blockchain & AI hackathon
Next edition: April 2-4, 2020
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, 1500 attendees co-created breakthrough solutions for 20 complex challenges in 11 tracks. 60 jury panel members have elected 20 winning teams + solutions, ranging from wildlife restoration to data privacy and fossil-free future to cargo insurance and inclusive banking. All 100 hackathon teams are supported by Odyssey in moving their solution forward.
Who can apply?
- January 18, 2019
- February 25, 2019
- April 12-14, 2019
11:00 – 18:00 Register and get your wristband at Groninger Forum
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
11.30 Make sure you are ready to rumble!
Go go go!
12.00 Go go go!!! (Suikerfabriek Groningen)
12.00 Stop coding!
12.15 Judging your solutions
15.30 Award 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
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