Mentoring at Rockstart

Last week I became a mentor for startups in Rockstart! A cool opportunity to help startups grow and, get to grow my network and share my experience within the Rockstart ecosystem.

Rockstart is a startup accelerator, launched in 2011 and has an office in Amsterdam. Within their Smart Energy domain the host a program for a number of startups to coach them to greatness. From my role at Eneco I have been in contact with Rockstart and a number of the startups in their program over the years. I have always found the program to be well developed and thought through. The startups that were admitted are of good quality and ambitious and always good sparring partners. It is nice I can do this in return for the program and can get more involved at the same time.

Energeia Energy Day 2018 - Work to be done?

Last week I spoke at the Energeia Energy Day on our Blockchain project for the District Heating system. The Energeia Energy Day is an annual event, aimed at everybody involved within the energy industry.

It was a good opportunity to share our experience with a Blockchain project, though looking at the entire agenda of the conference you’d say that Blockchain is not top of mind for everybody yet; a different picture if you see the various initiatives globally though. A lot of work is still to be done to show the potential and added value of Blockchain in the industry, also considering the often heard question aimed at the energy consumption of Bitcoin. I’m looking forward to more of such sessions, educating people as I go and adding to the list of projects that can show working examples to the world.

Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2018

Today I attended the Next Level Conferende DBH, disussing the learning from the 2017 edition last February and looking forward to the next. I had a great time meeting up with friends old and new, got excited about the programma outline already and eager to head off for a new adventure.

The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon was a great event in Groningen, bringing together many experts together at a unprecedented scale. In a team with TNO, IBM and collegues from Eneco we achieved a second spot in the Energy track. This in turn helped us internally get better visibility for the topic within Eneco, next to a vast network in this ecosystem.

Anyone in doubt on the topic, I strongly recommend to join in this program, a next meeting will be somewhere in September 2017 and the actual hackathon in April 2018.

For more details, check the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon website.