[Toronto, ON] Decentralized Science: DeSciMTL x DeSciTO cross community event! AugustAug 30 2023 17:30 - 20:00 America/TorontoOCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada


Decentralized Science (DeSci) is a movement which aims to empower the public with an alternative infrastructure for research. Join us!

Location:OCAD University100 McCaul Street Room 544 Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Open to all!

This meetup will be a cross community event: bringing together DeSci Montreal and DeSci Toronto as co-hosts,highlighting the importance of city-to-city networking as part of broadening and deepening the cultural, linguistic and practical diversity of our movement.

Decentralized Science* (DeSci) is where the magic happens when research is done and knowledge is shared in ways that shifts ownership and value away from industry intermediaries and into the hands of all active participants.

This meetup will dive into what this emerging Open Science/Web 3.0 movement is about and we'll be introduced to two active projects in the space: DeSciLabs and Gitcoin.

These events are all about getting people from different backgrounds, fields and regions together to have awesome discussions, mix things up, and spark ideas. We aim to make DeSci accessible to all disciplines and walks of life!

Meetup Agenda:

5:30pm - Doors open, OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, room 544

5:45 - 6:00 pm - Welcome and Introductions

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Get to know Gitcoin + Q&A

6:30 - 7:00 pm - Get to know DeSciLabs + Q&A

7:00 - 8:00 pm - Networking and social (Timbits and coffee provided)

Guest Speakers:

Jonathan Starr, Core at DeSciLabs- DeSciLabs is a dedicated team of scientists and engineers determined to reshape the way knowledge is shared. Their goal is to eliminate barriers like data silos, paywalls, and proprietary analytics from scientific communication. Through innovative technologies, they are advancing open and reproducible science while streamlining publishing and funding processes. Their groundbreaking platform, "Nodes," is designed for researchers to effortlessly publish and manage manuscripts, data, code, and research artifacts. "Nodes" promotes open, interoperable, and compute-enabled research objects, ultimately seeking to redefine scientific collaboration and drive innovation.

Boris Dyakov, Program Coordinator (DeSci) at Gitcoin- Gitcoin drives open science by incentivizing open-source collaboration. It rewards developers in cryptocurrency for impactful contributions to public goods projects. Quadratic funding aligns donor and developer interests, amplifying community support. Bounties fund and engage developers in scientific challenges, fostering innovation. Governed by GTC, Gitcoin's decentralization is guided by stewards, advancing public goods funding, prototyping, and security.


Tania De Gasperis- a Web3.0 enthusiast and researcher in Strategic Foresight and Responsible applications of Emerging Tech. Inspired by the current DeSci movement worldwide, she is eager to help foster a local, multidisciplinary and inclusive meetup for DeSci here in Toronto.

Greg Van Alstyne, Director, Strategic Innovation Lab- Greg is a designer, educator, and cofounder of sLab at OCAD University in Toronto. His reflective practice investigates designing with emergence, inclusive innovation, speculative design, social data literacy, and critical visualization.


Chaarmi Worlds Inc. -is a Canadian company that has created a video game called Chaarmi Worlds, a metaverse creation system that works via the internet browser on PC, Mac and Oculus Quest 2 in VR. You can think of it as the "Wordpress" of metaverse galaxy creation. Established in April of 2022, Chaarmi Worlds Inc. is creating the future of the metaverse.

Please join theDeSci in Toronto Telegramgroup to stay in touch and learn about future events!

*For an introduction to DeSci, check outthisarticle.

Accessibility commitment:We are committed to making this an inclusive and accessible event. If there is anything that you need, please feel free to email taniafdegasperis@gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate.

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OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada


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