In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic the EEA events are not happening physically in New York City, that is why today it took place the First Ever Virtual Event.
It was a half-day event to explore blockchain applications, technical insights, reference architectures, and practical business use cases. Our teams connected remotely from New York, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
The content of the event covered everything from the state of Ethereum in the enterprise to the growing use of the Ethereum Mainnet for business process automation.
The topics included among others:
The State of Enterprise Ethereum Adoption
Use Cases Built on Ethereum Mainnet
Ethereum Adoption Tracks
The Enterprise Blockchain Technology Stack and Roadmap
Ethereum in Finance
Community: Through the Lens of the Ethereum Foundation
Blockchain for Social Impact
Speakers from many global companies included Banco Santander, BP, EY, Microsoft, JP Morgan, Ethereum Foundation, ConsenSys, Chainlink, Unibright, Fnality, Envision Blockchain Solutions, PegaSys, Provide Technologies and LimeChain.
The networking platform worked very well and we had the opportunity to interact and meet colleagues in the community.
ZirconTech team has been working for several years with the Ethereum platform, and has been keeping up to date with enterprise customer demands by developing competencies and implementing projects in Quorum and Hyperledger Besu.
Quorum is a platform developed by J.P. Morgan through its Blockchain Center of Excellence, leading efforts for Distributed Ledger Technology applications. It is an enterprise blockchain platform, a fork of the public Ethereum client ‘geth’ with several protocol level enhancements to support business needs. The primary purpose of the Quorum project was to develop an enterprise Ethereum client which empowers businesses to embrace and benefit from blockchain technology.
Hyperledger Besu is an open-source Ethereum client developed under the Apache 2.0 license and written in Java. It runs on the Ethereum public network, private networks, and test networks such as Rinkeby, Ropsten, and Görli. Besu implements Proof of Work (Ethash) and Proof of Authority (IBFT 2.0 and Clique) consensus mechanisms.
The welcome of the event to the state of Enterprise Ethereum Adoption was from John Whelan, (Banco Santander) and Yorke Rhodes III (Microsoft). John highlighted the 5th birthday of Ethereum Mainnet as the day of the event. He is the Chairman of the board of EEA, and te Managing Director of Digital Investment Innovation at Banco Santander.
Maria Concepcion (Coty) de Monteverde, from Banco Santander spoke about Finance applications, the Digital Bonds issuance on the Ethereum Mainnet. She is the Blockchain Center of Excellence Director in Santander, and is a Board Member at the Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem.
Earlier on July 8th, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Burnett as Executive Director, who was instrumental in the rollout of the Baseline Protocol, and is a former PegaSys Blockchain Standards Architect. During the event, EEA Chairman John Whelan hosted a fireside chat with Daniel “Dan” Burnett. Dan will serve as a catalyst for the EEA’s growth by identifying ways to accelerate the pace of Ethereum innovation and adoption.
This month was also published some key ecosystem results like the Ethereum Mainnet Use Case Analysis v1. The EEA published the first analysis in a series of reports focused on the current state of the Ethereum ecosystem and utilization of the Ethereum public blockchain (Mainnet) –
“2020 has been a year of remarkable enterprise Ethereum advances from the Baseline Protocol to enterprise Mainnet use cases in automation, business integration, finance, supply chain, and sustainability-focused carbon accounting efforts”. Daniel Norkin at Envision Blockchain and Tas Dienes at the Ethereum Foundation worked in tha analysis. The insights play a key role to Ethereum adoption and utilization. Stefan Schmidt at Unibright, Mark Caraway at BlockApps, and John Wolpert at ConsenSys also provided valuable contributions to this report.
In the midst of the complications that the coronavirus
presents for the trade of products linked to agriculture, Argentine developments
facilitates the electronic transmission of documents through the digitization
of processes represent a great advantage, and are already being used by firms
like Cargill, Bunge and Dreyfus. In COVID-19 times, this application aims to
avoid obstacles to the agricultural trade
Global Share is a company dedicated to the continuous improvement of business processes, providing innovative solutions to companies to add up value and competitive advantage by improving their processes productivity. One year ago, Global Share announced a major milestone in EdoxOnline history, the brand new development for the preparation, issuance, signing, transmission, negotiation and presentation of the electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL). ZirconTech has been a key partner implementing blockchain technology in the solution architecture in 2018-2019.
Buenos Aires, April 3rd, 2020.
The synergy between state of art technology and
professional experience in supply chains, logistics and commercial networks,
allows Global Share to offer a spectrum of tools and optimization solutions to
improve processes.One year ago on April 2019 Global Share announced the
incorporation of blockchain technology to the e-BL platform to position edoxOnline (www.edoxonline.com) to the
top podium category of companies providing such functionality running within
full and extreme security capabilities.
Global Share therefore confirmed its leadership in the
agribusiness industry, and has been determined to reach out to the horizon
stated in its Vision by adding innovative solutions that help customers receive
important benefits as a result of the streamlined processes that these innovations
“The unloading of bulk carriers in China -one of
the three largest trading partners of Argentina along with Brazil and the
United States- requires the presentation of documentation by the importer,
particularly the Bill of Lading (BL), to the carrier and local customs. In the
international trade industry to achieve the authorization of the unloading -in
the vast majority of cases-, you must send the documents via courier from the
exporting country to the destination country, where the importer files to claim
ownership of the cargo, either bulk commodities or containerized products”,
says a report by Global Share.
Then it notes that the coronavirus “makes visible
the problem of delivering paper documents in a complex and global supply
chain” and highlights that “the absence of documents is causing
significant congestion in the main ports of the Asian giant, and consequently
generating logistics costs for delays “
According to the report, the penalty for delay in
unloading large ships averages $ 30,000 a day.
