Catalyst Weekly #55 👉 CatalystCon, IO ScotFest, And more!

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

Almost there. Statement of Milestones exercise with Fund9 projects is about to come to a close. It’s a critical component in leveling up accountability in funded projects. The phenomenal effort by all the community members supporting work via their Challenge Teams in a joint effort with IO. The plan is for the initial distribution of funds (first tranche) to be executed this Monday, Nov 7. All projects have undergone this exercise quite well and we’ve all already learned a great deal about how this process can further improve and iterate in the future.

If you are curious about Voter rewards, I am afraid there’s still no update that we can share. However, work is underway to address it. Looking forward to being able to give the good news to everyone as soon as available. The importance of distribution here with utmost accuracy is critical.

We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this month to ensure everything is ready for lift-off.

So what else has been taking place? Let’s review.


Town Hall

Catalyst Town Halls are currently suspended in lieu of a cooldown period. The broadcast is expected to resume in a couple of weeks.

:bulb: Next: To be announced. Register now via this recurring link.

Repositioning Project Catalyst


This past week we’ve published a blog in the series to come summarizing the current state of the affairs. We’re hoping that communicating with the wider Cardano ecosystem will help with setting the right set of expectations.

And ultimately improve our collective awareness of where we are and how to move forward after having amassed so much experience over the past two years together. Make sure to fill in the feedback survey shared in the blog as this form will close within a few days.

Catch a copy of the blog post here: Repositioning Project Catalyst ahead of the next funding round - IOHK Blog

Catalyst Circle Nomination Debates

Catalyst Circle campaigning is underway. You can leverage this Cardano Forum post to coordinate and connect community-led events and twitter spaces for Catalyst Circle Candidates to present themselves to the Community. Wish to learn about Candidates, check in here.

If you have a platform that could be leveraged to get the word out and you’d like to open a space for candidates, drop a note on the forum post above and let Candidates know how they can sign up and join your space.

You can also check last week’s recording now with timestamps here. This week, three break-out room sessions were recorded.

:seedling: The election window will be announced once all the details have been finalized by DripDropz team that facilitates this process.

:dizzy: If you are reading about Catalyst Circle for the first time, I encourage you to read this initial blog post that introduced the idea and also this most recent forum post that outlines recent developments.

Updates from PA/vPA Cohort


Outside of Catalyst funding, there are dedicated rapid-funding treasuries to be spent on improving various aspects of Project Catalyst.

The Project Catalyst Working Group (WG) is one example of such community-owned treasuries. The purpose of these working groups is to experiment with the side-treasuries model. The Project Catalyst WG is currently developing a bounty-based workflow to solve high-priority issues. Contribute and get rewards! Want to learn more? CONTINUE READING HERE

Any doubts? Suggestions? Let the community know via PA/vPA telegram chat or discord channel here. You should also visit community channels in the Catalyst Discord direct as well for more conversations.

There’s also another new initiative to help with raising the education level. How about taking this course? Read more about origins and purpose via this Cardano Forum post.


WADA announces CatalystCon


Welcome to CatalstCon22! A 2-day, virtual event, showcasing the best of Project Catalyst, since its inception. The event will be hosting speakers, panelists, project demos, hackathons, and more. Through this website, you can apply for a role on the CatalystCon planning and events team, or register for the event itself once the link becomes active.

Learn all about it via page directly. Will you join?

IO ScotFest

To celebrate the breadth of our budding ecosystem and the dawning of the age of Voltaire, the Input Output team will be in Edinburgh, Scotland for a special occasion between the 18th and 19th of November, and we want you to join us!

‘IO ScotFest; the age of Voltaire’ is a 2-day virtual event showcasing what has been achieved so far, and celebrating what we have to look forward to. Over 20+ keynotes and presentations featuring project updates and new announcements will be live-streamed to the community across our official channels for you to watch and engage with throughout.

In addition to this, on the evening of Friday, November 18th, the Input Output team will be hosting an exclusive Cardano community meetup in Edinburgh, to kick off the Cardano Summit weekend, where we invite you to join us and meet some of the team and catch up with your fellow community members! If you are interested in joining us, please make sure to formally register your interest HERE and save the date. Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you’re not in the UK but would like to join one of the summit meetups, check out the list of community-led events happening around the world here.

CIP milestone achieved


Last week, I’ve shared exciting news regarding new development/initiative with regard to Cardano Improvement Proposals. It is not directly related to Catalyst, but I encourage everyone to review and compare notes.

This week, Frederik Gregaard, who is Cardano Foundation’s CEO, shared an exciting insight into how the existing process works regarding Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs).

“The changes to the CIP process will empower the Cardano community. @Cardano_CF works to make it as easy as possible for community members to create the changes they want. We operate with complete transparency and ensure everyone can make an impact and an informed decision.” Catch his full tweet thread here.

Project Catalyst - Africa Vision


Lido Nation meets up with fellow dreamers in Nairobi - by Stephanie King.

“In Fund9 of Project Catalyst, Lido Nation was funded to continue our work in Swahili-speaking Africa with a “Learn to Earn” project. It was a great coincidence that I was in Nairobi at the Ngong Road Blockchain lab when I got the fateful email with Fund 9 voting results and found out we had won funding for this project. I wish everyone who voted for us could have witnessed the excitement at the Lab! Thanks for your votes, and have no doubt that Project Catalyst is changing lives…” CONTINUE READING HERE

Did you also catch the latest updates pushed to Lido’s research tools? No? Here’s the overview of three main ways how to dive into data:

Caught my attention: LATAM Catalyst


Latam Cardano Discord celebrated its 500th member just a few days ago. Would you like to connect with like-minded individuals in a variety of local languages? This is a great support network that has been providing an invaluable service to the Catalyst ecosystem and Cardano at large. Find friendly faces via this discord link.

CH explains how Project Catalyst surprised him


Peyton released shorter clips of his interview with Mr. Charles Hoskinson (CEO of Input Output) from the Rare Bloom community event. The topic of this conversation is centered around governance more broadly but also with some reflections on Project Catalyst specifically. You can follow the specific Catalyst youtube clip via this link or catch the full episode here.

Parli italiano?


Dive into a regular Italian-speaking group running a regular twitter space. Make sure to catch the recording and next ones in the future here.

Catalyst Project Completions

280+ projects have been completed to date by submitting their self-reported close-out reports and videos. There is so much goodness taking place in this ecosystem. Navigate to COMPLETED tab to keep track of all their work. Not seeing your favorite project completed yet? You can check their progress on other tabs and also the monthly reporting output documents. Save the links below:

Are spreadsheets a little too much? Leverage community tools like Lido Nation which you can find here.

Get in touch

And that’s a wrap. Let’s talk Catalyst & governance via twitter, or telegram, or reddit, or wherever is your home online and keep conversations engaging on these very important topics.

Enjoy your weekend ahead!

Danny & the Project Catalyst team

Daniel Ribar
Community at Project Catalyst & Governance
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