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Decentralized Science for New Academia - "DeSci.Tokyo" Launch Project!

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皆様この度はご支援本当にありがとうございました!!!!

皆様のご協力のおかげで、当初達成目標としていた金額を達成することができました!!さらに、この速さでの目標達成は academist のプロジェクト史上最速とのことでした!!
改めて心から感謝申し上げます!!

皆様からいただいた言葉や応援にメンバー一同とても鼓舞されており、改めて DeSci Tokyo をより良い会にしていこうという気持ちを強くいたしました!皆様からいただいたお金は必ずや今回の DeSci Tokyo conference の成功、そしてその先のより良い研究システムの構築へと繋げていきます!!!

皆様のご協力もあり、DeSci Tokyo のイベントを多くの方に知っていただくことができました。 DeSci という運動が盛り上がっていくためには、皆様が作ってくださった勢いを逃さずに、このタイミングでより多くの方にこのイベントの存在を知っていただくことが重要であると考えています。
今回思いがけず早く目標が達成できたため、academist 様より、2nd ゴールを設定することでより多くの方にこちらのイベントを知っていただくのが良いのではないかとご相談をいただきました。このお話を受けて、私たちはこの度 2nd ゴールを設定することにいたしました!

これまで皆さんにご支援いただいたお金は今回の DeSci Tokyo のイベントに使わせていただき、 2nd ゴール達成へ向けてご支援いただいたぶんにつきましては、今後の DeSci Tokyo の運営など DeSci の発展のための費用に使わせていただければと考えております。この時点で既に 2nd ゴールも半分ほど達成に近づいており、改めて皆様のご協力に感謝するばかりです。

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繰り返しになりますが、改めて皆様の応援に心から御礼申し上げます。是非皆さんと一緒に DeSci を日本でも盛り上げていき、より良い研究の未来を作っていければと思います!!!!

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DeSci.Tokyo

Hiro Taiyo Hamada: As a member of the first cohort at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), I completed my doctoral degree in the Science and Technology Research Program, and now conduct research on systems neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience at Araya Corporation. I have witnessed research systems that lack diversity, and my vision is to build an ecosystem that supports diverse research and accelerates innovation. Decentralized science is a movement that resonates with my vision, and I ask for your support in making this vision a reality.

Shiro Takagi: I am conducting research independently on machine learning with the aim of realizing autonomous artificial researcher. I am also interested in the way research is conducted, and would like to contribute to the construction of better research systems. My ideal research environment is one that is “optimal for knowledge production” and “allows anyone who wants to conduct research to do so in good physical and mental health, regardless of their background.” I believe that DeSci is a powerful movement towards achieving such a research environment, and I would be delighted to work with you to promote this movement.

Kyosuke Iyama: Currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. I am a core member of multiple DeSci projects and operate DeSci Japan, a Japanese community in the field of decentralized science.

Kazuki Nemoto: A fourth-year student at the School of Economics, Tohoku University. I am involved in the operation of the research community “Mitsubachi” and serve as a core member of the Mitsubachi DAO PJ. I am also engaged in research as a research assistant at UC Berkeley and UTMD.

Kiwamu Sato: An IT consultant who joined with the purpose of using technology to solve social issues in public areas such as art and culture, and academic research. My strengths lie in research and analysis that focuses on the social impact of technology, including domestic and international startup case studies and technology trend investigations.

What is your research vision?

Research has produced knowledge that supports our lives and drives innovation, but academia is currently facing complex challenges such as limited research funding sources and inadequate time for research. These difficulties stem in part from academia’s reliance on centralized governance systems. To create a better research system, it is essential to establish an environment that allows ambitious researchers to engage in bottom-up activities in addition to the current system.

One approach that has gained attention is “Decentralized Science (DeSci).” DeSci is a movement that aims to construct a democratic research system supported by a decentralized governance system using technologies such as blockchain. For example, by utilizing autonomous decentralized organizations (DAOs) and evaluation systems based on blockchain technology, DeSci aims to create new research grant systems, publish papers, and build research infrastructure. We aspire to play a role in promoting the progress of this movement.

