Wilfred Pimenta, from iota, on MyData

From August 30th to September 1st, almost 1000 researchers, engineers, business representatives, government officials, and civil society advocates will gather in Helsinki and Tallinn to discuss the future of the personal data economy – in other words how the internet will be reformed by the change to human-centric management of personal data. Ticket sales for “early bird” price start on May 3rd.

MyData is a Finnish-born initiative started in 2013 to help individuals manage and reuse their personal data currently controlled by companies and governments. The MyData conference will bring together an international group of organizations and individuals working towards solutions for issues that are stopping data-based services from reaching their full potential, such as citizen distrust of online services, privacy concerns, opaque terms-of-service agreements, insecure digital identity standards, and government surveillance programs. MyData 2017 will be a forum for a global discussion on how Europe can realise the projected trillion-euro value that personal data services could create by 2020 over the transition of the region into a Digital Single Market.

In 2017 The MyData Conference will be held for the second time. Year before, 670 MyData pioneers gathered in Kultuuritalo in Helsinki and Wilfried Pimenta is Business Development Director at the IOTA Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind the IOTA Tangle, a revolutionary open source “blockless” Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) designed to enable highly scalable Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Wilfried will present IOTA’s vision and ongoing activities in eHealth, in particular a new initiative around MyData involving several Nordic countries. Taking its roots in Norway, the initiative was addressed in Oslo Norway in June 2017 at an unique Blockchain/DLT event organised by IOTA and Oslo Medtech with the contribution of the EU Commission where the opportunity landscape of DLT beyond Blockchain in eHealth was explored. A new DLT Research and Innovation Alliance was launched at that occasion involving the IOTA Foundation, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Oslo Medtech, Oslo Cancer Cluster, the Norwegian Research Center for eHealth and Alpha Venturi (see weblink)

Wilfried Pimenta is an entrepreneur, former management consultant and corporate strategy/M&A/business development professional. Wilfried works Business Development Director at the IOTA Foundation and CEO of Alpha Venturi, a strategic innovation and venture launchpad specialised in Distributed Legder technology. IOTA is the non-profit organisation behind the IOTA Tangle, a revolutionary open source “blockless” Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) designed to enable highly scalable Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Tangle overcomes the intrinsic limitations of conventional Blockchains and makes it now possible to process secure P2P micro-transactions/data transfers in real time and with zero transaction fees for the first time ever. IOTA collaborates with leading multinationals, institutions, startups as well as research and academia aimed at reinventing business and societal models in the new realms of Machine to Machine to Machine Economy, Smart Sharing Economy and MyData. IOTA is involved across all ‘smart’ industries undergoing a digital transformation including energy, mobility, health, shipping & Logistics, smart buildings, industry 4.0, Smart cities and more. IOTA Foundation follows an open source model and is growing one of the fastest growing Blockchain/DLT ecosystem supporting by the world’s largest Slack chat community of 12 000+.