Catalyst Weekly #63: Challenge Team Reports, Vox Populi Review, Catalyst Core GitHub & more

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

Another week just flew by. Did you know that Cardano Catalyst Women celebrated their one-year anniversary recently? Time flies when you’re building - and so many of you continue doing fantastic rounds of continued work in this space. We appreciate you.

In that realm, this week’s TH was all about the macro view from a number of Challenge Teams that curate individual challenges from previous funds. We’ve seen three unique presentations with incredible insights. We also learned a lot from insights post Catalyst Circle v4 elections survey. More on all of that is below.

You also may find interest in the GitHub repository for Catalyst which is intended to become the bedrock of the next iterations/conversations on the technical side of things especially.

Let’s dive into what’s the latest.


Town Hall

:bulb: Next: Feb 1 at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.

Reports from Challenge Teams


As mentioned in the introduction, this week we’ve seen three distinct presentations from Challenge Teams (CTs). These teams are a fundamental piece in the puzzle to help resurface trends and insights from the past challenges that took place in the Catalyst funding rounds.

In the most recent rounds, some of these requirements are gradually expanding, such as with the introduction of a milestones pilot in F9. It requires community endorsements on reviews for the achievement of milestones that projects submit to receive further funding. Historically, CTs have had three key deliverables.

  1. Present the concept of the specific challenge to the community when Fund begins
  2. To onboard funded projects in that challenge once governance is over and the execution stage begins
  3. With time passing, reflect back on the successes, failures, insights, and learnings about challenge effectiveness and outcomes - collectively addressing a question - what return on intention has the community received?

This week we saw presentations that address the third deliverable on the list from these teams:

In weeks to come, more reports are coming. Stay tuned for more insightful conversations. Thank you to all the teams that have diligently worked to date as stewards of countless Catalyst challenges.

Catalyst Circle Update

The newly elected Catalyst Circle is in between meetings at the moment. However, we had a community-led presentation on the survey and learnings from respondents who were asked about their overall experience post-vote. What are the elements we can observe and things we could/should consider going forward? Hope you can find it as insightful as I did. Here is the timestamped segment on the youtube town hall.

You can also catch the source findings via the following links for your own conclusions:

: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 forum post that outlines key requirements for candidates.

Catalyst GitHub Repo


Catalyst is writing code. The team is making strides in reviewing and cleaning up procedures and flows on the backend. This is one of the primary objectives this year - to increase transparency in systems. The major expected side effect later this year is expected to be around the ability for the community to come along and start co-creating/helping build/suggest improvements to these foundations.

Or how about the concept of a ‘Catalyst testnet’? But first, we need to re-arrange and establish a framework to build a proper stable base to work out from.

This repo is the starting point and we’re seeking improvements to it throughout the months to come. For now, feel free to bookmark the pages and lurk around as we get it ready:

Less than 5% of Cardano are women.


Catch the yearly update from Dzhuliana, one of the leading figures at Cardano Catalyst Women. Here’s the excerpt for you:

“Exactly 1 year ago, we had our first meeting at the Catalyst After Townhall Breakout room with a focus on bringing more women to the Cardano ecosystem through mentorship.”

Why did we start this group?

"When the subtle but powerful differences between males and females are celebrated and optimized in collaboration ecosystems thrive, empathy soars, and personal development grows. Communication, confidence, leadership, and teamwork are maximized to their full potential.

People naturally draw confidence and cues about how they should behave from the culture of their environment. How they perceive themselves within the environment, how comfortable they feel to contribute, and how their ideas and inputs are received impact their desire to take action.

In any given environment, the minority group is on the back foot when it comes to the culture of the space being aligned with their way of being. Unless however, the people in this environment are highly self-aware and have the ability to overcome inbuilt biases and overpowering behaviours. Or, the individual has a high degree of confidence and a strong ability to communicate to the dominant group.

Less than 5% of Cardano are women."

Continue reading this message directly on forum post here.

Governance Toolmakers Roundtable


Initial community meetings have kicked off. You can catch the first recording of these here. Initiators would also love to invite everyone interested in these discussions on the CIP Discord where there’s a channel for everything Gov Roundtable:

The Governance Toolmakers Roundtable is a Community initiative with Cardano Community Governance toolmakers to define best tools & tool sets for open sourced on chain governance processes and platforms and to explore best solutions and practices for voting and other governance processes.

Be engaged - join the conversation.

Last week in CIPs


Here’s the recap from my colleague Ryan Williams that writes these fantastic CIP round-ups. I figured you’d like them, too. So here’s the latest to get up to speed. You can catch past and future summaries via this Cardano forum thread here as well. If are unsure what CIPs are about - please check out this link to dive deeper:

RW: What happened in CIPs last week? – tonnes

  • CIP-??? NFT Metadata Update Oracles [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This proposal extends the CIP-25 standard for defining and updating token metadata via transaction metadata.
  • CIP-??? Maybe Datum [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This proposal suggests altering Plutus scripts so that they optionally take the datum from the UTXO being spent, rather than being required to do so.
  • CIP-??? Post Quantum signatures in Plutus [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This proposal suggests adding post-quantum signatures (NIST standard) to Plutus Core.
  • CIP-??? Authenticated Web3 HTTP requests [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This proposal defines a method for wallet-connected websites to utilize HTTP endpoints.
  • Draft CIP-??? ERC20-like assets [New Draft CIP]:
    • This draft proposal aims to imitate the way the account model works by leveraging the UTxO structure.
    • This introduces the programmability over the transfer of tokens (meta-tokens) and their lifecycle seen in ERC-20 tokens.

RW: CIP editors meeting #60 my Notes:

Next Meeting:

  • CIP Editors Meeting #61:
  • Jan 31th 5pm UTC
  • Held on Discord - here.
  • Agenda TBD.

Further varied governance and Catalyst community conversations can be also followed on the official Cardano forum here. Don’t be shy to be part of the conversation.

Catalyst Project Completions - 370+ and counting!

370+ projects funded by Catalyst have been completed to date by submitting their self-reported close-out reports and videos. 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
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