For the 2nd COBILITY Workshop 30 participants met this time to talk about two concrete Use Cases: “smart load carriers” and “dangerous goods transport” can be used. The diversity of the participating companies was particularly exciting in the group work.

The next steps already have been decided. On the one hand, the topic “dangerous goods transport” will be discussed with the working group of the DSLV, on the other hand, the participants in the load carrier workshop have worked out that it makes sense to find out the cooperation potentials with the GS1 pallet project from the year 2018.

After this important milestone, we are now starting the further development of the COBILIT organisation.

 

The German government is pushing ahead with the development of its blockchain strategy. On the one hand, institutions and companies had the opportunity until the end of March 2019 to present their views on fields of application and challenges with regard to technology as well as economic, ecological and legal issues at an “Online Consultation for the Development of the Federal Government’s Blokchain Strategy”.
In addition, the Federal Ministry of Finance invited around 30 experts to a “Workshop on Blockchain Technology” at Bundesdruckerei on 26 March. Photos were not permitted during the workshop – for security reasons, the cameras of all smartphones and computers were masked before entering the well-secured premises.Participants were also asked not to disclose any details of the workshop to the outside world.
The clearly positive attitude of the experts on the part of the authorities was pleasing. During the discussions about potentials, limits and applications of blockchain technology, it became clear that in many areas (open) standards, interoperability and governance structures are gaining in relevance.
The “Workshop on Blockchain Technology” of the Federal Ministry of Finance was a sensible and, in our opinion, a good step towards the formulation of a future-oriented blockchain strategy of the Federal Government.

The meeting of BITKOM AG Blockchain on 24 May could have been held under the motto “Lessons Learned“. More than 30 participants made their way to NuremTberg to exchange experiences from pilot projects and to learn from each other. Jan Christoph Ebersbach presented the prototype “Reliability on the Last Mile”. The feedback was very good and a longer exchange between experts and users followed the presentation. CHAINSTEP’s Technical Adviser, Prof. Dr. Volk Skwarek, was also present. In his presentation he reported on the status of standardization of Smart Contracts.

We were particularly pleased by the presence of many new participants, who stimulated the exchange and encouraged us to look beyond our own horizons.