“While it is unfortunate that these situations have
to bring to light the benefits of electronic document transmission, we hope
that the industry as a whole will continue to adopt digital processes to
facilitate global trading,” said Alejandro Pernias, CEO of Global Share. .
EdoxOnline reportedly recently released the first ever
electronic bill of lading with blockchain technology. “It allows a Chinese
importer, or any country in the world, to present the necessary documentation
to release their cargo in front of the carrier and customs authorities,”
The blockchain based Bill of Lading (e-BL).
Solutions such as the electronic Bill of Lading
(e-BL), electronic Phytosanitary Certificate (e-Phyto) and electronic Origin
Certificate (e-OC) have been embracing the International Trade of Commodities,
thus helping all trading companies go paperless, as they also streamline the
whole shipping documents issuance process. On June 11th 2019, the IG
(Group of Protection & Indemnity insurance Clubs) approved Global Share
S.A. edoxOnline platform. The legal frameworks for this new generation of eBL
providers’ systems were scrutinised by the IG to ensure that eBLs created on
them are capable of performing the three functions of a bill of lading, namely
as a receipt, a document of title and a contract of carriage. Liabilities
arising in respect of the carriage of cargo under eBLs created on these systems
are now covered by the IG Clubs as if the bills of lading had been issued in
traditional paper form.
The key difference with this second generation eBL
systems is their reliance on blockchain technology. Unlike three
years ago, blockchain is today no longer just a buzzword but has many real
A blockchain may be a public or a private digital
network used for recording transactional events in encrypted form, storing the
same in a distributed ledger (i.e. the computers). A private blockchain network can feature a
level of centralization. Access is limited by a governing body to a number of
participants only. Public blockchain
networks however run on thousands of computers and do not have a ‘central administrator’. It is not possible to shut down, block or
limit access to a public blockchain network. edoxOnline’s product is based on
the Ethereum blockchain; the best known public blockchain which also enables
the use of smart contracts.
The publicly distributed ledger contains a permanent
record of all transactions, providing transparency and enabling auditability of
all events. Without a central registry, there is no central point of attack for
edoxOnline is the first eBL system created
implementing blockchain technology. The company was set up in 2007 by a group
of international trade experts to provide the industry with a collaborative
digital platform to streamline the issuance of shipping and commercial
documents. On edoxOnline’s system, all the participants to a trade, from
shippers to customs agents, interact in real-time, reliably, efficiently, and
in a secure manner.
ZirconTech helped Global Share in the implementation
of the solution that tracks the changes in the documentation over time and
ensures tamper proof and no possibility of modifying the information of the
same. ZirconTech proposed to identify the documents through hashes (SHA256) and
then leave the same “notarized” in the Ethereum blockchain using a document ID
and the mentioned hash. Each change in the document is registered using the
corresponding ID and hash update. For this project a smart contract was
developed using Solidity and an API using NodeJS.
How does edoxOnline work?
From a user interface perspective, this blockchain
based system look very similar to first generation eBL providers approved by
the IG but the way in which it works differs. The system encrypt and store all
the data associated with the eBL, i.e. the parties involved, their status and
the transactions, on a blockchain decentralised network each time a new
transaction is performed. Users registering to use the system are deemed to
have accepted, and thus be bound by, the terms and conditions of these
providers’ multilateral agreements.
Significantly, the service provider running the
network is not a principal to the transaction and has no access to the users’
information, ensuring privacy for the users.
The system otherwise shares the following similarities
with first generation eBL providers:
• The system replicates the process flow and roles
performed by the paper BL.
• It has a legal framework governing the use of the
system. Users agree to treat electronic documentation within the system as the
functional and legal equivalent of paper documents, and undertake not to
challenge the validity of any transaction or communication made on the ground
that the same was made in e-form, instead of in paper form and/or that it is
not signed or sealed. The legal framework is a multilateral agreement between
all users and between each user and the system provider.
• The legal
framework for edoxOnline comprises of its “e-BL Terms and Conditions”, version
1, dated 18 May 2018, accompanied by its Management User’s Guide.
• edoxOnline relies on the principle of novation to
transfer rights and obligations. The parties contractually agree that there is
a novation of the contract of carriage each time the eBL is transferred from
one holder to the next. On a transfer, the rights held by the transferor are
extinguished. The transferee takes those rights instead and becomes a party to
the contract of carriage, allowing him to sue the carrier under the same terms
originally agreed between the carrier and the shipper.
• edoxOnline also relies on the principle of
attornment to enable the new holder of the eBL to obtain title in the goods. The
users agree in advance under the terms and conditions that there will be an
attornment each time the eBL is transferred.
• The system is
accessed via apps and users do not need to invest in special hardware.
• The eBL
created on the system can be sent in draft form for approval between the
shipper and the carrier, and can also be passed back and forth between holders
in this way if, for example, amendments to the document need to be made. Like a
paper BL however, there can only be one holder of an eBL at any time.
• The system
also offers the possibility to create and to transfer other trade documents
such as cargo certificates, invoices, packing lists, etc.
• The system has
procedures for switching eBLs to paper BLs at any point in the transactions.
• The system
is regularly tested against all forms of cyber attacks, and the providers have
insurance for cyber risks and professional E&O risks.
is free for carriers to use.
Global Share was confident that the edoxOnline
electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL) would meet its customers’ expectations and
business needs, going paperless and efficient, and has become a reality.
The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs
in the world and has released a report highlighting the benefits of EdoxOnline.
