The Blockchain Society began as a side project of The Entrepreneurship Society (TES), which Hennessy founded in 2012. He explained that the decision to launch The Blockchain Society came from the emerging prominence of blockchain technology in both Toronto and the world at large.(https://news.coinsquare.com/blockchain/the-blockchain-society-toronto-blockchain-industry/)
Right now, visionary companies are coming together to transform the way their industries work with the help of IBM Blockchain. From a food supply that’s becoming safer, smarter and more profitable to supply chains freeing themselves from legacy processes and paperwork, IBM is leading the business world into a new era of collaboration and innovation.
Blockchain.community is a voluntary borderless community of entrepreneurs, services, experts and blockchain enthusiasts. Establishment of personal and close business relationships between members of the community Representation and advocacy of our common interests
Consultation and provision of technical evaluation
Hackaton and conference support
Establishment of new prospective collaborations, exchange of ideas, technologies and experiences
Universal support for young specialists and project teams
Cambridge Blockchain Society
Cambridge Blockchain Hub
The Cambridge Blockchain Hub is focused on providing workshops, meetups, and awareness around blockchain and distributed ledger technology, its growing uses and applications, understanding the regulatory and technological nature through reports and studies , as well as supporting sturt-ups, developing and running plots through partnerships between academic and industry members while providing university students and community members access to explore and immerse themselves in this area and its opportunities.
Blockchain Research Institute
The thinkBLOCKtank launched to address the growing importance of blockchain in the Union, this one was launched by Letzblock members to address token regulation, distributed ledger technologies and blockchain as a whole. Based in Luxembourg, this non-profit has experts from more than 15 countries performing research around blockchain technologies.
The new Think Tank was launched on Nov. 28, 2018 with the release of its first paper, “EU Token Regulation Paper.” The paper is an iteration of the Token Regulation Paper originally published by Blockchain Bundesverband in February 2018. The new paper is a European effort, with 50 professions in the space from throughout 20 European countries contributing.(https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/328337)
Launched in 2017 by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World, the Blockchain Research Institute is a network of experts in the field who work together to address challenges perceived by the founders. Now a global think-tank, The Blockchain Research Institute works with top thought leaders in blockchain, as well as many large companies implementing the technology and world governments.
The think-tank is currently managing more than 100 research projects focused on technologies related to blockchain. Projects are all published online and distributed with multimedia for easier sharing in both public/private sector environments and academia. They focus on ten sectors that include energy and power, finance, government, healthcare, telecom, manufacturing, media, resources and mining, technology and retail.(https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/328337)
National University of Singapore Crystal Center
Aiming to be the world’s leading think-tank for blockchain research and technology, CRYSTAL centre is committed to blockchain research and long-term growth of blockchain community, with its research focus on the security of blockchains.
CRYSTAL centre will bridge the gap between the folklore and market concerns, and rigorous computational thinking. It will provide scientific clarity to technical ideas in regard to blockchains and cryptocurrencies, make debates in the community more scientifically-grounded, and will draw attention to unforeseen scientific challenges and engage with the community.
The university centre will have an emphasis on advancing:
- Research on scalability, security and provable safety for blockchain protocols;
- Community of technical experts who can conceive and enable faster adoption.
The IEEE Future Directions Committee, represented by the societies of the IEEE, has approved the formation of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative (BLK) effective January 1, 2018. The BLK will be the hub for all IEEE Blockchain projects and activities. The BLK encompasses a comprehensive set of projects and activities supported by the following core subcommittees: Pre/Standards, Education, Conferences and Events, Community Development and Outreach, Publications, and Special Projects.
Hyperledger is an open source community focused on developing a suite of stable frameworks, tools and libraries for enterprise-grade blockchain deployments.
It serves as a neutral home for various distributed ledger frameworks including Hyperledger Fabric, Sawtooth, Indy, as well as tools like Hyperledger Caliper and libraries like Hyperledger Ursa.
In October 2016, the Berkeley Bitcoin Association, a group of about a dozen members, founded Blockchain at Berkeley, an organization dedicated to becoming the blockchain hub of the East Bay. They also debuted the world’s first undergraduate university-accredited blockchain course, Blockchain Fundamentals, taught to about 50 students. Alongside Blockchain at Berkeley’s education team grew a consultancy that aimed to bridge the gap between geeky bitcoin enthusiasts and technovative early-adopters in the industry to develop Proof-of-Concepts for disruptive blockchain use cases. Since then, as a result of other ambitious B@B members, R&D and Design departments have also emerged.