Odyssey is an open innovation program organized by DutchChain. Odyssey connects governmental, corporate and non-profit launching partners to breakthrough technology, enabling everyone to co-create new solutions to complex 21st-century challenges.

Odyssey mobilizes a global ecosystem of key stakeholders through a series of preparatory events, a 48-hour blockchain & AI hackathon (biggest blockchain hackathon in the world), and a decentralized business incubation program to scale and adopt the best solutions.

Odyssey is an epic journey where each participant discovers the future by actually building it.

Our Vision: Commonization of the Digital Infrastructure

Some say the blockchain bubble has burst. We prefer to look at what has been learned and focus on the real potential. We do this by doing what we have always done: discover the future by actually building it. In collaboration with everyone who wants to be part of it.

So, what have we learned? In short, that blockchains and tokens can play a crucial role in the infrastructure layer of our digital economy. They offer an alternative to the current practice in which important parts of the information and communication infrastructure are proprietary: owned by corporates, governmental organizations, unicorns and (aspiring) startups.

It is our vision that this infrastructure works much better in our globalized, interconnected society when it is “commonized”, i.e. when it becomes part of the digital commons. This has, by the way, nothing to do with communism. Quite the contrary. A commonized infrastructure provides a completely new level playing field for creating and delivering added value and thus for private companies to compete and flourish.

We learned this by doing (#BUIDL): by co-creating ecosystems that build blockchain solutions. There are many examples from the years that we have been doing this, but two of them, both from this year, really stand out.

In 2018, at our own Hackathon, jury and experts alike were baffled by the winner of the Machine2Machine Economy Track, team Kryha. They created GREX.ai, an open source, decentralized protocol for self owned, autonomous machines (drones, satellites, etc) that can work together as a swarm. Since then, numerous parties have come forward with possible use cases that promote the adoption of such a protocol. Basically, we see the rise of an ecosystem here.

Later that year, we supported the first EUBlockathon, organized by the European Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Brussels. We rephrased the problem of fake goods (medicines, toys, clothes, electronics, etc), which is decentralized and interconnected in its nature, as a common challenge: Co-create the next level EU anti-counterfeiting infrastructure.

Cryptomice, the winner from Italy, was, again, a team that created an open source decentralized protocol. In this case, a protocol that allows consumers, customs, logistics operators, retailers and manufacturers to contribute to the integrity of their supply chains through a certain use of virtual twins. Interestingly, all these different parties in the supply chain can pursue their own interests and, by doing so in the most effective way possible, contribute to a solution to a shared problem.