The UK P&I Club provides Protection and Indemnity insurance in respect of
third party liabilities and expenses arising from owning ships or operating
ships as principals. One of the largest
mutual marine protection and indemnity organisations it insures over 240
million tonnes of owned and chartered ships from more than fifty countries
across the globe. The UK P&I Club gives security with its A (Stable)
Standard & Poor’s rating and accessibility with a claims service on hand in
About Zircon Tech:
A trusted partner that helps organizations thrive in
their digital transformations. Mobility, internet of things, artificial
intelligence, big data, cloud computing and blockchain technologies.
Working in blockchain projects not only means working in the blockchain technology itself. Any initiative involving blockchain technology needs to take care of the mobile, front end and back-office systems, as well as the cloud environments. ZirconTech also help companies all these aspects providing an integrated and seamless service.
ZirconTech has leveraged its cloud computing and scalable systems capabilities in several blockchain projects.
commodity trading platform with an integrated supply chain solution.
delved into the agribusiness sector helping a company who evolved piloting
trading platforms, and completed trades with Thailand, India, Pakistan,
Nigeria, Cambodia, Switzerland and England, bringing the transparency needed to
the supply chain process. This greater level of transparency allows insurance
partners to better assess and control risk to give users access to first class
involved in this blockchain platform that automates and simplifies the
complexity of some commodities trading, increasing security, transparency,
efficiency, traceability and trust with verifiable, immutable data. Implemented
with Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology, it helped to create an
enterprise-standard, automated platform for removal of friction in the commodities
supply chain, lowering risk and cost for traders, insurers, shippers and other
From the cloud
perspective, ZirconTech engineers worked in a visionary cloud management using
the most recently available services. We worked in a proof of concept with
Amazon AWS blockchain services: Amazon Managed Blockchain and KMS (Key
involved infrastructures from different companies: each company provided its
own services and they had to communicate with trust. Microsoft Azure platforms
had to be migrated to AWS. The goal was to create a flexible platform and
enable new participants to add new servers quickly and easily.
AWS stack in
this project included Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, S3 and Cloudwatch. Additionally,
we used Docker and Kubernetes to scale up nodes.
partnered with a company in Los Angeles (California) to help the commodity
exchange based in Zug (Switzerland) and Singapore.
for taking donations and sharing information with donors.
been working in a US based bitcoin platform offering unprecedented transparency
in the donation process, giving donors the ability to transfer, track, and
provide a permanent record of the route of global financial transactions from
inception to endpoint.
works in AWS and has interesting functionalities connecting with the
blockchains, with a DevOps management in the orchestration process of
production releases using several tools and continuous integration. It works in
AWS based in EC2 (Elastic Compute), with autoscaling, Nginx and a Jenkins continuous
integration pipeline. It also uses other AWS services such as S3 (Simple
Storage Service), Cloudfront, RDS (Relational Database Service), Elasticache
and VPC (Virtual Private Cloud).
CRM platform for
ZirconTech team is
working in a mobile application for artists which is used as CRM and to build a
website to share their work and social networks.
The backend is built
with AWS services, Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, CodePipeline, CodeBuild, S3,
DynamoDB and VPC (Virtual Private Cloud). Terraform is used to orchestrate the
integration is also used in this project.
Working with Cloud platforms for many years, we have developed the expertise and framework to deliver consultancy services for cloud adoption strategy, application transformation, and support. We have experience with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and OpenStack (including, IaaS, Containers, Serverless technologies among others).
Scalable platforms have become increasingly important
in today’s digitally connected world. To
enable digital products through a robust architecture we apply our best
practices and patterns in the designing of backend ecosystems which allow us to
enable businesses to accelerate in an agile way. We have a wide array of
experience in providing backend solutions that support scalability, security,
availability, performance, quality and high adaptability to internal and
Gartner has identified several business objectives
driving platform trends in 2020:
Business success demands continuous real-time intelligence
Technology innovation demands excellence in cloud-centric computing
Business innovation demands a new level of business-IT collaboration
Scalable platforms have become increasingly important
in today’s digitally connected world. To
enable digital products through a robust architecture we apply our best
practices and patterns in the designing of backend ecosystems which allow us to
enable businesses to accelerate in an agile way. We have a wide array of
experience in providing backend solutions that support scalability, security,
availability, performance, quality and high adaptability to internal and
Gartner has identified several business objectives
driving platform trends in 2020:
demands continuous real-time intelligence
demands excellence in cloud-centric computing
demands a new level of business-IT collaboration
And Gartner’s key trends in PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service)
and platform innovation could be seen int the following chart:
ZirconTech is following all these trends to help
companies to get aligned with current and future business and technology
for cloud adoption strategy
transformation initiatives include cloud projects that can be very complex, and
there are multiple scenarios from small to extremely large. ZirconTech can help
companies to understand where they are to create a roadmap for an increasing
cloud adoption path. Clouds could be hybrid, involve multiple vendor, be private
or public, and we can help companies to understand the best fit scenario
considering the starting point, the organization culture and economic reality.
Our goal is to
deliver a customized solution using cloud and digital transformation technologies
to maximize the organizations potential and bring a concrete impact on the
business. ZirconTech will always bring customization to meet the demands of the
customers’ business and unique needs.
Strategy and roadmap
definition in digital transformation initiatives
assessment (AS-IS), technology and business needs
Design a framework model
to minimize disruption in the current scenario and accelerate the adoption of
the new technology landscape
Create a business and
technology roadmap having in mind the impact and ROI (return on investment)
framework model and the cloud strategy with current enterprise technology initiatives
and general information technology strategies.
Implementation and management
could be addressed. From data center migrations, application transformation for
a cloud-first organization approaches, to developing new applications in the
ZirconTech helps companies
to build a reliable technology baseline for business growth and innovation,
including sound capabilities in agile methodologies and DevOps delivering with
There’s no cloud strategy without considering current
economic scenario and business goals. It is important to identify key
challenges and come with a right solution. The process will address problems
and opportunities very specific to customers organizations.
