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American Blockchain Council
Category: education
Location: N/A
Description: The American Blockchain Council exists for the purpose of
networking and information exchange between the council, its executive
members and guests. The charter of this group is to aggregate, interpret and
disseminate the latest information available on the Blockchain protocol, how
the technology has manifested, and the potential impact on businesses in the
U.S. globally. Importantly the group will focus on what C-Level Executives
should expect in planning for this inevitable change. The Council hosts
seminars on blockchain and smart contracts.

Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA)
Category: regulation, coordination, education
Location: PO Box 21122 World Square Sydney NSW 2002 Australia
Description: The ADCCA is the industry representative body for digital
commerce businesses in Australia. The ADCCA exists to promote the adoption
of Blockchain technology as a means to challenge existing business models and
drive innovation across multiple industry sectors. The organization’s founding
mandate is to act as the essential connection between digital commerce
businesses and industries, governments, regulators, academia, financial
institutions and influential policy forums which give direction to this emerging
industry at home and abroad. A private sector membership congress, ADCCA’s
aims include: Blockchain technology education & training, Industry standards
& code of ethics, Promotion, and facilitation of digital commerce best practices,
Regulatory and compliance relationships, Digital currency accounting practices
and standards, Consumer protection standardization.
Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups,

Category: local coordination (blockchain & Bitcoin)
Location: Singapore
Description: ACCESS envisions Singapore as a premier global hub for
businesses that are driven by digital currencies and blockchain technologies. They focus
on advocacy, engagement, and education. ACCESS supports the efforts of their
members by partnering with other organizations to promote their members
interests across multiple industries. They foster an open and clear dialogue
between Singapore cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses, and the larger society,
and regulators. In doing so, they aim to provide a united public voice and
platform for the Singapore cryptocurrency and blockchain communities,
allowing all of us to better engage with private as well as governmental entities.
They also run seminars and workshops to educate the public about
cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

BAFT – Financial Technology and Innovation Initiative
Category: education & advocacy
Location: 1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
Description: BAFT is the association for organizations actively engaged in
international transaction banking. It serves as the leading forum for bringing
the financial community and its suppliers together to collaborate on shaping
market practices, influencing regulation and legislation through global
advocacy, developing and adapting new and existing instruments that facilitate
the settlements of products and service offerings for clients, providing
education and training and contributing to the safety and soundness of the
global financial system. The Financial Technology and Innovation Initiative is
made up of a group of bankers, importers, exporters, brokers, providers and
suppliers, and other investors. It is BAFT’s effort to educate investors and
traders about various emerging technologies such as Bitcoin, distributed
ledgers, and virtual currencies. The association’s efforts hope to help businesses
and investors address blockchain methodology and regulations within
government agencies and the banking industry. Their goal is to create webinars,
tutorials, hold Forums, and to generally understand blockchain technology and
its impact on the future of finance.

Bitcoin Association of Australia (BAA)
Description: education & promotion
Location: Australia
Description: The Bitcoin Association of Australia (BAA)is Australia’s not-forprofit
association dedicated to the standardization, protection, and promotion
of Blockchain and digital currency in the region. BAA’s objectives include:
assisting in the funding and development of Bitcoin infrastructure; making
Bitcoin more respected, trusted and useful to people in Australia and
worldwide; maintaining, improving and legally protecting the integrity of the
protocols and the reputation of Bitcoin; educating the general public, business
and institutions about Bitcoin by speaking publicly on behalf of the community.

Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC)
Category: local coordination (Bitcoin)
Location: Toronto, Canada
Description: Designed to unite bitcoin businesses and users across Canada, the
Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC) provides resources and outreach services for
bitcoin members. The organization has a track record of hosting large events,
engaging with policy makers, speaking to industry associations, and being on
call for media and general inquiries.

