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AUGUST 13, 2021
Impact of Stacks Chapters: Global Growth Led By Local Efforts
by Louise Ivan on August 13, 2021
Over the last 5 months, the Stacks Foundation has invested heavily in growing the global Stacks community via the Stacks Chapters Program. The Chapters Program supports community leaders around the world in onboarding more builders and developers to the Stacks network, increasing access to STX tokens, and educating local communities on our mission of delivering a user-owned internet. Stacks Pakistan and Stacks MENA were the first to join the program in Q42020, providing much-needed support in those regions through the Stacks 2.0 launch. In Q22021, we welcomed Stacks Turkey, Stacks China, and Stacks Korea.

As we continue working openly alongside the Stacks community, we've put together some key information highlighting the impact Stacks Chapters have made thus far. You will also find an overview of each Chapter's goals as well as an evaluation of their progress thus far on each.

Partnership Experts: Chapter leads, GM and Mark, understand the Korean crypto market like no one else. In addition to building a loyal and educated Stacks following and launching their very own community Stacking pool, GM and Mark have managed to help secure a major partnership with Paycoin, and several Stacks integrations. The team manages translations for important content and news for the local community and has clearly educated Korean traders on STX, resulting in impressive trading volume in the region.
Stacks Korea Q22021 Goals

Result

Incubate at-least 1 project from Ideation to Product
Stacks Korea is closely working with ALEX and LucidDeFi, both of which joined the Stacks Accelerator.
Sign at-least 1 retail partnership to accelerate Stacking
Stack Korea brought the Paycoin Partnership to the Stacks Ecosystem.
Continuous PR for Major and Minor Ecosystem News, Events, and Updates
Flashnews for the accelerator.
Increase community engagement by 100%
70% completion. There's currently 1950 dedicated community members for Kakao and Telegram.
Onboard 2 Stacks Evangelist to help build the local developer community
Stacks Korea onboarded Bean as a local developer evangelist.
Continuing to gain community's long-term belief in the project
Attracted 2~3 thread interaction per week in social channels.
Increase community retention by holding a monthly with at-least 20 ~ 30 participants
Stacks Korea held two AMAs last quarter. One in support of builders and the other one was for the community.
Creation of Stacks Korea Pool
Beta-launch of Korea's local Stacking pool. Paycoin will leverage on this pool for their Stacking integration.
Stacks Korea Q22021 Goals

Result

Incubate at-least 1 project from Ideation to Product
Stacks Korea is closely working with ALEX and LucidDeFi, both of which joined the Stacks Accelerator.
Sign at-least 1 retail partnership to accelerate Stacking
Stack Korea brought the Paycoin Partnership to the Stacks Ecosystem.
Continuous PR for Major and Minor Ecosystem News, Events, and Updates
Flashnews for the accelerator.
Increase community engagement by 100%
70% completion. There's currently 1950 dedicated community members for Kakao and Telegram.
Onboard 2 Stacks Evangelist to help build the local developer community
Stacks Korea onboarded Bean as a local developer evangelist.
Continuing to gain community's long-term belief in the project
Attracted 2~3 thread interaction per week in social channels.
Increase community retention by holding a monthly with at-least 20 ~ 30 participants
Stacks Korea held two AMAs last quarter. One in support of builders and the other one was for the community.
Creation of Stacks Korea Pool
Beta-launch of Korea's local Stacking pool. Paycoin will leverage on this pool for their Stacking integration.
Most Reliable Trading Community: In just 6 months, Chapter Leads, Ömür, and Ali have managed to establish the largest trading community within the Stacks ecosystem. Both long-time crypto enthusiasts with a deep understanding of token communities,Ömür and Ali have been able to educate new, and seasoned traders alike, on the merits of holding STX tokens. Their community actively scans the market for growth opportunities for Stacks. Coordinated community efforts like these were what led to opportunities like the Bitexen listing, which resulted in 5 new market pairs, including the very first fiat onramp pair with TRY. Currently, Stacks Turkey started a social media campaign to integrate STX on BTCTurk, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in Turkey.
Stacks Turkey Q22021 Goals

Result

Secure at-least 1 Local Exchange Listing for STX
Bitexen, a local Turkish Exchange just listed STX with 5 new market pairs.


