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.
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.
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.
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:
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