Get a fast start with the right API

NRP API

NRP (Ny Realkredit Platform) is a REST API in working progress designed to support Totalkredit’s* lending procedures. A subset of this API will be available for you to use with a limited set of test data.

Learn more about the API at http://nrp-api.westeurope.cloudapp.azure.com/_spec/ or shorturl https://goo.gl/bps6Sd (Swagger/OpenAPI specifications).
The Swagger specifications contain detailed information for each API.

Customer API

Mortgage customers, lookup information about customers such as name and address.

Mortgage Loan API

A customer’s active mortgage loan information provides details such as:

  • instalment schedule
  • list of borrowers
  • funding information
  • real properties (collateral)

Real Property API

This information includes both basic information regarding the real property, such as address
and usage category, as well as selected information from appraisals.

Good luck!

We are very excited to see how you make use of the API, in the context of existing borrowers
(self-service), apps for people browsing the real estate market or new uses of our data together
with other publicly available information.

*Totalkredit A/S is a mortgage lending institution in Denmark that provides residential mortgage loans,
offered through partner mortgage brokers from local and national banks.

 

 

Geomatic API

During the Hackathon you will have access to information provided by Geomatic (a danish data provider) through their API. The API will provide you with unique and rich data sources, including:

  • Addressed and property specific data on “Property Data (BBR & ESR)”
  • Anonymize profile data at the address level from the “Danish Demographical Universe”, with predictions on demographic and social economic status.

You can read more about Geomatic’s API at the following link – including technical details on
the API and an account of the specific variables the data source provides:
http://geomatic.dk/data (only available in Danish, sorry!)
https://apps.conzoom.eu/api/v1/doc/#universe

We hope you will find this data source highly useful and inspiring, and are looking forward to
see what applications you can come up with.

Please note that specific terms and conditions are attached to the use of Geomatic data –
specifically, when using the Geomatic API for this Hackathon you are agreeing to only retrieve
data on the addresses provided by Nykredit, and you furthermore agree to delete any data
retrieved though the Geomatic API by the end of the Hackathon.

And one more

 








Challenges from Nykredit

For the upcoming Techstars Startup Weekend Fintech Copenhagen, we have two challenges that we are bringing to the attendees. They are brought together with Nykredit, who is also hosting Startup Weekend. Each Challenge have a separate jury, who will be judging the teams applicable for the challenges.

Challenge 1:
The future of home ownership?

Powered by Totalkredit

Today 7 out of 10 Danes will become home owners at some point in their lifetime. 

If more people wish to become home owners, how can we make that possible?

And how can we facilitate owning a home earlier in life? 

For many people becoming a home owner is one of the larger decisions in life. Understanding a set of complex financial products as well as the financial obligations connected to home ownership is making the decision process a nerve wrecking experience for many. 

Nykredit has existed in over 165 years as an important partner in helping Danes making the dream of becoming homeowners come true. It is our ambition that through a close partnership with Totalkredit we will continue to be an attractive financial partner for homeowners in the future. We will secure this position by developing new services which meets the customers’ needs and by continuously challenging the market.

That’s why the challenge is: How can we make buying a home more accessible ?

For inspiration and considering 

  • Sharing economy 
  • Micro segmenting 
  • Creating sustainable communities by digitization for rural areas 
  • New use of buildings/adaptation of buildings for new purposes
  • Crowdfunding or crowdinvestment
  • Partnerships across sectors

 

Challenge 2:
Business banking services for the future

Powered by BEC

The business banking space is ripe for disruption – small and medium sized businesses customers (SMB’s) are setting higher expectations towards hassle free digital solutions, that can support the success of their business. At the same time, new competition is entering the market with digitally nimble fintech offerings such as low-cost international transfers, billing automation or financing solutions, etc.

The accelerating wave of digital innovations includes new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and robotics that enables the development of new products and services to meet the changing expectations of the SMB customer. In parallel the new Payment Service Directive (PSD2) forces banks to provide access to customer account data and payment initiation via API’s, which opens new opportunities for third parties to develop customer facing app’s or partner with banks.

