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City launching new initiatives to support growing blockchain industry

NYC’s blockchain industry has received nearly $200M in funding in 2017, blockchain job demand has increased by over 800% since 2015

Investing in emerging industries is critical part of Mayor de Blasio’s job growth strategy

NEW YORK - Kicking off CoinDesk’s annual flagship Consensus conference as the opening keynote, NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett today announced plans to plant a flag in New York City’s growing blockchain industry. In the coming months, the City will launch two initial efforts to build a foundation around the technology and position New York City as an accessible center for blockchain innovation.

In an effort to serve the needs of the fast-growing industry, NYCEDC will launch the NYC Blockchain Resource Center. The center will serve as a physical hub for the industry, building public awareness for blockchain technology through education, and connecting entrepreneurs to business support, mentorship, advisory services, and a community of peers to help them launch and scale new ventures.

The center will also convene industry stakeholders, government, consumer advocates, and investors to begin a conversation around how New York City can create a regulatory environment that will support both consumer safety and innovation.

To catalyze blockchain innovation and source government use-cases for the technology, NYCEDC will also launch a public blockchain competition. Built on the foundation of the City’s successful NYC BigApps contest, the City today released a request for proposals (RFP) for an organization to operate a public competition aimed at developing blockchain applications that help improve public sector services and processes. The competition will include a series of workshops to educate those in government about blockchain and identify meaningful use cases to solve challenges like security, efficiency, and turn-around-times for government services. There will also be free educational workshops to teach the public about the technology and source ideas.

NYCEDC expects the blockchain competition to launch in late 2018.


“There’s no city in the world that’s better positioned to lead the way in blockchain,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “We’re a global leader in finance, real estate, media, and tech – all industries seeing incredible innovation from this new technology. The City is putting a big focus into blockchain to find out how we can grow the industry and make sure it’s creating great opportunities for New Yorkers.”

"We're excited that we get to kickoff our Consensus conference with this news, and are pleased to be partnering with the NYCEDC on the first Blockchain industry job fair as well as supporting their efforts to make NYC the next great hub of innovation," said Kevin Worth, CEO of New York-based CoinDesk, the leading global blockchain technology news outlet.

"There is an enormous potential for applications and growth of blockchain technology," said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. "New York City has already positioned itself as a global leader in this field and initiatives such as this will ensure we remain on the forefront of this rapidly growing industry."

"The BigApps Blockchain competition and the Blockchain Resource Center are great opportunities for NYC's tech talent to explore the economic potential and job opportunities associated with this emerging technology. Thank you to the EDC and all our partners for working to open the door to new resources for NYC's tech community to continue to innovate," said Council Member Peter Koo, Chair of the Committee on Technology.

"The New York City Economic Development Corporation's support of blockchain technology will go a long way in cementing New York’s position as the financial capital of the 21st century. Blockchain applications have the opportunity to revolutionize the way we conduct business and government. I look forward to continuing partnerships between this burgeoning industry and the public sector as we work to foster new businesses and promote the wellbeing of all New Yorkers," said NYS Assembly Member Ron Kim.

"The blockchain industry is booming in New York, and with these new initiatives, the NYCEDC is seizing on its potential to revolutionize the way we do business and create new jobs in the process," said Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech:NYC. "Blockchain technology promises to have real impact on all kinds of businesses and sectors, and it's key that all stakeholders—government, entrepreneurs, technologists, and existing industries—work together to get it right. That is, after all, what we do best in NYC."

“I'm thrilled to see our local government committing to invest in programs that will yield both high-paying jobs and also improved city services for all New Yorkers, cementing our position as a diverse leader in this transformative new industry," said Andrew Hoppin, co-founder of the New York Government Blockchain Association and CEO of blockchain tech startup CoverUS.

“The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) welcomes and supports NYCEDC’s announcement to advance blockchain technology for New Yorkers, particularly, for its most vulnerable citizens. Together, we will build bridges, help educate and create real job opportunities for NYC as this technology grows and becomes the next trillion dollar industry,” said Sandra Ro, CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) and former Executive Director, Head of Digitization, CME Group.


“NYCEDC plays a critical role in the next generation economy for the city, the country and the world. Blockchain, digital ledger and emerging technologies, as a whole, are driving transparency in our society and in our industries. We have to prepare current businesses for these inevitable changes, and the new generation of leaders that will drive a more abundant and inclusive economy,” said Maja Vujinovic, CEO, OGroup.

A blockchain is a public ledger that verifies, secures, and stores data across a decentralized network of computers. This enables users to exchange data in a transparent and secure manner without relying on a centralized authority or middleman. The new technology has led to innovative solutions that help with tracking products, verifying identities, sharing property titles and legal documents, and media attribution, among many others.

