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.

„Blockchain for beginners – how technology can change your businesses“ – under this slogan, the Blockchain event took place on 30 May at Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The Albert-Schäfer-Saal was very well filled with over 50 company representatives. After Christine Stumpf, Vice-President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the guests, Dr. Ingo Fiedler explained the basics of blockchain technology in a simple and understandable way.

Building on the common understanding of the technology, three presentations of use cases followed, which generated great interest among the participants. Martin Schreck explained the use of the Ethereum blockchain for hotel management at TUI Group. Sebastian Beyer and Ralf von Rahden reported on the CERTIVATION service, it was implemented with the help of CHAINSTEP and manages the authenticity of certificates on the blockchain. In the third presentation Claus Sprave from LichtBlick SE reported on the use of Blockchain in process optimization in the energy market.

These examples formed a good basis for CHAINSTEP’s presentation. Jan Christoph Ebersbach explained the procedure for introducing Blockchain in companies. In the subsequent exchange, the need for further information was immense. The originally estimated 30 minutes were not sufficient and so the planned time was spontaneously extended by 15 minutes.
It was an all-round successful event. I would be pleased if the important exchange on Blockchain would take place regularly in this context.

BREAKBULK Europe took place for the first time in Bremen at the end of May. With daily maximum temperatures of well over 30 degrees Celsius, a total of 12,000 visitors were counted on the three days of the event. Thus the already optimistic estimation of the organizer before the event (10,000 visitors) was clearly exceeded. Breakbulk is the area of transport logistics where the goods do not fit into a standard container. Examples of this are complete factories or pipeline systems. Thus, each breakbulk order is a separate project. It was impressive how international the halls were. Ports and project logisticians from all continents were guests in Bremen.
On the second day, two super sessions on Blockchain took place as part of the conference programme. First, Frank Bolten, Managing Partner of CHAINSTEP, as a partner of BVL, explained the basics of Blockchain technology. Especially the response to the interview published in the accompanying magazine in which Frank Bolten (here on SoundCloud) drew parallels between the IT distribution and the breakbulk project business was remarkable.
In the second supersession, four project logistics experts and Frank Bolten discussed the potential of Blockchain technology in project logistics that can already be used today. It was interesting here that three of the four project logisticians explained that they are already in the implementation phase of using Blockchain technology in their processes. The focus is always on the efficiency gains that the distributed systems bring.

Some pictures courtesy of Breakbulk Events – click here for the Breakbulk picture gallery on Flickr.

Parallel to the Blockchain Masters in Hamburg, where Jan Christoph Ebersbach gave a highly regarded lecture, the first DVZ Blockchain Day took place in Berlin in the context of re:publica. Title: “Blockchain – the great promise”. The DVZ has already published an article on the course of the all-round successful event (here), which is why we are discussing further aspects of the event in this blog post.

The approximately 80 participants in the DVZ Blockchain Day formed an impressive cross-section of the entire value chain: from manufacturers, freight forwarders, terminals and logistics companies to trading companies, all relevant areas were represented. Accordingly, the interests and questions of the audience varied.

CHAINSTEP was asked to concentrate on two points during the presentation:

  1. How does one get from strategy to implementation?
  2. What are the first important steps in the technical implementation?

Since many questions about the distinction between public and private blockchains were asked during the day, we have gladly complied with the wish to present some more charts on this topic. The complete CHAINSTEP presentation at DVZ Blockchain Day can be found here:

Last but not least another picture gallery of the event:


After months of preparation, the time had come: the first Future Management Day in Istanbul took place. Dr. Kadri Bahsi of the Grundig Academy Istanbul had developed an impressive programme in cooperation with the Blockchain Center of the Frankfurt School and CHAINSTEP. After excellent lectures in the morning (my highlight: Chris Stephenson) four parallel sessions took place in the afternoon: Finance, Healthcare, Energy and Transport Logistics. The first two sessions were conducted by the Blockchain Center Frankfurt, the other two by CHAINSTEP. The feedback of the almost 50 participants was clear: continuation wanted.