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Alexy Khrabrov

Ideas from the Chief Community Officer of the Trusted IoT Alliance.

TIOTA Challenge Program EU, February-March 2019

I’m going to Europe to facilitate TIOTA Challenge Program across Europe. My primary focus will be Germany. On February 14-15, I’ll attend the MOBI Alliance meeting at BMW HQ in Munich. I’ll stay in the city over the weekend so welcome meeting ideas as well as hikes and tours. The MOBI Alliance is advancing its Grand Challenge for automotive mobility and we’ll have a chance to connect with many TIOTA members there. The sister alliances are very much aligned in the automotive space.

I plan to go to Stuttgart and visit the Bosch facilities there, hosting the iPace Jaguar car used in the Mobility challenge, and meet with folks there on February 19th. If you are in the Stuttgart area, let’s plan on meeting there.

On February 23-24th, I’ll help run the T-Labs Hackathon on Residential Charging. The iPace will be available in Barcelona for the hackathon along with the ALEN Linux gateway device and the engineers working on it. We’ll have a learning session in the morning of Saturday February 23rd taught by Peter Busch, the head of the TIOTA Mobility Working Group who is in charge of the iPace.

The Mobile World Congress will follow the Hackathon, and our results will be presented there. Deutsche Telekom, the major organizer of the MWC, is also the parent of T-Labs and core organizer of the hackathon and member of the TIOTA. DT is very much focused on connectivity for the customer journey alongside mobility and infrastructure for all IoT devices. T-Labs had also developed hashstax.eu, an enterprise blockchain management solution, that we’ll get a chance to use at the hackathon.

The Face to Face meeting of the TIOTA will follow on Match 1st in Barcelona. We will do the Challenge Program update then.

Simultaneously, on February 11 we launch the next TIOTA Challenge — the Construction Challenge. It will involve all kinds of work emerging in interconnections at the construction sites, including

— the IoT sensors permeating the building as they are being built from the ground up
— the site inventory, track and trace of the equipment and the machinery
— smart workers — using AR headsets or exoskeletons, communicating with the buildings and the machinery to optimize performance and avoid accidents

The original drivers of the Construction challenge are some of the best known global companies in design, mapping, building, insurance, etc. We will hold the first Ideation workshop on March 4th in Berlin and will encourage interested parties beyond the original companies to apply for invitation on the TIOTA site.


Community Stewardship at the Trusted IoT Alliance

I’m proud to become the first Chief Community Officer of the Trusted IoT Alliance (TIOTA), the industry consortium of more than 50 leaders in building trusted IoT systems and making blockchain real.

We rely on distributed ledger technologies grounded in secure enclaves and IoT anchors to define the identity of billions of IoT devices and connect them via blockchain platforms to secure and validate the record of the events transpiring across all of them. We are building a new world where infrastructure is digitized, managed, and supported with new kinds of services built on top of the connected and trusted IoT networks.

I’ve been involved with TIOTA since the initial Berkeley Hills meeting of 2016 and then put together the AI panel for Bosch Connected World in 2017 (where the banner photo was taken). Community Stewardship is my calling — I made it my life work running meetups and conferences By the Bay from 2011, founding and organizing sfscala.org, sfspark.org, bay.area.ai, scale.bythebay.io, ai.bythebay.io, data.bythebay.io, and rethinktrust.org, among other communities of software developers, data scientists, and technology leaders. You can find my ideas on my personal Medium publication, chiefscientist.org.

I built the first Enterprise Blockchain Engineering conference, RethinkTrust.org, in 2018, that prominently featured Blockchain+IoT foundations across sectors such as energy and edge computing. You can read my summary of this foundational relationship at chief.sc/tiota.

My goal for 2019 will be to run two global Design Challenges:

— E-Mobility: enable an electric car run a Grand Tour of Europe, finding charging stations on the way and paying for charging seamlessly, using blockchain technologies. The problem is akin to the GSM network that connected Europe not only through voice but through payment systems as well.

— Track and Ship: using hardware identity sensors, ship a container through a series of Logistical Service Providers (LSPs) sharing the commercial, regulatory and insurance data across the steps on a need to know basis, ensured via blockchain sharing and cryptography.

I plan to work with the members of the Alliance and the general public to solicit strong submissions to the Challenges and award the E-Mobility Prize in June 2019 at Rethink Trust Europe (possibly in Berlin).

The Track and Ship Prize will then be awarded in December. The order and the process of the Challenges is in the works and subject to change.

I will also facilitate the TIOTA Technology White Paper, based on the already adopted Reference Architecture, to serve as a foundation of the Technology Group. It will be a joint work based on the White Papers of the Alliance Members.

I would love to welcome the new members of the TIOTA and lift all the boats globally. Please contact me (alexy@trusted.io) to participate in the Challenges and become the members of the Alliance.