Smart E-Mobility Challenge

Challenge guidelines and entry form. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

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The E-Mobility Challenge competition is run by the Trusted IoT Alliance, the  open software consortium created in 2018 to support the creation of a secure, scalable, interoperable, and trusted IoT ecosystem. MachNation, a global independent IoT research and benchmarking firm is co-producing. TIoTA’s members are engaged with  linking IoT devices and the companies operating them, and to consumers, service, communication and payment providers.

The core concept behind TIoTA is to leverage  software advances in cryptography, distributed ledger technology, secure enclaves and other state-of-the-art-approaches to ensure fast and secure trust-building at an unprecedented scale and speed.  TIoTA’s members span hardware, communications, payment, logistics, and numerous other tech sectors.

About the Competition

TIoTA conceived the E-Mobility Challenge to spur the development and commercialization of the emerging marketplace for e-mobility. The competition will leverage the ecosystem of services that already exists for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe. The primary vehicle selected for the challenge is a Jaguar I-PACE, provided by Bosch.

The winning entry will provide the most innovative solution that enables the EV to discover charging stations, pay for electricity, discover additional services, and receive a single invoice at the end.

We strongly encourage all entrants to plan a media promotion that tracks all of your Jaguar-related activities for the duration of the Challenge. We encourage you to prepare a short presentation that describes your solution, and to have a short demo ready in time for the conclusion of the Challenge which will be staged at Bosch Connected World, May 15th and 16th.

It’s important to keep in mind that the Challenge is not focused on who wins, but on who participates. Our goal is to help you create solutions that you can successfully bring to market. To get the most mileage out of the Challenge, we encourage you to promote and publicize your Challenge Journey.


Entry Requirements

Competitors will be required to design and implement  their software/hardware systems on the car, on the charger network, and in the cloud. Each entrant will develop an overall reference architecture for their specific solutions.  

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Key Dates and Milestones

Judging Criteria

The judging criteria for the E-mobility Challenge are as follows:

Technical Logistics and Requirements

The Jaguar I-PACE resides at a Bosch facility in Stuttgart. The data interchange with the car is accomplished via a device called ALEN — Automotive Linux Edge Node.  It resides in the car and will not be made available to the public. It will, however, be available at the hackathons locally. The number one shared task is to build a web gateway for ALEN.  Bosch will help with the design specs and provide engineers to build it.

Since the Challenge operates under incomplete information, which is inevitable when opening new frontiers and creating a new marketplace, the Challenge will reward those who are able to work on defining and clarifying the space itself and building the tools for themselves and for others.

Therefore, it will be a requirement for entrants to join the Challenge Working Group, participate in a regular conference call, and work with partners and competitors to define the car capabilities, the charging network entry points, the customer journey connections, and so on. The initial work on the car will require joining the local European hackathons in Stuttgart and Barcelona.

This slide deck diagrams the ALEN setup. More details will be provided on the conference calls and during the hackathons, and other channels that will be agreed upon on the calls.  A dedicated Slack channel will also be stablished by TIoTA and made available to the applicants.


The winning entry will be written up in a public report by MachNation that is publicized by MachNation and TIoTA. The winner will have the opportunity to propose a PoC to the members of TIoTA and the sponsors of the Challenge.

An “Open Innovation” award will recognize an innovative DLT IoT solution that shows originality in its technology or market approach. The “Collaboration Award” will honor the best team submission.  

Monetary or token prizes will become available as sponsorships are lined up. We will keep the participants appraised.

Judicial Committee

The judges will consist of  recognized authorities in the field from the TIoTA executive team, members, sponsors, and invited experts.  MachNation, a recognized analyst firm with its own unique IoT benchmark labs, will also provide a judge and will publish a report that describes the winning entries.    

Entry Application

Deadline for entries is March 10.

Name (Primary Contact) *
Email *
Name (Secondary Contact)
Company *
Mailing Address *
Description of your Smart Mobility design proposal in 500 words or less (upload any relevant diagrams below) *
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Explain what kind of identity is required to track identity for any sets of objects – cars, containers, etc.
Explain how interoperability and the trust between providers, customers and partners is upheld *
Describe the kind of payment infrastructure that is required *
Describe how the regulatory and compliance requirements are addressed, especially across borders *
List the European locations your will solution leverage *
Explain the overall value of your solution (200 words or less) *
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List the resources you will require (on the vehicle and on the backend) *
Resource Questions
Do you have a European HQ/location where you’d like the car to stop by?
Can you help build and operate a web gateway for the ALEN device and/or provide other infrastructure related support to the Challenge?
Are you able to join the weekly calls for the Challenge?
Are there PR resources you can provide to create a publicity opportunity on the tour?
Are you able to participate in the hackathons in Berlin, Stuttgart and Barcelona?
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