The Convergence Alliance

The Convergence Alliance is a unique community of open source protocols, enterprise, start-ups, government bodies and academia leading the next phase of the Web.

The Convergence Alliance’s mission is to accelerate and diffuse a more equitable, scalable and usable Web 3.0 to effect a New Open Data Economy based on the sovereignty of the user. Countering the platform monopolies of Silicon Valley and enabling a more evenly distributed value creation from AI.

Who is the Convergence Alliance for?



As a business who produces, processes and derives value from data, The Stack offers a framework for navigating decentralisation, blockchain and Web 3.0

Founding members include Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories T-Labs, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, SAP, Imperial College London, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative​, Datarella blockchain solutions, Smart Dubai and the Fab City Global Initiative.

In the same way digitalisation has transformed industry, decentralised technology will create a new wave of innovation, especially within the IoT and machine to machine economy. Early adopters of The Stack and industries at the forefront of Web3.0 include Mobility, Industry 4.0, Telecom, Smart Cities and Energy & Utilities.

If you are a developer, The Stack enables you to be part of an ecosystem of open-source technologies spanning hardware, software and p2p networking. While this is a broad invitation, we recognise that within The Stack all segments of the community play a vital role in the emerging Data Economy.

The diagram displays example members of the Convergence Alliance and how partners work together to build Web 3.0.

In Web2.0 we became familiar with the value of data. However we also witnessed data silos, breaches and hacks, as well as data being hoarded or not utilized at all. The Convergence Stack offers a solution to these challenges by providing an open-source hardware, software, networking and application stack to support a more secure, private, accessible and equitable digital infrastructure.

The Convergence Alliance will facilitate collaboration at a technical and commercial level, to increase the successful diffusion of The Stack across a variety of industries and use-cases. Driving innovation by defining, building, and integrating the Convergence Stack, actioned through working groups, research, hackathons and an annual dev con. Working groups include:

Internal Technical Council

Consists of the technical leads of each protocol with the objective to align on development strategy, govern the roadmap for integrations and define the high level vision of the Stack.

Standards Peer Group

With a rapidly expanding technology ecosystem birthing numerous emergent protocols that have the potential to build upon the foundational innovations of HTTP (website browsing) or SMTP (email), this working group acts as a curated forum of peers to understand and explore different approaches around areas like interoperability or privacy to inform how they engage with standards initiatives.

Ecosystem Guidance

To collectively agree and communicate the technical and commercial needs of alliance members from The Stack to help direct innovations in protocols, applications, and support services, as well as the venture capital required to bring them to market.

Dissemination & Education

To effectively educate the ecosystem of developers, businesses, government bodies as well as technical academia through targeted events, content and research to accelerate adoption. Helping industry to ‘cross the chasm’ and diffuse the innovations of Web 3.0

The working groups will focus on

  • Developability: tooling and documentation
  • Building software integrations between The Stack
  • Establishing standards
  • External integrations
  • Academic research
  • Shape regulation and certification
  • Develop usable applications: collaborating on real-world dapps

How to join The Alliance

We want to partner with, support and invest in projects working to realize the Convergence Stack whether early-stage start-ups, later stage projects, corporates, governments, and academia. Being part of the Alliance allows parties to develop a commercial advantage in partnership with the next Internet. With benefits such as knowledge, access, influence, and presence.

Please contact partnership@outlierventures.io to join the Alliance.

 

To watch our official launch and hear the discussion first hand view the summary here.