A free pass to Swiss blockchain education marketplace Odem during the coronavirus pandemic: The platform is already working with the School of Management in Fribourg and is now in discussion with other schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Also: Google searches for coronavirus and cryptocurrencies spike in Switzerland, and we talk to Crypto Finance about why the pandemic is the first big test for bitcoin.
Forget gold and equity markets, Bitcoin stands in its own category, says Crypto Finance CEO Jan Brzezek. He argues that Bitcoin hasn’t reached the status of a safe haven—yet.
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The Paris Blockchain Week Summit has been postponed to December over coronavirus concerns; Facebook plans a redesign of its digital currency project, according to reports from Bloomberg and The Information; and India’s Supreme Court overturns a ban on cryptocurrency trading.
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UEFA kicks off blockchain-based ticketing for EURO 2020; Swiss diamond start-up loses its sparkle; blockchain powers local electricity markets in Switzerland; and Xing adds 6,000 blockchain jobs in DACH in Q4 2019.
Hundreds of crypto shoppers head to Digitec Galaxus; Zermatt jumps on the crypto train after Zug and Chiasso; Crypto Valley Conference returns for the third time; and BitGo enters the Swiss and German market to provide custody for digital assets.
It started with Zug and then Chiasso. Now Zermatt is the latest Swiss town to let residents pay their taxes with Bitcoin. While cryptocurrencies are striking a chord with Swiss tax collectors, it’s falling short with residents.
PwC Switzerland is building up its blockchain arm with a focus on smart contracts. Partner Andreas Eschbach explains why the company is integrating ETH spin-off ChainSecurity and what’s holding blockchain back from mass adoption.
• Ulysse Nardin launches warranty certificate on blockchain
• Crypto conference takes on Crypto Finance Conference St. Moritz
• Swiss hospitals trace medical devices with blockchain Xatena
• Blockchain real estate deal on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse
“We realize there’s a number of hurdles left to be overcome and crossed,” says Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications at Libra Association. Disparte outlines the three main priorities for the digital currency project to take off in 2020. Regulation is just the first one.
IBM to trace coffee with #blockchain thanks to a new app developed in Switzerland; Bitcoin Suisse releases its 2020 Crypto Outlook Report; and PwC Switzerland snaps up blockchain start-up ChainSecurity.
Germany may be ahead in funding, but the regulatory environment for blockchain start-ups in Switzerland is more favorable. Zug investment firm CV VC explains why the two countries need to build a closer dialogue on blockchain.
Swisscom and Deutsche Börse have turned the shares of a Swiss company into tokens and traded them using blockchain as part of a pilot project. Swisscom Blockchain CEO Lukas Hohl says the partnership with Deutsche Börse is “on track” and that they are also open to partnership discussions with SIX Swiss Exchange.