Scaling Wildlife Protection

By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found and proven a way to re-grow clearcut rainforests in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.



Willie Smits (Masarang Foundation) is now teaming up with the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund, Odyssey and Ocean Protocol to scale and open-source his model, using new technologies, and is inviting you to help his quest for Wild Life Protection. Can you co-create a digital and scalable infrastructure for regenerative ecosystems, with the interests of local communities, natural habitats and endangered species aligned?

This infrastructure will:

  • Make the current model/ecosystem scalable
  • Support anyone who wants to adopt and use the model, and share adapted versions
  • Support and incentivize the further development of the model
  • Become part of the Wolds Commons: no one owns it and anyone can use it
  • Enable the growth of a global open source movement for Wild Life Protection, to save endangered species, restore natural environments and integrate economic and cultural interests while doing so.

Masarang Foundation has over 20 years of data available to work with.

More information to follow shortly.


Willie Smits (challenge-owner)
Modelling expert
Ocean Protocol:
Protocol specialist
Business developer
DutchChain (Odyssey):
Incubation specialist
Ecosystem developer


Over 20 years of quantitative and qualitative data of Masarang is available to work with, including:
A database of 1 million species and their economical and ecological value (how will they affect the rainforest?)
Empirically proven economical and ecological models for harvesting sugar palmes.
Digital elevation models and data of identifying trees by using drones.
Masarang works with Ruby and Access to control these (now mostly offline) databases. The databases ARE linked to for instance the online biographical diversity database.
Ocean Protocol is contributing their protocol and will personally guide teams that build on it.


Pre-Startup, Startup, Mature SME and Corporate


We are looking for a protocol solution


We expect teams to develop a completely open source project, accompanied by a relevant Open Source Software license. See:


The societal mission of Masarang, to regenerate rainforests by creating a ecological and economical sustainable model for communities and their rainforests, could be scaled world wide by using an open sourced, internet-infrastructure. Thereby greatly contributing to regenerating rainforests and protecting wildlife.

Ambition and goals

Masarang is now working in an area 10 times as big as during the TED-talk featured on this page (2009), and wants (1) itself to scale to 10.000.000 hectares and (2) to enable anyone to adopt and adapt their model to re-grow their local or national rainforest

Track record in innovation and working to accelerate with teams/companies

The consortium is highly able to accelerate the teams and solutions coming out of the hackathon, please take a look at the individual consortium members.


Current consortium. DutchChain, organizer of this Odyssey Hackathon, has initiated and will financially and with expertise support this challenge to engage the ecosystem and let the hackathon in 2019 and beyond become an incubator and accelerator for amazing not-for-profit ideas.


Prins Berhard Nature Fund

The PBNF supports small, preferably local initiatives worldwide towards the conservation of endangered species (flora & fauna), or initiatives that in other ways promote the conservation and wise use of nature and our natural resources base.

Next to financially supporting the best solution, PBNF offers its expertise and network in conservation of nature.

Ocean Protocol will in March 2019 launch their mainnet. Ocean will help teams build on their protocol for this challenge.



Welcoming. Masarang is looking for ethical and reliable organizations and communities wanting to support the challenge and adopt the solution.




What does the partner offer. The winning solution/team will fly out to the rainforest in Borneo to together with Masarang work on their solution.


What do consortium partners offer. DutchChain will accelerate the winning solution by guiding and connecting the team to their 40+ partners and 6.000+ Odyssey ecosystem.


Ocean will, if a team successfully builds something amazing on their protocol, invest in the team with tokens and/or expertise.



Coming soon


Abe Scholte, Tokenization Lead @DutchChain

Any questions? Please approach Abe and the entire Track through the community Scaling Ecosystems-group: 

Wilie Smits Restores a Rainforest

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Odyssey hackathon 2019

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