This March two major events are about to happen in the Styrian capital of Graz. After the Blockchain-Real on the 9th of March at the “Seifenfabrik” the “Human-Technology-Cluster” will take place on March 15th at “UCI Kinowelt Annenhof”. Main topic will be the usage of the Blockchain in the health sector. The safe data transfer especially in the health care sector is top priority. Speeches will be held by participants from mega companies like IPM, SAP and Shell – smaller start-ups will also give an insight in their work with the Blockchain technology such as Eberhard Scheuer from Swiss HIT Foundation. With Mr. Scheuer’s technology a safe handling with patient data should be ensured. Crypto Future will also be present at this event.


Newmont Mining Corporation – the world’s second largest bullion producer in 2017, has announced plans to trial blockchain technology this year, as a way to confirm ethical and sustainable gold production.

The Colorado-based mining company is about to become the world’s largest bullion producer this year. The company is already halfway there, after boosting its 2018 capital budget by $300 million, to $1.2-$1.3 billion, and approving a power project at an Australian mine and expansion of a joint venture mine in Nevada. Chief Executive Gary Goldberg said the company wants to trial the Blockchain technology:

“We definitely want to be involved in it, we think it’s a good thing for the gold industry overall,” Goldberg said. The company also hope to increase labor and environmental standards with the help of the Blockchain. Gold-producers are often faced with the charge of bad working conditions an pollution.

Newmont, which operates mines in the United States, Australia, Peru, Suriname, and Ghana, forecasts annual gold production of 4.9-5.4 million ounces in the next two years. The company also produces several other metals such as copper.

(CF ed.)


If the new federal government in Germany would be formed, then - according to the closed coalition agreement between CDU/CSU and SPD the blockchain technology will be a part of it. However, the coalition, which would last until 2021, treats the topic quite vague – because of this leading experts warn that Germany could lose connection to the rest of Europe in terms of Blockchain. Another problem is that many German politicians seem to have lack of detailed knowledge about this new technology – revealed recently by a parliamentary inquiry of the FDP on the Blockchain-topic. Although the German capital Berlin has got an expending Blockchain start-up scene, many companies have their headquarters not in Germany, but in Switzerland, London and Gibraltar (although the British will leave the EU soon!) – for legal reasons and of course wherever they would find better circumstances for their businesses. Therefore the danger is great that added value in Germany could be lost if politics does not act soon.

Furthermore the Blockchain is also mentioned in the ÖVP-FPÖ government pact in Austria as part of a digitization focus.



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