06.04.2018 - Cardano Foundation Newsletter


It’s been a busy second half of March for the global Cardano community! For starters, we have seen great adoption of our new official Telegram channel, as well as another successful Cardano meetup, this time held in Hangzhou, China. Cardano Foundation was also proud to support the latest Distributed Futures event, this time the topic was on “Liquidity Or Leakage - Plumbing Problems With Cryptocurrencies”.

Meetup in Hangzhou, China

On 25 March 2018, members of our Chinese community hosted a meetup for the first time in Hangzhou, a beautiful city with ancient charm but also known as China’s Silicon Valley.

Reflecting the specific interests of the local Chinese Cardano community, active discussions were held around topics such as “What will Cardano’s future in China look like?” and “How do we grow and support the Cardano community in China?”.

Recently Cardano Foundation launched an official WeChat community which you can follow by scanning below:


If you’re interested in starting a Cardano meetup in your own country or city, Cardano Foundation would be more than happy to support you. Have a read of this Forum post for some tips on how to get started.

Official Cardano Telegram Launched


We launched our official Telegram channels last week and are thrilled by the number of community members engaging with one another!

The official Telegram channel consists of various groups for different topics or regions; these include Trading, Community Technical Support and Developers as well as local groups for China, Japan and Korea. Currently, Cardano Japan is topping the chart with more than 1200 members, closely followed by Cardano Korea with more than 1000 members.

Join our Telegram channels now and join the discussion!

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Distributed Futures: Liquidity Or Leakage - Plumbing Problems With Cryptocurrencies


On the 21st March, we were proud to support the latest Distributed Futures event which this time was on “Liquidity Or Leakage - Plumbing Problems With Cryptocurrencies”. The event was another success in the series and had a great turn out. You can read the full research publication produced below.

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Community Questions

Finally, we have a new section of our newsletter where we share an interesting community question and our official answer. This week it comes from Don Roche, who posted a question around Smart Contracts in our official Facebook group. “How do we deploy a smart contract on Cardano? Does it use solidity, Javascript or C ++ ?”



Plutus is the strictly typed pure functional programming language used for defining smart contracts in Cardano. The syntax is fairly Haskell-like, but unlike Haskell, the language is eagerly evaluated.

Within Cardano Docs, there is a whole section on Plutus which you can read here.

Moreover from just Plutus, our development partners IOHK together with Runtime Verification are developing IELE which is a virtual machine designed specifically for executing smart contracts on blockchains. IELE will enable smart contracts to be written in multiple different languages and will convert them into Plutus, making Cardano more accessible and easier to use.

You can read more about IELE in IOHK’s blog post here.