So how can we help SMB’s with their financial needs, by utilizing the future of digital business banking services.

  • What are the customer expectations of today’s SMB customer, towards their financial service provider?
  • How can we make one or more unique concepts for today’s SMB customers?
  • How can we use technology to help the SMB customer in their day to day business?
  • You must consider the PSD2 and open banking trend, where multiple accounts and payments can be tied together and data can be extracted across banks







The 4 people, 1 pizza team startup setup

Most managers are of the view that their employees should communicate more with each other for the best results.
Thus, they stack them up in a single group and push for all of them to work together. This forces people who have nothing in common or people who have a rubbed shoulders in the past to work together.
Increasing your group members does seem like it will directly yield positive results with respect to keeping time and providing good quality work.
Jeff Bezos, who is the founder and CEO of Amazon, was the opposing idea. He did not value communication within the workplace and followed this up by creating a two-pizza team rule.
This rule has upgraded into a philosophy that requires the ideal team to be the size of a family that shares a family-style pizza. Just as the saying goes, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”.
The rationales behind the four-people pizza team plan:
  • Communication is the main issue. As groups increase in size and number, the communication deteriorates. Experts attribute this deterioration to the links within the group. A group of six people already has about fifteen links. For each person to communicate, it may take a lot of time, energy, and the difference in opinions might even cause conflict. To coordinate such a large group in the performance of a single task will lower the general productivity of the entire team.
  • Frustration and stress. Experts are of the view that people in teams tend to be more stressed and frustrated. Taking into account the number of links within the team, there is bound to be one individual who may feel left out or underappreciated.
The need to get the approval of the rest of the members deteriorates the situation even further by reducing their focus from the task. In addition to this, as the team increases the feeling of support diminishes leading to frustration, stress, and reduced communication between the links.
Smaller teams are supportive of each member’s needs and want. The team members supplement each other to achieve the best.

Tips to Selecting A for Pizza Team Startup

  1. Set the standard magic number- This four people pizza rule was coined by Bob Sutton, who is a Navy Seal. He supports this by stating that single digits work better. He equates the number to that needed during combat. Thus, if you have large teams start splitting them into sub-groups of four people.
  2. Cheers rule- This rule aims at bringing the members closer. This rule is a form of team building. Creating tasks that the members can perform together. The idea is to make the four people tight-knit in that they will feel the need to support each other gradually through tasks.
  3. Transparency as the secret ingredient-The teams needs to come up with systems that will help them access data and forecasts more openly with the aim of managing their work. Miscommunication and misinformation are very common in groups that have more linkages. Smaller groups tend to accommodate “self-service transparency”. This is the type of transparency that distributes information and power via tools, processes, and systems, which help people move forward as a team
This is enough to make managers divide their teams into smaller groups that can perform more tasks in a shorter period. Larger teams make people overconfident, which reduce the quality of the work done. It also makes the team members underestimate the cost and time taken to complete the task. This leads to overdue deadlines with pathetic input.

Stipulated Tasks for the Four People Pizza Team Startup

  • Hustler– This team member works to convince the prospective customers to purchase their goods or subscribe to their services. The hustler should be very convincing by simply using their words to wheel in the buyers.
  • Visual wizard– This member is responsible for creating the brand of the team. The wizard should be creative and innovative enough to come up with ideas and bring them to life. The wizard should be able to come up with ideas from scratch.
  • Technical magician– This is the programmer of the team. He or she should be well versed with technology as it advances. They are responsible for creating the team system that will cater to the work transparency, security of ideas and finances, among other things. They should also be exceptional coders, who are able to spellbind different APIs.
  • Growth hacker– This member is responsible for the online image of the brand. They should work with the hustler to make sure that they market their brand properly to attract the highest number of clientele base. They should strategize plans with the hustler to come up with ways of handling digital channels and social media platforms.







What you need to know about working with lifetime value and customer acquisition cost

Do you know and understand what drives your business?
Are you aware of the health of your business?
Do you know how to measure the return on your marketing investments and sales?

