Tunisia is set to witness the first Hedera Hackathon taking place from January 26th to 28th, 2024. The event is a collaborative effort between Dar Blockchain, The Hashgraph Association, ESPRIT University, and SUP’COM University. The aim of the Hackathon, backed by the Hedera Network, is to boost the adoption and understanding of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in the country.

Dar Blockchain, a pioneer in the blockchain technology space, dedicated to redefining the digital landscape toward decentralization, and The Hashgraph Association, a non-profit organization that supports training and education programs across multiple industry verticals through broad adoption of Hedera-powered, enterprise-grade solutions, have partnered with two leading universities in Tunisia to establish a platform that explores the latest in Web3 technologies. 

ESPRIT University, a distinguished institution specializing in engineering and technology, and SUP’COM, the Higher School of Communication of Tunis or Engineering School of Communication of Tunis, will utilize the Hedera Hackathon to emphasize the innovative possibilities offered by the Hedera Network.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and contribute to the transformation of industries through engaging activities and access to a specialized Web 3.0 Decentralized Academy.

Mohamed Mnif and Jaafar Saied, the Co-founders of Dar Blockchain, said: “ We are proud to be launching the first Hedera Hackathon at two reputable universities as part of our aim to set up chapters in local universities and offer training as we lay the foundation for a real understanding of DLT and blockchain. Tunisian youth and university students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to foster Web3 adoption, not only in MENA but globally.”

The Hedera Hackathon will offer tracks that include DeFi (Decentralized Finance), revolutionizing finance with accessible and secure financial services for the Tunisian and African community, DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations), reimagining organizational structures for innovative university organization management and collaboration across the country, as well as tracks on the metaverse and NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). 

Teams of three to five members are eligible to participate and must send in their applications no later than January 20th , 2024. At least one member of the team needs to be certified on the Hedera ecosystem.

Participants will be required to build solutions that leverage Hedera’s DLT, addressing real and current needs within the African community and showcasing practical applicability and positive impact.

At the end of the Hackathon, teams will need to submit a live and functioning project which includes a URL, a PowerPoint presentation outlining the business case and functionalities, and a three to five minute demo video demonstrating the project’s key features.

Selection criteria for the best projects will be based on relevance to the Hedera Hackathon’s themes, effective usage of the Hedera DLT Network, technical functionality, clear business case, scalability, team composition and collaboration, and effective presentation capabilities.

Kamal Youssefi, President of The Hashgraph Association, added, “Our support of the proliferation of innovative DLT solutions in the African continent is one of our key objectives. We believe that it is through the utilization of the Hedera Network and distributed ledger technology that we can empower future generations to build enhanced economies, technologies, and societies. Working with DAR Blockchain and future-driven universities such as ESPRIT, and SUP-COM is a privilege and an honor.”

In 2023 Dar Blockchain and The Hashgraph Association signed a partnership agreement to develop blockchain in Tunisia and the African continent.

The Hashgraph Association, the non-profit organization accelerating the broad adoption of the DLT ( Distributed Ledger Technology) network Hedera globally, has today announced a co-funding initiative with UAE based Seagrass, a climate action company and subsidiary of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks and energy infrastructure. 

This initiative facilitates the building of the Seagrass Wallet, a proof-of-concept Web3 identity wallet that provides users with a decentralized digital identity and wallet that relates to their carbon projects. 

Seagrass which is based in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) financial centre UAE holds a license to arrange trades in environmental instruments from ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority. Seagrass chose the UAE because of its position as the cross roads and stands where carbon credits are originated as well as demanded.

Seagrass aims to unlock the potential of the carbon markets and transform carbon finance, which can make an important contribution to the net-zero transition. This collaboration supports its goal of bringing together supply from certified projects with large-scale demand from buyers with ambitious climate strategies on a centralized marketplace driven by technology, transparency and integrity.

The Web3 identity wallet provides transparency on environmental, economical and project data to buyers and developers. Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) architecture enabled by Hedera ensures users will have a decentralized digital identity and crypto wallet that is compliant with European standards. This leading-edge Web3 digital wallet creates, stores, and presents digital identities with verifiable credentials, alongside the storage and exchange of assets.

The digital identity would put users who had been onboarded by Seagrass in charge of their credentials, potentially allowing them to save time and reduce costs by interacting with other market participants without having to go through fresh due diligence or know-your-client checks.

The proof-of-concept has been designed to be compatible with Seagrass Carbon Map, a live application available to buyers and sellers on the Seagrass marketplace that provides users with sophisticated data on the impact of nature-based projects and enables deep, ongoing engagement between project developers and carbon credit buyers. Seagrass Wallet is currently in testing and will be made available to clients in 2024.

Thomas Birr, Chief Strategy and Innovation officer at E.ON and Managing Director of Seagrass’ shareholding company, said: “We’re proud to be partnering with The Hashgraph Association and Hedera on the use of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to unlock opportunities in the carbon markets via Seagrass.  I look forward to seeing its implementation and use in 2024.”

