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Lufthansa Partners With SAP To Announce A Global Blockchain Challenge For The Aviation Industry



The Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) and the SAP.iO Berlin Foundry worked in a joint effort to launch the first ever Blockchain Challenge for the Aviation industry.

As they announced in a blog, the challenge seeks to explore opportunities and drive adoption of blockchain technology in the airline industry. As the announcement outlined, the application of blockchain technology in finance is currently dwarfing what is obtainable in both the Travel and Mobility Tech scene.

To change this, this challenge will attract the most talented blockchain entrepreneurs from all over the world, inviting them to an environment where they can create ideas and experiment with new ways of doing things.

Lufthansa’s sizeable R&d ecosystem and industry experience, paired with SAP’s extensive blockchain development experience and mentorship will see this challenge being one of the most promising blockchain challenges – putting it in front of decision makers and giving their business great publicity.

As Thorsten Dirks, the CEO of Eurowings and Lufthansa Group board member stated:

“Blockchain is one of the game-changing technologies of our time, which we are systematically addressing as part of our digital strategy for the Lufthansa Group. We look forward to discussing innovative solutions and initiating experiments together with our partner SAP at the Aviation Blockchain Challenge. By combining our aviation industry expertise with the Blockchain technology of a world market leader, we are creating the ideal worldwide framework for addressing Blockchain entrepreneurs with an affinity for travel and mobility”

Deepak Krishnamurthy, the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at SAP also praised the partnership, saying that it is a part of “a new innovation ecosystem that can potentially transform the entire travel industry.”

Right now, the best way to understand the Blockchain Aviation Challenge is as a challenge that is divided into three categories:

  • the Airline Challenge
  • the Traveler Challenge and
  • the Supplier Challenge

Each of these challenges will promote different solutions for different aspects of the industry – travelers, suppliers, and airlines. The prizes for the selected entries will include:

  • A Global stage for your idea incl. international press coverage and media awareness
  • Potential pilot project with Lufthansa Group
  • Professional mentoring for all shortlisted teams
  • Possibility to pitch in front of senior management
  • Coverage of travel expenses (up to 2500€ per team)
  • Finalists can get access to Blockchain-as-a-Service from SAP in order to build or improve their MVP
  • Office space for up to 3 months in the Berlin ecosystem
  • LIH and SAP take zero equity

If you wish to enter, you can do that by visiting the official link of the challenge – here.

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Binance Launched Completes Another Successful Token Sale Of Celer Network

The token sale platform of one of the largest crypto exchanges on the market, the Binance Launchpad has completed another successful token sale of the Celer Network. In our blockchain news below we will read exactly what happened during the token sale. In an official press release, the crypto exchange announced the fundraising results for the Celer Network. The sale was completed in less than 17 minutes and ended up with increasing the hard cap of the project of $4 million worth of the CELR tokens. This token sale is the third successful one on the Binance Launchpad Platform since 2019 has started which also managed to raise millions of dollars in record time. The first time this happened was with the BitTorrent token sale which sold out in 15 minutes while the second was the one of Fetch.AI also sold out in minutes. The CELR tokens were sold for 0.000434 BNB so now the market is focused at the price movements after the listing on Binance. Anyway, this event shows how big the power of Binance is and how great the authority of the platform is because of its ability to back managers and restore the users’ trust in events that are meant to raise enough funds. However, it seems like the community is not satisfied. The larger part of the community bombed the Binance Twitter homepage with disapproving messages and angry, disappointing comments. Binance was not able to cope with the large demand so users faced major technical issues just as the token sale started. Before the start of the event, Binance told its users to refresh the token sale page on the Binance Launchpad when the timer hits zero. Twitter users and other social media users complained they got logged off from their accounts. Also, many were unable to log in multiple times and had a hard time entering the platform. Others complained about the incorrect balance dashboard and the inconsistencies with funds as they were placing their buy orders. After the users managed to place their orders, their orders were ignored for some time. Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance explained that the platform had ‘’capacity/caching issues’’ despite the newest upgrade. He also made clear that about 40,000 people tried to buy the CELR tokens but only 31,129 managed to do so.
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Craig Wright Filed 114 Blockchain-Related Patents Since 2017: TNX Report

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“His tactics and activities have all the marks of being a patent assertion entity or what’s pejoratively known as a troll. I’m not aware of his companies having any products.”
In 2018, Wright was sued for $4 billion when the estate of David Kleiman who was a cyber-security expert (dubbed among the Bitcoin and blockchain tech developers) claimed that Wright stole billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin (BTC). According to the suing process that Kleiman initiated, Wright recognized that the family was unaware of Kleiman's wealth and therefore “forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him. Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave’s signature on them.”  
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Ledger Nano S Wallet Receives First Level Security Certificate From French ANSSI

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The Recently Hacked Cryptopia Exchange Will Resume Trading By The End Of March

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