Team Information

Iconic HQ: Heerlen, Netherlands

As a team, we are connected through our passion for Blockchain. Although we have different professional backgrounds, we have seen the landscape mature, and we believe that now it is time to professionalize. For us, this means that we believe now is the perfect time to (help) deploy dApps, but also build a broader eco-system, that will allow for adoption of dApps in professional companies. We believe that with the right infrastructure, we can help companies becoming more transparent and transition from corporates to communities, where a client can play a bigger role than just pay the bill.

Proposal

1: Proposal introduction (What)- Provide a description of your proposal you wish to pitch and briefly explain how it will enhance the ICON Network.

Education & Community building

We believe that building the community and education people on (ICON) blockchain go hand in hand with each other.

Start-up funnel (token development)

To accelerate the ICON network we are going to help startups and ideas to get the necessary tools for the development of ICON dApps

Infrastructure

By providing a P-Rep node we’re helping in the process toward a more decentralized ecosystem.

2: Motivation of the proposal (Why)- What brought you to become a P-Rep of ICON and what was the motivation for the proposal above?

As a team, we’re connected through our passion for Blockchain. Although we have different professional backgrounds, we have seen the landscape mature, and we believe that now it is time to professionalize. For us, this means that we believe now is the perfect time to (help) deploy dApps, but also build a broader eco-system, that will allow for adoption of dApps in professional companies.

We believe that with the right infrastructure, we can help companies becoming more transparent and transition from corporates to communities, where a client can play a bigger role than just pay the bill.

3: Execution plan of the proposal (How)- How would you actually carry out your proposal? Please elaborate related action items and technical explanation.

With our geographical location in Heerlen, The Netherlands, we’re located in the center of a knowledgeable region.

Within 20 km:Aachen (DE)(RWTH), Maastricht (NL)(UM, UMC), Geleen (NL)(Chemelot, DSM, Sabic), Heelen(NL)(APG, Smart services campus).

Within 75 km:Koln (DE), Dusseldorf (DE), Venlo (NL)(Greenport campus), Eindhoven (NL)(Brainport campus, TUE, ASML), Hasselt (BE)(Corda campus, UHasselt)

We’re going to exploit this to our advantage.

Education & Community building

We believe that the local community is the cornerstone of the development of the Icon Hub Heerlen. The goal is to start building this community with meetups and keynotes from companies with a ICON based solution. The goal in this first stage is to inspire people, and get them interested.

In the second phase the goal is to activate the people in the community. Next to school visits and educational lectures, we will organize a hackathon and workshops to get people actively developing.

Start-up funnel (token development)

In the startup funnel the main goal is to help (blockchain) startups to develop on the ICON blockchain. This will be done partially through giving informational sessions to local startups, but also through hackathons and workshops.

Node Deployment (infrastructure)

For this project, we’re looking for an OCP server, which means that less hardware will be wasted than in a traditional server. Hosting will be arranged by BlockHeating, in a water cooled datacenter.This will not only ensure a constant operating environment, but also enables us to re-use the residual energy as a heating source for a greenhouse.

With its location in Venlo, it is ideally located in the FLAP region (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and connected with 10 Gbps.

The hardware will be as followed

  • Dual E5-2678v3 CPU (48vCPU, 34k+ passmark score)
  • 512gb Ram
  • 2x 500gb NVME
  • 10gbps network
  • Ubuntu 19.04 x64

4: Expected timeline of the proposal (When)- Provide specific milestones, expected timeline to fulfill your proposal.

Education & Community building

  • Community building events will start to get planned at the start of the project, and the goal is to organize an event every 2 months, or more often if there is enough traction.
  • For education we will reach out to the different (applied) universities in the region. Next to that we will plan our community meetings on different locations in the region, to get maximum exposure and stay well connected to the local initiatives.

Start-up funnel (token development)

  • Conversations will start at the start of the project. Since our team members are well connected to the campus of Heerlen, Geleen, Venlo and Aachen we will start there. Goal is to have the first meetings within a month and a cooperation with 2 of the 4 sites within 3 months. 

Node Deployment (infrastructure)

  • Buying and configuring server: Node live within1 month after start project. (with 1 gbps)
  • Upgrade internet connection to 10 gbps: 2 months

 

Expected Network Information

Venlo, Netherlands OCP server

For this project, we’re looking for an OCP server, which means that less hardware will be wasted than in a traditional server. Hosting will be arranged by BlockHeating, in a water cooled datacenter.This will not only ensure a constant operating environment, but also enables us to re-use the residual energy as a heating source for a greenhouse. Connected with 10 Gbps. The hardware will be as followed • Dual E5-2678v3 CPU (48vCPU, 34k+ passmark score) • 512gb Ram • 2x 500gb NVME • 10gbps network • Ubuntu 19.04 x64

Team Members

Jeroen Burks Team Member

As a serial entrepreneur, Jeroen always looking for new opportunities to connect (existing) networks to new technologies. His main role will be to connect entrepreneurs and research parties to developers able to develop ICON dApps. Also on his to-do list is configuring the server and arranging the green hosting solution at BlockHeating.

Mustapha Ouarani Team Member

As a technology-focused lawyer and entrepreneur with many years of experience in the blockchain sector, Mustapha advise blockchain-centric organizations on legal compliance and on the development of national and European blockchain strategies.

Iconic Team Member

The members of team Iconic have a technical, development or a financial and technology Law background. If you have any questions about us please contact us.