3rd BVL Webinar

On November 4th we held out third webinar for BVL on the topic of blockchain. This time the focus was on the current fields of application in maritime logistics and how the blockchain itself can improve established processes. Madjid Tehrani and Timo Schneider took up the topic and explained the issues on the basis of use cases and their experience and in the end discussed them with the audience.

Blockchain and established processes

At the beginning the participants were picked up on the topic of blockchain. The concept behind the technology was clearly explained using an example and the knowledge about it was refreshed. Subsequently, new approaches were presented on how distributed ledger technologies can improve established processes and lead to more effectiveness and efficiency. Using the reference model SCOR, which has been in existence since 1996, it was shown how traditional models for increasing supply chain efficiency benefit from new technologies.

Blockchain in the maritime industry

In the second part of the presentation, Madjid outlined the advantages of a decentralized data stream for communication in the maritime industry, among others. First document and information flows are already being managed using blockchain architectures. In the case of sea freight, for example, paper documents can be dispensed with. Further starting points are located in the financial flow and the traceability of goods in real time with high security. It can be summarized that especially in logistics blockchains increase the data quality and enable more trust in digital assets.

On June 3rd 2020 I was honoured to be a panellist at the Crypto Valley Event: Bringing Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Alive. Together with great minds in the Blockchain space we discussed about the key success factors of Blockchain solutions for enterprises and many more ideas. Topics that were discussed:

Key success factors

Benjamin Soh from STACS talked about integrating as many technology platforms as possible to the blockchain. It is important to be able to easily integrate a working platform to a blockchain, so that the blockchain solution can improve instead of interrupt a process. Beat Bannwart from UBS added that to successful you have to solve a real problem to give the end-user an incentive to actually you a new platform. In the process you should focus on the main problem and keep the solution as simple as possible to enhance the chance of an end-user be able to understand how to benefit from the solution. Shi Khai Wei from Longhash Ventures had a different approach to define success factors. He prefers picking the right teams and the right people to be successful. Additionally, the team then has to clearly define a problem and offer a viable solution to actually solve this problem. For him red flags are people creating a solution simply because they are able to do so and not because they have a clearly defined problem that they understand and want to solve.

How to tackle problems

Julian La Picque from Uncrypted described his experience about bringing different parties in a consortium together and work on the same problem. He explained difficulties doing this but ultimately concluded that the network effect was strong and finding a common ground is beneficial. Johannes Hinckeldeyn from the TUHH picked up the idea about the standardisation process and how his institute is tackling problems in supply chains by researching standardisation. Timo Schneider (that’s me) from TUHH and CHAINSTEP added that the standard developing process is in his early stages and problems that can be solved by standards are not defined yet. The blockchain standard I wrote my master thesis about was about location storage on a blockchain. The result was that this standard cannot be used across different blockchain technologies which I pointed out by concluding interoperability is a key success factor for blockchain solutions as well as blockchain standards.

What ist the best team

Johannes Hinckeldeyn added his insights about the role of universities in such consortia. He pointed about that universities are predestined to take the role of a consultant. They don’t focus on economic factors but rather the ideas behind the solution. I added that consortia are a good idea when it comes to new ideas and technologies where expertise is rare and problems are difficult. As soon as ideas mature I concluded that consortia play a less important role and agile companies or start ups are better suited to bring a solution alive. Shi Khai Wei had a slightly different view by saying that it depends mainly on the use case itself. Consortia can be beneficial.

The above-mentioned topics are just a glimpse of the whole discussion, that can be found at the bottom as a video. It was a lively discussion and shares some fundamental thoughts we at CHAINSTEP live and breathe day to day. If you have further ideas or question do not hesitate to mail me at CHAINSTEP or simply get in contact via LinkedIn. I’m always happy to share ideas and talk about future projects.

Written by Timo Schneider


Shop Window Secure Digital Identities

With its innovation competition “Showcase Secure Digital Identities”, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has called for the development of convincing concept ideas for the broad application of Secure Digital Identities (SDI). The competition is to focus on municipalities, cities and metropolitan regions. Under the name STEREO, a consortium from the Hamburg metropolitan region has successfully applied and is working out its concept idea in competition with ten other consortia from other regions in Germany between June and November 2020. During this period, the feasibility and practicability of the concept has to be checked, obstacles identified and the prerequisites created for a quick and efficient implementation of the concept idea in a subsequent implementation phase. At the end of 2020 it will be decided which consortia may test their concepts in a three-year implementation phase starting in April 2021.

STEREO – the project from Hamburg

The approach of the STEREO consortium: We create the secure digital identity for municipal mobility services. In doing so, it is important to us that citizens can register and log on to services on the Internet using simple, fast and trustworthy procedures. The protection of personal data has the highest priority. Our project focuses on the high relevance of the STEREO Use Cases in everyday life. To ensure this, we are approaching citizens and ask for their support.

