DApps and Integrations

Fund Size: 2,500,000 USD paid in Ada

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Campaign Brief

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

Why is it important?

Quality Dapps and integrations will increase utility & adoption of Cardano. A broad funding challenge like this encourages more proposals.

What does success look like?

Novel and viable applications get built of top of Cardano attracting users. Integrations manage to pull in more adoption.

Key Metrics to measure

To assess the challenge we will be asking ourselves: Did our efforts manage to attract users to the platform? Did our efforts result in new, viable applications built on top of Cardano?

Let an “application output” and an “application transaction” be an output and transactions that use the applications’ script addresses, and an “application token” be a token that’s issued by the application.

Usage of applications developed during the challenge:

  • Number/growth of application output
  • Number/growth of application transactions
  • The total volume of Ada involved in application transactions
  • Total/growth of resource usage by applications
  • Number/growth of distinct addresses mentioned in application transactions

If the application uses tokens:

  • Number/growth of application tokens
  • Number/growth of distinct addresses holding application tokens
  • Viability of applications developed during the challenge:
  • How many of the applications are still being developed at the end of 2022?
  • How many of the applications made a profit for their creators?
  • How many of the teams which built the applications grew during 2022?
  • How many of the teams which built the applications built (or plan to build) another application?

Challenge Brief

Cardano is an ecosystem that sets itself apart through its rigorous research and strives to do things correctly. We expect all dApp projects applying for funding to aspire to the highest possible levels of certification. To understand what this refers to and practically means, please watch Charles Hoskinson’s video on this topic: “DApp certification and Community Curation”.

This challenge is suitable for incorporated technology or blockchain companies and larger projects with competent teams that already have deployed MVPs. Ideally, these are projects that have a proven user base. Projects that satisfy such criteria are welcome to apply for more than $100,000 if that can be justified and clearly budgeted for.

For smaller teams (4-5 people) with proven competence, relevant experience and technical skills with sketches/whitepaper detailing how they would go about to launch their proposal, the budgets would typically be in the range $40,000-$80,000.

For people with the relevant background but without a full team or completed whitepaper detailing the solution, the project ought to be considered as a research stage project and budgets should less than $10,000.

Guiding questions

  • What are the key applications that underpin the application ecosystem on other platforms?
  • What are the most profitable or most used applications on other ecosystems?
  • What needs do users of Cardano have that could be solved by new applications?
  • What applications deliver the highest amount of value with the least amount of technical sophistication?

Potential directions

  • Swaps, both simple and fancy variants (multi-party etc.)
  • Escrow, both simple and fancy variants
  • Integrations with existing products
  • NFT marketplace or facilitator
  • Solutions utilising the power of smart contracts