Digest: October 2, 2023: Happy Birthday Cardano, Agenda Cardano Summit 2023, NFTxLV 2023

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Happy 6th Birthday Cardano


Last week, many community members congratulated Cardano on its sixth birthday. Some might have noticed that the exact date was a topic of discussion. The beautiful thing about a distributed network such as Cardano is that you can use the on-chain data to help answer that question.

On 24 September 2017, the Cardano network saw its first transaction. Interestingly, 24 September is also the birthday of Gerolamo Cardano, who is the namesake of the network. A few days later, on 28 September for members of the Americas and 29 September for other members across the globe, Bittrex accepted deposits of ada. On 2 October, trading began on the exchange.

A lot has happened in the last six years; the ecosystem has matured and is thriving. We are incredibly excited for the future and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Agenda Announced for the Cardano Summit 2023

The agenda for this year’s Cardano Summit from 2-4 November 2023 in Dubai was announced. Discover the wide range of topics covered by renowned speakers across various industries. The agenda can be found on the Cardano Summit website at Agenda - Cardano Summit 2023.

NFTxLV 2023 Las Vegas

This past weekend, NFTxLV, formerly known as cNFTcon, hosted its event for the second time at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Over three days, the event brought together a diverse range of projects, industry professionals, and innovative minds. Many attendees were delighted to reunite and strengthen their connections. Others who attended for the first time were keen to network and explore possibilities for collaboration and making an impact within and beyond the industry.

Representatives of the Cardano Foundation hosted two very insightful workshops on the topic:

  1. All about the blocks. Block propagation, monitoring, and optimization
  2. From Ideation to Adoption: Expanding the NFT Ecosystem

Other links: 1, 2, 3, 4

Other Cardano Related News

  • Digital artists and creators are encouraged to submit their designs for this year’s Cardano Summit 2023 NFT gallery until 15 October. Source
  • Community member Juan Pippo has created an interactive view of the Catalyst Fund 10 voting results. This tool enables users to access advanced filtering options for further analysis. Source
  • Everyone who participated in Catalyst Fund 10 voting can now utilize a Lidonation tool to retrieve their encrypted votes and verify if their votes have successfully reached the blockchain. Source
  • CEO Frederik Gregaard was quoted in a piece from CoinDesk, in which he discussed EU and UK regulations and called for greater clarity on new staking rules. In addition to this, he also discussed regulatory challenges facing the crypto industry in Switzerland. Source
  • IOG has announced the results of its recent campaign for Project Catalyst’s Fund 10. The community voted that IOG should continue as the operator of Project Catalyst for the next 12 months. Source
  • NFTxLV - Mainstage Live Stream. Source
  • Understanding the Need for Governance. Soruce
  • The Cardano Foundation launched the State of the Cardano Developer Ecosystems survey. Source

Cardano Reddit Top 10 Most Engaged Topics

Below are the most engaging topics on Reddit

Cardano Forum Top 10 Top Referred Topics

Topics that have received the most clicks from external sources. (last 10 Days)


Recently held Meetups

Other meetups around the world:
23 August 2023 Pacific Town Hall - August 23, 2023 Meetup More Info
25 August 2023 Empowering the Cardano Community in Africa: IdeaFest & Insight Sharing 2 (25th August). More Info
09 September 2023 Cardano Eastern Townhall - Catalyst Explorer with Lidonation. More Info
09 September 2023 The First Cardano Meetup In Wales More Info
09 September 2023 Cardano Meetup In Vienna More Info

Bi-weekly CIP editor Meeting on Discord

Are you interested in attending CIP editor meetings? Join the Discord channel to learn more about this interesting community where ideas and recommended changes are all discussed.

This week, @RyanW gives us a glimpse of the most pressing matters with a new CIP about HD wallet key derivation.

For a comprehensive breakdown and more details, please visit the Cardano Forum.

Spotlight for Community-Built Tools

The Developer Portal was created to foster a home for developers dedicated to building tools and services on Cardano. The platform allows developers to not only collaborate on projects but also to showcase their works.

The Developer Portal aspires to become a credible source where users can search for tools to fit their needs.

Community projects already running on mainnet are encouraged to add their projects to the Developer Portal.

  • VESPR Wallet: VESPR is a non-custodial mobile light wallet for the Cardano network, prioritizing the security and safety of your digital assets while ensuring exceptional ease of use. Your private keys and assets always remain under your control.
  • Acca: Aiken’s utility library (extending standard library). It takes inspiration from libraries like Guava (Java) or Lodash (JavaScript). You can find many missing functions in this library, new data types (e.g. Either), also collections (e.g. HashTree, HashList, Stack, Binomial Heap).

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