RMIT taps into blockchain revolution

Thursday, 07 September, 2017

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RMIT is seeking to take advantage of the global blockchain revolution by establishing the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, billed as the world’s first research centre on the social science of blockchain.

To be led by Professor Jason Potts of the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, the hub will:

  • develop an interdisciplinary research team focused on the economic, cultural and social implications and effects of blockchain technologies;
  • partner with industry to share research, ensure students are work-ready when they graduate, and provide business solutions and advice;
  • develop and implement policy and industry-relevant measures of the size and impact of the blockchain economy; and
  • engage with government, policymakers, stakeholders and the public debate on the social and policy impact of blockchain technology.

According to RMIT, Australian businesses are already seeking graduates work-ready with skills in blockchain technologies.

Policymakers in government and industry are also looking for guidance about how best to meet the opportunities and challenges that blockchain presents.

“The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub is the only full-service research, teaching and industry-linked blockchain body in the world,” said Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President.

“This is an exciting new research strength for the College of Business and opens up exciting new opportunities for Victorian and Australian industry.”

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