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Development & Infrastructure

$2,925,000.00 Requested
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Problem:

What research, tools or software can improve the developer ecosystem or infrastructure to make it easier to build and scale on the Cardano blockchain?

Challenge: Fund10 challenge setting
funded Awarded 22.852% of the fund.
Proposal Assessor Reviews:
4.9 (51)
Yes Votes:
₳ 257,748,012
No Votes:
₳ 20,510,804
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Why is it important?

Developers need tools and software to more easily build and scale applications and integrations on the Cardano blockchain

What does success look like?

Innovation in tools, software or research that support how developers build applications or that help with improving Cardano infrastructure

Key Metrics to measure

Tracking success for this category will mean:

  • Increasing the number or quality of tools and software that improve areas such as running nodes for SPOs, Plutus & IELE development or native asset development.
  • Increasing the scalability of Cardano through the introduction of solutions that could in the form of research, layer 2 solutions or integrations of existing solutions.
  • Increase the number or quality of the standards, resources and research that make it easier for node operators and developers to understand the ecosystem and to improve the overall quality of the software being delivered across the ecosystem.

Individual success metrics are added for the different types of proposal in the category brief. These metrics provide suggestions for how different proposal types could be audited.

Challenge brief

—- FUNDING CATEGORIES BACKGROUND —-

Funding categories offer an effective approach for doing funding categorisation in the Catalyst funding process. Funding categories if fully adopted can remove the issues and inefficiencies surrounding challenge settings.

Funding categorisation has a number of properties that can be analysed. Categorisation can be broad or specific, inclusive or exclusive and recurring or changing. Funding categories have been created based off the properties which are more effective for funding categorisation. Funding categories focus on being broad, inclusive and recurring - <https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/funding-categorisation-analysis/categorisation-properties>

Using more effective categorisation properties results in a number of advantages. Funding categories offer a more efficient, simple, flexible, scalable and egalitarian approach to do funding categorisation than challenge settings. Funding categories are effective for directing funding and also help to increase healthy competition - <https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/funding-categorisation-analysis/funding-categories-advantages/overview>

Funding categories achieve similar or often better outcomes than challenge settings for ensuring each focus area has access to funding in a given funding round - <https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/funding-categorisation-analysis/historical-analysis-and-comparisons/funding-access-for-each-focus-area>

Funding categories provide a 80% total cost reduction when used as a replacement to challenge settings. The numbers used for this estimation are also conservative - the savings are likely higher! Read more here - <https://docs.catalystcontributoars.org/funding-categorisation-analysis/historical-analysis-and-comparisons/categorisation-overall-cost-comparison>

The full list of funding categories can be found here - <https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/catalyst-funding-categories/>

—- BUDGET WEIGHTING VOTE —-

The total budget that gets applied to each funding category is determined using a democratic budget weighting vote.

Funding categories are assigned a percentage by each voting participant in the vote. A weighted average percentage is then achieved from the voting results. This percentage is then converted into the equivalent ADA value that will be requested for that funding category from the total amount of funding that will be available in the next round.

To register and participate in the budget weighting vote you can find all of the details in this funding categories documentation - <https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/catalyst-funding-categories/budget-weighting-votes/fund-9>

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Overview

Development &amp; Infrastructure is focused on the following areas:

  • Creation and improvement of tools and software that help make it easier for projects to develop on Cardano and for the community to operate stake pool nodes in the network.
  • Research, analysis and creation of standards, resources or documentation that bring either novel innovation to the ecosystem or help with improving the education around what is available in the ecosystem for development or running infrastructure.

Why this category is important

The Cardano developer ecosystem and operation of stake pool nodes need to be easy for newcomers and budding talent to start learning and using.

To make it easy to develop projects on Cardano as well as operate the network there is a need for high quality resources, standards, tools, scripts, libraries and SDKs for developers and operators to use.

Types of proposals to include

  • Node &amp; SPO tools &amp; software - Development tools, scripts, libraries and SDKs that helps the SPO community more easily start and run their Cardano nodes or other ecosystem infrastructure.
  • Plutus and IELE tools &amp; software - Development tools, libraries and SDKs that helps developers more easily write and deploy smart contracts onto the Cardano blockchain. Keep in mind that IELE is yet to be released to the wider community.
  • Native asset tools &amp; software - Development tools, libraries and SDKs to improve how the community and developers can issue and manage native assets.
  • Data oracles, indexers &amp; explorers - Tools and software that integrate real world data into Cardano or that make existing Cardano data more easy to use and accessible.
  • Scalability research &amp; solutions - Rollups (e.g. zero knowledge rollups, optimistic rollups), sharding, state channels, zero knowledge proofs, side chains.
  • Technical documentation &amp; education - Technical documentation and educational resources on how to use different tools, libraries or SDKs in the ecosystem.
  • Technical standards - Creation and improvement of standards used within the ecosystem that help to improve the overall quality of software deployed.
  • Blockchain interoperability - Research, software or any other useful initiatives that help increase the interoperability of Cardano with other blockchain systems
  • Research &amp; development

Potential success metrics for proposal types

  • Node &amp; SPO tools &amp; software - Amount of adoption from other projects, metrics around any scalability, security or cost improvements.
  • Plutus and IELE tools &amp; software - Amount of adoption from other projects, metrics around any scalability, security or cost improvements.
  • Native asset tools &amp; software - Amount of adoption from other projects, metrics around any scalability, security or cost improvements.
  • Data oracles, indexers &amp; explorers - Amount of adoption, reliability or availability of new data sources or number of ways to interact with both blockchain and real world data.
  • Scalability research &amp; solutions - Total transactions per second achievable, increases in transaction efficiency achieved, security guarantees achieved.
  • Technical documentation &amp; education - Amount of people viewing resources, reduction in number of common questions for contributors due to better resources.
  • Technical standards - Increase in any security thresholds for new applications, Increases in performance achievable by applications.
  • Blockchain interoperability - Increase in number of chains or applications used between multiple chains, research papers completed, innovations in bridging technology or for any other areas of improvement.
  • Research &amp; development - Number of projects utilising new novel approaches to development or node operation, number of new standards created due to research efforts.

