Digest #43: Gitcoin x Unicef partnership, Alpha Rounds, upcoming Twitter Spaces and more!
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As we head into Winter, GitcoinDAO looks to 2023, with upcoming “Alpha Rounds” and hackathons, a grants protocol launch in Spring, and an exciting new partnership with Unicef!
Gitcoin has partnered with Unicef to run an Alpha Round to fund projects that address gaps in financial access, education and literacy, environment, and public health. This round will be the first of five test rounds run on our new grants protocol (currently in closed beta) as part of Gitcoin’s Alpha test season.
There is a Twitter Space happening on Tuesday, 12/6, to kick off the Alpha Round with Unicef. Follow the Gitcoin Twitter account here.
In DAO news, we recently approved five-out-of-five budget requests for GitcoinDAO workstreams.
With the bear market, some Stewards and community members have expressed concern over the DAO’s spending, and have expressed the desire for the DAO to reign in costs as we go into 2023, an indefinite bear market, and a looming global economic recession.
With the acceptance of all workstream budget requests, the DAO will continue to operate as usual in S16, preparing for the launch of our upcoming Alpha Test Rounds, and continuing to build grants protocols.
Additionally GitcoinDAO continues to support Web3 builders via hackathons and initiatives, including:
- Hackathons hosted on Gitcoin–currently there are six hackathons happening on Gitcoin!
- Innovative new initiatives like “Buidl in Public”, where Gary Sheng works live with a single Web3 builder each week to help them create viable growth strategies to find product-market-fit and to grow their community and user base!
- Current and Upcoming Alpha Rounds, including the Fantom Alpha Round (submissions open ‘til 12/4), and the upcoming Unicef Alpha Round! Both of these rounds are being run on Gitcoin’s new grants protocol, which is currently in closed beta.
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- DAO Happenings This Week
- Governance Forum Top Posts
- This Week’s GreenPill Episodes
- New and Active Governance Proposals
- Upcoming Events
- Opportunities for Builders
This week, MMM’s own Gary Sheng ran our second “Buidl in Public” session. If you’re not familiar, “Buidl in Public” is our new weekly workshop series focused on supporting one early stage web3 project builder per week in a live workshop format. Each week, Gary profiles one innovative Web3 project, and helps the project founders strategize on community engagement, brand, traction, and more! The next “Buidl in Public” is Friday, December 2nd. RSVP here!
The next ODS hackathon is “kicking off very early next year”, per @epowell101. Here’s a link to the results from the first ODS Hackathon. Anyone interested in partnering or helping to put it on should get in touch with @disruptionJoe or @epowell101 asap.
The Gitcoin x Snapshot Twitter Space happens today at 12p ET. Join us as @kevinrolsen chats with @NathanVDH0x about the @gitcoinpassport x @SnapshotLabs integration and why it’s vital we protect the future of Quadratic Voting.
Two new blog posts on the Gitcoin blog.
“Gitcoin <> UNICEF: A powerful Quadratic Funding collaboration pilot” – Gitcoin will launch its first-ever Quadratic Funding round on its new grants protocol (currently in closed beta) in collaboration with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation. Between 12/9-16, 2022, Gitcoin will facilitate a Quadratic Funding grants round for a select group of 10 impact-focused, innovative projects from around the world—including Nepal, Kenya, Argentina, Brazil, and the Philippines. This launch signals the beginning of Gitcoin’s transition to a decentralized protocol that will allow any community to coordinate its own grants funding round.
“Maximizing success as a grantee through collaboration” – Joe Brewer is the founder of Earth Regenerators, a global network of 4,000 members interested in regenerating the planet through on-the-ground projects and a study group. The post is a mini-case study about how he collaborated with other grantees to supercharge their mission-aligned projects, and got his project to rank #4 in the GR15 Climate Round. By MathildaDV.
These are the top posts from this week in the Gitcoin Governance forum. See the latest here.
V2 of the Steward Council: Nomination thread and election update by shawn16400
This post is the official announcement of nominees for the Gitcoin Steward Council election. This post also outlines the nominations process and announces the representatives from the individual workstreams. Specific voting instructions for the Stewards will be published shortly. The new Steward Council will have a term of 180 days (v3 term: ~ 05 December 2022 to ~03 June 2023). In this post, Shawn16400 covers: the election process, how nominees were selected, the announcement of nominees, and what happen next.
