Interdisciplinary collaboration will open up new avenues on a much shorter time scale than operating in silos. SEED will thus connect individuals from academia and industry with leading developers of blockchain technology, who will openly exchange their knowledge and prototype actionable ideas for tools fostering more innovation in research.
25 – 28 of February 2019 in Davos, Switzerland
Research today is suffering from outdated workflows and publishing paradigms, which combined with decreasing funding for basic and applied research drive practices that are contrary to the interest of discovery and advancing human knowledge. To name a few:
selective outcome reporting and pressure to publish fuel the reproducibility crisis
lack of open exchange of data, pipelines or ideas triggers redundancies and inefficiencies in research
there are no standard prevention mechanisms in place against the theft of data, ideas or materials, falsifying results, human exploitation, or blocking patents
widely adopted research assessment metric is wrong and encourages undertaking low-impact, risk-free research projects
pre- and post-publication peer review processes contribute surprisingly little to the validation or improvement of research projects and rather slow down science communication in their current form
Those issues force us to rethink how research works today. Blockchain technology provides a decentralized, censorship-resistant, transparent, and economically incentivized ecosystem, which can be utilized in a number of scientific applications. The economical benefits are particularly promising, as they add to the picture the practical aspect that is much needed if the solutions are to be adopted on a large scale. Just imagine:
opening up science while ensuring immutable attribution of discoveries, data, pipelines, interpretations
well-incentivized, timely and diligent peer reviews and a revolution in how discoveries, grants, patents or accreditation are traced and reported
more collaborative ecosystem, in which labs or groups specialise in specific aspects of the research workflow
crowdfunding basic and applied research projects
adding more value to other research outputs beyond manuscripts, and thus stimulating more adventurous projects with potentially greater long-term payoffs
enabling interaction of parties where there may have been no trust or no established relation
unleashing the potential of collective intelligence in tackling difficult problems
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Think Tank Verticals
Executives from industry, scientists from academia and the private research sector, members of NGOs, governmental and funding organizations with an interest in identifying good use cases for blockchain technology in their respective fields. Technologists, lawyers, investors, citizen scientists. Anyone, who would march for science.
No prior technical knowledge is required.
The best ideas are guaranteed to be turned into open source proofs of concept during the 3-month-long implementation phase by a dedicated team of experts from Validity Labs. The members of the winning teams can individually choose the extent of their involvement in the Incubator.
Submit an abstract
Have an idea or an existing project, the scope of which fits the << vision >> of SEED? Submit an abstract for a lightning talk or a poster. Accepted abstracts will be citable and published in the open-access journal (more details soon).