GENERATION NOW

You are Generation Now because you want to take action now. Not tomorrow. This track is for 10-18 year-olds with bold ideas who want to go beyond school and beyond protest. Start building with your classmates and the big companies and governments at the hackathon to be part of the solution we really need in the 21st century!


APPLICATIONS OPEN
January 20




ODYSSEY CONNECT
February 4-5




APPLICATIONS CLOSE
February 24




GEN NOW MEETUP
March 13




HACKATHON
April 3 – 5




ODYSSEY IGNITE
May 11 – 15




APPLICATIONS OPEN
January 20




ODYSSEY CONNECT
February 4-5




APPLICATIONS CLOSE
February 24




GEN NOW MEETUP
March 13




HACKATHON
April 3 – 5




ODYSSEY IGNITE
May 11 – 15



THE CHALLENGE

How might we discover new types of ownership, collaboration and problem-solving, by remixing solutions from the other teams in your favourite track (listed below), in order to create the highest possible impact for as many people as possible?

Imagine working with your classmates, leading experts and the best teams on

– Protecting the oceans. What if nature could speak for itself?
– A fossil free future. What if energy worked like the internet?
– Outcompeting destructive systems. What if we could clean the plastics from nature?
– Digital identity. Who are you on the Internet?
– Safe air cargo: help people around the world get the right medicine.
– Peace building: prevent war and human suffering. 

What happens at the Hackathon?

You will work together with the 5 international teams in your favourite challenge. Out of five solutions, you will pick the best elements, remix them, and turn it into a new solution. A new story.

You will dive into the problem, with companies like Vattenfall, KLM Cargo and VMware, and governmental institutes like the Dutch Ministry of Defense, Ministry of the Interior and EU, as well as NGOs like the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Business Plan for Peace, founded by three-time Nobel Prize Nominee Scilla Elworthy. It is people like Scilla, who has worked with Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson, who will be at the hackathon… working with you!

You have a unique challenge: understand the adult teams solutions and find out which parts you like and which parts you don’t want to use. Remix the parts you like into something new and BAM! a new solution is born. And because everything is open source, we can all learn from each other, collaborate and build bold new ideas together.

CONTEXT

The ideas and legal principles of ownership are rooted in the 20th century: protect your idea, monopolize it, earn money and don’t get kicked-out of the market by someone who registers your invention before you do.

In order to solve the most pressing 21st-century problems, from plastic in the oceans to global warming, we need mass collaboration through new forms of cooperation. People, companies and governments struggle to establish this collaboration within the current ‘ownership’ protection of ideas paradigm: old habits die hard.

You are 10 to 18 years old and are literally not rooted in the 20th century. You can go beyond protesting against the 20th century to build on new forms of collaboration and ownership.

IMPACT

The redefinition of IP – intellectual property – everything created by the minds of humans – and the development of new types of collaboration of and for Generation Now will be tools for boosting creativity, entrepreneurship and collaboration, greatly accelerating mankind’s capability for solving complex 21st-century problems.

A WINNING TEAM WILL...

Pick one of these challenges:

Self-Sovereign Identity Dutch Ministry of Interior, Dutch Blockchain Coalition
Conflict Prevention – Dutch Ministry of Defence, Business Plan for Peace
Protecting Marine Biodiversity – IUCN, ICEL
Balance the Grid – Vattenfall
Compliant Air Cargo Flow – KLM Cargo
From Plastic Pollution to Upcycling Economy – VMware, DAML

Interpret, remix and add to the ideas and solutions by 5 adult teams working on the challenge.
Co-create a prototype of a model, formula or mechanism focusing on demonstrating the opportunities ownership and IP rights bring to the adoption and impact of their solution.

Key element
Adoption and impact.

ECOSYSTEM

Odyssey
All Odyssey partners and ecosystem members

WHAT HAPPENS
WITH THE WINNER

Background and solution story are made into a vlog together with the winning team.
Odyssey supports the winning team’s solution for further development.

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THIS CHALLENGE CONTRIBUTES TO SOLVING:

4.4 Increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills for entrepreneurship.

8.3 Encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

ELIGIBLE TEAMS

School teams
Class teams 
Friends’ teams

TEAM QUALITIES

Diversity in interests, skills, background and approach.
Daring to let go of assumptions.
Clear passion for one of the ‘adult’ Odyssey challenges
An open mind, open heart and open will.

REQUIREMENTS

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The team consists of five to six participants aged between 10 and 18, supported by one or two teachers and one or more parents/guardians.

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You don’t have to be a programmer or have a programmer in your team to join; this is about collaboration, creativity and curiosity.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Have you already seen the trailer?
Get an ultimate headstart in hackathon preparation
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.

The Odyssey community platform is the place to connect online. Find team-mates and experts on a needed subject, and meet the challenge leads and their stakeholders, anytime before the hackathon.

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.