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Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) is accelerating education, adoption and innovation in partnership with global universities. We can better understand this emerging tech by hearing from scholars who are developing real use-case that solve for today's challenges. Host Lauren Weymouth interviews leading blockchain experts covering various applications across a wide range of sectors.
40 Episodes
Proving something about yourself in a digital world should be fast, easy and secure. How are blockchains useful in managing verifiable credentials, decentralized IDs and other tokenized assets?Nick Dazé, founder and CEO of Heirloom, discusses the no-code toolshis team is creating for a trusted and tamper-proof environment for identity verification protocols.Combining blockchain technology identity management gives us complete control over our identities, high security to our personal information and a way to store and share our identities across multiple platforms.
How does highly personalized FinTech change how institutions, markets, & societies run? Columbia Professor, Agostino Capponi, explores how crypto and blockchain are altering the financial industry while expanding observations beyond finance to how transitions are taking place in society with the personalization of finance in a deep conversation with top 10 global influencer in the "Fintech Power50",  Emmanuel Daniel.
How much fun would it be to become a stakeholder in your favorite athlete? Sports lovers can now interact with chosen players and get rewarded. Join UPenn scholars Arham Habib and Arpan Bagui talking about their journey creating an NFT Marketplace for athletes and their fans; VO2. This blockchain start-up that advanced through the Cypher Accelerator, builds community engagement with an engage to earn model that gives pro athletes a way to directly participate with their fan community. This is one more way we are seeing blockchain become mainstream, generating interactive communities.  
We are at the very beginning of NFT's becoming a meaningful percentage of art, collectables, gaming, and community markets and yet NFT's are already a multi billion dollar market. It can be intimidating for first-timers to  invest in NFT's as an alternative investment class. This is why Co-Founders Mahan Fathi and Aristotelis Charalampous have created a start-up called NFT Valuations  out of the University of Nicosia, to help investors make more informed decisions. Hear how NFT Valuations provides access to some of the biggest historical data in the market  and provides valuation tools and a space for collectors, investors, manager, and even artists, to narrow down the search, and look at different NFT's.
Whether you are just dipping your toes into Web3 and looking to take a free MOOC to advance your understanding or interested in diving all in to get a Master's degree in Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology - University of Nicosia Institute for the Future is a great resource. They not only entered into teaching and researching blockchain early on but are now fully participating in the on chain environment with offerings like the Open Metaverse Initiative - the first university course delivered exclusively on the blockchain. Professor Klitos Christodoulou discusses this along with how cryptographic tokens stored on the blockchain network bring us into the world of credentialing with NFTs.
Buying or selling a home? Blockchain cuts the transaction process and cost of buying a single family home down dramatically. Welcome to the next-generation  for real-estate investments.Real Estate experts Geoffrey Thompson and Sanjay Raghavan from Roofstock share their revolutionary journey with this web3 PropTech leader.  We also hear how they benefitted from attending Cypher, Wharton's Blockchain Accelerator program.*Shortly after we recorded this episode the first NFT home sale was announced!
Learn about new ways of storing documents, multimedia, sensor telemetry (all kinds of data) on the internet to never lose it again and new ways of sharing it through real-world objects as digital twins online (mirrored NFT tokens with attached data).Dr. Eric Falk, Co-Founder of Filedgr, talks all about this Digital Twin Datahub
Many humans on our planet remain DIGITALLY excluded. Those who are excluded can be limited or unable to participate fully in society. This divide between those with digital skills and those with barriers to access and use continues to widen. Co-Pierre George, who holds the South African Reserve Bank Chair in Financial Stability Studies, and his talented team at University of Cape Town, see this as a call to action for innovative products and services that close this social and economic gap. In the last year, these XRPL Grant winners developed Nautilus Wallet  which provides universal access to digital rights assets without needing a smartphone. This episode leads us through a start-up experience of solving challenges of financial exclusion.  This concludes our Season 4. We will resume with Season 5 in the fall. Special shout out to THE WEBBY AWARDS for honoring All About Blockchain as the best of the internet!
You want to jump on the hot new tech wave. Maybe you are starting your career or are thinking about changing industries to join the blockchain revolution. How do you prove your acumen in this fast moving space?A conversation with Arno Pernthaler, co-founder of the DEC Institute, an association launched and backed by leading academic institutions with strong focuses on Blockchain Technologies. They aim to shape the certification landscape for professionals working with Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and Digital Assets. This episode aims to educate listeners on chartered certifications, as well as the movement to support quality education and professionalism in this young and growing industry. "Continuous learning is a commitment for professional excellence"
CELEBRATING EARTH DAY 2022 * Sustainability is an increasingly important topic of conversation and we'll dive into how the rise of new technologies like blockchain can help.What about blockchain technology makes it so appealing for addressing challenges related to climate action? Hear all about this from Computer Scientist Iván Salvador Razo Zapata, lecturer and researcher at The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). His main interests are in smart grids and blockchain and he works with a group of both undergraduate and grad students like Emiliano Gutiérrez at ITAM. They are busy working on the design and development of a proof-of-concept to manage renewable energy certificates for clean distributed energy resources. The proof-of-concept will be deployed using tools from different organizations such as the Energy Web Foundation, Ripple’s partner on decarbonized blockchains.
