AADAO is the sponsor of Cosmoverse, with inclusion of AADAO grant teams, tokenomics RFP, and other AEZ related topics.
Progress Status: Cosmoverse 2023, the largest Cosmos event of the year, was held in Istanbul in October 2023 with over 1500 attendees. AADAO was a sponsor of the event and had a significant presence, with presentations from grant teams, a tokenomics RFP, and other AEZ-related topics.
The event also featured presentations from projects outside of the Cosmos ecosystem, showcasing the growing interest in Cosmos and interoperability.
One of the main highlights of Cosmoverse was the Tokenomics RFP, which was presented by AADAO and other prominent Cosmos figures. The RFP is designed to attract and support projects that are building innovative tokenomic models.
Another highlight of the event was the updates from various Cosmos blockchains, which provided a glimpse into the latest developments in the ecosystem.
Overall, Cosmoverse 2023 was a successful event that brought together the Cosmos community and showcased the latest developments in the ecosystem.
To learn more about Cosmoverse 2023, please watch the official recap video here.
AADAO has provided Mystic Labs with initial funding of $49,000 to stand up RPC services and architect a gas fee flexibility capability within its MetaMask wallet that is compatible with Cosmos chains. The RPC providers will be Rhinostake and Numia. In return for AADAO's support, the Cosmos Community Pool will receive a 33% share of fees generated from IBC swaps after the wallet achieves two months of operating at breakeven.
The integration focuses on the ATOM Global Fee's function within the Metamask platform. This function revolves around the "snap" architecture of Metamask, which is designed to be both modular and dynamic. The flexibility of this design ensures the ease of adding new chains and efficiently harnessing multiple chains from a single snap. The initial gas tokens supported will be ATOM, OSMO, and USDC (from Noble).
Progress Status: The initial scope is now complete. The scope of work for this project included the following:
Mystic Labs has completed all of the above tasks and has met all of its technical implementation KPIs, devwork, and timeline milestones. The product is currently in the final stages of QA and testing, and it is expected to be delivered to AADAO very soon.
Once the product is delivered, users will be able to enjoy a number of benefits, including:
The AADAO Gas Fee Flexibility Grant is a significant development for the Cosmos ecosystem. It will make it easier and more affordable for users to interact with Cosmos chains and to participate in the Cosmos economy.
Porting DAODAO to Neutron to have more on-chain tooling for AADAO andother subDAOs.
Progress Status: The objective of this work for DAODAO is to facilitate the transition of AADAO to DAO DAO, guiding the new governance structure for the next iteration. The scope includes consultation to assist AADAO in setting up the new structure, educating them on using DAO DAO, and prioritizing bug fixes.
The implementation involves auditing a veto feature for DAO DAO smart contracts to be used by the Oversight Committee and introducing frontend improvements supporting the governance structure and AADAO workflows. These improvements include approval and veto flows, vesting UI enhancements, and a CSV import for bulk spend actions.
The cost breakdown includes $23.5k for DAO DAO Milestone 2 and $13.6k for a smart contract audit from Oak Security, with payment milestones set at $10k to begin and $13.5k upon completion.
In wallet services for AEZ with with a key focus on ATOM as the interchain gas token.
Progress Status: Leap Wallet is making significant progress in streamlining gas fees within the Cosmos ecosystem, specifically focusing on $ATOM. Users will soon have the flexibility to pay fees in $ATOM across the Cosmos ecosystem, including consumer chains, with $ATOM becoming the default fee option for these chains, unless expressly objected.
Additionally, Leap Wallet is introducing a 'Preferred Gas Token' feature, allowing users to set $ATOM as their priority fee option in the global fee settings. This ensures that on any chain supporting $ATOM as the gas-paying token, Leap Wallet will default to selecting $ATOM as the preferred gas fee token, provided $ATOM balances are available.
To further enhance user convenience, Leap Wallet is developing mechanisms to allow users to acquire required tokens using $ATOM, even in cases where $ATOM is not the native gas token. This includes implementing a 'Gas Modal' in Elements SDK for transaction flows and creating a dedicated 'Gas Station' page in Leapboard, offering a snapshot of gas token amounts and a convenient Top-Up flow.
These updates aim to improve user experience and accessibility within the Leap Wallet ecosystem. More details can be found here.
Generic indexer for investigating governance, delegations, taxes, IBC transfers, others.
Focused on ICS, it will offer comprehensive support, including codebase preparation, testing, launch events, and ongoing operation, for potential Consumer Chains looking to deploy or migrate to the AEZ platform.
