Author: Gan Jia Ci
According to La Vanguardia on 24 May, Barcelona Tech City plans to create a specialised area designed for blockchain development.
The area will be located near the headquarters of Barcelona Tech City, Pier01. Established in summer 2016, Pier01 currently houses 1,000 employees over 70 tech startups. The CEO of Barcelona Tech City Miquel Marti once told news media Barcinno, “We’re calling it Pier 01 because of how a pier is where the boats arrives and gets shelter, and that what we’re doing for Barcelona startups, giving shelter.”
The new blockchain space will possibly be inhabited by Alastria, a Spanish blockchain network, according to anonymous sources.
The different Barcelona Tech City buildings will be interconnected by electric vehicles and will also accommodate health, gaming and media centres, La Vanguardia stated.
In November 2017, European multinational software giant SAP revealed that it will be joining Alastria’s blockchain consortium that holds over 150 organisations and the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA). This move will allow SAP to streamline blockchain technology adoption among its users.
Recently, the European Union also announced to open a Blockchain Observatory and Forum in February. In May, New York also announced the launch of a Blockchain Resource Centre.