Aragon: Aragon 0.6 is live on Mainnet, third round of Aragon Nest grants, new grants program Flock, more social encounters

Biweekly update 23rd October — 6th November

Development

GitHub metrics
Developer activity (from coinlib.io)

Aragon 0.6 is live on Mainnet: Using Aragon 0.6, named Alba, you can now create Aragon organizations on the Ethereum Mainnet.

Aragon Goes Live On Ethereum Mainnet on Ethnews.com.

Source: @izqui9.

Aragon forum:

[Request For Comment] AGP-1: The Aragon Governance Proposal Process by John Light, Community at Aragon One: the first draft of AGP-1: The Aragon Governance Proposal Process.

First Finance proposals under AGP-1: Funding for the Association, Nest, and Aragon teams by John Light, Community at Aragon One.

Aragon MVP User Stories by Chris Remus, Product Manager at Aragon One.

CLI v5.2.0 release: This release brings major improvements to the APM publish flow. The deployment of Aragon v0.6 to all environments, including mainnet, has been done using beta versions of v5.2.0.

Updates from Aragon chat (23rd October — 6th November):

@luis (Luis Cuende, CEO at Aragon One):

- Attended Web3 Summit and gave a talk, did a demo, and participated in a panel with @griff 
- Helped with 0.6 comms
- ReactiveConf and devcon prep
- Reviewed AIP1 (coming soon)

- Last week: mainnet and devcon!

@tatu (Tatu Kärki, Communications at Aragon One):

- Worked on an upcoming blog post
- Wrote, edited & published the Aragon Nest: Third round of grants blog post, https://blog.aragon.org/aragon-nest-third-round-of-grants/ together with @maria 
- Preparations for things next week

- mainnet launch related things, blog post https://blog.aragon.org/aragon-06-is-live-on-mainnet/ & helping with Flock post, https://blog.aragon.org/flock-funding-for-aragon-teams/ 
- participating in events at Prague around DevCon

@chris-remus (Chris Remus, Product Manager):

- Track, manage and derisk current sprint progress and roadmap timeline
- Product planning: share MVP user stories w/the community, plan future user stories, develop 4Q18 & 1Q19 roadmap
- Prep for and lead weekly product call and sprint check-in’s, participate in other team calls
- Monitor infrastructure deployments and audit report responses
- Sync Q4 goals and role evolution goals

@bingen (Bingen Eguzkitza, Solidity Engineer):

- aragonOS: help with last details for version 4
- dao-kits: adapt to last changes, setup CI, test in Rinkeby
- Labs: iterate over Staking v2, call with Enigma for secret voting
- Nest: several projects review

- Last week: mainnet and devcon too.

@jorge (Jorge Izquierdo, CTO at Aragon One):
- Migration to new infrastructure.
- Implemented new deployments repo and improved publishing flow in Aragon CLI.
- New environment deployments with aragonOS 4 😃

@sohkai (Brett Sun, Lead Developer at Aragon One):

- Prepare for mainnet deployments, help @jorge with deployments
- Finalize and release new versions of _a lot_ of our packages; `aragonOS@4.0.0` is officially out!
- Stabilize internal staging and rinkeby environments for testing ahead of mainnet deployments

- Mainnet launch and Devcon
- Triaging all your faboulous feedback and bug reports (keep it up!)

@light (John Light, Community at Aragon One):
- DevCon prep
- AGP-1 and AIP-1 discussions
- Work on AraCon

- Ditto mainnet + DevCon4 all last week. Plus some AraCon and Dream DAO party planning tasks 🙂 Congrats to the winners of the Dream DAO pitch contest! I’ll publish a recap blog post from the DevCon week on our blog soon.

@alexa (Alexa Weaver, Operations Assistant):

- Money Stuff Ξ₿⬙: Payments to service providers, A1 team payroll, Nest payment, hardware purchase, logistics for events, and AraCon.
- Ops: working (with lawyer) on contracts for new team members, jurisdictional reporting requirements, and accounting firm.