Progress Status: The CryptoCrew grant involves the development of a testing suite for consumer chain core software, designed to operate within a local environment and facilitate a provider-consumer simulation using bash script, Vagrant, and VirtualBox.
The suite has achieved pre-development milestones, technical milestones, and integration accompanying goals, with ongoing work on feedback and bug fixes. Plans for the future include the completion of launch and adoption, as well as post-launch support and maintenance.
Simultaneously, for the "ics-valset-monitoring" milestone, the team is working on a validator set monitoring dashboard for AEZ, reaching completion in pre-development and technical milestones. The platform aims to offer real-time visualization of consensus state data across provider and consumer chains, with future goals set for integration, feedback and bug fixes, launch and adoption, and post-launch support and maintenance.
4 months sponsorship on producing monthly videos dedicated to the hub, Atom Zone spaces, spaces with our DAO/our grantees, a monthly hub focused livestream plus additional hub advertising.
Progress Status: Cryptocito is continuing on producing educational and informational videos, additionally there has been coverage on AADAO’s progress in Citozone, and upcoming interviews with AADAO team members to discuss progress updates and new proposals from the team.
Use Cosmos hub as a central hub for cosmos user identities across the interchain.
Progress Status: Anima has made notable progress in the development and adoption of Proof of Personhood within the Cosmos ecosystem.
In the pre-development phase, comprehensive market research was conducted, potential partner dapps were identified and contacted, and integration with the Leap Wallet was successfully achieved.
Additionally, an automatic switching module was implemented for users to manage connections to and from zone to hub chain. The launch and adoption phase included a successful workshop for the Dora Hacks hackathon with AEZ, covering the integration of Anima and demonstrating a privacy-first Proof of Personhood against Sybil attacks in a 45-minute livestream with substantial viewership on YouTube and Binance Live. With the technical milestone completed and developer outreach initiated, the focus now shifts to collaborating with projects to implement the PoP SDK and gather feedback on various use cases.
The project is well-positioned to progress through the next phases within the designated three-month timeframe.
Tokenomics RFP Lead contributor.
Progress Status: Blockworks has been very active on cosmos forum publishing Fiscal and Governance Policy research, as well as Dynamic Liquid Staking Tax.
Additionally, prop 848 passed, marking a huge milestone for cosmos reducing Atom’s inflation to 10%.
Each part of Blockworks research will be put up for proposal where the cosmos community will decide whether or not to implement such changes in a more modular approach.
An auction module which allows for the development of applications which aim to benefit partner chains by enhancing AEZ's value and generate revenue from listing fees, NFT marketplace sales, and auction commissions, with $ATOM as the default settlement token.
Progress Status: The Auction Module team achieved an MVP implementation along with a tutorial for building an ABCI++ application. A demo of the first end-to-end user journey showcased reserve auction creation, bid submission, and settlement.
The implementation utilizes a general interface for an escrow service, allowing flexibility for it to be an auction module or a CosmWasm contract. The team also presented the ABCI++ application at Hackmos, emphasizing SDK 0.50 and Comet 0.38. The workshop focused on using prepare/process proposal and vote extensions to address frontrunning issues in auctions.
Continuous feedback from core teams informs iterative design, and insights gained will enhance the documentation and tutorial for wider user education.
IBC monitoring dashboard for AEZ to monitor and alert anomalies & security breaches.
Progress Status: Range Security achieved the completion of real-time dashboards for tracking IBC activity between the Cosmos Hub, Stride, and Neutron. Users can now create customized analytic dashboards and set threshold-alerts for real-time notifications on Slack, Telegram, or Discord channels.
Additionally, monitoring for ICS-specific events has been finalized, allowing developers to create alerts for various scenarios, such as CCV timeouts, validator set changes, packet anomalies, slash proposals, relayer fund issues, and reward distribution anomalies.
A significant milestone in progress involves developing open-source rules based on ICS data to detect bugs and anomalies, serving as a template for developers and ready-to-use alert rules for monitoring interchain security behavior.
Institutional grade quarterly research reports on Cosmos hub and Atom Economic Zone, including initiation report followed by 4 quarterly reports.
Progress Status: Messari has published two reports thus far. The first report was initial coverage of Cosmos hub, covering it’s Genesis of the Interchain and ecosystem, and the second one covered State of Cosmos hub and AEZ. Research on the second quarterly report is being conducted and scheduled to publish in Q1 2024.
Pilot research program aimed to address and improve governance challenges Cosmos hub faces today.
