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The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab Becomes an Innovation Cluster

Luxembourg, June 16, 2022

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab (LBL), a cross-industry collaboration between the private sector, academia, and government to push the adoption of Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) in Luxembourg, becomes an innovation cluster for the benefit of the economy and society.

The LBL will fulfil its mission to help the Grand Duchy and its various industries grasp the opportunities brought by the DLT technologies. This will be made possible via knowledge dissemination, support to project bearers with a link to SDGs and developing concrete solutions to achieve development targets.

The innovation cluster is also overseeing the Blockchain stream of the recently launched Digital Learning Hub (DLH) after signing a collaboration agreement with the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch. The initial training courses  introduced the main principles of blockchain, its programming, as well as its legal and financial implications. This offering will be completed by dedicated learning paths, customised to the needs of various professionals, launching in the winter semester.

Previously Head of Operations and Projects at The LHoFT, Emilie Allaert has been appointed as the Head of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab. With more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry and  especially the last 5 years where she has been involved in numerous projects related to blockchain and digital assets at the LHoFT, Allaert will collaborate with the various industries present in Luxembourg and navigate the DLT technology innovations to raise awareness on its multiple applications.

Hosted within the entity of Infrachain a.s.b.l., the LBL is a collaborative entity combining the expertise and research capabilities of academia with strong industrial leadership from its five founding members Infrachain, Lëtzblock, The LHoFT, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) which reinstated their support to the initiative.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab is open to collaborating with partners from the private and public sector to bring a new vision for Blockchain in Luxembourg by providing stronger solutions and tackling the hurdles encountered in the development of technological projects. Infrachain community members will also have the opportunity to join the LBL collaborative ecosystem.

Following the success of the launch edition of the Luxembourg Blockchain Week in 2021- with more than 1,000 attendees- the LBL will host its second edition from October 3rd to 7th, 2022, allowing an international audience to get a unique oversight of the technology’s potential and its impact for citizens and businesses. More information to come on www.blockchainweek.lu

Emilie Allaert, Head of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, said that, “DLT technology is at a tipping point where we need to act and deliver concretely solutions to the economy. It is essential to perceive the potential impact and support DLT can bring on the global sustainability goals strategy. The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab being recognised as a cluster will help reach out to a wide range of actors and facilitate collaboration and solutions using DLT.”

Blockchain Courses

Learning Blockchain at the Digital Learning Hub with the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab

On 16th May 2022, the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab was invited to the Digital Learning Hub launch event to sign a collaboration agreement and introduce the blockchain stream represented by the LBL, alongside the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch.

Created by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the Digital Learning Hub (DLH) is responding to Luxembourg’s growing need for digital skills. Located in the Terres Rouges building in Belval, this new structure of lifelong training offers an attractive education to a heterogeneous public and courses that are highly sought after by companies.

The DLH built the school on four pillars which are Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Design Thinking and Coding but it is also a hub where can be plugged and unplugged subjects based on the demand.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab (LBL) who oversees the blockchain stream, has designed various training courses (ranging from few hours to few weeks) to introduce the main principles of blockchain, its legal and financial implications (new funding), learn how to program it and to gain knowledge on use cases for the industry.

While the LBL, which recently secured financing, is finalizing its last steps regarding its representation, Fabrice Croiseaux, Chairman of Infrachain a.s.b.l., represented the LBL on the launch day to sign the cooperation agreement with the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch.

The signature agreement was also the opportunity for the four pillars of the DLH to share the expected goals of this collaboration during a press conference where Croiseaux stated, “Today, there is a huge lack of development resources in digital expertise and it is the main obstacle to growth for almost all business sectors. Through this initiative, we are going to make sure more people have the capacity to deploy this type of expertise in companies.” He also added, “We want to give the ability to a certain public for whom it would not come naturally, to access this type of knowledge and expertise.”

The three other pillars are supported by:

  • Ecole 42 – a Coding School created in Paris in 2013 with currently 42 campuses in 22 countries. The school is free for students and no diploma or certificate is required.
  • SECURITYMADEIN.LU – created by multiple ministries and community unions to contribute to the protection of computer systems and networks of companies. In 2022, it became the National Coordination Center of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre.
  • Design Thinking School or D-School – a model from Stanford University, allowing heterogeneous groups of students to solve complex problems and design innovative products in a human-centered approach.

