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Jolocom builds global infrastructure
to support decentralized digital identity management.

Smart agents own and control the data that defines them, a prerequisite for self-sovereign identity.

It all started during my time with Lufthansa…

“From my naive perspective this was kind of crazy…valuable information existed throughout the company, tons of it. But to actually get access to it was almost impossible. In 2002 I started Jolocom as a project to help people in companies to better communicate and share information…which would lead to a better alignment towards the overlying goals and strengthen the company itself. Presenting this idea to companies quickly gave me harsh feedback.”

Today we are a team of 9, collaborating with 20+ partners, supported by the European Commission, and moving closer to establishing new models of data ownership in the world.

Read the full story behind Jolocom

Company timeline

May 2014

Company founded
Jolocom founded in Berlin based on the original idea from 2002.

February 2015

Proof of concept
Deployed the first version of the SOLID (GOLD) server for our first identity PoC.

April 2015

First prototype
Technical framework and interface presented at hackathon during GETD#2 Summit in San Francisco.

December 2015

Partnership: AGILE, European Commission H2020 Research & Innovation Project
Jolocom becomes a grant recipient and partner company within the AGILE consortium as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the biggest EU Research and Innovation initiative aimed to secure Europe’s global competitiveness. Along with around twenty other teams Jolocom built an IoT gateway that facilitated processes and interactions between autonomous machines in IoT environments.

December 2015

Specifications for IoT gateway data sharing via Jolocom WebID proxy
Delivered specs for machine identity interactions via a proxy service within particular IoT environments as part of our work with the AGILE consortium project.

June 2016

First AGILE IoT gateway proof of concept
Co-developed the architecture for identity integration for data sharing on the AGILE IoT gateway in first PoC.

November 2016

Research partnership with Fraunhofer FOKUS
Conducted research on decentralized identity systems based on a personal server approach on top of blockchains utilizing the WebID of SOLID and the Ethereum public network.

April 2017

Became a purpose company
Adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to build a self-sovereign organization.

June 2017

Blockchain Bundesverband established
Joachim Lohkamp co-founded the federal German blockchain association. The Blockchain Bundesverband is convinced that blockchain and similar decentralized technologies based on cryptography are the basic infrastructural innovations to make a digital economy on democratic structures in Germany a reality.

November 2017

Jolocom Identity Gateway presented at Ethereum DevCon3
We presented our collaboration on a backend-agnostic identity gateway that serves as an oracle to use data stored in BigchainDB in an Ethereum smart contract.

November 2017

Partnership: T-Labs – Telekom Innovation Laboratories (Deutsche Telekom)
Joined the blockchain working group along with BigchainDB, IOTA, and RIDDLE&CODE to build an operating stack service for developers to easily implement decentralized storage, identity management, smart contracts, and payments in their work. The service enables enterprises and developers alike to utilize the features of blockchain technology without having to worry about the underlying complexity.

December 2017

Major update to system architecture
Drawing on our experience with decentralized identity solutions for both IoT devices and humans in combination with our focus on usability, we overhauled our technical architecture to enable a universal identity layer for all types of identities in one protocol.

February 2018

Winner: Bosch Connected World 2018 logistics challenge
Presented a prototype operating stack service from the T-Labs blockchain working group at the Bosch Connected World 2018 conference and hackathon where it won the logistics challenge. The service was created to simplify the decision-making process for developers wondering which blockchain technology to use in their projects. The prototype allows for basic storage of data and hashes on a DLT of choice. Subsequent phases of development would include advanced storage options, identity management and modeling of ownership structures, smart contracts, and decentralized payments.

February 2018

Technical whitepaper released
Reflecting our architecture update from December 2017 and focus on open standards, we published our technical whitepaper describing the blockchain agnostic self-sovereign identity protocol that will replace prevailing centralized identity solutions with a highly modular approach built on open and interoperable standards.

March 2018

Membership: Decentralized Identity Foundation
As part of our commitment to open standards and collaboration in the identity space, we joined the Decentralized Identity Foundation to coordinate with other companies on topics such as decentralized identifiers, protocols, and standards.

