Odyssey Momentum
Protecting marine biodiversity in international waters
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SNI co-sponsored a challenge at the 2020 Odyssey Momentum Hackathon (13-15 November). Alongside other stakeholders like The International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Saragasso Sea Commission, this challenge invites teams to help in the challenge of enabling anyone to act on behalf of nature through stories backed up by data, in a world where data access is limited, especially for low income communities.

After 49 hours of online mass collaboration, the winning solution to the Sovereign Nature Challenge was presented by team CEVEN.protect.

"We want to incentivise fisheries to share their data on routes and catch in and around the Sargasso Sea. By self-reporting their activities in the area of interest, the fisheries can gain a favorable rating and open up a communication channel to establish common ground with other stakeholders in the area. We provide a transparent, trustworthy, and controlled single source of truth."


"In a self-governing environment with incentivised behavior, fisheries in and around the Sargasso Sea (and other marine ecosystems) motivate the market's sell and buy-side to act sustainably. A global governance platform based on transparent and immutable data, recorded by fisheries and backed up by remote sensing and earth observation data for two-factor confirmation."

Learn more about CEVEN.protect here.

The High Seas feature biodiversity outside national boundaries. Despite all efforts, the High Seas are currently virtually unprotected and rapidly degrading. The largest ecosystem of our Earth needs better governance. For example, over 30% of the world's oxygen is now at risk, as this comes from the phytoplankton in the High Seas.

Organizations working to conserve the High Seas cannot pool data, as all research is siloed. Stakeholders and issues differ per region. Rich countries, with the most economic incentive, monopolize research and data outcomes due to the high cost of doing research on the sea.

Implementation of the new UN treaty on the High Seas, to be concluded April 2020, offers a chance to pool data resources of over 10,000 organizations world-wide that are researching and protecting the High Seas. This could create a holistic data system, providing access to data and research for everyone, and provide a common ground for policies and regulations, enabling politicians to support proposals with a wider scientific consensus.

The Sargasso Sea is an area of the High-Seas. It is located within the North Atlantic subtropical gyre, surrounding the island of Bermuda. More on the specific context of the Sargasso Sea: http://www.sargassoseacommission.org


The challenge for the teams and everyone helping them:

"Build a decentralized sovereign nature-data exchange infrastructure for anyone and anything to contribute and use its data on the High Seas, creating data and information commons for everyone, preserving and strengthening the data sovereignty of scientists, traditional knowledge holders and organizations. Enabling nature's data to speak for itself and therefore enabling everyone to act on behalf of nature. In this challenge, the Sargasso Sea will be the specific use-case."

An overview of the teams and their projects can be found below:

Momentum is an Online Mass Collaboration Arena opening once a year, to solve complex 21st century challenges. This completely new online experience of 49 hours allows everyone to embrace the potential of the internet and open a new world of possibilities to collaborate and create value. Momentum is organized by Odyssey, as part of the Odyssey innovation program, and takes place on November 13-15, 2020.

After months of intense preparation, 105 selected teams from all over the world will co-create new solutions to complex challenges in collaboration with the stakeholders, regulators, scientists, and even other teams. They will be supported by hundreds of experts from a variety of sectors, while actual end-users will be able to provide input and feedback to new solutions being built. The teams can also leverage this opportunity to actively develop a community of supporters, as new stakeholders such as governments or corporations can show interest in their solution directly during the event and become part of a pilot project after, for instance by becoming the first user.

The challenges are tied directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, have a global societal and economic impact, and cover a variety of domains such as energy transition, conscious cities, critical infrastructure, logistics, public safety, nature conservation, real estate, healthcare, and digital identity.

Odyssey connects governments, corporates, and non-profits with innovative entrepreneurs from around the world to let them jointly tackle complex 21st-century challenges. Together, they create an interconnected, multi-stakeholder ecosystem to build a future.

Since 2016, more than 230 prototypes have emerged from the program, addressing the challenges of over 40 partners. The goal of each partner is to elevate the best teams and solutions to multi-stakeholder pilots after Momentum.

Odyssey is now in season 4. You can learn more about Momentum here.

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