Strategy implementation must consider company reality
and create a tailored roadmap of continuous digital transformation.
assessment and business needs
Assessment of the
current state of the technology landscape and accelerate cloud adoption
Best practices for cloud
adoption acceleration. It is very important to understand the company reality
and potential impact in the organization and the financial requirements. Lots
of organizations are already going through cloud usage, many have tested advanced
concepts in pilot applications or services but have not thrived to scale organization
wide and converted into repeatable processes.
One view could be
looking at Gartner’s cloud-native platform experience chart.
ZirconTech can check
current organization’s processes, identify the technology infrastructure and
applications landscape scenarios, considering key aspects to prepare for an
increased cloud migration or new implementations. From the current state
(AS-IS), we will identify important gaps, and create a future scenario (TO-BE)
with a roadmap including specific initiatives, actions and tasks to address the
Creating a business
case for cloud initiatives.
The goal is to
accelerate the adoption of a new technology landscape while designing a
framework model to minimize disruption in the current scenario.
The current scenario
(AS-IS) and future landscape (TO-BE) will have important financial
implications. Creating a right business case is very important because we need
to consider not only cost savings around physical infrastructure and its
migration to the cloud, which includes software licensing, release of physical
assets and real estate infrastructure. There are short term changes but also we
need to look at the future considering all the additional capabilities and
gains that could be achieved with new models of operations, accelerated time to
market, innovation, customer retention and acquisition, etc.
Gartner’s view of
Operations models in
adoption environments require teams with automated processes enabled by DevOps
and clear policies and responsibilities across involved teams. Creating pilots
in specific environments with key employees to expose to a new operation
culture, understand what works fine and what doesn’t bring advantage is a
proven success path. After those initiatives we can work with the company to
define a customized operating model that fits better and a roadmap for further
In the digital
transformation process when organizations increase the cloud adoption we need
to consider the scenarios where different groups manage to adopt new technologies
and handle the legacy technologies and processes. We need to consider these
challenges in the plan and work together with an agile mechanism to have a
low-code suite vision:
Creating a cloud
The business and technology roadmap must have in
mind the impact and ROI (return on investment). The implementation activities
will get from the current scenario through possible steps.
In this step it will be considered the best
cloud technology models for your company, including the options of public,
private, multi cloud, or hybrid, and what are the most suitable vendors. A
detailed implementation plan will follow addressing topics like governance, security
and risk management whenever needed.
We can help with
proof of concepts and pilots to evaluate cloud technologies, applications and
vendors, in order to take the best and effective strategic paths.
Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner recommends several aspects in 2020 that we consider
in our projects:
• Fund diversity of
platform technologies to be ready for the key trends in IT early, by avoiding
exclusive long-term commitments to any platform solutions
• Break boundaries
between central IT and business units to deliver continuous business
innovation, by prioritizing democratized technologies and establishing
business-IT communities and practices.
• Take a decisive
position on cloud computing to eliminate confusion and conflict in tactical
technology decisions, by creating a clear and concise cloud strategy statement
• Take manageable
risks with leading edge technologies and unfamiliar architectures to achieve
continuous intelligence for your business, by using event processing, augmented
analytics, AI/ML and real-time decision automation.
Del 6 al 8 de marzo se realizó el Global Legal Hackathon en más de 50 ciudades de 25 países de todo el mundo, con más de 5.000 participantes.
Aún es ampliamente considerado como el Hackathon legal más grande del mundo y podría muy bien ser uno de los más grandes (si no el más grande) de 2020. Este año, muchos participaron en los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido, junto con Argentina y Brasil, hasta China, Sudáfrica y varios más. La gente lanzó ideas, formó equipos y creó soluciones legales basadas en la tecnología. Al final del evento estos equipos presentaron sus soluciones a un panel de jueces. En última instancia, había un equipo ganador en cada ubicación los cuales avanzaron a la siguiente ronda.
Los ganadores y participantes anteriores de #GLH2018 y #GLH2019 vuelven a ser anfitriones por primera vez después de crear compañías y organizaciones. Hay una afluencia de apoyo de los participantes anteriores para continuar por tercer año consecutivo o incluso solicitar ser voluntario, lo que demuestra que la comunidad que ha creado el Global Legal Hackathon es algo muy importante.
La idea sigue siendo la misma: reunir a las personas para ver si pueden construir un modelo de trabajo de un producto legal basado en software. Se trata de dar la oportunidad a cualquiera de probar una idea y proporcionar la mejor plataforma para hacerlo.
Este año se lanzó un #GLHInclusivityChallenge. Coincidiendo con el Día Internacional de la Mujer, los equipos de Hackathon se inspiraron para desarrollar nuevas soluciones para aumentar la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en la industria legal del mundo.
El año pasado el #GLH2019 se desarrolló el 23 y 24 e incluyó a Buenos Aires en la agenda. A último momento, ZirconTech pudo trabajar remotamente y presentar una solución en la cual se creaba una plantilla para contratos de servicios profesionales que podía ser activado en la plataforma Monax. La edición #GLH2020 en Buenos Aires presentó una notoria superación. BILDENLEX ABOGADOS y la Asociación LEGALTECH ARGENTINA han venido trabajando activamente en desarrollar acciones distintivas para que la innovación legal permita nuevas perspectivas de trabajo. Del 6 al 8 de marzo de 2020 tuvo lugar en Buenos Aires el Tercer Global Legal Hackathon organizado por BILDENLEX ABOGADOS y otras instituciones. El evento se desarrolló en las oficinas de IOV Labs.
