Aptos (APT) is a relatively new smart contract-based network, boasting high throughput and low transaction fees in direct competition with DeFi ecosystems like Solana and Ethereum. In spite of the project’s infancy (only going live in November 2022), Aptos has already accumulated several high-profile partnerships pushing the protocol toward greater adoption. Perhaps the most impressive collaboration yet was announced last night, with Singaporean tech giants Alibaba confirming they’d entered into a business partnership with Aptos.
Asia Pacific Region the Name of the Game
The Asia Pacific (APAC) region of cryptocurrency is often overlooked, given the biggest market’s (China) withdrawal from the scene. However, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Japan comprise some of the fastest-growing crypto infrastructure in the world. This is what the collaboration between Aptos and Alibaba Cloud aims to target – building Web3 talent and accessibility within the region.
In general, the partnership has several upfront goals that are focused on fostering new developers and elite skill sets within the industry. This will involve an Accelerator program, which is essentially an incubation system for exciting new projects in the blockchain field. Additionally, the team will host several hackathons and local events to continue improving adoption and technology in the region.
Aptos is Excited About the Potential of Their Partnership With Alibaba Cloud
Aptos’ leadership team already has ample experience with high-ranking tech businesses, with several of their executives hailing from Facebook’s (now Meta) old crypto-focussed team.
The project’s President of Ecosystems and Grants, Bashar Lazaar, said:
As Aptos Foundation focuses on accelerating mass adoption in the APAC region, we eagerly look forward to partnering with Alibaba Cloud as the next step. We are excited to see and support the game-changing ideas of tomorrow’s leading developers
Investor reaction was subdued, but positive, with the price of APTOS rising immediately following the news, but quickly falling back to where it started.
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