$1500 DeSci Coin Giveaway and AMA w/ Curecoin, Gridcoin, Etica

Note: Recording of livestream available at link below. Giveaway is now closed thank you to everybody for participating and for the mods for letting us have this event! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPQkXF_yVWg

Many are familiar with how blockchain is changing finance, and some incredibly intelligent and visionary people are using it to change the way the scientific process works. There are blockchains that aiming to upend the way research is funded, published, shared, and capitalized on. This movement's goal (“DeSci”) is to “decentralize” the production of science much in the same way that open source did to software development — to produce a patent-free warchest of drugs and treatments for humanity. This literally is already happening, a few months back a volunteer computing project Folding@home discovered and published new patent-free antiviral for COVID which it set to enter human trials in a year. From solving the work replication crisis to reducing the costs associated with publishing research, blockchain technology has immense potential to change the way science is done and create a positive impact on humanity and the planet.

Today's AMA and giveaway features several projects which use blockchain technology to push science forward. We are giving away approx $1500 in crypto with each project represented giving away approx $500 each.

This giveaway is sponsored by the Science Commons Initiative, a non-profit organization which works to rebuild the bridge of trust and participation between the public and the scientific process. If you are interested in ways that blockchain and DLT can help science, check out our subreddit and subscribe to our newsletter on substack. You can find us on Twitter and FB as well. We also produce a weekly podcast covering all the latest updates in the DeSci space. You may also be interested in our friends over at /r/cryptoforscience.

How to claim coins: Post a comment specifying which coin(s) you want and the public key addresses for your wallet for that coin. Each coin below has instructions for how to install their wallet. Note that you do not need to wait for the wallet to fully sync to get your public key and receive coins. Transactions will show up when sync is complete which may take a few hours depending on the coin. We will update this post as supplies run out.

Each coin here has a representative who will have flair designating their status. Absolutely nothing in here should be construed as financial advice.


Gridcoin is a PoS (proof-of-stake) blockchain which mints currency for people participating in volunteer computing projects tackling humanity's biggest problems from cancer research to climate modeling and mapping asteroids that risk an impact with earth. It also features staking rewards and is the most ASIC-resistant currency in existence due to the constantly changing types of computation required. It was started in 2013 and added Folding@home to its list of rewarded projects this month. Anybody can download the BOINC program, connect to a science project of their choosing, and start earning Gridcoin with their computer's spare processing power. This is done through the BOINC software, many of you may remember it from SETI@Home.

Wallet download: https://gridcoin.us

Wallet instructions: Go to “receive” tab to get your public address

Exchanges: txbit, southxchange, flyp.me (instant account-free swapping)

Website, discord, /r/gridcoin


Curecoin is a digital token designed to reward those who create computing power for [Folding@home](mailto:Folding@home). It uses decentralized blockchain technology to allow unlimited and nearly free exchange of Curecoins on the Curecoin network. Curecoin’s current model was closely designed around Bitcoin's Proof of Work (PoW) model and controlled supply, but with a couple of key differences. Unlike Bitcoins PoW that uses miners to hash mundain mathematical problems to secure the blockchain; Curecoin substitutes an analogue by linking Folding@home's points distribution system through our automated cryptobullionpools.com trusted oracle system – rewarding “folders” who contribute computational power to Folding@home, a fair share based on the percentage of the computational power they give to the network. We then use a Proof of Stake (PoS) system, borrowed from PeerCoin's algorithms, to reward those who open their wallets to contribute to the security of the blockchain – making Curecoin a MUCH more environmentally efficient way to secure the blockchain.

Wallet guide: https://curecoin.net/crypto/team-member-produced-quick-start-guides/

Wallet download: https://github.com/cygnusxi/CurecoinSource/releases

Website, /r/curecoin

Exchanges: bittrex, hitbtc, altquick, btcpop


Etica is a PoW (proof-of-work) currency started in April 2022 which aims to fund open source medical research. All research conducted through Etica is patent-free and without intellectual property. Etica is based on a fork of Ethereum Classic, EGAZ secures the blockchain and is the “Eth” Ethereum equivalent of the Etica network. ETI is the currency of the Etica Protocol implemented as a smart contract. Anybody with ETI can submit proposals for funding and vote on proposals. Those active in the submission/voting process can earn staking rewards. Etica finances open source research with a built-in fixed supply inflation of ETI. First 10 years there are 2.1 Million ETI issued by the protocol every year, then in 10 years once the 21 Million ETI initial supply is reached there will be a fixed inflation of maximum 2.61803% per year to finance research

Wallet install guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EebNM-4FAQ8

Website, discord, /r/etica


  1. Giveaway begins on Jan 14, 2023 at 4PM EST.
  2. One comment/claim per person
  3. While supplies last
  4. Claims may not necessarily be given out in order, but the sooner you make your claim the more likely it is to succeed.


Will running BOINC or Folding@home slow down my computer?

Each of these tools can be configured to run only while the computer is idle, so no, it will not slow anything down while you're using it.

Will running BOINC or Folding@home harm my computer?

