Catalyst Weekly #79 - Town Hall #128 & Catalyst Continuous Testnet

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

As usual, our regular town hall session took place earlier this week. If you’ve missed the invite, make sure to bookmark to catch the next one. As usual, a full playlist is available on Youtube anytime. Did you catch last night’s announcement about the Catalyst Continuous Testnet yet? Check more on that further below.

As usual, we’ve had a series of community presentations about their completed work.

There was the first Challenge Team close out report from Fund9 that dived into impressions from Fund9 Developer Ecosystem challenge. Then, the Citadoc team highlighted work done to integrate Cardano into their platform that currently services more than 100K health care professionals. And to wrap things up - Oscar completed an amazing web-based transaction editor for anyone to use. Make sure to catch his presentation here.

Want to see more? Check out the other funded projects you voted for via

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


Town Hall #128

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:bulb: Next: TH #129 on June 7 at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.

Catalyst Continuous Testnet Announced

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During this week’s town hall, the Catalyst team introduced the concept of Catalyst Continuous Testnet that aims to vastly improve speed and quality of iteration.

This conversation began several weeks ago when we started to introduce concepts around Deployability & Auditability. You can review these earlier resources below:

To fast forward to this week’s presentation - you can review the segment as delivered by Steven Johnson, Catalyst Lead Architect, via resources below.

If you’ve missed any of these, not to worry – more conversations and opportunities to engage are coming.

Voltaire Musings

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This week in Voltaire, the conversations continue on CIP-1694 to establish an initial Minimum Viable Governance (MVG) framework. This framework is crucial for the advancement of participatory governance within the Cardano ecosystem. By collecting feedback from community members, diverse viewpoints can be incorporated to ensure the governance system aligns with the community’s needs and desires. The following workshops were hosted to collect feedback this week:

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by nebast#9398
  • Monterey, California, USA by TheRealAdamDean#3458, bayareaeagle#3314, and Rod.G#1645
  • Zug, Switzerland by the Cardano Foundation (June 3rd)

Check out workshops happening near you and join in the conversation.

CIP-30 and CIP-95 are mechanisms proposed by the Cardano Improvement Proposals (CIPs) to empower ada holders with voting capabilities. These proposals, once implemented by wallet providers, will enable community members to express their democratic consent for governance actions. By involving the broader Cardano community in decision-making processes, the ecosystem becomes more decentralized and inclusive.

It’s essential for community members to actively participate in providing feedback for CIP-1694 and CIP-95. By voicing opinions and suggestions, you can help shape the future of governance within Cardano. This collaborative approach ensures that the governance mechanisms implemented are representative and responsive to the community’s needs.

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: No new CIPs. Continued Recommendations:

Next Meeting:

  • CIP Editors Meeting #67:

    • June 6th 4:30pm UTC
    • Held on Discord - here.
    • Agenda.

Weekly GitHub Repo Round Up

Diving in deeper on the development of the Catalyst testnet and other updates:

  • The Catalyst core team completed the integration of importer services into the continuous deployment framework, unlocking updates in configurable intervals for voting power and proposal details for frontend clients.
  • The team kicked off refactoring database relations in the new EventDB, in preparation to enable voting via Catalyst OpenAPIs.
  • There was continued investigation of the tally recovery tool and cryptography behind the encrypted tally, laying the groundwork for independently verifiable voting results.
  • A dry run for Fund10 was initiated to begin taking inventory of bugs and to begin making necessary fixes before going live.As well as continued wallet testing for compatibility with CIP36 and new Catalyst registration format, enabling Catalyst DReps and more seamless rewards payouts.

For full access please review:

Caught my attention

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Dreams come true. You can catch the recent close out report and a great tool that Seamoss delivered to the Cardano community with the help of Project Catalyst funding. He’s delivered the presentation during one of the recent town halls and you can rewatch it here. The original tweet is here. Congratulations on a job well done.

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

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