Considerations for proposers

  • Open source plan - Any tools, libraries or SDKs are encouraged to be open source either from the start or as soon as possible. There is no requirement to be open source immediately however proposers should include the details of their plan towards open sourcing the project.
  • Commercial projects - Development projects most suited here will be open source with the aim of the work executed being available for the benefit of other projects to use and build their applications with. Commercial projects looking to build a network or DApp suited for the end user should use the Products &amp; Integrations category for proposals. Projects are welcomed to make proposals in this category for any specific parts of their project that would be open source and should have benefit to the wider ecosystem around improving the development ecosystem or operation of Cardano.

Community Advisor Reviews

Impact / Alignment

5 / 5
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Does the proposal effectively addresses the challenge?

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This proposal within the Fund 10 challenge setting proposed by the team from PACE is a section of their ‘Full Fund’ package. In the ‘Full Fund’ proposal they have created seven all inclusive categories to divide the challenge into, rather than individual challenge setting briefs. The detail, effort and thought gone into the main proposal is astounding, so instead of risking its disapproval if it doesn’t get the highest possible votes, I think the proposers are hedging their bets by putting each of the 7 categories as separate challenge proposals. I believe this is a relevant detail when examining this proposal as the categories or parts they have developed do indeed cover all of the Cardano Catalyst strategic goals, however, individual categories, such as this proposal do not necessarily achieve all the goals stated.

Diving into this specific category as its own challenge setting proposal, there is a lot of thought, detail and explanation provided to align this project with specific Cardano Catalyst goals and the overall mission of Cardano. Overwhelmingly this proposal supports the third of the fund challenge setting strategic goals, devising authentic solutions on Cardano blockchain. The challenge question the proposers have stated reiterates this goal with reference to making research, tools and software so that it’s easier to use Cardano blockchain to build and scale projects.

The proposers suggest an extensive, thought not exhaustive, list of types of proposals that could successfully qualify for this proposal. From developmental tools, scripts, libraries and SDKs; that may support node & SPO tools, Plutus and IELE; through to native asset tools, data oracles and blockchain interoperability. Included as an important side note within the considerations for future proposers, is that although it’s not necessary, there is a goal of working towards open sourcing projects within the Cardano ecosystem. The second key strategic goals listed for fund challenge setting mentions turning Cardano into an open source project. I’d like to see more stipulation or encouragement within this category for proposers to develop and implement solutions that can be then shared, altered and replicated through open sourcing. However, projects that are not yet open sourced yet still greatly benefit the wider ecosystem need to be included within this ‘Development & Infrastructure’ category, so I see that they can not directly specify that proposals need to be open source.

Overall, the proposers from the PACE team provide detailed information about this category of funding and I rate their proposal 5 stars for alignment with the strategic goals.

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Infrastructure is the most important factor to develop anything. The Cardano ecosystem is still very young and the elements of infrastructure are still very few. Looking at other ecosystems, prominently like ETH, they have a series of partners providing infrastructure such as:

  • Infura: The foundation decentralized for apps
  • Arbitrum, Optimism, Immutable X, Boba Network: Layer 2 scaling solution There are many more infrastructure applications that have been developed on ETH. When looking at Cardano, those infrastructures are very little or incomplete. Without these platforms, it will be a long time before developers can quickly build a decentralized application at a low cost. They will struggle to build a new infrastructure of their own. This wastes both the development team and Cardano's development time. So I totally agree when the author applies for this Challenge. The goal is to support teams that are developing infrastructure applications for Cardano. Help them get more money to perfect and upgrade better products. Without early support for infrastructure applications, Cardano's development will be very slow. I will give 5 stars for the necessity of this Challenge

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Development and infrastructure is a funding category that PACE intends to include. Developers have a huge need for tools and software to build and scale simple applications and integrations on the Cardano blockchain. This challenge is critical to getting new developers on board Cardano. We need to make sure there are enough tools available to get new talent on board. By creating new tools, I am convinced that with the right choice of tools we can get new people on board from other platforms. This challenge is linked to the strategic objectives of Fund 9. Providing innovative tools will ensure that a better Cardano infrastructure is developed.

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PACE is a community led project that aims to redefine the funding challenges. In essence, they ask for the entire funding available in F10, and offer a unique distribution along several categories which have been previously selected by the community through a complex mechanism, culminating with an open vote for whomever wanted to take part. Any voter entirely supporting their approach should thus vote for the encompassing “Funding Categories Full Fund”. If, however, one feels that the approach goes a bit too far, this proposal is simply one piece of PACE’s puzzle.

This fresh alternative to the classical challenge setting process overcomes many downsides (low entry barriers for malicious actors, unilateral budget weighting, limited understanding of challenge teams, suboptimal time consumption, etc.) and aims to be more efficient, flexible, scalable as well as legitimate. Let’s see if it also has the capacity to deliver on of the strategic goals from Fund 9.

Can it help prepare a group of people willing and able to make contributions to the ecosystem? Yes it can, with limitations perhaps. It’s important to note that it will focus on providing funding to development teams across mainly infrastructure proposals: node and SPO tools, Plutus tools, data oracles, scalability research, technical standards, etc. The challenge casts a fairly wide net and is rather broad, albeit technical by nature. Are there groups willing and able to rise up to the challenge? Such groups are already present in the Catalyst scene, and the need for funding will only increase in the future - look only at the increasing competition from the previous two rounds, and especially the 5.6X competition within F9’s Developer ecosystem challenge (budget 1 million USD). Even if this challenge basically triples that, keeping the demand constant for the next round would still leave us with almost 2X competition, which is not amazing, but still decent.

Can it turn Cardano into an open source project and attract developers? I would argue that attracting developers is a clear yes, since it is by definition of the most hard-core and technically competent developers. Is this also the case for open-source projects? Again, by definition yes, since it’s hard to imagine that any team would want to build closed source tools within this infrastructure area where the peer pressure to deliver quality open source tools is probably very high.

