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Monthly Archives

May 2018

CVA to sponsor the ICO competition with the highest prize ever

By | Public Announcements

Next June 7 in Lugano, 20 ICOs will compete at the ICO Race for 1 MILLION DOLLARS and to be listed on one of the top three exchanges in the world.

Also offering a sound conference program, the ICO race gives ICOs the opportunity of a 10-minute pitch in front of a qualified panel of judges who will make their evaluation based on solution of the problem, business and token sale model, token sale terms, team, pitch.

The ICO Race also offers a networking crypto dinner at an exclusive location on Lugano lake the night before the race, on June 6.

The Crypto Valley Association is sponsoring the ICO and will participate with a speech.

Visit icorace.ch for more information, the event program, and to enroll in the competition.

Policy & Regulation ICO Code of Conduct Enforcement: Envion Statement

By | Member News, Public Announcements

The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) is aware of the legal matter involving Envion, a Swiss-incorporated, Berlinbased blockchain company. Envion is not a member of the Crypto Valley Association. However, in the interests of our ecosystem, we are conducting an internal investigation. Should we find any members related to Envion that have breached our Code of Conduct, we will take disciplinary measures as laid out in our statutes. This can include expulsion from the CVA.

2018 Annual General Assembly Board Election Candidates

By | Member Only Announcements

Please note that the following candidates are standing for election / re-election: Standing for President Oliver Bussmann Standing for Board Member Positions Vasiliy Suvorov René Hüsler Soren Fog Nicolas Schobinger…

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Weekly Twitter Summary (2018-05-20 – 2018-05-26)

By | Public Announcements

The Cryptoeconomics of Seigniorage Shares Stablecoins: Basis and Carbon

By | Syndicated Content

The topic of stablecoins has occasioned a flurry of discussion and activity in late 2017 and early 2018, not unsurprising given the potential of stablecoins to allow the expansion of the crypto community in a number of important ways. This articles considers two developing stablecoin projects that fall within the seigniorage shares category of stablecoins, exploring the particulars of their constructions, their relative positioning within the market, and significant challenges each is likely to confront.

The post The Cryptoeconomics of Seigniorage Shares Stablecoins: Basis and Carbon appeared first on Smith + Crown.

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Support Ocean Cleanup by completing a short survey on crowdfunding

By | Member News

Our member Bloomio is performing a survey on crowdfunding and would like to ask other members of the Crypto Valley Association to participate.  Bloomio will make a 1 CHF donation to the Ocean Cleanup charity for each of the survey responses it receives, so please take a moment to participate here.

Here is some more information about Bloomio and the survey:

Bloomio, as a winner of 2017 IMD competition, is cooperating with an IMD MBS class and one of the outcomes of this joint effort was an analysis of the current venture capital landscape. To enrich this study with quantitative data we developed, with the IMD students, the survey we are now publishing.

The objective is to gather insights about the current VC landscape and understand the investor’s pain points and areas for improvement of the existing options for investing in startups.

The results of the survey will be published as part of the overall study conducted in Q3-Q4’18 on the Bloomio portal. The proof of the donation will be announced on Bloomio socials and to press and it will be sent to the respondents who will leave their email contacts.

The survey will remain accessible until it reaches 1K respondents.

Weekly Twitter Summary (2018-05-13 – 2018-05-19)

By | Public Announcements

Addressing the identity management issue we’ve grown too accustomed to

By | Member News, Public Announcements

By Vasiliy Suvorov, Vice President of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, Vice President, Crypto Valley Association

Today’s identity management poses a problem. Highly centralized and siloed, it forces us to create new accounts, provide personal details, and generate login credentials each time we decide to consume services from a different provider. At the same time, we blindly trust each service provider to manage the provided data carefully, hoping hackers will not steal it. This forces companies to become identity and security experts in order to avoid any security breaches, taking on an unnecessary financial burden and deviating funds that could be used elsewhere.

We’ve just grown too accustomed to it – and that needs to change.

One way to tackle this issue would be to decentralize identity management, which gives identity ownership and control to individuals. A connected identity system would enable any person, organization, or thing (IoT) to have an identity relationship with another – without authorization from a third party.

The above presents the idea ofself-sovereign identity (SSI), where anyone can use these identities and the resulting relationships without an intervening authority.

Introducing the Sovrin Foundation, Crypto Valley Association and Luxoft

The Sovrin Foundationis a non-profit organization that launched and oversees a specialized global distributed ledger: a blockchain that enables SSI. It provides the basis for easier and more secure identity management and new, more democratic decentralized business models.

Similarly, the Crypto Valley Association (CVA)is an independent, government-supported group aimed at building a thriving blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland – a country known for its strong, direct democracy, personal privacy and innovation.

When we first learned about Sovrin’s technology and mission, it was clear Sovrin’s goals, Swiss values and the CVA’s objectives aligned fundamentally. Through our Technology Working Group, we reached out and started to explore ways to enable Sovrin’s blockchain in Switzerland and explore various use cases that would benefit CVA’s members and the overall Swiss ecosystem. As a result, we announced an official partnership in 2017.

Initially, the partnership focused on operating the first “validator node” – nodes that achieve consensus – of the Sovrin ledger in Switzerland. Two of the founding members of CVA, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU),and Luxoft worked together to make it possible. The dedicated server running Sovrin’s node is hosted in an award-winning, minimum energy design data center facility of HSLU in Luzern, and is operated jointly by the experts of HSLU’s Department of Informatics and Luxoft. The teams are now exploring self-sovereign identity use cases and are working on onboarding new applications.

Blockchain for e-government…and beyond

Ever since the announcement of the partnership, the Swiss blockchain ecosystem has developed more rapidly than ever before. Governments across the federal, cantonal and city levels have expressed support and announced plans to make blockchain technology an integral part of Switzerland’s future. Projects on implementing electronic Identity, company registration and even eVoting on blockchain technology are well under way.

All these applications require a robust identity management foundation that is secure, scalable and futureproof – which blockchain can provide.

More and more frequent breaches of personal data are reported each day, even though the data is stored in supposedly “safe” central systems. And revelations on non-transparent and unexpected (and often not consented to) use of our online data accumulated by multiple centralized web businesses makes the need for SSI even more urgent. As we head into the future, I hope more will understand the identity management issue so teams can take on many more projects – in order to give the power of identity ownership back to the people.

Be sure to join us at the Crypto Valley Conference June 20-22 and learn how you can use decentralized identity management and other applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to their full potential.