The dialogue and technological innovations in the blockchain community are evolving quickly and with a global impact. To stay on top of the latest developments and to find your place in the global blockchain community, here are seven global blockchain associations to watch.
Chamber of Digital Commerce
The Chamber of Digital Commerce is a global trade association for digital assets and the blockchain industry. The association brings industry leaders, regulators and policy makers together for advocacy, education, and the advancement of blockchain technology worldwide. Members include leaders and innovators in startups, financial and IT companies, legal firms, and others who are committed to the advancement of the blockchain ecosystem.
Working groups and initiatives include the Smart Contracts Alliance, the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council, and the Global Blockchain Forum. Another initiative, the Blockchain Alliance, is a public-private forum that facilitates cooperation among law enforcement and the blockchain community for the purpose of combating criminal activity. The Chamber sponsors an annual blockchain summit, along with specialty symposiums throughout the year.
Global Blockchain Business Council
The Global Blockchain Business Council engages a worldwide audience to advocate and educate about blockchain technology. The organization works with business and regulatory leaders to provide insight on the benefits and potential impact of blockchain development and applications. The Council also serves as a forum for assisting with collaboration and implementation of blockchain technology. GBBC’s success depends on its global membership of business leaders, innovators, and technology experts.
Global Blockchain Foundation
The Global Blockchain Foundation focuses on building a blockchain sustainable community worldwide. With offices in India, this foundation aims for outreach and collaboration on a global scale. GBF’s initiatives include entrepreneurial support, global skills initiative, connection between industry and academia, and a focus on global governance. The GBF offers the dynamic World Blockchain Summit in New Delhi and also sponsors the Dubai Blockchain Summit and the Singapore Blockchain Summit and Business Plan Competition.
Global Blockchain Pioneers Association
GBPA is a relatively new, education and research-based nonprofit, centered in Dubai and with global outreach. This organization is committed to furthering global knowledge and awareness of blockchain technology; and helping governments to create effective policies by providing the best available information and expertise. The organization plans to offer master classes and feedback sessions. They have a bold mission to “enable 1 million companies to embrace Blockchain by 2030,” through training 10 million people. Co-founders are awarded a coin allocation in appreciation for joining.
Government Blockchain Association
The Government Blockchain Association is an international professional association, as well as a US-based nonprofit that brings together those who work in government, business, and technology sectors. The goal is to create a public dialogue among policy makers, business leaders, and blockchain application developers for the sake of successful implementation of blockchain technology.
GBA members include civil servants as well as leaders in the private sector. The GBA includes working groups that focus on functional solutions, as well as communities of interest that collaborate on specific uses of blockchain technology. The Association also offers certification courses, as well as a full schedule of chapter-sponsored training and events.
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance
The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance serves financial market professionals in all aspects of the distributed ledger global ecosystem. The WSBA supports unbiased education and cooperation concerning the impact of blockchain technology and digital currencies on the worldwide financial industries. The common goal is for more efficient and profitable markets through secure, effective application of technologies.
The organization focuses on public dialogue, studies, and communications that include market participants, financial professionals, regulatory agencies, and technology innovators. Key initiatives include working groups (cryptoassets, legal, and technology and product), education and engagement, and the annual event Blockchain for Wall Street, which includes hands-on learning and collaborative opportunities.
By Janet Eriksson, BIG Writer
Note: Gerard Dache, Founder and CEO of the Government Blockchain Association, is a Blockchain Industry Group (BIG) Government Blockchain Advisor. In addition, the Government Blockchain Association is a BIG Non-Profit member.
The Global Blockchain Foundation is a BIG Non-Profit member.