Numerous underlying values and factors affect how your business runs. Very few business owners are able to predict the state of their business in the near future. The idea is to move away from the usual growth rates, revenue, user engagement numbers, total user figures, and EBITDA, among others. Relying on this limits the health prediction to its current state instead of the future. This is a leeway for future losses. Secure your business by applying the LTV: CAC ratio.

What Is The LTV: CAC Ratio?

This ratio will help you work out your return and predict your future return. Subscription companies popularly use this ratio. It works out the connection between the customer’s Lifetime Value (LTV) and the Cost of Acquiring the customer (CAC). Most companies and businesses are faced with a lack of knowledge of the right amount to spend on the customer. These two concepts need to be appreciated one at a time in order to achieve successful results for your business. 

What Is The Lifetime Value?

You need to have some insight on the time and value that an average customer places on your services and products. This period has a close relation to the value that the customer brings to the business; the longer the period the more the value. Below are a few steps to knowing the lifetime value of your customers.

  1. Churn rate– This is the rate at which customers cancel subscriptions within a period. This period is calculated in months. For example, if your business has five hundred customers and in a span of one month, twenty of them cancel their subscription then the rate will be four percent monthly churn. Working out this equation in an inverted position helps to work out the period that customers will stick around for your services.
  2. Gross margin– This margin is measured in percentages. It is the residual profit percentage after paying service and product costs.
  3. Average monthly payment for each customer– This record is also necessary to determine the lifetime value. Just as the name suggests, it is the average subscription payment made by each customer per month.

Thus, all the above values play a part in determining the lifetime value. The equation for determining this is as follows:

Average Monthly Subscription value per customer X (1/Monthly Churn) X Gross percentage margin

The lifetime value is dependent on the level of the business. At the beginning of the business, this value is very minute. In fact, it is lifetime value of the business increases with the growth.

How to Calculate the Customer Acquisition Cost

Calculating this is much easier and direct in comparison to the lifetime value. It includes the entire marketing and sales budget divided by the total new customers within a particular period. This calculation works well for enterprises with a short marketing and sales budget.

This ratio helps enterprises to maintain their numbers with respect to their return in a certain period. Experts advise on recovering the CAC within the first year or so of the business. Therefore, the ratio should technically be LTV: CAC= 3:1. This means that a customer’s value should be substantial enough for an enterprise to acquire the customer. This means that if this ratio gets to 1:1, then the enterprise is spending too much on customer acquisition and will most likely not be able to recover this amount within the stipulated time. It would be beneficial to note that this value does not include fixed costs such as rent, infrastructure or even company salaries. It specifically sticks to 

How Does The Cost Affect Business Operation Costs?

Entrepreneurs are bold and confident about their services and products. This makes some of them believe strongly that they do not have to pay a cent in the acquisition of customers. They assume that customers will hunt them down for their services and goods. However, this is far from the real approach. This mentality makes entrepreneurs fail at the onset of their business startups, which is why they have to start appreciating the beauty of investing and reaping from their efforts after the customers make their purchases and service requests. 

These values are handy for business owners who own enterprises that have a direct connection between the growth of users and revenue. This means that people who own advertising businesses are not likely to benefit from such calculations. Thus, the business that should use these calculations should be able to market to their customers in order for them to get the services and products. The aim of the calculation is to create a new plan that will make the future project of your enterprise more sustainable.








Top 10 Considerations when Starting your Own Company

This is a guest blog post by GenieBelt, Startup Weekend Copenhagen Alumni and now – one of the most promising ConTech startups in Europe, which was recently featured in TechCrunch.

GenieBelt are sharing the considerations that you will have when you are starting up. GenieBelt participated in Startup Weekend back in 2012 (then it was GenieInspect). 


According to recent reports, more and more people are looking forward to starting their own companies. In case you too are thinking of setting up your own company, it is essential to note that: the distance between the thought of starting up and finally being able to take action is usually extremely vast. In addition to this, there is the sad reality that majority of the people presently thinking of starting their own companies would never see through their plans. 

