Cryptothon – Reimagine the future of Bitcoin in India

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As India transitions from a cash economy to a cashless one, digital currency will be at the forefront! The most famous form of digital currency is bitcoin. It promises to be the currency of the future.To expose people to the power of bitcoin and the underlying technology, Unocoin is conducting India’s first ever Bitcoin only hackathon. The theme of this hackathon is to “Reimagine the future of Bitcoin in India”.

At the hackathon, work on this exciting new technology, and facilitate the transition to a cashless economy by leveraging the power of Bitcoin!

This hack is open for all Developers.

Prizes
First Prize Rs. 50,000 worth bitcoin
Second Prize Rs. 30,000 worth bitcoin
Third Prize Rs. 20,000 worth bitcoin

Venue
91springboard, Koramangala, Bangalore

Start
08 Apr 2017 – 10:00 am
End
09 Apr 2017 – 10:00 am

Application
Please visit http://www.venturesity.com/challenge/id/403 to apply

Bitcoin is not illegal in India

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Recent media propositions have brought serious concerns to the users about change in the legal stance of Indian government towards the disruptive technology of Bitcoin.

There is a misbelief spreading among the community that Bitcoin has been regarded as illegal by the government and it is not true.

This is to clarify the people that Bitcoin is not illegal as per the provisions of Indian law and it is completely legal business to trade Bitcoin in India.

Very recently, a statement made by a respectable Minister of Parliament portraying Bitcoin as a Ponzi scheme started these media propositions. There are various MLM companies operating scams using Bitcoin and his statement is a possible indication of that and does not reflect the business of trading Bitcoins. His statement in no way can be considered as the government’s stance on this matter.

While it is to be noted that disruptive technologies are always hard to be adopted easily and demand such hard opinions in the stages of early adoption. It would be an unwise decision to undermine the potential of these technologies without proper research and analysis. Fortunately, the apex financial institutes in the country such as RBI and SEBI are adopting a ‘Wait and watch’ mode to come up with comprehensive guidelines along with regulations to impose upon the industry soon.

Unocoin Enables Users to Convert Blockchain Assets into Bitcoin

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March 15, 2017 – Bangalore: Unocoin, India’s leading bitcoin company, now allows users to convert blockchain assets into bitcoin. To make this happen, they partnered with Shapeshift, the safest, fastest asset exchange on earth. This partnership, which uses Shapeshift’s API, will enable Unocoin users to convert popular blockchain assets such as Ethereum, Monero, Zcash and Dash directly into Bitcoin and then if desired, into INR.

Prominent bitcoin evangelist and ShapeShift founder, Erik Voorhees shared, “when I first got involved with Bitcoin in 2011, it was mostly a Western community. It’s been tremendously exciting to see UnoCoin help bring this technology into India. ShapeShift is very proud to partner with them for digital asset exchange.”

There’s an emerging range of blockchain based digital assets that serve different purposes; i.e. enabling smart contracts, enhancing financial privacy, etc. What is common among all of these blockchain assets is that they all run on open mining algorithms. In India, there has been very little interest in alternative blockchain assets due to it being difficult to convert digital assets into bitcoin and INR. Unocoin is taking the the first step towards solving this problem.

“Many view bitcoin as digital gold and we’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to get into bitcoin. Many people learn about bitcoin through other crypto currencies and once they do, we’d like to give them an easy way to convert their blockchain assets into bitcoin. In the meantime, we’re keeping a close eye on the open blockchain ecosystem and may or may not introduce deeper integrations in the future.” shares, Sunny Ray, Co-founder and President of Unocoin.

This integration now enables users to trigger immediate conversion of their altcoin holdings such as Ether, Monero or Zcash right into bitcoin directly from within the Unocoin platform. Converted bitcoin may then easily be withdrawn to the user’s bank account. By enabling users to convert popular crypto currencies into bitcoin and INR, this integration both supports the blockchain community and serves Unocoin’s mission: “Make Money Simple By Bringing Bitcoin to Billions”.

