1,880,525 Votes Cast on Blockchain – Largest Ever

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Votem and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the successful completion of the ‘Fan Vote’ for the 2017 Inductees.  Votem’s cutting-edge “Blockchain platform powered the successful fan vote enabling the Rock Hall to easily collect votes from around the world without the risk of ‘software bots’ falsely adding to the vote counts.

Pete Martin, CEO of Votem, stated:

“We are so pleased to have supported the Rock Hall in their online Fan Vote, and Board Vote, this year using our Blockchain-based mobile voting platform.  The Rock Hall is a progressive organization and they wanted to ensure that this year’s online vote was secure, accurate and immune to hacking.  We’re pleased to have accomplished this for them.”

Todd Mesek, VP Marketing for the Rock Hall, remarked:

“Rock & Roll is all about the fans and tapping into the connection they have with the music. Giving fans a way to engage in the Induction voting taps into that energy and makes deeper connections between the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Rock Fans, as well as among fans themselves.”  

Many organizations that run fan votes do so primarily for marketing and promotional purposes but their fans treat these types of votes almost as you would the vote for President – they expect that the vote is fair and without compromise – so it was imperative that this year’s Fan Vote was held to the highest standard possible.   For that reason, the Rock Hall partnered with Votem to operate their Fan Vote and Board Vote this year.

Blockchain technology is the underlying foundation for Bitcoin and has been used primarily to tackle issues in financial services. Technology firms and academics around the world have only recently explored Blockchain’s utility in other contexts and online voting has emerged as one of the promising applications of Blockchain.  Votem’s online voting platform leveraged the blockchain framework of Tendermint to bring improved uptime, security, and performance to this year’s fan vote.

The 1,880,525 votes for the Rock Hall Fan Vote is the largest use of online voting using Blockchain to date.  People from all 50 states and the District of Columbia accessed the Rock Hall voting site from 100 different countries and cast their votes for their favorite rock artists – 60% of those voted from their phones.

Votem is focused on building a mobile voting platform to enable people around the world to easily and securely vote online and from their mobile devices. It’s mobile voting platform, which was built using the Tendermint framework, powered the largest online vote using Blockchain technology in the world to date.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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