Updates: AADAO has decided to discontinue its funding for the Mission Publiques/RnDAO led project ‘Cosmozens Research Pilot Program’.
The project team was unable to complete the milestone related to publishing its methodology to select participants into sortition in a reasonable timeframe, and there was a general lack of community support, which were both factors.
The team very much wants to continue its effort to create and run the deliberative governance forums, and to prove out its methodology, and intends to continue its work independently based on its own passion and belief about their methodology.
The team has asked AADAO for a retrospective review, after they complete their project, which AADAO has agreed to perform for them as a courtesy.
Of course, even though AADAO has pulled back from funding the next 50% milestone, the AADAO team remains interested in the approach and results, and we wish the team the best in their journey.
It's important to note that AADAO takes a holistic approach to evaluating its projects, taking into account milestones, team performance, and community feedback. While community feedback is an essential part of this process, it alone is not sufficient to alter the course of a project; our decisions are based on a combination of all three factors.
Non-custodial lending protocol on Neutron with self repaying loans.
Aims to deliver pre-execution privacy and private governance to Cosmos, ensuring user protection and enhancing the overall user experience while mitigating against bad MEV.
Progress Status: Fairblock has completed all of the Phase I developments of the grant, which have been audited by Oak security and are currently on testnet.
Phase I of the grant included the development of a Pre-Execution Privacy (PEP) Cosmos SDK module, the FairyRing Cosmos chain, the FairyPort relayer, and Decentralized IBE, VSS, and DKG cryptographic libraries.
Fairblock is now working on Phase II of the grant, which includes the development of a Private Governance Cosmos SDK module.
Fairblock is also developing a frontend js library that can encrypt transactions, which is expected to be completed in Phase III of the grant.
A cohort between AADAO, Neutron, & LongHashX for a 12-week program,the first focusing on accelerating projects on Cosmos’ Partner Chains, to boost applications in the ATOM Economic Zone, including those on Neutron.
Progress Status: Longhash VC, in partnership with AADAO and Neutron, has launched a 12-week accelerator program to support the development of applications in the ATOM Economic Zone, including those on Neutron. The program focuses on accelerating projects on Cosmos' Partner Chains.
So far, the program has funded eight grants: four through the Accelerator Track and four through the Builder Fellowship. The funded projects are Obi, QuantAMM, FortyTwo, ChainDefender, Calculated Payments, and Rugless AMM.
The program is making good progress and is helping to boost innovation in the Cosmos ecosystem.
The grant proposal aims to develop a custom dashboard called LENSES within Data Lenses, Numia’s upcoming public Dashboard, to provide the Atom Economic Zone with valuable insights for informed decision-making.
Progress Status: The Datalenses By Numia platform has launched and is receiving positive feedback from the community. The team is committed to ongoing enhancements to the Hub dashboard and is currently integrating the whale tracker.
The ChatGPT integration is still under development, but the team is prioritizing expanding Lenses to other Cosmos chains. Key vertical feature enhancements, such as the ChatGPT integration, will be selected and implemented incrementally.
The team has also launched a new go-to-market (GTM) strategy, which includes an ad network that is fully powered by Numia.
Overall, the Datalenses By Numia grant has delivered a valuable resource to the Cosmos community for on-chain data analytics. The team is also committed to growing the platform through its new GTM strategy.
Cosmos SDK Escrow module designed to provide a secure and reliable way for parties in the Cosmos ecosystem to transact with each other and reduce the risk of fraud and disputes.
Progress Status: The DreddSecure Escrow Module is now ready for deployment, and the team has released a module signaling prop to seek community feedback. Before entering the final stage of the grant with launch efforts, the team will carefully consider and address any community feedback.
However, there were some concerns raised about the risks and maintenance challenges of implementing the escrow module on Cosmos Hub. In response, AADAO has decided to allow DreddSecure to have a fair chance at governance and negotiate marketing aspects post-governance results. Other chains are also being explored for a more top-down approach in case the escrow module is rejected on Cosmos Hub initially.
This situation has also kickstarted a discussion about the Cosmos Hub Improvement Process (CHIPPS). Some members of the community have suggested that a CHIPPS process could be used to provide technical support and feedback to projects prior to launching their project or applying for a grant. This would help to identify and mitigate potential risks and challenges before projects are deployed on Cosmos Hub.
AADAO is committed to supporting the development of the DreddSecure escrow module and to helping the team bring their valuable product to the Cosmos ecosystem. The team is also committed to working with the community to improve the CHIPPS process and make it more effective.
