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New Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics

The newly formed Re­search In­sti­tute for Cryp­toe­co­nom­ics has of­fi­cially opened its doors at WU (Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness). The in­sti­tute’s goal is to co­ordin­ate re­search­ers from all dis­cip­lines in their activ­it­ies - from en­gin­eer­ing, eco­nom­ics, busi­ness, and so­cial sciences to law. 21 WU re­search­ers have already con­firmed their par­ti­cip­a­tion, with more to come.

Col­lab­or­a­tions with Aus­trian and in­ter­na­tional re­search in­sti­tu­tions have already been an­nounced. The aim is to cre­ate pub­lic-private part­ner­ships between uni­versit­ies, private com­pan­ies, and gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions for ap­plied re­search into block­chain and sim­ilar tech­no­lo­gies and their ap­plic­a­tions and im­plic­a­tions for busi­ness and so­ci­ety, and to ex­plore possib­il­it­ies for sand­boxes with strong feed­back loops between the busi­ness com­munity, re­search­ers, and gov­ern­ment.

To show­case re­search activ­it­ies and con­nect with other stake­hold­ers, the re­search in­sti­tute will be or­gan­iz­ing a ser­ies of con­fer­ences, un­con­fer­ences, and hack­a­thons. The first two events are planned for the second quarter of 2018: a Crypto As­set Con­fer­ence, and the Un­con­fer­ence on Scien­ti­fic Pub­lish­ing on the Block­chain that will be con­duc­ted in co­oper­a­tion with Block­chain for Science. De­tails will be an­nounced soon.

Sh­er­min Vosh­m­gir will be the head of the re­search in­sti­tute. She is the founder of the Block­chain­Hub, an in­ter­na­tional net­work of autonom­ous hubs that star­ted in Ber­lin. Over the past few years, these hubs have been re­search­ing block­chain tech­no­lo­gies and the de­cent­ral­ized web and edu­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic on these top­ics. Among other activ­it­ies, she is an ad­visor to Jolo­com, and ac­ted as a cur­ator for The DAO. Al­fred Taudes is the aca­demic head of the new in­sti­tute. The Aus­trian gov­ern­ment has provided seed fund­ing for this in­sti­tute as part of their Block­chain Roadmap for Aus­tria.

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