In case you are amongst those who are launching their businesses then welcome to the adventure. First off, it is essential to understand the fact that the odds are not in your favor but again that is precisely why you are doing it. In the event that you decide to bridge the gap and take the plunge know that you are definitely on the right track.  

 In addition to all of the above, below are the top 10 considerations when starting your own company. They include the fact that: 

1. Your business might fail.

In the process of planning to start your company, you should know that in case you fall in step with some of the finer details, chances are that your business will most definitely bite the dust. As a matter of fact, according to reports, the overall business failure rate is set at around 90%. These statistics factor in issues such as the industry type and failure time frame. In addition to the general fact that your business risks failure, it is essential to understand the fact that timing is equally of significant importance.  

2. You are bound to have competition.

In case you are thinking of starting your own company, do not think that you are the only one with that idea. Just so you know, at any given point and time, there are usually several others who are competing for the same customer base. As a matter of fact, some of your competitors may even be better than you. For instance, their branding may seem snazzier than yours; their marketing budgets may seem larger than yours etc

Since you can’t possibly avoid or get rid of the competition, the best thing to do not to be discouraged by it. Just so you know, without competition, you could easily become lazy and lose your edge. This being the case, it is strongly advised that you embrace the competition and improve because of it. 

3. You will need to embark on learning more than you already know.

According to reports, many entrepreneurs who set out to start companies do so because they have a detailed overview of the kind of business niche that they are venturing into. Having the talent alone and the expertise to accompany it does not necessarily serve as a guarantee for success when looking forward to setting up your company. Just so you know, you will need slightly more in terms of scalability, marketing, software, sales, laws and software in order to make the business a success. 

4. You will need a significant amount of money to spend

Companies can be bootstrapped (launched with nothing more than one’s existing cash or resources). What’s more, these same companies usually require a significant initial capital apart from good financial planning. One perfect place to get the initial capital for setting up a company is leveraging small business loans. Take note, you should prepare yourself to spend money and also protect it being the valuable resource that it is. 

5. You will not immediately succeed.

You will agree and support the fact that the title of business owners is usually in most cases associated with Bentleys and Rolexes. Take note, the harsh reality of the matter is starting a company is more of a soul sucking adventure rather than an income boosting experience. Take note, even though riches may be in your future, fact is, the path to achieving them will most definitely be long and hard. 

6. You will need to obey laws. 

Just so you know, in each and every country there are business regulations which you would need to comply with in case you are looking to start a company in any particular country. Taking this into consideration, it is strongly advised that you perform due diligence in order to have a clear idea of what compliance in the region you are looking to invest in entails. In the process of doing this, it is strongly advised that you closely pay attention the company registration, licenses as well as taxes. The last thing you need is finding yourself in legal mire as a result of your own laxity. 

7. You can never do it by yourself.

The lone ranger entrepreneur is usually such an extremely romantic image. Even though it may seem extremely economically provocative, it is not accurate. Just so you know, on average, startups with a single founder usually have such a high likelihood of failure because of the emotional pressure which startups are known to exert upon individuals. At the bare minimum, start your business with a founder or even three. In addition to this, employ several different independent contractors alongside your preferred service providers to supplement your knowledge, time, commitment and talent. 

 

8. Your target customers won’t immediately come flocking.

It is essential to understand the fact that regardless of how innovative your idea may be, it is not a guarantee that customers would immediately find you and start flocking your way. 

9. You would be tempted to quit.

In case you are looking forward to starting your own company, you should let this be the last course of action. Just so you know, at some point of time, expect to be tempted to quit, in fact, you will be racked with doubt forcing you to consider jumping ship. 

 10. Staff Classification 

You should also pay close attention to how you staff classification is done as this is the only way through which you would be able to make good of your idea once you plan is in motion. 

Everything taken into consideration, it is essential to understand the fact that it is only you who can make it happen for yourself. 


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#CphSW Challenge together with Nets

This is part of our challenges for the upcoming Startup Weekend. This challenge is provided by Nets. They will also be present during the weekend as mentor on Saturday, so the teams has a chance to talk about solutions and ideas.


