We have just finished our second hackathon on the topic of blockchain in transportation. This time, the hackathon was held in Dublin and we focused on the aviation part of the transportation business.
It is exciting to see that Mobility-as-a-Service is now becoming a truly global movement. There are more and more people, companies, organizations and governments recognizing that the future of mobility can be profoundly different than its past. The unity of MaaS movement comes from the shared belief that embracing the power of digital technology can lead to significant new benefits in the transportation system and therefore improved quality of life – in particular in cities.
I was honoured to be a speaker and the chairman of Airline Chief Digital & Innovation Officer Summit 2017, which has just concluded in Shanghai, China. This was an excellent opportunity to get an insight into the largest emerging market in the world, which remains relatively unknown to the rest of the world. It was also a chance to discuss the hot topic of digital transformation within the airline industry with speakers and attendees from all over the world.
I’m just on my way from Berlin, where I had the privilege to give a keynote speech at the Wocomoco conference. Wocomoco – as it can be seen by its name – is not just a usual conference on mobility services, but really tries to bring new, innovative and different perspectives to the table from around the globe – many great speakers and ideas, lots of great discussions, and an excellent opportunity for me to reflect.
My recent visit to Aviation Festival in London convinced me again that airlines now understand the importance of digital technology to their business. There is no C-level presentation anymore without citing digital as a strategic priority. However, when it comes to the next level of detail, the clarity disappears. It is obvious that digital technology brings non-linear changes which are simply not understood well by many of the players in the airline space. Humans are simply not very good at dealing with non-linear thinking.