Barcelona Plans to Open Blockchain Center in City’s Tech Hub
Barcelona Tech City is planning to create a specialized space for blockchain technology development, local news media La Vanguardia reported.
The blockchain space will be housed in a second building near Pier01, the headquarters of Barcelona Tech City, which opened in summer 2016 and currently contains about 1,000 tech innovation hubs and startups.
According to the report, the blockchain center will likely be occupied by the Spanish blockchain network Alastria. Alastria is a multi-sector blockchain consortium with an initial focus on digital identity.
The consortium is made up of over 150 member organizations, including Spanish banks, telecommunication networks, and universities. In November last year, software giants SAP announced that it would join the network.
The report of a Spanish blockchain center comes as more countries move to explore the application of blockchain in the various economy sectors. Blockchain hubs currently exist in some countries like Switzerland and Singapore.
Recently, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced that it will be opening a Blockchain Resource Center and a public competition for blockchain apps to improve the public sector.
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