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S2E8 - Blockchain in Singapore: The Most Advanced Blockchain Nation in the World?

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With a supportive Government, some of the world's largest trade networks, and a relentless drive for technology innovation, it's no surprise that some of the world's notable Blockchain projects are based in Singapore. We take a fascinating look at how Singapore became a global hub for Blockchain, the role of Government, Cryptocurrencies, and some of the amazing individuals leading the Blockchain community.

In this episode we cover:

- The history of Blockchain growth in Singapore over the past 5 years

- The focus and importance of technology innovation in Singapore

- A huge range of use cases, including: MAS, Tribe Accelerator, Contour, DLT Ledgers, Hyperledger, R3, Affinidi Group, Standard Chartered, Accredify, Dedoco, Mighty Jaxx and many more...

- A masterclass on the importance of Economics in Blockchain from Lisa Tan

- The unique role of Government in driving Blockchain adoption across a range of settings

- Blockchain talent and the role of Academia

- Diversity and inclusion in Blockchain, and

- What more is needed to scale in a country already steeped in Blockchain success

Shout to my incredible guests: Alan Lim (MAS), Amit Ghosh (R3), Andrew Koh (HBL), Arnaud Brolly (SITA), Atul Patel (DLT Ledgers), Carl Wegner (Contour), Ernie Teo (Dedoco), Jenny Goh (IBM), Julian Gordon (Hyperledger), Kevin Pang (SGTECH), Lisa Tan (Economics Design), Ming Ng (Tribe), Steven Koh (GovTech), Zelda Anthony (Standard Chartered), Zheng Wei Quah (Accredify)

Special shout also to Khai Wei Ong for the last minute Malay translation!

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