This year has been wonderful for IOTA in Latin America, specially in Argentina and Venezuela. Since the begining of 2018 many IOTA Meetups and workshops has been taken place at Buenos Aires and in Bariloche. Latin America is a fertil field for the arrival of Distributed Ledger Technologies and IOTA has been stepping stronger in this part of the world, not only because of the revolutionary concept, but also as a consequence of the work of the whole IOTA community that has been growing from last year.
IOTA Meetup Venezuela
Now is the turn for Venezuela where Saul Ameliach and his team at IOTA Latino are organizing the 2nd IOTA Meetup Venezuela due to the great response from the people at this country. The first IOTA Meetup Venezuela took place this past October 20th at the Hotel Hesperia from Valencia. Around 400 people signed up to attend the event thereby the organizers decided to held a second meetup before the end of 2018 in order to promote and expand the knowledge of IOTA Tangle in this region of the planet.
Venezuela is one of the countries with greater acceptance of blockchain technology in Latin America and a vast cryptocurrencies knowledge, as well as great potential for development. “Therefore, IOTA Latino decided to start its cycle of meetups scheduled for Latin America and the Caribbean in Venezuela, and has chosen the city of Valencia as the appropriate place to start with this stage of events,” says Ameliach
The 2nd IOTA Meetup Venezuela will take place tomorrow, December 1st also at Hotel Hesperia from Valencia and will be sponsored by ARTECH. The event will start in the morning, they will talk about IOTA TANGLE, and main topics; in addition to the computer language called ABRA.
They will have two very speciall guests such us Daniel De Michele and Alejandro Elustondo who will fly from Argentina to talk about MAM, Qubic, and of course their project xdk2mam.
XDK2MAM – IOTA Poc from Argentina to the world
This was a great year for xdk2mam. This project began with Daniel De Michele (Co-Founder) and Alejandro Elustondo (Co Founder) They worked to found a way to connect the Bosch xdk 110 sensor with IOTA’s Masked Authenticated Messaging (MAM). Daniel said: «It turns out that, despite the relation between Bosch and IOTA, there was no open source code available to connect this two pieces. We did a lot of research and spent long hours on the XDK Forum just to find pieces of code that would send some data via MQTT». This was an opportunity to build an open source and well documented solution to connect the XDK with IOTA through its various methods (HTTP/MQTT/BLE being the most important). So XDK2MAM was born.
Since this journey began, the xdk2mam team organized and participated in several workshops and meetups:
They were listed in the IOTA Data market place on August 29.
Invited to participate at Espacio Bitcoin meetup where they presented the project in front of a large audience the 6th of September
Offered a workshop at the Baikal Institute in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Flew to Brazil to participate with a workshop at the Blockcrypto in Sao Paulo with PhD Serguei Popov IOTA Co Founder, on September.
Traveled to Santa Fe province to gave another worshop at National University of Santa Fe on October 22nd.
Live Demonstration of how xdk2mam worked at the last IOTA Meetup Bs As the past November 22nd where Eric Hop and PhD Serguei Popov talked about different topics such us Coordidice and Q.
Hopefully this will be the first of many visits between this two ecosystems growing at Argentina and Venezuela. People of Latin America need to know what is IOTA and specially how this protocol designed for the Internet of Things will improve their lives and their economy. This is a great work that the Argentinian IOTA Community has been doing by spreading IOTA everywhere and to everyone who wants to learn about it.