Decentralized Growth:

Stacks Residents Provide The Ecosystem A New Layer of Expertise and Leadership

November 8, 2021 by
Jenny Mith
Programs Lead
Mitchell Cuevas
Head of Growth
The notion of scaling in layers around Bitcoin applies to more than just the Stacks blockchain. The strength, skill, and diversity of the ecosystem are the most important factors in Stacks’ long-term success. The Stacks Residence Program recognizes this critical truth and officially launches today to create more opportunity for experts and leaders to explore and build out key aspects of the Stacks Ecosystem.

Our vision for these highly autonomous residents is to incubate key ideas, lead critical research, and kickstart or create new organizations, resources, and tools. Areas of focus among the first-ever Stacks Residents include governance, DAOs, token community management, Proof-of-Transfer, NFTs, and Stacking.

Meet the Residents

Jonathon Hammond
As the Technical Documentation Lead, Jonathon will be supporting two key areas: 1) the separation of Hiro docs from ecosystem docs and 2) implementing a culture and process by which the community manages, contributes, and maintains shared documentation going forward.
6 months
Dan Trevino & Amr Elghobary (aka Boom Crypto)
Boom is bringing new depth to the creator-to-supporter relationship through novel NFT utility and fundraising mechanics. From minting to collecting, we're pushing the boundaries of this decentralized artistic medium to ensure that all people, not just current crypto users, remain at the center of the next wave of innovation. All on the Stacks blockchain, secured by Bitcoin.
12 months
Thomas Osmonson & Jasper Jansz (aka Fungible Systems)
Thomas and Jasper will be focused on turning into a comprehensive suite of tools for all things related to Stacking. Their work will enable community members to launch pools, create custom Stacking data dashboards, and connect to new Stacking related services their team is currently exploring.
6-12 months
Drew Falkman & David Collier (aka Escape Labs)
Escape Labs will be researching and building a platform for managing token communities. The platform would enable unique features like wallet integration, rewards and reputation management, airdrops, and DAO functionality, all via a simple Discord plugin and eventually, hosted SaaS tools.
6 months
Mohamed Huzayen, Harold Davis, Ryeder & Juliet Oberding
(aka Stacks Governance R&D Lab)
The Stacks Governance Lab will be laying the foundation for critical governance mechanisms such as off-chain decision-making within the Stacks community. Through their work the with Advocates Program, they’ll also be exploring and building out tools for launching and managing DAOs as well as distributing community rewards.
12 months

Scope of Work: Technical Documentation Lead


As discussed on the forum, there's a clear need for someone to focus on Stacks-related technical documentation. In addition to the key focuses outlined, this role will also be responsible for delivering on the following goals over the next few months.


  • Write, review, edit, & organize new and existing content
  • Distill complex, technical topics and turn them into easy to understand documentation
  • Establish an efficient process for maintaining and updating documentation on an ongoing basis
  • Actively engage and involve community members to multiply documentation improvements
  • Analyze, gather feedback, and research effectiveness and impact of documentation to identify opportunities for improvements


  • An initial 3-month sprint to level-set docs and bring the team up to speed, followed by a second 3-month sprint focused on process and incentives around making sure docs are well-taken care of by a larger group of regular contributors. I do think the initial audit and setup is key to setting up the ongoing contributions, hence the 3 + 3 suggestion vs bringing in two residents at once on this.

Scope of Work: Boom


Boom is bringing new depth to the creator-to-supporter relationship through novel NFT utility and fundraising mechanics. From minting to collecting, we're pushing the boundaries of this decentralized artistic medium to ensure that all people, not just current crypto users, remain at the center of the next wave of innovation. All on the Stacks blockchain, secured by Bitcoin. 

Project Overview 

The next 4 quarters will be broken down as follows: 

  • Q1. Foundation - Updates to contracts, standards, ui and Interface open source components.
  • Q2. User Experience - Lean into sovereignty and Stacks options for true data ownership, user minting, community rewards 
  • Q3. Innovation - Novel minting and interactive technologies 
  • Q4. Evolution - Boom DAO, analytics, and beyond 

Scope & Milestones (Q1 of 1 Year Grant) 

Product Development 

● SIP-009 & SIP-012 compliant smart contract development for Boom NFTs and Boomboxes 

● Refactor Boombox contracts to support custom options 

● Marketplace auctions - enable auction smart contracts 

● Boom API Nodes - infrastructure to enable redundancy and distribute load off of Hiro servers 

Community & Standards 

● Semi-Fungible token standard - work on developing and aligning community around a standard 

● Public Office hours - further participation in community governance groups Stretch Goals 

● Off-chain Profile standards - work with the community to align around profile standards as interim functionality until profile updates are available.

Scope of Work: Fungible Systems


We have worked in the Stacks ecosystem since 2017 and 2019. During this time we've worked on and built some of the ecosystem's most prominent products, such as the Hiro wallet, Stacks Explorer, the Stacks docs, the website,, and many others. While is already the home of the most up-to-date and detailed information around stacking and Proof-of-Transfer, we believe it can do much more.

We want to dedicate our time to making a better home for all things stacking. Currently it's a great diagnostic tool, but it can become the place where everyone goes to stack, pool, and learn. There is no one true place where someone can go to learn about stacking and then actually do it — we think can be that place and really advance the experience of stacking.

