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Combined CA Review Across Funds

4.5 / 5
Average rating

Total PA Reviews across funds

135
Total reviews
Impact / Alignment
4.4 Star
Feasibility
4.31 Star
Auditability
4.47 Star
Addresses Challenge
4.6 Star

Proposals Across Fund Rounds

3
Completed
6
Approved
7
Proposed
$205.3K
Requested
$107.3K
Awarded
$95.2K
Received

Funding data last updated

Simon Sällström Proposals (9)

Oxford crypto valley: Cardano house Quickview

$98,000 Requested

Solution: Establish a Cardano hacker house in the HomeDAO Oxford Crypto Valley alongside other major protocol and VC houses. Talented entrepreneur student tenants contribute to the ecosystem 25% of their time.

Fund: Fund 9 Challenge: Dapps, Products & Integrations
over budget Requested 1.248% of the fund.
4.53 (15)

DirectEd - Donations dApp Quickview

$53,480 Received
$59,040 Requested

Solution: Scholarship/donation platform based on Atala PRISM enabling secure, low-cost, conditional peer-to-peer donations to students.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: DApps and Integrations
funded Awarded 2.362% of the fund.
4.77 (30)

Oxford Student Hub Quickview

$3,458 Received
$4,150 Requested

Solution: Created a student hub based at Oxford to further increase Oxford students’ exposure to Cardano through physical and online events.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Scale-UP Cardano's Community Hubs
funded Awarded 0.83% of the fund.
4.57 (30)

DirectEd-Student Scholarship Portal Quickview

$24,567 Received
$30,300 Requested

Solution: Scholarship/donation platform based on Atala PRISM enabling secure, low-cost, conditional peer-to-peer donations to students.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: Self-Sovereign Identity
funded Awarded 7.575% of the fund.
4.88 (24)

Challenge: DApps and Integrations

$2,500,000 Budget

What applications will provide the most value for end users in 2022?

Proposed in Fund: Fund 7
Approved Approved 19.531% of the fund.
4.33 (9)

Oxford student hub Quickview

$6,795 Received
$7,590 Requested

Solution: Start a student hub based at the University of Oxford to attract young programmers to choose to learn Haskell and Plutus.

Fund: Fund 7 Challenge: F7: Scale-UP Cardano's Community Hubs
funded Awarded 2.169% of the fund.
4.62 (21)

Employment Contract Dapp Quickview

$600 Received
$600 Requested

<p>Lack of formal contracts in developing countries may leave both employers and employees up for exploitation.</p>

Fund: Fund 6 Challenge: F6: Grow Africa, Grow Cardano
completed Awarded 0.24% of the fund.
3 (9)

Research dApp Quickview

$480 Received
$480 Requested

<p>Crypto is seen as merely a speculative vehicle, and its potential for research purposes and policy impact assessment has not been showcased.</p>

Fund: Fund 6 Challenge: F6: Partnerships for Global Adoption
completed Awarded 1.6% of the fund.
2.5 (12)

Direct Donation for Education Quickview

$9,280 Received
$9,280 Requested

<p>Current donation services lack efficiency, transparency and security. ADA microlending may be difficult due to legal barriers and trust.</p>

Fund: Fund 6 Challenge: F6: DeFi and Microlending for Africa
completed Awarded 10.311% of the fund.
4.96 (24)

Monthly Reports

Technical side

  • dApp has been successfully deployed
  • NFT gated content on the website completed.
  • delays in a smart contract but a token-based MVP is ready for open-sourcing and community feedback (this means that we have deprioritised the scholarship platform)

Operations

  • MOU signed with Kotebe University of Education
  • First meetings with YALI East Africa, Kenyatta University, Derja, Power Learn Project, IO MOE team
  • Recruitment of tutors started
  • Visits to Kagumo High school and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girl's High
  • Digital art collection completed"

We will also submit a request to change the scope of our proposal. See separate document.

