Catalyst Weekly #74 - SPO Voltaire Survey, $2M Hackathon, Decentralized Governance Summit, Auditability, CIPs & more

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

Town hall week 123 is behind us. Just like that. Once again, a number of close-out reports for completed projects were presented. First, there was Game Changer Smart Contract Support for Wallet. I highly recommend diving into the after-town hall recording (which will be uploaded shortly) where the Game Changer team dived into more depth and demoed additional features. Then we caught up with the close-out report from Fund2 by that presented this video. Further, (Catalyst) dRep interview channel outcomes and finally Catalyst Swarm and Singularity Net proposal close out highlighting the fruits of cross-chain collaboration.

Did you know that the Catalyst program is moving ever so closer to crossing over the 500th completions? Soon, we’ll be able to celebrate this occasion together. If you wish to catch what other projects are completing these days - make sure to visit the links at the bottom of this newsletter in the section ‘Project Completions’.

Perhaps, you are curious to see how Catalyst can do more and better. Maybe you would like to dive into the auditability of outcomes post funding. Catch the segment further below - workgroup meeting #3 is coming soon and you can partake in conversations.

What’s the latest? Let’s dive right in.


Town Hall # 123

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:bulb: Next: TH #124 on May 3rd at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.

Auditability Workgroup

In November 2022 we’ve kicked off the auditability workgroup re-boot. Time has come for the third meeting and we’d love you to be there. If you’d like to catch up - here’s the original Cardano Forum post from last year.

Workgroup Meeting #3:

Last two meetings we worked out of this miro board. Please review the topics as we’ll build upon our conversations further. Recording and notes will be shared after the meeting. This invite will be circulated via email sign-up list as well if you have done so previously. If you haven’t yet - please reply to this forum post and I will pick up your intent there. Thank you in advance.

Hackathon 101: $2M purse

Have you heard yet? Emurgo is planning a massive hackathon later this year. Here are the introductory paragraphs from the original announcement post here.

EMURGO Ventures will co-host the largest ever Cardano Web3 hackathon, Cardano EMURGO BUILD 2023, organized by a Cardano founding entity and will award up to $2 million in total prizes.

For Cardano EMURGO BUILD 2023, EMURGO Ventures is teaming up with DoraHacks, a leading Web3 hackathon organizer and the world’s most active multi-chain Web3 developer community with over 300,000 multi-chain developers and experts.

Along with the $2 million total in prizes and grants, the Cardano EMURGO BUILD 2023 Hackathon is a great chance to make your Web3 product stand out in front of blockchain industry experts and VCs and receive investment funding. The goal behind the hackathon is to promote the adoption of Cardano’s Web3 ecosystem by helping Cardano developers to create products and services with real use cases on top of the Cardano blockchain.

Continue reading about it and how to get involved here. You can also catch the original tweet here.

Voltaire Musings - SPO Surveys

As part of the continuing journey toward broader community empowerment with Voltaire, the Cardano Foundation has announced a new on-chain poll on network parameters. Here’s the introductory paragraph of the piece published here:

"The Cardano Foundation wants to ensure that, in true Voltaire fashion, the various involved parties have a voice in the process.

As a first step, we invite all stake pool operators (SPOs) to take part in an on-chain poll experiment that will help shape the future of Cardano.

The on-chain poll follows this approach and indeed builds on the mechanism proposed by the Foundation in CIP-0094. The poll will ask SPOs for their stake-weighted opinion on potential changes to parameters and values, giving the Foundation valuable insights into what the community needs as well as its preferences. It likewise applies action 7 of the governance actions detailed in CIP-1694."

Continue reading here on how to get involved.

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 you are unsure what CIPs are about - please check out this link to dive deeper:

RW: What happened in CIPs last week?

RW: CIP Editors Meeting #64 - my notes:

Next Meeting:

  • CIP Editors Meeting #65:
  • May 2nd 5pm UTC.
  • Held on Discord - here.
  • Agenda TBC

Caught my attention


Last week, SingularityNET ecosystem held a decentralized governance summit 2023. There was an impressive line of speakers across domains and expertise. A few highlights include also Catalyst veterans Felix Weber & Tevo Saks supporting Singularity Swarm & Ambassador program as well Kriss Baird speaking about the Catalyst program at large in a fireside chat conversation with Jan Horlings.

You can catch recordings of all three tracks above in the following links:

Weekly GitHub Repo Round Up

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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:

Project Catalyst is looking ahead - Recap

Since Fund9’s end, the Catalyst team has been deep in research, discovery, and design mode. Holding many workshops with the community, a lot of 1:1s, and received additional user-centered feedback from fund surveys, social media, and beyond.

There are a number of proposed changes for Fund10 that are going to be gradually shared over the weeks to come. Couple weeks ago, we began with looking at what an alternative path looks like for the assessments stage in Cardano’s Project Catalyst. Then, we turned our collective attention to Challenge Setting. Recently, in its first, we reviewed the Catalyst technology stack and the path ahead.

Catalyst funding rounds have been on pause for a little while now. Thank you everyone for your patience and continued support as we’ve navigated these past months. 2023 is shaping up to be an important year for Cardano, and equally so for Catalyst. You’ll be playing a pivotal role.

Community Events

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 - 480+ and counting!

480+ 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 day ahead!

Danny & the Project Catalyst team

Daniel Ribar
Community at Project Catalyst


Note: References in this newsletter to the 3rd party projects, products, and services are provided for information purposes only and are not endorsements. Everyone should carry out their own investigations before relying on the information provided in this newsletter.

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