Incubator for multi-stakeholder collaboration

Connect and collaborate with innovative teams from all over the world. Co-create solutions to your complex challenges together with your stakeholders.

Horizon 2021: June-December

Odyssey Horizon 2021

Lead your challenge towards valuable opportunities.

Odyssey Horizon is an online incubator for multi-stakeholder collaboration that connects governmental, corporate, scientific and non-profit organizations with innovative teams and experts from all over the world.

We enable you to mobilize and align your internal and external stakeholders to achieve groundbreaking results and unlock new business opportunities.

Horizon offers a journey from problem identification to building solutions for your challenge. During a 49 hour long Hackathon, that takes place in the Odyssey Momentum online mass collaboration arena, multiple teams work towards innovative prototypes.

From Europe's biggest Blockchain Hackathon to collaboration in the Metaverse

The first three editions of the Odyssey Hackathon took place in a physical manner in Groningen, The Netherlands. Participants from all over the world collaborated to co-create solutions to complex societal challenges. Last year's edition premiered digitally in Odyssey Momentum, with 105 teams working on 21 challenges.

2021

Sixth edition: Odyssey Momentum
MetaverseCollaborators from all over the world

The Horizon Incubator kicks off with a presentation of the 2021 challenges at Odyssey Polaris on June 15, 2021.

The next Odyssey Hackathon takes place on November 11-13, 2021, showing the full potential of the Odyssey Momentum online mass collaboration software and hosting participants from all over the world.

 

2020

Fifth edition: Odyssey Momentum 

2020

More than 2.000 participants and 105 selected teams worked together to build solutions for 21 challenges lead by corporations, governments, and nonprofits.

Among them: Vattenfall, KLM Cargo, the Dutch National Police, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, E.On, Engie, VMware, and the Dutch Ministries of Defence and the Interior.

2020 was the first year that the Hackathon took place as an immersive online experience (in Odyssey Momentum).

2.000 participants105 teams from over 50 countries 

More than 2.000 participants and 105 selected teams worked together to build solutions for 21 challenges lead by corporations, governments, and nonprofits.

Among them: Vattenfall, KLM Cargo, the Dutch National Police, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, E.On, Engie, VMware, and the Dutch Ministries of Defence and the Interior.

2020 was the first year that the Hackathon took place as an immersive online experience (in Odyssey Momentum).

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2019

Fourth edition: Groningen, Netherlands

2019

During the Odyssey Hackathon of 2019, 1500 participants collaborated to co-create solutions for 20 complex challenges.

Over the course of 48 hours, 100 teams built innovative prototypes with the help of 200+ experts, scientists, regulatory partners, corporate and governmental challenge holders, including the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Dutch Central Bank, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), the European Union Regional Development Fund, Deloitte, Vattenfall and KLM.

1.500 participants100 teams from over 30 countries

During the Odyssey Hackathon of 2019, 1500 participants collaborated to co-create solutions for 20 complex challenges.

Over the course of 48 hours, 100 teams built innovative prototypes with the help of 200+ experts, scientists, regulatory partners, corporate and governmental challenge holders, including the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Dutch Central Bank, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), the European Union Regional Development Fund, Deloitte, Vattenfall and KLM.

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New Horizons

Changing circumstances lead to new perspectives and innovative solutions. Due to COVID-19, hosting a physical event with 2.000 participants from over 50 countries in an old venue in Groningen, The Netherlands, was simply not feasible. Faced with this challenge Odyssey decided to transform the Hackathon into a completely online experience.

Existing social, meeting and event software wouldn’t suffice, as these tools don’t support multi-stakeholder collaboration processes. That is why Momentum was born. A new vibrant 3D space to meet, collaborate in real-time, and work towards solutions on a truly global scale. Productivity meets Metaverse.

On November 13-15, 2020, over 2.000 participants from 105 selected teams, 300+ experts, challenge lead partners and other relevant stakeholders and users gathered in Momentum. Together they built solutions for 21 challenges linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

These challenges covered a variety of domains such as energy transition, acute healthcare, conflict prevention, conscious cities, critical infrastructure, logistics, and supply chain, nature conservation, real estate, and digital identity.

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A journey from challenge identification to launching successful pilots

The three stages of the Horizon Incubator:

  1. Preparation: Identifying the problem and defining a concrete challenge under Odyssey guidance, mobilizing your internal and external stakeholders and exchanging knowledge. We select teams that are best suited to build solutions to your challenge.
     
  2. Hackathon: Co-creating solutions to your challenge together with selected teams, your stakeholders and international experts during a 49 hour Hackathon in Odyssey Momentum.
     
  3. Ignite: Launching pilots with #winning teams and your internal and external challenge stakeholders under Odyssey guidance.

The Horizon Incubator kicks off with a presentation of the 2021 challenges at Odyssey Polaris on June 15, 2021. The next Odyssey Hackathon takes place on November 11-13, 2021. 

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Timeline 2021

June 15
Odyssey Polaris

Launching the 2021 Odyssey Challenges.

Enabling potential teams, experts and stakeholders to discover how they can contribute.

Team registration opens.

September 7
Odyssey Connect

In-depth presentations of all Odyssey Challenges by their challenge leads and crucial stakeholders.

Opportunity for the teams to visit multiple presentations and ask questions before registering.

September 14
Team application deadline

3-6 persons per team.

September-early October
Preparatory Challenge Workshops

Selected teams dive deeper into the core problems behind the challenge with their challenge lead and stakeholders.

Teams present which part of the challenge they aim to focus on during the Hackathon, for challenge lead and stakeholder feedback + learn with which other teams to collaborate best.

November 2
Getting Ready Event

Training and preparing all Odyssey Hackathon participants.

November 11-13
Odyssey Hackathon 2021

Hackathon from Thursday-Saturday, with results ceremonies per challenge on Sunday.

December 1-14
Ignite

Igniting the project proposal of the best team(s) per challenge towards a multi-stakeholder pilot.

Humanity is in transition. Odyssey invites you to be part of it.

Humanity is now in the transition phase, which shows that our capacity is even more than ever in interbeingness and collective mindset. While new stories are being created, we still have the Polaris, the North Star of the vision embodied in a story of participation in the evolution of life, rather than domination. This is the compass we follow, and we invite you to be part of it.