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Team of 50 blockchain developers and designers to be built in Dublin centre

Team of 50 blockchain developers and designers to be built in Dublin centre

May 26
14:35 2016

imagesDeloitte, the professional services and consulting firm, today announces Dublin as the base for the creation of an EMEA Financial Services Blockchain Lab as part of its FinTech initiative ‘The Grid’.

The firm will build a team of 50 people over 18 months to be based in the Dublin centre. The lab’s team will comprise blockchain developers and designers. Blockchain developers look after the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the application, or the back-end technology, while designers create and manage how the application looks.

The team will focus on developing strategic blockchain capabilities and proof-of-concepts into functioning prototypes to create ‘ready to integrate’ solutions for financial services clients. It is already achieving success in this regard, having worked with Bank of Ireland to complete a joint proof-of-concept trial which combines the technology with the bank’s existing systems to provide next generation client experience and regulatory oversight at a lower cost.

The Deloitte blockchain team will work with international organisations looking to roll out blockchain-enabled solutions across different countries.  The lab will serve as the Deloitte EMEA centre of excellence in blockchain and will work alongside specialist teams in other member firms. Deloitte recently announced partnerships with five leading blockchain technology companies as part of its global blockchain delivery initiative. It will also work closely with the firm’s wider global initiatives and centres of excellence in digital, analytics, and information management.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “I very much welcome this initiative by Deloitte as a further enhancement of Ireland’s attractiveness for the financial services sector. This sector has been a powerhouse over recent years, providing significant numbers of high quality jobs. Given that it is a dynamic and fast changing business, we need to be able to satisfy the varied and complex needs of the sector, in order to ensure that we retain our competitive advantage for financial services companies locating here in Ireland. This new Blockchain Lab initiative is a valuable addition to the expertise which will be available for such companies.”

David Dalton, Head of Financial Services at Deloitte Ireland, and co-lead partner of the lab commented “Blockchain technology is disrupting the financial services industry for the better when it comes to transparency, efficiency, and improving trust. There is significant demand from clients who are looking to use blockchain to speed up payments and transfer clearances, settlements, reconciliations, digital identities, and many other use cases. By bringing together the best of Deloitte experts and building upon our capabilities, we believe our lab will play a significant role in lifting blockchain use to a new level.”


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