Gowling WLG to reward participation in blockchain education scheme

The ‘Gowling WLG Reward Token (GRT)’ scheme will attempt to fill an apparent blockchain information vacuum within the company, while providing the incentive of rewards to employees who participate.

The project involves employee participants beginning by following a guide to create a digital wallet for depositing tokens, which can be earned or given to fellow employees via a GRT app after registration.

Tokens can be exchanged for a free hot drink at either of the company’s restaurants in London or Birmingham.   

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Open to all employees of Gowling, the launch of the education programme comes following a successful pilot, and co-chair of the firm David Brennan has expressed the importance of employees becoming sufficiently knowledgeable about the topic.

“The volume around blockchain could not be louder,” said Brennan. “But it is important that anyone contributing to this adds value.”

“As home to a market-leading blockchain team, we’re using this opportunity to marry education with rewards, provide grassroots awareness of the blockchain application and ensure its understanding throughout a large number of our employees.”

“They are not only ambassadors for Gowling WLG’s blockchain-focused efforts, but also future consumers of the technology in their personal lives.”

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Furthermore, head of architecture and innovation at Gowling, Jody Jansen, described the feedback from employees following the trial as “fantastic”.

“Our primary aim has always been to educate people about what blockchain is, and what it can do, but we also recognised the opportunity to use it as a way of saying thanks to individuals who are helping make a difference across the firm.”

A Spring 2018 report by the firm featuring expertise from NEX Exchange, Blockchain Hub and BTL Group addressed the power that blockchain is gaining within the financial sector.

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Aaron Hurst

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