Decentralised consensus architecture allowing for the processing of peer to peer transactions, the blockchain technology represents a recent yet profound technological breakthrough. It is a kind of “social protocol” which could constitute the basis of a new stage in financial disintermediation and redefine trusted third parties like banks and insurance providers.
Aware of the challenge for French and European financial ecosystems, the Caisse des Dépôts group wants to anticipate the opportunities and effects caused by this new technology. It has therefore decided to bring together 11 other market stakeholders for which this technology also represents an exploration priority, by launching an innovation laboratory. This market initiative will begin in January 2016 for an initial period of 6 months. It is open to other partners who would like to join it in the 1st quarter of 2016.