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months

Technical side

  • dApp has been successfully deployed
  • NFT gated content on the website completed.
  • delays in a smart contract but a token-based MVP is ready for open-sourcing and community feedback

Operations

  • MOU signed with Kotebe University of Education
  • First meetings with YALI East Africa, Kenyatta University, Derja, Power Learn Project, IO MOE team
  • Recruitment of tutors started
  • Visits to Kagumo High school and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girl's High
  • Digital art collection completed
Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Launched
Completion Target
1. In the next month

We have completed our initial phase of the project. We are now moving on to the next phase which was funded in Fund 8.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Complete
Completion Target
1. In the next month

Hand-on Cardano, focus on onboarding members by direct hand-on activities like create wallet and mint NFT.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Complete
Completion Target
1. In the next month

"A beta version of our dApp With working wallet connect on vercel

  • new UI design
  • 10+ user interviews
  • curriculum draft design completed
  • 8 student interviews/mock exams conducted in Ethiopia
  • Analysis of 90 student questionnaires
  • CTO Rohan participated in panel at London summit + interview
  • CEO Simon at Lausanne summit, presentation on Monday 21st “impact as an opportunity for Cardano”
  • Kotebe University of Education MOU to be signed week of December 12th
  • soft commit of COTI sponsorship
Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
1. In the next month

A beta version of our dApp With working wallet connect on vercel

  • new UI design
  • 10+ user interviews
  • curriculum draft design completed
  • 8 student interviews/mock exams conducted in Ethiopia
  • Analysis of 90 student questionnaires
  • CTO Rohan participated in panel at London summit + interview
  • CEO Simon at Lausanne summit, presentation on Monday 21st “impact as an opportunity for Cardano”
  • Kotebe University of Education MOU to be signed week of December 12th
  • soft commit of COTI sponsorship
Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
1. In the next month

We have completed our scholarship programme. The scholars of the programme engaged in learning Plutus and created project based outcomes. We weren't able to fulfil all the goals we set to ourself. The general community engagement wasn't high, but we were able to find a few passionate individual who will continue their Cardano journey beyond the scholarship programme.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Complete
Completion Target
1. In the next month

Recent updates: DirectEd animated project video - we now have our animated video finished on our website that describes our mission and the problems we solve - check it out! DirectEd Development Foundation

New team members - Welcome Edmund and Kidus to the team! Edmund will be our website and dApp frontend developer, and Kidus will be working on our programme curriculum design

We have signed a MOU with Kagumo High School

Lido nation x DirectEd meeting in Nairobi!

Collaboration with Microverse, leading online course provider is proceeding to MOU

Initial collaboration discussions with OrcFax and Charli3

Studentreader-Prism-ADAO-Proofspace Ethiopia collaboration proceeding

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months

Recent updates: DirectEd animated project video - we now have our animated video finished on our website that describes our mission and the problems we solve - check it out! DirectEd Development Foundation

New team members - Welcome Edmund and Kidus to the team! Edmund will be our website and dApp frontend developer, and Kidus will be working on our programme curriculum design

We have signed a MOU with Kagumo High School

Collaboration with Microverse, leading online course provider is proceeding to MOU

Initial collaboration discussions with OrcFax and Charli3

Studentreader-Prism-ADAO-Proofspace Ethiopia collaboration proceeding

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months

General

  • Mailing list - monthly newsletter

  • Q3 OKRs

    • Updated OKRs and KPIs for 2022 Q3 are now listed on Notion under progress updates
  • Team upskilling

    • A few of our team members gathered in Morocco for a two-week work retreat with some team bonding, personal development and strategising. We might realse some vlogs in September!

Operations team

  • User interviews
    • Holding regular user focus interviews with Cardano users to hear what’s important for them and general feedback
  • Collaborator meetings
    • Proofspace
    • Datacamp
    • Springboard
    • Catalyst After Town hall discussion with SSI alliance
    • Poko
    • Charli3
    • Atala PRISM
    • SALT.dev
    • Kotebe University of Education
    • Lido nation
    • Gerowallet
    • 180 degrees consulting
  • Video presentation and pitch completed
  • Website migration and emailing
  • Salary framework
  • Risk mitigation policy

Tech team

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months
Attachment(s)

General

  • Mailing list - monthly newsletter

  • Q3 OKRs

    • Updated OKRs and KPIs for 2022 Q3 are now listed on Notion under progress updates
  • Team upskilling

    • A few of our team members gathered in Morocco for a two-week work retreat with some team bonding, personal development and strategising. We might realse some vlogs in September!

