Cardano Community Digest - 22 August 2022

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Focal points of the week

Cardano has proven to be more decentralized, based on current discussions regarding IOHK’s request to upgrade nodes to latest version

Charles Hoskinson’s request to upgrade main net nodes to the newest version 1.35.3 stumbled upon resistance from the SPO community.

Prominent community members opposed the call to upgrade their mainnet nodes as they felt like this new version wasn’t properly tested. Even though the discussion intensified over the weekend with hundreds of tweets going back and forth, it does show that community devs are capable of, not only challenging IOHK, but also of performing thorough testing on the Cardano testnets - with great results. It also revealed how strong, passionate, and decentralized our community really is.

For a full overview of what transpired over the past few days, we recommend watching this summary from community member and SPO, Andrew Westberg. Upon further testing conducted by multiple SPOs and IOG staff over the weekend, on Sunday morning Andrew confirmed that “The fix in 1.35.3 is successful and confirmed by many other SPOs that helped test.”

Cardano Summit 2022

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We are happy to announce the Cardano Summit 2022. The Cardano Summit will happen on November 19 – 21, 2022, with the main stage event taking place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. There will also be multiple community-led events in different cities around the world. If you are interested in joining the main or one of the community-led events visit the Cardano Summit website. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Cardano Cafe Japan

Cardano Cafe, an offline community space for the Cardano blockchain, has now opened in Otemachi, Tokyo on August 27th. The Cardano Cafe accepts payments in ada and acts as a metaverse-linked offline community space for the Cardano blockchain and Web 3.0.

Chosen by the community in Catalyst Fund 8, the cafe also serves to provide community members and interested parties with daily lectures on all things Cardano and Web 3.0, helping to expand the education of Cardano within Japan while providing them a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages.

In addition to ada payments, customers can also use original Cardano drink tokens in the form of an acrylic coin that they can then exchange for drinks or special craft teas sourced from the finest ingredients all over Japan.

For more information please visit the official website here:

Uphold webinar with Cardano Foundation’s Sandro Knöpfel and John MacPherson.

Cardano Foundation’s Head of Financial and Regulated Institutions Sandro Knöpfel and Exchange Relationships Manager John MacPherson join Uphold to discuss the latest releases on the Cardano blockchain, what’s next on the project roadmap as well as discussion on what sets Cardano apart from other platforms and Uphold’s new integration with the Cardano blockchain, which allows for deposits, withdrawals, and staking

Full video here: Cardano (ADA) - Live with Uphold - YouTube

Fireside Chat with Frederik Gregaard and Dirk Hohndel to discuss the future of blockchain and open source.

Frederik Gregaard, CEO of the Cardano Foundation, and Dirk Hohndel, Chief Open Source Officer, recently sat together for a lively fireside chat where they discussed some of the fundamental principles of blockchain and open source. These included how the two fields intersect, why this happens, and what those similarities mean—from the possibilities they enable to their crucial role in anchoring blockchain as a financial and social system fostering positive impact for generations to come.

Watch the full conversation here: Fireside chat with Fred Gregaard & Dirk Hohndel: Cardano Foundation Update / Open Source Discussion - YouTube

Catalyst Circle changes their election process

The Catalyst Circle, a “human sensor array” that monitors the current state and plans regarding governance in Project Catalyst, consists of different members who fulfill specific roles representing all stakeholder groups of Project Catalyst.

  • General ADA holders: Quasar
  • Funded Proposers: Mercy A
  • Stake pool operators: Rhys Morgan
  • Toolmakers and Maintainers: Joey Chessher
  • Community Advisors: Tomi Astikainen
  • Cardano Foundation: Felix Weber
  • IOG: Kriss Baird

The community must elect all roles besides the appointed IOG and Cardano Foundation representatives. Past elections of the Catalyst Circle took place in a zoom call leveraging google forms to conduct the voting process. On August 04th, the circle members decided that new voting mechanisms should be leveraged for the upcoming election, such as DripDropz and potentially the Catalyst Voting app (source). This shift towards an on-chain voting mechanism will allow for a more accessible and transparent election process.

