About 30 countries in the world are currently investing in blockchain projects. In the finance sector, 80% of the major banks will initiate blockchain-related projects by 2017. Startups with a ficus in blockchain activities raised over $1.5 billion USD from 2014. Over 90 central banks worldwide do blockchain working groups or consortia. Over 3000 patents filed over the last 3,5 years.
These figures show the importance and awareness of blockchain and distributed ledgers as one of the most promising emerging technologies that will have a pervasive impact on the future of our society.