The Blockchain Centre in Melbourne has been appointed one of the first state-based branches of the Australian Digital Commerce Association. The not-for-profit knowledge hub for education, community and coworking is focused on blockchain technology.
Karen Cohen is General Manager of the centre. She said: “As the only coworking space in Australia dedicated solely to fostering and sharing knowledge about blockchain technology, we are honoured to be partnering with ADCA and it couldn’t have been a better fit for us.
“ADCA and the Blockchain Centre have been on a common journey to educate individuals, businesses, government agencies and regulatory bodies on blockchain technology and the opportunities it presents in today’s digital society.”
The Blockchain Centre will serve as the local representative on the Victorian branch of the Association (ADCA). Its role will be to encourage consumers and businesses alike to adopt the use of blockchain technology as a means to drive innovation across the Australian economy and society. It will also be responsible for expanding the Association’s footprint across Victoria and will host to a range of educational events and briefings throughout the year.
“ADCA and the Blockchain Centre have been on a common journey to educate individuals, businesses, government agencies and regulatory bodies on blockchain technology and the opportunities it presents in today’s digital society” – Karen Cohen, Blockchain Centre
A Brisbane branch will be run by Katrina Donaghy, Female Fintech Leader Finalist 2018 and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – Australia’s emerging fintech organisation of the year 2018.
Karen Cohen said: “Importantly, this partnership will also enable us to contribute to ADCA’s ongoing work bringing clarity, oversight, guidance, and regulation to the wider blockchain industry in Australia. We look forward to collaborating with Nick and Katrina to grow the national blockchain community.”
As Australia’s industry association for businesses investing in blockchain technology and transformation, the Association has played a leading role in working with government and regulatory stakeholders on key policy issues such as the recent reforms to Australia’s AML/CTF laws to cover cryptocurrencies. The Association is also the organiser of the APAC Blockchain Conference and has partnered with Austrade to take delegations of Australian blockchain businesses to the US, China and the Philippines.
“In many respects, Australia has taken the lead when it comes to blockchain and digital currency regulations, but we need to do more to ensure that Australia is among the leading nations in developing critical economic infrastructure for the 21st century,” said Nick Giurietio, chief executive of ADCA.
“ADCA looks forward to working with the Blockchain Centre in developing and sharing best practice on blockchain and digital currency adoption…” Nick Giurietio, ADCA
“ADCA looks forward to working with the Blockchain Centre in developing and sharing best practice on blockchain and digital currency adoption, as well as working closely together to further engage with government and regulatory stakeholders.”
Since its inception, the Blockchain Centre has built the largest industry community group in Australia with more than 4,000 people in its ecosystem. It has injected over AUD$4.5 million in funding into 50 blockchain start-ups and opened international centres in Shanghai, Suzhou, Colombia and Vilnius.