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Odyssey 2020 Hackathon Groningen
April 3 - April 5
The challenges of the 21st century won’t be solved by single entities but by collaborative ecosystems. Odyssey brings together a unique international ecosystem of key stakeholders, from startups to big corporates, from creatives to regulators, from developers to legal experts, and many others, each holding a part of the solution in their hands.
Odyssey 2020 Hackathon – one of the world’s biggest emerging tech hackathons! The challenges of the hackathon have a global societal and economic impact, each of them tied directly to one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals. Teams will be able to impact a variety of industries and make their mark on the energy transition, conscious cities, critical infrastructure, logistics, public safety, nature conservation, real estate, healthcare, and digital identity.
2,000 time-travelers will co-create a better operating system for society during the world’s hackathon for mass-collaboration accelerating the adoption of blockchain, AI and emerging tech in Groningen, The Netherlands from the 3rd-5th of April 2020.
105 selected teams from around the world will co-create paradigm-shifting solutions with the challenge leads including governments, corporations, and non-profit organizations, their stakeholders and end-users along with more than 300 Jedis experts in vertical and horizontal domains.
Winning teams implement a pilot with the challenge leads and their ecosystems, on top of the €200.000 cash rewards distributed among the winners.
The 2020 Odyssey challenge partners include, among others: Vattenfall, VMware, DAML, City of The Hague, Enexis, KLM Cargo, TVM Insurance, the Dutch National Police, the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Grid Singularity, Engie, City of Groningen, UMCG, the Dutch Land Registry (Kadaster), the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Council for Environmental Law, and the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
Access is free but curated: http://odyssey.org
21 CHALLENGES TO SHAPE THE 21ST CENTURY
Odyssey connects governments, corporates, and non-profits with innovative entrepreneurs from around the world to let them jointly tackle 21st-century challenges. Together, we create an interconnected, multi-stakeholder ecosystem to build a future.
Each season is a 10-month journey starting from problem identification to building the solutions and implementing pilots.
Throughout this journey, we bring together stakeholders with whom we articulate the challenges, exchange knowledge and prepare for the 48-hour hackathon, where selected teams develop prototypes, supported by all program partners and 200+ specialized experts, such as legal advisors and financial regulators.
Since 2016, more than 230 prototypes have emerged from the program addressing the challenges of over 40 partners. The goal of each partner is to elevate the best teams and solutions to multi-stakeholder pilots after the Hackathon.
Application deadline: February 24th
Odyssey connects innovative ideas with governmental, corporate, and non-profit partners to address complex societal challenges using blockchain, AI, and other emerging technologies. Through a series of industry events, hackathons, and a decentralized incubation program, we mobilize a global ecosystem of more than 6,000 members, among whom developers, creatives, startups, corporates, investors, governmental bodies, legal experts, regulators, scientists, and other key stakeholders.