Kamal Youssefi, President of the Board of The Hashgraph Association, said: “As we build a vibrant innovative ecosystem for startups, enterprises, and government institutions around the world, we simultaneously focus on the realization of a net zero carbon future. Combining the power of Hedera’s DLT with Seagrass’ commitment to scale the carbon markets via liquidity, integrity, and digital access for all, it also builds value on the wider engagement with E.ON.”

Digipharm, a value-based healthcare ecosystem dedicated to transforming healthcare procurement and patient engagement, today announces its participation in the “Hashgraph Innovation Program” driven by The Hashgraph Association, the not-for-profit accelerating adoption of the Hedera network globally. As a revolutionary step in blockchain technology and decentralised application development, this partnership will significantly bolster the capabilities and outreach of Digipharm’s Reimburse and Digihealth platforms.

DigiPharm works with UAE based Burjeel Medical City. In 2022, Burjeel Medical City (BMC), and Digipharm joined hands to design and validate a new model for patient care in the UAE. The new platform, will focus initially on the Bone Marrow Transplantation program and will later expand to other specialties at the hospital.

Digipharm is an industry leader in the value-based healthcare arena. Its flagship product, Reimburse, stands out as a pioneering value-based procurement platform which has been adopted by government clients spanning from the UK to the Middle East.

Additionally, esteemed private hospital groups are leveraging Reimburse to redefine their healthcare offerings. Digihealth, another element of Digipharm’s offering, is curated as a patient engagement ecosystem. Its primary aim is to enhance patient preference and engagement, ensuring that healthcare decisions resonate with the needs and insights of the very individuals they impact.

The Reimburse and Digihealth platforms, key innovations by Digipharm, align perfectly with the core objectives of the Hashgraph Innovation Program. These platforms, built to redefine patient-centric care and healthcare finance, will greatly benefit from the innovation program. With the support from the Hedera network, both platforms will undergo extensive ideation, proof-of-concept modelling, and minimum viable product (MVP) development, ensuring that they stand at the forefront of healthcare technology.

Kamal Youssefi, President of The Hashgraph Association, said; “We are thrilled to welcome Digipharm to the “Hashgraph Innovation Program”, pioneering the way towards value-based healthcare. This partnership will catalyse new and innovative ways to accelerate decentralised solutions on the Hedera network, while identifying real-world use cases. We’re confident that by providing the funding and support to Digipharm, we’ll help bring the benefits of DLT to healthcare systems worldwide.”

Speaking on this significant partnership, Ahmed Abdulla, CEO at Digipharm, commented, “Joining the Hedera Hashgraph Innovation Program is a monumental leap for Digipharm. We are eager to harness the extensive resources and expertise from this collaboration to further enhance Reimburse and Digihealth, ensuring we deliver unmatched solutions in healthcare.”

As part of this esteemed group, Digipharm is set to benefit from the vast network, financial support, and unparalleled expertise provided by the Hashgraph Association. This collaboration solidifies Digipharm’s commitment to integrating top-tier blockchain solutions into healthcare, creating a brighter and more sustainable future for the sector.

The Hashgraph Association (THA), the non-for-profit accelerating adoption of the Hedera network globally, will be participating at Gitex 2023 between October 16th and 20th at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai UAE, as well as the Future Blockchain Summit being held between October 15th-18th at Dubai Harbour, announcing the launch of its stablecoin studio amidst VARA’s ( virtual asset regulatory authority) latest regulations regarding stablecoins.

The Hashgraph Association will be present at Gitex 2023, inking a groundbreaking partnership with Du Telecom this summer at Envision 2023.  The partnership harnesses the potential of the Hedera network to offer secure, traceable, and scalable solutions on the platform.

Hedera’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) ensures a trusted and reliable foundation for the newly developed solutions. Target sectors include manufacturing, healthcare, education, smart cities, and agriculture, catering to a wide range of industries seeking secure and efficient applications.

The Hashgraph Association will also be participating alongside AgNext, one of 12 projects offered grants by THA in 2022. The Hashgraph Association’s grant funding enables projects to scale globally. AgNext has innovated and developed a full-stack integrated algorithm, software, and hardware platform that address quality assessment issues across the agri-value chain, enabling businesses to analyze food supply chains on the spot in just 30 seconds.

THA had also previously worked with DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Courts, on Tejouri. The first phase of Tejouri was launched at Gitex 2022. Tejouri is a global digital vault that enables the upload and secure storing of documents ranging from insurance contracts, title deeds, wills, and financial certificates to images and multimedia files. Tejouri can be utilized by all individuals globally and is built on Hedera’s DLT, establishing a decentralized trust application.

Alongside Gitex 2023, Jeffrey Tchui, Head of Advisory, at The Hashgraph Association, will be speaking on Hedera’s ecosystem and its stablecoin accelerator, Stablecoin Studio, at Bharat Blockchain Yatra (BBY) sessions under IDS at the Future Blockchain Summit. BBY sessions are powered by Hedera and supported by AICTE.  BBY has arrived in UAE after an awe-inspiring journey that spanned 25 series of events, spreading its wings across 18 states in India as part of a tech tour on Web3 and blockchain, narrating India’s Web3 story.

