21 CHALLENGES TO SHAPE THE 21ST CENTURY

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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.

Odyssey is now in season 4, with the 2020 edition of the hackathon coming up on April 3-5 in Groningen, the Netherlands. 

CHALLENGES 2020

The most important thing at the start is to make sure you really believe in what you are trying to achieve and that you are solving a problem that is worth solving. You want to get that fundamental thing so right.

Fossil free
future

Conscious
Cities

Nature
2.0

Internet of
Logistics

Public Safety
and Security

Self-Sovereign
Identity

Energy Singularity

Outcompete
Destructive Systems

healthcare

Opening Up
Real Estate

Sovereign Nature

PROGRAM TIMELINE
ODYSSEY POLARIS

NOVEMBER 7

20 CHALLENGES ANNOUNCED

DECEMBER 4


TEAM APPLICATIONS OPEN

JANUARY 20


ODYSSEY CONNECT

FEBRUARY 4-5


TEAM APPLICATIONS CLOSE

FEBRUARY 24


GETTING READY CONFERENCE

MARCH 11


ODYSSEY HACKATHON 2020

APRIL 2 – 6


ODYSSEY IGNITE

FEBRUARY 11-15


ODYSSEY NEXT

JUNE 26

Next EVENT: ODYSSEY CONNECT

February 4-5, 2020
The Hague University

ODYSSEY IN THE PRESS
“Odyssey is Europe’s leading hackathon and provides the teams with the best possible support to deliver their ideas at scale to make a real and lasting impact.”
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“The reason why hundreds of hackers from 29 different countries have travelled to Groningen is clear and unambiguous: Code a new reality.”

“This massive event has secured the continent’s reputation as a hub for FinTech innovation over years to come”
Partners
Ecosystem lead partners
Challenge Lead Partners
Legal partner
Regulation partners
Ecosystem members
Acceleration Partners
Community partners
Tech friends
A COLLABORATIVE ECOSYSTEM

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.

NEXT EVENTS

discover the future by building it

Odyssey hackathon 2020

april 3-5 in groningen