Stacks Residents Provide The Ecosystem A New Layer of Expertise and Leadership
Meet the Residents
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.
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.
The next 4 quarters will be broken down as follows:
Scope & Milestones (Q1 of 1 Year Grant)
● 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 stacks.co website, stacking.club, and many others. While stacking.club 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 stacking.club 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 stacking.club can be that place and really advance the experience of stacking.
Throughout the residency, we'll make many improvements to the experience of stacking:
NB: These phases are pretty flexible and not in the exact order in which they may occur.
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 Collab.land and temple.fans, 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.
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:
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.