IDS has been a pioneer in the enterprise blockchain space, providing cutting-edge blockchain solutions to governments and corporations worldwide across nine industry verticals.

With over 17 years of technology and consulting experience, Jeff has a wealth of experience in blockchain and DLT at leading global organizations, Hitachi, Infosys, Cognizant, and even TOKO, an asset tokenized exchange and custodian that recently received a license in Dubai, UAE from VARA (Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority).

TOKO solves the inefficiencies of today’s capital markets, leveraging DLT technologies of Hedera Consensus Service and the Hyperledger Fabric plug-in. TOKO is a digital asset creation engine created by DLA Piper, a Hedera Governing Council member that couples the compliance and regulatory rigor of a global law firm with the innovative technology solutions of tomorrow. TOKO has also been a grant candidate for THA.

Kamal Youssefi, President of The Hashgraph Association, on the participation of THA at Gitex 2023, stated, “We are here at Gitex and in the UAE because we believe that the MENA region and UAE, in particular, is the new Web3 and crypto powerhouse of the world. We are happy to be launching our upcoming grant fund in Abu Dhabi at ADGM and we are ready to discuss the DLT solutions we can offer SMEs, governments, and enterprises in the region.”

He adds, “One of the biggest discussions we believe to be relevant to the region is the new stablecoin regulations recently released by VARA. This is especially important given the launch of Stablecoin Studio on the Hedera network. Stablecoin Studio is an open-source stablecoin issuance and management toolkit that makes it easy for Web3 stablecoin platforms, institutional issuers, enterprises, and payment providers to build stablecoin. Stablecoin Studio provides organizations worldwide with an all-in-one toolkit that enables stablecoin issuers to quickly configure, issue, and manage bespoke stablecoins on the Hedera network.” 

Dubai’s Virtual asset reglatory authority recently announced what it calls Fiat referenced virtual asset ( FRVA) regulations better know to most as virtual assets pegged to a stable value, or stablecoins.

The Hashgraph Association, the non-profit organization accelerating the broad adoption of the Hedera network globally, has partnered with Dar Blockchain to nurture projects, facilitate growth, and profoundly shape the MENA technology landscape. The partnership focuses on the education and nurturing of Web3 talent within the region through facilitating meetups, hackathons, and university groups, as well as publishing a monthly podcast. Through their focus on Web3 talent, The Hashgraph Association and Dar Blockchain will strive to advance innovation within the region, furthering the expansion of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and blockchain across the globe.

Together, Dar Blockchain and The Hashgraph Association will work to provide insight into blockchain ecosystems, as well as promote the Hedera network, the most innovative, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy. To foster curiosity and capabilities within the MENA region, Dar Blockchain and The Hashgraph Association are partnering to host four hackathons, starting in October 2023.

These events are part of a broader strategy that includes community-building activities and a sourcing phase for an upcoming incubation program tailored for the North African community. This incubation program, to be announced soon, will further support and nurture promising projects emerging from these hackathons. In addition to the hackathons, the collaboration will offer bespoke training sessions, fueling the growth of communities and enterprises, while showcasing the endless possibilities of Web3.

Mohamed Mnif and Jaafar Saied the Co-founders of Dar Blockchain, said: “At Dar Blockchain, our foundation is built on the belief that education is the cornerstone of innovation. We were established with a clear vision: to support and nurture local talents while forging a vital connection between our local Web3 ecosystem and the global blockchain landscape. By providing training sessions that dive into the Hedera Network, and setting up chapters in local universities to connect students from different backgrounds, Dar Blockchain and The Hashgraph Association will lay the foundation for the true realization of DLT. This partnership underscores our commitment to empowering the next generation of innovators across the MENA region, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to drive the widespread adoption of Web3 technologies on a global scale.”

Recently, the MENA region has been a frontrunner for Web3 growth and innovation. In October 2022, it was announced that the region was home to the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency markets. In August 2023, the Dubai AI and Web 3.0 Campus committed to cutting license fees of Web3 and AI firms by 90% in an effort to encourage the move of companies and organizations to the city. 

Kamal Youssefi, President of The Hashgraph Association, said: “The Hashgraph Association’s partnership with Dar Blockchain will accelerate the mass adoption of DLT in the MENA region. With the favorable outlook on crypto in the region, we wish to support this growth and ensure its continued upward momentum. It is a result of this openness to Web3 that we are partnering with Dar Blockchain and committing to advance the MENA Web3 industry.”

With each event and initiative, Dar Blockchain and The Hashgraph Association hope to provide a starting point for those interested in the world of Web3. By establishing ways to support Web3 talent in MENA, The Hashgraph Association and Dar Blockchain will further advance MENA’s blockchain boom and its position as a leader in the field. More details about the collaboration can be found at: Darblockchain.io