By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

Blockchain Association of Ireland are a non-profit member-led organisation serving corporates, academics, and professionals to increase literacy and awareness of Blockchain technology in Ireland. We organise events, working-groups and networking opportunities. Our overall aim is to raise literacy around blockchain in Ireland.
We aim to leverage Ireland’s do this by engaging with regulators, policymakers, educators, for and not for profit organisations and technology entrepreneurs through direct communication to guide the public dialogue about blockchain technology.

How are you different?

As with blockchain technology, there are no barriers to participating on our projects. All members are encouraged to contribute to and propose project titles.. The association is not just for multi-nationals and big business – it is crucial that smaller companies, start-ups and individual contributors are involved; we can only achieve our mission through multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Why will the Blockchain Association of Ireland do well?

Until now there has been no single reference point for blockchain in Ireland. As a non-profit we have a different motivation to many drawn to the area; for us Blockchain is not simply a buzzword that needs attention for 6 months until AI or Robotics become a priority.


Where are you based?

We are a national association with members from all over the country and in northern Ireland. We have offices on St.Stephen’s Green with our official address at Wilton Place

When was the company launched?

While launched publicly in December 2016, the Blockchain Association of Ireland began almost a year earlier as an informal discussion group hosted by Dr. Paul Ennis of the Quinn Business School. Membership is open to all who have an interest to learn more and contribute to the evolution of Blockchain in Ireland

What have been your biggest wins to date?

So far our mere existence is our biggest victory.. We have had no funding or investment and exist solely due to the efforts of our core team. We’re happy to be working with the GDPR Awareness Coalition and with NSAI on the Irish cohort of ISO TC 307 Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies

What type of people are you trying to attract?

Membership is open to any person, group or company that wants to meet others and get involved in projects. The work we produce will launch contributors into the realm of thought-leadership in this space.

Tell us about your team?

We’re an eclectic panel comprising academics, programmers, bitcoin entrepreneurs, journalists and consultants to the finance and insurance industries. The decision was made to formalise the group and form a non-profit.

What are your long term plans?

The goal is to reward actively contributing members with directorship so the organisation can be truly member-led. It is hard to predict where the technology will go in the coming years so a flexible approach is necessary.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

Does bitcoin count as a tech gadget? Smart-phones still blow my mind.. Now they are ubiquitous their functionality has grown exponentially.

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

Autonomous self-driving water taxis to brighten-up my morning commute from North Wicklow

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Surprised you didn’t ask if we can help you hire a blockchain developer.

Blockchain: Where to from here?

How do people get in touch with you?

Through our website, linkedin or at a meetup.

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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