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.

 

A high-ranking visitor to the Digital Hub Logistics: on 7 December 2018, Michael Westhagemann, the Senator for Economic Affairs in office just a few weeks ago, visited the innovation factory for logistics in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt warehouse district. Johannes Berg, Managing Director of the Hub, surprised our guest with a gift: “Senator Westhagemann will receive an “honorary job” at the Digital Hub Logistics for 2019. The gift was well received, as this tweet shows:

On behalf of all the “Hubbers”, I think I can say that we enjoyed the humorous speech by Senator Westhagemann that followed. His interest in and obvious pleasure in technology, as evidenced by his many years of top management experience in the IT environment, is certainly an excellent basis for Hamburg’s further development of innovative, technology-supported topics.

Senator Westhagemann then took an impressive amount of time to present various start-up concepts. CHAINSTEP had the opportunity to jointly present to the Kroschke Group (a leading service provider in the field of vehicle registration) the jointly developed prototype “carTRUST” for blockchain-based secure online registration of motor vehicles. Senator Westhagemann was very interested in the idea of piloting the concept for the first time in Hamburg – also with a view to the ITS World Congress 2021. Next steps have already been discussed, we are very curious whether we can manage it :-).

At the Digital Summit in 2018, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology clearly focused on artificial intelligence. Since the Bitkom did not want to ignore blockchain technology, the association organized a blockchain business summit on the first day of the digital summit at the same location as the summit, i.e. in the Nuremberg exhibition halls. The popularity of the event, which the organizer was right to hold with the Blockchain event, was confirmed: well over 300 participants informed themselves about the possibilities that Blockchain technology already offers today in the corporate environment.

Dr. Nussbaum, State Secretary in the BMWi, and Dr. Rohleder, Managing Director of Bitkom, opened the event. Afterwards there were some top-class lectures from different IT and telecommunications service providers as well as from the scientific side. The lecture by Professor Dr. Volker Skwarek, who is also a member of CHAINSTEP’s advisory board, on the topic of Smart Contracts Industry 4.0 Applications was well received.

Together with Thomas Müller, CEO of evan.network, we had the opportunity to present the initiative COBILITY. The presentation is linked here. The following discussions at the “Meet the speakers” booth showed how high the interest of professional IT and telecommunication service providers is to understand and use the possibilities of decentralized governance.

Below you finde some impressions of the event as well as the link to the video of the COBILITY part.

Three months after the announcement of the COBILITY initiative, the time had come on 28 November 2018: 22 participants from 16 companies and institutions met for the COBILITY kickoff at the Digital Hub Logistics in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt.


After a brief introduction of the participants and the objectives of the COBILITY initiative, the detailed work began with the aim of defining the first applications based on the COBILITY concept. COBILITY focuses on three aspects in particular:

  • decentralised governance
  • based on open standards
  • compatible with the leading systems on the market

We have defined five Use Cases, which will be processed in the coming weeks:

  1. Processing in the event of an insurance claim
  2. spare parts logistics
  3. Container weight protection
  4. ship clearance
  5. Safeguarding sustainability

More information about the initiative founded by evan, XAIN and CHAINSTEP on COBILITY.ORG.

 

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.

After months of preparation by the organizers, on November 17, 2018, a team of more than 20 participants from startups, public authorities and Hamburg institutions set out to explore the state of digitization in Dubai and Singapore for a week or so and gather ideas for their own direction.

It was a fully packed program. We had the opportunity to talk to responsible people from administration, digitisation experts from the port industry and exciting start-ups.

A special highlight for us: both in the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and at an international pitch event in Singapore, we had the opportunity to present the concept of the COBILITY initiative. The response was excellent, which is also confirmed by the friendly vote of the COBILITY promoters (see photos below). We have learned that the idea of COBILITY has also met with lively interest in other regions of the world.

It would go beyond the scope to go into the individual topics here. Through this blogpost we would like to share some impressions from this trip.

 

After the successful premiere in 2017, the 2nd edition of the Blue Rocket Congress organized by DVZ took place in November 2018. The venue was Digital Logistics in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt, the home of both CHAINSTEP and COBILITY. After entertaining impulse lectures and a very interesting panel discussion, the main part of the event began. 20 different startups and initiatives were allowed to introduce themselves to the audience in a maximum of 5 minutes. If the event was overdrawn, the Blue Rocket (which interestingly has a red colour) was started.
Frank Bolten was able to present two topics: CHAINSTEP and COBILITY. The charts of the short presentation are stored here and here on Slideshare.
The impressions attached below will hopefully prove that the event was obviously a lot of fun for the participants.

 

 

Blue Rocket starts

The 14th Hamburg Harbour Day took place at the beginning of November 2018. In addition to classic strategy topics such as the terminal strategy, digital and ecological topics played a major role at the event. In addition to VR, Blockchain was also an important discussion point here. The slides of Frank Bolten’s initial presentation on the Blockchain discussion can be found here on Slideshare:

The 35th German Logistics Congress took place in Berlin in mid-October 2018 under the title “Digital meets Real”. In comparison to the previous year, when well over 100 participants crowded into a room that was far too small to experience the blockchain session, the organizer had made a much larger room available this time. But once again it became tight: with more than 400 participants all seats of the hall were occupied and again some participants had to come to terms with a standing place during the event.

Under the moderation of Professor Dr. Fritz Henglein, three exciting topics were presented:

  • Florian Seffert, Principal Specialist IT Innovation at Imperial, reported on the first successful pilot project of plusd.tech.
  • Dirk Slama, Chief Alliance Offer Bosch Software Innovation, gave insights into the combination of Blockchain & IoT in logistics.
  • Frank Bolten, Managing Partner CHAINSTEP, introduced COBILITY – the decentralized network for transport logistics – as co-initiator.

Afterwards, there was a lively discussion among the panelists about the use of blockchain in transport logistics, governance structures, etc. The panelists were able to discuss the use of blockchain in transport logistics. Frank Bolten’s presentation is available here on Slideshare, his presentation on YouTube, as well as the panel discussion, is linked below

For the third year in a row, CHAINSTEP had the honour of moderating a blockchain panel at NEXT. This year, the panel was particularly prominent. In particular Jo Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, is known worldwide as one of the leading minds in the development of the blockchain ecosystem. The second panelist was Sam Liban, who is pushing ahead with The Sun Protocol, an important project to expand infrastructure in Africa. Title of the panel: “Can Blockchain Fix Digital?

The 90-minute discussion focused on how Blockchain as a layer of trust can help consumers and companies to regain the ability to use the Internet in a self-determined way and become master of their data again. The presentation is available here on Slideshare. The talk on YouTube: