Frode van der Laak

Founder of Reltime.
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Frode van der Laak is the Founder of Reltime, an Award-Winning AI and Web3 initiative. He is a distinguished postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors (NORCICS), which operates within the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

His areas of expertise include AI, blockchain, and big data, with a particular focus on dementia research. Additionally, he advises on Reltime’s Decentralized Science initiatives.

Educational Background:

o    PhD from King’s College London, (Specialised in using mobile handsets as validating nodes in a Proof of Authority Layer 1 blockchain with integrated identity features, and in Decentralised Science)

o    M.Sc. in System and Software Security from the University of Oxford.

o    Postgraduate Diploma in IT from the University of Sunderland.


Frode’s ground-breaking work has earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious “Best Researcher of the Year” award at the International Congress for Research Excellence 2024 (ICRE 24). This award recognizes his pioneering paper on using 5G mobile handsets as DAOs and nodes in Layer 1 Proof of Authority blockchains, highlighting his innovative contributions to blockchain technology and telecommunications.

This award was presented by the American Chamber of Research, in collaboration with several esteemed global research organizations, underscoring Frode’s significant impact on the field of blockchain technology.


Frode is a prolific inventor, holding over 16 patents in mobile, blockchain, AI, and 5G technologies. You can learn more about his patents

Previous Experience:

In his previous role, Frode led research and development at Reltime, where he advanced blockchain-powered digital innovations. His contributions have solidified Reltime’s status as a leader in technological advancement, enhancing the security, scalability, and efficiency of decentralized networks.


Frode van der Laak’s career is characterized by a relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation, particularly within the blockchain and telecommunications sectors.