Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and 1776 Launch Blockchain Challenge

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If you’re a startup using Blockchain technology to transform an industry, now is your chance to compete in the Smart Dubai Office Blockchain Challenge!

Take your company to Dubai to meet world-leading investors, network with VIPs, connect with customers and ultimately win a prize and potential contract to be a part of Dubai’s Blockchain strategy.

What is the Smart Dubai Office Blockchain Challenge?

Dubai launched a city-wide Blockchain Strategy in October 2016 with the aim of becoming the first Blockchain-powered city by 2020. Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and 1776 are looking for game-changing applications of Blockchain technology in any industry. Blockchain has the potential to improve people’s lives, and Dubai is poised to be a leader in moving such applications forward.

The Dubai Blockchain strategy is based on three pillars.

  1. Government Efficiency: Implementing Blockchain technology in government services
  2. Industry Creation: Supporting the creation of a Blockchain industry through empowering startups and businesses
  3. Thought Leadership: Leading the global thinking on Blockchain technology

The Smart Dubai Office Blockchain Challenge supports the second pillar, Industry Creation, and aims to discover the most innovative Blockchain startup ideas from around the world.

Smart Dubai Office Blockchain Challenge FAQ

The Smart Dubai Office oversees and facilitates Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation with the aim of delivering efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experiences for residents and visitors. The office realizes that at the heart of providing these experiences, is the city’s willingness to test and adopt new technologies. In this context, Dubai aims to be a pioneer in the adoption of emerging technologies such as Blockchain, which it recognizes has a major potential to transform city services.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), 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

Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.d - 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. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des
Technologies at Crypto Chain University and on advisory board of Advisory Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain Association.

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, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich

His network is global and extensive. 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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