Cardano Community Digest - 17 April 2023

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Focal points of the week

Aiken’s Alpha Phase Now Live

The Cardano Foundation has recently announced the launch of Aiken’s alpha phase. Aiken is an open source Smart Contract language and toolchain that has been specifically designed to simplify and enhance the process of building smart contracts on Cardano.

It offers a range of solutions, including being easy to learn, purely functional and strongly typed. It also boasts state-of-the-art features optimized for developer experience and seamless integration with other tools and languages. Furthermore, Aiken provides tooling modularity, something that will allow users to utilize only what they need.

Aiken is a true open source project that has gained momentum through the dedication of various individuals, including pioneering work by TxPipe. New developers have joined in, showing interest and contributing their time to support the project. The Cardano Foundation also recognizes the potential of Aiken to drive growth in the Cardano ecosystem by providing an optimized developer experience for smart contract development. We invite everyone to learn more about Aiken and warmly welcome anyone interested in participating in this alpha phase.

If you are interested in discussing Aiken, join the community on Discord: TxPipe

If you’re ready to start building, get started at

Are you are developer and would like to contribute, visit: Aiken · GitHub and look for “help welcomed” tags.

IOG’s Lite Wallet “Lace” Now Live on Mainnet

IOG has recently announced the Mainnet release of their lite wallet, Lace.

The lite wallet was developed based on the same academic rigor and robust engineering principles IOG is known for.

Currently, with Lace 1.0, users can send and receive Cardano digital assets, like ada, Cardano NFTs, and Cardano native tokens. It also comes with the capability to stake your ada, and sending multiple assets to different addresses in one transaction. Lace 1.0 is just the first release. In the future, the platform will continue to evolve.

For an overview of other wallets available to the Cardano community, please visit the wallet section on our developer portal: Showcase | Cardano Developer Portal

Ambassador Stories, Journal #35 Eric Tsai & Dan Baruka

This week, we’re proud to once again present two new Ambassador Stories. This time we bring you the stories of Eric Tsai & Dan Baruka. Both Eric & Dan have joined the Ambassador ranks as Content Creators. Their stories not only give insight into how they contribute to the further advancement of our ecosystem, but also give you a small look into their personal lives. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we did interviewing them.

@eric248550 @Uptodate_Developers

Other Cardano Related News

  • The NYU School of Professional Studies hears Frederik Gregaard, CEO of the Cardano Foundation, for their “The Whole Metaverse” podcast. (Tweet)
  • EMURGO recently announced the launch of the much anticipated Cardano EMURGO BUILD 2023 Hackathon with a $2 million hackathon for Cardano.
  • Cardano Foundation had the recent honor of being featured on Sri Lanka’s largest national news network and being showcased at a high-profile media event attended by over 250 guests from the Colombo government, national media outlets, celebrities, and businesses. The event served as an opportunity to introduce blockchain technology to a wide audience and showcase Cardano’s significant contributions in this field.
  • During a recent episode of Cointelegraph’s podcast, Charles Hoskinson shared his perspective on recent industry developments, including the adoption of Cardano in Africa. He also addressed issues related to Cardano, such as delays in updates, which he attributed to “betting on the wrong technology” and having ambitious timelines.
  • What an impressive achievement! Cardano has now recorded over 4 million wallets! A significant milestone to celebrate! Cardano Explorer - AdaStat
  • Mark Cuban, one of Cardano’s outspoken critics, was recently named by as one of their early investors. The news of Cuban’s unexpected investment in a Cardano project has sent shockwaves through our community. As a billionaire entrepreneur who has long been skeptical of Cardano’s impact and usability, this unexpected turn of events has caught many by surprise. Mark has even been quoted in the past stating that Dogecoin has more applications than Cardano (source). Nonetheless, we wish all the best, and look further to its future development.

Cardano Reddit Top 10 Most Engaged Topics

Below are the most engaging topics on Reddit

Cardano Forum Top 10 Top Referred Topics

Topics that have received the most clicks from external sources. (last 10 Days)

Recently held Meetups

Other meetups around the world:

  • 19 March 2023|Cardano Jakarta Hub Meetup. More Info
  • 30 March 2023|March 30, European Townhall More Info
  • 31 March 2023|RECAP - Hong Kong Cardano Meetup x Cryptodrinks x WOW summit pics are up! More Info
  • 1 April 2023|European Cardano Community Town Hall! More Info
  • 1 April 2023|Cardano Blockchain Victoria BC Meetup. More Info
  • 14 April 2023|Empowering the Cardano Community in Africa: A Summary of the 14th April Catalyst Africa Town Hall. More Info

Recently held Ambassador Calls

  • 16 March 2023 Monthly Ambassador Call
  • 22 March 2023 Open Meetup Organizer Cal
  • 23 March 2023 Monthly Ambassador Call
  • 03 April 2023 Open Translator Call
  • 05 April 2023 Open Content Creator Call
  • 06 April 2023 Open Meetup Organizer Ca

Bi-weekly CIP editor Meeting on Discord

Are you interested in attending CIP editor meetings? Join the Discord channel to learn more about this interesting community where ideas and recommended changes are all discussed.