Bitcoin Embassy
Category: incubation, education & promotion
Location: 3485 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2X 2T6, Canada
Description: The Bitcoin Embassy is a physical space dedicated to blockchain
technology and cryptocurrency. A three-story building located in the heart of
Montreal, the Embassy serves as home for one of the world’s leading
communities of Bitcoin entrepreneurs, developers, professionals and experts.
They operate one of the world’s most active non-profit organizations dedicated
to Bitcoin education, lobbying and advocacy. Acting as an incubator for
disruptive startups and financial services providers in the blockchain
technology industry, they help Bitcoin startups and guide investors through the
blockchain ecosystem. The Embassy is an open concept replicated

Bitcoin Foundation
Category: education & advocacy
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Description: The Bitcoin Foundation coordinates the efforts of members of the
Bitcoin community, helps to create awareness of the benefits of Bitcoin, and
educates on how to use Bitcoin and related technology requirements for
technologists, regulators, the
media, and the rest of the world. Their mission is to see Bitcoin as a globally
accepted method of exchanging and storing value, operating without the need
for third parties. Affiliates from different countries are able to use this support
system at the Bitcoin Foundation to establish the necessary infrastructure,
credibility, and presence to lead localized educational, media, and outreach
efforts regarding bitcoin.

BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration)
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: 1411 Copenhagen K. Denmark
Description: A community and platform for maritime and energy blockchain
based solutions. They are a network of public and private participants and large
talent pools that have come together to build end-to-end blockchain solutions
that meet common needs and create shared value. One of their “labs” includes
researching and implementing a blockchain single window system in order to
simplify border formalities in global trade. Their end goal is to transform the
maritime industry into an entirely blockchain-based system to increase trust,
efficiency, privacy, and frictionless trade.

Blockchain Alliance
Category: coordination with regulators & Law Enforcement
Location: D.C.
Description: The Blockchain Alliance’s mission is to provide a forum for open
dialogue between industry and law enforcement and regulatory agencies, to
help combat criminal activity on the blockchain. The Blockchain Alliance is a
public-private forum. They are a broad coalition of companies and
organizations who have come together with the goal of making the blockchain
ecosystem more secure and promoting further development of this
transformative technology. This is done by providing education, technical
assistance, and periodic informational sessions regarding Bitcoin and other
digital currencies and uses of the blockchain.

Blockchain Trust Accelerator
Category: coordination, incubation (blockchain)
Location: 740 15th St NW Washington, District of Columbia
Description: The Blockchain Trust Accelerator is committed to advancing
Blockchain technology through responsible, innovative and cutting-edge pilot
projects that address civic engagement, governance challenges, social good and
more. The BTA is a partnership between Bitfury, New America, and the National
Democratic Institute. They connect governments with technologists and
funders to hasten the adoption of blockchain technology for social good and

Blockchain and Virtual Currency Association of India
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: India
Description: Indian Bitcoin companies banded together to form the Blockchain
and Virtual Currency Association after The Reserve Bank of India cautioned the
country about the risks associated with Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
The organization’s primary objective is to engage with regulators and increase
bitcoin awareness and acceptance in their country.

Coin Center
Category: education & advocacy
Location: 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Description: Based in Washington, D.C., Coin Center is the leading non-profit
research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing
cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and
Ethereum. Their mission is to build a better understanding of these
technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to
innovate using permissionless blockchain technologies. They do this in three
ways: educate policymakers and the media about cryptocurrency technology;
engage in policy research to develop smart regulatory approaches to questions
raised by the technology, and advocate for those solutions in order to keep
cryptocurrency networks open, decentralized, and permissionless.

