Those of us who closely follow IOTA and the various use cases that have been developed taking advantage of the new technology behind this DLT, know that one of the fields in which IOTA could help develop great solutions is eHealth.
That is why some of the community developers have decided to work devising projects that help improve certain aspects related to this area.
Such is the case of Dennis Schouten, member of the IOTA community and of the IEN (IOTA Evangelist Network), who founded Skaly together with Peter Willemsen and Stan Scharnigg. Today we are going to invest time in getting to know him and this new software that uses IOTA technology.
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Hi Dennis, can you tell us a little about you? What is your background?
I am Dennis Schouten and live in The Netherlands where I studied HR with a major in ICT. I held several management positions where I implemented different IT systems, ranging from SAP till registration management systems. Decided to start a company in 2011 tackling the indexing systems of resumes. After that became a freelancer and started to discover the world of blockchain.
You work in the area of computer software industry, you will be used to innovation, but how was it to discover the world of DLT’s in this new era of IoT?
I think innovation will be mankind’s biggest Achilles heel for the next century. Will we innovate to help mankind or will we innovate to destroy it? For myself it is all about innovating to achieve a better world for everyone and make life easier, connected and secure. For myself I did not start at IoT and discovered the true miracle behind it with IOTA. All that I knew before were the old dinosaurs like; BTC, LTC and Ethereum, all crypto based solutions build on mining and fees. After I discovered IOTA in the spring of 2017, I was immediately intrigued how IOTA wanted to change the world and set up a base protocol for the IoT industry. Started to read the white paper (which was to technical and some point) I began to interact on slack with other likeminded people.
What were your first thoughts when you found out about IOTA?
My first thoughts were that this was an amazing project, the more I was reading and talking about it the more I got hooked on this new technology. Yes, I knew what IoT was but never took it to serious before I encountered IOTA. In this space it is not about immediate mind-blowing talks that got me but more how IOTA evolved into something immense. Not immense as in supporters but the concept behind it, the industry that needed a better solution to streamline data, the industry CEO’s who came onboard and assisted IOTA to claim their rightful place within the IoT industry.
What do you think about blockchain technology?
Blockchain is here to stay. I think we should always look back and see how everything started in this space. Is blockchain a solution? Yes of course, some technologies are better integrated with blockchain then a DAG. But it all depends on innovation. Because the few who keeps innovating and showcase new projects within this new industry will be the winners.
It reminds me of two other moments that were disruptive to the world. First was the internet and second the mobile phone. These two industries changed our world fast but with a progressive pace. This will also be the case for IOTA and other innovative solutions within the blockchain/DLT industry. Whoever stands still will be eaten because we are evolving every day to that same future size the internet/mobile phone has become.
Many areas can be intervened by IOTA to optimize services, you decided to target the health area with your SKALY project, could you tell us about it?
Yes, it is true that there are numerous services in different industries that can be optimized by IOTA but how we eventually targeted the health industry was to recognize the potential within this industry. After reading an article about obesity percentages within the Middle East it struck me by lightning. I always look for global chances and here I saw an opportunity. Quickly I began to brainstorm for myself and after some hours I contacted Peter Willemsen and Stan Scharnigg, co-founders of SKALY and talked them through the idea I had and how we can implement IOTA within the health industry.