A Blockchain Research Network

We are constructing a neutral research network to make blockchain technology mature with help of academia.

White paper is here


[11/03/2017] has announced to hold the Blockchain Layer 2 Competition at DeV++. Presentation slide is here. Detailed rule will be announced on November 30.


The goal of the is to construct a neutral, stable and sustainable research network for blockchain technology. This network is used for academic research, not only scientific research but also interdisciplinary social and economic research. aims to mimic the same degree of impact that BSD ( Berkeley Software Distribution) and the NSFNET (The National Science Foundation Network) had on the evolution of the Internet. The former provided robust, liberally licensed software that put into practice the many theoretical advances made by academia. The latter scaled expertise, experience and resources.

To realize a sustainable and decentralized blockchain network, large numbers of stable and neutral nodes are needed. The aims to help build this network by using the neutral role of a University. aims to have a criticial mass of nodes as a proportion of the current number of Bitcoin nodes. aims to connect academia and real-life development, and to be a testbed and trust anchor for any research and real-life technology and application. For example, Bitcoin and other blockchain technology such as Ethereum can be linked to The research results can be used for the future development of reliable technology, applications, technology and operational guidelines to which society can refer for the safe use of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.


  • We can have a reliable and neutral blockchain network for academic research with large number of nodes.
  • Researchers conduct any blockchain related research.
  • Researchers conduct international joint research over the
  • We can easily provide the research results, which include technology, codes and experimental results, to public.

What to do

  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Competition

How it works

Each university become a node of this network. That is, the group of the member university operates a blockchain network. Some member university can deploy software to conduct experiment or evaluation of research results.

Who may join

Universities and individual researchers can join the Each participant must eventually operate a node of the in their protocol of research interest. Because neutrality is critical value of the, private companies can join research over through university.

Current Member Universities (24 Universities, as of November 19, 2017)

  • North and South America
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, USA
    • Boston University, USA
    • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
    • Georgetwon University, USA
    • St. Mary's University School of Law, USA
    • The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Asia
    • The University of Tokyo, Japan
    • Keio University, Japan
    • Toho University, Japan
    • Ritsumeikan University, Japan
    • SIM University, Singapore
    • Indian Statistical Institute, India
    • King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thai
  • Europe
    • Newcastle University, UK
    • Imperial College London, UK
    • University of Cambridge, UK
    • Telecom SudParis, France
    • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    • University of Nicosia, Cyprus
    • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
    • IPMCE, Russia
    • Siberian Federal University, Russia
  • Africa
    • University of Cape Coast, Ghana


  • 2016 PoC and aim 30 univeristies
  • 2017 expand with external funding

Academic Journal

Past Academic Conferences (not complete, will add more)

Upcoming Academic Conferences

White Paper

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Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Ph.D

Pindar Wong

White Paper

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