locama | actively forging | 90% sharing node | promoting Ark and developing business based on Ark solutions |



  • Hello everyone,
    our delegate name is locama, we said “our” because we are a team of 2 old (with a lot of experience, sounds better, we’re around 45yo…) Italian guys.
    One of us joined the world of blockchain solutions 2 years ago and involved the other a few months ago.

    locama skills & motivations

    We are working in company that provides ICT services in multinational environment into the luxury goods’ markets.
    One of us is a system admin with deeply rooted skills in Linux and project management, the other is an EMEA salesman with a plus of 10 years of technical background in telecommunications (once engineer, always engineer).

    Why we’ve decided to became an Ark delegate and why you should vote us?

    We both strongly believe that Ark project, with its community & Ecosystem, will be the blockchain platform that help a lot of companies in upgrading their business processes to the blockchain solutions.

    Being a delegate, even if neither of us writes code, will help us in promoting and helping the growth of Ark, more concretely:
    Shaking the tree talking about blockchain inside companies we’re already working with, this could generate an interest, a request and maybe some project based on Ark ecosystem.
    Meet & Speak the developers, we don’t write code, from features already developed or requests collected by clients could come business.

    Since we’re Italian, with the kept sharing pool we would like to organize meetup in Italy or also in other countries where we are often visiting, such as France, Spain, the Netherlands.

    Please also consider that even if you’re not directly interested in developing business, the growth of Ark inside companies will increase the value of the Ark you’ve.

    locama proposal
    90% sharing
    Transaction fee covered
    • Stable payment every week, on Monday (was Sunday)
    • For permanent voters, every 2 months, bonus
    10% kept will be used to: cover costs for the node, transaction fees, votes refund, bonus for permanent voters, organize meetup/events in Italy and promotions for voters (eg 1 week with 100% sharing)
    • Always open to suggestions, please post a reply here or contact us per email

    Node setup
    • CPUs: 4
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • SSD Disk: 150 GB
    • Bandwidth transfer: 5 TB
    • Uptime SLA: 99,9% yearly

    We’ve tested 2 different setups, this one has guaranteed excellent performances during a test period. As soon as we will start to forge, another node with the same specs will be added.

    Conclusion
    We’d love to help the Ark community to grow simply sharing and talking about Ark and hopefully developing real business.

    Please always consider that even if you’re not directly interested in developing business, the grow of Ark inside companies will increase the value of the Ark you’ve.

    We see a huge potential in this project and we’re ready to help with our skills, any suggestion is always welcome, please feel free to contact us also per email.

    Contacts
    Delegate name: locama
    Email: locama.delegate@gmail.com



  • We are now rank #86.

    Please large investors, support us:
    we’ll share immediately 90% of the forged pool and
    the business development/marketing activities to promote Ark solutions inside real companies will increase for sure the value of the coins you already have.

    Of course we are available to provide any info to large investors that will support us:

    • business development & marketing plan,
    • meeting reports,
    • first hand news when a company will decide to adopt Ark solutions, eg accepting Ark coins payment or setup a blockchain to upgrade their business.


  • We will be attending the ARK’s First Official MeetUp in Archchamp on March22nd, lets meet there!

    First presentation for an upgrade to blockchain to an Italian tour operator: lot of rooms owned and seats on charter flights.

    Summarizing the first feedback at the end of the meeting:

    Pro:

    • end of the travel intermediaries that don’t own rooms?
    • huge IT savings
    • new revenue streams from new markets not served by travel intermediates (China)

    Cons:

    • blockchain is new technology, how can stay a bit safer that the solution we choose today will not be old in a few months?
    • IT change management
    • need for expertises on ICO, even if fundrasing and coin arent a priority

    More details if interested,
    please not that supporting our business development/marketing activities to promote ARK inside real companies will increase the value of the coins you already have.



  • From a couple of days are rank #49 and actively forging, a big thank you to our voters!
    The first payment will be this Monday, although it is not yet spent a week.

    Second presentation to introduce blockchain to a company that produces luxury goods sold all around the world.

    Summarizing the first feedback at the end of the meeting:

    Pro:
    • Supply chain deep tracking capabilities
    • Less fake goods?
    • Does traceability & wider client’s trust increase sales?

    Cons:
    • Internal IT department unable to manage the upgrade to blockchain
    • Costs to be assessed, both IT infrastructure and people to manage it
    • how to be safe that the blockchain’s ID on the single good can’t be faked?

    More details if interested, any comment is welcome.

    Please not that supporting our business development/marketing activities to promote ARK inside real companies will increase the value of the coins you already have.

    We will be attending the ARK’s First Official MeetUp in Archchamp on March22nd, lets meet there!



  • ARK’s First Official MeetUp in Archchamp
    One of us has attended the meeting, met many founders and talked about our next steps to promote business based on Ark Ecosystem with the Ark’s CTO, FX Thoorens (what a surprise, he speaks an excellent Italian!)

    IoThingsMilan (iothingsmilan.com) on April 10th and 11th has an area dedicated to blockchain technology, we will be there to listen to the speakers, meet them and talk to the other attendants. The goal is to meet people/companies involved in this business to understand what they’re doing. And, of course, to talk about Ark Ecosystem.

    Stable payment every Monday, we will continue to pay our investors on Monday (was Sunday in the original proposal) as from the first payment. It is easier to manage for us.

    Node setup, update: the productivity is high, 99,95%, another node with the same specs has been added mainly for testing purpose and, if needed, as backup.