Can it help build real-world solutions based on the Cardano? Not directly, but it can definitely increase the infrastructure’s resilience and long term sustainability of the ecosystem. To better understand the indirect effects let’s try to come up with a more down to earth analogy. Can building a highway between two major cities increase the supply of housing in the area? Of course, not directly, but it can allow for a quicker transportation of raw material, better movement of labor, new opportunities, etc. I hope my argument is sufficiently clear.

Can this challenge improve tooling to support human processes in Catalyst? To a lesser extent I dare to argue, since this challenge will not be focused on the Catalyst ecosystem. This does not imply however that projects that improve the human processes will not be present, I merely say that their presence will be the exception rather than the rule.

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This challenge entails developing tools, software, and other infrastructure to facilitate the building & scaling of DApps, Products, and Integrations on Cardano. The Cardano blockchain has been built from the ground up following the science-based formal methods approach. It utilizes the Haskell functional programming language, and IOG developed Plutus (a language based on Haskell) for writing smart contracts. As this is the new language, creating DApps and other products on Cardano becomes difficult. However, with the inception of the Plutus pioneer program and other supporting tools & resources such as Cardano stack exchange, and Gimbalabs, this has been overcome to a certain extent. This challenge will help in further smoothening the development process by incentivizing the creation of developer supports tools and resources. This challenge is submitted as a Challenge category as the author proposed to change the challenge setting process to the 'challenge category.' The community will decide the budget required for each category, keeping the challenge category the same for every fund.

This challenge helps with the strategic goals as it prepares & trains the group of people who will be able and willing to contribute to the Cardano ecosystem. It also accelerates the growth of the developer ecosystem and thus enhances the creation of DApps and other products. As mentioned by the author, development projects in this challenge will be open source to make this work available for other projects to use & build their applications.

In terms of attracting votes, in Fund 8, the proposals under similar a challenge accumulate the highest number of votes combined. We can expect more or less the same again for this challenge. This challenge will be a springboard for Cardano adoption as it lays the groundwork for the future creation of DApps and other products on Cardano, which people will use worldwide. Given all the above points, this challenge is critical for Cardano's mission.

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This challenge is clearly aligned with the Cardano objectives and is clearly beneficial for Cardano and its community. This challenge give a great opportunity for the proposers to improve their experience on Cardano and Catalyst and to improve other people's experience by developing useful tools. It is also clearly aligned with the Fund 9 strategic goals. This challenge proposer called Pace is proposing a few challenges that are compacting different problematics which makes it simpler to organize and can lead to more complete proposals.

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This category or challenge is a no-brainer for Cardano community to have on every Fund. The category or challenge easily, critically, and perfectly aligns with Cardano’s mission and Fund 9 strategic goals which are onboarding enthusiastic and talented individuals to contribute to Cardano, turning Cardano more open-source as the time goes and attract more builders and entrepreneurs, making significant impact to real world leveraging the advantage of blockchain technology, and making works easier for everyone involved on every aspect of Project Catalyst. I have been learning on how to build on Cardano myself for about 2 years now. I am a student enrolled in Emurgo’s Blockchain Developer Program with focus on Cardano. I am also participating in Marlowe Pioneer Program. I have a degree in engineering though I have very minimal education and training in computer science and programming so learning these stuffs are not easy for me and require much time and effort to success. Cardano community itself is very helpful in general but I can sense that Cardano still has some way to go before becoming the go-to blockchain for everyone to build on and use due to the current technical barrier is still quite high to promote and support mass adoption. I realized that Cardano both had come a very long way since Byron era when people just called it a wallet then we got staking then came native assets enabling NFT then just recently smart contracts and still have quite a journey to go by completing two more eras in our roadmap. If we to consider Cardano as a nation-state or country, for a country to be able to grow and prosper they need to have a good foundational, infrastructure to attract as many and as brilliant builders possible to help them develop the country. Entrepreneurs seek country to establish and develop their business where it is the easiest, safest, most stable, and most cost-competitive. Cardano needs to offer the same benefits and qualities to success as a developed blockchain.

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Based on the information provided in this challenge setting proposal, I believe that it completely addresses all four fund 9 strategic goals. Firstly, the challenge setting will do a great job at preparing a group of people to make contributions to the ecosystem as well as improve tooling to support human processes in Catalyst (strategic goals 1 and 4). The proposal was so thoroughly written (thorough is an understatement) that it would be perfectly clear to any proposer what the guidelines are and how they can create a proposal to fit in the challenge setting. There were many examples of projects that future proposers could take on, allowing for people to take the suggested sub-categories of the challenge setting and make their own solutions and ideas. Additionally, the goal of the challenge setting is to make the onboarding process for developers and new SPOs simple and easy. The tooling created from proposals in this challenge setting will do exactly that. But the most important part of this challenge setting, in my opinion, are the development tools. The critical part of building Cardano is making the building environment better, more friendly, and more accessible to a wider audience. Based on the listed potential proposal ideas that can be submitted, I think that this goal will be met. There are also other very important proposals that can also fall under this challenge setting, according to the proposers: scalability and research solutions, technical standards, blockchain interoperability, and research and development. I could go into much more depth as to why each of these categories are important for Cardano, but for the sake of length, I will refrain from doing so. But they are all important parts of addressing the first strategic goal for fund 9 because they list out interpretations for proposals under development and infrastructure that can encourage participation from more people.

As for the second strategic goal (building open-source ecosystem and onboarding new developers), this challenge setting does exactly that because it encourages proposers to make tools for developers, which will then encourage developers to come into the ecosystem. It is a bit of a self-perpetuating loop where more projects that improve the open-source ecosystem will lead to more developers coming into the ecosystem. I also really like that the proposers of this challenge setting thought to include some “considerations for proposers” at the bottom of the challenge setting. These metrics, such as encouraging proposals under this challenge to be open-source, are exactly what the second strategic goal is about.