Cardano Reddit Top 10 Most Engaged Topics

Below are the most engaging topics on Reddit

  • I’m Brewing Beer With Charles Hoskinson and We’re Filming it for YouTube. What Should I Ask Him? Post
  • Stuck On This Screen for 24+ Hours… I’m Tired of Daedalus Never Working… Post
  • Now that ETH 2.0 works with proof of stake, will Cardano have any chance left to thrive in the future? Post
  • There needs to be a stop to closed source projects. Post
  • When are stablecoins coming to Cardano? Post
  • What are your top 5 favorite things about Cardano? Post
  • Your “wallet” does not matter Post
  • We Need to Start Taking Open Source Seriously and Create Incentives for It. Post
  • Marc Cuban and World Mobile Team (@MrTelecoms) go head to head over Cardano! Post
  • Why can’t I send all my 4K Ada out of coinbase it only says I have 1,000 does anybody know. Post

Cardano Forum Top 9 Top Referred Topics

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

Topic Clicks

Cardano Blockchain insights

Hard fork

An irreversible change to a blockchain protocol. Cardano uses a hard fork combinator to ensure smooth upgrades. Unlike earlier blockchains, Cardano hard forks save the chain history and do not cause disruption for users.

Recently held Meetups

Other meetups around the world:

  • 29 June 2022 - Decentralized Finance - DeFi on Cardano and other Layer 1
    Blockchains. This MeetUp was hosted on YouTube. For more information, please visit Meetup.com
  • 29 June 2022 - Cardano Blockchain - DC/MD/VA (Now Virtual!). Meetup.com
  • 05 July 2022 - Cardano Catalyst Women: How can we address social & environmental issues thanks to blockchain?
  • 16 July 2022 - Cardano Seattle Meetup. Meetup.com

Here are two pictures from the Seattle meetup. For more pictures and a short description, see Cardano Forum

  • 20 July 2022 - Brisbane Cardano Meetup. Meetup.com
  • 22 July 2022 - Cardano South Florida Meetup. Meetup.com

Upcoming Ecosystem (Internal/Public) Events

  • 08 September 2022 - Cardano Meetup Amsterdam. More info
  • 8-9 October 2022 - CNFT Con in Las Vegas. More info
  • 14-15 October 2022 - Rare Bloom event at the Gaylord Rockies, Colorado. More info
  • 19-21 November 2022 - Cardano Summit 2022. More info

Recently held Ambassador Calls

  • 29 June 2022 Open Moderator Call
  • 30 June 2022 Ambassador Intro Call
  • 06 July 2022 Open Meetup Organizer Call
  • 06 July 2022 Open Content Creator Call
  • 27 July 2022 Open Content Creator Call
  • 27 July 2022 Open Meetup Organizer Call
  • 10 August 2022 Open Moderator Call
  • 10 August 2022 Open Translator Call
  • 17 August 2022 Open Meetup Organizer Call
  • 17 August 2022 Open Content Creator Call
  • 18 August 2022 Monthly Ambassador Call

Cardano Wiki

Why stake ADA from your own Cardano wallet?

To decentralize the network, it is important that stakers use their own wallets and they do not stake on centralized exchanges. Staking on exchanges is dangerous and in the event of a hack, stakers can lose their coins. There are known cases where the owner has set up an exchange only to rob it himself. Not your keys, not your coins.

The Cardano ecosystem offers many opportunities for coin owners to support the ecosystem and profit at the same time.

By selecting a pool, the staker supports the activity of the pool operator. The positive contribution of pool operators can encourage adoption of the protocol and DeFi services. Centralized exchanges usually run their own pools and do not care about the development of the ecosystem.

Owners of ADA coins can vote in Catalyst and select the project they consider beneficial. There is a small reward for voting. If you leave the coins to the exchanges, they may get the reward instead of you.

If you have coins in your own wallet, you can participate in ISPO, or you may be eligible for some airdrop. Moreover, you can use DeFi services, which offer a higher yield than staking on the Cardano protocol. Over time, services will arise that offer a yield for the service while allowing you not to miss out on staking rewards.

If you leave ADA coins on centralized exchanges, the exchange will lock the coins and not allow you to use them. If it offers a higher yield than the Cardano protocol, it has to take a risk it won’t publicly acknowledge. He’s probably using some DeFi service or lending the coins to someone for interest. If you leave ADA coins on the exchange, the exchange will profit from them, but you bear the full risk of loss. source

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.

Network insights

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