The short answer for desktop computers is no. Crunching will not harm your computer, computers after all are designed to compute! While crunching does utilize your CPU/GPU heavily, every other component in your computer will likely fail first (your hard drive, OS, etc) or become obsolete before your CPU dies. Many computers crunch for a decade plus with no issues, at which point they make most sense to replace from an energy perspective alone.

However, if your machine has a pre-existing problem with heating (like if it's full of dust or running inside a cabinet), crunching can exacerbate this problem or make its symptoms more readily visible.

Laptops, on the other hand, are often built with insufficient heat exhaustion and can quickly overheat at full load. Heat will also shorten your battery life significantly. Setting your PC to only use 50% of your CPU power and not to use your GPU will keep heat manageable. With laptops, remember that warm is fine, hot is bad.

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  2. Interested to hear any critiques or support for other approaches to open-sourcing scientific research, perhaps a question for the Etica team specifically.

    I’m thinking in particular of Brian Armstrong’s ResearchHub.

    What are the pros/cons of integrating tokenomics into scientific research? Are discovery and problem solving best incentivized by crowdsourcing and voting? I.e., the wisdom of the crowd says we should fund X research; Y is equally valuable but is overlooked/not recognized as such by the crowd. I think paywalling scientific knowledge is a scam, but are there any merits to the traditional top-down funding approach?

  3. This is true, folding doesn’t harm your pc. Been at it for awhile now on gaming pc running 24/7. Just pause it when playing games or do heavy gpu tasks.

    Don’t do it on mining rig with hiveos as the gpu need to be on x16 bus rather than 1x risers.

    Should include banano in this give away, it’s a very fast chain

  4. Etica is a project that I would love to partake in! Cant wait what they come up with.Good presentation Kevin!



  5. Hi there,

    I am on ETICA, therefore my address: 0x0373b12e5fE8530907B1f9736F3FBc5027d7e9aE

  6. Gridcoin:


  7. The Gridcoin F@h adapter passed today and should be active soon. For you crunchers, there are instructions on Jim’s whitelist post.

  8. curecoin: BLpNMZcSkwoh7FgkTN3YvDKb2Z7tNiewEa

    gridcoin: RzZHaNrnYCDSZgVhiQtgoM9KihSGipks8p

    etica: 0xffdD540710c7F55b89172dEb5f80EF34124C3ffe

  9. Curecoin: BFVFz4U8orViKZdo5Ub1nczktD5V8eUWU9

    Etica: 0xDc6D95b54196D7f966991A167AA654cF4Ecc0B6F

    Gridcoin: S7vy2Dnp8VdUGEZU13122y7xUdcPoVdif1


  10. Curecoin’s got you – wallet sync is going slower than usual (competing with the livestream for resources :D)

  11. Gridcoin- RzB3XsMWMVuNtCcwtrPe9QNsqE2DJyfqJ7

    Curecoin – BDiG12uPiYV5PejibvcLVs4P5y3r8bhNhx


  12. Hi 🙂


    Etica: 0x6c5faA47Ec910cdE95076b1D064a9474797a5619


    Thank you so much for doing this!

  13. Gridcoin:






    Thanks and good day!

  14. Curecoin: BBBejEF9jc4dgmZLmeM6vd8sJ1dZ3vGMBu

    Etica: 0xf64F558Cad1C5f8b4104aC12EE07b280081b489E

  15. Current list of active projects on Folding@Home supported by Curecoin:


  16. ETI : 0xe232B3c233b8E3A68d354819663CB63c1B0fDCBE


    I couldn’T figure out how to add GRC and curecoin though

  17. Hi, thanks for doing this, I didnt know anything about this and I find it super interesting:




  18. Gridcoin: RzkciCk46FSUydy39VtMZbkf6r9F4i1rL5

    Curecoin: BCjvL3YtZuY9kh6Ru7upeFEs7Yq4tPARPh

    Etica: 0xD6D4B3f9FEA93a830Dea3F4d60bf54F30b28D747


  19. Latest Curecoin contributions to over 40 charities … these donations were sourced from folders (like you):https://twitter.com/CureCoinProject/status/1414470268467118084?s=20&t=-IydxuvVHbcVr6zv4yerKg

  20. Great projects, great discussion. I hope to see more collaboration like this in future. Thanks everyone!

  21. Gridcoin: RyjQuHbXnscKHUECVVq8wuiAziNthEAJK2

    Curecoin: BApyqREdMKcGDn8f6jU3PppxCibFR95Vdo

    Etica: 0xeE0dA09194F8D88EEa06c66ff28834f2eC2C6B8c

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Gridcoin: SBYZegbVAuaSdBPeProwWHGbsqz77GEiVF

    Curecoin: BDNwYhugfEx4wUB75xhE67tYk7btzBBUVq

    Etica: 0x37eD5ccC0abb365F041AD5A3f275A40f5aa0dD4b

    Thank you very much 🙂

  23. Gridcoin: S9mTs6HUQfoPxQUnC9CgVX6VptJYt8wdHu

    Curecoin: BPgxDxf6vUcoSvDdxV3BubA5fRHMMRZ5Kk

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