Co-HACK & Co-DISRUPT to create a new permissionless mobility ecosystem!
Berlin, Germany July 9th 2018
The transportation and automotive industries are poised for a major transformation in the coming years. Technological advances in electric vehicles, batteries, artificial and geospatial intelligence, and distributed computer networks portend a major shift in how the entire mobility sector does business. OEMs and other mobility focused companies are already testing and piloting autonomous vehicles on the road, and trying to demystify for their stakeholders how autonomous digital agents, smart infrastructure, smart businesses and new ownership models will change their industry. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), such as the IOTA protocol, is one such technology ready to play a major role in this mobility transformation. While DLT has had much hype in the media, a clear understanding of how it could potentially disrupt real world industries remains opaque for many people. For two and a half days in Munich, Germany, well-known companies such as BMW, Bosch, Volkswagen, Audi & Deutsche Bahn, Amdeus, Telekom and many more will seek to move beyond the hype and demonstrate how DLT can disrupt the mobility industry by demonstrating its potential first hand. The DLT Mobility Hackathon, organized by DLT solution provider Datarella and deep tech investor Vito Ventures, will bring together the biggest players in the mobility ecosystem to showcase what the future of mobility could look like.
The non profit IOTA Foundation (IOTA) is convinced that collaboration is key for success and therefore is thrilled to be part of the world’s first hackathon where industry leaders and a great number of independent hackers, programmers and smart minds will join forces to hack the future of mobility. IOTA will contribute prizes, coaches and merchandize to support the hackathon and the idea of an open source, permissionless mobility ecosystem.
Alisa Maas (Head of Mobility and Automotive IOTA Foundation) “IOTA aims to become the underlying transaction protocol for a permissionless mobility ecosystem and we truly believe that standardization and open innovation will be key for seamless customer experience. We envision mobility and transportation in the future to be: on-demand, clean, affordable, safe and seamless. Therefore we boost the idea of thought leadership collaboration and we´re absolutely excited being part of this adventure.”
Additionally, the IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund is prepared to support a stand out, open source, IOTA based mobility solution with a $50k IOTA token grant to take the idea generated at the conference towards a real-world prototype.
John Liccardello (Managing Director, Ecosystem Development Fund) “For Distributed Ledger Technology such as IOTA to achieve its potential, it will take an ecosystem of participants working together towards shared solutions. The IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund is very excited to support the open-source collaboration at the Blockchained Mobility Hackathon to hack the future of mobility together.”
Tobi (Local Task Force Manager, IOTA Community ) “IOTA was designed to improve our daily lives and to create new opportunities for everyone. Hackathons, like this DLT Mobility Hackathon in Munich, will help us to create and develop, will bring new developers into the Community and therefore act as accelerators of the IOTA Technology. As a Munich based community member, I am very happy to be part of the Hackathon and to support Hackathon participants as much as I can.”
Dominik Pietsch (BMW Group Mobility Services) „With a collaboration model in a trustless environment based on DLT we see what could be the basis for mobility as a service platforms where customers make use of a multitude of mobility services without being dependent on one single provider. The Mobility Hackathon is an experimental way to tackle some of the challenges where a cooperation is needed on the data side although services still compete.“
Peter Busch (DLT Solutions Mobility, Bosch ) “Bosch is very keen to collaborate with the proponents of modern Distributed Ledger Technologies in a setting like this hackathon, where open minds meet open technologies to think about the future.”
Regina Klukas (Head of Venture Building, Deutsche Bahn ) “It’s quite challenging to explore new technologies and new collaboration models to revolutionize mobility for our customers. The capabilities of Distributed Ledger Technology provide a completely new arena of use cases, business models and will also change the way the ecosystem player will work with each other.”
Malte Schönfeld (Venture Development Manager, Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin) “The Hackathon is a good chance for Audi to get connected to the community which is working on Distributed Ledger Technologies and building up a strong ecosystem. Working on powerful use cases and business models in such a short time is a challenge and a chance at the same time. We are looking forward to find the right answers for the future of our customers.”
Klaus Schaaf (Volkswagen Digitalization — Product & Services) “The new mobility ecosystem will emerge as a combination of new technologies and new business models. Distributed ledger technology helps to build the necessary bridge between those two. We at Volkswagen are looking forward to the hackathon and we expect a lot of original ideas using this emerging technology, so that we can re-think mobility in creative and surprising ways.”
Herbert Mangesius (Principal VC, Vito Ventures) “This Hackathon as been created in a complete pull of the mobility ecosystem, where Vito Ventures and Datarella acted as a catalyzer. We bring together for the first time leading players across the mobility ecosystem and make them collaborate while at the same time compete in a very positive sense! The willingness to break existing models and push frontiers of platform businesses and tech towards a shared mobility ecosystem amazes us. This event is second to none and we are excited to host the world leading hackathon as part of our deep tech conference daho.am.”
Michael Reuter (CEO, Datarella GmbH) Michael Reuter (CEO, Datarella GmbH) „DLT is the foundational technology stack that allows for a unique and seamless mobility experience. We (Vito Ventures and Datarella) are proud to host the first blockchain mobility hackathon and to jointly work on innovative and sustainable mobility solutions with the relevant players within the ecosystem.“
About DLT Mobility Hackathon in Munic
Compete and collaborate: The DLT Mobility Hackathon brings together the biggest players in Europe’s mobility ecosystem with the brightest independent developer teams for 2.5 days of DLT mobility hacking! You’ll use bleeding edge distributed ledger tech to imagine and build prototype solutions for a sustainable mobility ecosystem. Network and innovate in an open sandbox with industry peers! All participants will get free tickets to the DAHO.AM Tech Conference in Munich on July, 24th 2018. The hackathon winners will receive prizes in value of 8.000 USD including a potential pre-Seed funding up to 50.000 USD from the newly set up IOTA ecosystem development fund.
Press release: https://www.presseportal.de/pm/113176/3992892
About IOTA Foundation
IOTA is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated and registered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the development and standardization of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including the IOTA Tangle. The IOTA Tangle is an innovative type of DLT specifically designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. It is an open-source protocol facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions, including secure data transfer, fee-less real-time micropayments, and the collection and dissemination of sensor-based and other types of ‘oracle’ and other data. www.iota.org
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