Our inspiration for creating DARO using Filecoin and Axelar stems from our deep-rooted belief in the power of collaboration and the transformative potential of decentralized technologies in advancing scientific research. I witnessed brilliant minds with groundbreaking ideas struggle to find the support and resources they needed to bring their visions to life. This sparked a fire within me, a burning desire to create a platform that would empower researchers like me and transform the way scientific advancements are made. We were driven by a vision to create a platform that empowers researchers globally, regardless of their geographical location or access to resources. We envisioned a future where researchers can seamlessly collaborate, share knowledge, and receive fair recognition for their contributions. The Filecoin network became a natural choice for us due to its decentralized and secure storage infrastructure, enabling researchers to store and access data in a censorship-resistant manner. We recognized the immense potential of Filecoin in revolutionizing data storage and its ability to foster a more equitable research ecosystem. But we didn't stop there. We wanted to overcome the barriers imposed by different blockchain networks, enabling researchers from various ecosystems to connect and collaborate effortlessly. This led us to integrate Axelar's General Message Passing software, which bridges the gap between blockchain networks and facilitates seamless cross-chain fundings. _Through DARO, we aim to inspire a new generation of researchers, ignite a passion for collaboration, and revolutionize the way research is conducted. _

What it does

DARO is not just another decentralized autonomous organization (DAO); it is a beacon of hope for the research community, igniting the flame of innovation and opening doors to endless possibilities. It goes beyond providing a platform for researchers to publish their work on the Filecoin network and receive fair rewards based on quality and impact. DARO embodies the unwavering belief that collaboration is the key to unlocking scientific breakthroughs. It fosters a vibrant ecosystem where researchers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and expertise come together to collaborate, share knowledge, and collectively push the boundaries of human understanding. By leveraging Filecoin's decentralized storage infrastructure, DARO ensures that research data remains secure, tamper-proof, and accessible to all, regardless of geographical constraints or institutional affiliations. Researchers can safely store their valuable datasets and confidently build upon existing knowledge, knowing that their contributions are protected and preserved for future generations. But DARO doesn't stop at storage. It empowers researchers to connect, engage, and co-create in ways previously unimaginable. Through intuitive collaboration features, researchers can seamlessly exchange ideas, provide feedback, and embark on multidisciplinary collaborations that transcend borders. It levels the playing field, giving a voice to underrepresented researchers and marginalized communities. It ensures that talent and potential are the currency, not privileged networks or access. DARO sparks a revolution where brilliance thrives, regardless of background, gender, or socioeconomic status. Imagine the impact of DARO's contributions on society. With each breakthrough, we inch closer to solutions for global challenges—sustainable development, healthcare advancements, climate change mitigation, and more. DARO is not just a platform; it's a catalyst for change, a catalyst that has the power to shape a brighter future for humanity.

How we built it

Building DARO was a collaborative effort that brought together a diverse set of technologies and expertise. Here's a breakdown of how we built it using Solidity, Hardhat, React, Filecoin, and Axelar:

Solidity: We leveraged Solidity, a smart contract programming language, to develop the core functionalities of DARO. Solidity allowed us to define the smart contracts that govern the interactions and reward mechanisms within the DAO. Through Solidity, we implemented features such as publication submissions, quality assessment algorithms, and reward distribution mechanisms and connected with Axelar. Here is the address of the deployed smart-contract which I have deployed on FileCoin Hyperspace Testnet: 0xb255Bc85069bDe14D66333Abb89ab7a226F39D39

Hardhat: Hardhat served as our development environment and deploying framework for the Ethereum blockchain.

React: On the front-end, we utilized React, a popular JavaScript library, to build an intuitive and user-friendly interface for researchers to interact with DARO. React's component-based architecture allowed us to create modular and reusable UI components, enhancing the overall user experience. Researchers could seamlessly navigate through the platform, submit publications, collaborate with peers, and track their contributions and access fundings.

Filecoin: Filecoin played a pivotal role in DARO's infrastructure by providing a decentralized and secure storage network. We integrated Filecoin's APIs and protocols to enable researchers to store their publications and associated data on the distributed Filecoin network. This ensured the immutability, resilience, and availability of research assets while maintaining privacy and data ownership. In this link towards line 53, I have implemented so that FileCoin's IPFS stores file on IPFS. link Here also in this link towards line 92, I have implemented so that FileCoin's IPFS stores file on IPFS. link

Axelar: To enable cross-chain fundings and collaborations, we integrated Axelar's General Message Passing software. This allowed researchers to access funding opportunities from different blockchain networks seamlessly. Axelar acted as a bridge, facilitating the secure transfer of value and information across different chains, including Filecoin. With Axelar, researchers could tap into a broader ecosystem of resources and unlock new avenues for growth and collaboration. This is the link of my smart contract where I have implemented Axelar cross chain funding specification. First I have imported some contracts on line 4,5,6. Then on Line 10 we have to pass gateway and gasReceiver address of the chain we want to use through Axelar. Then on line 180 to allow cross chain funding. I have give 0.001ETH to Axelar every time to process cross chain fundings. link

Throughout the development process, we prioritized security, scalability, and user experience. Extensive testing, code reviews, and audits were conducted to ensure the reliability and robustness of the entire system. We also incorporated feedback from researchers and industry experts to refine and enhance the platform's functionalities.