{This may be a light week for check-ins — only because most of the Aragon One team is traveling back and/or wrapping up at DevConIV. But a massive week for the Project as a whole: v0.6 Alba Launch + DevCon + Aragon Dream DAO party in Prague:aragon::eth:🚀}
- Money Stuff Ξ₿⬙: Payments to service providers, OSS donation, logistics for Events/Offsite/Trial Weeks, and AraCon. See record of all 2018 Nest Grants, OSS Donations and New Aragon Team funding here: http://bit.do/ezXNB 
- Ops: working (with lawyer) on VAT exemption for the Foundation, accounting firm, and banking. Onboarding things for new team members.

@bpierre (Pierre Bertet, UI & Interaction Developer):

- Getting everything ready for the mainnet launch! 💥
- ReactiveConf + Devcon

@delfi (Delfina, Web Development):
- Aragon website redesign
- Aragon one blog redesign
- New scholarship page for AraCon website

- Launched new Aragon website
- Devcon

@aquigorka (Gorka Ludlow, Frontend Developer)
Last week: onboarding and tech debt tasks PRs
This week: continue with onboarding, open PRs followup and work on normalizing dev settings on apps

Social encounters

Luis Iván Cuende at ReactiveConf (October 30th, 2018 in Prague):

ReactiveConf 2018 — Luis Cuende: Creating Truly Decentralized Browser Applications.

DevCon4 prep reading series : Interview with John Light about AraCon, Privacy and Aragon Dream DAO pitch party.

Aragon at DevCon 4: Unfreedom.org.

Establishment propaganda at Devcon4. Source: @lightcoin.

Jouni Helminen presenting about Aragon Project UX design and Lorikeet at Devcon4 (November 2nd, 2018 in Prague):

Source: @licuende.

The screen grab from the UX session.

Aragon Dream DAO Party (November 1st, 2018 in Prague). Videos coming soon.

Source: @monicazng.

Upcoming events:

Luis Iván Cuende at CV Summit (November 7th, 2018 in Zug).

Live AGP-1 Q&A (November 9th from 9:00–10:00 am).

AraCon — The Aragon Conference (Berlin, Germany on January 29th-30th 2019).
Scholarship applications for AraCon are open.

Luke Duncan — research lead from the Aragon Project is the fourth adviser for the First Conference on Distributed Governance alongside with Vlad Zamfir, Andy Tudhope from Status and Lane Rettig from the EIP0 initiative. Conference planned for December 7th-9th in Athens will be postponed to June 2019.

Finance

Token holders and the number of transactions dynamics (from Etherscan.io)

Aragon Core smart contracts bug bounty: A bug bounty for the smart contracts in Aragon Core.

Roadmap

The Network Release

  • Basic network-wide governance
    Which power the network will have over organizations, governance votings to decide on service providers, payouts functionality.
  • App center
    The App center will allow third party apps to be installed in Aragon in order to enable different organizations to address different needs. Any aragonOS-compatible app will be able to be installed, and recommendations will be given to users.
  • ANT token minting
    The network will be responsible for the minting policy of ANT, it will be decided through the governance of the network. Some of its responsibilities will be to decide the minting rate, the price and how companies pay for the subscription to the network.
  • Integrate upgradeability
    Provide upgradeability as a network service for all Aragon Network organizations.
  • Release Calendar
    Alpha: November 2018
    Bug bounty (mainnet): December 2018
    Production deploy (mainnet): January 2019

Partnerships and team members

Aragon Nest: Third round of grants: Five new teams have been awarded grants with funding from the Aragon Project.

  • Decentralized Design Lab | Web3 Design System

Proposal: Web3 Design System. Team: Decentralized Design Lab

Short description of the project by the team: The “Web3 Design System” project proposes to create open source tools to accelerate the adoption and development of the distributed web and user friendly experiences, through the following elements:

Awarded funding in the grant

Total: $150,000 (Additionally up to $50,000 bonus paid in ANT, decided upon successful completion of deliverables).

