AGILE 2020

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The Internet of Things – IoT- era is here. Objects, sensors and devices in the physical world connected to the internet gathering and sharing data are everywhere around us: home appliances, traffic and transport sensors and healthcare devices among many others. They have arrived and they are here to stay.

High adoption barriers such as the non-interoperability between devices, communication protocols, security and trust issues, as well as vendors’ closed systems do not allow the users to exploit the opportunities that the Internet of Things has to offer for users and communities.

For this reason, JOLOCOM has joined AGILE, a 3-year-long project funded by the European Commision for the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program. AGILE will build a modular gateway to allow devices to be connected to each other and to the internet. The ultimate goals are to lower down the IoT adoption barriers and to facilitate the creation and deployment of IoT solutions while creating of a strong community engaging developers, SMEs and entrepreneurs. Thanks to a series of pilots during the project, possible solutions to mitigate social and environmental challenges such as air pollution and agriculture systems will be tested.

16 different partners have decided to jump on this boat together with JOLOCOM. From startups to universities, startup accelerators and bigger corporates in the telecom industry, the participants possess different areas of expertise that will result in skill complementation and a richer outcome.

The partners working closely together with us during the next years are:

ATOS (Spain)

BioAssist (Greece)

Canonical (UK)


Eclipse IoT Foundation (Germany)


iMinds (Belgium)

INRIA (France)

IoTango (US)

Libelium (Spain)

MOBISTAR (Belgium)

Resinio (UK)

Startupbootcamp IoT (Spain)

Sky-Watch (Denmark)

Technische Universität Graz (Austria)

Universität Passau(Germany)


Stay tuned!

tiwtta  @agile_iot




Do you want to understand the basics of decentralization?

Have a look at the following list of videos and learn about the values & ethics behind it.


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We build…

… a mobile application for everyone

to own their personal digital identity

for communicating, connecting and browsing

the web independently.


With our app people can tie information to their identity, regardless of where it is stored. People can secure the data, yet share it directly between peers in mightily flexible ways.

Information is exchanged peer-to-peer using links and clever access-right-management. Be it files, chat messages, sensor data or any other kind of data – it is managed and shared schemaless, decentralized and disrupting the need for data silos. We call this … Linking outside the box.

You guessed it. In order to achieve this, we are using technologies that have raised eyebrows in recent years. Including … the block chain.


MORE THAN JUST TECH – by Joachim Lohkamp

“The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” (Tim Berners-Lee)

During the first Dezentralized Web Summit at the Internet Archive in San Francisco about 70 builders of the web convened to explore the technology required to build a ‘Decentralized Web’. Presenting various technologies such as blockchain, content-addressable and distributed storage, decentralized messaging and communication as well as self-sovereign digital identity, they discussed the decentralized future that could be just around the corner and which could restore the web’s original promise as a free and open network.

However, as tempting as it may be to think that technology could solve it all, and as promising as many of the concepts and protocols sounded, a looming question still remained: how will any of this work in real life?

“KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK” – Sir Tim Berners Lee

How does today’s web look like?

“It controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,” says Berners Lee. “It’s been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites — that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”

Similar than the inventor of The Web also Jolocom wants to give power back to the users. Other than conventional platforms Jolocom decouples database, application and identity (user profile) from each other using decentralized technologies like Blockchain and Solid to help organize data in a strictly user-centric way.

With a multipurpose app Jolocom is putting personal data back in the control of the person it belongs to. Within the EU fundend project AGILE Jolocom provides the data sharing element that helps the Internet of Things (IoT) to be compliant with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
During the Decentralized Web Summit in San Francisco we were very excited to present Jolocom and AGILE to Tim Burners Lee, Brewster Kahle and Nicolai Greco.


What a moment to be invited into this special circle and to hear: “… Keep up the good work” from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web. This certainly further stirred our motivation and commitment to help build a truly decentralized app in the spirit of an open web.

LOCKING THE WEB OPEN – by Jeremy Gillula and Noah Swartz

“The current Web is not private or censorship-free.” That matter-of-fact bug report provides the reason for the first ever Decentralized Web Summit, taking place this week at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. EFF is participating in the festivities, and whether you’re following along in person, on the live stream, or online, we hope these highlights can bring a bit more of the conversation to you.

The day started with a kickoff by Wendy Hanamura, Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, welcoming all of the “great builders of the next decentralized web.” She then handed the stage to Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation.


There is a certain mystique surrounding the blockchain technology, which seems almost as heroically promising as dangerously powerful.

Hailed as one of the most important innovations of our age by some, this technology describes a distributed database that can “move value around and represent the owernship of property”. Introduced through Bitcoin, the use of the blockchain is also currently gaining attention in many other areas, as the potential missing technological link to a more decentralized world.

