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Does Blockchain Really Matter? Moldova’s First Blockchain Laboratory “Drachmae Project Lab 2.0”

Does Blockchain Really Matter? Moldova’s First Blockchain Laboratory “Drachmae Project Lab 2.0”


On Tuesday, 10th January 2017, at IT4BA, ASEM, Moldova’s first Blockchain Laboratory was unveiled. It will study the possible benefits and use cases of the technology, and will afford opportunities to students and non students for internships where they will gain knowledge and work experience in this exciting new field.

Internships will offered in projects from international players in this space, with a view to mentor and train interns, potentially leading to employment in Moldova. Workspaces for these purposes are to be obtained via IT4BA.

The launch of the Blockchain Laboratory was formal and non-technical to introduce the gathered audience to the technology and the opportunities. There will be ongoing effort to generate further interest around future developments and to determine the appetite for this initiative among students. This is a bold move by IT4BA and Asem, and they are showing their willingness to be the pioneers in  Moldova for Blockchain Technology.

More information will be provided on - a UK Based Consultancy - working within the Economic Free Zone to accelerate blockchain startups and inward investment.

Launch of Drachmae Project Laboratory 2.0; summary of the proceedings.

1. Entrepreneur and Organiser Lee Gibson Grant

“I believe Moldova has unique potential to explore Blockchain technology and create entrepreneurships around blockchain. I was very excited by the turnout of attendees who gave their time to attend, from the National Bank of Moldova, E-Government, UNDP, USAID and academics from ASEM University and many more. I look forward to the next event on the 23rd and 24th of March at ASEM University.”

“The development of a robust digital identity framework, aimed at placing control of digital interactions in the hands of the customer, is therefore an important undertaking.

The “Theft of the Century” at the National Bank of Moldova is illustrative of the systemic problems that could be solved by strong digital identity and the transparency and immutability enabled by blockchain technology. A robust, universal framework for the individual's digital Identity persona also be used for e-voting should such ideas be adopted at the government level.”

2. Introductions by Dr. Sergiu Tutunaru, Associate professor at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Director Innovative IT Incubator

“knowledge-based economy.Drachmae Project Laboratory 2.0 is therefore a  natural partner for us as we have already identified a number of converging objectives, institutional strategies, and common societal challenges".

3. Blockchain presentation by Marc Pilkington, PhD, who is an associate professor of economics at the University of Burgundy, France, currently on entrepreneurial leave.

4. Some initial projects were disclosed around blockchain technology are based on transparency and immutability. The role of Digital Identity tools by Derick Smith, CEO of Chainreactor, and Land Registration by Eric Grill, Founder of Chain Bytes. Whilst the ideas was being discussed participants of the audience debated some valid points around Identity.

6. DT X Top Secret USSR White Paper of blockchain exploration:

Advances in information technology now make it possible for non-government entities, or governments themselves, to establish and run a national, parallel, paperless monetary system, Viability of Blockchain for E-Governance and Smart Cities. The workings of such a system is described and discussed. Such systems may ameliorate the dire state of affairs in the hardest hit economic zone adjacent to the Eurozone, the EX USSR or Russian Federation.

Can Blockchain provide not just technical innovation by funding innovation meaning member states can privatise assets and national infrastructure opposed to IMF, World Bank EU Loans.

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