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Dash, Arizona State University announce $350k agreement to advance blockchain research
Leading cryptocurrency Dash is joining forces with Arizona State University (ASU) to accelerate research, development, and education in ways that advance blockchain transaction speed, efficiency, security, and expand its uses.
Dash and ASU have entered into a new $350,000 agreement which includes:
The partnership comes after Dash contributed $50,000 USD in Blockchain Research Laboratory (BRL) startup funding in August 2017. In November, Dash and ASU announced the creation of the BRL at ASU, the first in academia.
“ASU welcomes this initiative and is ready to play its role in creating a potent blockchain research and innovation environment for young talents to develop practical blockchain applications,” said Dragan Boscovic, BRL director and a research professor in ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering.
The BRL is an interdisciplinary initiative that includes faculty from Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, W.P. Carey School of Business, W.P. Carey Information Systems and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. It aims to make blockchains accessible for uses beyond cryptocurrency, although cryptocurrency will remain a primary focus.
Boscovic said that the BRL is investigating practical business applications for banking transactions, property exchanges and contract-based dealings that benefit from bypassing third-party brokers. For example, the BRL is currently working with a Phoenix-area company to formulate a blockchain for eco-energy applications, such as exchanging stored solar power within neighborhoods.
Current research channels at the BRL include analytics, shared business platforms that can segment company access based on specific transactions, management of IoT transactions between devices and appliances, nonprofit/humanitarian cryptocurrency transactions, and the development of smart contracts.
“This is a remarkable partnership precisely because both sides will benefit greatly from tight collaboration,” said Ryan Taylor, CEO of Dash Core. “Dash benefits from gaining valuable independent insights into how we can improve our plans for scaling to massively large numbers of transactions. ASU will benefit from gaining access to one of the most innovative teams in the digital currency industry. The entire blockchain industry will benefit from the best practices that will emerge from the research, and the creation of a graduate course is a tremendous leap in blockchain’s path towards rapid, mainstream adoption.”