Jolocom UG Selected to Take Part in EU H2020 IoT Research Project

The Internet of Things – IoT- era is here. Objects, sensors and devices in the physical world connected to the internet gathering and sharing data are everywhere around us: home appliances, traffic and transport sensors and healthcare devices among many others. They have arrived and they are here to stay.

Decentralization as a mean of empowerment – by Joachim Lohkamp

“To transform bureaucratic hierarchies into technology driven networks” (Fred Wilson). That is what the actors from the GETDecentralized community want to achieve. Their next meetings are in San Francisco and Paris. A full track will be dedicated to this topic at the next OuiShare Fest.

Discussing the hottest topics of the decentralized web at GETD – by Alex Corbi

„If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” is a more than adequate motto chosen by GETD‘s organisers to give character to this event, a conference aiming to explore the status, possibilities and challenges of the decentralized web. In its first edition, GETD took place between the 17th and 19th of September in the amazing Agora Collective space in Berlin-Neukölln. 

Fab10 – Bruce Sterling

Bruce offered a detailed overview of the many layers and intricate relationships and alliances which are resulting into co-dependencies of the smart city movement led by technology companies. Bruce sees the ethical and political challenges ahead.

P2P-ARCHITECTURE – by Joachim Lohkamp

My friend Henrik Hörlin shared an article about a very interesting art installation. I instantly thought that this installation is a great 3D metaphor for the P2P network we are working on here at Jolocom. These are my thoughts.

THE SERENDIPITY MACHINE – reviewed by Joachim Lohkamp

When I stumbled upon a post of The Serendipity Machine from my friend Bert-Ola Bergstrand on facebook I instantaneously downloaded the book and started reading. There was an intuitive hunch that I couldn’t resist. I read the whole book this same morning and now know it was worth every page of reading. The book provides a great description of social capital dynamics in meshed networks…


“From a very early age, we are taught to break apart problems, to fragment the world. This apparently makes complex tasks and subjects more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price. We can no longer see the consequences of our actions; we lose our intrinsic sense of connection to a larger whole.

When we then try to ‘see the big picture,’ we try to reassemble the fragments in our minds, to list and organize all the pieces. But, as physicist David Bohm says, the task is futile–similar to trying to reassemble the fragments of a broken mirror to see a true reflection. Thus, after a while we give up trying to see the whole altogether.”

ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – by Sherry Turkle

As the digital age sparks increasing debate about what new technologies and increased connectivity are doing to our brains, comes this chilling examination of what our iPods and iPads are doing to our relationships from MIT professor Turkle (Simulation and Its Discontents). In this third in a trilogy that explores the relationship between humans and technology, Turkle argues that people are increasingly functioning without face-to-face contact.


Interaction Design (IxD) Matrix

Successful interaction design involves balancing a variety of concerns using a variety of methods or representations. These are not suggested as stages in a design process but as framework for checking to see that the proper concerns have been addressed. (Bill Verplank)

Source: Interactive Communications Design by Bill Verplank

Visual Sense is dominant

Vision is our most dominant sense – taking up 50% of our brain’s resources. Data visualization expert David McCandless explains:
“This is your senses, pouring into your senses every second. Your sense of sight is the fastest. It has the same bandwidth as a computer network. Then you have touch, which is about the speed of a USB key. And then you have hearing and smell, which has the throughput of a hard disk. And then you have poor old taste, which is like barely the throughput of a pocket calculator. And that little square in the corner, a naught 0.7 percent, that’s the amount we’re actually aware of.”

Source: Information is beautiful

What makes good Information Design?

Information design specifically addresses concerns of data overload and meaningfulness by visually representing data in simplified, coherent, beautiful manners. Unifying complex information with intuitive graphic design is becoming an increasingly popular trend. When done well, infographics connect the complex details contextually in easily understandable ways. They paint better pictures and tell bigger stories.

David McCandless says: “… these seem like the key components of a good infographic / data visualisation / piece of information design. Information needs to be interesting (meaningful & relevant) and have integrity (accuracy, consistency). Design needs to have form (beauty & structure) and function (it has to work and be easy to use).

You may disagree. I welcome your input. I may not have got it right. Something surprised me about doing this though. In information design, it seems, if you have just two elements, you get something tolerable and cool. i.e.

integrity + form = eye candy
interestingness + function = experiment
(I’m not entirely sure about these combos)

But if you combine three elements without the fourth, things suddenly FAIL:
interesting subject, solid information, looks great, but is hard to use = useless.
amazing data, well designed, very easy to read but isn’t that interesting = boring”

Source: Information is beautiful


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