R3 CordaCon 2018 Event On Blockchain Was High Energy With Corda Marketplace And CorDapps Launching


The annual London gathering hosted by R3 to celebrate everything happening on the Corda platform and its developer community saw a meteoric rise in its registration. In just two days the event saw more than 1,150 registrations.

R3 CEO David Rutter noted,

“At this rate, I should be addressing you from a packed O2 Arena in two years' time.”

The main event of the conference was the launch of Corda Marketplace, “a pseudo-app store” or storefront for solutions on Corda (CorDapps) comprising over 200 companies and “a place where you can discover new partners to help you build CorDapps,” according to Rutter.

The other big announcement was that the U.K. government's HM Land Registry (which safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages) has chosen Corda as part of its Digital Street project, to make the house buying process simpler, faster, cheaper and more transparent.

Also announced was the R3 Global Trade Finance Forum to be launched in October. The first topic to be discussed will be, “How blockchain can support EU trade post Brexit” (the popular term for the U.K.'s imminent withdrawal from the European Union).

There were also several themes that emerged during the conference. The first theme was R3 is getting serious about tokens. R3 Co-founder Todd McDonald has moved over from running partnerships to focusing on tokens, and there were multiple shout-outs encouraging attendees to chat with Todd about tokens.

On Developer Day there was a strong emphasis that Corda is open source and recognition of contributions from the community. There’s a perception in the marketplace that because R3 drives Corda, that it’s not a truly open source. However, the software license is more permissive than Ethereum’s. The reason for the perception is there’s Enterprise version of Corda. However, the enterprise product is focused around managing the network.

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