Track: Machine to Machine Ecosystems

Building on a 5-day-old technology

What if machines operate autonomous on the blockchain? What if machines only need to interact with other machines? Can we create ecosystems where the machines work together for the benefit of society?

The Winning Solution - Kryha

Autonomous swarms of machines such as drones, a topic found in many science fiction scenes such as Black Mirror and The Matrix. A scary idea for some, for others it’s an invention with the potential to make a huge impact on human lives for the better. The security of these swarms is a quintessential aspect to establish trust in the solutions they can offer. During the hackathon, team Kryha has managed to let their own “swarm” of drones work together through the blockchain, an amazing achievement!

When autonomous swarms currently share their data, this is done using a centralized server which each drone sends their data to. This creates a single point of failure in the network, as well as a third party complete control over the fleet of drones. By combining swarm intelligence with Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain), agents are able to collectively gather intelligence in a decetralized manner (e.g. Federated Learning), meaning that they can now possess not only local intelligence, but also global intelligence of their whole operation. This allows them to decide in a democratic way, what their next goal would be and operate in a truly autonomous way.

As long as a single drone is active, all of the data that has been collected will be available. This is imperative in practical settings where there is a high chance of failure, for example deep sea exploration. Every machine in the swarm can be traced through a digital identity on the blockchain through the Public Key Encryption. Giving drones a digital twin adds the ability to track the actions of each drone individually, identify any anomalies and subsequently intervene where necessary.

Blockchain networks are tamper proof, this enables trust in the network as well as the actors. Data in a blockchain network, is open and freely accessible to anyone. Moreover, the network is cryptographically sound. This allows everyone to see all data being shared by the swarm as well as knowing that the data they see is tamper-proof, leading to a more secure and predictable swarm. This allows for all interactions with this swarm to be trusted.

Team Kryha took a technology, BigchainDB 2.0 of only 5 days old (!), and took it to the next level. Building 9 simulating drone nodes and retrofitting a paradrone with a Raspberry Pi. By doing this for multiple drones, an ecosystem of drones is created that is able to do exponentially more intricate tasks by working together. Disaster relief, mapping terrain and self-reparation are some of the initial ideas regarding this ecosystem of drones.

“This team is showing the power of the community, BigchainDB's building blocks were elevated by team Kryha.”

Jan-Peter Doomernik, Enexis​

“This team gives us a new way of programming code. Figuring out how to get the software on the robots so they know how to behave is a big deal. This is a very new way of figuring out how we can program robots; not just one robot, but swarms of them."

Vinay Gupta, CEO of Mattereum

“We could talk for hours on this team. We haven’t used IOT well because it is centralized, which is so vulnerable. This thing is a big deal, as it solves both the security and the streaming issue.”

Antonio Senatore, CTO of Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Lab​

“We did some effort, the community did an effort and the team did an effort. That's the beauty of this and other teams and solutions. This team is really next level!”

Dmitri de Jonghe, Co-founder of BigChainDB and Ocean Protocol

The Blockchaingers Hackathon Impact Canvas

All 15 relevant topics for building and growing the solution of a team are present in this canvas. Beginning at the top left, with problem and MVP, to impact on society in the middle and legal and technical challenges on the right. The bottom is reserved for acceleration of the solution.

The solution in three slides



The teams have been challenged to explain their solution in three slides. During the awards show, the winners presented these solutions on stage to the blockchain ecosystem.

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Youtube Jan-Peter Doomernik:
Kryha Day 3 v2
Kryha Day 2 Final Github
Kryha Day 1 Github
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The Blockchaingers Hackathon Impact Canvas