How did you first get involved with the VitaDAO community/ in DeSci?
I first stumbled upon VitaDAO on Twitter, a month before the initial token auction. I wasn’t very interested in the blockchain back then, I only saw the financial applications and it seemed too self-referential to catch my interest. However, I am familiar with trying to bring research from the lab to the patients and with the limitations of the current patent system. As a researcher, I immediately could see the potential of the IP-NFT concept, and the idea of a community of scientists, professionals, and longevity enthusiasts getting together with the mission of extending healthy life sounded extremely exciting. I was impressed with how honestly the project was communicated as an experiment, and I decided to jump right in and started contributing. I’m always in for a cool experiment!
Can you walk me through what your position in VitaDAO entails?
As a Longevity Working Group contributor, I have shepherded several projects as well as assisted other shepherds as a squad member. Being a shepherd consists in serving as a bridge between the community and the applicants, coordinating the evaluation of the projects, putting all the information together, and writing the proposal for the community to vote on. In the Comms and Awareness Working Group, my main activity has been organizing the second season of the Longevity Journal Club, where we discussed the latest research papers in Longevity in an accessible way for the non-technical audience.
What has surprised you the most about VitaDAO?
What has surprised me the most is the diversity of backgrounds and expertise of the members of our community. It’s great to be able to lurk around the Discord group and see what is being discussed in the chats from the different working groups, I have learned a lot and accessed information that I wouldn’t have otherwise just by doing that. Also, it’s amazing to see ideas from community members growing into full-fledged projects in real-time. The worst part is not having the bandwidth to participate in all of them!
What are you most excited about in VitaDAO’s future?
There is so much potential and so many exciting projects on the horizon that it’s difficult to pick a single thing. One of the things I’m most excited about is the possibility of seeing biotech companies coming out of the projects we fund, companies trying to bring medicines to market in which the researchers have more upside and a diverse community of stakeholders have much more control over the assets.
Any closing thoughts for readers?
I would like to encourage other researchers to join the DAO and apply for funding, we are always looking for cool new ideas with the potential to extend healthy life and reach the patients. The collective knowledge of the community is impressive and we have a lot of passion to bring projects forward!
VitaDAO in the Media: Vitalik discusses VitaDAO
Theo Beutel spoke on behalf of VitaDAO
as a part of Tally’s video interview series. He covered the power of crypto funding, VitaDAO’s governance, and VitaDAO’s IP NFT mechanism.
At VitaDAOxPolygonDAO AMA,
VitaDAO members Laurence Ion, Catthu, Jesse, and Time Peterson discussed VitaDAO’s achievements, the challenges of scientific funding, and VitaDAO’s future plans.
Upcoming Events: A Second VitaDAO symposium & more
October 19th at 10 AM EST- (Recurring weekly on Wednesdays)- Join a VitaDAO onboarding session! Here, you can ask questions about VitaDAO, meet others interested in the DAO, and learn about VitaDAO’s working groups.
October 20th at 9 AM EST-
Join hosts Max Unfried and Eleanor Sheekey at VitaDAO’s second VitaDAO Crypto meets Longevity Symposium
. The symposium will serve as a chance for scientists, blockchain experts, and longevity professionals from internationally recognized institutions to connect and learn more about the intersection of Web3 and longevity
October 28-30th & 4-6th Nov -
VitaDAO Hackathon - hackathon focusing on longevity is a strong requirement for the future of the longevity field. VitaDAO
Hackathon registration is now open! Register here
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