PROTECTING MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

How do we enable anyone to act on behalf of nature through stories backed up by data, in a world where data access is limited, especially for low income communities?


APPLICATIONS OPEN
January 20




ODYSSEY CONNECT
February 4-5




APPLICATIONS CLOSE
February 24




WORKSHOPS
March 3 – 10




HACKATHON
April 3 – 5




ODYSSEY IGNITE
May 11 – 15




APPLICATIONS OPEN
January 20




ODYSSEY CONNECT
February 4-5




APPLICATIONS CLOSE
February 24




WORKSHOPS
March 3 – 10




HACKATHON
April 3 – 5




ODYSSEY IGNITE
May 11 – 15



THE CHALLENGE

Build a decentralized sovereign nature-data exchange infrastructure for anyone and anything to contribute and use its data on the High Seas, creating data and information commons for everyone, preserving and strengthening the data sovereignty of scientists, traditional knowledge holders and organizations. Enabling nature’s data to speak for itself and therefore enabling everyone to act on behalf of nature.

CONTEXT

The High Seas feature biodiversity outside national boundaries and are rapidly degrading. For example, over 30% of the world’s oxygen is now at risk, as this comes from phytoplankton. 

Despite all efforts, the High Seas are currently virtually unprotected. The largest ecosystem of our Earth needs better governance. Organizations working to conserve the High Seas cannot pool data, as all research is siloed. Stakeholders and issues differ per region. Rich countries, with the most economic incentive, monopolize research and data outcomes due to the high cost of doing research on the sea.

Implementation of the new UN treaty on the High Seas, to be concluded April 2020, offers a chance to pool data resources of over 10,000 organizations world-wide that are researching and protecting the High Seas. This could create a holistic data system, providing access to data and research for everyone, and provide a common ground for policies and regulations, enabling politicians to support proposals with a wider scientific consensus.

IMPACT

An open, inclusive, data commons enabling representatives of local communities and NGOs to impact policy and regulation leads to empowered communities, organizations and individuals protecting ocean biodiversity.

This IT ecosystem will break down the siloing of databases to provide the necessary resources to protect 70% of the ocean effectively.  Such an ecosystem could also provide invaluable insights for Member States negotiating the UN High Seas Treaty, an international binding agreement.

A WINNING TEAM WILL...

Address how its solution will help protect the marine environment and its resources.
Prove its solution can help implement the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea and the upcoming Treaty on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).
Create a level playing field to access comprehensive knowledge about the High Seas.
Translate a ‘simple’ sovereign nature model into a complex situation like the High Seas.
Show how its solution empowers local communities in raising awareness and getting resources allocated for issues proven through data.

Key element
Transcend data monopolies and silos.

ECOSYSTEM

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
IUCN International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL)
IUCN World Protected Areas Commission for marine protected areas
IUCN Species Survival Commission
IUCN World Commission on Environmental law
IUCN BBNJ Treaty delegation
Pew Charitable Trusts
Sargasso Sea Commission
South Pacific Regional Environmental Program
Friends of Ocean Action

WHAT HAPPENS
WITH THE WINNER

The winning team will present their solution at the IUCN World Congress (June 2020, Marseille, France).
You will be introduced at an ICEL side event at UN HQ in New York (for UN Secretariat on Law of the Sea).
The solution will be incubated at ICEL, IUCN, and the Sargasso Sea Commission and/or the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program.

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THIS CHALLENGE CONTRIBUTES TO SOLVING:

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

ELIGIBLE TEAMS

STUDENT TEAMS
STARTUPS
ESTABLISHED STARTUPS
SCALE-UPS
SMES
CORPORATE TEAMS
COMMUNITY TEAMS

TEAM QUALITIES

The team has experience in international, complex issues and is very ambitious to invest in taking their solution forward. The team’s biggest asset is its ability to unlearn and work together with the environmental law and research community.

REQUIREMENTS

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It is valuable to classify all used data by source so that scientific, commercial, or personal, or other sources can be tagged.

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The solution is as open-source as possible.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Have you already seen the trailer?
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February 4-5 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Join 500 ecosystem builders at the Odyssey Connect event. Meet the challenge leads and their stakeholders way ahead of the hackathon. Gain insights from international top speakers. Find team-mates.
Engage with a global ecosystem of like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Apply for the Odyssey Hackathon 2020. Team applications are open from January 20 until February 24.
Submit your application before February 24. All teams are curated to ensure the highest quality and commitment. Early application = early curation = early confirmation. Application FAQ.