Mozfest 2016 and the Databox Launch

Last week was an eventful start for the Databox project, with a strong presence at Mozilla Festival 2016 followed by the official launch event at the IET, Savoy Place!

At MozFest we presented a Smart Kitchen demo with partners the BBC R&D Labs as part of the “A Tale of Two Cities: Dilemmas in Connected Spaces” session. In this we set up a number of smart utensils to work with a synced videos that guided participants in a bake-off competition. While the winning contestant found the interaction with the devices useful, some found it the smart utensils rather confusing — clearly plenty of scope of work to integrate IoT into future Smart Homes.

We also ran several hack-an-app sessions where participants were able to use our modified Node Red environment to build apps that processed IoT data streams. The level of engagement — some participants stayed for several hours on Sunday! — suggested that there’s plenty of scope for enabling users to build and publish their own apps. Perhaps this is what’s needed to release the IoT’s potential?

We also had our official launch event at the IET Savoy Place– a great venue 🙂 We hosted several community members, SMEs, industry partners, and NGO representatives — thanks to all for coming! — presenting a series of talks followed by demos of the prototype and the software SDK, and finally a panel session between the industry partners and advisory boards discussing the challenges and opportunities faced by the project. Some great feedback, and a chance for everyone to see what they’d missed over the weekend.

Finally, the Databox project was discussed as part of the “Turing Lecture: Data Science, National Security and Systems Challenges” at the Alan Turing Institute. You can find the video of the talks here, with specific discussions about Databox at 47′:10″.

Here are a few pictures from the Mozilla Festival and the launch event. A great job by the team, and thanks to everyone who participated during MozFest and who came along to the launch event. Exciting times ahead!

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Databox Hack-an-app booth during Mozilla Festival 2016

Come and check out our platform, prototype, and exemplar apps at Mozilla Festival 2016! Databox and BBC will host the Hack-an-app session, and The Kitchen Databox Demo at “A Tale of Two Cities: Dilemmas in Connected Spaces” session.



Friday, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 603

Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 603
The Future Of The Web
Saturday, 3:15pm-4:15pm
Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 603
Saturday, 4:30pm-8:00pm
Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 601
Sunday, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 603
Sunday, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Dilemmas In Connected Spaces, Floor 6 – 601

Full details of the kitchen demo are available on:

Databox Project Launch Event

The Databox project launch event will be held on Monday 31st October, right after MozFest2016, at the IET London: Savoy Place.

The agenda will be as follows:

12:30 Arrival and lunch
13:30 Opening talk:  Vision, progress overview, aims, partnerships (Slides)
14:00 Demos, posters, and exemplar apps from MozFest
14:30 Tea Break
14:45 Panel: industry partners & advisory board
15:00 Databox Q&A open forum
15:30 Conclusions
To attend, please register on:
We look forward to seeing you there!

Savoy Place

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Databox Project (starting October 2016)

Databox project is a new £1.5M EPSRC project led by Dr. Hamed Haddadi (QMUL) in collaboration with Dr. Richard Mortier (University of Cambridge) and Professors Derek McAuley, Tom Rodden, and Andy Crabtree (University of Nottingham) who will explore the development of the Databox as means of enhancing accountability and giving individuals control over the use of their personal data.

The Databox envisions an open-source personal networked device, augmented by cloud-hosted services, that collates, curates, and mediates access to an individual’s personal data by verified and audited third party applications and services. The Databox will form the heart of an individual’s personal data processing ecosystem, providing a platform for managing secure access to data and enabling authorised third parties to provide the owner with authenticated services, including services that may be accessed while roaming outside the home environment

The Databox project will run for 3 years and starts in October 2016. It is funded by EPSRC, Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy theme. Industry partners include the BBC, BT, Microsoft Research, and Telefonica. The project is also supported by the Internet Society, Cornell Tech, and the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute. The open source platform and app ecosystem code will appear on the repository on GitHub.

Hamed Haddadi, Heidi Howard, Amir Chaudhry, Jon Crowcroft, Anil Madhavapeddy, Derek McAuley, Richard Mortier, “Personal Data: Thinking Inside the Box”, The 5th decennial Aarhus conference (Aarhus 2015), August 2015, available on arXiv [paper , MIT Technology Review, Guardian]