The Builder Programme LEDGER chose the 16 most human-centric and innovative projects among a pool of 291 applicants.
LEDGER, a European Commission funded project looking for people working on decentralized technologies to give back citizens control over their data, held its Jury Day on Tuesday 28 May in Amsterdam.
The jury was to choose the 16 projects who are going to enter the one-year venture builder programme. The winners passed a thorough selection process with the 33 finalists pitching last Tuesday in front of a Jury made up by 8 qualified experts and professionals from the following organisations: Nesta, NLnet, Geant, Demos Helsinki, Decode and the 3 partners leading the project (FundingBox, Dyne.org, BluMorpho).
LEDGER promotes alternative models where data is a common good owned by citizens and wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed. The Project supports Research and Innovation projects addressing decentralised technologies such as blockchain as well as privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness as core values.
The winners by alphabetic order are the following:
- CoBox, Building Blocks for a Cooperative Cloud, by a team of individuals.
- Consento, providing data privacy powered by Humans for Humans, by Georepublic UG.
- Decentralized Science, a distributed Open Science publication system, with Open Access infrastructure, a reviewer reputation network and transparent peer reviews, by a team of individuals.
- Electraseed Fund, which aims at accelerating clean energy access at digital pace and scale, by Freeelio UG.
- The Energy Commons Protocol, an interoperable protocol for a decentralised, sustainable and human-centric energy sector, by Prosume SRL.
- Ereuse, which aims at reusing electronics ensuring final recycling (a transition to a collaborative and circular consumption of electronics), by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
- Food Data Market, an inclusive Data Marketplace for Sustainable Food Production, Equal Distribution of Gains and Digital Sovereignty of Citizens and Farmers, by Prospeh d.o.o.
- Heimdall, which provides a self-hosted privacy-focused cloud alternative by decentralisation of services, by a team of individuals.
- House.coop, a turnkey cooperative to regain control of our housing, by a team of individuals.
- iGive2, which decentralises chronic disease management with a community-based human centred platform that motivates healthy living & self-care, by iBreve Ltd.
- Merits, the platform for the eco-centric economy which facilitates the creation of social and economic ecosystems centred on caring for people, communities and nature, by Merits Srl SB.
- oneHEALTH, which will challenge proprietary health data of apps and wearables by unifying them via a blockchain based interoperable registry, by Eurob Creative.
- Project Aiur, a knowledge validation engine combining blockchain and AI technology, by Iris AI AS.
- Synergy, a toolkit, running on a distributed ledger, providing financial services for cooperatives: micro-funding, loyalty, transactions, by Synetairismos Ergazomenon Sociality.
- Unified Science, an academic collaboration platform for empowering researchers to boost their impact, get rewarded for contributions, and control privacy, by Mesensei Oy
- WorldBrain.io, which battles misinformation & social polarisation with collective web intelligence, by WorldBrain UG.
The selected projects will now have the opportunity of going far deeper in the fulfilment of their concept as they will enter a 12-month acceleration phase during which they will benefit from:
- Business mentoring, camps, technological vouchers, training and demo days.
- Support from an expert researcher in residence.
- Access to market and support to raise further investment.
- €200,000 distributed over the course of the programme.
LEDGER is part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission with the following ambition: shape the Internet in such a way that it is more transparent, inclusive, open, cooperative and respectful of data privacy.
With this goal in mind, LEDGER is a Minimum Viable Product programme encouraging developers, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs to use decentralised technologies such as blockchain, peer to peer and distributed ledger to build human-centric solutions to preserve the citizens’ sovereignty over their data.
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