Los objetivos de la competencia comprendieron en el ámbito privado, la empresa y la práctica del derecho. En el ámbito público, la gobernabilidad, los sistemas legales y el acceso a la justicia. Finalmente, desde el punto de vista de la diversidad se procuraba enfrentar el desafío de la inclusividad. Los participantes y equipos de todo el mundo, en cada ciudad de Global Legal Hackaton, tenían el desafío de inventar nuevas formas de aumentar la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en la industria legal.
ZirconTech participó como sponsor del evento que llevó adelante Bildenlex Abogados con otras instituciones.
Juan Pablo Mas Velez abrió el evento en directo, vía videoconferencia desde Francia.
Guillermo Navarro, socio fundador de Bildenlex Abogados decía recién terminado el hackaton que “no había palabras para explicar lo que salió. Con la presencia de más de 120 personas y 7 equipos, compitieron durante 3 días para llevar a cabo una aplicación”.
Los equipos ganadores fueron los siguientes:
1- Mayoría: Impulsores legales de class action 2- Behive: gestión y optimización de las causas probono 3- Segui tu causa: Accesibilidad de la información judicial
Luego del Global Legal Hackaton la organización presentó el mapa de Legaltech Argentino, e invitó a otras entidades a sumarse. Luego de la presentación del viernes prentenden ampliar y que llegue a todos los profesionales que se quieran sumar.
Block Talk Summit 2020 – Fordham University, New York.
New York, January 20th, 2020
Although nearly two decades were required to develop “digital ledger technology” (aka blockchain technology), it has only taken five years to lay the foundation of a promising future relating to such technology – a foundation that is reshaping the entire way the service industry is being thought of. As blockchain technology continues to develop and as applications utilizing such technology become more widely used, understanding and incorporating digital transformation must be a top priority for companies and governments in order to remain competitive in the global economy.
ZirconTech was present at the Block Talk Summit 2020,
which took place in New York on January 18th, and showed how blockchain
technology is already having real world impacts and inaugurating a new era in technology.
For example, New Power Foundation Ltd., one of the hosts of the Summit, is an
energy blockchain startup project supported by Chinese government which is developing
a public blockchain platform that allows worldwide investors to invest in green
energy projects in various countries through purchasing tokens. But that’s not
all. Other companies from diverse sectors – financial services, law, medicine,
among others – are also incorporating blockchain technology into their
Chinese government has released the digital currency
for RMB (yuan or renminbi), and Facebook’s Libra is on the corner. How does
blockchain’s future look like in China and US. The Block Talk Summit 2020 conference
in New York City aimed to answer this.
Hosted by New Power Chain at the Fordham University, McNally Amphitheater, the 2020 Block Talk Summit brought
together the elite of the blockchain industry from US and China including top
chain projects, exchange platforms, advisory firms, and law firms to discuss
and share their valuable insights on challenges and solutions with blockchain
application in various industries. This event included keynote speeches, panel
discussion, and industry talk.
During a panel discussion at the Summit, the speakers
exchanged views concerning how blockchain technology is already transforming
the Chinese economy and the financial services sector, which has already
significantly changed the world in a very short period of time.
New laws – state, federal and international – which
promote the use and development of blockchain technology have not yet been
fully developed or coordinated. This
technology requires new technological infrastructures and payment instruments –
both which are evolving rapidly. ZirconTech stands ready and is well-positioned
to support the development of such infrastructures and instruments, and to help
write a new chapter of digital transformation concerning blockchain and related
technologies. ZirconTech is building the present and will be ready to help
build the future.
Featured Topics at the Summit:
The blockchain application on energy industry. Chinese government has made an official announcement
to promote the blockchain application in different industry, and the energy
blockchain is one of them. A leading energy blockchain project powered by
Chinese government, and energy industrial experts from US discussed how the
blockchain revolution in energy gonna impact the world.
Legal and compliance in cryptocurrency market. A lot of countries have set up the law to enforce the
license of running the digital currency exchange. Some big exchange like
Binance is on the fire. Key opinion leaders from blockchain law firms discussed
the difference between US and China about the regulation policy on crypto
Decentralized Finance(DeFi). Chinese government has released the digital
currency. Facebook is promoting the Libra. JP Morgan has their own coin. Those
are all DeFi projects. One of the feature topics of this conference covered the
DeFi and its influence on the financial markets.
Blockchain Technology. Technology is the key pillar of blockchain. Well-known
public chain projects gave inspiring talks on the latest blockchain technology
Venue: Fordham University, McNally Amphitheater 140 W
62nd St New York, NY
ZirconTech posicionado como empresa de consultoría, software y servicios empresariales en el primer mapa sobre el ecosistema blockchain en Latinoamérica.
A fines de octubre de 2019 se presentó el primer mapa sobre el ecosistema blockchain de Latinoamérica el cual ha permitido tener un diagnóstico sobre el escenario de utilización de la tecnología a nivel regional. Este trabajo fue realizado por la Alianza Blockchain Iberoamérica, Blockchain Summit Latam y la ONG Bitcoin Argentina, con el apoyo de América Economía.
Se realizó una encuesta
y el mapa con el interés de dar a conocer y apoyar el desarrollo de
startups en la región
y agrupar partners que agregan valor, fundamental para un trabajo colaborativo.
ZirconTech comenzó sus operaciones en 2016 y en este mapa de Latinoamérica se ha posicionado como una de las empresas consultoría, software y servicios empresariales. En estos años ha ampliado su presencia en América Latina con nuevos proyectos en Argentina, Chile, Colombia y Uruguay, y ha fortalecido las actividades en América del Norte, con énfasis en las comunidades tecnológicas de Los Ángeles, Nueva York y San Francisco.
Dentro de las
conclusiones del relevamiento se observó que debe diversificarse la matriz y
correr más riesgos. Es necesaria más vinculación con representantes latinos en
el mundo, y atraer su experiencia, y se ha sugerido la necesidad de atraer
aceleradoras y fondos de capital de riesgo a la industria.