Crypto Valley / Crypto Valley Association
Category: incubation
Location: Zug, Switzerland
Description: Crypto Valley is a growing hub for digital currency and blockchain
startups in Switzerland. The goal is to make Crypto Valley in Zub, Switzerland a
global hub for crypto technologies modeled on the success of Silicon Valley.
Crypto Valley has grown into one of the world’s leading ecosystems for crypto,
blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies, with dozens of companies in
this space now calling Crypto Valley home and thriving in its vibrant
community. The Crypto Valley Association is an independent, government-supported
association established to take full advantage of Switzerland’s
strengths to build the world’s leading blockchain and cryptographic
technologies ecosystem. It is a non-profit aimed at promoting and researching
the technology. They support and connect startups and established enterprises
through policy recommendations, projects across verticals, initiating and
enabling research, and organizing conferences, hackathons, and other industry

Category: incubation & advice
Location: 119 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Description: Decentral is an innovation hub focused on disruptive and
decentralized technologies headquartered in Toronto. The organization is
focused on software development and offers Toronto’s first two-way Bitcoin
ATM. Decentral is spearheading a strategic effort to transform Canada into a
global force for innovation. They are Toronto’s first hub for Ethereum, Bitcoin
and blockchain technologies, bringing together enthusiasts in the blockchain,
fintech, cryptocurrencies and decentralized technologies. Decentral has hosted
over 100 events and continues to be a source for networking and information
through meetups and a 24-hour news dashboard, Decentral.TV. The
organization has been called “Toronto’s home to tech startups.”

Digital Currency Council
Category: education & legal advice
Location: 636 6th Ave New York, NY 10011
Description: The Digital Currency Council (DCC) trains, certifies and connects
leaders in the digital currency economy. The DCC is a professional association
for lawyers, accountants, and financial professionals in the digital currency
economy, providing training, certification, and ongoing support to professionals
building their practices in or around digital currencies. With over 1500
members in 90 countries, the DCC is the association of professionals in the
digital currency economy. It is a venture-backed company. There is a need for a
training program to efficiently bring professionals up to the requisite level of
knowledge for a professional advisor and the DCC helps financial advisors,
wealth managers, accountants, and lawyers get up to speed on digital
currencies efficiently to be better prepared to answer their client’s questions.

Dutch National Blockchain Coalition
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: Netherlands
Description: Established by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ information
technology team, the Dutch National Blockchain Coalition initiative aims to
unite more than 20 public and private organizations including government
agencies, universities and private companies from financial, logistics and
energy sectors. The coalition has an end goal of turning the country into
a leader of blockchain technology and keeping the Netherlands on the forefront
of innovative technologies. The coalition focuses on Development of blockchain
building blocks called Digital Identities, realizing conditions for the use of
blockchain, and the development and realization of the Human Capital Agenda.
Essentially, the coalition tries to create the conditions for reliable and socially
acceptable blockchain applications.

Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FBSC)
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: Shenzhen, China
Description: The Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FBSC) is a
business alliance of finance and tech firms to collectively explore applications of
the blockchain technology in China. The consortium was built on information
exchange and testing various financial blockchain use cases. The new alliance
pursues two major goals: First, the consortium will serve as a communication
tool for companies and a platform for information sharing related to blockchain
studies. Second, company members will perform joint research on blockchain
applications and create collective projects for its testing in the financial sphere.
Special projects include the development of a prototype of a blockchain
platform for securities trading and exploration of related services for credit,
digital asset registry and invoice management. Focused exclusively on the
financial sector, the general areas of possible blockchain implementation that
are of interest to these companies include capital markets, securities exchange,
trading platforms, life insurance, and banking.

FIX Trading Community: Digital Currency/Blockchain Working Group
Category: coordination of development efforts
Location: London, England
Description: The mission of FIX Trading Digital Currency Working Group is to
identify, analyze and define use cases and integration points for digital currency
and distributed ledger technologies across the spectrum of capital markets
requirements. The organization also aims to recommend best practices for FIX
implementation and usage of this emerging technology in financial markets.

Global Blockchain Council (Dubai)
Category: global coordination
Location: Dubai, UAE
Description: The Global Blockchain Council (GBC) of Dubai’s goal is to explore
and discuss current and future applications of blockchain and organize
transactions through the Blockchain platform. The organization aims to
enhance the UAE’s position as a leading center for innovation and the
knowledge economy. The Council will help UAE authorities and corporations
better understand blockchain technology and consider its regulatory
implications, while conducting pilot projects to test the readiness of markets to
adopt digital currencies. The Council will highlight the implications of this
innovation on the future of the business and financial sectors, and its role in
facilitating transactions within the various sectors of financial and nonfinancial
sectors in order to increase efficiency and reliability at all levels. The
council’s membership consists of government entities, international companies,
leading UAE banks, and international Blockchain technology firms.

