Getting Results: Blockchain Mobility Hackathon Solutions Map

Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

The Blockchained Mobility Hackathon on the weekend of July 20-22 saw a flurry of innovation by a colorful mix of corporate and independent hackers along with some of the world’s biggest mobility players. In order to visualize the PoCs presented, we’ve built an interactive infographic.  

Building a blockchain mobility ecosystem with multiple distributed ledger technologies is a complex task that will require the smartest minds among us over a number of years. To that end, we asked each of the hacker teams competing at the Blockchained Mobility Hackathon to locate their prototype within a specific point in the tech stack as part of a future mobility user journey. In the infographic above, you can click to explore each of the PoCs presented and see immediately where the solution fits into the big picture for blockchained mobility. 

Embedded in the infographic you’ll also find the results for each team including videos of the final pitches, team interviews about next steps and you can even drill down into the code with direct access to the repositories from each team. Click the image now to expand the infographic and navigate to detailed information about each teams results.

We’re working hard to move toward the development of a mobility future where everyone can compete and collaborate by leveraging blockchain and distributed ledger technology across the mobility industry. Thank you to all of the participants and sponsors of the Blockchained Mobility Hackathon 2018! This is just the beginning.

Team Evan Network – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

Mobility-As-A Service Platform

Q: Your project in 1 sentence?

A: Mobility as a service (MaaS) through connecting Ethereum smart contracts with Datastreams on IOTA.

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A: We wanted to develop a case in the field of autonomous urban air mobility, better known for example as the concept of air taxis. In order to implement such an autonomous mobility concept, you have to bring together different partners. Making an air taxi fly is actually a bit more complicated than sending an autonomous car into traffic. Because you need some very important permission before you are allowed to start.

There is, for example, the flight control that has to check all the details of your flight to make sure that there is no other vehicle on the same route. Or the weather forecast service telling you if the conditions are okay for your flight. In addition to the permits, there are also other stakeholders, who should be integrated into the process. What about the insurance company offering real time insurance conditions depending on how much passengers you have and how long your flight will take? Or the booking platform where everybody can book easily his flight in an air taxi? So, at the end, it just makes sense to involve all parties in smart contracts on blockchain to automate as much processes as possible. And this is what we did.

Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?

A: In our team we were one designer and two backend developers with numerous experiences in blockchain projects.

Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

A: Mainly we used all kind of Ethereum based smart contracts, to bring the different participants together on a decentralized network. To get real time data of the air taxi we used the data streaming technology of IOTA. In our case, we created a process that opens a new data stream automatically in the moment in which the air taxi starts. From this point on we push the data stream in our Ethereum based smart contracts. To show the connection between IOTA and Ethereum, we used the data of the battery of the air taxi. The battery will be a very critical point for every autonomous process in the future. Because, while the air taxi is flying, the partners around, like for example the market places where you can book your air taxi, need the information when the air taxi will be available again for the next flight. And that is highly depended on the current status of the battery. So, to know in advance how long the air taxi has to charge after the flight before it can go back in the air, you need real time information about the battery condition.

Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

A: We will use the developed demo to show, what type of use cases you can implement at evan.network.

Team MeshUp – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

An open IOT messaging service based on IOTA for nearby vehicles and infrastructure to communicate.

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A:Currently there is no broadly used method for smart infrastructure and vehicles from different manufacturers to communicate hindering progress in smart traffic management, accident avoidance and autonomous driving.

Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?

A: Designer, Business Practitioner, Back- End Developers, Front End Developer

Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

A: IOTA as the distributed ledger for recording the messages, Javascript services for messaging clients, Vue JS and UIkit for the demonstrator interface.

Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

Tricky question. Still thinking about that. We got really positive feedback even though we did not win.

Team Homomorphic Blockchain – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

Location detection with full privacy on Blockchain.

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A:All data in Blockchain open, so personal data (e.g. location data) can’t be stored on blockchain. With homomorphic encryption the data are computably stored on blockchain.

Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?

A: Back-End Developer, App-Developer, Business Innovation

Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

A: .Net, homomorphic encryption (used SEAL), iota tangle, runtastic data, bing maps to visualize

Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

A: Investigation for further use cases like speed calculation, mobile app, ?

Team Smart Luggage – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

We make your luggage travel on its own.

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A: We free travellers from the burden of caring for their luggage. Therefore the luggage will autonomously determine the optimal route and transport mode while always taking the owner’s schedules and directions into account.

Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?

A: We had little hands-on experience with IOTA. Our roles were Designer, Backend Developer, Tinkerer.

Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

A: We decided on Node-RED on Raspberry Pi for prototyping of the “smart Infrastructure” part and chose IOTA as backend network for secure communication and payment.

Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

A: We have no concrete plans for proceeding yet.

Team Moby – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

KYC on the IOTA tangle.

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A: Expensive & time intensive KYC processes.

Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?

A:Backend-Developer, Frontend-Developer, App-Developer, Consultant

Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

A: MAM for claims streams, Android for an example App, Bluetooth for communication between Raspberrry Pi and Smartphone, IOTA as persistence layer, Raspberrry Pi as a car’s board computer.

Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

A: Finishing it, open specifications.

Team “Pac-Man on Wheels” – Third place in the Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

Pac-Man on Wheels, the winners of third place (for USD 1 000 + 15 000 XSC tokens)

Democratize autonomous driving by crowdsourcing and gamifying the data collection via IOTA Tokens

Q: What problem does your project solve?

A: In order to empower autonomous driving hundreds of thousands hours of sensor data are required. Individual data acquisition without merging possibility is never able to gain the appropiate amount of data needed to secure all driving scenarios. This can only be achieved by crowdsourcing the data by incentivizing road users with IOTA Tokens. A decentralized market place ensures the complete data availability.

Q: What expertise and roles did you have on your team?

A: Michael Karl: Business Development, Distributed Ledger Evangelist, IoT, Autonomous Driving & Sensorfusion Expert

  • Dr. Simon Hassannia: Head of Business Innovation and Automotive Industry Expert
  • Martin Mihaylov: Computer Vision & AI Engineer, Entrepreneur, Designer, All things tech enthusiast
  • David Hawig: Iota, Ipfs and Ntru C# Developer
    • Dr. Simon Hassannia: Head of Business Innovation and Automotive Industry Expert
    • Martin Mihaylov: Computer Vision & AI Engineer, Entrepreneur, Designer, All things tech enthusiast
    • David Hawig: Iota, Ipfs and Ntru C# Developer

    Q: Which technologies and tools did you use in your project?

    A: NTRU for encryption, IPFS for decentralized file storage, IOTA for immutable decentralized data exchange and monetization, Xamarin for multi-platform application development

    After we finished the Blockchained Mobility Hackathon with the 3rd place our team quickly set up communication channels to stay connected. Although our team has just found itself on the Hackathon we have a very strong attitude our project will successful be enhanced and implemented now. Because of the perfect mix between software and business developers and the seamless collaboration inside the team we have a strong starting point now. By attending at the DAHO.AM conference right after the Hackathon we received positive feedback from several attendees and company representative to have found a well-fitted business case here. The strong interest in “Pac-Man on Wheels” strengthened us once more to proceed with the project. We already spoke to interested companies and investors at the DAHO.AM and figured out some approaches how to get going. We are still in negotiations if the project will be kicked off as a start-up or, which is actually more likely, integrated into a project of an existing company. Since nothing is settled yet, we appreciate and want to encourage any interested party to get in touch with us to discuss common realization possibilities.

    Winning Team OMS – Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

    The winning team received USD 5 000 + 50 000 XSC tokens and the opportunity to pitch their project to the IOTA Ecosystem Fund for 50.000 USD.

    “In our vision we created the first Open Mobility Marketplace for IOTA – by enabling mobility provider companies (B2B) to publish mobility services offers (B2C), customers to search for them and conclude contracts in an easie way.”

    Q: What problem does your project solve?

    A: The API reduces hurdles to assimilate IOTA in existing architecture and facilitates mirroring of services and physical offer’s digital twins into an IOTA-based open marketplace.

    Q: What expertise and roles do your team members have?
    Alexander:
    Experience: Business Practioneer & Innovation Specialist, IT educated, working experience in Automobility, Finance, E-Commerce
    Role in team: Scrum Master, Platform- and Business-Strategist, Product-Development

    Benedikt:
    Experience: Reseacher in engineering, focused on smart mobility solutions
    Role in team: Reviewing solution space, creating backup strategies

    Christian:
    Experience: Web Services, API architecture and design, JVM
    Role in team: Backend/Middleware Development

    Fei:
    Experience: Backend & Fronted Senior Developer
    Role in team: App Development, IOTA-Interface

    Stefan:
    Experience: Bridgebuilder between business & development, with mobility business and FrontEnd, Backend, IOTA & Ethereum development experience
    Role in team: Mentor, Product-Development, Website FrontEnd, IOTA-Logic

    Q: Which technologies do you use for which purposes?

    A:
    Java: Backend/Middleware Technology
    Spring Boot: Server Environment
    Swagger: Automation and Infrastructure
    NodeJS: IOTA APIs (publishing mobility offers, retrieve receiver address from Tangle, and send transactions requests)
    JavaScript: Website Frontend
    IOTA: DLT

    Q: How do you plan to proceed with your project?