ZirconTech is a force to reckon in the world of
digital development and secured solutions and has uprightly made a place for
themselves among the top mobile app development companies.
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Founded in 2016, ZirconTech is a trusted partner
that helps organizations to thrive and meet their objectives through a digital
transformation through their proficiency in mobility, cloud computing, and
blockchain technology. This firm is a group of technology enthusiasts with an
experience of more than twenty years of collaborating on challenging projects.
Having joined forces in recent years to accompany businesses in their path of
digital transformation with state-of-the-art technology solutions, they have
essayed many successful journeys.
Their core team of experienced engineers is
capable of producing deliverables in various types of app categories. Carrying
out the most complex of projects while processing design and development, they
provide full-cycle development from ideation to finish. Expertise in difference
diverse nature and practical experiences in one’s domain is what makes this
team more dynamic and capable of dealing with every difficulty as an
ZirconTech not only delivers new apps or
modernize legacy applications, but they also balance the cost and the
complexity of the digital transformation of a business. Their application
management is intelligent, efficient, and secure. Carried with the use of
automation tools, cognitive assets, and standard security practices, their
management helps businesses keep their competition in check and stay ahead in
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Mobile App Solutions of Tomorrow, Today
ZirconTech bases its mobile app development on
the most widely spread technologies. Their team of competent developers
implement the agile methodology and leverage their experience in cross-platform
development to produce winning apps. A combination of avant-garde and
traditional UI tactics helps businesses excel in their digital strategy.
Staying abreast of the current trends and focus
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design and development, the solutions by the firm help businesses lead in the
market. Well-versed in various programming languages and frameworks, their
solutions are in MongoDB, PHP, Java, React, React Native, HTML5, and
The world has faced towards the cloud and has
given more mobility to businesses in operation. Cloud computing not only takes
the burden of handling infrastructure, but also imparts high data security,
scalability, and control. With years of experience in this field, ZirconTech
has developed the expertise and framework that allows them to deliver
consultancy services for cloud adoption strategy, transform applications, and
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Practical experience with platforms like Amazon
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enabled the firm to meet any client requirement and provide the best in class
solutions. They have helped turn ideas into solutions with numerous services to
build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud using frameworks that the
ZirconTech has translated
their past few years of blockchain application development to build secure
solutions on private and public blockchains. Their core unit of dexterous
developers will take care of a full-stack development right from deploying
nodes to essaying the smart contracts while designing and developing the front
The firm is committed to
ensuring security as well as stability to the blockchain through the stock of
knowledge datacenters. Bringing scalability and high performance, they provide
a full spectrum of blockchain development services with professional insights.
The blockchain developers at the firm empower businesses by creating a cohesive
ecosystem through accessible and reliable transactions utilizing technologies
like LACChain, Monax, RSK, Quorum, and Corda.
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ZirconTech expands its presence in Latin America with new projects in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay and strengthens activities in North America, with emphasis on the Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco tech communities.
Here is a more in depth overview of the work our team has spearheaded across the globe:
In Chile, ZirconTech is developing partnerships with a variety of aiming to address local needs and bring innovative solutions to the banking, financial services, insurance, logistics, legal services and telecommunications sectors.
At the end of January 2019 ZirconTech participated in the Latam Blockchain Forum (https://www.latamblockchainforum.com/) in Santiago de Chile. Attendees included key leaders from regional and global companies taking the lead in digital transformation through blockchain technology as well as government leaders seeking to foster blockchain innovation in Latin America. Our CTO, Alejandro Narancio presented before a crowd of over one hundred attendees on how to incorporate blockchain technology into the development of smart cities. One of our CTO’s main points was, “In smart cities many systems must be harmoniously integrated and if one system must adapt to assume a new reality, the rest must adapt to these changes automatically.” This forum addressed the potential that blockchain provides and how it can be applied in different industries. At ZirconTech we are committed to the fact that transparency, traceability, immutability, decentralized agreements all through blockchain technology are key to bringing about needed reform to the global financial system.(http://www.zircon.tech/blog/2019/02/13/zircon-tech-participo-en-el-latam-blockchain-forum-de-santiago-de-chile/).
ZirconTech additionally conducted blockchain awareness sessions at local banks to demonstrate how this innovative technology can be applied in the financial sector. One key area of focus the team address was blockchain applications that can be used by financial institutions to enhance the KYC (Know Your Customer) process.
ZirconTech has been developing partnerships with innovative blockchain companies in Chile who are developing interesting solutions like Paradigma CrossCheck. The team is working to map this solution to regional use cases for the creation of distributed applications. This tool can coexist with traditional centralized applications, helping individuals and small businesses to grow independently in a decentralized economy. This platform integrates Bitcoin technology with Smart Contracts, IoT Devices and the Blockstack platform in one application (Dapp) CrossCheck which makes market access secure, agile and available to everyone.
The ZirconTech team has also focused on leveraging digital contracts for professional services in the payment process. The team has discussed the incorporation of digital contracts into the payment process with financial services institutions and startups. A key theme discussed is how to leverage existing technology and what would be needed to facilitate advancement in the future.
ZirconTech Partners with Global Share to Implement Blockchain Technology in Electronic Bill of Lading Process
The ZirconTech Team has explored ways to implement blockchain technology in foreign trade. We most recently partnered with Global Share, a company dedicated to the continuous improvement of business processes, providing innovative solutions to companies to improve processes productivity. In April 2019, the company announced a major milestone in Global Share/edoxOnline history, the brand new development for the preparation, issuance, signing, transmission, negotiation and presentation of the electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL). ZirconTech has been a key partner implementing blockchain technology in the solution architecture of e-BL.(http://www.zircon.tech/blog/2019/04/25/zircon-tech-helps-global-share-to-launch-electronic-bill-of-ladings-using-blockchain-technology/).
