The Hyperledger Project, a cross-industry collaborative effort to study, develop and implement open-source blockchain solutions and standards has set up a working group as an extended arm in China.

The move to establish the group follows strong interest amid an increase in member numbers in the country. Announced this week, the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger Project revealed that over 25% of Hyperledger members – of which there are more than a hundred on last count – are from mainland China.

As a result, the open-source consortium has announced the Technical Working Group China (TWG China) to help bridge and foster a working relationship between the global Hyperledger community with local technical teams in China. The TWG China was first approved by the Hyperledger technical steering committee (TSC) on December 1, 2016, as Chinese member ranks began to swell among the project.


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The working group will be led by three appointed members as chairpersons, including representatives from tech and hardware giants IBM and Huawei, as well as Wanda, one of the largest multinational conglomerates in the world. These positions will be re-appointed every 6 months.

The TWG China aims to facilitate interactions between Hyperledger members around the world and contributors and technical users in mainland China as well as other regional countries including Taiwan and Hong Kong.  The working group is also tasked to grow the Hyperledger developer community in China by encouraging technical contributions to the project.

Furthermore, TWG China will host and organize meetups, hackathons, training sessions and other community efforts to help push blockchain education, research and development. New developers will be directly educated on how to contribute code to the open-source cause, with access to Hyperledger roadmaps and development initiatives.

Notable events include an upcoming ‘Asia Hackathon’ to be held in March 2017. A meetup is scheduled to occur this week, January 7th, at tech-hub Shenzhen with another to follow sometime this year in Shanghai.

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