Terminating Terminals

Payment terminals have been there forever. We experience them as solid, secure and trust worthy. Some years ago, everyone also had secure and trust worthy dial phones, that phone companies saw un-wired by GSM, wireless and ultimately mobile phones. Amazon recently launched the Amazon Go store where, using biometric and cognitive technologies, un-wired the traditional store, rendering payment terminals/cashiers, un-necessary.

Can you un-wire stores, but do it simpler than Amazon, un-wire the store without changing it?

Consider:

  1. What underlying technologies are needed to replace terminals? Are these technologies readily available to all consumers/shops?
  2. Are these technologies secure/reliable enough? If not, how would you improve security/reliability? What technological advancements are needed for these technologies to be more secure/reliable?
  3. What kind of products/services/shops can be good candidates to replace their payment terminals? What would they require/have instead?
  4. When, if at all, will consumers find use for a terminal free world? What’s in it for a consumer? Consider:
    1. A millennial
    2. A busy parent on the way to making dinner
    3. A senior citizen
  1. When, if it all, will merchants find use for a terminal free world? What’s in it for the merchant? Consider:
    1. A big supermarket chain
    2. An independent clothes shop
    3. A restaurant/bar

 

Digital Fiat:

Blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)  is advertised as a game changing technology. Its inherent properties: security, immutability, transparency, infinite audit trail , make it ideal for a range of financial use cases, as well as a disintermediating effect on many of traditional services by Banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, clearing houses.

Today, exchange of value is done via Fiat currencies. The currencies we all agree on and are regulated by the national bank. To exchange value on DLT, one would need to augment the it with traditional fiat currency systems. Yes, thers’s Bitcoin, but it will take some time before we get our salaries in Bitcoin….

How can we transform DLT into a true value exchange, and not only value recording/management, system? What, if any, are the use cases for a digital currency? Consider:

 

  1. What is the scope? National, municipal, local neighbourhood?
  2. Who would be interested in such a currency, within the scope e.g. authorities, municipalities?
  3. Should it be issued by a central authority? If so, why? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  4. What can be pragmatic applications of such a digital currency, within the above assumptions? Consider:
    1. Sharing economy
    2. Crowdfunding
    3. Digital public sector
    4. B2B/interbank trading

 








#CphSW Challenge together with SDC

This is part of our challenges for the upcoming Startup Weekend. This challenge is provided by SDC. They will also be present during the weekend as mentor on Saturday, so the teams has a chance to talk about solutions and ideas.


FAMILY BANKING SERVICE CONCEPT

As one very known man said: ”People need banking, but they don’t need banks”. This is right now becoming reality for many banks, so what can we do? We still have to have money to pay bills and buy goods. Many families are facing the same challenges in their daily life as they wish to fulfil  their dreams of being married, going on vacation, saving for a specific thing and a lot of other dreams.

  1. How can we make one or more unique concepts for the next generation of families?
  2. How will the future families look like and how will they use the banks?
  3. How can we use technology to help the future families in their daily nancial life?
  4. You have to consider that the trend is that more and more people don’t want to own things.
  5. You have to be aware of the growing use of social media as part of the concept.
  6. You might also consider whether you, in your solution, can integrate one or more of the following value adds:
    1. Organises
    2. Informs/educates
    3. Connects
    4. Fun/entertains
    5. Rewards
    6. Motivates

 








Insurance Tech: What is the Fuss?

If you are in the tech ecosystem, you have probably experienced wave after wave of new buzzwords that sometimes seem to come out of nowhere! Well, that is the way of the tech space. You just need to dig your heels into the ground and take a third person view of all the happenings before diving in. Otherwise, you’ll get lost in all the flurry and excitement.

There has recently been a lot of talk about insurance tech – how it is getting to the peak of its cycle and how tech entrepreneurs can greatly benefit from it. Insurance has been, for a long time now, regarded as a very out-dated, dreary consumer service that is still in existence. What techies are doing now is to try and stir up the sector and hopefully come up with some revolutionary concept such as Blockchain.