Lastly, this challenge setting addresses the third strategic goal (build real-world solutions on the Cardano blockchain) through all the potential proposals that can be submitted. For example, safe, scalable blockchain interoperability, alone, can bring a whole new world of real-world use to Cardano. If certain systems or concepts only currently exist on other blockchains, allowing for connections to those other blockchains could actually benefit the Cardano ecosystem by bringing in new users and opening doors for new functionality on Cardano. I am specifically thinking about DeFi, but there are many other applications of cross-chain infrastructure. Also, data oracles address the third strategic goal because they quite literally bring in information from the outside world onto the blockchain. As a result, data oracles can allow for the creation of real-world solutions since they allow for the data of the real world to exist on the blockchain. These are just a few examples of the great solutions the challenge setting has for each strategic goal. I think that the proposal addressed every point I looked for with regards to the 4 strategic goals. (score given: 5)

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I'll let you in on a little secret: despite the broader category of "Dapps" receiving by far the lion's share of funding through 9 rounds of Catalyst, it is the proposals that would be listed under this internal development category across those funds that has completed the most projects. Now, whether that translates to higher ROI or not is unknown, but what I can see browsing through the completed projects list (https://dynamicstrategies.io/docs/catalyst-delivered-projects/) is that internal development and infrastructure is trumping general product development through Catalyst at an almost 3 to 1 rate, dollar for dollar.

Again, this doesn't mean this is the more valuable category (the biggest dapps launched on Cardano have not gone through Catalyst) but that Catalyst seems well suited to the needs of its Cardano developer community, and that it is playing a critical role in essential back end technology, which is a tide that raises all boats. As such it is great to see it receive not only dedicated space within the Categories experiment from (pace) but also that the community budget weighting vote saw fit to make it equitable with the broader "Products and Integrations" category ($3m)

Given that the vast majority of these projects are opensource and that they directly aid in getting contributors up and running to participate in developing Cardano, the alignment with the Fund10 mission statements is very strong. 5 stars for alignment.

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Tools and software to develop the foundation layer, helping the devs are always a very important part for a blockchain platform to develop further. I would like to give an example, a good dapp project can help a blockchain attract thousands of people, a piece of structured software can attract thousands of good dapp projects. This challenge also goes towards the development of tools, software, or layer 2 scaling solutions research. Scaling solutions are at the heart of Cardano's growth in 2022, many of the dev teams, dapp projects, games or the entire community are interested in this issue. This challenge will help generate many proposals or attract strong teams to develop core platforms for Cardano. The range of proposals proposed in this challenge is also completely adequate for a development challenge and the underlying structure of a blockchain.

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This is one of PACE's 7 submissions to the challenge settings. It emphasizes the development of tools for easier integration on the blockchain. The proposed solution addresses the strategic goals on two fronts by developing tools for better Dapp development and simpler node running for SPOs. First, by making things simpler for developers, it increases the number of people who can contribute to the ecosystem. Second, it hastens the ecosystem's expansion by encouraging the proposers who develop the tools, SDKs, or libraries to be open source. The provided GitBook contains a thorough study and well-documented information about the proposed budget.

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This challenge setting proposal is part of PACE's funding categories. Previously called 'Development & Node Operation' in Fund8. 'Development & Infrastructure' has been adjusted to Fund9 strategic goals. Developing and maintaining a solid infrastructure is mission critical for system robustness and the stability of the chain. So I fully agree that this proposal is perfectly aligned to devote a challenge to.

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The inclusion of this type of category is completely necessary for the growth and development of the Cardano ecosystem. This is why it has been present in past funds in the form of challenges and individual proposals, for which funds have been awarded. From my perspective, I think that this should be an ongoing challenge within catalyst. For this reason I believe it is a wise thing that PACE has assigned an exclusive category for the associated projects. With the proliferation of proposals of these types, we will eventually be able to develop more and more tools that will support developers and SPOs in achieving their goals. These tools will help them create high quality code that is also user friendly. As a side benefit, by having this category, we will be able to give a place to the entire Cardano research community that already exists as well as open up the door for new researchers interested in investigating the topics related to this challenge to participate. As I have explained, I see this challenge setting completely aligned with Cardano's mission. Finally, when contrasted with the strategic goals for the next fund, at least 2 of them are aligned directly with the next fund's strategy, which is more than sufficient.

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I strongly agree that this challenge is critical to achieve Cardano’s mission. This challenge category, unlike OSDE (open source dev ecosystem) and Developer ecosystem, is focusing also on increasing the quality and number of tools that will directly help SPOs, Plutus or native asset development.

This challenge seems to be the first initiative coming as a part of “Funding categories” initiative and hence comes up as more specific yet broader use cases that would fit under this challenge. As an example in the previous round Orbix for layer 2 scalability was proposed under OSDE challenge, but since their ask was of 1 Million did impact their funding abilities. This challenge, via using new Funding categories proposals, could potentially resolve such many issues by redirecting funds in a more efficient manner.

Nevertheless, I see a lot of overlap between this, OSDE and developer ecosystem challenges, therefore in my opinion it would have been nice if these challenge teams could have communicated among each other and see the possibility of having less overlap OR just merge their challenge teams to come up only with this proposal. For instance, having a 5 million total budget.

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This challenge setting proposal is part of the Funding Categories concept that has been developed by PACE, and this challenge specifically represents the already known challenge of Developer Ecosystem. The challenge brief is very similar to the previous challenge and the goal is to allow the submission of proposals that are going to benefit the developer ecosystem and are related to the infrastructure of Cardano, as the name suggests. For example, the creation of tools to support SPOs, that are related to Plutus and IELE, oracles, solutions for scalability and more. This is a very technical challenge, but it is well aligned with Cardano’s mission for Fund10 goals of turning Cardano into an open-source project, since it is mentioned in the proposal that open-source proposals should be considered and would be better received by the community; attracting more developers to the ecosystem, since these tools and more infrastructure will help them build on Cardano; and the proposers submitted here will indirectly facilitate the creation of real-world solutions based on Cardano. Overall, the alignment of this challenge proposal with Cardano’s mission for Fund10 is very high.

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First, reviewing the Challenge Setting itself. Their focus on easing the effort of developers to build on Cardano really addresses one of our strongest bottleneck. Not enough are building on Cardano, not enough are learning on how to build on Cardano. Developers on Cardano taken from a small sample such as interactions in developers specific Cardano communities, existing products on Cardano, existing team members from IOG and graduates form Emurgo are roughly in the hundreds. Of those hundreds, majority are from the western hemisphere. If we want to have wider/global adoption, as this Category suggest, more tool and infrastructure to help onboarding should be set-up and should be our highest priority. Marlowe classes should also be accelerated and made even more inclusive not specific only towards financial solutions.