    Contact us
    Any suggestion is always welcome, please feel free to contact us per email.
    Delegate name: locama
    Email: locama.delegate@gmail.com



  • sleepdeficit (simon) has done a lot of work and created libraries for IoT and Ark if you would like to refer to it for the IoThings meetup. Thanks for your efforts and getting started on this.



  • @mike noted, thank you.
    after the event I’ll write a feedback, I’m curious to hear iota foundation’s (official italian representative?) speech.



  • The conference we attended was on IoT but offered excellent insights on blockchain technology in Italy: were presented some serious projects, we refer mainly to Ernst & Young and IBM.
    On specific request, they claim to integrate existing blockchain frameworks and platforms (not Ark) with proprietary developments. We are talking about big projects involving corporations (banking & insurance), not medium-sized companies.
    Iota Foundation speech was too technical and the project seems quite far from any concrete application.
    Other presentations at the conference did (intentionally?) big confusion between blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, often both called bitcoins. We heard a speaker (a well-known journalist) say that blockchain technology would be illegal in Italy, he wasn’t joking.
    Meeting people and companies, we realized that there is still poor knowledge of what blockchain technology is and what benefits it can achieve also for medium-sized companies.
    We’re working on a website in Italian that speaks about blockchain and Ark Ecosystem.
    As Italian Ark delegates we will translate in Italian Ark’s technical documents and also provide a step by step guide to buy Ark.
    We always speak about blockchain and Ark with all the business contacts we meet, the first goal is to organize a meetup in Italy in the next few months, after summer holidays would be perfect.
    Updates will follow, as usual feel free to ask us any info.



  • Hello,
    we will be attendending the Blockchain Business Case Forum in Milan, Italy, on June 27th, updates follow.

    Here the link if you wish to join the event, a few seats are still available:
    https://www.metooo.io/e/blockchainbusinesscaseforumcommunityndt

    Please feel free to contact us to meet there.



  • Blockchain & Ark seem to generate great interest among business contacts, over 500 views in a couple of days, 2 requests for seats



  • Here is the first part of the update on the Blockchain Business Case Forum event that took place in Milan, many ideas to think about and a series of meetings to follow (this report has already been posted on the Slack).

    The event was very professional and crowded, probably it was the best meeting made so far in Italy. We attended the event along with another Italian delegate, axi.

    There were many interesting speeches, in this first update we begin to describe those concerning initiatives related to Public Administration.

    European committee for Standardization
    They are working to create a standard consensus model to work with the public administration, D-POA, Distributed Proof of Authorities.

    Italian custom agency
    The Italian agency is working with all the custom agencies of European Commission on the Electronic Customs project. The goal of the project is to use blockchain to cut costs on the controls, improve traceability and certify some products.
    In Italy there is already a pilot project covering a typical Italian alcoholic beverage called Genepy.

    Italian chambers of commerce
    Already certify products’ made in Italy for registered companies: there are a series of complex procedures and frequent checks, at the end a specific label is issued (for example 100% Italian, 60% Italian, Designed in Italy).
    They are working to upgrade to blockchain technology in order to cut costs and make processes transparent.

    World Food Program
    World Food Program is an organization that distributes free food to the needy and is totally financed by donations.
    They described a case of blockchain that they are using to help 10,000 people in a Syrian city to pick up food in local supermarkets. Each person is identified by the World Food Program (retinal scan), when a person buys food in the supermarket, at the checkout is identified and the World Food Program makes the payment directly to the supermarket. Technology solves the problems of the very high bank commissions and the missed payments to supermarkets that have occurred using the intermediation of local banks that do not meet international standards. Using blockchain they save money, saving money that can help more people and every payment can be tracked by World Food Program donors.

    San Marino, a small independent state in central Italy.
    The Minister of Innovation attended the event, he said that San Marino is working on laws that allow a company registered in the state to launch ICO without having to go to Switzerland, Malta or Estonia. By the end of 2018, he said.

    In the next updates we will describe private initiatives (companies upgrading to blockchain and startups), our feelings about the event and follow-up meetings that we set to present Ark Ecosystem: nobody knows about Ark, event participants were not technical people



  • http://www.ark-italia.it
    the first site dedicated to Ark in Italian is online.

    Since we have seen that most of the people we meet do not know Ark, the aim of this website is to talk about Ark to Italian interested in the blockchain technology.

    It is the first release, many contents will be translated into Italian from the official Ark site and some guides will be published for non-expert (non-technical) people who can help, for example, to buy Ark or manage the wallet.

    In different sections (About and Disclaimer) it is specified that the site is not official but it is realized by Italian Ark enthusiasts (and Ark delegates, @locama and @axi) to bring together Italian fans.

    Please note that supporting our business development/marketing activities to promote ARK inside real companies will increase the value of the coins you already have.

    Updates will follow, feedback or suggestions are always welcome.
    feel free to contact us on Slack: @locama



  • Here we are again after a quarter of very intense work in “non-crypto” life.

    Although at the time of writing this message we are ranked 52, we will continue to support Ark, please feel free to contact us to join our pool (sharing remains 90%).

    Our latest news:

    We’ve added another relay node, you can find it on arkstats.net;

    We’are actively working on our sidechain project based on Ark;

    The site dedicated to Ark in Italian is online but it is still far from what we want, we will work on it.

    The next event we will participate in is Blockchain Forum Italia which will take place on November 7th in Milan, the entrance has a cost (300EU), but speakers are respected professionals.
    Here the link if you wish to join the event: https://www.blockchainforumitalia.com/eng-about/

    Feedback, suggestions or requests to join our pool are always welcome,
    feel free to contact us on Slack: @locama



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