Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative | January 2019 Bulletin
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Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
January 4, 2019 Bulletin
Announcing Our New Website
We are starting the new year with a new and updated website! Explore our new website featuring an events page with both MOBI and community member events, videos pertaining to our community members' activities, and more. 

If you are currently a MOBI community member and would like us to feature one of your videos, please contact
Check out our new website HERE
MOBI Grand Challenge Updates

Additional prizes to be announced

Thank you to all of the organizations who generously contributed to our prize pool!
There is still time to register for the MOBI Grand Challenge (MGC)! Projects that were created and/or finished before the kick off of the MGC (10/12/2018) can be entered as well. 

Stay tuned for updates about new additions to the MGC prize pool!
Current prizes include: 
  • Up to $50k in Ocean Protocol Tokens
  • $5k cash prize from Constellation Labs
  • $2k cash prize from Pravici
  • 5 Memberships to Blockgeeks
Deadline is 1/10/2019 Register HERE

More on the MOBI Grand Challenge 

We want your vote! Starting on January 11, 2019, you will have the chance to vote for the team you think had the best submission in the first stage of the MOBI Grand Challenge. 

Public voting will be conducted through our new website. To help guide your voting, you will have the opportunity to view short videos created by each developer team before making your final choice. The Public Vote winner will be featured in February at the MOBI Colloquium event hosted by the BMW Group in Munich and on our new website. 
Only one vote per person allowed. This is B2C, individuals do not need to vote on behalf of an organization, only in their personal interest.

The MOBI Grand Challenge will run in bi-annual stages over a three year period. The first phase began in October 2018 and will end on January 10, 2019 with finalist presentations and a public demonstration of select technologies at an event hosted by the BMW Group in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2019.  

In the News

🚗 Year in Review

2018 was a year for continued innovation and technological advancements in the automotive industry. As we move into the new year, here are some of the biggest automotive stories and trends from 2018. 
Autonomous vehicles had their ups and downs in 2018. The good, the bad, and the ugly have affected how some cities approach this technology. 
Bird, Lime, and Elon Musk? 2018 was an exciting year for progress in the world of transportation so let's get you caught up. 
2018 saw the launch of micromobility and responses to challenges in autonomous vehicles. Here are five ways 2018 rewrote the future of transportation.

⛓️ Blockchain

new IBM study estimates that 62 percent of automotive executives believe blockchain will be a disruptive force in the auto industry by 2021. Industry consortiums like MOBI will be integral in creating standards for blockchain use in the space. 
What does 2019 have in store for blockchain technology? Sheila Warren, head of blockchain and distributed ledger technology at the World Economic Forum, shares her thoughts on this question including the rise of consortium models.

🏙️ Smart Cities

Four blocks and nine integrated smart cities projects? The Smart Cities Innovation Lab in Dallas, Texas had its year end case study — providing valuable insight into the future of smart cities. 
Smart cities are more than just a trend — they are the future of rapidly urbanizing cities around the world. Experts in the field discuss what is next for smart city technology.


🚚 Mobility

Expensive cars, tariff wars, and slow car sales oh my! Watch out for these four auto initiatives that have the potential to persevere through a tough 2019 and work towards change in the mobility ecosystem.
What's the best way to test self-driving cars? Create a tiny town complete with fake citizens and restaurants. Or at least that's the idea behind South Korea's "K-City" in Seoul. 
The future of autonomous vehicles will include communication between the driver and vehicle through 'emotional feeling.' At least according to Kia that is. They are currently collaborating with MIT on AI-based emotional intelligence for self-driving cars.  

⚡ Electronic Vehicles (EV)

Latin America is joining the rapid transportation transformation. Chile plans for 100% electrification in 2050. But this will take more than just EVs says a recent NY Times Op-Ed.
A wave of new EV models are on the horizon from major automakers such as Audi, Mercedes, and BMW. Check out the new all-electric vehicles coming in 2019.

🌐 Events

Connect with major automotive players at the Consumer Telematics Show (CTS) in Las Vegas on January 11th 2019. Chris Ballinger, MOBI CEO, will be speaking on the Blockchain: From Hype to Application at 11:00 AM on using blockchains, distributed ledgers and related technologies for managing vehicle identity and facilitating V2X transactions. 
Interested in joining the MOBI community?

Benefits of joining MOBI

Joining MOBI gives you and your organization access to our robust community, projects, and more!

You will have the opportunity to...

  • Present and participate in weekly Channel Calls featuring a presentation from a member of the community about their organization
  • Attend global meetups to network and brainstorm with organizations who share MOBI’s vision of the future of mobility
  • Use the MOBI online network to promote your organization’s relevant products, events, and updates
  • Participate in formulating the standards for blockchain related products for mobility as a part of our working groups
  • Be part of a community who shares the same passion, drive, and range of expertise in the field of mobility!
If you’re interested in finding out more about joining MOBI, please contact our Onboarding Director, Erika Pingatore, at!
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