Banking, Tech Giants Added To Global Blockchain Think-Tank

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) has expanded its Board by adding 12 new members, including global leaders in Banking and Technology.

Funded by leading companies and governments, the Blockchain Research Institute is a multi-million dollar global blockchain think-tank devoted to the study of blockchain strategies, applications and obstacles to implementation.

The new members include cloud computing company Salesforce, Austrian banking group Raiffeisen Bank International, Switzerland-based BPC Banking Technologies, brand management agency VIKTRE and Navigator Limited, the first public relations firm to join the institute.

Also included in this group are a number of new Blockchain Pioneers, a special class of membership dedicated to startups at the forefront of blockchain innovation. The firms are Aion, Decentral, Polymath, Shyft Network, and Sweetbridge.

The Institute already boasts of membership of government entities, major tech companies, financial industry players and global corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, the Bank of Canada and PepsiCo.

The new additon brings the Blockchain Research Institute’s membership to nearly 60 global leaders in business, government and the startup community.

Don Tapscott, co-founder and executive chairman of the Institute, said “The blockchain industry is growing and changing at an accelerated pace, and we look forward to helping these companies navigate the blockchain revolution through our research and thought leadership.”

He called for more innovation through collaboration by creating a network of builders in the blockchain space alongside leaders in enterprise and government.

Further new members of the Blockchain Research Institute are slated to be announced in May.

The Institute’s global team of experts has more than 70 research projects underway in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government.

by Joji XavierRTTNews Staff Writer

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