Digital Asset regulation is a controversial subject, but most experts argue that a framework is necessary to protect investors and outline clear guidelines for innovation.Rutger's Law Professor, Yulia Guseva, guides us through US crypto-regulation, and sheds light on global environments to navigate various legislative positions toward cryptocurrency.  Leading her through this juicy, in-depth conversation, whether you have a predilection for the law or not, is Ripple's Head of Public Policy and Vice Chair of Blockchain for Europe, Susan Friedman. This session gives us an understanding of what the current challenges are with the United States catching up to other countries' crypto policy.AND Thank you Feedspot for the Top Blockchain Podcast nod.
We've been hearing of all the benefits to using blockchain across various sectors. How can companies who know nothing about blockchain implement this technology into their business? Blockforce Founder/CEO André Salem has a solution for sellers to easily use blockchain without any previous knowledge.  Learn how merchants can accept digital assets like XRP, and also issue and offer NFTs. André and his start-up advisor, Professor Eduardo Diniz from Fundação Getulio Vargas, are XRPL grant winners. They discuss the rise of their Brazilian consulting group offering B2B Saas models for wider infrastructure  adoption..
Ready for the new web3 content experience? Look to the minting of derivative NFTs. You can exclusively view The Walking Dead's final season and  join the drop of limited edition NFTs of Dolly Parton's new album!Learn how the Entertainment Industry is turning to Blockchain for Content Ownership with Eluvio CEO Michelle Munson. She discusses how Eluvio is being used to provide owner-controlled storage, distribution, and monetization of digital content at scale, powering the NFT marketplace.*This episode is being launched on International Women's Day in celebration of one leading woman pushing this technology main stream. We hope this story inspires more women to join the blockchain revolution.
How do we lower the barriers to people of color having access to strong education on blockchain? How do we train people to better qualify for this space flooding with job opportunities? Holding annual competitions like "Battle for Crypto” that actively teach students how to buy, sell, and trade digital assets in an engaged learning lab is one step forward.A discussion between Ripple software engineer Nathaniel Rose and Dr. Ali Emdad, Executive Director of The National FinTech Center, developing expertise in blockchain. You'll hear how committed both are to education equity and making a difference in the diverse workforce of the future.
A conversation between Navin Gupta, Ripple’s MD, South Asia & MENA, and Finweg’s CTO, Wladimiro Navarro.  Finweg went through NYU Abu Dhabi’s startAD FinTech accelerator program and came out a winner.  Audience will learn about blockchain through this emerging start-up in Spain and Latin America and dive deeper into tokenizing assets.
How does Fintech and blockchain drive the economy toward more sustainable development?A conversation with Dr. Thomas Puschmann, Director of Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab, University of Zurich. He has studied hundreds of global start-ups focused on  sustainability and financial technology,  providing solutions for environmental, social and governance topics. We  identify major trends in the financial sector future and discuss how the FinTech revolution plays a major factor in driving our sustainable development goals.  
Can we trust blockchain? How can we be more confident interacting with the developing digital economy? is a start-up passionate about facilitating legitimacy and security in the crypto industry. Co-founder and CEO, Victor Fang, works with a wide variety of public and private chains so that industry stakeholders can be secure AND we share the dedication of educating future innovators! Hear a lively conversation on how Victor participates in the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, and raises money through VC's and the XRPL Grants for developers to create innovative solutions to secure blockchain. - crucial and timely to this industry reaching maturity!
When it comes to financial regulation systems, how can we make recording the flow of information more clear? How can we keep up with the expense of self-regulating, especially when there are monthly changes?Newly emerged electronic trading practices call for new auditing protocols - why not build them with tech advances that help enhance market transparency?UCL's Guy Vishnia is doing his PhD thesis around AuditChain, and built a proof of concept to connect all the data and automate trade execution practices.
How do you engage students to brainstorm ideas about how they might use a cryptocurrency on campus? Ariel Zetlin-Jones, Associate Professor of Economics at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, has been teaching courses on blockchain like “Developing Blockchain Use Cases”.  He engages all background of students to discover why a Distributed Ledger Technology might be an improved solution over what currently exists today. In this episode you can learn about leading examples of developing applications for the CMU Coin.
Blockchain has far-reaching disruptive potential often focused on charitable works.   Explore the humanitarian efforts of SFSU students leveraging  this emerging technology for multiple blockchain projects, all related to blockchain for social good; applying blockchain technology to promote volunteer participation, and food safety monitoring for healthier food donations to hunger-relief charities. In a conversation with Leigh Jin, Professor of Information Systems and Director of Technology in Business Education Initiative at San Francisco State University, we discover their design thinking methodology that went into building these application prototypes.
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