This weekend I am at my second Hackathon, Hack4Diamonds, here in Antwerp, Belgium. 80% of the world’s diamonds pass through here at one point in time through the supply chain, or another.
We have this awesome opportunity to network with some high power players in the diamond and blockchain industry. My team consists of two gentleman from India/Netherlands/NYC, and three diamond experts from Antwerpen, plus myself, a Geographer, blockchain enthusiast, and student of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. We are well on our way to putting diamonds on the blockchain. The smart contracts are written, we are using lasers for diamond identification, we are utilizing AI for data mining on the network, plus AR for diamond identification. We are utilizing the Ethereum network, of course. I also have some ideas to pivot the technology to other more favorable blockchains in due time.
We want to increase transparency in the supply chain from mine, to processing, to store/or directly to customers.
With the technology protocol practically complete, my specific focus this weekend is to perform diamond mining research, identifying those key geographic areas, and designing durable sorts of wrist bands/watches for our ID system so that mine workers and their personal identity can be included with the diamonds that they are mining. I am very interested in workers’ rights and an honest living working wage for the miners, so this design is being implemented in order for them to be compensated properly. This is an ethical blockchain project.
I am thinking IoT, RFID, or perhaps a sort of laminated paper wallet that is scanned each day before leaving the mine. Does anybody have any creative ideas they would care to share? It would be much appreciated.
If you have any creative ideas or research that you would like to share, I would love to include them in the project and also give you due credit, compensation, and mention in our presentation. Also, I would love to say that this project is sponsored by TheBitcoin.Pub, as this is an outstanding community in the blockchain industry.