UPBRING JOINS THE GOCHAIN BLOCKCHAIN NETWORK AS A SIGNING NODE
ST. KITTS & NEVIS | TEXAS, USA — NOVEMBER 17, 2022 — Upbring, a leading nonprofit child wellbeing organization in Texas, and the GoChain Foundation (GoChain), the developer of the GoChain blockchain protocol, today announced the signing of a Node Operating Agreement where Upbring is now operating a signing node in support of the global GoChain blockchain network.
As a signing node, Upbring will be one of a maximum of fifty (50) highly reputable enterprises and organizations to run specialized servers that facilitate GoChain’s novel Proof of Reputation (PoR) consensus algorithm and to validate the blocks of transactions produced on the GoChain blockchain network. Upbring joins other world-class organizations and entities as node signers on the GoChain network including Penn State University, Lenovo, Dish, the University of Nicosia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Conservation International. Most recently, GoChain announced The Detox Project, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) as the latest node signers to join the GoChain blockchain network.
Upbring is a Texas-wide organization focused on the implementation of generational innovation to advance child wellbeing resulting in positive shifts for generations to come. It is a direct-action organization dedicated to advancing its mission: to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring’s programs include foster care, adoption, residential treatment centers, education, disaster relief, community services, a supervised independent living program, children’s shelters and transitional foster care for unaccompanied minors. Innovation plays a big part of Upbring’s strategy to combat and end child abuse. Upbring Innovation Labs (UIL) uses “human-centered design to identify industry challenges and unites the brightest minds to surface solutions.” UIL pursues relationships and collaborations with entrepreneurs, business leaders, Web3 companies and universities to turn “ideas into real outcomes creating a future free from the damages of abuse.” Most recently, UIL announced the launch of a Crypto Endowment Fund for Better Childhoods — a first-of-its-kind fund that enables donors to give cryptocurrency and maximize the impact of their gift by letting its value grow with the market.
As part of becoming a new node signer, Upbring plans to work closely with the GoChain Foundation to ideate and implement novel blockchain-based opportunities to support Upbring’s various initiatives. Upbring anticipates not only utilizing $GO to augment its philanthropy but also to working closely with GoChain to develop and deploy mission-focused applications to potentially include a digital ID credentialing application that could be utilized statewide for supporting the children in Upbring’s ecosystem. Upbring believes that GoChain will play an integral role in its web3 strategy.
“Upbring Innovation Labs seeks to break the cycle of child abuse by leveraging Web3 and innovative tech to address systemic challenges in child welfare. Our partnership with GoChain opens up many possibilities; as a node validator we ensure our Innovation Lab will be sustainably funded not only through the altruism of donors but also through earned revenue as part of their infrastructure (wherein node compensation fuels our Crypto Endowment). Additionally, we are beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with GoChain as they empower our R&D efforts around blockchain and child data. As the GoChain community of builders and developers continues to grow, so does our ability to break the cycle of child abuse. The partnership was a no-brainer for Upbring.” — Ryan Park, VP of Innovation, Upbring
“An integral component of GoChain’s Proof of Reputation consensus framework, in addition to a verifiably high degree of industry trust and reputation, is the opportunity for GoChain to collaborate with node validators and utilize its blockchain technology for significant positive societal impact. Our new partnership with Upbring exemplifies this envisioned approach and outcome and provides unique opportunities to harness blockchain technology to tackle various systemic challenges typical of child welfare and abuse. We look forward to working closely with Upbring to develop innovative solutions for disrupting the cycle of abuse and advancing the well-being of children in Texas and beyond.” — Henry Ines, Steering Committee Member, GoChain Foundation
Inspired by faith and compelled by compassion, Upbring is answering the call to defeat abuse. With more than 1,000 employees who serve in one of its 75 locations across Texas, Upbring is a leading nonprofit child wellbeing organization in the state. Foster care and education are at the forefront of its work, joined by other vital mission-oriented programs under the same mission: to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. With its partners, they deliver services that produce measurable progress toward five key markers of every child’s wellbeing: safety, life skills, education, health and vocation.
Upbring Innovation Labs is a division of Upbring that uses human-centered design to identify industry challenges and unites the brightest minds to surface solutions. Through partnerships with entrepreneurs, business leaders, Web3 companies and universities, the Lab is turning ideas into real outcomes creating a future free from the damages of abuse.
For more information on Upbring, please visit https://upbring.org/.
About the GoChain Foundation
GoChain believes in driving the adoption of impactful technology for the betterment of society and our habitat. GoChain partners with companies in all industries to quickly launch and manage their own scalable, low-cost blockchain solutions, run distributed applications and to deploy smart contracts. At 1,300 transactions per second, GoChain’s network is the fastest, most reliable, web3 based public and private blockchain protocol. GoChain’s Proof of Reputation (PoR) consensus algorithm relies on a decentralized consortium of Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and nonprofits to validate transactions. GoChain also supports its designated public cryptocurrency, which has the ticker symbol GO. For more information, visit gochain.io or follow GoChain on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.