There are many areas of opportunity in the insurance space. The benefits that are driven from it are great, so it is likely (hopefully) something that is here to stay, and not just a trend.

Why Insurance?

First things first. It’s a huge market! How many people pay insurance premiums ever year?

Probably more than those that pay taxes. Even with it being such a big and pertinent sector, it has somehow been able to go unnoticed by technology trends. Until now.

From selling to collecting insurance, the processes involved are slow and inefficient. You will find that if you scrutinize these systems, many employees and processes will be rendered redundant.

Not only that, you will ask yourself why an insurance company, in this century, will ask you to fax them a document. In a world where you can buy yourself a plane from the comfort of your home, with all your particular specifications, why can’t we apply for insurance online on our mobile device?

An estimated four in every ten U.S. adults do not own life insurance policies, and I can bet it’s nothing to do with cost. People want to purchase things easily at the press of a button, not stand in line or wait for an insurance salesman to walk up to them.

What are Possible Areas of Improvement?

All the problems mentioned above are areas that can be greatly improved by technology. Insurance is a large sector and it’s impossible to cover all of it in one single article, but we’ll mention a few areas that seem to be hot.

  • Leveraging data platforms – One of the major components of insurance is data. Insurance could leverage data to improve operations such as sales and underwriting. Nowadays, you can tell a lot about a person using technology. With wearables in the market and social media platforms showcasing people’s lives, this should definitely be explored.
  • Digitizing processes – I remember filling out insurance forms; I not only had to answer every single question by hand, I had to manually fill in two other copies. For Pete’s sake, why couldn’t I, at the very least, just make copies of the already-filled version? But, no, these are the processes they have been using for years.
  • Customer relationships – Yes, some people still believe that human interaction is the best way to manage customer relationships, but in an age where people are more focused on their screens, I don’t think face-to-face conversations about insurance is a good enough reason to look up from your screen. Insurance companies can use mobile app interaction for those services that do not actually add value to customer interaction. IoT sensors are also another technology that can be leveraged.

These are only but a few of the possible changes that can be made. As mentioned, the insurance sector is a blue whale waiting to be explored. Just make sure that you have the consumer in mind, comply with regulation and build a solid business model around your idea.








5 Disruptive Fintech Services

The year of 2005 gave rise to a new technology that would take the financial sector by storm. Fintech was the buzzword of that year, with companies either uttering it out of fear or jubilation at what was to come. This breakthrough in technology saw technologists in t-shirts and jeans competing with the suits in the highly corporate banking sector to offer the same services at a fraction of the cost. Consequently, Fintech services are changing how many industries conduct their business, from loans to investments and so much more.

1. E-Commerce

Imagine a scenario where you need to urgently buy a home appliance but you do not have the full amount at once. Your options are to either take out a loan or go to the store and pay for the goods at unfathomable interest rates.

Some B2B Fintech companies have come up with an innovative solution to this. They enable online retailers to instantly offer monthly repayment plans for goods at checkout on a shopper’s existing credit card. This bears no risk to the seller as customers use their current credit cards.

Also, breaking up payments into smaller installments attracts more customers to you and your net sales will increase. Fintech services such as these are proving to be quite disruptive to the market.

2. Money Transfer

In this digital age, it’s no longer a viable option to have to wait days or even weeks to send money overseas, nor can you incur such high costs. Without banks as the middle man, Fintech companies have come up to fix this problem by offering affordable rates for sending money and also fast transfers – in a matter of minutes!

Send money in your currency and the recipient receives it in their currency.

3. Loans

Let’s face it, paying off loans is not a bed of roses. Half of the time, you do not know what your repayment rate is and the other time, you spend dreading to go to the bank to repay your loan or even find out how much you need to pay. Fintech companies like CommonBond have come up with an innovative way to help students get out of this fix.

They pay off the borrower’s lender and then deal with the students at a more personal level. This works well the borrowers as they are assured of the whole repayment, and the borrowers can easily get all the information they need about their loans.

