The Call to Elevate Web3: Our Responsibilities and Opportunities

Elevate Web3

The digital frontier is evolving, and at its forefront is Web3, a decentralied internet vision that promises to redefine online interactions and commerce. This paradigm shift, while brimming with potential, is not without its challenges. As we teeter on the brink of a new era, there’s a palpable excitement interwoven with trepidation. Traditional models of commerce, governance, and social interaction stand to be disrupted, but the pathway to this brave new world is riddled with questions of integrity, adaptability, and true value. As we prepare to delve into the nuances during the Philippine Blockchain Week, this article seeks to dissect the complexities of the Web3 ecosystem, highlighting our responsibilities and the boundless opportunities that await. Join us on this introspective journey, as we chart the course for a decentralised digital future.

Blockchain World First: Construction Contract Settled Using Pilot CBDC

Blockchain World First: Construction Contract Settled Using Pilot CBDC

NotCentralised and its partners in the RBA’s CBDC pilot program (in collaboration with the DFCRC), are pleased to have concluded a specific use case for the construction sector. Working with the teams at Digital Mutual, Trade Collective, OC Interiors, Hedera and ZeroCap, with assistance from Herbert Smith Freehills, NotCentralised demonstrated its TradeFlows system for easing liquidity risk in supply chains.

Web3 Is Dead; Long Live Web3

Web3 Is Dead; Long Live Web3

At NotCentralised, we believe in the power of emerging technology to reshape economies. However, like anything disruptive, the process of “emerging” technology transitioning to “emerged”, is bumpy. Let us start by saying — we have a huge amount of respect for the time, thought and effort that goes into producing quality content like The Startup Podcast.

Bridging the Gap: Fairness, Attribution, and AI in the Age of Web3

Bridging the Gap: Fairness, Attribution, and AI in the Age of Web3

In the throes of the AI revolution, we find ourselves facing dilemmas that are as much ethical as they are technological. Among the most poignant of these concerns is the unease of creative professionals — authors, musicians, actors — who fear their livelihoods are being threatened by AI’s rising proficiency in content creation. Their worry is valid as can be seen in this article “‘Bargaining for our very existence’: why the battle over AI is being fought in Hollywood”.

The Problems of a Broken Construction Industry

The Problems of a Broken Construction Industry

The construction industry, accounting for nearly 10% of the Australian economy, is currently facing a crisis. As highlighted by Four Corners in “Investigating Australia’s home building industry crisis” the sector is plagued by issues such as unfinished homes, unpaid tradespeople and suppliers, and a lack of government action. The piece from ABC’s flagship show paints a grim picture of the industry, with personal stories of dreams shattered due to builder insolvencies, disrupted supply chains, and skyrocketing input costs.

The Democratisation of Finance: ETFs and Blockchain in Unison

The Democratisation of Finance: ETFs and Blockchain in Unison

Financial markets have, historically, been domains of the privileged — the high barriers to entry and opaque operations made access to these markets a challenge for the average individual. However, the advent of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and blockchain technology has been instrumental in transforming this landscape. Both have not just enhanced the efficiency and transparency of financial markets, but have also democratised access, empowering millions of individuals worldwide.

The ETF-Blockchain Connection: A Parallel Evolution Towards Efficiency

The ETF-Blockchain Connection: A Parallel Evolution Towards Efficiency

In the realm of financial markets, few developments have been as transformative as the advent of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and blockchain technology. Parallels between the two may seem unconventional at first glance, but upon closer inspection, similarities abound, particularly in the context of their disruptive potential and the efficiencies they bring to the world of finance.

Beyond Blockchain Week: A Tale of Decentralisation, Privacy, and the Emergence of NotVault

Beyond Blockchain Week: A Tale of Decentralisation, Privacy, and the Emergence of NotVault

Fresh from the bustle of Blockchain Week Australia, we find ourselves in the aftermath of intense debates surrounding blockchain’s core tenets of decentralisation and the mounting wave of private blockchains. Day 1 had some perceived contentious views from the banks, where customer surveys suggest convenience is more important than decentralisation. This sparked a lot of chatter and understandably so in a room full of web3 folks including crypto exchanges, asset providers, blockchain infrastructure companies and more. Yet, a closer inspection reveals a pattern that goes beyond mere convenience.

