Cryptocurrency was all the rage in 2017, with Bitcoin reaching prices and returns never before seen by the world. With this popularity, other crytocurrencies gathered heat as well, with Ethereum as a worthy rival. Some people went ahead and started using blockchain, the underlying technology that runs cryptocurrencies, for more 'industrial' purposes - making it part of the industrial revolution 4.0 (yeah, they just had to put the .0 to signify the digital nature of this revolution).

That's where platforms like Ethereum and Hyperledger went big and companies like Microsoft, Amazon and IBM started noticing blockchain. There was something for everyone, many people have started developing and even launching blockchain-based products (most still being in their early stages).

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Behind a little behind on the technology front but catching up rapidly, blockchain has reached Pakistan. While universities still lack formal education about the technology, budding developers are already doing experiments and launching start-ups. Still lacking a regulatory framework on many technological products, it remains to be seen how blockchain will fare in the country.

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As one of the founding members of the Blockchain Alliance of Pakistan, I've had a decent amount of exposure to the blockchain efforts being put forth by personalities like Mr. Ammar Jaffri and institutions like the Higher Education Commission (HEC).