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South Korea’s Largest Blockchain Project ICON Connects Cross-Chain Data Oracle Band Protocol

Band Protocol, a Sequoia-backed, cross-chain data oracle platform, has integrated with a blockchain network ICON to form South Korea’s largest Blockchain Project to date.

The merger highlights the expansion of real-world applications for secure and scalable data oracles.

“We are excited to be integrating with ICON and expanding the use of data oracles in South Korea where the blockchain industry is very developed and welcomed by authorities,” said Soravis Srinawakoon, CEO & Co-founder of Band Protocol.

The two will work together to support ICON’s network of Decentralized Applications (dApps) by providing secure and verified data to the ICON platform using data oracles.

“The strategic partnership and integration with Band Protocol to the ICON Network will bring increased security and scalability to all the decentralized applications built on South Korea’s largest blockchain project. Band Protocol’s oracle will simultaneously strengthen the existing network and allow expansion to new real-world uses,” said Min Kim, Founder of ICON Network.

This relationship will also connect Band Protocol to ICON’s network of established banks, telecommunications companies and South Korean government agencies — greatly expanding the use cases for data oracles.

ICON works by connecting data to smart contracts executed across its network of blockchains without the use of intermediaries — eliminating the need for vast paperwork or communication between multiple stakeholders. Band Protocol’s oracle will enable expansive use of smart contracts on ICON, which are utilized by many top enterprises in South Korea.

Band Protocol will support many dApps built on the ICON platform including DeFi, sports and random number generation, among others.

The absence of central authorities overseeing these smart contracts means the data verified by Band Protocol’s oracles is vital to ensure contracts are executed correctly.

Band Protocol is a cross-chain data oracle platform that aggregates and connects real-world data and APIs to smart contracts. Blockchains are great at immutable storage and deterministic, verifiable computations — however, they cannot securely access data available outside the blockchain networks. Band Protocol enables smart contract applications such as DeFi, prediction markets, and games to be built on-chain without relying on the single point of failure of a centralized oracle. Band Protocol is backed by a strong network of stakeholders including Sequoia Capital, one of the top venture capital firms in the world, and the leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance.

ICON is the largest cryptocurrency project from South Korea. ICON aims to build a hybrid blockchain network that bridges autonomous online communities and real-world private enterprises. ICON is currently the 8th most utilized blockchain and fully decentralized with 120 validators from around the world.

Richard Kastelein
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, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has 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 at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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