November 13-15, 2020

Odyssey momentum

49 hours of mass online collaboration

Momentum is an Online Mass Collaboration Arena opening once a year, to solve complex 21st century challenges. This completely new online experience of 49 hours allows everyone to embrace the potential of the internet and open a new world of possibilities to collaborate and create value. Momentum is organized by Odyssey, as part of the Odyssey innovation program, and takes place on November 13-15, 2020.

Why should I participate?

November 13-15, the Momentum Online Mass Collaboration Arena opens for the first time ever. You can:

  • Help building solutions for challenges that impact your life
  • Work together with more than 2,000 participants and 105 teams working on 21 challenges 
  • Contribute with every skill and experience you have. Anyone can contribute so everyone can benefit. 
  • Become part of the follow-up multi-stakeholder pilots emerging from Momentum.
  • And in addition to that…experience the future of online collaboration
How can I participate?

You can apply now to participate in Momentum. With your participation, you support the teams working on the challenges with your skills and experience. These teams have been selected in advance and are currently preparing. Momentum participants are curated because we strive for an optimal supportive ecosystem for every challenge. You will be briefed by the Odyssey team after curation on how to optimally prepare for and contribute during Momentum. 

Momentum – the full picture

Odyssey Momentum is 49 hours of online mass collaboration to solve 21 complex challenges. A completely new online experience that will allow everyone to embrace the potential of the internet and open a new world of possibilities to collaborate and create value. Momentum takes place on November 13-15, 2020. 

After months of intense preparation, 105 selected teams from all over the world will co-create new solutions to complex challenges in collaboration with the stakeholders, regulators, scientists, and even other teams. They will be supported by hundreds of experts from a variety of sectors, while actual end-users will be able to provide input and feedback to new solutions being built. The teams can also leverage this opportunity to actively develop a community of supporters, as new stakeholders such as governments or corporations can show interest in their solution directly during the event and become part of a pilot project after, for instance by becoming the first user.  

The challenges of Momentum were contributed by corporations, governments, and nonprofits from the US, France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands (among them: Vattenfall, Enexis, KLM Cargo, the Dutch National Police, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Council for Environmental Law, E.On, Engie, VMware, and the Dutch Ministry of Defence). 

The challenges are tied directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, have a global societal and economic impact, and cover a variety of domains such as energy transition, conscious cities, critical infrastructure, logistics, public safety, nature conservation, real estate, healthcare, and digital identity.

Momentum will be a highly inclusive experience, with more people than ever able to become part of the collaborative process, with an option to become a spectator and/or be confirmed as an active participant directly at any moment throughout the event, from anywhere in the world. 2,000 participants have already been confirmed.

After Momentum, the focus shifts from building the solutions to having them adopted. The best teams will be supported in further developing their solutions and launching pilot projects with the challenge leads and stakeholders.