Global Blockchain Business Council
Category: education and advocacy
Location: Geneva, Switzerland & Washington, D.C.
The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) brings together global leaders
and businesses to highlight the latest innovations and advances in Blockchain
technology. The GBBC is committed to raising awareness of the potential of this
groundbreaking technology, advocating for it global adoption and providing a
forum for education, collaboration, dialogue, and standardization.

Category: software development and standardization
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Description: Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to
advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration,
hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet
of Things (IoT), supply chains, manufacturing, and technology.
Hyperledger provides maintainers and their communities direct access to one
of the deepest open source brain trusts in the world to help with everything
from licensing to governance to release management to ecosystem
development. They let companies focus on developing the technology, confident
that the legal, technical and organizational infrastructure their project need for
the long run will be in place.
Hyperledger focuses on Finance and Healthcare industries specifically; they
also, host hackathons.

International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA)
Category: education & promotion (real estate)
Location: San Francisco, California
Description: A nonprofit, member-focused advocacy, educational, and trade
organization dedicated to implementing Bitcoin and other blockchain
technology in real estate. Their initiatives include: Develop a universal property
registry and title platform that is open source, non-profit, secure, and scalable;
Develop a universal digital deed (Token) platform that is open source, nonprofit,
secure, and scalable; Create a “How to use bitcoin with real estate right
now” resource and begin a database for organizing the uses and people,
companies, tools, instructions, etc. that it takes to use them; Promote individual
real estate transactions to occur using Bitcoin in any practical role; Bring
together professionals including brokers, investors, entrepreneurs, developers,
government officials, escrow and title officers; Set real estate industry

Japan Blockchain Association (JBA)
Category: coordination, education, regulation
Location: 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 3 Chome−5−5 Japan
Description: The group’s primary aims are to: Apply blockchain technology to
social infrastructure and policy recommendations; Establish guidelines for
bitcoin and other digital currency exchanges; Facilitate communication
between the industry and government departments such as the FSA, the
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Consumer Affairs Agency
and the National Police Agency and the Tax Bureau, as well as other financial
and banking industry groups. The Association will also promote and support its
member businesses, organize promotional events, talk to similar industry
groups internationally, and communicate with related and similar industry
groups. JBA has two divisions: one dealing with virtual currency and the other
with blockchain technologies in general. The former group concerns consumer,
tax and financial regulatory issues. The latter group concerns definition and
policy proposals for non-currency blockchain tech. Not only an advocate for
blockchain technology, JBA is the point of contact for governmental authorities
and global associations.

Japan Exchange Group (JPX) Blockchain Consortium
Category: local coordination (blockchain), PoC testing of blockchain technology
Location: 〒103-0026 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashikabutochō, 2−1 Japan
Description: The purpose of the consortium of Japanese financial institutions is
to continue proof-of-concept (PoC) testing on the Hyperledger framework and
to discuss the possibility of applying blockchain technology to capital market
infrastructure. JPX is cooperating with financial institutions and blockchain
engineers to make progress in verifying the technology.

Post-Trade Distributed Ledger Group
Category: global coordination
Location: N/A
Description: The Post-Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL) is a group of
nearly 40 financial institutions and prominent market infrastructures players
from all regions of the globe. The PTDL Group provides a trusted environment
for key post-trade participants to collaborate and share information for the best
interests of our industry. The Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group,
brings together major post-trade industry participants and regulators to share
information and ideas about how distributed ledger technologies could
transform the post-trade landscape.

