Swiss blockchain know-how comes to Russia

Switzerland and Russia join efforts on blockchain ecosystem development

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This week, representatives of the Russian government, industry, financial institutions and startups gathered together to discuss the future of Blockchain development and implementation in the economy and public sector at the “Blockchain: The New Oil of Russia” conference in Tatarstan.

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A swiss delegation at the conference was headed by Søren Fog, the co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association (CVA) and founder of iprotus. He presented to the participants the advantages of Swiss infrastructure for the implementation of Blockchain-based solutions and execution of ICOs.

In his speech, Søren Fog also shared his experience of creating the Blockchain and cryptography ecosystem from scratch: the case of the local meetup group Crypto Valley Forum in the small canton of Zug, which during the course of half a year became a globally recognised association, an international hub of the accumulation of knowledge around Blockchain and crypto projects pulling together stakeholders from all angles.

“I believe that in less than a decade, possibly much less, Blockchain technology will be everywhere. Its implementation into the public sector will have a huge impact on increasing trust from the society to the government, and could facilitate reduction of the level of corruption. And Blockchain-based solutions for industry, especially supply chain, may have a game changing effect of the elimination of counterfeits from the market, inclusion of third world service providers and freeing up immense amounts of working capital bound today in the supply chain, creating a win for particularly developing countries. I’m committed to help the Russian government in the execution of pilot projects in this and other areas”, said Søren Fog after the conference.

During the conference, VEB, Bank of Development (the biggest Russian institute which coordinates developing programs) and Søren Fog agreed to collaborate on implementation of pilot Blockchain-based projects in Russian Federation, and discussed the creation of a joint Swiss-Russian Center of Competences in Blockchain.

Meanwhile, and particularly for this event, the global startups and investors platform InnMind, from which CEO Nelli Orlova also participated in the conference in Kazan, has prepared and released an overview of the implementations of Blockchain-based solutions in industry and public sector, see State of Blockchain: Tokenizing the Economy

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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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