So we’ve all heard about the Blockchain hype. At Cuberoot64, we are always asked what the real business use-cases examples of this technology and who is currently using Blockchain. Over the last few years, we have investigated/bumped into and experienced some really innovative views of blockchain technology – but are they all viable?
Putting aside that there are still a number of issues the blockchain space still has to overcome (e.g. governance, throughput, scalability, security of the network, market manipulation, tribalism – we’ll cover these in a separate post at some point), AND also whether organisations and enterprises actually need blockchain instead of a faster throughput, cloud-based, multi-signature database, we have compiled a list of 100+ companies actually developing, building and using this technology.
Here are a categorised list of practical use-cases being used today! Can you add any more?
Guardtime – This company is creating “keyless” signature systems using blockchain which is currently used to secure the health records of one million Estonian citizens.
REMME is a decentralized authentication system which aims to replace logins and passwords with SSL certificates stored on a blockchain.
KickCity—Platform for event organizers that enables them to pay only for what they get, and rewards community members by sharing those events. Their products generate around $50k monthly with more than 70k users and 300 event hosts.
B2Expand—Based on the Ethereum blockchain they create cross-gaming video games. Their first video game “Beyond the Void” got into Ubisoft’s startup program and they’re the first gaming company on Steam with a crypto economy.
Spotify—When Spotify acquired blockchain startup Mediachain Labs it was to help develop solutions via a decentralized database to better connect artists and licensing agreements with the tracks on Spotify’s service.
Guts—A transparent ticketing ecosystem that uses blockchain technology to eliminate ticket fraud and the secondary ticket market.
Matchpool—“Matchmakers” are rewarded for making successful matches whether it’s dating to freelancing to Uber and Airbnb.
Warranteer—A blockchain application that allows consumers to easily access info regarding the products they purchased and get service in the case of product malfunction.
Blockpoint—Simplifies the creation of payment systems and allows mobile wallet, loyalty program, gift cards and other point-of-sale functionality.
Loyyal—Powered by blockchain and smart contract technology, this loyalty and rewards platform creates more customized programs that even allow for multi-branded rewards.
OpenBazaar – OpenBazaar is an attempt to build a decentralized market where goods and services can be traded with no middle-man.
Bitcar—Fractionalized ownership of collector cars made possible by a BitCar token.
Supply chains and logistics
IBM Blockchain—Knowing the status and condition of every product on your supply chain from raw materials to distribution is critical. Blockchain for supply chains allows transparency with a shared record of ownership and location of parts and products in real time.
Food industry—The food industry’s complex network from farmers to grocers makes tracking down food-borne illnesses challenging. Blockchain can improve the transparency and efficiency of finding out what food might be contaminated and where throughout the supply chain.
Provenance—Consumers are increasingly demanding transparency regarding the products they purchase and consume to ensure the sourcing of materials and production of products adheres to their individual values. Provenance uses blockchain to provide chain-of-custody and certification of supply chains.
Blockverify—With a claim to “introduce transparency to supply chains,” Blockverify focuses on anti-counterfeit solutions using blockchain to verify counterfeit products, diverted goods, stolen merchandise and fraudulent transactions.
OriginTrail—Already in use in the food industry, more applications are planned for OriginTrail, a platform that lets consumers know where their purchases came from and how they were produced.
De Beers—De Beers mines, trades and markets more than 30% of the world’s supply of diamonds. The company plans to use a blockchain ledger for tracing diamonds from the mine to the customer purchase. This transparency will help the industry and anybody who wishes to verify, confirm diamonds are free from conflict. Fura Gems also plans to use blockchain in its supply process of emeralds, rubies and other precious stones.
Accenture—With goals to boost efficiency and productivity within the insurance industry, Accenture builds blockchain solutions for its insurance clients. They translate key insurance industry processes into blockchain-ready procedures that embed trust into the system.
Proof of insurance—Nationwide insurance company is currently testing a blockchain solution to provide proof-of-insurance information called RiskBlock. Ultimately, when this tool is fully deployed it will help law enforcement, insured and insurers verify insurance coverage in real time and accelerate claims processing.
MedicalChain—The first healthcare company using blockchain technology to facilitate the storage and utilization of electronic health records in order to deliver a complete telemedicine experience. They are real practicing doctors in the UK healthcare structure and want to change the system from within.
MedRec—In order to give any medical provider secure access to patients’ records, MedRec uses blockchain to save time, money and duplication in procedures between a variety of facilities and providers. Patients could also grand access to their anonymous medical records to be used for research.
Nano Vision—Looking to catapult medical innovation away from traditional data silos and incompatible records systems, Nano Vision combines the power of blockchain with artificial intelligence (AI) to gather molecular-level data on Nano Tokens. AI then sifts through the data to find trends and analyze connections that will lead to medical breakthroughs.
Gem—With a goal to give patients control over their medical records and genomic data by using a blockchain solution, Gem has also partnered with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to experiment with using blockchain to monitor infectious diseases.
SimplyVital Health—This platform sits on blockchain technology that empowers providers and patients to access, share and even move their healthcare data.
Hashed Health – This service encodes doctor’s credentials and education on the blockchain to ensure a quick identity check and get in front of patients, rather than waiting days for authorisation to see patients. It’s a great example of where blockchain can be used to save lives!
BitProperty—Using blockchain and smart contracts, BitProperty wants to democratize opportunity and create a decentralized society by allowing anyone anywhere in the world (except the U.S. and Japan due to regulatory concerns) to invest in real estate.
Deedcoin—Rather than a typical 6% real estate commission, Deedcoin runs on 1% and hopes to be the new way for home buyers and sellers to connect with real estate agents who accept a lower commission.