R3 Consortium
Category: software development and standardization; global coordination
Location: 1370 Broadway, Ste 1050 New York, NY 10018
Description: R3 is a consortium of over 80 financial institutions in the
establishment of an open, enterprise-grade, shared platform to record financial
events and execute smart contract logic. R3 is building a new distributed ledger
platform, Corda – which is the outcome of over two years of intense research
and development by R3 and its consortium of financial institutions. It is an
open-source distributed ledger platform designed to record, manage and
automate legal agreements between businesses. With Corda, participants can
transact without the need for central authorities creating a world of frictionless
commerce. R3 operates a consortium of the world’s largest financial institutions
that have guided and contributed to the development of Corda.

Russia Blockchain Consortium
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Description: The Russia Blockchain Consortium was created for joint
exploration and implementation of blockchain technology and its derivatives.
The Consortium represents Russia’s first collaborative platform across
innovative and distributed technologies. The activities of the Consortium’s
members will focus on the creation and implementation of the most advanced
technological solutions in the field of financial services. The Consortium’s
activities spread over technological, regulatory, practical and communicative
purposes. Members will be engaged in the joint development and testing of
prototypes, standardization of technology as efforts to open doors for the
technology for market participants. In addition, an important part of the
Consortium’s activities will be technological harmonization of the Russian
blockchain movement with the global one, launching an open communicative
platform for the market participants and the regulator, in hope of raising the
level of public knowledge and confidence in the financial services based on

Shanghai Blockchain Industry Development Research Alliance(SBIDRA)
Category: local coordination (blockchain)
Location: Shanghai, China
Description: The purpose of the Shanghai Blockchain Industry Development
Research Alliance (SBIDRA) is to facilitate blockchain research, technological
development, personnel training and help in coordinate government efforts and
blockchain organizations. The Alliance acts as a business incubator and a
cooperative exchange platform for various enterprises, institutions, non-profit
organizations and others to promote blockchain research. It provides a
platform for the Shanghai Municipal Government, relevant departments and
the whole blockchain industry to promote sharing of resources and knowledge
–in hopes of providing valuable and high quality research results. The
establishment of the alliance can effectively strengthen the communication
between industry, regulatory authorities and other relevant companies, to build
a platform for mutual exchange.

UK Digital Currency Association(UKDCA)
Category: local coordination (blockchain & Bitcoin)
Location: 76 Wardour St Soho, London W1F 0UR UK
Description: The United Kingdom Digital Currency Association (UKDCA)
promotes the use and development of digital currency technologies in the UK,
through education, lobbying, and public engagement. It provides a united public
voice for the digital currency community engages with government and
regulators in order to build a world-leading regulatory environment for the
creation of jobs and growth in this emerging field promotes development and
dissemination of best-practices by digital currency businesses and works to
counter illegitimate uses of the technology. The challenges faced by digital
currency users and businesses are always at the forefront of the UKDCA’s
actions. By bringing all interested parties together into industry-specific
working groups, they aim to achieve more for the digital currency community
through coordinated and collaborative efforts. The UKDCA is highly active in
lobbying policymakers and regulators.

Wall Street Blockchain Alliance(WSBA)
Category: education & advocacy, local coordination (blockchain)
Location: 150 E 2nd Street Suite 3B New York, NY 10009
Description: The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s (WSBA) mission is to guide
and promote comprehensive adoption of distributed ledger technology across
financial markets. They do this by engaging with market participants,
regulators, policymakers, and technology innovators through direct
communication, comment letters, studies and more to guide the public dialogue
about blockchain, distributed ledger and smart contract technology, in hopes
that the financial markets can realize the full potential of these capabilities

Wanxiang Blockchain Labs
Category: software development & promotion
Location: 99, West Lujiazui Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Description: Wangxiang blockchain labs is a research institution focused on
blockchain technology. The lab gathers experts in the field to work on
technological development, business applications, industrial strategies and
other aspects of blockchain technology. They provide guidance for
entrepreneurs and seek to positively influence the development of the industry
through policymaking. The labs’ host blockchain summits, forums, and
alliances, in addition to software platforms,  sponsorships, and proofs-of-concept