At the occasion of the DLH’s launch, a round table was organized between Claude Meisch, Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Emilie Allaert, Project Lead of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, Sophie Viger, Director of Ecole 42, Pascal Steichen, CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU, Gerard Hoffmann, CEO of Proximus Luxembourg, Christoph Meinel, CEO of Hasso-Plattner-Institut and School of Design Thinking; and Genna Elvin, Co-Founder of Tadaweb as a moderator, to discuss their experience and their insights on the current context around digital skills.

“The biggest concern about blockchain is the focus of the media which is currently on scams and digital assets. Blockchain is much more than that. There is a technology behind it and we either have to learn about it and eventually master it, or at least know what it is all about to better appreciate it and be less defiant,” discussed Allaert. She also explained that, “Blockchain impacts all industries, it is not just finance. Absolutely everyone can be affected or might want to implement this technology. The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab via the DLH wants to provide workshops in all industries that could have an interest, a use case that could be presented, whether in health, logistics, … we can also talk about the EBSILUX project with diplomas in particular. There are also many implications for citizens where administrations could implement this kind of technology.”

Following the round table, participants could learn more about the LBL and other innovative solutions and initiatives at their booth while enjoying the walking diner.

The trainings within the DLH are open to anyone, resident or not, of adult age, who wishes to obtain an advanced education in the specialties offered in the various training entities. No special entry requirements and no preliminary qualifications or degrees required.

The free courses will begin on May 31 where participants willing to learn more about blockchain can register for one of the following courses provided by the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab:

  • Introduction to blockchain
  • Introduction to blockchain programming
  • Introduction to project funding via tokenization
  • Introduction to the blockchain legal framework

Visit dlh.lu for more information and course registration.

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The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab presented the launch edition of the Luxembourg Blockchain Week: A conference where Luxembourg met the Rest of the World

Luxembourg, May 5, 2021

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week took place from the 26th to 30th of April 2021. The one-week conference was organized by the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, the single point of contact to consolidate and federate the Blockchain Ecosystem in Luxembourg. Boston was the partner city of the event with the Boston Blockchain Association (BBA) and Nomadic Labs, a leading R&D centre in the Tezos ecosystem, was the main sponsor.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, along with its five founding members Infrachain, Lëtzblock, The LHoFT, LIST and SnT, as well as the BBA worked collaboratively to propose a diversified program, discussing 8 main topics: Supply chains & Logistics, Health, R&D, Technology, Finance, Public Sector, Digital Assets and SDGs/Climate. The discussions allowed for  a deep dive in some of the industries where blockchain can lead to efficiency gains and new opportunities.

The launch edition of the Luxembourg Blockchain Week featured a uniquely designed program of concrete Blockchain applications presentations, keynotes and interactive discussions.  The organisers welcomed more than 1,000 attendees from all around the world. The scene was filled with more than 90 speakers, including 2 Ministers; 60% were C-level executives and more than 24% were women. The event was completed by 5 side events organised by sponsors and partners. It was the stage of the EIB’s announcement of the first issuance of digital bonds using the Blockchain technology in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week saw a strong implication from the Luxembourg Government.  The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel made the inauguration speech and  the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna presented the finance stream’s keynote. In total, 4 ministries from Luxembourg supported the Luxembourg Blockchain Week: the Ministry of State, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry for Digitalisation and the Ministry of the Economy

The conference received tremendous praise from speakers, attendees and sponsors and the organisers look forward to another successful edition in 2022 – hopefully as a physical event!

About the Boston Blockchain Association
The Boston Blockchain Association is a community of innovators, collaborators, and entrepreneurs excited about the promise of blockchain technology! Our mission is to build an ecosystem that supports, educates, promotes and advances blockchain technology. It aims at establishing Greater Boston as an international hub for blockchain innovation. Finally it supports and connects entrepreneurs with useful resources.

About Nomadic Labs
Nomadic Labs is one of the largest research and development centers within the Tezos ecosystem. Based in Paris, it brings together more than 50 engineering researchers working on the development and evolution of the Tezos protocol. Nomadic Labs helps companies, institutions and industrials to use the Tezos Blockchain for their business needs, providing technical support in France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Learn more about Nomadic Labs at https://www.nomadic-labs.com and follow us on Twitter @LabosNomades.

