ObEN Co-Founders Win 2018 Blockchain Visionary Award


ObEN VP of Marketing and Partnerships Sho Guo accepting the BlockAwards on behalf of ObEN co-founders Adam Zheng and Nikhil Jain
ObEN VP of Marketing and Partnerships Sho Guo accepting the BlockAwards on behalf of ObEN co-founders Adam Zheng and Nikhil Jain

We are very excited to announce that ObEN co-founders Adam Zheng and Nikhil Jain are the recipients of the 2018 BlockAwards in the Blockchain Visionary category!

The 2018 BlockAwards celebrate technical innovation, adoption and reception in the Blockchain Industry and by the developer community. The BlockAwards Ceremony took place during BlockWorld 2018. The event, held in Silicon Valley, is a leading Blockchain Developer conference & expo with a global attendee list.

Adam and Nikhil were recognized with the Leader Award: Blockchain Visionary for ObEN’s adoption of the Project PAI Blockchain. ObEN’s Personal AI technology allows anyone in the world to create a 3D intelligent avatar that looks, sounds, and learns to behave like them with just a single selfie and short voice recording. By authenticating and securing the Personal AI’s on the Project PAI blockchain, user’s of ObEN’s technology will not only have use and access to a secure digital identity, but they can also maintain ownership of their own data and potentially receive direct compensation should they choose to share the data with developers.

ObEN Co-Founders Win 2018 Blockchain Visionary Award
ObEN’s Co-Founders were honored in the Blockchain Visionary category of the companies adoption of the Project PAI blockchain for its Personal AI technology

“Adam and I are very honored to be recognized by the BlockAwards Board as well as the greater blockchain community,” said ObEN co-founder and CEO Nikhil Jain. “For ObEN, adopting the Project PAI blockchain was a natural progression for our Personal AI technology. AI is transforming every aspect of our lives, but the foundations of AI will always be the data that we as users contribute. Through the Project PAI blockchain, we can ensure a future where Personal AI can make lives easier and better for each person, while also respecting data ownership of the users who help drive AI forward with their data contributions.”

The 2018 BlockAwards received hundreds of nominations, and the Advisory Board to the BlockAwards selected winners based on three key criteria: (1) attracted attention and awareness; (2) generally well-regarded by the developer & engineering community; and (3) a leader in its sector for innovation.

“The BlockAwards spotlight the technologies that enable the decentralization, and we believe Nikhil Jain & Adam Zheng are leaders in their industry for enabling the next generation of decentralization. Blockchain is about more than just tokens, it’s about enabling new solutions that change how industries work. We’re excited that ObEN can be a part of the technology shift!”, stated Geoff Domoracki, Founder of DevNetwork, producer of BlockWorld & the 2018 BlockAwards.

Learn more about ObEN’s adoption of the Project PAI blockchain at projectpai.com.


ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.