What happened in CIPs last week? (by @RyanW)

Continued Recommendations:

CIP-0072? | DApp Registration & Discovery

  • This proposal outlines a mechanism for linking off-chain metadata to on-chain entities.
  • This has seen some recent updates and discussions!

CIP-0092? | First class errors

  • This proposal suggests making error a first-class value within Plutus.

CIP-0089? | Beacon Tokens & Distributed Dapps

  • This proposal introduces a standard to create distributed L1 Dapps where users maintain full delegation control of their assets and also maintain full custody of their assets at all times.
  • This is an interesting design.

Next Meeting:

  • CIP Editors Meeting #64:

  • April 18th 8:30am UTC (tomorrow!).

  • Held on Discord - here.

  • Agenda TBC

Weekly CIP updates can be followed and reviewed here:

Cardano Wiki

What Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs) are for

Would you like to improve the Cardano protocol? There is a process for doing this called Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs). Through the CIP process, you can create a document in which you can describe the problem and propose a solution. CIPs should serve as the primary mechanism for proposing changes to the Cardano protocol. It is where authors, CIP editors, and the community meet. They can all debate the proposal. Proposals are usually submitted by experts and expertise is also expected from reviewers. If anyone is interested in detailed technological information, CIP documents can be a useful resource. People are sometimes confused and don’t know how the CIP process and on-chain governance are related. The introduction of on-chain governance is proposed in CIP-1694. Let’s take a look at it.


There is no direct connection between the current CIP process and the on-chain governance proposal as described in CIP-1694. However, CIP documents could serve as input for governance in the future. CIP documents would contain technical details about the problem and the ideal expert-approved solution.

CIPs and governance

First and foremost, it is needed to explain that the CIP process has nothing to do with on-chain governance. CIPs should be used to describe the problem in detail and propose a technical solution. The proposed change can be debated and design decisions can be documented. It is not the role of the CIPs process to decide whether to implement changes. An existing CIP document (proposal) is no guarantee that a change will be implemented in a protocol or otherwise deployed.

CIPs have two essential tasks. To standardize the form of communication between participants and to enable changes to be proposed in a uniform formalized way. Each CIP document has an author and the author must follow the required document structure. CIP documents can have the following self-explanatory statuses: Proposed, Active, and Inactive. CIP Editors ensure that CIP documents have the required structure and technical soundness. The process for transitioning CIP documents between statuses is described.

CIP Editors safeguard the CIP process. However, their role is not to approve or reject the authors’ proposals. They may not agree with the proposal, but if it is technologically sound and complete and the author follows the required document structure, the proposal will be produced.

Editors may provide technical feedback on proposals but are not expected to be the only ones to provide it. CIPs is a community-driven process and anyone with the necessary technical knowledge can be a reviewer and provide feedback.

The editors are mainly there to facilitate discussions and mediate debates. They are not necessarily technical experts on all the topics covered by new CIP documents. Ideally, there will be a sufficient number of reviewers with the necessary technical knowledge to provide quality feedback. Authors of CIP documents should incorporate feedback from reviewers to produce a document of the highest quality with sufficient technical detail (including both positive and possible negative impacts of the proposed change).

How does the CIP process relate to on-chain governance? The CIP process is a community-driven component that can serve as input for on-chain governance. It is theoretically possible to vote on individual CIP documents.

The goal of the CIP process is to have the protocol problems described along with their possible technological solutions. The proposals may also concern processes. On-chain governance should focus on the decision-making process and individual CIP documents can be subject to decision-making.

Note that CIP-1694 is the basis for the creation of decentralized governance. This document does not address the context of the CIP process in any way. CIP-1694 is the creation of the governance structure and a new role of Delegation Representatives (DReps). Further, it is about who will have the right to change protocol parameters, have control over project reserve and treasury, etc.

At this point, at least as far as I know, there is no direct link between the CIP process and the on-chain governance that is proposed in CIP-1694.

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Spotlight for Community-built Tools

The Developer Portal was created to foster a home for developers who are dedicated to building tools and services on Cardano. The platform allows developers to not only collaborate on projects but also to showcase their works.

The Developer Portal aspires to become a credible source where users can search for tools to fit their needs.

Community projects already running on mainnet are encouraged to add their projects to the Developer Portal.

  • Dapps on Cardano: Provides insights in decentralized applications on Cardano. See total transactions, total scripts locked and script invocations.
  • Lace: A new light wallet platform from IOG, one of the creators of Cardano. Manually verified by an independent auditor, Lace lets you quickly, easily, and securely manage your digital assets and enjoy Web3.
  • adahandle: A standardized NFT that developers and users can use to associate an address with a custom and human-readable address.

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