Harish B V, Co-Founder and COO of Unocoin, shared that “by being an industry leader, we wanted to provide a solution to the long standing challenge of being able to convert crypto-currencies into bitcoin in India. Unocoin’s Shapeshift integration will enable users to convert their altcoin into bitcoin and then sell it for INR. We expect this to be yet another popular offering.”

Demand for bitcoin is on the rise both globally and across India. Overall, this partnership will drive more interest into the blockchain ecosystem and help drive user adoption for the emerging cryptocurrency space within India. More and more people are becoming interested in bitcoin via blockchain assets and an integration like this will help drive greater bitcoin adoption in India.

Cryptocurrency industry comes together to form Digital Asset and Blockchain Foundation of India

~ Officials of Zebpay, Unocoin, Coinsecure and Searchtrade will be the board members ~

~ Appoints Nishith Desai to develop self-regulations ~

 

February 23, 2017 – Mumbai: Bitcoin start-ups Zebpay, Unocoin, Coinsecure and Searchtrade jointly launched Digital Asset and Blockchain Foundation of India (DABFI) for the orderly and transparent growth of virtual currency market. Nishith Desai Associates, an international law firm has been appointed to develop self-regulations for the industry.

A committee spearheaded by Saurabh Agrawal, CEO of Zebpay has been constituted with members comprising Sandeep Goenka (Zebpay), Mohit Kalra (Coinsecure), Sathvik Vishwanath (Unocoin), Harish B.V. (Unocoin) and Vishal Gupta (Searchtrade), Rashmit Gupta (Searchtrade).

DABFI will lay down self-regulatory regimes for trading of bitcoins and other blockchain based digital assets. They will also standardise KYC/ AML/ STRS norms for the member companies. Apart from this, the organization will build credibility and create awareness about the benefits and risks of CC, liaise with regulators and get clarity on taxation, attract investment and set up incubators to promote startups, build global relations and actively engage with International community, create a public website and regularly print reports on and around bitcoins and blockchain.

Addressing the media Saurabh Agrawal said, “This organization aims to drive education and create market for blockchain and bitcoin in the Indian market which is now on the path of digital economy. Our vision would be to work with regulators and develop strong framework for our industry to provide required impetus for the growth of the industry.”

Providing legal support to this organization, Nishith Desai said, “Bitcoin and other crypto currencies (CC) have tremendous benefits for most marginalised people, merchants, tax departments and regulatory authorities. It has better price discovery, is anti-inflationary and the transactions are irreversible.

Under the current banking system the poor, currently ‎pay heavy transaction fees for sending small amounts of money to their families in rural areas. In contrast, there is no or very low fee for large transactions. So the current system is loaded in favour of the rich.

The CC also helps merchants as the transactions have instantaneous settlement, irreversible and for the customers it is more secured.

Globally the demand for CC is increasing. Due to its benefits, in the coming years, several countries may stop printing their own money and adopt CC’s such as Bitcoin as their legal tender.

On the other hand, Bitcoins and virtual currencies, just like any other cash, are known to be also used for illicit purposes. The virtual currency transactions are more traceable than the cash. Often that gets more highlighted than its benefits.”

Saurabh Agrawal added, “It is absolutely important to check the ‘bad’ use of CC. Industry has to play an important role in shaping the future of CC and blockchain. Almost no country including India has declared Bitcoins or CCs as per se illegal. And therefore we (DABFI) believe that it is our responsibility to self-regulate itself strictly to check any ‘bad’ use of the new system, work with the regulatory authorities and create awareness about the benefits of CC.”

Sathvik Vishwanath of Unocoin says “The price of Bitcoin has gone up from 450 USD per Bitcoin in February 2016 to 1100 USD in February 2017 Per Bitcoin. DABFI would also warn ordinary people who do not understand the digital currency market not to be lured into ‎trading Bitcoin as it is volatile.”

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