Cosmos Millions is an open source prize protocol which utilizes ATOM yield to distribute to winners.
Progress Status: Cosmos Millions has had an 87% growth in TVL since inception with 23,641 ATOM added on top of 100k ATOM supplied by AADAO. To be noted that TVL is reflexive and dependent on the price of ATOM. Cosmos Millions is in process of adding two more pools: Mad Scientist for OSMO and Lucky Star for Stargaze. It has added 281 unique users.
Hosting interchain meet-ups bringing Cosmos to universities across Italy and bringing the developers of tomorrow to us. The meet ups will be conducted at various places of interest such as Universities throughout Italy in hopes of bring young talent into Cosmos.
Progress Status: Made in Block (now Kintsugi) has hosted 4 events with 200+ attendees since winning the Interchain Meetups grant, spending $3000 in total. The events covered topics such as Cosmos-themed workshops, guest speakers from Desmos Network, and workshops on creating independent blockchains. Made in Block plans to continue hosting events, cover a wider range of topics, and collaborate with other Cosmos projects and communities.
This is a project co-funded with Osmosis Grants Program (OGP) to introduce metamask snaps to Cosmos. Metamask is the world’s leading non custodial crypto wallet which currently has over 21 million active users in the EVM ecosystem.
Progress Status: MetaMask Snaps has been live since mid-September, with over 15,000 total downloads and significant growth during Celestia launch. Mystic Labs has received positive feedback and believes MetaMask Snaps will be a valuable tool for projects looking to branch out from traditional Cosmos users.
Mystic Labs is planning to roll out MetaMask Snaps with dYdX next and is scoping out a gas flexibility module for a contingent grant with AADAO. This module could help projects like Levana by allowing users to pay any gas fee with ATOM, OSMO, or USDC.
Overall, Mystic Labs is making good progress on the MetaMask Snaps grant, with a live product and plans to expand its reach and capabilities.
This grant seeks to establish an automated process of deploying through IBC the ATOM from the community pool into Stride, liquid stake it into $stATOM and send it back to the community pool, all in a trustless way no multisig in between following a governance proposal.
Progress Status: The Strides Covenant V1 liquid staking module is nearing completion and is expected to be shipped on-chain in the next upgrade. The module is specific to Stride, but the foundation for Timewave's Covenant V2 was built on the work done in this grant.
The team is currently working on shipping the code on-chain and expects to have it done in the next week, unless any issues are found.
Overall, the Strides Covenant V1 liquid staking module grant is on track to achieve its milestones and deliver a valuable resource to the Cosmos community.
CosmWasm by Example, Inspired by Solidity By Example, offers a registry of example smart contracts, that can be easily viewed with an explanation for all types of developers to come into to get inspired, remember some concepts or even use as templates.
Progress Status: The CosmWasm by Example project has completed all of its milestones and is now available to developers. The project has integrated with ChainIDE, added open source Cosmwasm contracts, and improved the open source contribution process. It was also introduced at one of the Atom Accelerator hackathons and talks, and Archway and Shade Protocol are in talks to integrate it into their docs.
The team is planning to continue adding new features, improving the user experience, promoting the project to the Cosmos developer community, and collaborating with other Cosmos projects and communities to create a more comprehensive resource for developers.
Overall, the CosmWasm by Example grant has been a success, and the team is making progress towards its goal of making CosmWasm By Example the go-to resource for developers learning about and using Cosmwasm.
Cosmod is a registry for Cosmos SDK which will provide the proper documentation necessary for material to be easily discoverable. It aims to help with discoverability of Cosmos SDK modules for chains developers & keeping track of compatibility between Cosmos SDK modules.
Progress Status: Cosmod is making good progress on all of its milestones, with 75% of Milestone 1 and 80% of Milestone 2 complete.
Milestone 1 includes indexing Cosmos SDK-based chains modules from GitHub (100%), displaying them on a beautiful and intuitive website (75%), and developing a marketing strategy (100%).
Milestone 2 includes improving the website with statistics and defining best practices to list a module (100%), providing tooling for keeping modules up-to-date in the registry (0%), developing a CLI for interacting with the registry (20%), creating a newsletter showcasing the "module of the month" (80%), and developing a recognizable brand in the Cosmos Ecosystem (100%).
The next steps for Cosmod are to complete the development of the CLI for interacting with the registry, launch the community newsletter, continue to develop and improve the tooling and best practices for developers, and measure the success of the project by tracking the number of modules indexed, submitted, and used.