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Decoding Libra, upskilling opportunities


Welcome to our monthly update about what is happening in the New Zealand Blockchain world.

Decoding Libra: Auckland event
Following a successful event in Wellington last month, we will be hosting an event in Auckland to decode Libra, Facebook’s new blockchain platform. There’s a lot of hype, confusion and misinformation surrounding this new system, so Phoenix Zerin will outline exactly what Libra is, give a demo of the Libra testnet and a sneak peak at the state of smart contracts on the Libra blockchain.

Join us on Monday 23 September at GridAKL for this event. Register here.

Insurance and Blockchain Connect Event 
Is there a place for blockchain functionality within the fintech and insurance sectors? Some people are not convinced. Join InsurTechNZ for an insurance and blockchain Connect Event panel discussion on Wednesday 9 October in Auckland. 

Tickets are $25 for BlockchainNZ members. Register now

Upskill with a ConsenSys Academy scholarship
Applications are now open for scholarships to the ConsenSys Academy Blockchain Developer Bootcamp. This 11 week self-paced program is only run twice a year, with a usual cost of $985 USD. ConsenSys Academy is offering 100 scholarships to applications based on qualifications and need, which will allow you to complete the bootcamp for free. If you’re interested, apply now as applications close 30 September. 

If you would like to study on-demand and at your own pace, sign up for the ConsenSys Academy Developer On-Demand. BlockchainNZ members receive a 20% discount on the cost of the course. 

That’s all from us this month. Don’t forget to share your blockchain news with us, so we can share it with the whole BlockchainNZ community. 

Nga mihi nui,

The team at BlockchainNZ.


Last month, the IRD outlined taxation rules which made it possible for salaries in New Zealand to be paid in cryptocurrency. But is receiving your salary in cryptocurrency a good idea? Read more about the Inland Revenue, the Reserve Bank, the Financial Markets Authority and the New Zealand Law Foundation’s perspectives on this.

Do you want to learn more about the Internet of Things? Attend the NZ 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference on 3 October in Auckland. Tickets are currently buy one, get 40% of a second ticket, so register now so you don’t miss out. 

The world’s first blockchain-enabled smartphone will go on the market in October.

Artificial Intelligence will play a big role in the future of New Zealand, as outlined in the AI Forum’s new report, Towards Our Intelligent Future.

If you’re in Christchurch, head along to the next Christchurch monthly Blockchain meetup on Wednesday 25 September to meet fellow crypto enthusiasts.

A new blockchain technology ‘The Traca’ will revolutionise the trade of recyclable materials by providing each part of the supply chain with vital data about the quality of secondary commodities. 

Nestlé admits their blockchain venture to trace milk from producers in New Zealand to their factories in the Middle East has been more challenging than other digital innovation plans. 

The 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit and the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit will be held in Wellington on 16 October.

Explore business opportunities in Singapore with networking events on 16 September in Christchurch, 17 September in Wellington, 19 September in Tauranga and 20 September in Auckland.

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