Operations team

  • User interviews
    • Holding regular user focus interviews with Cardano users to hear what’s important for them and general feedback
  • Collaborator meetings
    • Proofspace
    • Datacamp
    • Springboard
    • Catalyst After Town hall discussion with SSI alliance
    • Poko
    • Charli3
    • Atala PRISM
    • SALT.dev
    • Kotebe University of Education
    • Lido nation
    • Gerowallet
    • 180 degrees consulting
  • Video presentation and pitch completed
  • Website migration and emailing
  • Salary framework
  • Risk mitigation policy

Tech team

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months

Since the last report, we have kept in contact with the scholars of our scholarship programme, assisting their Plutus learning journey. We have also started to plan out the next steps we will take after this project is completed. Including seminars and social event that will increase the awareness of the Cardano blockchain.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
1. In the next month

As our project very much revolves around transparency, we wanted to maintain our funds on-chain. Unfortunately, only bridged USDC was available and so we kept a large portion of the funds we had thus far received in madUSDC. Hence, we were severely affected by the Nomad bridge exploit. This may affect our ability to complete the project on time but that remains to be seen.

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
3. In the next 6 months

As noted in the sister proposal, we were affected by the Nomad exploit. This should not stop the project from meeting its milestones but it does put us at an economic deficit nevertheless.

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
3. In the next 6 months

Scholars of our programme is engaging in plutus project based learning.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
1. In the next month

Loom Demo video recorded. We have formally filed the application to incorporate as a UK charitable organisation. Rohan and Simon admitted to the Creative Destruction Lab blockchain stream bootcamp (top tier incubator for deep-tech ventures). DataCamp partnership proceeding

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
3. In the next 6 months
Attachment(s)

We have passed the 100 twitter followers mark! As we are now formally incorporating, we will soon be able to formally intitiate partnership talks with local organisations in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
3. In the next 6 months
Attachment(s)

Scholarship announced, applications reviews and scholars just started on their Plutus learning process.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Launched
Completion Target
2. In the next 3 months
Attachment(s)

We have been talking with RootsID and people working with Atala PRISM on how to implement our vision. We are also now finalising a basic sketch of how we want the design to look

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022
Attachment(s)

We are 3 people who are commencing to work full time on this in July, so things will start to move much faster from now on!

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022
Attachment(s)
Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022

No

Disbursed to Date
$24,567
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022

We will be closing out our fund 6 project now

Disbursed to Date
$53,480
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022

We are looking to finalise our closeout report this weekend!:) There'll only be a brief presentation of our team members and simple demo of website and possibly the smart alpha smart contract

Disbursed to Date
$9,280
Status
Complete
Completion Target
5/31/2022

We have published video and article. https://youtu.be/WE621Tz_1pQ

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
9/30/2022

We are now in active discussions with Kenyatta University and Kotebe University of Education. We also have recruited a person with experience working with higher education in developing nations and a person to do our graphic design for our website. I pushed the "completion" status to May so that we could include a demo of this first demo in our project completion report.

Disbursed to Date
$9,280
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
5/24/2022

A lot of event coming up next month. Not much done in April as this is a university based project and we aren't able to do much during Easter break.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
10/30/2022

The photos are from Kagumo High School in Nairobi that our Kenya lead Moses Kahure visited to discuss the DirectEd cardano scholarship.

Our devs are still finishing up Plutus and working on getting a very simple testnet version of the basic smart contract that we seek to use for the scholarship and we hope to submit a closeout report once that is done and once we have presented at Ideafest (as we are now proposing in fund8)

Disbursed to Date
$9,280
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
4/17/2022

Organization of successful events including “Introduction to Cardano” where students were informed on Project Catalyst with detail on how to become a Community Advisor. Created many resources for the community. Expecting to reach target audiences through more events in the coming month.

Disbursed to Date
$6,795
Status
Launched
Completion Target
9/30/2022
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