Databox Open Source Software Community Launch

Dear Open Source Software enthusiasts

We are inviting you to join us in the open-source community launch of the Databox project on Friday 24th of March at Darwin College, in co-operation with the OCaml Labs in Cambridge.

Databox, started in October 2016 with generous funding by EPSRC, 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, locally-executable, 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. You can find out more about the project on and view the in-progress code at

We will present the initial release of a working open source Databox platform, which can be run on any device capable of running Docker containers. We endeavour to provide support for ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi 3 for this release. This initial release will have basic data collection support through mobile sensing libraries and selected APIs, will provide basic data flow policing and privacy policy enforcement, and will support installation and operation of simple personal data processing apps. At this event we want to introduce the Databox to you, and then we hope to engage with security & privacy enthusiasts, data visualisation & analytics fans, and potential app developers to begin building a community and ecosystem around the Databox. We’re open to contributions of all kinds, from improvements to core components, to helping you integrate your favourite IoT devices, to brainstorming what apps and devices you want to see the Databox support!

Venue: Darwin College Cambridge, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU, United Kingdom

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Date: Friday 24th March 2017


9:30-10:00 Registration, Coffee and pastries

10:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Databox project

10:20 Introduction to the open source platform and components (Databox team)

11:00 SDK and Building an example app

11:30 Feature requirements discussions and BoF work groups

12:00 Development session I

13:00 Buffet Lunch

13:30 Development session I continued

14:30 Tea Break

14:45 BoF sessions II

15:00 Feature & App development session II

16:30 Group/individual presentations

17:00 Close

18:30 Drinks and dinner

Written on February 25, 2017