By harnessing the power of Solidity, Hardhat, React, Filecoin, and Axelar, we created a comprehensive and innovative ecosystem that revolutionizes the way researchers collaborate, publish, and receive support. Our solution brings together the strengths of each technology, providing a seamless experience for researchers while upholding the principles of decentralization, security, and inclusivity.

Challenges we ran into

Building DARO presented numerous challenges as a solo developer joining the project late. With limited time and resources, I dove headfirst into learning Filecoin, and Axelar. Integrating these technologies required a deep understanding of protocols and APIs. Sleepless nights, relentless determination, and unwavering motivation became my companions. Overcoming doubts, exhaustion, and frustration, I embraced resilience and adaptability. The project became a testament to the power of technology and the human spirit to make a difference. DARO stands as a symbol of passion, perseverance, and the belief that even in adversity, remarkable achievements are possible.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Throughout the journey of creating DARO, I encountered several accomplishments that fill me with pride and a sense of fulfillment. These achievements resonate deeply and serve as a testament to the impact DARO can have on the world. First and foremost, we take immense pride in successfully building a fully functional decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) on the Filecoin network. This achievement signifies the culmination of tireless efforts and countless hours of dedication. Another accomplishment that warms our hearts is the creation of a platform that incentivizes researchers to contribute their valuable work. By leveraging smart contracts on the FVM and integrating Axelar's cross-chain funding capabilities, we have opened up a new universe of opportunities for researchers to receive recognition and support. But perhaps the most heart-melting accomplishment is the potential DARO holds to foster collaboration and drive scientific advancements. The idea of researchers from different backgrounds coming together, sharing knowledge, and pushing the boundaries of innovation fills us with immense joy. We believe that DARO can be a catalyst for groundbreaking discoveries and transformative breakthroughs. These accomplishments inspire us to continue our journey and amplify the impact of DARO. We are proud of the platform we have built and the potential it holds to revolutionize the research landscape. With every step forward, we strive to create a brighter future for researchers worldwide, where their contributions are valued and celebrated.

What we learned

The journey of creating DARO has been a profound learning experience, revealing the indomitable power of the human spirit and the potential we hold to make a difference. As a solo developer joining the project late, time was scarce, and challenges loomed large. But within those constraints, I discovered the true meaning of resilience and determination. Through sleepless nights and tireless effort, I pushed myself beyond my limits, embracing every obstacle as an opportunity to grow. It was in those moments of struggle that I realized the strength we possess when driven by passion and unwavering belief. But the most heart-melting lesson came from the researchers I encountered along the way. Their stories of unwavering determination and relentless pursuit of knowledge touched my soul. Among them was Sarah, a researcher driven by the dream of advancing medical science to save lives. Despite facing countless rejections, Sarah's resilience never wavered. Witnessing her unwavering commitment and the potential impact DARO could have on her work became the driving force behind my efforts. In the creation of DARO, I learned that even as a solo developer, I can create something meaningful and impactful. It taught me the importance of empowering others and building bridges of support and collaboration. DARO became a beacon of hope, bridging the gap between dreams and reality. This journey taught me that we all possess the power to make a difference, regardless of our circumstances. It reminded me of the transformative power of technology, the importance of community, and the unwavering belief in the pursuit of knowledge. As I look back on this experience, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be part of something greater than myself. The lessons I learned and the people I met will forever inspire me to push boundaries, break barriers, and empower others to realize their dreams. DARO will always hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the incredible impact we can make when we dare to dream and believe in our potential.

What's next for Filecoin-Powered DARO

Moving forward, we have ambitious plans to enhance the functionality of DARO and expand its reach. We will focus on strengthening collaboration tools, enabling seamless cross-chain interactions, and improving the overall user experience. Our goal is to create an environment where researchers from all corners of the globe can easily connect, share knowledge, and collaborate on groundbreaking projects. Additionally, we are committed to nurturing a vibrant community around DARO. We will organize workshops, webinars, and events to foster knowledge sharing and engagement. We believe that by bringing together like-minded individuals passionate about research, we can create a supportive and dynamic ecosystem that propels innovation forward. Furthermore, we will have strategic partnerships on the horizon. Collaborating with leading organizations in the blockchain and research fields will enable us to leverage their expertise, access additional resources, and amplify the impact of DARO on a global scale. In conclusion, the future of Filecoin-Powered DARO is bright. We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of scientific collaboration, empowering researchers, and driving meaningful change. Together, we will unlock the full potential of decentralized research and pave the way for groundbreaking discoveries that shape the world we live in.

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