The Knowbella Platform aims to create an ecosystem that bring researchers and scientists from all across the globe, at one place and contribute to the global STEM community. Leveraging on blockchain technology, the platform aims to provide open access to intellectual property for scientists and researchers.
Jason Barkeloo, the founder of Knowbella Tech talked to BlockPublisher and discussed a valid use case associated with the Knowbella Platform.
‘Most of the scientists in the West are locked down in silos with their employment agreements and it is all about intellectual property. The companies they work with, extract intellectual property and this is not the way science was prior. The United States gave permission to institutions, mainly universities to lock down the inventions and then license them off that stimulated this idea of creating intellectual property silos in the West’.
‘Knowbella is designed to go after intellectual properties that aren’t doing anything. One can think of Airbnb, a room that is not being used but has some value. We take these dormant and orphaned intellectual properties, we provide them on the platform in an open-source way and we make those available to the researchers around the world. The ultimate goal here from an open science perspective is to get the scientific community involved and engaged in a collaborative way around these intellectual properties and then give them the tools and services grants, things that enable them to take those intellectual properties, move them forward experimentally and develop journal articles using our tool. We provide them a job board and as a result of providing all of these free tools and services and rewarding them Anthro Tokens for collaborating, we form a very large talent pool that we call STEM talent pool. So we form this very large STEM pool and recruiters around the world who are looking for STEM employees, pay to have access to those STEM scientists and those STEM recruiters can see what those scientists are doing around those intellectual properties that we freely provide. They can see what those STEM researchers are doing in real time and one can think of that as a GitHub like model, where the researchers are freely working in an open environment and those that want to be recruited can opt in to be recruited. The recruiters pay to come in and access those STEM workers and get to see those scientists working in real time. Our business model is really simple that creates a STEM talent pool and sell access to that STEM talent pool to recruiters at corporations, universities and governments’.
Talking about how scientist and researchers across the world can earn from the platform, Jason said;
‘Scientists earn Anthro tokens and those Anthro tokens would be tradable on an exchange, they would be tradable across borders within the network and without the network. On top of that scientists are being given all of these free tools and services and they also have the opportunity to get jobs.
Jason gave BlockPublisher some interesting insights related to the platform and said;
‘It is MVP right now, we are doing some debugging, we are listing some intellectual properties from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and we are also uploading some NASA intellectual property. We are going to launch the platform within the next few weeks with those intellectual properties already on the platform’.
‘The platform is at MVP and we are now working on smart contracts to manage grants on the platform. We will publicly launch the platform with intellectual property from NASA and NOAA and the investors. Any investor can buy the Helix security tokens and they can actually look at the platform before they buy tokens. We are not saying to the investor community if you give us money here is what we will do. We are able to tell the community; here’s the platform, if you provide us capital by buying tokens, not only will we grow the platform and bring in scientists, we are obviously going to enable those security tokens to trade on a securities exchange and then of course the scientists are earning the utility token, the Anthro tokens and then of course would trade them on non-security exchanges. That is the status of our platform, we are looking to launch the platform in early Q2 and that means we will have the platform up and running for the public to sign in to in February or March’.