Announcing the stake pools chosen for October 2023

Hello!:wave:

We are thrilled to announce the successful redelegation of the Cardano Foundation Wallets as of today. This marks the inaugural application of our revised delegation strategy, which has been diligently crafted to reflect our enduring ethos of "Supporting the Architects of the Future.”

For each of the 30 pools selected in this round, we have compiled an overview of exceptional contributions. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

  • 247: they build PyCardano, a Python-based toolkit. It enables users to create and sign transactions independently without the need to rely on external serialization tools like cardano-cli and cardano-serialization-lib. This makes PyCardano lightweight, quick to install, and versatile for various setups. The primary aim of this project is to facilitate the development of off-chain code and tests specifically for Plutus DApps (Decentralized Applications) in Python. However, there are plans to possibly extend its capabilities to function as a complete Cardano node client, which could expedite research and development cycles.

  • 314: Open source contributions to Aiken; Open source contributions to Apollo (go-lang transaction builder); Maintainer of Ogmios / Kupo related go-lang client libraries,
    contributed and created discussions on and around CIP-1694, hosted workshops on CIP-1694

  • ABLE: Produces high-quality content about on-chain and off-chain governance, helping onboarding people to https://sancho.network.

  • ADA: Besides the fact that Holger is helping SPOs to fix their issues on a daily basis, he dedicates a lot of work into creating things for the whole Cardano Community. A few of his Projects are: Cardano24.Social, Cardano24.Chat and a new monitoring tool for stake pool operators. He operates relays in many parts of the world.

  • ANP: Eystein is active in governance such as attending Edinburgh, Colorado, hosting Workshops in Norway for CIP 1694 as well as for dReps (February 2024) .
    Collaborator on the current Code of Conduct for dReps as well as governance paper on democratic pluralism. Panel moderator for governance discussion in Oslo community event 2023. Attending panel for SPOs in London event. Hosting SPO workshop for NADA (Nordic Community Alliance) day after Oslo community event. Working on Nada videos, such as highlighting work by txpipe (Aiken) and more fun stuff as Tuna as well as work on SanchoNet such as the older explorer.

  • AHL: Ola, is deeply engaged with the Cardano community, has dedicated his time and expertise to significantly improve the ecosystem, he has developed and contributed to numerous open-source tools like CNTools, gLiveView, and other utility scripts crucial for the operation, monitoring, and management of a Cardano stake pool. Furthermore, he played a key role in the launch of Eternl Wallet, a widely-used Cardano wallet, and the creation of the Koios public API query layer for Cardano.

  • BALNC: impartial on-chain forensics, they provide regular updates and charts about the health of the ecosystem, network monitoring, including reports on exchanges, MAV https://www.balanceanalytics.io/chartboards/donut_shop, community building on Matrix with many insights.

  • BERRY: created open source projects such as Lucid, a repository of code, and Nami Wallet. They have also worked on Cardanocli-js, a coding library—now transferred to Shareslake—that combines Java Script with Cardano’s command line interface (CLI), and NFT-Plutus, which allows for the integration of Plutus scripts and Lucid as an off-chain framework.

  • COSD: CIP editor for a very long time, is one of the most active people on the Developer Portal, reviews a lot of pull requests, and adds content and value to many discussions.

  • CSN1: many open source contributions: javascript wallet, javascript CIP8 implementation, Bip32Ed25519, they where instrumental in the Ledger Live integration. Built Typhon Wallet, Cardano Scan, and Flac Finance.

  • EPOCH: Generates daily content about Cardano Projects and brings the community together every single day in the show “Cardano Over Coffee”. They did more than 500 episodes.

  • EU01: wrote many tutorials for stake pool operators, provides services and helper scripts to submit leadership logs and monitoring data, creator of https://csnapshots.io a snapshot download service that helps a lot in emergency situations when your db is corrupt and your block-producing node/relay needs a copy of db asap.