Identities form the basis for trust by reflecting the certainty of knowing a partner in action. To avoid misuse, however, not only the identity of the owner, but also the identity of the object triggering the action must be electronically verifiable without any doubt. This is where the STEREO project comes in by generating and linking secure digital identities of vehicles, their owners and users. Vehicle owners can identify themselves completely digitally via their smartphone or tablet and use an ID solution of their choice. The digital identity thus created, in combination with the vehicle’s digital right of disposal, serves as the basis for a variety of usage scenarios in the mobility world of the future
The STEREO use cases

The use cases were selected with a view to daily vehicle use in order to ensure the greatest possible coverage and transferability to everyday situations. It is possible that further use cases will be added. It should also be noted that the use cases are not yet final in terms of design.

Click here for the STEREO website.

On Oct 22 Blockchain was the main topic at the Bremen Cotton Exchange. Leonard Pust (BitMoin) and Jan Christoph Ebersbach, Head of Blockchain Engineering (CHAINSTEP), organized a training and workshop day together for the first time. The participants were as enthusiastic as we were. The combination of training and workshop in one day efficiently combined theory and practice and concrete next steps could be defined.

At 8.30 a.m. we took a courageous step into the paternoster in the historic building of the Cotton Exchange, directly on Bremen’s market square. The journey to the 5th floor was a problem-free one, but we had to get in and out of the car. The stop was a good foretaste of our event. Right at the top of the cotton exchange, in the impressive tower hall, we trained the basics and applications of blockchain technology from 9 am to 12.30 pm. From 1 p.m. the number of participants was reduced and the use of Blockchain in the promotional project “Room for Innovation, Blockchain for GMO sizing of organic cotton” was worked on. Lots of material for little time.

What was particularly remarkable for me was that the Cotton Exchange opened up the circle of participants for training and invited companies and organisations that did not participate in the project. In this way, the Blockchain Fundamentals could be made accessible to a wider audience and ideas and questions could be raised beyond the scope of the project.

In the second part of the day, after the lunch break, we applied the Blockchain theory to the project in a small group with the partners of the project. Both our technical architectural knowledge of the corporate use of blockchain and our experience in developing business models with blockchain were in demand. The next step is to put the ideas on paper and obtain feedback.

Article by Jan Christoph (JC) Ebersbach

As in the previous year, CHAINSTEP had the opportunity to host a Blockchain MasterClass at the IT Strategy Days. The tickets for the 90-minute event, which was deliberately held on a small scale, were quickly sold out. The Blockchain MasterClass of 2019 was divided into three sections:

First, Jan Christoph Ebersbach from CHAINSTEP offered an introduction to the Blockchain technology. He focused on the importance of blockchain for different industries and emphasized the possibility of novel services as well as the importance of data sovereignty. He rounded off his presentation with a short presentation on current blockchain alliances, followed by Professor Dr. Ing. Volker Skwarek from HAW. He placed the importance of blockchain technology in the context of the development of the Internet protocol. He put it in a nutshell: “Blockchain links data with meaning. Blockchain is the Internet of the future.” The listeners were also particularly interested in the explanation of the different Blockchain variants in the second part of his lecture.

Markus Olszok from the Kroschke Group in Ahrensburg gave the third lecture on the “carTRUST” project for which he was responsible. Under the motto “Simply register, manage and sell vehicles online” he presented the idea for carTRUST. The current approval system is not scalable, blockchain and digitization can be the solution to make processes much simpler and faster. Finally there was a short demo of CarTRUST.

The presentations of CHAINSTEP and on  carTRUST you find below. Professor Dr. Ing. Volker Skwarek has not released his presentation. The MasterClass was recorded via video, the video is also linked below.



On the evening before the COBILITY kickoff we had the opportunity to present COBILITY, the decentralized network for transport logistics, to the Hamburg Blockchain community as part of the successful “Blockchain Mania” Meetup series with all three initiators. The invitation was also supported by the Innovation Forum Hamburg and the Digital Hub Logistics, as the location we were lucky to be able to use the recently opened coworking space “HK100” of Kravag Versicherung.

In total, we were able to present the COBILITY initiative to a good 50 guests. We used this opportunity to produce an English recording of the lectures of all three initiators. These recordings are attached, in addition there is a panel discussion where we were able to answer the very interesting questions from the audience.

Guest article by Dr. Kadri Bashi, CHAINSTEP Blockchain Consultant Istanbul

The Future Logistics Summit, organised by the International Association of Transport and Logistics Service Providers UTIKAD, took place on 19 September 2018 in the Elite World Europe Hotel. The summit, which is intended to shed light on the future of the logistics sector, was very well received and attracted the attention of representatives of the logistics sector, the supply chain and also the pioneers of the Turkish economy. In addition to representatives from the logistics sector, representatives from a wide variety of sectors, ranging from supply chain managers, producers, import and export companies to foreign trade companies, software and technology companies and insurance companies, came together. New business models and practices waiting for sectors in the e-world were assessed at the summit, which highlighted the future of the logistics industry.