Aus DeFi: Empowering the Blockchain Community Down Under

As a non-profit community organisation, the Australian DeFi Association (Aus DeFi) holds a key focus on nurturing the knowledge and awareness of blockchain technology. With a broad reach covering an array of web3 topics like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and more, Aus DeFi stands as an influential force in Australia’s emerging tech landscape.

CryptoLulu: A Stellar Example of Blockchain Integration in Hospitality

NotCentralised CryptoLulu

In a pioneering collaboration, NotCentralised joined forces with the renowned Bar Lulu / LunaLu Restaurant at The Rocks, Sydney, aiming to revolutionise their customer experience by harnessing the immense potential of blockchain and other emerging technologies. Inspired by a vision to create an innovative NFT membership club, Bar Lulu embarked on a groundbreaking journey to enrich its customer offerings and carve a niche in the burgeoning web3 community.

Unlocking the Future: Turning AI Fear into Fuel for Innovation

Unlocking the Future: Turning AI Fear into Fuel for Innovation

It’s time for us to have an essential conversation about Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly generative AI. In an age marked by rapid technological progress, there’s a pressing need to move beyond a restrictive, overly cautious viewpoint towards an informed understanding and adoption of AI technologies.

Canvas to Token

Canvas to Token

As a non-profit community organisation, the Australian DeFi Association (Aus DeFi) holds a key focus on nurturing the knowledge and awareness of blockchain technology. With a broad reach covering an array of web3 topics like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and more, Aus DeFi stands as an influential force in Australia’s emerging tech landscape.

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Mark
Monfort

Mark drives innovation with his deep understanding of AI, blockchain, and data technologies. His experience spans over 15 years of contributions to finance, technology, and operational strategy across Australia, Europe, and North America.

In 2021, he transitioned from Head of Data and Technology at a leading Australian accounting firm to startups. Prior to this, he worked in equity and macroeconomic research in the capital markets space.

Mark brings a passion for data and insights to NotCentralised. His understanding of AI and blockchain technology is central to the development of workplace productivity and financial system modernisation products, including SIKE and Layer-C. Mark’s dynamic and solutions-focused methods enable the navigation of complex technological landscapes and new market potentials.

Mark holds an Executive Master’s and a Bachelor of Commerce. He led the creation of the Australian DeFi Association and serves on the advisory board for the Data Science and AI Association of Australia. His commitment to such communities demonstrates his enthusiasm for emerging technologies and vision of positive change through technology adoption.

Nick
Bishop

Nick spearheads product strategy and institutional business development, leveraging a rich background spanning 23 years in capital markets and financial services across the UK, the US, and APAC.

In 2020, Nick transitioned into startups, bringing extensive experience in asset management and corporate advisory from roles including Director, Head of Australian Fixed Income at Abrdn and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Credit at Gresham Partners. His expertise extends to client management across the government and private sectors.

With a First Class degree in Law and Criminology and Chartered Financial Analyst experience since 2002, Nick is known for his energetic and creative approach, quickly appraising business models and identifying market opportunities.

Beyond his role at NotCentralised, Nick actively contributes to multiple startups and SMEs, holding various Board and advisory positions and applying his institutional expertise to early-stage ventures. Nick is fascinated by emerging technologies with significant societal impact and loves to immerse himself in nature.

Arturo
Rodriguez

Arturo leads product development and software engineering, applying over two decades of experience in technology, capital markets, and data science. With his years of programming expertise, Arturo smoothly transitioned into blockchain, AI, and machine learning.

Arturo has built and sold technology startups across Europe, following quant derivatives roles in global investment banks. His prior experience includes data projects for the NHS in the UK, Strategic Technology Advisor at Land Insight, and Senior Advisor to OpenInsight, where he built predictive models for vessel usage in commodity markets.

A mathematics and statistics graduate from Stockholm University, Arturo’s early grounding in logic problems and data manipulation techniques is evident in his practical applications. His work building equity derivative pricing models for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland showcased Arturo’s highly specialised skillset.

Arturo relocated from London to Australia in 2020. Beyond NotCentralised, his passion for technology and industry involvement extends to the Australian DeFi Association, which he co-founded, and regular contributions to the Data Science and AI Association.