blockchain & AI hackathon
Main program: April 12-14th
Groningen, the Netherlands
The Odyssey Hackathon enables developers, creatives, and entrepreneurs from all over the world to co-create solutions to the challenges contributed by program partners and launching customers using blockchain, AI or other advanced technology. The hackathon is the ultimate launchpad for new innovative businesses.
In 2017, we brought together 450 attendees, grouped in 5 tracks, who built 55 prototypes.
In 2018, we gathered 1000 attendees in 7 tracks working on 64 prototypes.
In 2019, we want to bring together 1500 attendees to solve 20 real societal challenges in 11 tracks and built 100 prototypes.
The team registrations are closed.
Apply for the waiting list.
- Teams can only be registered by their team captains
- At the moment of registration, a team must be complete (5 or 6 people); teams with fewer members will not be eligible
- Looking for team members? Find them in this community group
- The selection will be carried out based on the information you provide in the registration form
- We will be selecting the teams in order of application; you will know whether you’ve been selected as soon as possible
- General Conditions for Participants 2019 apply
If you have any questions about the registration process, feel welcome to contact Anna Atamas, Odyssey Community Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can apply?
- Registration OpensJanuary 18, 2019
- Registration ClosesFebruary 25, 2019
- HackathonApril 12-14, 2019
10.00-20.00 Welcome to Groningen – Registration at City Hall
13.30 – 15.00 Masterclasses by leading experts on technology, law and entrepreneurship at tech companies throughout the city
15.45 – 17.15 Second Round of Masterclasses
20.30 – 1.00 Opening party at DOT Groningen
Start of the main program: 10.00 Hackathon Doors Open – Suikerfabriek Groningen
11.00 Team Captain Briefing
12.00 Go go go!!!
Go go go!
12.00 Go go go!!! (Suikerfabriek Groningen)
12.00 Stop coding!
12.15 Judging your solutions
15.00 End show
17.00 Drinks and Bites – End of the main program
Location: Suikerfabriek Groningen
20 greatest teams
Program evolving only around the 20 winning teams – Odyssey Ignite
10.00 – 11:00 Walk in
11.00 – 11:30 Official opening
11.30 – 12:30 Solutions in the Spotlight
12.30 – 13:10 Discovery Session
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 The Inspiration Carousel
14:30 – 15:10 Exploratory Session
15:10 – 16:00 Deployment Session
16:00 – .. Networking
Location: Suikerfabriek Groningen
Won the 2018 Hackathon by combining blockchain and AI to create intelligent drone swarms for search and rescue operations.
Now working among others with Ocean Protocol and MIT on GREX, the decentralized hivemind.
Created a system for tracking and identifying expired or counterfeit drugs in Africa, helping to prevent the annual €33 bln medical fraud and streamlining humanitarian aid operations.
A hackathon is a 48 hours pressure cooker where teams built solutions to the challenges brought by the launching customers/ sponsors. The hackathon is also a competition between the teams with a chance to win a cumulative €200.000 cash reward.
A track is a focus topic brought up by a partner, which we also refer to as launching customer. Within one track there could be one or more challenges that the partner would like the teams to bring solutions to. Please check the different 2019 challenges here <link to the tracks overview>.
The hackathon is optimized for pre-startups, startups, small businesses and corporate teams with an innovative solution for the outlined challenges. Only team captain with a full team of 5 to 6 people can apply on behalf of the team.
Join our online community, where you can invite people to join your team or show interest to be part of an existing team. The platform is also a great way to ask questions to the challenge-owners and sign up for the upcoming Deep Dives.
Every team needs to have 5-6 members with a diverse set of skills.
Important: make sure your team consists of people that can quickly adapt to change, as during our hackathon you will be experiencing time pressure in a dynamic environment.
Mandatory team expertise/roles:
UX/ UI designer
Business/ enterprise/ software architect
Suggested additional team expertise/roles:
Business or marketing expert
Creative (art, audio, etc.)
- All team captains have to fill in an application form covering all team roles, clear motivation, great ideas, and plans to incubate and accelerate the solution after the Hackathon.
- Odyssey team will curate the applications and invite the captains of best applications for an interview call.
- After the interview phase, Odyssey team will select the top 100 teams based on the team’s motivation, ambition, and expertise.
Participation is free. You have to arrange your own travel & accommodation.
*if you are a corporate company-team, and your company has over 1.000 employees, we expect your team to contribute €5.000 in organizing costs. To be paid after the curation (selection) process (only to be paid when you get in, obviously) and in advance of the Hackathon.
The IP of the work that is produced throughout the hackathon belongs to the team ONLY IF the challenge holder does not mention that the codes should be open source. Check carefully the conditions of each challenge beforehand.
Jedi are experts on any domain thinkable who are at your disposal throughout the hackathon to help you reach your unexpected discovery.
Last year, over 150 leading experts were present, they excelled in:
And much, much, more…
The venue will be open 24/7 from Friday to Monday.
You can NOT sleep at the venue, please arrange your own accommodation.
Be sure to bring your laptop & ID.
We will provide post-its and all thinkable writing & drawing material.
Odyssey Ignite is the final day of the Odyssey Hackathon, which will happen on the Monday, April 15. However, it is the beginning of a venture. From the 100 teams all over the world, 20 best solutions were selected. At Odyssey Ignite these winning solutions are just one day old. This is the first moment to engage with the winning teams and their solutions to incubate an ecosystem with the challenge holders, key stakeholders, and investors.
After the conference, the teams will go through the Odyssey Incubation Program. For more information, visit the Incubation Program page