German and Dutch blockchain communities to strengthen ties on January 29th in Berlin
Odyssey invites its ecosystem to a full day and evening program promoting the cross-country collaboration in blockchain space, including the New Year’s Reception at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin.
Update June 23, 2020: note that the event formerly known as Odyssey Hackathon has been moved online and rebranded as Odyssey Momentum. More: https://www.odyssey.org/odyssey-hackathon-becomes-momentum/
Blockchain = Collaboration
BerChain, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin, and Factory Berlin are organising a series of activities to highlight the thriving collaboration in blockchain space between the Netherlands and Germany.
Odyssey, with its open innovation program & hackathon, is a driver of innovation in The Netherlands. Over the years, we’ve cultivated close ties with the German community and aim to further contribute to cross-border cooperation and idea exchange, and ultimately — a broader adoption of blockchain technology in our countries and beyond.
We cordially invite everyone to join the day and evening program on January 29th in the German capital, where the two ecosystems will meet.
The Odyssey Hackathon 2020 challenge leads Nick van Apeldoorn (Dutch Kadaster), Michiel Sintenie (Vattenfall), Peter Verkoulen (Dutch Blockchain Coalition), Gertie Arts (Dutch Ministry of Defence), and Ewald Hesse (Grid Singularity) will be speaking during various parts of the program. The 2020 hackathon teams are welcome to reserve a one-on-one session with the challenge lead, to pre-connect ahead of the hackathon and find out more about the specific challenge; DM @OdysseHack on Twitter to reserve your spot.
Full program of the day and evening
- Blockchain Brunch: Use Cases for Blockchain in Public Service
Wednesday, January 29, 2020|10:00–12:30 am| Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park
Explore public service use cases for blockchain in a panel discussion with four experienced professionals from the Netherlands and Germany who will each present a project they are working on, followed by an in-depth discussion. Brunch is available to everyone.
The panel features an Odyssey partner Nick van Appeldoorn/Dutch Kadaster. Kadaster hired a winning team of the Odyssey Hackathon 2019 (VX Company) to develop the mock-up of the Dutch Digital Consumer Dossier for Real Estate. Read more about the collaboration of Kadaster and VX Company and their blockchain-based solution for real estate data here.
10:00 Registration and brunch
10:30 Welcome by BerChain and Factory Berlin
10:40 Participants’ introductions
10:40 Panel with Nick van Apeldoorn (ICT Architect at Dutch Kadaster), Rick Schmitz (CEO of LTO Network), Dr. Andreas Dittrich (Head of Blockchain Solutions Center at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH), Ingo Ruebe (CEO of Kilt Protocol), and Michiel Sintenie (Vattenfall)
11:45 More brunch
Everyone can attend the Blockchain Brunch for free, but the capacity is limited. Apply for a ticket as long as they last here.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020| 2:00–5:30 pm | Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park
An interactive setting will encourage knowledge exchange and new connections. Every session is followed by a Q&A, allowing everyone to be part of the conversation.
Part 1: Germany
14:15 Welcome by Factory Berlin, introduction to the Factory Berlin Ecosystem and the importance of collaboration (Catherine Bischoff, CRO Factory Berlin).
14:30 BerChain and the Berlin Blockchain Ecosystem (Ricardo Garcia, Vice-President at BerChain e.V.) and some of the BerChain members.
14:50 How to open a blockchain start-up in Berlin by Berlin Partner (Ingo Voges, Berlin Partner).
15:10 Blockchain-Energy ecosystem introduction by Energy Web Foundation (Meerim Ruslanova, EWF).
15:30 Coffee break
Part 2: Netherlands
16:00 The Dutch blockchain startups and scale-up ecosystem (Rudolf van Ee, Blockchain Netherlands) and members.
16:20 Odyssey, the hackathon and the ecosystem (Victoria Ous, Incubation Lead at Odyssey).
16:40 The Dutch Blockchain Coalition (Peter Verkoulen, Coalition Manager, DBC).
Part 3: Blockchain Strategy
17:00 The German Blockchain Strategy by the German Federal Ministry of Economics (Sarah Basic, BMWi)
+ Q&A session
17:30 Bus transfer to the Embassy of the Netherlands (for those registered to the evening program).
Everyone can attend this part of the program for free, but the capacity is limited. Apply for a ticket as long as they last here.
3. New Year’s Reception at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin
Wednesday, January 29, 2020| 06:00–10:00 pm
The invite-only evening reception brings together executives from the German and Dutch blockchain scene and political leaders of both nations. The event is highly curated and is only selected for a curated audience. The Odyssey ecosystem members are welcome to apply and receive an invitation.
Some of the confirmed speakers:
Thomas Heilmann, Member of the German Parliament
Mario Brandenburg, Member of the German Parliament
Trent McConaghy, Founder of Ocean Protocol
Gertie Arts, Dutch Ministry of Defence
Peter Verkoulen, Coalition Manager at the Dutch Blockchain Coalition
Odyssey Hackathon 2020
2,000 participants will collaborate to provide new solutions to complex 21st-century challenges into a 48-hour fully online hackathon on November 13–15, 2020.
Over 100 selected teams from around the world will co-create paradigm-shifting solutions with the challenge leads (governments, corporations, and non-profit organizations), their stakeholders and end-users. More than 300 experts, including legal advisors and financial regulators, will be there to support the teams.
All teams get access to ecosystems related to their challenge for further prototype development and pilot launch after the hackathon. Besides being supported in scaling their solution, the best-performing teams will also get €200,000 in total cash rewards.
The hackathon is optimized for startups, established startups, scale-ups, SMEs, corporate teams, as well as community and student teams who want to work on one of the 21 challenges outlined.
Applications are closed, but you can apply for the waiting list on www.odyssey.org.
Odyssey connects governmental, corporate, and nonprofit partners with innovative ideas to collaboratively address complex 21st-century challenges. We mobilize a global ecosystem of more than 6,000 members, among whom developers, creatives, startups, corporates, investors, governmental bodies, legal experts, regulators, scientists, and other key stakeholders. The past three physical editions of the event known as “Odyssey Hackathon” have drawn thousands of participants from around the world to Groningen, the Netherlands. The next edition, rebranded as Odyssey Momentum, explores the internet’s potential to unlock new levels of online collaboration and next-gen event experiences.