Second, the concept of this Challenge Setting is to become a fix Category which again is a must. Having uncertainty whether one can ask for continuous funding does not help at all in creating a stress-free working environment where teams can just focus on developing their solutions. Except if they were a larger team that has a specific member that focuses on requesting funds.

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When analyzing this fund challenge setting proposal there are no previous challenges that exactly correlate to this challenge proposal, however, due to its broad spectrum many aspects from previous successful challenge rounds are evident. Many proposals from Fund 9’s: Dapps, products & integrations, developer ecosystem, DAOs <3 Cardano and even the cross-chain collaboration challenge, could easily be submitted within the parameters of this proposed challenge. Scouring Fund 8 as well, the particular ‘Open Source Development’ challenge had several successful quality proposals that could address this challenge. I believe the Catalyst community has the resources in place to address this challenge successfully, mainly from the general outlook of this proposal, but also in turn looking at the detail of historically successful proposals.

In addition to the community’s capacity, I believe the community voted budget allocation speaks largely to the feasibility of this project. When creating this multi-category proposal, the PACE team encouraged the Cardano voting community to choose which categories they foresaw as most important for the next round of challenges. (See more details at https://docs.catalystcontributors.org/catalyst-funding-categories/budget-weighting-votes/fund-9, if you want a more comprehensive explanation.) This challenge category was voted second most important with a budget allocation of 2,925,000ADA, just behind the Products & Integrations category. The priority that the community has placed on this challenge area is evident from that vote, with more than 22% of the total fund budget going towards this category alone. Showing this value early on, hopefully will motivate and incentivize contributors to create solutions within the future ‘Development & Infrastructure’ for Cardano Catalyst.

Overall, I can clearly see the value and capacity that the community has to complete proposals and projects within the framing of this fund setting challenge proposal. I rate it 5 stars.

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This challenge is the hardest of the Catalyst challenges. Why? Because infrastructure applications need extremely talented programmers with huge amount of money, since these applications cannot be built in 6-12 months, it takes a lot of time to mature. Given those limitations, I think the Challenge should add one more condition that the teams applying for funding are teams developing and perfecting the product, not teams with new ideas. That will help capital be used most effectively. Since this money funds the proposal with new ideas, I'm afraid it won't be enough to create a viable product. Now I see a lot of funding requests and it has been fulfilled, and it has stopped and the product is created without users. That is a huge waste. I know that there may be proposals with new ideas for implementing simple infrastructure applications. Maybe they will do well, but they won't have the money to develop it. If the application is not upgraded and perfected, no one will use it. This is just advice from my point of view. Not sure if that's true; just a personal opinion that may give the author another perspective. Regarding the necessity of the Challenge, I rate five stars as extremely necessary. I emphasize that it is absolutely necessary.

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PACE chose to include this topic as a funding category. By working in this way there will already be an immense cost saving of 80 percent. This proposal is certainly feasible to implement. The proposer has already provided an extensive list of proposals that can be included. The corresponding success statistics are also included in the proposal. It is good that the submitter always emphasizes the strategic objectives from fund9. If this proposal is approved, people will have the opportunity to form an established challenge team. I am also a big fan of these parts of PACE due to the high level of community involvement .

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Does the Cardano community have the capacity to address this challenge? Its capacity to address this challenge is undeniable. The strongest argument is the fact that Catalyst has already been running for quite some rounds, the last two of which being fully-fledged in terms of overall budget, and we have seen a consistent, and increasing, number of teams and proposals sprouting within it, across all previous challenges. Again, F9 alone has 5.6X competition within F9’s Developer ecosystem challenge (budget 1 million USD).

Is the budget realistic and reflecting the requirements of the challenge? In this case, the budget has been established following a vote open to all community members, secured by a few gatekeepers that anonymised voters identity and the vote itself, thus ensuring a high level of trust as well as legitimacy. And the results of this vote have been transposed into the budgetary splits present in the challenge. Are the amounts realistic? The answer to this will definitely be clear post-factum, if we notice enough implementation capacity from the community in terms of sufficient projects, sufficient competition within each category as well as a general good quality of the projects submitted. But the budget is close to a wisdom-of-the-crowd solution, so there has to be merit behind it. The budget is almost three times the one in the current round, where competition is sufficiently high. So the budget is definitely sufficient, and realistic, with limited risks that the community will not come up with excellent proposals to fill the supply.

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Given the many tools and resources developed under this challenge in the past funding rounds, it is clear that the Cardano community is capable of addressing this challenge. In Fund 8, the similar challenge (Developer Ecosystem) had a budget of $1 million and had attracted a total of forty-nine proposals, out of which 19 proposals were funded. Now in Fund 9, we have the same budget for that challenge, and a total of 130 proposals are submitted. Unfortunately, Catalyst could not support many good quality proposals because of the less budget in Fund 8 for this challenge. Therefore, the author set this challenge category-budget $2.925 million for Fund 10 to fund more proposals.

As this type of challenge is continuing from the past funds, we have the challenge team assisting the proposers with their projects and doing the other necessary work.

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This challenge seems attainable for the community, as said above, there is a lot of opportunity for the community to write some proposals on this challenge since there are different problematics within the challenge which make it more affordable for the community and gives more opportunity on the challenge. Also, the budget of the proposal is realistic, I really appreciate the fact that the budget has been voted by the community as a percentage of the total budget, it is representative of the community’s needs.

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Cardano undoubtedly got enough members who are extremely capable builders. Majority of them are also active and regular participants and contributors in Catalyst such as Seba, Rodolfo, Matthias, George, and many others. Also, if we look into this challenge or category deeper, we can see that proposal this challenge wants to cover already exists along previous funds but in a fragmented manner such as Cross-Chain Collaboration, Cardano Scaling Solutions, Open Standards & Interoperability, (Open Standard) Development/Developer Ecosystem, and challenges with same theme in much older funds. Knowing that highly sufficient number of proposals has been approved and good numbers of satisfying deliveries to the ecosystem that we all in Cardano is enjoying, it is safe to say that we will keep reaping a lot from this challenge in both immediate times to at least for the next 4 years. Based on this fact, we do not need to worry about a thing that both Cardano and Catalyst have all the necessary resource (skill, experience, time, fund, and people) to oversee cand deliver the goals and objectives of this challenge or category.

