Business Leaders Explore New Digital Economic Systems That Incentivize Decarbonization and Plastic Waste Reduction, the Role of Blockchain, AI and Other Emerging Technologies in Enabling the Shift
Odyssey, the Netherlands-based open innovation program committed to solving complex 21st-century challenges through mass collaboration, will lead the conversation on outcompeting the destructive economic systems at Blockchain Central Davos. The conversation will be hosted by the Global Blockchain Business Council, in Blockchain Central, the premier venue for all things blockchain in Davos.
“We live in a world where it still pays financially to be part of a destructive system, so we need to outcompete this model. How do we do it? In Davos, we will be exploring the creation of a new system which would be better for people and nature, and at the same time actually generate more economic value for everyone,” commented Rutger van Zuidam, Founder and CEO of Odyssey.
The conversation will focus on new alternatives to current economic paradigms which prevent society from solving the challenges it currently faces, such as climate change and lack of economic inclusion. Attention will be paid to how technology such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence can facilitate moving towards better economic conditions for future generations and environmental sustainability.
- Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations, VMware
- Yuval Rooz, Co-Founder & CEO, Digital Asset
- Kavita Gupta, Lecturer, Stanford University; Managing Partner, Katapult. AI
- Rod Beckstrom, Former President & CEO, ICANN; Founder & CEO, BECKSTROM
- Rutger van Zuidam, Founder & CEO, Odyssey.org
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Sanjay Poonen, COO VMware: “We aim to leave ahead a better future – to put back more than we take into the environment, society, and our global economy. It is important that we engineer new systems that provide better economic outcomes and are better for people and the planet. The Odyssey 2020 Track ‘Outcompeting Destructive Systems,’ that VMware is participating in with Digital Asset and DAML, will explore this challenge.”
“The conversation at Davos this week has centered around the need for open, collaborative ecosystems to truly affect change. Odyssey recognizes this, that to outcompete destructive systems we need the right incentives applied to the right technology. Smart contracts enable these collaborative processes to connect stakeholders across industries in ways which weren’t possible before. DAML and VMware Blockchain allow for the type of open collaboration needed to allow anyone to innovate for all of our benefit,” said Yuval Rooz, Co-Founder & CEO, Digital Asset.
“The GBBC welcomes Odyssey as a new member. We are proud to support Odyssey’s mission, focusing on disruptive systems and decentralized solutions for a better, more equitable society,” said Sandra Ro, CEO GBBC.
Rutger van Zuidam: “Driving sustainable growth in the 21st century will require the replacement of systems that have already contributed to so many contemporary civic and environmental concerns. Many different stakeholders will need to collaborate to enable the shift to a more profitable, transparent and inclusive society. Such a grassroots, cross-industry collaboration is at the very heart of the Odyssey Program and Hackathon.”
The VMware and DAML track of Odyssey Hackathon 2020 challenges teams to build new solutions for turning around two complex modern-day issues: plastic pollution and carbon emissions. Team applications for the hackathon are now open.
Applicants from all over the world are vying for the 105 available spots in the Odyssey Hackathon 2020. Selected ones will co-create new solutions to 21 complex global challenges together with corporate, governmental, and non-profit challenge lead partners and their stakeholders on April 3-5 in Groningen, the Netherlands.
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