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The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab presents the launch edition of the Luxembourg Blockchain Week: A conference to grasp blockchain possibilities

Luxembourg, March 30th, 2021

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week is a one-week conference organized by the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, the single point of contact to consolidate and federate the Blockchain Ecosystem in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, along with its five founding members Infrachain, Lëtzblock, The LHoFT, LIST and SnT, believe that the adoption of Blockchain technology will have a significant impact on our daily lives. No matter the industry, Blockchain will give access to services that were not accessible before. The goal of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab is to translate the promise of Blockchain into concrete results.

The launch edition of the Luxembourg Blockchain Week features a uniquely designed one week program of concrete Blockchain applications in various sectors that are key to Luxembourg and Europe: Logistics, Health, Technology, Research and Development, Finance, Public Sector, Climate, Digital Assets. The audience will get a unique oversight of the technology’s potential and its impact for citizens and businesses.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week is honored to have the support from the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel who will make the inauguration speech as well as from the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna who will present the finance stream’s keynote.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week will take place between the 26th and 30th of April, in a digital format, accessible worldwide.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Week is sponsored by Infrachain, Lëtzblock, The LHoFT, LIST, SnT and Nomadic Labs.

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab is thrilled to welcome Boston as guest city of the event. The Boston Blockchain Association will contribute to insightful discussions by bringing their experience from the United States of America.

The tickets are free in order to give access to everybody to the knowledge about Blockchain Technology and can be found here: www.blockchainweek.lu

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and Minister for Digitalisation said “Blockchain is not only about cryptocurrencies, but also about helping us reach our sustainable development goals, securing our health data and enabling more resilient supply chains. I’m excited to see Luxembourg’s blockchain success stories during this year’s blockchain week. It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we bundle up our forces behind an alliance like the Blockchain Lab!”

Emilie Allaert, Project Lead of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab added “Luxembourg has a growing Blockchain Ecosystem which is being nurtured and sees a variety of applications in a number of industries. The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab wants to deliver concrete solutions to the various industries. Raising awareness about the technology is also one of our missions and we hope the Luxembourg Blockchain Week will help newbies and experts discover and embrace the potential of the technology.”

Eric Roux, Board Member of the Boston Blockchain Association stated “The Boston Blockchain Association is honored to be the partner city for Luxembourg Blockchain Week. Just as Luxembourg is a financial and technology leader within Europe, Boston is a financial and technology leader within the Americas. Together we will continue to move blockchain technology forward, strengthening and improving our local economies, as well as the global economy.”

Michel Mauny, President of Nomadic Labs, the largest research and development centre within the Tezos ecosystem in France, added: “Following our recent participation in the development of the Blockchain ecosystem in Luxembourg by joining Infrachain, we are pleased to support the Luxembourg Blockchain Week. This event, open to all and based on sharing knowledge and experience, is part of Nomadic Labs’ vision of an inclusive and broad blockchain ecosystem, and illustrates the spirit that animates Tezos’ Global Community.”

About the Boston Blockchain Association
The Boston Blockchain Association is a community of innovators, collaborators, and entrepreneurs excited about the promise of blockchain technology! Our mission is to build an ecosystem that supports, educates, promotes and advances blockchain technology. It aims at establishing Greater Boston as an international hub for blockchain innovation. Finally it supports and connects entrepreneurs with useful resources.

About Nomadic Labs
Nomadic Labs is one of the largest research and development centers within the Tezos ecosystem. Based in Paris, it brings together more than 50 engineering researchers working on the development and evolution of the Tezos protocol. Nomadic Labs helps companies, institutions and industrials to use the Tezos Blockchain for their business needs, providing technical support in France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Learn more about Nomadic Labs at https://www.nomadic-labs.com and follow us on Twitter @LabosNomades.

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Luxembourg, December, 4th 2020

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab is up and running

8 international projects have been selected for the first cohort

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab team have announced the 8 projects that have been selected as part of the first cohort after an international call for submissions. 

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab is a common initiative from five major actors from the Luxembourg technology ecosystem: Infrachain, the LHoFT, LIST, SnT and LëtzBlock. The goal of the consortium is to create and nurture the blockchain ecosystem in Luxembourg, set up a landmark EU hub for blockchain research, education and industry projects, as well as develop industry capabilities to aid the deployment of the latest blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT).