Ubiquity—This Software-as-a-Service (Saas) blockchain platform offers a simpler user experience to securely record property information to ensure a clean record of ownership.
Propy – Property transactions secured through the blockchain
BitGive —This global donation platform leverages Bitcoin and blockchain technology to provide greater transparency to donors by sharing real-time financial and project information. Save the Children, The Water Project and Medic Mobile are a few of the charities working with BitGive.
AidCoin—Since research shows 43% of people don’t trust charities, AidCoin hopes to improve that trust with distributed ledgers, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies and make the nonprofit sector more transparent.
Utopi—A lack of transparency has plagued charitable giving, but Utopi hopes to improve transparency in nonprofits. When donors give using the Utopi platform they can see exactly how every penny is spent.
Bank Hapoalim – A collaboration between the Israeli bank and Microsoft to create a blockchain system for managing bank guarantees.
Barclays – Barclays has launched a number of blockchain initiatives involving tracking financial transactions, compliance and combating fraud. It states that “Our belief …is that blockchain is a fundamental part of the new operating system for the planet.”
Maersk – The shipping and transport consortium has unveiled plans for a blockchain solution for streamlining marine insurance.
Bitcoin Atom —A new fork of Bitcoin that allows everyone to easily exchange cryptocurrencies without any trading fees and no exchange hacks, making Bitcoin truly decentralized again. The technology is based on atomic swaps—an invaluable tool for exchanging one cryptocurrency with another (e.g. 1000 BTC with 56500 LTC) and no need for a trusted third party. But currently, widespread adoption of atomic swaps has been prevented because they require highly technical skills; something Bitcoin Atom will solve.
Securrency—This is a trading platform for cryptocurrencies and any kind of asset including traditionally illiquid assets to be exchanged through Securrency tokens. This allows cryptos to be traded outside of their dedicated exchanges.
Ripple—Ripple aims to be a global payment solution provider by connecting banks, payment providers, corporations and digital asset exchanges to allow instant, on-demand settlement globally.
ABRA—A global app and cryptocurrency wallet that allows you to buy, invest and store 20 crytopcurriences including Bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and more.
Aeternity—This highly scalable blockchain platform can be used for any application that requires high transactional speed including smart contracts that are created off chain and nano and micro payments.
Augur – Allows the creation of blockchain-based predictions markets for the trading of derivatives and other financial instruments in a decentralized ecosystem.
Smart Valor—With a mission to make global investments simple, fair and accessible to everyone, Smart Valor democratizes access to global wealth and investment opportunities.
Circle—Send money via text without any fees thanks to this UK-based company.
Manufacturing and industrial
Provenance – This project aims to provide a blockchain-based provenance record of transparency within supply chains.
Jiocoin – India’s biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, has said that it is developing a blockchain-based supply chain logistics platform along with its own cryptocurrency, Jiocoin.
Hijro – Previously known as Fluent, aims to create a blockchain framework for collaborating on prototyping and proof-of-concept.
SKUChain – Another blockchain system for allowing tracking and tracing of goods as they pass through a supply chain.
Blockverify – A blockchain platform which focuses on anti-counterfeit measures, with initial use cases in the diamond, pharmaceuticals and luxury goods markets.
Transactivgrid – A business-led community project based in Brooklyn allowing members to locally produce and cell energy, with the goal of reducing costs involved in energy distribution.
STORJ.io – Distributed and encrypted cloud storage, which allows users to share unused hard drive space.
Dubai – Dubai has set sights on becoming the world’s first blockchain-powered state. In 2016 representatives of 30 government departments formed a committee dedicated to investigating opportunities across health records, shipping, business registration and preventing the spread of conflict diamonds.
Estonia – The Estonian government has partnered with Ericsson on an initiative involving creating a new data center to move public records onto the blockchain. 20
South Korea – Samsung is creating blockchain solutions for the South Korean government which will be put to use in public safety and transport applications.
Govcoin – The UK Department of Work and Pensions is investigating using blockchain technology to record and administer benefit payments.
Democracy.earth – This is an open-source project aiming to enable the creation of democratically structured organizations, and potentially even states or nations, using blockchain tools.
Followmyvote.com – Allows the creation of secure, transparent voting systems, reducing opportunities for voter fraud and increasing turnout through improved accessibility to democracy.
Transport and Tourism
IBM Blockchain Solutions – IBM has said it will go public with a number of non-finance related blockchain initiatives with global partners in 2018. This video envisages how efficiencies could be driven in the vehicle leasing industry.
Arcade City – An application which aims to beat Uber at their own game by moving ride sharing and car hiring onto the blockchain.
La’Zooz – A community-owned platform for synchronizing empty seats with passengers in need of a lift in real-time.
Webjet – The online travel portal is developing a blockchain solution to allow stock of empty hotel rooms to be efficiently tracked and traded, with payment fairly routed to the network of middle-men sites involved in filling last-minute vacancies.
Kodak – Kodak recently sent its stock soaring after announcing that it is developing a blockchain system for tracking intellectual property rights and payments to photographers.
Ujomusic – Founded by singer-songwriter Imogen Heap to and track royalties for musicians, as well as allowing them to create a record of ownership of their work.
If that’s not enough, have a look at these 50+ examples from Matteo Zago:
It is exciting to see all these developments evolve even if we do take a pragmatic approach that many of them may not make it into successful long-term ventures. However, they do indicate one thing – there is a large potential for what blockchain technology is offering. Many of these are potentially disruptive and it will be interesting to watch how many of these will survive this initial hype phase. If the initial dot-com boom is anything to go by, then there will be many casualties in the short term but serious disruptions in the medium and longer term. An amazing space to watch.
Let’s keep building.