(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

The Cardano blockchain is poised to enter a phase of significant change at the end of February. For the first time in our protocol’s history, users will be able to define their own custom tokens through the multi-asset ledger, adding a new layer of functionality and utility to the Cardano blockchain.

This will be made possible through the Mary hard fork 127, one of the most important events to occur on the Cardano blockchain since the rollout of Shelley in July 2020. …


(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

Last week, our CEO Frederik Gregaard, shared his insights on how blockchain could bring trust back into capital markets, through an opinion editorial in City A.M, London-based financial newspaper.

Capital markets, those where debt and equity instruments are bought and sold, underpin our global financial ecosystem. But the technology underpinning the markets themselves is fraught with inefficiencies, eroding trust. Frederik discussed some important current themes around our capital market infrastructure, focusing on how central systems of record have typically led to trust issues for all market participants.

Recent events in our financial markets have proven that trust is more important…


(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

The frothy nature of the financial markets throughout 2020 and early 2021 has put renewed focus on maintaining the safety of our financial landscape.

Dramatic stock market volatility, pandemic-related uncertainty, and a move away from physical cash have led many governments worldwide to explore alternatives to traditional reserve currencies.

Among the new mediums of exchange being explored, blockchain technology is consistently being considered, owing to its ability to launch digital currencies. But, as with any nascent technology, the path to fully digital currencies has yet to be clearly defined.

Instead of using pre-existing…


Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

If you’ve taken even a passing interest in the blockchain space during the past year, you’re bound to have come across the phenomena of decentralized finance — often referred to as ‘DeFi’.

DeFi can apply to almost any traditional or hybrid financial product offered on top of a blockchain protocol. This could include open lending protocols, a peer-to-peer loan platform, or even the provision of services typically associated with traditional financial providers.

But DeFi has had a baptism of fire. Spiralling fees, smart contract exploits, and tales of significant user losses have necessitated…


(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

On 18 January 2021, Jeremy Firster and Mel McCann from the Cardano Foundation’s integrations team delivered a workshop on transaction metadata. Together with Alan McSherry and Ben O’Hanlon from IOHK, Jeremy and Mel introduced transaction metadata and discussed its potential for building applications on Cardano.

Here, following on from the Metadata Workshop, we are going to take a closer look at what transaction metadata is on Cardano, explore how metadata can be added to a transaction and viewed, and discover some potential use cases for metadata.

At the end of this article, we will be sharing some resources, documentation, and…


(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

As blockchain technology supporters, we often get excited about the potential for financial and social disruption through decentralization. From democratizing access to identity solutions, to providing access to capital through decentralized finance (DeFi), we regularly look for ways that blockchain can transform our daily lives.

But against the backdrop of a wider rapidly-moving technology industry, it can be difficult to see where the impact of decentralization will be felt most significantly. …


Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation

If you have been involved in the Cardano ecosystem for a while, you might have learned that our blockchain is built using a functional programming language called ‘Haskell’.

Haskell is the basis for Plutus, Cardano’s smart contract programming language, and it also powers Marlowe, our domain-specific language for financial smart contracts, both of which you can learn more about in our previous article that introduces decentralized applications.

However, Haskell isn’t one of the best-known programming languages. Nor is it widely picked up by those just starting out on their journey as a developer…


Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation

Today, we want to thank Philippe Pierre-Antoine and Rick McCracken for their contribution to the Cardano ecosystem, through their long-standing commitment to The Cardano Effect (TCE) podcast.

The Cardano Effect podcast takes high-level developer and project information related to Cardano, and breaks it down into bite size pieces of consumable information for everyday users. It’s original vision was to deliver unbiased news and drive discussion around Cardano, which it has delivered through hours of original content over the last two years.

Philippe and Rick announced on 12 December that their year’s end…


Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation

Today, we are celebrating the life and contributions of Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician and early pioneer of computing born some 205 years ago to this day in London, England.

Also known by her hereditary title, the Countess of Lovelace, Ada was the daughter of another historical figure who features prominently in the Cardano ecosystem — the leading Romantic movement poet, Lord Byron.

Ada’s mother, Isabella Byron, was also a highly esteemed mathematician of her time. …


Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation

In early 2020, the Cardano Foundation and its ecosystem partners embarked on an ambitious brand reappraisal exercise for the Cardano blockchain, enlisting the help of award-winning design and creative agency McCann Dublin as well as our valued community. This led to a unified and renewed visual identity for Cardano and the Cardano Foundation, which you can see in this video.

Our brand reappraisal is called ‘Project Renovare’, which means ‘renew’ in Latin. As part of the deliverables, the Cardano’s and the Cardano Foundation’s online presence underwent a significant corporate refresh, evolving the…

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