A sitdown with Jevon Coffin-Grey – IAME Blockchain Technology Advisor

Interviews | March 21, 2018

Jevon Coffin-Grey is IAME’s core advisor on blockchain technology. With an impressive repertoire of  developing and driving innovative commercial products for heavily data-dependent environments, Jevon is very active in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

His core specialisation is in electronic engineering and, with over 10 years of experience in hardware and software development, Jevon has applied these skills into the blockchain environment by consulting on projects aimed at integrating disruptive IoT technology with the blockchain space. Jevon’s expertise on blockchain technology is being leveraged by our IAME team to fine-tune the IAME Identification Network to ensure optimal applicability in the blockchain space.

Our Community Engagement team recently sat down with him to talk about his work, what drives him, and why the IAME project was particularly appealing to him. Jevon’s expertise, knowledge, and commitment to leveraging new technologies is remarkable and evident throughout the interview.

 

“IAME’s fragmentation is the obvious stand out tech to me. No validator of my identity will ever receive a full document or evidence which provides that extra layer of security against identity theft. Identity theft is something that has affected people around me, so I am well aware of the consequences of it.”

– Jevon Coffin-Grey, IAME Blockchain Technology Advisor –

 

Tell us the Jevon Coffin-Grey story – what has led you to the work you do today?

After completing a BSc in Electronics in 2006, I joined a company that had an innovative R&D department. My role involved development of electronic hardware and software development (and a bit later, the managing of these development teams). However, I found myself far more passionate about the software aspects rather than hardware.

Through this passion, I gained a lot of experience in many software languages and tools and a few years ago I decided to establish my own company focused on building software platforms.

 

“One day, blockchain came across my path and I decided to dig into it a bit more. I was intrigued by the technology and could see a use for it with my current software solutions. Because of this, I decided to enrol on an Ethereum development course and have since not looked back. Smart Contracts have opened up an entire new world, and I am keen to help pioneer this space.”

 

What unique insights has your 10+ years in hardware/software development given you on what is needed the most right now?

Most of my experience has been with developing products and solutions for the insurance industry and for compliance purposes. This may not sound very exciting, however, it’s worth pointing out that in dealing with clients in both of these spaces, I’ve found fraud to be a major issue – this means that having a trusted source of data is paramount. When I think of the type of data that requires trust, I think of things like ‘data used in insurance claims’, ‘compliance records/certificates’, and of course ‘identity’.

Blockchain is well suited to making headway with these problems and, with the advent of Smart Contracts, I believe solutions are not far away.

 

You seem to be very interested in the blockchain space – tell us why blockchain technology intrigues you and how you see its future?

That’s a great question and I could easily speak for hours on this – but I’ll try to be brief.

What excites me the most is definitely the possibility of running feature rich Smart Contracts we can trust. I’ll try to break that down a little. With regards to trust, obviously blockchain can provide one part of the trust, but the other comes from the sources of information to these smart contracts – often referred to as Oracles.

I’m confident we are going to see a massive push for these Oracles in the short to medium term, which can support the growth of Smart Contracts. I was recently at a conference where Thomson Reuters presented their offerings in this area and it was fantastic to hear the progression there.

Of course, Smart Contracts are in their infancy, but I foresee the complexity/abilities of these growing, much like we saw the growth in web development languages in the early days – and still today, I suppose.

 

Outside of general interest and enthusiasm, what official activities and projects are you engaged in within the blockchain realm?

Currently, I run the area of my company focused on Blockchain development and Smart Contracts. My responsibility is to keep up to date with the technology and latest developments in this area. I am also currently working on a Smart Contract application for the insurance industry. Another project includes the integration of IoT devices and Blockchain.

 

How do you view the role of identification processes within the realm and what is it about IAME’s tech that has you excited to be a core advisor?

I think it’s fair to say that the current KYC processes have their flaws and that can be extremely frustrating. Having to continually provide documents to every entity I want to create an account with, seems absolutely inefficient! Surely there should be a trusted source of my identity that can be referred to, which I simply verify once. Blockchain identity solutions/platforms seem to be tackling this problem well.

 

“IAME’s fragmentation is the obvious stand out tech to me. No validator of my identity will ever receive a full document or evidence which provides that extra layer of security against identity theft. Identity theft is something that has affected people around me, so I am well aware of the consequences of it.”

 

Jevon’s vast experience in the blockchain space, combined with his impressive ability to adapt to emerging trends and technologies positions him as a standout individual capable of providing insights that very few can. The IAME team is already leveraging his insights and Jevon’s expertise will only contribute to benefiting and boosting the development of the IAME Identification Network.

 

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