Coindesk, the leading digital media, events and information services company for the crypto and blockchain community, has partnered with NYCEDC to launch Blockchain Week NYC to boost blockchain-related employment opportunities in New York, but also establish New York City as a growing center for the blockchain community. As part of Blockchain Week NYC, NYCEDC and CoinDesk will co-host a first-ever Blockchain Job Fair, a free event open to any member of the public. Taking place at the end of Consensus 2018 on May 16th from 2-5PM, companies exhibiting at the job fair include IBM, Accenture, Deloitte, ConsenSys, Ripple, KPMG and Ledger.

Blockchain is a growing sector in New York City with the potential to create thousands of good jobs. Blockchain job postings increased by more than 800% between 2015 and 2017, according to Burning Glass. In 2017, venture capital investments in New York City-based blockchain businesses grew to over $199 million.

New York City’s anchor industries play a critical role in the evolution of blockchain technology. For example, financial services accounts for 30% of established blockchain use cases, according to a recent Cambridge study. Emerging use cases in finance, media, insurance, health care, and real estate, are all fueling a shift in some of New York City’s most vibrant industries.

Blockchain Week and Grow NYC Hackathon

As part of Blockchain Week NYC, NYCEDC and GrowNYC co-sponsored a hackathon on May 12-13, challenging technologists to use blockchain technologies to create solutions that improve trackability and transparency of the City’s GrowNYC food supply chain, tracking food from farm, to warehouse, to retail outlet, to consumers, especially those in our underserved neighborhoods.

An estimated 750,000 New York City residents live in “food deserts” with few or no supermarkets, and studies show that residents in these areas experience higher levels of obesity and malnutrition. As part of the City-sponsored hackathon, NYCEDC and GrowNYC are asking technologists to explore how blockchain can be used to track and ensure that fresh, local produce is getting to New Yorkers in every neighborhood across the five boroughs.

As outlined in Mayor de Blasio’s New York Works plan, the City is continuing to find new opportunities to invest in emerging industries with high growth potential. In addition to its initial blockchain investments, the City is also making efforts to grow New York City’s VR/AR, cybersecurity, and life sciences industries, among others.


 

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

https://www.nycedc.com/press-release/new-york-city-launches-first-blockchain-initiatives

This is great. Looks like new york recognizes the value bitcoin and crypto currencies represent and are investing in the technology to grow it to its best potential. This could represent a polar opposite to banning bitcoin/blockchain. The united states being a wealthy and prosperous nation might be attributed to it embracing new and emerging technologies like blockchain. While poor countries which ban bitcoin may not do as well due to fearing change and resisting innovation.

On a negative side, this could represent yet another example of taxpayer funding being utilized to cut costs for large institutions like banks. Rather than banks funding blockchain development on their own coin, this could turn out to be an example of banks shifting liabilities of cost development onto taxpayers who might receive little if any benefit from this.

Its far too early to say which path these types of initiatives will take. Hopefully the net effect will be positive and people will become more educated and informed on topics like bitcoin and crypto currencies.

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May 22, 2018, 05:53:44 AM
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The whole article is about "blockchain this,blockchain that" and not a single word about bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency.They will adopt and use the blockchain for everything,exept for cryptocurrency payments.
Perhaps the New York City authorities don`t want to upset the Wall Street sharks. Grin

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How far have we progressed from New York trying to stomp out the competition by introducing the "BitLicence" and creating a barrier to entry for small Bitcoin Businesses, to them embracing Blockchain technology like this? Some might say that they are backing the competition by doing this and sabotaging Bitcoin once again.

I think, if they open their city to all Crypto currencies and not just some Blockchain based solutions that are endorsed by them, then people would support this endeavour.  Wink

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How far have we progressed from New York trying to stomp out the competition by introducing the "BitLicence" and creating a barrier to entry for small Bitcoin Businesses, to them embracing Blockchain technology like this? Some might say that they are backing the competition by doing this and sabotaging Bitcoin once again.

I think, if they open their city to all Crypto currencies and not just some Blockchain based solutions that are endorsed by them, then people would support this endeavour.  Wink

Isn't bitcoin more of a Silicon Valley darling. Why not have the conference at the West coast rather than New York. Maybe when the conferences move to SV, we can take them more seriously than the underwhelming gathering that Consensus turned out to be.

And it does look like that the Blockchain buzzword is being thrown around to discredit bitcoin. There is a simultaneous push on BCash with Roger Ver getting airtime at CNBC (Posiibly orchestrated). Frankly, Pushing BCash as the 'real bitcoin' makes bitcoin look like a joke. The way Roger repeats the same one-liners in every one of his interviews and keeps saying "Bitcoin Cash" with the longish "shhhh", it makes the 'real bitcoin' look like a joke.