The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab launched an international call for projects in October, in order to start building the collaboration between all the actors and develop projects alongside the industry.

Over the last two months the selection committee has been assessing the 25 applications, of which more than half were based in Luxembourg, with Sweden, Singapore, Slovenia, Ireland, and the UK also represented.

The selection committee was composed of the five founding partners: Infrachain, LHoFT, SnT, LIST and LëtzBlock. In addition, three ministries (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Economy and Ministry for Digitalisation) have been included in the selection process in order to provide with their views on the projects and assess the interest for Luxembourg.

“We have been impressed by the quality and diversity of the projects’ submissions. It is a great pleasure to start working with all these projects and we look forward to the collaborations with the various stakeholders and mentors. This is a promising start for the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab.” Emilie Allaert, Head of Operations and Projects at the LHoFT

“This first call for projects is a major milestone for the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab. The high number of submissions exceeded our expectations. It confirms the need to support the dynamic of the sector – a need that will be addressed through the Lab.” Tom Kettels, Project Lead at Infrachain 

“Very proud to have been part of this selection committee. The diverse project ideas shed light on the current market of blockchain-based related applications today. It was really challenging to make a choice within all those highly interesting proposals coming from different countries. We are looking forward to going deeper on the topic with the selected projects teams.” Thierry Grandjean, Research Engineer –  and Adnan Imeri, PhD student, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

“The Luxembourg Blockchain Lab and its Call for Projects revealed a vibrant blockchain entrepreneurial ecosystem in Luxembourg and beyond. The quality and diversity of the projects bears witness of an ambitious pursuit of blockchain’s potential by the contestants. LëtzBlock is thrilled to be part of this exciting adventure and is looking forward to supporting the projects in their technical, organisational and managerial challenges.” Biba Homsy, LëtzBlock 

Discover the 8 projects that have been selected as part of the Blockchain Lab

Climate Action Blockchain, Luxembourg – https://climateactionblockchain.lu/

They are encouraging the use of bikes to commute on a daily basis via the issuance of tokens in order to reduce carbon emission. The tokens can be used in selected cities to buy environmental goods such as organic fertilizer.

Compellio, Luxembourg – https://compell.io

They aim at delivering PoCs that would enable public and private organisations to experiment, validate, and showcase blockchain added value in a very short period of time, depending on the use case complexity. One of the selected proposal will be proposed to Compellio to create a collaborative project and help with the implementation of the blockchain solution.

Evercity, Singapore – https://evercity.io/

The project submitted aims to demonstrate issuance of a digital SDG-linked bond where the key financial parameters are linked to impact-related indicators. The key innovation within the PoC is development of a linkage between financial parameters and SDG impact performance.

Filedgr, Luxembourg – https://filedgr.com/

They are trying to solve the real problems of the logistics industry. They would like to provide a solution for the problems such as delivery, conditions of the cargo and insurance reporting.

Medlogistics (Hôpitaux Robert Schuman), Luxembourg –  https://www.medlogistics.lu

With the current sanitary situation, the medical sector has faced issues with the medical equipment. They are proposing a full certification of the medical supplies from the start to the end of the supply chain.

Neofacto, Luxembourg – https://neofacto.com/accueil/

They propose an innovative digital solution that streamlines the authorization granting through the issuance of a verifiable digital “Claim” (i.e. authorization) deployed on the public blockchain to ensure reliability, availability and auditability. The proof of Concept proposed is called ClaimIT.

Stampify, Luxembourg – https://www.stampify.eu/

The proposed Decentralized Registry will be based on an existing blockchain framework (Ethereum), implemented to interact with an application allowing the certifying bodies to issue certificates in a trusted environment to give any stakeholder the ability to consult them.

Green Earth Agro, Luxembourg – http://gearthagro.com/

A significant value-adding component of Greenearth Agro’s production model is its objective to implement technology to trace and track product from origin to consumption.

Keep up to date with the latest news of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab

Contacts 

Emilie Allaert

Head of Operations and Projects @ The LHoFT Foundation

emilie.allaert@lhoft.lu

http://www.lhoft.com/

Tom Kettels 

Project Lead @ Infrachain 

Tom.Kettels@infrachain.com

https://infrachain.com/