31: Rutger van Zuidam of Oddysey.org - Blockchain & AI Hackathons For Global Challenges
Rutger van Zuidam is the founder of Dutchchain, the blockchain development agency behind Oddysey.org a hackathon solving the world's biggest problems using AI & Blockchain. Backed by the European Union and the Dutch Government, the DutchChain ecosystem unites more than 6.000 members, among whom large corporations and SMEs, start-ups, individual entrepreneurs, scientists, developers, engineers, students, government officials, legal experts, and many other stakeholders.
Highlights of the episode:
How blockchain works and why it matters
Why blockchain brings a better internet
Examples of global challenges Oddysey is tackling
How is Oddysey supporting startups before and after the hackathon
Machines that are sovereign and collaborative
Oddysey - https://www.odyssey.org/
Rutger van Zuidam's linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rutgervz/
Nest Egg - https://nestegg.eu/
[00:32] How did Rutger came across blockchain?
[03:03] How to apply blockchain to positive impact?
[06:27] Do we want more surveillance state?
[07:13] Challenges for hackathons
[09:43] Once protocols are unlocked, new ways of collaborating happen.
[11:43] Example of social and environmental impact companies
[13:27] Investing in solar panels NestEgg
[14:39] Autonomous swarm robotics - machines that owns themselves
[17:11] Support to teams after the hackathon
[18:38] How to take a prototype into the real world
[19:24] Guiding an ecosystem
[20:10] What kind of world is Odyssey creating?
[21:33] Contributing to thousands of people doing meaningful work
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