    A:

    1. Enhancing software architecture
    2. Implementation of a prototype
    3. Producing a howTo and documentation
    4. Pitch to IOTA Ecosystem fund
    5. Founding an open source & community organisation

    European Mobility Players Are Getting Serious – Compete & Collaborate At BlockchainedMobility Hackathon

    Blockchained Mobility Hackathon

    Over the weekend of 20-22 July, heavy rain poured on the streets of Munich. Which did not prevent 20,000 people to demonstrate against xenophobia at Königsplatz, also went more or less unnotced by the 150 participants of the BlockchainedMobility hackathon who met to create blockchain-based mobility solutions. 

    Hacker teams of leading European mobility players, such as BMW, Volkswagen Group, Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Amadeus, and others mixed with freelance developers, designers and business experts to work on IOTA and Ethereum. On Sunday afternoon, the jury saw 18 project teams presenting a broad variety of mobility solutions, from specific applications, such as a EV charging station finder, to more generic solutions like a mobility API to match offerings of mobility providers with the needs of the end user.

    Georg Eisenreich, Minister of the State of Bavaria

    The hackathon started on Friday with a keynote by the Minister of State for Digital, Media and Europe, Georg Eisenreich, who highlighted the importance for collaboration of the State of Bavaria with on the one hand corporations, such as the hackathon‘s sponsors, on the other hand with the technology – or more specifically – the blockchain community. Minister Eisenreich emphasised the role of the State of Bavaria in providing a sound economical framework for blockchain startups and projects. He encouraged the participants to be creative and dare to found companies in order to foster Bavaria‘s and Europe‘s competitive advantage in the area of blockchain.

    Michael Reuter (Datarella), Peter Busch (Bosch), Dominik Pietsch (BMW) Alisa Maas (IOTA) Klaus Schaaf (Volkswagen Group), Herbert Mangesius (Vito Ventures)

    After the keynote, the representatives of the main sponsors Dominik Pietsch (BMW), Klaus Schaaf (Volkswagen Group), Peter Busch (Bosch), and Alisa Maas (IOTA) discussed the state of mobility and the expectations of the mobility players for the hackathon with Herbert Mangesius (Vito Ventures) and Michael Reuter (Datarella). At BMW, Volkswagen Group and Bosch, blockchain has obtained an important role within the areas of technology to work on. Dominik Pietsch, Klaus Schaaf and Peter Busch all agreed upon the importance their companies put in blockchain as a foundational layer for mobility solutions. Particularly in regard to the complex regulatory requirements for large corporations in any case of collaboration, blockchain serves as a neutral technological layer that allows for a joint use of mobility data provided by different players within the ecosystem.

    Deutsche Telekom. Breakout Session

    During Saturday and Sunday, hackers worked highly concentrated and steadily to create their applications they had to present towards the jury. Breakout sessions by the sponsor teams and Yoga interludes gave variety in the workflows. Some teams, e.g. Bosch and Deutsche Telekom, provided not only APIs but sensor-driven hardware the hackers could integrate into their projects.

    Sunday evening, the jury announced 3 winners out of 18 projects, who received IOTA’s in worth of USD 5,000 (#1), USD 2,000 (#2) and USD 1,000 (#3) as well as 50,000 XSC (#1), 30,000 XSC (#2) and 15,000 XSC (#3). Additionally, Lewis Freiberg of the IOTA Foundation announced a special prize: the opportunity to receive USD 50,000 in IOTA tokens provided by the IOTA ecosystem fund for the best open-source project.  The hackathon‘s winners were:

    #1
    OMS – Open Mobility API: USD 5,000  + 50,000 XSC + the opportunity to receive USD 50,000 from the IOTA ecosystem fund

    OMS – Open Mobility API

    #2
    AgentFinder – EV Charging Station Finder USD 2,000 + 30,000 XSC

    AgentFinder – EV Charging Station Finder

    #3
    Pac-Man On Wheels – Crowdsourced Incentive Scheme For Privately Collected Driving Data USD 1,000 + 15,000 XSC

    Pac-Man On Wheels

    We will publish short interviews with each project team over the next few days.

    After the jury‘s decision, the hacker crowd gathered for a few more hours to get themselves the last drinks and discuss next steps: since everybody enjoyed this weekend and we received so much positive feedback from the community, we have already started thinking about how to build upon the success of the BlockchainedMobility hackathon. Hopefully we – and new sponsors and participants  – will meet again, soon!