Rutger van Zuidam

Blockchain

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Rutger van Zuidam | Blockchain
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Global Grand Challenges

Blockchain is a widely used technology that gained popularity over the last few years. What makes it so revolutionary? Rutger van Zuidam will introduce us to the concepts of blockchain and tell us why it’s all about Trust. He will share applications that are currently changing the world and elaborate on how blockchain will impact our lives, organizations and society in the future.

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Blockchain is a widely used technology that gained popularity over the last few years. What makes it so revolutionary? Rutger will introduce us to the concepts of blockchain and tell us why it’s all about Trust. He will share applications that are currently changing the world and elaborate on how blockchain will impact our lives, organizations and society in the future.

Blockchain is a technology that has recently passed the peak of the hype cycle. What are the key insights? What makes it so revolutionary? Where to use it, and where not to use it? Rutger will introduce us to the concept of blockchain, digital public infrastructure, and explains us why it’s all about trust and collaboration.

Perspective is brought from both the technological and human point of view. Because the world doesn’t need blockchain or AI perse. Rather it needs new ways of collaboration to address the challenges of the 21st century, whether they are societal or economical, on a global scale or within an industry. We are currently seeing public blockchain networks such as Bitcoin and Ethereum enable new ways of collaboration and Rutger will explain how this can be applied in many other areas, from supply chain to the global sustainability goals.

Rutger has worked with the European Commission and EUIPO – European Union Intellectual Property Office (Trade marks and designs) to discover solutions for “the next level anti-counterfeiting infrastructure”, closely linked to supply chain. He is also working with many corporate and governmental clients like KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, TVM Logistics Insurance on multiple solutions.

Biography

Rutger van Zuidam is the Founder and CEO of Odyssey.org. Odyssey is an online incubator for multi-stakeholder collaboration that connects governmental, corporate, scientific and nonprofit partners with anyone that can contribute to building open source solutions for complex 21st-century challenges. All 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, acute healthcare, conflict prevention, conscious cities, critical infrastructure, logistics and supply chain, nature conservation, real estate, and digital identity. Our mission is to create an interconnected, multi-stakeholder ecosystem where we discover the future by building it. Momentum is Odyssey’s online mass collaboration arena: a completely new virtual world where people meet, co-create and achieve results in a collective 3D experience, that takes people on a shared journey into the possibilities of the future. The ultimate goal is to achieve maximum results by collaborating in the most efficient way, and having a lot of fun while doing it. To enable data sovereignty for Momentum clients, Rutger co-founded non profit Foundation Cherrytwist.org, which develops a self-hosted open source Challenge Management Platform for ecosystems to manage their programs, challenges, community, grants and projects portfolio effectively. Rutger is also Faculty for Singularity University Benelux and serves Drenthe College, where 9000 students enjoy intermediate vocational education, as member of the supervisory board.

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