DasCoin CEO Michael Mathias told a special Das33 briefing coinciding with the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly that the blockchain-enabled crowdsourcing platform would support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We are going to have a requirement that all of the projects that we embrace – all the projects that we put forth to the Das community worldwide – support the UN SDGs in some way,” he said.
Mathias presented Greenstorc, the first crowdsourced project on the Das33 platform, as the first example of how quickly Das33 is putting this into action on the DasCoin ecosystem.
Paul Flynn, CEO of Greenstorc, told the audience: “We want to be a social impact organization and Das33 is enabling us to do that. We needed €1.5m in the initial funding round for our project and Das33 raised that in 60 hours – because people care about people. People want to help. But they also need to know where that money is going.
“They want transparency. They want to know the impact they are having in those communities. There are so many small organizations that are working under the guidelines of the United Nations that want to help these goals, but they need that transparency of action and that’s what the Das33 blockchain does.”
The sentiment was shared by the President and CEO of the UN’s Global Partnerships Forum, Amir Dossal, who also took to the stage. He said: “I have to congratulate you Michael for being here at the United Nations. This is very important – these sustainable development goals can only be achieved through partnerships.
“Often we have tried traditional solutions, and they take time. It is not that straightforward. But when you put the power of technology into it you have the possibility of a quantum multiplier.”
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Chairman of the PVBLIC Foundation, said Das33’s Greenstorc project was particularly exciting because it brought the cost of electricity down from $4 to seven cents per kilowatt hour in remote areas, creating a genuine and scalable impact.
He said: “What’s really exciting about this is the opportunity to bring in new business models and that these are the things that you know we fight for within the UN’s Blockchain Commission – to identify where are those key stakeholders that are reinventing the business model. It is no longer just a for-profit conversation – it’s a conversation about the DNA that advances impact – creating replicable models that are sustainable not just environmentally, but from an economic perspective.”
New Scholarship for Young Women
Mathias took another major step in helping achieve the UN development goals with the announcement of a new scholarship for young women called Young Champions for Science.
“We’re doing this with the Blockchain Commission,” he said. “This is open to young women aged 12 to 18 in seven regions of the world. We believe that science is the stepping stone to the whole realm of technology that blockchain is built on and we’re supporting that in every way possible. We think that it is the youth of the world who are going to really get us to the impact that we need.”
Annemieke Dirkes, CEO, Blockchain Projects BV, told the briefing that it was active commitments like those that could help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. “I strongly feel that we can bypass all the things that have not succeeded in solving children dying of hunger. I strongly feel that it’s blockchain that is the answer for those populations.”