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Based on my knowledge of past funds and the potential of the future, I believe that the Cardano community has the capacity to address this challenge setting. Since this challenge setting is so broad – covering a whole wide range of concepts related to development and infrastructure – it can be easily taken up by a large group of Cardano community members/developers. In fund 8, there were over 400 proposals in categories that could be encompassed by this singular challenge setting. With such a huge amount of proposals (not all of which were funded), I can safely say that the Cardano community will be able to address this challenge setting. There is always a need for the creation of more standards, resources, and documentation because Cardano is still in a relatively young stage of development. Having this challenge setting to boost the foundation of Cardano will greatly by setting up the future of developers for success. Once the framework for Cardano development has been achieved, then even more developers will see the potential of the Cardano ecosystem for their own projects.

Since this challenge setting is so widely encompassing, I think that the budget requested is completely reasonable. In the past, there might be 3-4 different challenge settings that have components that are a part of this singular challenge setting, so 2,925,000 ADA allocated towards development/infrastructure make sense. Also, development and infrastructure projects take a lot of resources and manpower, so I expect that higher budget proposals will be in this challenge setting, which requires a higher budget for this challenge. (score given: 5)

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They have included an extremely thorough (but non-exhaustive) list of proposal types that are expected to suit this category, and frankly, it covers everything I have ever seen under this heading, including giving good examples of what each type entails.

The budget, especially when contrasted with past iterations (we have to remember, though, this subsumes multiple technical challenges that are sometimes there, sometimes not) and then further contrasted with its partner categories in this (pace) experiment, it does seem high (though I hope my Alignment note helps establish some context there). In the IOG paper on treasuries (https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/435.pdf) this is one of the core categories mentioned as an area where a blockchain accrues risk to sustainability if it is un- or underfunded, so that context may help balance any concern about how reasonable the budget is.

Because this kind of internal development is within the needs and capacity of the community to execute, and because the community has a proven track record of delivering on the proposals submitted, I believe the budget is on point and the challenge setting is fully feasible. 5 stars.

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This is one of the most detailed writing challenges about the goals and strategies to work towards. The challenge is not only to describe what the proposals should look like, but also to set out the goals that the Cardano ecosystem will achieve by developing those types of proposals. Everything is so detailed and possible in terms of planning. The challenge team must also be people who understand what Cardano needs and what the dev community needs to be able to write such detailed content for a challenge. The budget accounts for more than 23% of the total fund 10 budget but I consider it reasonable considering the main categories for proposals such as "Data oracles, indexers & explorers", "Scalability research & solutions", "Blockchain" interoperability"

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A key milestone in the development of Catalyst and Cardano is the creation of tools for better-maintaining Dapps and the operation of stake pool nodes. We can see that the community is active in offering greater support for development given that we've already encountered a few challenge settings in the past funds that are related to this topic - Open Standards & Interoperability, Global Sustainable Indep. SPOs, and Open Source Developer Ecosystem. It's good to see that PACE adjusted this challenge a bit since the last fund to give it a more global spectrum by focusing more on the tools in global. On the Cardano blockchain, we have so many projects running and so much potential, by developing tools that provide easier integration of these projects we create a place that welcomes developers.

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Being part of 'Funding Categories', where the amount of requested funding is determined through means of a budget weighting vote. For this fund, that voting process had 56 participating community members who decided that the treshold for 'Development & Infrastructure' should be set at 22.85% of the total of 12.8M ADA. Given that this proposal is based on impactful challenges in previous funding rounds, there is no doubt that the community has the capacity to address this subject. An improvement in terms of feasibility would be to market and communicate the voting to the community event further, so participation gets maximized. This has led me to agree in terms of feasibility for this proposal.

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Although the topic of community capacity may be open to interpretation, I believe a good approach is to examine the past community response to proposals and budget requests. During fund 7, for example, we had two challenges related to SPO development, for which 13 proposals were funded for a total of approximately US$800,000. In addition, more than US$800K has been allocated to individual proposals in various challenges related to libraries, SDKs, among others. Last but not least, I was able to locate an allocation of more than US$300K for proposals seeking funding for scalability and cross-chain research. Another way to determine whether the allocated budget is adequate is to compare it with challenges that might be included in this category. For instance, Fund 8 included three challenges that fall under this category, namely "Open Standards & Interoperability", "Open Source Developer Ecosystem", and "Developer Ecosystem", and approximately US$2.8 million has been allotted for proposals within these challenges, which is in line with the budget allocated for the next challenge. This data allows me to assign a score of 5.

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I strongly agree that the catalyst community has the capacity to address the challenge. There have been a lot of contributions from funded proposals in technical categories (e.g. SDKs/tools/Libraries in different programming languages, CIPs) that would catalyze the onboarding process and usability for developers and community contributors such as SPOs and libraries/SDK/APIs maintainers.

This challenge clarifies categories that fall under this challenge in a very detailed fashion (e.g. from SPO tools and software to Data oracle and scalability research and solutions) and would help proposers easily find the challenge under which they can propose their ideas.

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This challenge proposal has been a success for several funds now. Back in Fund 8, there was even two challenges that were very similar to this, one more general with a $1M budget, and another with $1.2M budget that focuses on open-source development. Since the inception of Catalyst, there has been at least one challenge like this, and they have always been successful. The community was always able to come up with very good projects and ideas to be submitted here, and many of the funded projects were already delivered. The budget requested this time, which is almost 3M ADA, might be higher than the previous requested budgets, although it is likely that ADA price will be below $1 when results are tallied and the budget for this challenge will probably be very similar to the previous funds. Based on this, I believe there is not risk associated with this challenge and the community is very capable of making a success out of it.

