The G-Team won the NEO Hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft earlier this month with their project "GDPR with NEO". Team members Niels Beukers and Serge Hendrickx walked away with 500 NEO, worth around 7,100 euros at the time. Buekers and Hendrickx's "GDPR with NEO" project aims to integrate the General Data Protection Regulation with blockchain to better protect user privacy and provide solutions for data storage.
Calling all developers and coders! The Chinese blockchain platform and digital currency firm NEO is holding a hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft this weekend. Teams will be challenged to write smart contracts using the Golang programming language, with prizes up to 500 NEO - worth €7,100 at the time of writing - up for grabs.
The event in the Netherlands was organized by NEO, the Delft University of Technology and telecom company KPN.
This autumn the Dutch government is starting an experiment with digital identity cards - in which you can identify yourself with an app on your phone - in Utrecht and Eindhoven. This way of identification does not only increase safety and privacy, but also convenience, project leader Johan Pouwelse of TU Delft believes, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
The Dutch government and authority on financial markets AFM must come up with guidelines for ICOs if they want to keep developments in this technology in the Netherlands, Jan Robert Schutte, Amsterdam-based CEO of CryptoAcademy and ICO adviser, said at the Black Sea Blockchain Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia on Wednesday.
"As long as the AFM doesn't say anything - instead of providing guidelines for ICOs - the ICO projects will leave the Netherlands because of the lack of clarity." Schutte said.
The first two blockchain babies were born in the Netherlands last week. Health insurer VGZ is experimenting with an app using this technology, mainly known for cryptocurrency, to reduce the administrative burden in maternity care, Financieele Dagblad reports.
Amsterdam will be the host city of a blockchain meetup event in the run-up to the BlockShow Europe conference that will be held in Berlin in May. The Amsterdam BlockShow MeetUp will be held in the The Warehouse on Generaal Vetterstraat on March 29th.
Dutch investors association VEB warns investors against companies that are using the cryptocurrency hype to attract investors and boost share prices by adding "bitcoin" or "blockchain" to their name. According to the association, this is very reminiscent of the dotcom bubble, when companies added '.com' to their names to suddenly increase their share prices without actually changing the company fundamentally, accountant.nl reports.
The Netherlands has an established tradition of being at the forefront of innovation, and it is following this same path when it comes to blockchain and ICO development, according to Emanuele Francioni, founder of Web 3 Ventures - a Netherlands' based incubator for new businesses developing services with blockchain.