Catalyst Weekly #65: 400+ projects now signalling complete

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

This week, Project Catalyst has crossed another significant milestone. There are now more than 400 projects with self-reported completion status. Each project generally needs to submit a close-out video and an accompanying report to demonstrate the outcome of their funded proposal.

Have you cast a vote in the past on any of the funded projects? Or wish to learn more in general? You can directly utilize the funding section on the website or community tooling such as Lido Nation.

Regardless, we want to congratulate all projects that have already managed to conclude their deliverables. The Cardano community appreciates the effort and work you’ve contributed to helping build this ecosystem. Your work is not taken for granted. And a big shout out to all the projects still underway and working diligently towards their goals.

Let’s dive into what’s the latest.


Town Hall


:bulb: Next: Feb 15 at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.

Psst! It’s all about the misc!

During the most recent TH, we’ve seen two close-out presentations from the Challenge Teams (CTs) looking after Miscellaneous categories. 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?
  4. This is where CT reports come in as extremely valuable

Both CT closeouts did a great job in resurfacing key learnings on both ends - for funded proposers as well as for challenge teams themselves. I recommend jumping into the video link to rewatch both segments.

To the Challenge Team members, thank you for your great effort and service to the community.

dRep Book Club

Community-led initiatives are a great way to get comfortable and immersed in various topics/events across the ecosystem. One such is called dRep Book Club.

"Hey everyone, did you know that there is a dRep Book Club? There is! The dRep Book Club 2 was funded in Fund 9: and will be kicking off with our first Zoom meeting at the end of January.

Keep up to date on the discussions on these papers and books when we hold our face-to-face Zoom meetings on the Leadership Academy Discord: Leadership Academy."

Continue reading here.

Note: The Leadership Academy is a community initiative that seeks to provide a safe space for us to explore, experiment, and learn about what “leadership” means in a decentralized, inclusive, global community. Gone are the days of “bosses” and “managers” and “CEOs”.

Catalyst GitHub Repo - Weekly Round-Up


One of the primary objectives this year is to make it easier for Community members to understand how Catalyst works on the technical side and to access the Catalyst technical backend to increase transparency in systems. The major side effect later this year is expected to be around the ability of the community to come along and start co-creating/helping build/suggest improvements to these foundations.

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:

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?

  • CIP-??? Ledger evolution (meta) [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This proposal formally enlists Cardano Ledger as a CIP category, describing guidance for future CIPs concerning the Cardano ledger.
  • CIP-??? Sums-of-products in Plutus Core [New CIP Proposal]:
    • This CIP proposes to add native support for datatypes to Plutus Core, and to use that support to implement a more efficient interchange of the script context between the ledger and scripts.
    • Lots of engagement and discussion.

RW: Continued Recommendations:

Next Meeting:

  • CIP Editors Meeting #61:
  • Feb 14th 5pm UTC.
    • postponed from Jan 31st
  • Held on Discord - here.

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.

Community Events


Many community events are taking place regularly across the ecosystem. In the image above and below you can find a snippet of what is available out there. A great way to lurk around and over time participate even more directly. You can browse more via this link.

Catalyst Project Completions - 400+ and counting!


400+ 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 or via website directly.

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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