  • FROG: Driving adoption with projects like DripDropz, the token dispensing service that is responsible for a lot of transaction volume on Cardano, Epoch: 443: $DRIP and $COPI, 10k+ tx/epoch, Adosia 8k+ tx/epoch, $DGOLD 8k+ tx/epoch, $NEWM 7k+ tx/epoch. FROG is also behind Adosia’s IOT platform and Heidrun an automation platform that allows for the execution of various actions upon detecting payments to a specific wallet address.

  • GMBL: Gimbalabs provide various resources, tools, and educational content to help developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts engage with Cardano technology. Their initiatives often include hackathons, workshops, and tutorials, among other resources, to accelerate learning and development in the Cardano ecosystem. They also collaborate with other projects and entities in the Cardano space to contribute to its growth. Gimbalabs focuses on creating a more accessible and open environment for anyone interested in developing on Cardano. By lowering barriers to entry and providing hands-on experience, they aim to encourage more people to participate in the Cardano blockchain ecosystem.

  • GROW: aligns with charities whose mission is to serve children in crisis and support them in growing into healthy young leaders. Raymond is known to be very helpful by providing technical guidance to the SPO community via Telegram channels. He is also very passionate about providing a lasting impact with his pool. For this reason, he provides regular donations to charitable organizations. GROW has put donation records on the Cardano blockchain since January 2021.

  • JUNO: is at the forefront of improving developer experiences on the Cardano blockchain, illustrated by their development of the Kuber IDE, a tool that simplifies transaction composition for Plutus and Haskell. Additionally, their past and ongoing contributions to various Cardano projects, local and remote blockchain events, their research into front-running on Cardano, and active support to the SPO community and testnets substantiate their extensive involvement and dedication.

  • KORA: is the software company building and maintaining adahandle, an NFT standard that allows custom Cardano addresses for everyone, secured entirely on-chain and which dynamically resolves to the holder’s wallet address. It was widely adopted by wallets and services.

  • LIDO: A Cardano Education project and operator of the Lidonation Catalyst Explorer, hosting community spaces and providing onboarding and education support for newcomers to the Cardano Ecosystem. In particular, the Catalyst Explorer provided unprecedented transparency across projects and proposers in Catalyst.

  • LOGIC: provides a lot of high-quality Aiken code. Wrote smart contracts for Adosia, projectNEWM, and TokenRiot.

  • LOVE: Continued support and maintenance of the Pool Tool platform with additional features like https://pooltool.io/networkhealth, which serves as an essential resource for the Cardano Community. Also responsible for the Pool Tool App, which many people use to track their rewards.

  • POOLS: Maintainer and operator of Cexplorer.io and adapools.org. Also built and operates an NFT marketplace “Jam on Bread”. Member of Cardanians who did a lot of community building.

  • QXT: Maintenance and contribution to various projects on Cardano Developers, which include: The Python Koios Library for the Community: GitHub Link The Cardano Leader Slot: GitHub Link The development and maintenance of the Raw Cardano Explorer project: Raw Cardano App Assistance and contribution to the Armada Alliance Community: Armada Alliance Website Contribution to the development of the Round Trip project, including developing software to automate rewards and other tools: Round Trip Twitter.

  • RDLRT: irreplaceable resource in the developer portal, developer of the “Charlie”-Telegram bot that is a great support for all the moderators, contributions to Koios and Guild Operators.

  • SHARP: the pool behind CardanoSharp a library designed to integrate .NET applications with the Cardano blockchain. It aims to be user-friendly and minimize friction for developers. The library provides functionalities for managing wallets, including working with mnemonics, keys, and addresses. It also offers flexible ways to build transactions, either partially or entirely, to suit different workflows. Additional utilities are included for quick parsing and handling of CBOR, keys, addresses, and transactions. Beyond these core features, CardanoSharp enables the management of NFT (Non-Fungible Token) collections through minting and burning capabilities using native scripts. The project extends its .NET support to other Cardano-related projects like Blockfrost and Koios.

