The DeSci Podcast, Blockchain For Good, Devcon Bogotá and how to get involved in Molecule
In this edition we reflect on the conversations from The DeSci Podcast and how we spent our time at Devcon Bogotá, learn more about Balaji’s take on ‘a new medical research system’, dive deeper into web3 x science news and explain how to get involved in Molecule - welcome back!
The DeSci Podcast
Jack Scannell x Molecule
In the DeSci Podcast’s fourth episode, our advisor, Sebastian Brunemeier talked to Jack Scannell, exploring how we can improve drug discovery and the decentralized science space. Jack coined the term Eroom's Law to describe the long term exponential decline in pharmaceutical R&D efficiency. He recently published an article in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery about Predictive validity in drug discovery. Check out the paper and the podcast episode.
Allison Duettmann x DeSci
In The DeSci Podcast’s fifth episode, we spoke to Allison Duettmann, President and CEO of Foresight Institute. We talked about futurism, how Foresight chose the most important things to work on, Allison's positive visions of the future for humanity, and the unlock that DeSci provides for Allison’s work at Foresight. Listen to our episode with Allison here.
Notable Mentions and Appearances
A new medical research system - Balaji Srinivasan
Balaji talked about a new medical research system on an almost 8 hour long Lex Fridman podcast, mentioning both Molecule and VitaDAO as key role players in the DeSci space.
Blockchain For Good
In the latest web3, arts and science report from Blockchain For Good, Molecule is mentioned as one of the key role players under the Health chapter. The report hits the nail on the head when it refers to us as a platform where scientists and researchers share and present their research projects to gain funding from interested collaborators in the form of DAOs, such as VitaDAO.
Devcon Bogotá & Schelling Point Bogotá
Looking back on October, we’re delighted to highlight our talks at Schelling Point and Devcon Week Bogotá - Devcon is thé main Ethereum conference for developers, researchers, thinkers, and makers. It is also a global family reunion for those already a part of our Ethereum ecosystem, and a source of energy and creativity for all. For this one week, different role players within the web3 space came together to shape and build the future of the space, with EthBogotá hosting more than 900 hackers who launched 212 projects to take home over $500k+ in prizes.
During this time, we were lucky to have Paul Kohlhaas from Molecule present “Smart Contracts and Petri Dishes: Creating a Shared Technical Infrastructure Roadmap for DeSci”. Amidst crucial talking points, Paul touched on the importance of decentralization in science and the anatomy of IP-NFT’s as a shared technical infrastructure vehicle for Decentralized Science.
During Schelling Point Bogotá, Paul and Tyler also led a BioDAOs workshop, focussing on retroactive public goods funding, quadratic funding, DAOs/Token Incentivised structures and understanding IP-NFTs. Watch the replay here.
DeSci.Global: An overview of DeSci events
DeSci.Global provides an overview of DeSci events across the globe. We encourage all our community members and the broader DeSci community to submit any upcoming DeSci event in your calendar to DeSci.Global. The next big upcoming event is DeSci London and we are thrilled to help put this together and act as an official sponsor for the event.
Getting involved in Molecule
Molecule is hiring!
Over the past ~3 years, we have grown the team from 3 to 19 core team members and we are still growing! We are currently hiring for the following positions, and more to come:
Head of Engineering - Remote
Senior Full Stack Engineer - Remote
Head of Marketing - Remote
Head of Finance and Operations - Remote
Product Designer (Senior) - Remote
Product Lead / Sr. Product Manager - Remote
Product Owner - Remote
Operations Coordinator - Ideally Berlin-based
Executive Assistant to the CEO - Berlin-based
To learn more about these positions, visit our careers page here. Should you wish to apply, discuss any of the positions or refer someone, please feel free to reach out to Ezanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Discord at Ezanne#0386. For any successful referral on senior hires, we’re offering a 2 ETH bounty!
Molecule’s Open Bounties
We regularly update our Bounty Board with new and exciting bounties to undertake! If you’re interested in becoming a Molecule contributor and completing some of our open bounties, fill out this form, join our Discord, and visit our onboarding page.
Our most recent bounty completion and submission came from our community member, Gavin Singh, who wrote an excellent piece on a case study of how VitaDAO works.
Should you wish to start another project or have your own suggested bounty in mind, we’d love to hear from you! In this case, please fill out our Contributor’s Application Form with your proposal. We currently have the following Open Bounties:
Refer a successful hire to Molecule - 1000 Points
Secure a notable guest for The DeSci Podcast - 250 Points
Previously, we shared the launch of bio.xyz - a biotech DAO and DeSci launchpad, with the goal to enable biotech DAOs to take full advantage of web3 and decentralized IP frameworks like the IP-NFT, enabling them to fund, govern and develop IP emerging from universities, laboratories, and biotech companies across the globe. Ever since our launch, our first cohort BioDAOs have made significant strides and we look forward to their continued and lasting impact on the world of science and biotechnology.
To learn more about our cohort DAOs or get involved in their mission, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their newsletters, and join their Discord Servers.👇
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