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Master’s students in blockchain and distributed record technologies from the University of Malta have developed and used a blockchain application to vote for their class representatives. The voting app used Vodafone’s blockchain.

Voter identities are kept anonymous and the blockchain voting system is transparent, verifiable and guaranteed in terms of the outcome of the voting.

The Master’s degree in Blockchain and DLT from the University of Malta is multidisciplinary and allows students to gain comprehensive knowledge of various areas around blockchain, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and other distributed registration technologies (DLT).

Blockchain goes beyond fintechs

The blockchain is already being used in several other segments besides the financial one. For example, in the fight against cancer and the pandemic of the new coronavirus. A report released by Deloitte (Global Blockchain Research 2019) shows that companies from different sectors other than fintechs are using or thinking about using blockchain technology in their businesses. The document compares with the previous year and shows that the adoption of blockchain is no longer restricted to financial services and, more specifically, to the financial technology sector (fintech).

While fintechs continue to be leaders in the use of technology, organizations in various industries – such as technology, media, telecommunications, health life sciences and government – are expanding and diversifying their initiatives with blockchain technology. These companies are willing to invest US$ 5 million or more in new blockchain initiatives over the next 12 months, 40% higher than in 2018. At the same time, 53% of respondents said blockchain technology became a priority for their organizations in 2019, a 10% increase over the previous year.