Exploring blockchain solutions for smart cities and human mobility to improve quality of life.
Imagine a new city environment that uses technology to guarantee us safe and congestion free transportation, creates efficiencies, smarter energy infrastructure, improves sustainability, protects the environment, and enhances the quality of life for its citizens.
According to the UN, 50% of the world lives in urban areas and is projected to be 70% by 2050. That’s an increase of two billion people in the next three decades. Building additional infrastructure to accommodate city peak demand like rush hour or concert traffic is incredibly expensive and not practical. Sustainable urbanization and quality of life increasingly depends on the successful management of existing infrastructure.
The MOBI Grand Challenge (MGC), launched October 2018, and is loosely modeled on the DARPA grand challenge for autonomous driving which captured the public imagination and launched the autonomous driving revolution. The MGC runs in bi-annual phases over a three-year-long tournament.
By the end of the third year, winning teams will be expected to demonstrate how blockchains and related technologies – distributed ledgers, cryptography, tokens, and consensus mechanisms can leverage the connections and computing power of smart cities. The ultimate goal of the challenge is to create the first viable, decentralized, ad-hoc network of blockchain connected IoT and smart infrastructure that can reliably share data, participate in transactions, coordinate behavior, and thereby improve human mobility.
Building on the success of Phase I, Phase II – Citopia – explores new solutions for human mobility to create smarter and greener cities while improving quality of life. MGC envisions a tokenized Citopia ecosystem where city governments work with employers, schools, universities, and local businesses to create incentives for changing behavior to build smarter cities.
Tokens earned for participating in the ecosystem can be exchanged for goods or services donated by a local business or government agencies, or donated to a charity of choice. Congestion pricing can easily be incorporated into token reward structures to reduce peak demand for mobility, or even electricity and water.
All can be done with a phone app built with a blockchain backbone. This can be used to calculate carbon footprint reduction, percent of citizens using greener commute, gas & maintenance cost reduction, it will also keep track of benefits to local businesses through increased commerce from Citopia incentive program.
In Citopia, gamification, tokenization, and fun competitions create powerful individual and collective incentives for socially responsible behavior.
- Amazon Web Services Sponsored Prizes (specific criteria – not open to all) (3)Prizes sponsored by AWS are reserved for the teams using Amazon Managed Blockchain1) First position –
a) 5,000 AWS credits
b) $2,500 in cash
c) One DeepRacer
d) The app will appear on AWS Marketplace and feature on Blockchain category deck2) Second position –
a) 3,000 AWS credits
b) $1,500 in cash
c) One DeepRacer
d)The app will appear on AWS Marketplace and feature on Blockchain category deck3) Third position –
a) 2,000 AWS credits
b) $500 in cash
c) One (1) DeepRacer
d)The app will appear on AWS Marketplace and feature on Blockchain category deck1 AWS credit is equivalent to 1 USD
- Ocean Protocol Sponsored Prizes (specific criteria – not open to all) (3)1) Secure Access and Compute
1st place : $30,000 worth of Ocean tokens
2nd place: $20,000 worth of Ocean tokens
3rd place: $10,000 worth of Ocean tokensOcean end-to-end integration (including SEAs, Squid(s), and Brizo) with Trusted Execution Environment deployments like ARM Trust Zone, Intel SGX, etc. This integration could leverage Web3 solutions like Enigma, but should also also incorporate Web2 architectures.
2) Asset Publishing
1st place : $20,000 worth of Ocean tokens
2nd place: $15,000 worth of Ocean tokens
3rd place: $5,000 worth of Ocean tokensDevelopment of a Squid API in C (or C++) for use in embedded systems deployments. The resulting API should facilitate simple Ocean integration with edge nodes like IoT devices.
- R3 Sponsored Prizes (specific criteria – not open to all)The winning CorDapp must be on Corda in order to be eligible for the prize and the prize is valid for one yeara) One Corda enterprise license
b) $25,000 in R3 services, which can be used for design and/or deployment
- IOTA (open to all) (3)1st place : $3,000 worth of IOTA tokens
2nd place: $2,000 worth of IOTA tokens
3rd place: $1,000 worth of IOTA tokens
Free IOTA Developer Certification for the winning team members
- Tribe Accelerator (open to all)The MGC winner will be offered placement in a future class of the Tribe Accelerator, Singapore. Tribe Accelerator runs a structured, product-focused development program, providing startups with top tier resources, and a global network of mentors and technical partners. They strive to provide a neutral platform to drive collaboration and growth of the blockchain ecosystem and is officially partnered with the Singapore Government and global leaders in the blockchain ecosystem like BMW, ConsenSys, Intel, R3 and more.
- BitGreen Sponsored Prizes (open to all) (3)First Position – 15,000 BITG tokens
Second Position – 10,000 BITG tokens
Third Position – 5,000 BITG tokens