Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity and status that provides access to e-services and transparent business environment. I talk with founder of Digital Identity Consulting Adam Ross who acquired the e-Residency. What benefits does the e-Residency offer? Where can you use it? With e-Residency it is easy to start a company with access to an international market & to grow your company with access to international startup funding. How practical is it already? e-Residency only costs €100 and it’s good for 5 years, compared to eHerkenning that costs €300 for 2 years. Europe is a frontrunner with their eIDAS standard, while the USA & Asia are years behind! I acquired my e-Residency already!

Mark van Rijmenam has been in the big data world for 10+ years. He left for Australia to do a PhD on the influence of Blockchain, AI and Big Data on the organization of tomorrow. He wrote a book about how to use blockchain for good and how subjects like poverty, climate change and identity can be influenced by studying organizations as the Worldbank & the UN. What changes will our organizations go through the next couple of years? Watch my interview with Mark! Mark will be a speaker at BIC19! Early Bird tickets with special discount are still available for a limited time!

KPMG recently published the 2019 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) where they assess countries’ preparedness for autonomous vehicles. I discuss the AVRI with KPMG Partner Loek Kramer & Manager Digital Advisory Stijn de Groen. It turns out that the Netherlands is, once again, ranked #1! Notably, it is working with neighboring countries to launch huge platoons of driverless trucks to transport flowers on major “Tulip Corridor” routes in Europe. Which country is ranked #2? How were countries assessed? What advantages and changes will autonomous vehicles bring?

De internationale waterstofeconomie is opbloeiend en ik praat met Noe van Hulst, Nederlandse Waterstofgezant bij het Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat. In welke landen vinden de grootste ontwikkelingen rond waterstof plaatst? Hoe is de internationale samenwerking op dit moment? In Azië gebeurt er op dit moment heel veel, maar hoe belangrijk vindt Europa waterstof? Welke interessante projecten zijn er in Europa? In Zweden werken ze bijvoorbeeld aan ‘groen’ staal produceren met waterstof i.p.v. kolen. Volgende week meer over waterstofontwikkelingen met Nederland als focus!

See you next week!