How do you realize your vision?

The DeSci movement has been gaining momentum since around 2022, and meetups and hackathons are being held around the world, such as DeSci.Berlin and DeSci.London. These movements act as central hubs that welcome individuals with a shared interest in constructing diverse research systems into the DeSci community. As like-minded individuals come together and draw inspiration from DeSci’s leaders, fresh ideas and activities are generated. We are convinced that DeSci has the capacity to transform the future of research worldwide, as evidenced by the emergence of DeSci.Africa in Africa.

However, DeSci is a new concept, and discussions are needed to determine what problems in academia, which has been constructed in a centralized manner, DeSci can solve and which research fields it is compatible with. Therefore, we have made the decision to establish DeSci.Tokyo. With DeSci.Tokyo, our objective is to develop a network of researchers and experts who are interested in DeSci, provide a forum for individuals to share their challenges and aspirations, and function as a central hub that links Japan to the global community.

What is the research theme of this crowdfunding project?

As a first step, we aim to hold the “DeSci Tokyo Conference 2023" in April 16th 2023 in Tokyo. At this event, we plan to invite people who are leading DeSci around the world and those who are working to construct a better research system in Japan to give lectures. We will also provide opportunities for participants to network and exchange ideas, thereby facilitating opportunities for people who aspire to create a better research system to meet. Additionally, we are considering enabling participants to communicate continuously through Discord after the event. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for people who aspire to construct a better research system, providing a stepping stone for each person to take their next steps in their own way.

Why we need your support

We have attempted to use academist to raise funds for the launch of DeSci.Tokyo. The funds raised will be used for event expenses and DeSci.Tokyo’s operational costs. We have prepared expressions of gratitude for those who support us, such as priority participation rights for DeSci.Tokyo’s Discord and participation tickets for Meetups before and after the event, so you can experience the excitement of DeSci.Tokyo firsthand. We would be grateful if you could consider supporting us.

Through “DeSci Tokyo Conference 2023,” we aim to advance discussions on the future of DeSci in Japan and create opportunities for the birth of DeSci projects. We intend to manage the community and develop it further. Thank you in advance for your support!

Recommender's comment

Ryota Kanai
CEO, Araya Inc.

In contemporary academic research, traditional operational and funding mechanisms present numerous challenges, often hindering scientists from pursuing innovative, out-of-the-box ideas. To address this issue, young researchers like Dr. Hamada are promoting a movement called DeSci (Decentralized Science) to explore new ways research is conducted. As DeSci is gaining traction globally, DeSci Tokyo is poised to significantly expand in Japan, fostering a fertile ground for innovative research. Let’s support DeSci and collaborate to shape the future of scientific research.

Tomonori Takeuchi
Aarhus University

I have been discussing decentralized science with Dr. Hamada, who is involved with gftdDAO that provides services and products to people with developmental disorders and high IQs. Decentralized science is a movement to build a diverse research ecosystem beyond the traditional academia. This movement is happening all over the world and is beginning to spread in Japan as well. I hope that Dr. Hamada's activities will lead to a new research ecosystem in the coming years.

Lena Okajima
CEO, ALE Co., Ltd

Congratulations on the launch of DeSciTokyo! I am impressed by the enthusiasm and efforts of the organizers. My heart leaps with excitement towards the development of new science and the realization of a world with higher resolution through DeSci. I am thrilled that not only scientists but also a diverse range of people can come together, create chemical reactions, and give birth to a new worldview. Starting with the success of this event, I hope that DeSciTokyo will continue to grow, and more and more people will participate in exciting exchanges.

Yuki Yamada
Kyushu University

The key to the future of science is 'decentralization'. Research, publishing, funding, data, materials, human resources, and everything else no longer needs to be tied to a location, affiliation, someone's fame, or ties to someone else. The DeSci.Tokyo Conference 2023 will gather a variety of players who share the goal of implementing this new space, and it is everyone involved in DeSci who will realize DeSci. You can be one of them, and let's do science freely together!