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As mentioned in the Alignment section, we have the initial developers ecosystem. We just need to find a way to increase the creation of more Cardano developers. To attract developers to build on Cardano. Gimbalabs have already created an open-source education syllabus, as well as EBU, though perhaps it is not open-source. Such as EMURGO, they do have their own syllabus. That's the frustrating aspect of it, the components are there, we just need to be more ambitions, more industrious, more ruthless in achieving our goals and admitting there is a bottleneck.

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The proposers from PACE have written three well defined and achievable success criteria and suggested measures to accurately track the worthiness of proposals. Technical details about the genres of projects and the different success metrics that may apply within these sub categories are also listed. It is indeed satisfying to see how well considered this challenge setting proposal is.

The initial success criteria is, ‘increasing the number or quality of tools and software that improve areas such as running nodes for SPOs, Plutus & IELE development or native asset development.’ The proposers give a detailed list of what this may look like within an extensive list of possible projects, overall noticeable and measurable outcomes will include: new tools or software itself, uptake of adoption from different projects, security and/or cost improvements. Having this possible list of success criteria, highly detailed, heavily supports the future proposers to think of and list many ways beyond their initial thoughts as to how they project can be successful. This in turn leads to better planned projects, with appropriate success criteria than can be effectively observed and recorded.

The other two criteria involve solutions to the scalability of Cardano and the overall quality being delivered within the Cardano ecosystem. Although not as obvious to measure as a ‘new’ development or pieces of infrastructure, these outcomes can be reported on. With suggested baseline data provided by proposers, and documentation along the way, it will be easy for the community to see and measure the success of the proposals. This supporting detail from the proposers will help them to write effective proposals, and in turn, help the PAs, VPAs and votes effectively audit and decide on proposals.

Overall, I believe that this Fund 10 challenge setting proposal is verifiable and the proposers have clearly explained how this can be achieved. I rate it 5 stars for verifiability.

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I looked at the success metrics of the Challenge proposals written by the author. I find it unnecessarily complicated. Why? All products are created with the ultimate purpose of increasing the number of users, the number of returning users, the increase in the number of transactions, the increase in revenue. The same goes for infrastructure applications. The challenge is only to see how many developers use those infrastructure applications, whether they return again and again, how satisfied they are, and how many transactions the app generates. on Cardano. Although those indicators are quite small, they are complete and show the effectiveness of those infrastructure applications. Authors may consider this piece of my advice to tailor the Challenge Proposal success metrics. The information the author provides I feel needs to be more concise and easier to understand. Sorry, I only rate this item 3 stars

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The success criteria and suggested stats are set correctly to measure progress in tackling the challenge. PACE has included a very comprehensive plan that will be used for all 7 funding categories. Working in this way will make it possible to work much more efficiently. Well-chosen success statistics are already included for the submitters. By using this, a much more focused investigation into success will be done. Another huge advantage is that the submitter has already foreseen different parts depending on what kind of subject it has to do with this category. I would certainly give PACE's proposals a chance, because then we can distribute financing in a much more targeted way and determine the impact better in advance.

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To assess the challenge’s verifiability, we go one more time through the process of turning the verifiability statement from the guide into a fundamental question and answer it:

(1) Is the challenge well scoped in defining the measures of success? The challenge is very well scoped in terms of defining the types of accepted proposals. We have a multitude of infrastructure projects included, ranging from node and SPO tools, Plutus tools, data oracles, scalability research, technical standards, etc.

Defining objectives is also possible, since the challenge is defining a very wide range of performance indicators for each of the possible types of projects. They revolve around adoption measures, scalability, security and cost improvements, but I can’t say they are very concrete. This task is of course very complex for instance in the case of scalability, where, trying to move away from merely counting transactions per second, having a quantifiable way of measuring throughput is no easy feat.

(2) Can the challenge drive healthy competition between proposals? The moderately broad scope of the challenge also implies a healthy potential for competition because this is easier achievable within a clear market segment like we have here. I also dare to say that competition is not perhaps a very meaningful angle to analyze this challenge. Take for instance standard setting, when collaboration between market players rather than competition is bound to bring the most impact into the space, for instance through wide range adherence to a certain standard instead of rupturing the market along several ones.

From my point of view, it passes with flying colors all of the checklists from the guide, is clear and leaves no room for interpretation.

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The author mentions the eight potential directions for the proposals under this challenge; this is not exclusive. Based on the above possible directions, various metrics are stated to measure the proposals' success. I suggest the author include the metrics to measure the proposals' progress while it is being executed, especially if it relates to software development; it can be the number of GitHub commits or milestones achievements. Anyhow, I am rating it five stars as the author does provide the possible directions which can be considered to ascertain the metrics.

In the initial sections, the author mentioned some metrics which are helpful to ascertain the success of the challenge. As stated by the author success of the proposals under this challenge will be the increase of innovation in tools, software, or research that facilitates the smooth developer experience.

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The success metrics for this challenge are well-defined and bring a positive impact to Cardano and its community. These are respecting the challenge needs and the overall objective of Cardano. There could maybe be a bit more KPI’s since there are several problematics within one challenge. But apart from this the KPIs are really well-defined and drive to a healthy competition between the proposers.

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Proposer PACE has done a good job in defining and detailing the metrics our Cardano community need to see to understand the progress and delivery of proposals submitted in this challenge or category. To be more specific and enhancing, maybe we can add to measure blockchain decentralization parameter such as our Minimum Attack Vectors (MAV) and Nakamoto Coefficient since one of the bottomline of this challenge or category is to attract as many as possible people into Cardano either as node or stake pool operator, developers, users, and many more by making onboarding and mastery easier to learn and practice through high quality infrastructures such as standards, resources, scripts, libraries, tools, SDK, etc. for everyone to utilize and benefit from. It is also vital that the proposer has outlined those proposals in this challenge or category are encouraged and desired to have a solid open-source plan which help very much with verifiability of this challenge in general and auditability of proposals inside this challenge in particular.