End Product

Throughout the residency, we'll make many improvements to the experience of stacking:

  • Enabling people to pool (and potentially stack independently) directly on
  • Streamlining the pooling user experience
  • Making the stacking and pooling data we have easier to understand and more actionable
  • Personalizing stacking data (e.g. your own dashboard if you connect your wallet)
  • Exploring how we can minimize the trust involved with pooling in collaboration with pool operators
  • A general revamp of the UI


NB: These phases are pretty flexible and not in the exact order in which they may occur.

Phase I:

  • A complete redesign and improvement to the UI / UX
  • Improved learning materials

Phase II:

  • Stacks authentication integration (via the web wallet)
  • Improved user dashboards
  • Improved user-specific data

Phase III:

  • Pool data exploration and comparison
  • Delegated stacking (pool participation) from within the web app

Phase IV:

  • Trustless pool research and development

Scope of Work: Escape Labs


2021 has shown how community can be the difference between success and failure in crypto projects, especially NFTs and games. While Ethereum has seen platforms emerge to support this like and, these tools still only solve part of the issue, and the Stacks environment remains lacking in these types of tools. Through this residency, we would like to test, build and validate features (using design thinking and lean methodologies) for an app that could solve these problems, launch an MVP platform to test and refine, and finish with a comprehensive middle layer for communities on Stacks. Key features include: the ability to authenticate users based on token ownership (NFT or fungible) linked to Discord, the ability to send token drops, Discord engagement tools and reporting features are also on the roadmap (see below). The end result will be to launch a “middle layer” app that can support developers getting their communities functioning quickly and integrated into their projects. Eventually this platform will cover the main aspects of community: membership, reputation, rewards and contributions.

Project Thesis

Stacks needs a platform for creating communities that integrate on-chain elements (e.g. token holding) with off chain behaviors. Additionally, this need is barely understood and only partially addressed in decentralized projects on all blockchain projects leaving many untapped opportunities to help NFT, blockchain gaming and DeFi projects with tools to better understand, interact with and grow the communities that are central to their existence.

Roadmap for first 3 months:

In the first three months of our residency, we plan on engaging projects on Stacks that are currently managing communities. We will conduct surveys and perform user research to better understand the problems they are facing and their current solutions. We will use best practices design thinking and product management techniques to design and spec out a community app that will do the following:

  1. A connector that will enable users to link their STX address to their Discord ID via Hiro Web Wallet. This will be in the vein of what does on ETH. Typing a command into Discord will have our bot send them a DM with a link unique to them. On clicking, they will be prompted to connect with their Hiro Wallet. Connecting will let them choose a wallet address, then the user will be completed and the project will have a record of the user’s Discord ID and their wallet.
  2. Once we have users’ wallet addresses associated with their Discord ID, we can assign roles to them (e.g. “whitelist confirmed”), and even assign channels to them based on their holdings - holding an NFT in a collection for example, or a social token will grant them access to the #CLUB channel, etc.
  3. Along the same lines, a community administrator can either export the wallet addresses to add to a smart contract (like a whitelist contract to enable users with those addresses to mint an NFT), or perform airdrops of tokens or NFTs to wallets in their collection.
  4. Finally, to support engagement of communities within Discord, we are investigating creating interactive bots and have some ideas in the form of games and interactive chatbots. We plan on experimenting and launching with one of these tools.

If you're interested in working with Escape Labs to activate your Stacks community, DM them on Twitter at @esc_labs.

Scope of Work: Stacks Governance R&D Lab


The Governance Lab will bring indigenous commons & governance research and development to web3 and the Stacks ecosystem, enabling more accurate community representation through intersecting relationships, skills, & contributions of its members. The Advocates DAO will be used to gather voices & organize the ecosystem sustainably long term.

Upcoming Milestones

  • By the middle of December as a Stacks community member you should have seamless onboarding to the advocates program, so that you can be rewarded for your contributions to the Stacks ecosystem.
  • By the middle of February as a Stacks advocate you should be able to participate in a governance process so that you can make your voice visible to the community in many possible forms: Community grants, community policies, wieghts of rewards in the advocates algorithm, etc.
Why The Stacks Residence Program?
When you’re a project working on something as colossal as remaking and reimagining the internet on Bitcoin, how you grow is just as, if not more important, than how much you grow. Where a traditional organization may prioritize its own growth as a means to increase its impact, the Stacks Foundation focuses more on creating the conditions for growth in the broader ecosystem.

The Residence Program then is an exercise in decentralization and community-led building. It provides a framework for investing in the most knowledgeable and experienced community members as well as bringing in new talent and expertise, all without the constraints that come with traditional employment. For many Residence Program applicants, proposed projects stem from years of engagement with the Stacks community, resulting in a deep, fundamental understanding of what this ecosystem needs to flourish and progress.

How is it different than the Grants Program?
Expanding on the success of the Stacks Grants Program, the Stacks Residence Program is intended to encourage more open-ended research, network experimentation, and innovative business incubation. The Grants Program remains ideal for builders creating clearly scoped tools or solutions, while the Residence Program will cater to those looking to explore broader problems and unanswered questions within the ecosystem.

Interested in being a Resident?
Similar to the Grants Program, Residence activity is done via Github. For those interested in or currently applying for the program, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Review Committee will continue to evaluate applications and interview candidates through this quarter. The second cohort of residents will be announced by the end of 2021.

In addition to submitting your own application, there will be several proposed roles you may also be a fit for.
Jenny Mith
Programs Lead
Mitchell Cuevas
Head of Growth