Blockchain and Resilience”. In particular we would like to explore the implications of COVID-19 for Blockchain and DLT. The main focus will be on understanding the role of blockchain during the pandemic and its position post-crisis. Learn more about this call and read the previous Discussion Papers here.


Submit Your DLT Solutions to the UCL CBT Covid-19 Task Force

The COVID Task Force will convene key players in the global blockchain ecosystem to identify deployable technology solutions that address governmental, social and commercial challenges caused by COVID. Working on an expedited timetable, the Task Force will analyze, sort, package and present solutions to governments and organizations to deliver real value quickly.

Submit solutions here.

News from UCL CBT Associates

Susan Ramonat will be speaking at GS1 Connect’s virtual event in June (https://gs1connect.gs1us.org/) with the Senior Director of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) to healthcare supply chain professionals.  The topic is “The Post-Pandemic Healthcare Supply Chain: Lessons Learned and How Data Standards Can Enable the Path Forward.”

Krzysztof Piech has organised the 7th Digital Money and Blockchain Forum (in Polish), on 21 May 2020, online, at Lazarski University (Warsaw) under honorary auspices of the Ministry of Development, Ministry for Science and Higher Education. 25 speakers delivered the talks. During this conference he delivered a speech on stablecoins entitled: “Digital money of central banks, corporations and banks, and society” and led the panel session on DeFi.

Navroop Sahdev (The Digital Economist) has launched the flagship Entrepreneur in Training (EIT) program for early stage professionals, recent graduates and students who are looking for practical training in building digital-first businesses. Deadline: May 31st, 2020. Link to the application can be found here.

Nikola Tchouparov (CEO of Moneyfold) is pleased to announce that Visa has approved a new DeFi-Enabled Crypto Card in the EU and the UK. The card is co-branded Eidoo and available to UK & EU users of the Eidoo non-custodial wallet. Moneyfold’s fiat-backed stablecoins and atomic swaps are used for the bridge from crypto to regulated payments. Find out more here.

Jane Thomason gave a talk at Findexible Webinar Reset readying for recovery on the 13th May, Global Distributed Policy Thinkathon – CBDCs and Digital Assets on the 19th May and Blockchain for Impact on the 20th May online, on an innovative 3D Platform.

Anna Donovan is pleased to announce that the UK Lawtech Delivery Panel (LTDP) has launched its Lawtech UK vision and work programme. Anna chairs its Education Taskforce and will lead the development of an online hub and training centre to help support awareness and adoption of lawtech, providing a place for the community to share know how and offer skills development opportunities. Further information can be found here.

Quinn DuPont, in collaboration with IEEE and Ampleforth, is developing a recorded interview series with blockchain researchers. The interviews focus on academic and professional research to highlight the cutting edge and (especially) help engineers keep their skills current. If you are an academic or professional researcher with published or upcoming blockchain research you would like to discuss, please contact Quinn DuPont at quinn.dupont@ucd.ie. Interviews are currently being scheduled for June and July.


New Partnership with Hedera Hashgraph

UCL CBT are proud to be joining the Hedera Governing Council to steward the next generation of DLT. The UCL CBT encourages you to get to know Hedera’s open, decentralized governance model and their innovative technological solutions to real-world problems. Learn more about our new partnership here.


Community News, Events and Jobs

Web3 Foundation are recruiting a Research Scientist in Cryptoeconomics. Learn more about this position here and more about the Web3 Foundation here.