Deloitte to Open Blockchain Lab in Dublin
Professional services firm Deloitte opened its EMEA blockchain lab at Whitaker Court in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks” district on Monday.
The bespoke-designed lab builds on Deloitte’s global fintech and innovation practice which involves a network of labs around the world including a major lab on Wall Street. Blockchain is an evolving database technology which has the capacity to change the way digital services are provided globally in all sectors of business.
The Dublin based blockchain team will now move from its current location at Deloitte Ireland HQ, with the highly skilled design and development team growing from 25 to 50 during 2017.
“We are still at the early stages of the adoption of blockchain technology, BDeloitte Financial Services Partner David Dalton said. “But it is becoming increasingly clear that this technology is transforming the infrastructure underpinning financial services and other industries. It is bringing dramatic improvements in efficiency and customer experience.”
This lab is in the Silicon Docks area among Google and Facebook. It opens with an existing team of more than 25 blockchain developers and designers and this team will be joined by 25 more by year end.
The team’s mission is to develop strategic blockchain capabilities and proofs of concept, that are then developed into functioning prototypes, and these ultimately become “ready-to-integrate” solutions for Deloitte clients.
In addition to the official opening of the new lab, Monday marks the launch of a number of products which have been built by the Dublin based team.
“Our Dublin blockchain lab is part of Deloitte’s global approach dubbed ‘The Grid,'” Deloitte Consulting Director and EMEA blockchain lab lead, Lory Kehoe, said. “Through this our team here work alongside specialist teams from other countries and also with Deloitte’s network of more than a dozen preferred technology companies.”
Speaking about the official opening of Deloitte’s new Blockchain Lab, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said; “I am very pleased that Deloitte is expanding its Blockchain research activities in Dublin, as part of the company’s worldwide research in this area. The Financial Services industry has been a huge success story for this country and we need to be engaged with new and emerging technologies in that sector. Blockchain is attracting significant worldwide attention due to its range of potential applications in the wider Financial Services area and it is great news that Ireland will be at the heart of this exciting development, helping to push out the frontiers, for our mutual benefit”.
Deloitte’s global blockchain team, consisting of more than 800 professionals across 20 countries, works with international organisations looking to introduce blockchain-enabled solutions. To date, Deloitte has developed more than 30 blockchain-related prototypes, covering a uses such as digital identity, digital banking, cross-border payments, trade finance, and loyalty and rewards solutions, as well as distinct efforts for the investment management and insurance sectors.