ZirconTech Collaborates with IBM to Implement Hyperledger Technology
ZirconTech continues to collaborate with IBM through leveraging and implementing the hyperledger framework for projects in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. With the development of the Tradelens platform through the Maersk and IBM partnership, ZirconTech has further resources to enable companies in the logistics ecosystem to leverage blockchain technology.
For close to three years we have partnered with teams in the Los Angeles area to support up and coming projects. One of our recent partnerships is in the area of real estate applications where we enable clients to incorporate blockchain technology into the traditional real estate investment process.
In April 2019 ZirconTech added a Business Development Consultant based in Philadelphia to the team. She is well connected with the US blockchain community. We have also strengthened relationships and discovered new business opportunities in different areas including, Silicon Valley, New York and Chicago. In October 2019, we added a second Business Development Consultant to the team. She is based in New York.
ZirconTech’s Work in the Agribusiness Sector
ZirconTech delved into the agribusiness sector. One of our clients in the agribusiness sector evolved piloting trading platforms, and completed trades with Thailand, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cambodia, Switzerland and England. brings the transparency needed to the supply chain process. This greater level of transparency allows insurance partners to better assess and control risk to give users access to first class insurance coverage.
ZirconTech’s Work in the Financial Services Sector
In the Financial Services sector we have been a partner of R3 for over two years. Through this partnership, our team members have become Corda R3 Certified Developers. This is a relationship that started in New York and now has expanded to Latin America as R3 grows in the region. This year both companies participated in the Latam Blockchain Summit in Santiago de Chile. We have participated in several activities including New York like CordaU.com launch.
ZirconTech has had roots in Argentina since the very beginning. We continue to maintain connections with the local community, participate in workshops and meetups, and looking for opportunities to assist projects in the country. We have had the privilege of participating in Uruguay business development activities in Argentina, representing the Information Technology sector, like Uruguay XXI and the Uruguayan Embassy in Argentina. We “Business Opportunities in Uruguay” meeting at the residence of the Uruguayan Ambassador in Argentina. During the meeting we were able to highlight the advantages of doing business with and in Uruguay.(https://www.uruguayxxi.gub.uy/es/eventos/articulo/dia-de-uruguay-en-buenos-aires/).
Argentina is a hot spot for digital contracting. ZirconTech has been advising lawyers about the advantages of working with technologies like Monax. In this way there are several interesting cases being developed with innovative legal offices particularly in intellectual property management. Our some of our clients such as, Global Share, Koibanx and Bitgive, have carried out work in Argentina.
In July we participated in MITAGDS (Made in the Americas 2019, Global Digital Services Summit), organized by the Interamerican Development Bank under the Outsource2LAC program. We had the opportunity to interact with the Latin American community about the applications of blockchain technology in different industries. This has been a key milestone for further developments in the region. ZirconTech was one of the leading companies in Latin America participating in the event. Again, blockchain in supply chains was a hot topic, with discussions on the transformation public and private sectors can undergo to enable decentralization and transparency.. Blockchain technology can truly increase the efficiency and transparency of supply chains and the logistics industry, positively impacting everything from warehousing to delivery to payment. We discussed these topics with IADB, Gartner and companies from Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia. Mexico, United States and Canada.
In Colombia, ZirconTech has developed partnerships in the financial services industries that helped to develop ground activities in cities including, Bogota, Medellin and Cali. Our team has presented financial services and legal tech solutions to several companies from the banking and legal sectors, and outsourcing service sector. The Blockchain Centre Colombia is taking off
At home in Uruguay, the ZirconTech team continues to be involved at a local level in the Bitcoin and blockchain technology community. In May we took part in Montevideo’s Bitcoinday. This event aimed to educate the general public, on the basic concepts of cryptocurrencies, to specific information about the sale, investment, business uses and benefits for entrepreneurs and companies that want to leverage cryptocurrency. (http://blog.infuy.com/ya-llega-bitcoin-day-en-montevideo-%f0%9f%9a%80/). ZirconTech also took part in Campus Zonamérica’s (Jacksonville) series of Workshops for developers, and others for business professionals to enter the world of smart contracts and the application of blockchain for business, logistics and regulations. Other participating companies included Infuy, RSK, Keoken, dexFreight, Bitex.la, and Koibanx. This event opened new opportunities for ZirconTech in emerging blockchain applications in Uruguay, particularly logistics, foreign trade and traceability of products and digital contracts. Alejandro Narancio led a workshop on how to develop Smart Contracts on RSK, an area that he has been working extensively on this year. An area Alejandro has specifically worked on isRif Os. We discussed this work on a panel in the Montevideo Fintech Forum, back in June.
Our work in the legal sector is taking off as well. ZirconTech has pioneered the use of Monax technology live with “quick agreements” functionalities to launch labor and service contracts with his collaborators. This technology is expanding. We are specifically working with a local legal group to enhance the process for contracting labor and professional services, including automatic payments mechanisms. This is a joint partnership with the Monax team.
ZirconTech Enables Blockchain Technology Integration Into the Real Estate Sector
We are getting further involved in the real estate sector. We are leveraging our partnership with Monax to address key aspects of the real estate industry. (https://monax.io/blog/2019/07/18/blockchain-use-in-real-estate/). As Monax CEO Casey Kuhlman states, “blockchain has the ability to take the real estate investment sequence and tokenize it. This can create partial ownership and increase liquidity significantly. Blockchain can also open up real estate investment trusts (REITs) to a new series of investors”.
