Catalyst Weekly #83 - Town Hall #132, Voter & Reviewer Registration

Hello there, beautiful soul!

Hope this message finds you well.

It couldn’t be more official, we’re now well into the Fund10 and halfway through the submission period for proposals. I would like to take the moment and appreciate everyone’s efforts already. Whether it is via sharing their ideas and draft proposal, or commenting and providing a constructive feedback loop to them.

Part of that feedback loop will come in the form of Community Review. This is scheduled to commence after proposals have been finalized over the next couple of weeks. And you can partake in this and earn rewards for helping navigate the landscape of proposals.

Furthermore, three teams highlighted their work as part of the 500th funded projects completions celebrations. The town hall was opened with the help of Perun Channels in Cardano’s Scalability Challenge. The highlights then continued through lenses of LidoNation and their Catalyst Explorer presentation. To close out the trio, Wolfram Blockchain Labs introduced a series of blockchain insights and governance analytics.

But that’s not everything - the Catalyst team also kicked off Community Reviewer and Voter registrations. More on that below.

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


Town Hall #132

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:bulb: Next: TH #133 on July 5 at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.

Community Review Ahead

The Community Review stage is what comes right after the Submissions stage in Fund10 has been finalized. And YOU can take part.

  • Community Reviewers provide opinions, scores, & feedback about proposals submitted
  • Reviewers come from all walks of life and regions around the world

If you are wondering why you should participate?

  • Help to provide data and opinions to voters to make their decisions
  • Learn about cutting edge innovation on Cardano
  • Receive incentive rewards for your review or moderator contributions
  • Unlock other opportunities to contribute in Catalyst

Deadline to register your interest via form (shows as a modal window when you log in) until July 17th. You can also change your mind later in your profile settings.

There is a video presentation that outlines the high level overview with the slide deck here for offline viewing. As always, feel free to bookmark Catalyst Knowledge base via GitBook. How to participate in community reviews section is linked here.

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Voter Registration

There are number of changes taking place in parallel of levelling the Catalyst tech stack and processes. This has had an impact on the registrations from the past. If you have voted in the past (or not) - everyone is required to re-register in Fund10 in order to be able to claim voter rewards. There is a video presentation that outlines all the latest together with the slide deck here for offline viewing. As always, feel free to bookmark Catalyst Knowledge base via to keep an eye on the latest. The voter registration section is linked here. Snapshot is expected to take place on August 18th. Monitor when your wallet is ready for registration and under what terms via this page.

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Fund10 Timeline

Since it never hurts to repeat the key dates and events - here’s the last bit. Project Catalyst funding round consists of four phases: proposal submission, community review, community voting, and onboarding. We are in the proposal submission phase, where the community has until July 13th to submit a proposal to answer one of the many challenges found here.

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How to participate?

So you want to participate in Fund10? But don’t know where to start? Check out the Launch Guide and read the in-depth guide.

There are many ways to get involved with Project Catalyst, and we’d love to see as many members of the Cardano community participate as possible. To get involved in Project Catalyst all you have to do to start is make an account on the collaboration platform.

Once you become a part of the Catalyst community, you can participate in discussions, suggest new challenges, share your opinions, and vote. You can also respond to challenges by building a team and launching a bid.

Have a proposal and don’t know where to seek additional feedback? Here’s Cardano Over Coffee invitation that offer the twitter space just for you:

"Calling all Cardano enthusiasts! Are you bursting with a groundbreaking Catalyst proposal? Get ready to shine in front of the incredible Cardano community! Secure your spot today on Cardano Over Coffee! Fridays are dedicated exclusively to Catalyst projects, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered four days a week! Choose the day that suits you best and sign up using this link.

This is your chance to present your visionary ideas, share your expertise, and make a lasting impact on the future of Cardano. Join us as we sip on some delicious coffee and explore the endless possibilities together!"

Weekly GitHub Repo Round Up

Here’s the update from technical side of Catalyst last week:

  • Pushed registration release of mobile app to apple and android stores; apple in review, android approved
  • Continued adding to release documentation, including backend settings, app store tagline, change log, and release notes
  • Tested hardware wallets for compatibility with most recent changes to registration
  • Finalized documentation for Fund10-supported wallets, including rewards eligibility
  • Started work to add regression tests to the snapshot importer tool
  • Completed initial build for merged snapshot; preparing data for testing
  • Completed first iteration of Snapshot Module (check my voting power) and identified remaining work to be done
  • Added new field to registration endpoint to expose rewards eligibility
  • Discussed approach for updating CIP15/CIP36 to address ambiguity in existing registration/delegation tx needed for GVC; CIP revisions drafted
  • Continued implementing tests for Catalyst Data Services
  • Continued progress on plans to sunset vit-ss post-Fund10, including adding endpoints for backward compatibility to the new service for old clients
  • Delivered enabling work for GVC testing, including methods for extracting Fund9 vote plans (ie historical proposal data) and inserting them into devnet databases
  • Completed initial investigation of tally and recovery tools
  • Initiated work to enable technical users to replay the entire Fund10 voting round on their local machine, using auditable scripts and neatly packaged with earthly
  • Troubleshooting feature branching issues to enable load testing of voting ledger in next dry run
  • Identified test case for next dry run related to restarting leader nodes and impact to tally
  • Completed PoC for admin dashboard that allows users to sign in and view key details across all active and planned funds in the eventDB
  • Beta of continuous delivery was finished and is being tested.

Watch out for more information on how you can participate, which we will share in the coming weeks!

For full access please review:

Mini Proposal Workshop

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The Retrospective video for the Mini Proposal Workshop by Tevo Saks is now available! Community members are encouraged to watch this video, which provides a comprehensive overview of the workshop. Discover key learnings, collaboration achievements, insights, impact, and other important aspects of the project. Don’t miss out! Follow this link to watch the video. Here you can find the Proposal Ideation Template.

Caught my attention

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The documentary Chasing The Wada Dream has been officially selected to be a part of Women Deliver 2023 Arts & Film Festival happening in Kigali, Rwanda this July 17-20.

What does blockchain mean for Africa? That’s the basic question for the documentary that describes the initiative called Wada in its early stage.

The film follows the story of Mercy and Josh, Megan and Manfo, Afia and Daniel and many others who are bringing education and new opportunities with this modern technology for Africa.

“This festival is a great place for a dialogue, it’s a place where we can openly discuss how blockchain and Cardano specifically can help with everyday issues in Africa,” says Petr Smělík, producer and director of this movie.

The documentary was financed thanks to Project Catalyst, a decentralized innovation fund on Cardano blockchain. The mechanism of funding is described in the documentary as well. It was filmed mostly in Ghana and Cameroon with additional scenes in London, UK and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Watch the trailer & read the film review:
Follow the festival:

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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