Masahito Yamagata
Harvard University

Decentralized Science (DeSci) has been gaining attention as a new operational method to promote scientific research and technological development. It can be used in any field through mechanisms such as NFT and DAO. I also hope to utilize it for basic research and big science. First, it is necessary to deepen the understanding among many people. With the establishment of DeSci's base in Japan, I would like your support. Please cheer us on!

Project timeline

Date Plans
Mar. 2023 Report about DeSci.Tokyo (held on Twitter space)
Apr. 7, 2023 Host an online pre-event
Mid-April 2023 DeSci.Tokyo Event Held
May 2023 Report on DeSci.Tokyo Event
Oct. 2023 Hold DeSci.Tokyo meetup event (Japanese only)
Around spring 2024 Published papers about decentralized science

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You may provide additional support in addition to the amount of your return. No sales tax will be charged on the additional support.
5,500 JPY tax included
Featured : Discord priority participation/certificate of support

We will start Discord of DeSci.Tokyo after April 2023. Although we will initially operate with limited members only, we will give priority participation to supporters. We will also issue a certificate of support. (in Japanese).

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Discord priority participation/certificate of support

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Discord優先参加権/支援証明書 June, 2023

40 supporters are supporting with this reward. (No quantity limit)

11,000 JPY tax included
Featured : MeetUp Participation Tickets (Pre-After)

We will hold a Pre-MeetUp (online) in April to introduce the organizations speaking at the conference. We will also provide tickets to attend a MeetUp to be held six months later in October. If you are unable to attend, we will share a recording of the event with you.(in Japanese)

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MeetUp Participation Tickets (Pre-After) / Discord priority participation/certificate of support

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MeetUp 参加チケット(プレ・アフター) October, 2023
Discord優先参加権/支援証明書 June, 2023

48 supporters are supporting with this reward. (No quantity limit)

33,000 JPY tax included
Featured : Name in event pamphlet

Your name will be listed on the pamphlet distributed at DeSci.Tokyo Conference 2023.

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イベントパンフレットにお名前掲載 December, 2023
Discord優先参加権/支援証明書 June, 2023
MeetUp 参加チケット(プレ・アフター) October, 2023

4 supporters are supporting with this reward. (No quantity limit)

55,000 JPY tax included
Featured : Name in the acknowledgement of the paper

We plan to publish a paper about decentralized science by next spring. We will include your name in the acknowledgments of the paper.

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Name in the acknowledgement of the paper / Discord priority participation/certificate of support / MeetUp Participation Tickets (Pre-After) / Name in event pamphlet

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論文謝辞にお名前掲載 April, 2024
Discord優先参加権/支援証明書 June, 2023
MeetUp 参加チケット(プレ・アフター) October, 2023
イベントパンフレットにお名前掲載 December, 2023

14 supporters are supporting with this reward. (No quantity limit)

110,000 JPY tax included
Featured : Discussion rights with DeSci.Tokyo members

We will provide the right to discuss with you and DeSci.Tokyo members. We can discuss a wide range of topics from the overview, background, players, and business plans of decentralized science.

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Discussion rights with DeSci.Tokyo members / Discord priority participation/certificate of support / MeetUp Participation Tickets (Pre-After) / Name in event pamphlet / Name in the acknowledgement of the paper

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DeSci.Tokyo 運営メンバーとディスカッション権 June, 2023
Discord優先参加権/支援証明書 June, 2023
MeetUp 参加チケット(プレ・アフター) October, 2023
イベントパンフレットにお名前掲載 December, 2023
論文謝辞にお名前掲載 April, 2024

8 supporters are supporting with this reward. (No quantity limit)

Supporters will be charged the funding amount only if the project reaches the funding goal (JPY 1,000,000) before 17:00 on March 30, 2023 (JST: GMT+9).
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MeetUp Participation Tickets (Pre-After) and others

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Name in event pamphlet and others

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Name in the acknowledgement of the paper and others

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Discussion rights with DeSci.Tokyo members and others

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