  • SMAUG: developer and operator of pool.pm, without which the ecosystem would certainly be different today. Helps us to be transparent on our wallets: pool.pm

  • STAT: developers of the AdaStat.net Cardano Blockchain Explorer, a tool for users to navigate and explore the Cardano blockchain, built the visualizations for the on-chain SPO poll., also fostering a community among Russian-speaking Cardano enthusiasts.
    Development of two PostgreSQL extensions, pg_blake2b and pg_ed25519. These extensions support the hashing and cryptography functions that Cardano uses under the hood, enhancing the platform’s security and efficiency.

  • SWARM: a Community-driven grassroots network of visionaries focusing mostly on Catalyst community building. They build a open source treasury system to manage and
    operate fund distributions on the Cardano. Task and Bounty systems to build decentralized and public project management. An open Community Space for the Catalyst Community
    to present projects and ideas and to have a space to meet and connect with Cardano Builders
    Swarm established a number of Community-led Town Halls around the globe in the past years and various Guilds in the Cardano ecosystem, each with a specific focus to work on relevant topics and ensuring the building process of a strong community capacity
    across multiple domains.

  • VICE: started with https://cardanowall.com/en, a project that shows some great use cases, added more projects like, ADAPlus, Avatarada, and ADAPlus PoolBoost

  • WADA: Wada aims to support local hubs throughout Africa and the diaspora by setting up solid infrastructure. This includes ensuring access to basic needs such as internet services and electricity, which are crucial for realizing innovation potential. On a local level, Wada brings together technical individuals and community members to solve local value and resource problems through dApp creation within their Hub.

  • ZW3RK: The ZW3RK pool is operated to fund Continuous Integration servers for GHC and other Haskell projects, spent much of the last 2 months pushing for more stability in the compiler.

Over the past year, we have rigorously evaluated hundreds of applications. We would like to highlight 281 pools that garnered honorable mentions. Your relentless efforts in pushing the Cardano ecosystem forward are deeply appreciated:

Ticker Ticker Ticker Ticker Ticker Ticker
0AAAA 1COMM 1Mate 1MATE 21ADA 247
314 46S 4GOOD 4WARD 501C3 9000
A3C AAA AAATO ACI ADACT ADAES
ADAIM ADAPH ADMON ADRIA AEGIS AGC
AGUA AID1 AIM ALFA ALKUL ALLI
ALTZ AMINT AMOON ANCO ANET ANVIL
APEX ARARE ARRA ARRK ASKP ASN
ASPEN ATM AUSST AZTEC BAK BBHMM
BBO BCP BEADA BIO bio BIRD
BIRTH BITB BKIND BKN BLESS BNTY1
BOLEH BRAVE BRAZL BREW BRLN BUILD
BZONE C3ETH CAMP CAN1 CAPO Cards
CBH CBUS CCIO CCP CCPL CENT
CHEF CHG CHIL CHRTY CIEL CLAY
CLINK CLOVR CLYDE CNFTA CO2P COINZ
CRPL CRYL DAP DAPP DARK DDOS
DEGAS DEV DIO DOTAR DRMZ DSIO
DXB EASY1 ECP EEL EGGS ELEMT
EUSKL EVT FALCO FASO FFR FIALA
FIKA Fika FIRE FLUID FPOOL FRADA
FRCA🍁 FRESH FRUIT GAIA GERO GNP1
GOKEY GOMA GRANA GRC1 HADA HAMDA
HAPPY HAWAK HAZEL HEART HEPHY Hino0
HIPPO HODLR HONEY HOTEL HWL HYPE
HYPER INFI ITZA JNGL JUST KARMA
KNGHT KTOP KUNI KURD LACE LAMP
LAPO LEAD LHS LION LIT LOOPS
LOTTO LOXE Malu MALU MDS MNKY
MNSTR MOKSH MOKUM MONAD MONKY MOST
MOXIE MRPHM MTSK MV100 NANI NEXUS
NINJZ NMKR NOMAD NOVA NUTS OBI
ONE one ONE1 OTAKU OTG OUROS
OYSTR OZZY PANL PBDOT PEGA PET♥
PHRCK PIADA POET PREEB PRIDE PRO
PRO39 PROSP PSB QADAO QCPOL QUEST
RABIT RCADA REETG RENEW RIOT RKDN
ROG RTIST RUGWA SAGAN SAKE SALT
SAMON SANTO SASA SCM SDG13 SEA
SEAL SHARE SHIFT SIGN SJG SNAKE
SNSKY SOLN SOLPI SPEC SPIDR SPRO
SRN staca STEAK STKGR STLL STOIC
SUMN SWAG T2H TAB TANGO TAVN
TCHP TECH TITOK TMS TOKEN TOPO
TOPO⚡ TRADA TREK TTS17 TURK UPSTR
VEGAS VFS VIET VILAI VLHLA VROOM
WEED WELL WHITE WISE WISH WYAM
XSEC XYZ YOADA YOON YORK

