Blockchain technology and its enterprise utility was one of the key topics at the Global CIO Institute at Oxford. nChain’s Valentine Labarthe was at the event, and in an interview with CoinGeek Backstage, she revealed the discussions she was engaged in about the practical use cases of blockchain.
Labarthe is the head of commercial strategy at the London-based enterprise blockchain company. She covers its partnerships with consultancies, systems integrators, and technical partners, she told CoinGeek Backstage reporter Becky Liggero on the sidelines of the event.
The event attracted a knowledgeable audience who understood the role of blockchain in the digital era.
“They approached us about services such as notarizing their data, data integrity, digital product passports, and digital identity. Their level of knowledge is a good foundation to start having this conversation,” Labarthe said.
One practical use case the nChain team discussed was digitizing and notarizing the diploma and graduate credentials for Oxford University’s Saïd Business School “for verification, background checks, and trust.”
The two entities also discussed integrating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into Oxford’s online courses; users can obtain an NFT that proves their course completion and credentials and showcase it beyond the Oxford environment.
“We also discussed how we can use blockchain to give access to education for populations that can’t access it. We were thinking about women in Afghanistan and how we can use blockchain to give them access to educational content,” she said.
These projects excite Labarthe and her colleagues at nChain—projects that “make a real difference,” she added.
Labarthe was accompanied by nChain CIO Christine Leong, who delivered a keynote presentation on how Web3 will change our lives. She delved into digital identities and the crucial role they play in the realization of the Web3 vision.
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