Art, electronic voting, actuarial work, music… Blockchain is not just about bitcoin. Anywhere there is a transaction, blockchain can bring security.
The blockchain technology secures transactions with transparence, through an autonomous peer-to-peer design. Mainly known since the invention of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin being the most famous of all, this technology is now used in various fields.
Here are a few examples of projects led by 4th year engineering students at ESILV.
1 – Blockpad, a blockchain framework development
A project by Lu Ji, Mouna Wahby, Clara Mostacchi, Victorien Merlier.
BlockPad is a Linux based framework giving access to a variety of blockchains like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero or NXT to name but a few and development tools designed to make blockchain technology user-friendly.
2 – A secure blockchain for the art market
A group of students worked closely with an art startup called Seezart.The latter wants to disrupt this ageing market by offering traceability, certification and absolute security, all based on the blockchain technology. The objective is to secure a regulation-lacking market which is too often affected by irregularities.
3- Blockchain as a service to customers
A project by Louise Courant, Carlemidji Maignan, Louis Piquet, Julien Sonnery.
Group Veolia’s Research & Innovation department aimed to study the use of blockchain technologies has a mean of offering a service to customers by providing them with a turnkey blockchain system. Veolia customers were given a cogeneration unit in order to use a blockchain system enabling them to value or resell their energy excess.
4 – Blockchain and international identifiers for music
The booming market of digital music has made it harder for copyright organisations to collect royalties regularly, and in such a way that is easily understandable for providers. Students aimed to resolve these issues and to create a reliable database for all music industries actors. They created a blockchain reuniting data from various copyright companies and international identifiers referencing sites. All information contained in this ledger benefit from the security and trust brought by blockchain.
5 – Blockchain and smart contracts for actuarial work
A project by Marie Lefaix, Camille Nardeau, Jean-Livio Akollor, Matthieu Coront Ducluzeau.
A Continuous Professional Improvement plan, a trust-based declarative principle, was implemented to define the minimal requirements actuaries must meet in order to receive certification from the French Institute of Actuaries. How to improve this package’s security and how to enable inspection by third parties ? In this project, students created a blockchain and created smart contracts that enable an automatic verification of the number of points obtained in the Continuous Professional Improvement plan and then decide which actuaries to reward with a certification at the end of each year.
6 – Using blockchain for electronic voting
A project by Ilias Hmani, Modou Mbow Pape, Erwan Restes, Ametepe Akakpo.
To design this electronic vote system, students used the Ethereum Blockchain and more precisely the RPC test which enables account generation with a private and a public key. They learned and used the Solidity language to create smart contracts.