Nicolas Schteinschraber and Federico Gonzalez are two developers from Argentina. They applied their project Circular Energy Management in the contest The Perfect Brainstorm launched by the IOTA Foundation and of the 210 participating projects, they managed to get the 3rd place.
We are pleased to meet Nicolas within the IOTA Argentinian Community for being one of those who knows more about Flash Channels in Argentina and was participating as a speaker at the last IOTA Meetup Bs As, together with Serguei Popov and others.
We were able to interview both of them and got to know a little more about this interesting project chosen by the IF as one of the winners.
Please, tell us about your background
FG: I’m currently Creative director of Experience Design at R/GA . My background is working in innovation for products and services, I’m a product designer with expertise in UX and design thinking, previously and entrepreneur, previously an artist.
NS: I work with emerging technologies, my day job as Lead Engineer, Applied Sciences at R/GA is to research and understand new tech as it comes around, see what really is behind the buzzwords and what isn’t, find out what it works for and how it can be applied for different use cases and industries by developing working PoC’s.
We collaborate closely to find the right match of tech and creativity that allows higher levels of experiences.
Why did IOTA catch your attention?
At first what caught our eye was the feeless transactions together with the fact that it was meant to be used in both M2M (Machine 2 Machine) communication but also payments. Since it was made for IoT scale and DAG based, also posed as the blockchain killer, “The blockchain without the blocks and the chain”. it was tempting to say the least, we wanted to find out how this would work as a platform rather than as only a currency.
The Project : Circular Energy Management
Urban commuting has increasingly become electric, with scooters and bikes being made available to the community via rental and sharing services. The problem of this sharing economy, is that once the bike or scooter runs out of battery, they are often times left on the street or even dumped into rivers or trash cans. This means that the solution to an urban problem has created a new one. To make sure that these scooters are not dumped after the battery runs out, and that the person on the scooter will actually arrive at their destination, Nicolas and Federico proposed a charging station network for power charging. Not only will it be possible to purchase electricity with IOTA micropayments, but the charging station itself can purchase energy nearby, creating a local prosumer economy. People in cities can also setup these charging stations to earn money — creating a completely new model for a sharing economy.
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