We’ve heard via RTE Big four Consultancy company Deloitte has chosen Ireland to be the base for it’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Blockchain Lab. This has led to the establishment of a dedicated Blockchain Lab in Dublin’s Silicon Docks, where 25 staff are moving, and a further 25 are being hired.

This is good news for Dublin, as few companies exist in the sector working professionally in the bitcoin or blockchain space, and will likely leverage the growing local ecosystem of enthusiasts, developers and traders who are emerging in Ireland as the technology develops. A video showing some of the lab is below, along with the full press release.

Press release

Dublin chosen as the location for Deloitte EMEA Financial Services Blockchain Lab
Team of 50 blockchain developers and designers to be built in Dublin centre

Deloitte, 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.

Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte Ireland commented: “We are proud that Ireland has been chosen as the location for this lab. Not only was the strength, expertise, and proven capability of the Deloitte Ireland blockchain team recognised, but the proximity to the headquarters of many global technology companies, our strong focus on innovation and R&D, and the support from governmental institutions, academia, and the local FinTech industry were all key factors in securing this investment. We’re excited as an organisation to be positioning Ireland as being at the forefront of progressing this exciting technology.”

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.”

Welcoming the investment Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said “The decision by Deloitte to locate this blockchain lab in Ireland is a great endorsement of the technical expertise available here.  This type of investment directly complements the developing cluster of professional services firms carrying out commercially focused and client-oriented innovation in Ireland. Deloitte’s EMEA Financial Services Blockchain Lab will be an important reference site for IDA Ireland as we work to attract additional investment from technology-focussed professional services companies to Ireland.”

Deloitte is looking to build its team to 50 people over the next 18 months. In addition to existing blockchain specialists within the Deloitte network moving to the Dublin-based lab, roles will be available locally for blockchain developers for back-end developments, in addition to digital specialists for the design of client and user interfaces. Skills that the firm is looking for in candidates include blockchain-specific software development expertise, front-end design, development, and data management skills. A proven commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation will also be important.

Paolo Gianturco, Partner in Milan and co-lead of the lab, Deloitte commented: “Our investment shows our confidence in blockchain to transform the financial services industry. Blockchain’s scope is huge and requires dedicated focus and time to research how best it can be used to build practical applications. This blockchain lab, we believe, will be an integral part in driving Deloitte’s offering in this area.”

By BitcoinsInIreland Editorial Team

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