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The challenge setting proposal lists metrics of success for every single focus area. For example, node/SPO tools and software, Plutus and IELE tools and software, and native asset tools and software all have metrics about the amount of adoption by other projects, scalability, and security or cost improvements. These metrics are both specific and broad at the same time because they allow for future proposers to have some leeway in determining how their proposals can address the challenge setting and provide good KPIs. The way the metrics were listed in this challenge setting are constructive for proposers, rather than constricting – meaning that proposers have the flexibility to address KPIs as they see fit, instead of being forced to make all their projects check certain boxes. There are also some good KPIs provided for other focus areas, such as total transactions achievable for scalability and increased number of applications used between different blockchains for interoperability. All of the metrics of success mentioned for future proposals are easily traceable from the point-of-view of the Cardano community because there are usually concrete numbers that can be associated with them. For example, the number of new quality tools for developers, the number of new quality standards created, etc, that arise from this challenge setting are all things that any Cardano community member can look up and find an answer to.

Due to the broader nature of the metrics of success, this challenge setting should be able to create healthy competition between proposals because every proposer has the flexibility to address the challenge setting as they see fit. The possibilities are quite large, which will lead to many new projects being developed. Each project will be different and provide a unique benefit to the community as a whole. Since this challenge setting proposal provided a thorough list of key metrics for success, I can give this section a 5 (score given: 5)

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There is an extensive list of metrics that focuses primarily on total counts (of users, repos, instances, etc.) and scalability, which is indeed a core concern for any infrastructure development since the Shelley hard fork. They also do a good job of frequently highlighting the role of SPOs, which is a tactical metric that has been left on autopilot since dexes and NFTs became the fashion, but which must always be iterating and developing as the backbone of the whole protocol. So I appreciate the specific SPO related metrics that were included here.

As always, I look for specific metrics and KPIs that help to track successful alignment with the Fund 10 mission statements. This is more than asking how many opensource repos a project has (though this is a start). Measuring progress is one thing, but measuring actual success (ROI) requires a much more holistic view of a project and its meaning within the larger ecosystem, and typically, alignment with ecosystem goals are the shortcut we take to get to that understanding. I want to suggest both a KPI that would be useful to developers in this category as well as a broader perspective for how to approach a measure of quality and ROI.

The KPI is (average issue handle time) and can help voters gauge a teams time on task and the impact of that time, in order to help prioritize one vote over another. The best way to measure this is to track how many tasks your team completes within a certain amount of time. Tracking this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis works well, and with this data, you can make better decisions about assigning and implementing new projects.

Finally, software projects, especially SMEs should be implementing some kind of self reporting protocol such as the one available through this opensource repo (https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/fourkeys). The ability to ask our developer ecosystem to standardize their approach to both velocity and stability in development will help greatly to start establishing standards for rep and reliability within the network. This is an area that challenge teams can be helping with.

While I would have liked to have seen more success metrics, opensource software development does tend to be more straightforward, and the teams included KPIs just barely offer enough coverage there for me not to mark the proposal down. That the rest of the verifiability criteria are met or exceeded, I believe this proposal merits a full 5 stars.

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The challenge outlines 3 key metrics so that the community has an accurate assessment of what the challenge wants to achieve in fund 10. Besides, there are also key metrics listed for each other specific proposal. Too complete and detailed to audit 1 challenge.

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The challenge question and the reasons why this is significant to the ecosystem are related to the success criteria in the proposal. The proposal makes it clear that the goal of this challenge is to make it simpler for developers and SPOs to use Cardano. PACE makes sure that high-quality ideas can be submitted if the challenge is approved for the following fund by offering in-depth explanations, examples, and success measures.

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The scope of this challenge is broad with some overlap compared to traditional challenge settings. It is done in a way with a very clear challenge brief describing which kinds of proposals would fit in well by including examples of proposal types. Competition is encouraged by laying a focus on open source and commercial aspects. This enables an environment where durable production is encouraged.

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PACE presents a number of metrics which are specific to the types of proposals that are expected to be included in this challenge category. Although they are very broad, I believe that they provide enough detail to function as a guide for future proposal authors. In light of this experiment, I would recommend that the team also develop metrics that will allow both the challenge team and the community to understand the future success or failure of this new approach.

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How success looks like clearly explains and details out innovation in tools, software or research that directly improves Cardano infrastructure. For instance, CIPs that were done are also constantly being proposed by well established technical experts from the Cardano community. These improvements do not necessarily come from IOHK and essentially are one of the many results that came out of project catalyst funding.

The key metrics to measure details out bullet points covering types of target areas and potential success metrics is explained per proposal type that would fall under this challenge category. Overall I strongly agree that success criteria and suggested metrics are set correctly to measure progress in addressing the challenge.

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The proposer suggests a few KPIs to track the success of this challenge, but some of them are not easily measurable. For example, increase the quality of tools and software developed through this challenge, increase Cardano’s scalability due to this challenge, and increase the quality of standards. This can be subjectively assessed but some definitions must be made in advance. It would be good to track the number of proposed, funded and successfully completed proposal related to different areas, for example, relates to SPOs, Plutus, oracles, scalability, education, standards, interoperability, etc. This way, the community could better understand what areas are being benefited the most by this challenge and give some insights of what is lacking, so future proposers could try to address the issues that are currently not being tackled by already funded proposers. Since this is a very broad challenge, this could help with coordination of efforts and avoid spending Catalyst funds in overlapping solutions, increasing cooperation instead of competition. Overall, I believe the success of this challenge can be verified by the community, although I’d also track proposals and solutions per area, as mentioned.

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This proposer approaches their Success criteria in a methodical manner. They first state an encompassing goal that is a generalization of all the potential proposals outcome. In which they specify these success metrics are : innovation in tools, software or research that support how developers build applications or that help with improving Cardano infrastructure. In short ; tools, software/research and Cardano infrastructure.

This is then followed up by a more in-depth discussion in their KPI's or roadmap that further assist proposers in understanding what to expect when submitting a proposal. All within the previous three metrics above. This is then further clarified by listing a litany of potential proposals type and what can be developed.

Very helpful to the proposer and PA's, Everything is stated systematically and in terms of the developing the protocol and creation of infrastructure, there is an early emphasis on improving SPO nodes, the backbone of Cardano's infrastructure. An existing part of Cardano that needs continued and further attention. This is what I meant by systematic, by addressing the existing then continue to developing new practices/technologies.

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