Typically, real estate is an asset class that requires significant capital and is dominated by high-net-worth individuals. Tokenization allows for the reduction in the amount of capital any one individual would need, meaning more people would have the opportunity to invest. This would help diversify portfolios. It would also offer more liquidity in the ecosystem and the opportunity to move assets around more easily”
Zircon’s Work in the Traceability and Provenance of Goods.
Early on ZirconTech delved into improving the traceability of goods and transactions. We are continuing to do work to improve the traceability and provenance of goods through implementing blockchain technology.
Since 2016, when we first participated in the f Consensus Conference in New York, we have taken a close look at the Everledger project’s work on the traceability of diamonds. As the Everledger project has matured, we have looked at ways to implement this technology in Latin America. All framework and process developed by Everledger are available for use in matching use cases.
We have taken on more advanced cases aimed at incorporating the internet of things on a large scale. Since 2017 we have been in contact with the Crypto Valley community in Switzerland. We participated in the Blockchain Competition organized by Lakeside Partners AG with our insurance product. We demonstrated a Solidity mock up of cases for the dairy industry. Through this demo we were able to assist the Ambrosus team with solutions for decentralized IoT networks for the Next-Generation Supply Chains. These complex solutions are available for the right use cases for a variety of industries. Ambrosus has recently begun developing a new suite of solutions focused on dairy products in both Europe and South-East Asia, to enable individuals to understand where their dairy products originate (https://blog.ambrosus.com/progress-report-22-july-2019-31c588158984).
We have also found that simple use cases can be addressed with the SUKU World platform, which aims to be the universal symbol of truth for consumers and brands, making commerce more transparent and efficient through the power of blockchain technology. We are evaluating how to this technology specifically for the agribusiness sector in Argentina, Chile and Peru.
With an increasing number of blockchain related platforms available, we see that we can quickly enable businesses to transform their services through digital transformation. , We believe it is faster and cheaper to reuse what is already developed, talk about real use cases and go to production when there’s value. In most cases there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
At ZirconTech, we are a group of blockchain consultants who aim to help organizations identify the potential of blockchain technology.. Leveraging a market research, ZirconTech provides feasibility analysis for initiatives, analysis of relevant blockchain platforms and tools for a variety of business cases. From conceptualization to design and development, ZirconTech can build enterprise applications to help companies to accelerate time to market and maximize return on the investment.
En Chile, ZirconTech está desarrollando asociaciones con una variedad de objetivos para abordar las necesidades locales y brindar soluciones innovadoras a los sectores de banca, servicios financieros, seguros, logística, servicios legales y telecomunicaciones.
Foro Latam Blockchain – Santiago de Chile 2019
A fines de enero de 2019, ZirconTech participó en el Foro Latam Blockchain (https://www.latamblockchainforum.com/) en Santiago de Chile. Los asistentes incluyeron líderes clave de compañías regionales y globales que lideran la transformación digital a través de la tecnología blockchain, así como líderes gubernamentales que buscan fomentar la innovación blockchain en América Latina. Nuestro CTO, Alejandro Narancio, presentó ante una multitud de más de cien asistentes sobre cómo incorporar la tecnología blockchain en el desarrollo de las ciudades inteligentes.
Uno de los puntos principales de nuestro CTO fue: “En las ciudades inteligentes, muchos sistemas deben integrarse armoniosamente y si un sistema debe adaptarse para asumir una nueva realidad, el resto debe adaptarse a estos cambios automáticamente”. Este foro abordó el potencial que proporciona blockchain y cómo se puede aplicar en diferentes industrias. En ZirconTech estamos comprometidos con el hecho de que la transparencia, la trazabilidad, la inmutabilidad, los acuerdos descentralizados a través de la tecnología blockchain son clave para lograr la reforma necesaria al sistema financiero global. (https://www.zircon.tech/blog/2019/02/13/zircon-tech-participo-en-el-latam-blockchain-forum-de-santiago-de-chile/).
Nuestro CTO también fue cubierto recientemente por Decentralizados (www.dct2.cl), un medio digital chileno que cubre iniciativas de blockchain. El equipo de Decentralizados discutió el trabajo de nuestro CTO y la comprensión de la tecnología blockchain, Internet of Things y Smart City Technology en detalle con ZirconTech (https://www.dct2.cl/2019/06/27/bloque-62-internet-de-las-cosas-blockchain/).
Blockchain en el sector financiero
ZirconTech también realizó sesiones de concientización de blockchain en bancos locales para demostrar cómo esta tecnología innovadora puede aplicarse en el sector financiero. Un área clave de enfoque que la dirección del equipo fueron las aplicaciones blockchain que pueden ser utilizadas por las instituciones financieras para mejorar el proceso KYC (Conozca a su cliente).
ZirconTech ha estado desarrollando alianzas con empresas innovadoras de blockchain en Chile que están desarrollando soluciones interesantes como Paradigma CrossCheck. El equipo está trabajando para asignar esta solución a casos de uso regionales para la creación de aplicaciones distribuidas. Esta herramienta puede coexistir con aplicaciones centralizadas tradicionales, ayudando a individuos y pequeñas empresas a crecer independientemente en una economía descentralizada. Esta plataforma integra la tecnología Bitcoin con Smart Contracts, dispositivos IoT y la plataforma Blockstack en una aplicación (Dapp) CrossCheck que hace que el acceso al mercado sea seguro, ágil y esté disponible para todos.
El equipo de ZirconTech también se ha centrado en aprovechar los contratos digitales para servicios profesionales en el proceso de pago. El equipo ha discutido la incorporación de contratos digitales en el proceso de pago con instituciones de servicios financieros y nuevas empresas. Un tema clave discutido es cómo aprovechar la tecnología existente y lo que se necesitaría para facilitar el avance en el futuro.