  • Level K | Aragon Futarchy App

Proposal: Aragon Futarchy App. Team: Level K

Short description of the project by the team: Futarchy is an alternative and relatively untested form of governance that uses prediction markets to determine which policies will be the most beneficial for an organization. Giving Aragon DAOs access to futarchy creates a low stakes and low barriers-to-entry environment for continued testing and experimentation.

Awarded funding in the grant

Total: $120,000 (Additionally up to $50,000 bonus paid in ANT, decided upon successful completion of deliverables).

  • Wetonomy | Open source human-centric DAO toolkit

Proposal: Wetonomy — Open source human-centric DAO toolkit. Team: Wetonomy

Short description of the project by the team: Wetonomy is an opinionated set of applications and templates built on top of aragonOS that streamlines the creation of DAOs, allowing teams, companies, and organizations to collaborate, share profits, finance ideas and award contributions.

Awarded funding in the grant

Total: $144,000 (Additionally up to $50,000 bonus paid in ANT, decided upon successful completion of deliverables)

  • First State Fintech Lab | Physical world and DAO interaction practices

Proposal: DAOs and the interaction with the physical world. Team: First State Fintech Lab

Short description of the project by the team: First State Lab will assist Aragon to define and implement best practices and criteria for DAOs to interact with the physical world by performing the following:

  1. Identify the relevant requirements in key jurisdictions for traditional organizations in which Aragon would need to meet if it were a traditional organization.
  2. Based on point 1, define gaps which would not apply to DAOs. Example, no FEIN exists for a DAO.
  3. Based on gaps identified in point 2, collaborate with regulators and subject matter experts (lawyers, tax accountants, etc.) to define best practices and criteria for DAOs to interact with the physical world.
  4. Assist Aragon with implementation of such best practices and criteria.

Awarded funding in the grant

Total: $100,000 (Additionally up to $50,000 bonus paid in ANT, decided upon successful completion of deliverables).

  • Tennagraph | Signaling solutions

Proposal: Signaling solutions. Team: Tennagraph (formerly EthSignals)

Short description of the project by the team: Our project aims to track and aggregate information and signals from around the Ethereum ecosystem and present them to allow the community to get a clearer picture of the reality of the space.

As the Ethereum blockchain grows, so does its community. In turn, the governance of its decision-making process becomes more complicated. And yet the ability to successfully make decisions becomes ever more critical for the success of the project. Decisions can only be taken with access to high quality objective information.

Awarded funding in the grant

Total: $50,000 ($25,000 in ETH & $25,000 in ANT)

Flock, funding for Aragon teams: the next step in decentralizing Aragon’s development. Earlier this year Aragon set the path for decentralizing Aragon’s development. There are two teams working on Aragon’s development already: Aragon One and Aragon DAC. This is new grants program for Aragon teams. It’s called Flock.

The AragonDAC is hiring.

Rumors

Luis Iván Cuende at @ravecon0:

Source: @Daria_Suv.

Luis Iván Cuende — @licuende: I visited the venue for #AraCon2019 today. Surrounded by a park and a river, the environment is beautiful and inspiring. The hotel is literally in the back of the conference building, and the venue is 15min away from the airport. Excited https://aracon.one”

Source: @licuende.

Jake Brukhman — @jbrukh: “I am extremely excited about @AragonProject on mainnet. 100 brownie points & a RT to the cryptoperson who can correctly state at least one way of counting the number of mainnet DAOs on Aragon, right now! (No team members pls.)”

Aragon on Proof Of Make: video review on Proof Suite Youtube channel.

Should we invest in Aragon (ANT)?: Spanish review.

Social media metrics

Social media activity
Social media dynamics
Social media dynamics

Twitter— average number of retweets is 10–15 for one post.

The number of Reddit threads’ comments are: 1–15.

There is a slight growth in Aragon community over time. The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Aragon Reddit subscribers and Twitter followers. Aragon project has no Facebook page. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.

Aragon chat — active discussions on development and development help.

Research.aragon.org is now Forum.aragon.org. This reflects how the forum has evolved beyond just being used for Aragon Network research to include other community and product discussions as well.

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