CommonBond also offers other services such as funding students in need and helping them identify job opportunities.

4. Mobile Payment

So you are a small business and have no idea how to go about receiving payments from your customers. How are you ever going to consolidate all those payments? Well, not to worry, Fintech companies are now helping small businesses operate like large companies all from the comfort of your tablet or phone.

They let you accept both card and cash payments once a customer has browsed your products, chosen what to buy and is at checkout. The customer then proceeds to receive a receipt either physically by mail or printed.

5. Investment

Have you watched one of those movies where you see stock traders huddled in a room trading and making lots of money from it? There are several Fintech companies that enable you to trade via their platform from your laptop or phone.

What’s better, is that they give you information on trading trends at the click of a button so you can have information on all the stocks you are trading and users can slowly build their portfolio.

Fintech is definitely here to stay. The rise of Fintech services is sure to grow in the next couple of years and we will see many businesses adopting Fintech services due to their accessibility, low cost and efficiency. This is good news for both business owners and customers, as they will be able to offer their services and goods at reduced costs.








Going Beyond Bitcoin: Revolutionary Applications of Blockchain

If you’ve heard the word Blockchain mentioned in conversation, you probably have heard it been used synonymously with Bitcoin. Well, that is not the case. Bitcoin is essentially only an application that is built on the blockchain platform. Blockchain, more impressively, is a secure, distributed and shared database on which various applications, not only digital currency, can be built.

If you are wondering what some of these applications are, this article will give you a few that will have you thinking outside the box.

Digital Identity

The world today is at a great risk of digital insecurity. It is estimated to cost the digital security industry about $18.5 annually. Managing digital identities could be made both efficient and secure by Blockchain technologies, thus reducing cases of fraud.

Whether it is banking, healthcare, citizenship documentation, national security or retailing, the adoption of Blockchain technologies would be beneficial. This is because they are based on digital signatures and irrefutable identity verification based on public key cryptography.

Distributed Cloud Storage

Before, the only way to share a digital document with another person was to send it to them and ask them to make revisions on it. This scenario would create a lengthy back and forth between the people concerned as one had to wait until the other person was done editing and sending the document so as to view it.

That is how databases work today. Even in banks! They briefly lock access while they make a transfer and then update the other side and finally reopen access to update. This process is not very efficient. Imagine if the database can be accessed concurrently and a single version of it is always available.

Smart Contracts

What would you say if someone told you that you could significantly slash your mortgage rate? Ridiculous, right? At least not in the current economy. Wrong! The use of smart contracts is increasingly drawing near. Smart contracts are simply digitized contacts that are entered by the Blockchain that is automated and can self-execute.

The current norm is bringing in a third party to execute a contract rather than trusting one central authority. Companies such as Rootstock and Ethereum are trending in this area.

Online Voting

Whenever the topic of Online voting is brought us, there is a general sense of apprehension. This is because many think that it is sufficiently insecure. The adoption of online voting can be made more acceptable through the use of Blockchain technology. This is because is it transparent and immutable in nature.

In 2014, the Liberal Alliance, a Danish political party became the first major political party to adopt Blockchain technology for internal voting. Other organizations around the world have expressed interest and we will, in the near future see it being actualized. An added advantage is that the implementation of Blockchain technology for voting should increase the number of voters per region.

Tracking Taxpayer Money

Blockchain technologies can be used to track money including students loans and international aid. It has potential to be used also to manage the distribution of grants as this has proven to be rather complex. Blockchain will make this easier as it is accessible to both parties, thus solving the problem at hand.

Record Keeping

When you buy something online from a site, you get a digital receipt, closely resembling a physical one. Imagine if you could integrate all your receipts from all your spending into one Blockchain. All your data can be verified without a third party and it will all be immutable and unforgeable. The best thing about it? All your records are automatically timestamped.

Most of these applications are still in development phase and the full extent of Blockchain capabilities has yet to be unearthed. The bottom lone is that Blockchain is here to stay and is transforming how we, as a society, function.

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