In the first half of the summit; “Stay in touch with Blockchain” Dr. Kadri A. Bahşi, Chainstep Project Manager Turkey, spoke about the approaches to Blockchain based projects in the logistics industry, founder and Managing Partner of Chainstep GmbH in Hamburg Frank Bolten presented the new initiative “COBILITY” to the participants, and the co-founder of the wider network Further, Kadir Özgür Oguz, informed about the applications and effects of Blockchain technology in aviation.

Ege Özsaygılı, Director of Trans.Eu Eastern Europe and Eurasia Group (the main sponsor) met the participants at the presentation “Innovative investment in the new era of logistics”. Özsaygılı spoke about Tran.Eu’s new services based on working principles and artificial intelligence. Another panel discussed the impact of global warming on the logistics sector. The panel was attended by the Chairman of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SÜT-D) Prof. Dr. Filiz Karaosmanoğlu, the Regional Environmental Centre (REC) Turkey Unal Treasurer and Director Rifat Piri Reis University Lecturer , Long Distance Captain Barbaros Büyüksağnak, who assessed the potential impact of climate change on the logistics sector.

In the second half of the summit, the following topics were discussed:

Industry 4.0
SCM in the logistics sector
New business models
The summit, which attracted the attention of media members as well as various industry representatives, ended in the hope that the participants would bring a vision into the future in which the awareness of the effects of technological developments on the industry would be strengthened. UTIKAD Logistics Summit will be repeated next year with various topics and speakers.

The statistical result:

274 participants
141 Companies
14 panelists
2 keynote speakers
6 panel
2 Innovative investment meetings

Dr. Kadri Bahsi prepared the presentation for the target group in Turkish:


The presentation on COBILITY from Frank Bolten in English:


To the video recording of Frank Bolten two photos from the perspective on site and from the computer.

And here you find a photo gallery of the event. In addition you can find a short clip on YouTube:

After a good year in Mindspace at Rödingsmarkt, the Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg – CHAINSTEP’s “office home” – moved into its own coworking space: since August 2018, the address of the Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg has been: St. Annenufer 2, 20457 Hamburg. The logistics start-ups have now pitched their tents directly above the Kaffeemuseum Burg in the Speicherstadt.

On 30 August the celebrations took place: “1 year Hub”, “new location” and “new “Managing Director Digital Hub Logistics” – two days after the event Johannes Berg started in this new position. On this date, political and economic celebrities gathered at the hub: Angela Titzrath (HHLA) and Senator Frank Horch, among others, honoured each other and emphasised the importance of the innovation factory during the panel discussion. The keys were then flown to the hub with a drone for the handover (see video here).

CHAINSTEP had two appearances at the event: on the one hand, the COBILITY initiative launched jointly with XAIN and evan was presented on August 30 (click here for the press release). On the other hand Noah Winneberger and Leo Mustafa presented the Last Mile Demonstrator to the “Co-Hubber”.

On August 7, 2018, BVL and CHAINSTEP held a second joint webinar entitled “First Steps to Implementation”. After a short introduction to blockchain technology, the focus of the presentation is on three essential steps in implementing a blockchain-based project:

  • Determine main motivation
  • Identify Use Case
  • Technical implementation

This is followed by a brief analysis of the status of blockchain-based projects in the area of SCM/transport logistics. Currently, most projects are initiated by market leaders, followed by infrastructure projects (technology or platform). Currently, consortium approaches are gaining in importance, with the relevance of public blockchains increasing. The reasons for this are the interest in decentralized governance models and token-based business models.

Please find below the links to the recording of the webinar and to the deck:

Full house, great weather, very good-humoured participants and a remarkable speaker line-up – that was the DISTRIBUTE2018. Tobias Worzyk and his team organised the “hands on” conference for the second time at Bucerius Law School. CHAINSTEP was happy to be a sponsor again.

Also at this conference one could see very well how fast the development of the professionalization of the blockchain scene is progressing. On the one hand, the presentations of the Blockchain experts were on a high level, even more impressive was the number of company representatives who reported on their first steps with the Blockchain strategy. Well-known companies such as TUI, Schenker or Kühne&Nagel were involved.

CHAINSTEP and the MINDCHAINS team had the opportunity to report on the development of the “Last Mile” prototype. Leo Mustafa and Noah Winneberger explained in an entertaining way how the project was set up and what next steps are planned.

The DISTRIBUTE2018 concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Thomas Worzyk, in which Thomas Müller (contractus), David Klein (Taylorwessing), Sam Liban (The Sun Protocol and also active for CHAINSTEP) and Frank Bolten (CHAINSTEP) took part. The round agreed that the Blockchain infrastructure projects have made good progress in recent months, but realistically there is still a great need for development.

We are already looking forward to the DISTRBUTE2019, please enjoy this great location again in the perfect weather that we had in 2018.