Is Gitcoin over its skis? should we hold spending flat while addressing unavoidable risks? by epowell101
This post was originally posted on November 7th of this year. epowell101 asks if it “may be prudent to reduce speed and derisk the business while minimizing the ongoing reduction of our runway”. Essentially, should GitcoinDAO should cut spending to ensure the continued existence of the DAO through an indefinite bear market? epowell101 suggests that implementing a system for tracking product development like Grafana may help with tracking costs. Myceliumcoordinator compares Gitcoin to Giveth in terms of spending and shipping of protocols over similar time periods and asks for a better explanation of what the true utility of the GTC token is.
This week Owocki joined Chase Chapman’s “On the Other Side” podcast, to talk about building regenerative systems, finding your "One Commandment”, and programmable values as a double-edge sword. Check it out here.
Novel Coordination Architectures with Awa Sun Yin | Green Pill #64 – Awa Sun Yin is co-founder of Anoma, the decentralized application architecture which allows for complex applications with new primitives. In this episode, we explore the boundless possibilities of the Anoma design space, which orbits around coordination and solving complicated problems.
Coordination Mechanisms with Griff Green | Green Pill #65 – Griff Green is the founder of Giveth, which is building the Future of Giving. He’s also the founder of Commons Stack. In this episode, Griff and Kevin share over twenty different mechanisms for doing better collective intelligence. Why? Because when you can do better collective intelligence, you can do better collective resource allocation.
Hypercerts.xyz with Holke Brammer | Green Pill #66 – Holke Brammer is a research scientist at Protocol Labs. Kevin and Holke discuss all things hypercerts—what they are, why they’re important, and the future of hypercerts might look like.
Snapshot polls GTC Holders and Tally performs on-chain actions. Proposals that have on-chain steps, such as budget requests, move on to Tally after being ratified on Snapshot.
Latest Completed Proposals:
- S16 - FDD Budget Proposal
- S16 - DAO Operations Budget
- S16 - Public Goods Funding Budget
- S16 - Gitcoin Product Collective Budget
- S16 - MMM Budget Proposal
If you have an event you’d like us to include in the Digest, reach out to @alexdw5 on Twitter or Discord.
Next Wednesday (11/30):
- 12p ET – DAO VIBES – Our weekly open community vibes call. Think of it like GitcoinDAO’s town hall, but with vibes. Happens in the Citizen Forum on Discord.
Next Friday (12/2):
- 2p ET – UNICEF Round AMA – Join us in welcoming the 10 grantees in the UNICEF Round into the Gitcoin ecosystem! Our hosts Azeem Khan & Ben West will share more on the participating projects and their intended impact, followed by Q&A.
For up-to-the-minute updates on Gitcoin events, check out our Events Calendar!
Are you a web3 builder? Fill out this interest form to join our first Gitcoin “Buidlers Circle”. Work closely with Gitcoin leaders to add your input to our effort to support our builder community, and connect with other builders. Our first Buidler Circle is limited to 10 participants–apply today!
Fantom’s Alpha Round is open for submissions! Apply here. Fantom is using Gitcoin’s grants protocol to run an initial round allocating 125,000 FTM to projects building within the Fantom ecosystem. Read our announcement on the Gitcoin blog, and then check out Fantom’s post for additional details!
Reserve Protocol Launch Hackathon–this DeFi hackathon is looking for the most innovated defi project and has $100K Grand Prize bounty. Check out the description to add some helpful inspirations for possible products that you can create using the Reserve Protocol, check them out here.
Block Born & Balthazar Hackathon - Powered by Tezos. Run 11/9 - 12/4. Unity has integrated a verified Web3 software development kit (SDK) built for the Tezos blockchain on the Unity Asset Store. If you are interested in Gaming and Tezos then check out the various bounties available. Check the Prize Explorer.
Magic Eden Hackathon – Creator Monetization. Runs from 10/28 - 12/12. Total prize pool of $250k.
The countdown is on until the 12 Days of HacXmas. This hackathon runs 12/1 - 12/12.
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