March 2018

Alpha version of SmartWallet released
Published the first alpha of the Jolocom SmartWallet application for Android devices in the Google Play Store running on the decentralized identity protocol built by Jolocom.

April 2018

Membership: Open Innovation Platform (BMWi)
The “Open Innovation Plattform” from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy listed Jolocom on their register of projects and visions which innovate for the public sector using blockchain technologies.

July 2018

First phase of rebranding concluded
With a new visual language, fresh Android app interface, and complete redesign of our website, the overall brand identity was comprehensively refreshed and revitalized to fully reflect changes to our architecture and conceptual framework over the past year.

Our core team

Joachim Lohkamp
founder & CEO
Eugeniu Rusu
full stack dev
Natascha Wittenberg
full stack dev
Kai Wagner
business developer
Charleen Fei
full stack dev
Kasia Szawan
full stack dev
Iryna Nezhynska
designer
Sean 
Baldwin-Stevenson
copywriter

and our trusted advisors

Achim Hensen
Co-founder of Purpose Stiftung
Achim is committed to a new understanding of ownership and helps companies to find suitable financing and ownership solutions in order to remain independent and meaningful in the long term. Since 2016 Achim has supported Jolocom in becoming such a company by guiding the team in building a sustainable decentralized organization from the ground up.
Dr. Shermin Voshmgir
Founder of BlockchainHub
Director of Research Institute for Crypto Economics, Vienna University of Economics & Business
Shermin is the the founder of BlockchainHub - an international network that promotes the idea of blockchain, crypto economics, and the decentralized web since 2015. She recently became the director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics in Vienna and has acted as an advisor to Jolocom since early 2017.

Partnerships

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As a partner company of the EU Horizon 2020 project, Jolocom provided decentralized identity for the AGILE IoT gateway.
Research project on decentralized identity systems based on a personal server approach utilizing WebID and Ethereum.
We collaborate on building decentralized identity protocols that can be used by humans and for machines.
Working together on projects using identity data stored in BigchainDB for use in Ethereum smart contracts.
Provides the legal framework that enables us to run a for-profit, for-purpose company you can trust.
Created a proof of concept for managing identity on embedded IoT devices.

Community activity

We are all about building open communities and working together to tackle common challenges. In addition to our regular outreach and participation at events, we are especially active in certain organizations focused on blockchain, digital identity, and the intersection of science, technology, and society.
Our team has actively contributed to several position papers and working groups on identity and privacy. Joachim is currently serving on its board.
Jolocom contributed to the Solid stack on GitHub. Eugeniu and Tim Berners Lee contributed to a workshop from MasterCard to build an identity solution for refugees.
Helped build the coworking space into a meeting hub for decentralized tech and the sharing community. It also served as the first home of Jolocom.
As part of our commitment to open standards we cooperate with other foundation members on interoperability of decentralized identity.
Having shared a coworking space with ETH DEV for over two years, we organized a number of events for the Berlin blockchain community.
Co-organizing the Decentralized Web Summit in San Francisco since 2016.
Joachim and Kai frequently engage with representatives from across different industries to connect the corporate world and startups on the topic of blockchain.
Joachim acted as a technical advisor for the global network of hubs advocating for blockchain and the decentralized web.
Helping develop the blockchain community in Berlin.
Since 2013 Joachim has helped to bring blockchain and decentralization to the global sharing economy community.
Moving topics, code, and projects downfield and helping co-create new experiences around the decentralized web. Started at Agora Collective in 2014.
Member and contributor to the identity working group since 2015.

Supporters

Helping steer a paradigm shift in how we do identity is not a simple feat. We receive support from a variety of organizations & institutions that provide crucial guidance as we continue to develop as a business and pioneer in the digital identity industry.
Received a three-year grant as a partner of AGILE, a Horizon 2020 initiative.
Received subsidy for team development.
Received three separate grants for prototype design and research.