Can't help but think that these are all concerted.

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This is great. Looks like new york recognizes the value bitcoin and crypto currencies represent and are investing in the technology to grow it to its best potential. This could represent a polar opposite to banning bitcoin/blockchain. The united states being a wealthy and prosperous nation might be attributed to it embracing new and emerging technologies like blockchain. While poor countries which ban bitcoin may not do as well due to fearing change and resisting innovation.

On a negative side, this could represent yet another example of taxpayer funding being utilized to cut costs for large institutions like banks. Rather than banks funding blockchain development on their own coin, this could turn out to be an example of banks shifting liabilities of cost development onto taxpayers who might receive little if any benefit from this.

Its far too early to say which path these types of initiatives will take. Hopefully the net effect will be positive and people will become more educated and informed on topics like bitcoin and crypto currencies.

The United States despite some issues people might have against the culture of that society, its still one country which people can be still do whatever they wish and open to breakthroughs so far its being done within the confines of the law. If there is any country that could effect the ban of crypto currency and effect it that would even cause a major effect than what the Chinese or Indian made combined, it's the United States but they allow it flourish while discussion continues and other counties continue to embarrass themselves with bans that cannot be enforced.

Its really a good news which would open a new set of opportunity that other countries would be eventually be jealous of. It will be the case of mining in Asia and using it to develop America because of their openness and flexibility to new things.
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Isn't bitcoin more of a Silicon Valley darling. Why not have the conference at the West coast rather than New York.



NYC is more centrally located in a global point of view, travel wise I guess.   I dont think Bitcoin is a darling of anywhere, its resilience comes from being useful globally not tied to the politics and governmental department checklists of any place no matter how important they value themselves.
I hope it always stays that independent and reliable for global citizens who just want to be free and recognise capitalism not central banking with all its failures.

They might think all this red tape and paperwork increases safety, perhaps for them it does but it also chains the fates of those crypto enterprises to a sinking ship.   Any good setup should be portable and able to operate in every jurisdiction.  If NYC wants to setup these fences and hurdles and thinks its useful they'll have to justify it, I hope they dont intend to try and capture market participants within its boundaries.    Growth globally will be higher then NYC by itself can raise I think

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How far have we progressed from New York trying to stomp out the competition by introducing the "BitLicence" and creating a barrier to entry for small Bitcoin Businesses, to them embracing Blockchain technology like this? Some might say that they are backing the competition by doing this and sabotaging Bitcoin once again.

I think, if they open their city to all Crypto currencies and not just some Blockchain based solutions that are endorsed by them, then people would support this endeavour.  Wink
Georgia-based Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a company operating 23 regulated exchanges and marketplaces, and the owner of the New York Stock Exchange has been creating an online platform to allow investors to buy and hold Bitcoin. ICE first appeared in the digital currencies market through a cryptocurrency data feed in March.

ICE has organised talks with other financial institutions about the project being developed and it has been asking not to be identified due to confidentiality of the conversations otherwise the project could be aborted prematurely.

In December 2017, Wall Street firms started giving clients futures from Cboe Global Markets and CME Group, but the financial sector has been timid from trading bitcoin. The reason is that virtual currencies can be hacked and stolen and this problem has happened very many times on most cryptocurrency firms. So traditional Wall Street firms will have to find out how to reserve such assets safely in order to facilitate and boom investment.

Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs disclosed that it was operating on a cryptocurrency trading desk earlier in May. Very many trading firms have been dealing with cryptocurrency including Chicago-based HFTs like  Jump Trading and DRW

Potential investors may be given swaps by Intercontinental Exchange that would end with the consumer owning bitcoin the following day. These contracts would set the trading under the control of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Jeffrey Sprecher, ICE Chief Executive Officer promised to reject offering contracts based on digital currencies, in last month's interview:

"There is a trend here we can't ignore in my mind, so I don't discount it."
The undertaking will have a bigger advantage over existing cryptocurrency exchanges firms that lack the mature market structure of equities exchanges such as Nasdaq and the NYSE.

Goldman Sachs Group has been tirelessly working on enlarging contract types available to different investors as it arranges to open a bitcoin trading business. The bank will presumably buy and sell bitcoin futures in a principal, market-making capacity and will make non-deliverable forward products.

In April, Nasdaq partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini and is soon launching a futures cryptocurrency market. Adena Friedman, CEO Nasdaq said the firm could in future launch a crypto exchange.

Read the details in the article of Coinidol dot com, the world blockchain news outlet: https://coinidol.com/new-york-stock-exchange-allow-trade-bitcoin/
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