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Congratulations to all the winning pools! I see some great names there!

I’m curious if your in-depth analysis and comments of all pools will be made public? I’m just wondering about my pool QCPOL that didn’t even make it to the honorable mention, but received delegation in the past. What changed between 3 months ago and now that it pushed it out of the list?

I’m not complaining, just curious. :saluting_face:

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The BALANCE team cannot emphasize enough how much we appreciate this Cardano Foundation delegation & acknowledgment. What started as a simple mission of utilizing industry knowledge and skills to help “in some small way” build a stronger network & community, has produced so much more than we could have imagined.

Building BALANCE and working to support the Cardano Community has been an incredibly fulfilling experience and I’d like to thank the Cardano Foundation and you all as the community for helping to make this possible. Thank you!!

the BALANCE team

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Congratulations to everyone.

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Congratulations to all the selected pools - the roster looks great, and are well deserved delegations! :partying_face:

I really appreciate the time the Cardano Foundation team has taken to respond to questions, feedback, and for the efforts of the Cardano Foundation in general - thank you :pray:

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It’s an honor to be selected by the CF.

This delegation could not be more timely or more helpful to support efforts to sustain building through the bear.

Thank you.

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Great selection of pools and ecosystem contributors there.

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Thank you for mentioning me on the list of 244 pools that didn’t make the cut!

Even if I’m not part of the supported pools this time, you’re still welcome to stake with me. I can use any support to advance my projects. DM me in :de: or :uk:

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Hello everyone,
I’ve made a quick correction to the Honorable Mentions list. It now accurately reflects the 281 pools that have earned honorable mentions over the last year.

Thank you for your contributions to the Cardano ecosystem!

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Congratulations to every pools selected for this new delegation round :slight_smile:

I will keep on improving tools i make to help SPO until the next round !

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Thanks!! :slight_smile:

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Thank you! And congratulations to all the pools who received a delegation for one year!

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Congrats to all selected pools! I’m excited about the future of Cardano. The delegation truly helps the development of the ecosystem, and hopefully, the foundation made the right decision.

Thank you for mentioning our project! As a small pool, it’s hard to keep things running without this sponsorship, although we will do our best.

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Thank you for the honorable mention. I’ll continue to support the network and hope one of these days to get selected.

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Congrats :+1:t2: keep up the good work sirs :saluting_face:

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It’s been a true honor serving Cardano’s network infrastructure and community for the last 3yrs and running!

The timing of this blessing couldn’t be better, we’ve been struggling to bear the bear and this will help us stabilize and keep donations flowing. We estimate a change of +222% to our donations thanks to this delegation and recent ADA price action. Together those things really help the mission and keep us in business.

Thank you Cardano Foundation from our hearts here at GROW, the children we serve and all our delegators. GROW is here for what this community stands for, we’ve got a long road, I’m honored to ride by your side.

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