Connect Ethereum to Real IoT products: Ethereum Camp in March 2018 in Berlin, Germany

Philipp Sandner
7 min readMar 6, 2018

Save the date: From March 26, 2018 to March 29, 2018 we will organize the second Ethereum Camp in Berlin, Germany. Join us as participant or corporate partner!

Last year in summer, we organized the first Ethereum Camp in Frankfurt/Main. 14 real prototypes developed over 5 days, 85 participants. See the video now (90s).

Throwback to last summer:

Our IoT/Ethereum Summer Camp was a huge success! We had an amazing week with other 80 national and international participants, coming from the US, India, Mexico … visiting Frankfurt in Germany while developing on five days, from morning till late evening, to get their innovation done. All participants played an unique role with their skills in software development, programming, electro engineering with IoT devices as well as business & marketing for the sales pitch.

Fortunately, we had the pleasure of having special guests and companies on board that already work on blockchain solutions, such as Daimler, Commerzbank, ConsenSys, Energybrainpool as well as special guests from the blockchain space such as IOTA, uPort, BigchainDB, SolarCoin, Eciotify and many more.

And now it’s happening again.

Join our Ethereum Camp in March, 2018 in Berlin (Germany) focusing on connecting Ethereum to real IoT products. We provide Raspberry Pi and HiKey hardware sets, sensors, actors, physical products and teach you coding and how to program it — you develop Ethereum smart contracts, implement IOTA, connect real products and code a frontend. From a business model perspective, this can yield endless possibilities.

Experts, lawyers and scholars will hold sessions to touch various facets of the intersection of IoT and blockchain. The camp is supported by Next Big Thing, weeve, Innogy, CIONET, Blogfabrik, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, nexussquared, 21 Digital and more.


We have experts showing you how to connect Ethereum and IOTA to IoT products and how to code with Raspberry Pis, HiKey, sensors and actors. Further, we organize multiple short lectures to inspire you, e.g. by lawyers, developers, industry experts.

As an IT developer (60 pax), you develop a IoT/Ethereum/IOTA prototype connecting the Raspberry Pi and HiKey, accessing sensors and actors, including Ethereum smart codes and presenting frontend interfaces.

As a business developer (20 pax), you think of a business model and a clear product or service; you develop marketing material and a first version of a website; you might also talk to potential customers to get their opinion.

WHAT do we provide:

  • We provide hardware devices: Raspberry Pi and HiKey hardware sets, sensors and actors with multiple I/O channels.
  • You learn how to connect Ethereum and IOTA to the IoT hardware.
  • You learn how to program the Raspberry Pi and HiKey sets, the sensors and the actors.
  • We provide a set of real products to be connected, e.g. a truck, a RFID reader, a 220V plug, a charging station for e-cars, a solar panel, a smart meter.
  • You connect with others and for a team consisting of both IT developers and business people.
  • You think of a business model based on hardware, software and smart contracts.
  • Ideally at the end of the week, you have a working prototype, a website and a video to showcase your product.
  • You present your product and your business model at the end of the week to the blockchain community in Berlin which we will invite to listen to you.

WHO will contribute — Speaker:

We have fascinating lecturers for this week! Experts, lawyers and scholars will give sessions to highlight different facets of development in the blockchain area: IOTA, Technische Universität München, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management etc.

  • Lean start-up, canvas, blue ocean, what to use when starting a business?
    (Daniel Grassinger, nexussquared)
  • Disrupting Industries With Blockchain
    (Prof. Dr. Andranik Tumasjan, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
  • Business Models for Decentralized IoT Blockchain Applications
    (Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School)
  • Ethereum: collection of best practices
    (Immo Garlichs, TickETH)
  • Opportunities and the importance of the right founder team
    (Lennart Wittstock, 21 Digital)
  • How to really quickly build websites
    (Jonas Beisswenger, CODE)
  • An institutional VC’s view on Blockchain and Crypto
    (Ravi Kurani, Earlybird)
  • Potential of Blockchain & IoT
    (Harald Zapp, weeve — CEO)
  • How to develop IoT products and the technology behind it
    (Aravinth Panchadcharam, NBT — Embedded System Engineer)
  • How can I make use of blockchain based currencies for gaming?
    (Jörg Roskowetz, AMD)
  • Smart contracts explained in detail
    (Laurence Kirk, XAIN AG — Blockchain Architect)
  • About a new technology and how to use it: weeve
    (Sebastian Gajek, weeve — Chief Scientist)
  • Blockchain & IoT use cases in the energy industry
    (Tobias Federico, Energy Brainpool)
  • Will energy consumption be the end of blockchain technology?
    (Simon Bartmann, BTC AG)

more to come…

NEEDED requirements:

  • IT developers: fundamental knowledge of JavaScript, NodeJS, Ethereum Web3.js, passion for innovation, highly motivated; if possible, Raspberry Pi and C++
  • Business developer: fascination for blockchain and IT, ideally entrepreneurship experience, passion for innovation, some marketing and design skills, highly motivated


The regular fee is EUR 1500, but we provide 20 stipends reducing the fee to EUR 500. Feel free to apply! With a successful application we send you a voucher code you can then use for your registration. Please note that we cannot provide accommodation; you have to organize this yourself.

When and where will it happen?

It is a four day winter camp from March 26, 2018 to March 29, 2018 in Berlin (Germany). You are welcome to apply here for a stipend or register directly.

How many people will be there?

We currently plan to have room for 100 participants (75 developers + 25 business people). We expect many participants to be students but of course we would also love to have participants with deep industry or IT experience.

What does it cost?

The regular fee is 1500€, but we provide 20 stipends reducing the fee to 500€ — you are welcome to apply! Please note that we cannot provide accommodation; you have to organize this yourself.

What products do we provide?

We provide a set of real products which can be connected to the IoT hardware chip, e.g., a truck, a RFID reader, a 220V plug, a charging station for e-cars, a solar panel, a smart meter and more. You are welcome to propose more!

Who is organizing this?

We are the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, nexussquared and 21 Digital. Precisely, it is Philipp Sandner (Frankfurt School Blockchain Center), Daniel Grassinger (nexussquared), Andranik Tumasjan (University Mainz), Daniel Hofinger (21 Digital).

Can companies be partner in this IoT camp?

Yes. If you are a company and would like to become our partner or if you would like to get your B2B or B2C product connected to Ethereum, please leave your email address here.

How can I apply as a participant?

Currently only a few tickets are available. In case you are a skilled IT developer or a passionate business developer, then apply here for a stipend or register directly.

Learn how to connect Ethereum to real IoT products! Participate in the second Ethereum Camp! See the trailer now (30s):


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Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). From 2018 to 2021, he was ranked among the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. He has been a member of the FinTech Council and the Digital Finance Forum of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. He is also on the Board of Directors of FiveT Fintech Fund, 21e6 Capital and Blockchain Founders Group — companies active in venture capital financing for blockchain startups and crypto asset investment management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, decentralized finance (DeFi), the digital euro, tokenization of assets, and digital identity. You can contact him via mail ( via LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter (@philippsandner).



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