Here is the first part of the update on the Blockchain Business Case Forum event that took place in Milan, many ideas to think about and a series of meetings to follow (this report has already been posted on the Slack).
The event was very professional and crowded, probably it was the best meeting made so far in Italy. We attended the event along with another Italian delegate, axi.
There were many interesting speeches, in this first update we begin to describe those concerning initiatives related to Public Administration.
European committee for Standardization
They are working to create a standard consensus model to work with the public administration, D-POA, Distributed Proof of Authorities.
Italian custom agency
The Italian agency is working with all the custom agencies of European Commission on the Electronic Customs project. The goal of the project is to use blockchain to cut costs on the controls, improve traceability and certify some products.
In Italy there is already a pilot project covering a typical Italian alcoholic beverage called Genepy.
Italian chambers of commerce
Already certify products’ made in Italy for registered companies: there are a series of complex procedures and frequent checks, at the end a specific label is issued (for example 100% Italian, 60% Italian, Designed in Italy).
They are working to upgrade to blockchain technology in order to cut costs and make processes transparent.
World Food Program
World Food Program is an organization that distributes free food to the needy and is totally financed by donations.
They described a case of blockchain that they are using to help 10,000 people in a Syrian city to pick up food in local supermarkets. Each person is identified by the World Food Program (retinal scan), when a person buys food in the supermarket, at the checkout is identified and the World Food Program makes the payment directly to the supermarket. Technology solves the problems of the very high bank commissions and the missed payments to supermarkets that have occurred using the intermediation of local banks that do not meet international standards. Using blockchain they save money, saving money that can help more people and every payment can be tracked by World Food Program donors.
San Marino, a small independent state in central Italy.
The Minister of Innovation attended the event, he said that San Marino is working on laws that allow a company registered in the state to launch ICO without having to go to Switzerland, Malta or Estonia. By the end of 2018, he said.
In the next updates we will describe private initiatives (companies upgrading to blockchain and startups), our feelings about the event and follow-up meetings that we set to present Ark Ecosystem: nobody knows about Ark, event participants were not technical people