✅ STX/TRY
✅ STX/USDT
✅ STX/BUSD
✅ STX/ETH
✅ STX/BTC
Increase community retention by holding at-least 5 community-based events
5 Community-based competitions wereheld in Stacks Turkey Telegram last quarter. More than 1,000$ was to the awarded to the community.
Maintain a healthy network of STX holders by holding a Second Turkish Townhall
The Second Turkish Townhall had 1,058 participants that were crypto-curious about the latest ecosystem updates.
Establish at-least 1 distribution channel to increase Stacks awareness
Established a partnership with Kripto Sozluk that resulted in an AMA and two educational videos that was blasted out to more than 45k crypto-enthusiast.

1. Kripto Sozluk 1st Review
2. Kripto Sozluk 2nd Review
Continuously amplify Stacks by Establishing a Partnership with Binance Turkey
Rollover for Q3.
Increase community engagement by 50%
There was a 20% increase in Stacks Turkey Community following from Q1 and they will continue work on this goal in Q3. Stacks Turkey TwitterStacks Turkey TelegramStacks Turkey Update
Creation of Stacks Turkey Pool
Beta launch and testing of stackingpool.com last May and June
Stacks Turkey Q22021 Goals

Result

Secure at-least 1 Local Exchange Listing for STX
Bitexen, a local Turkish Exchange just listed STX with 5 new market pairs.


✅ STX/TRY
✅ STX/USDT
✅ STX/BUSD
✅ STX/ETH
✅ STX/BTC
Increase community retention by holding at-least 5 community-based events
5 Community-based competitions wereheld in Stacks Turkey Telegram last quarter. More than 1,000$ was to the awarded to the community.
Maintain a healthy network of STX holders by holding a Second Turkish Townhall
The Second Turkish Townhall had 1,058 participants that were crypto-curious about the latest ecosystem updates.
Establish at-least 1 distribution channel to increase Stacks awareness
Established a partnership with Kripto Sozluk that resulted in an AMA and two educational videos that was blasted out to more than 45k crypto-enthusiast.

1. Kripto Sozluk 1st Review
2. Kripto Sozluk 2nd Review
Continuously amplify Stacks by Establishing a Partnership with Binance Turkey
Rollover for Q3.
Increase community engagement by 50%
There was a 20% increase in Stacks Turkey Community following from Q1 and they will continue work on this goal in Q3. Stacks Turkey TwitterStacks Turkey TelegramStacks Turkey Update
Creation of Stacks Turkey Pool
Beta launch and testing of stackingpool.com last May and June
Education and Amplification: With Betty Xi's leadership, Stacks China has organically grown from dozens to hundreds of active community members. One of the most impactful things that Betty has executed is translating large volumes of important Stacks documentation and media pieces into Mandarin, making Stacks more accessible to local Chinese communities. By offering Clarity tutorials and other developer resources in Mandarin, Betty has made it easier for builders in the Chinese community to adopt Stacks technology. On the media front, Stacks China also continues to make key appearances on major Chinese forums and publications like Bihu, Biba, and WeChat, and built exclusive partnerships with key players such as PANews, BlockBeats, Bihu. Stacks China's work enables Chinese communities to be excited about and actively participate in new Stacks projects such as CityCoins, and it is also supporting Chinese developers to build STX-enabled products such as the betting game vs.btc.us. Additionally, thanks to the support and information provided by Stacks China, various Chinese influencers actively share Stacks-related content on platforms including Youtube and Bihu.
Stacks China Q22021 Goals

Result

Create and continuously update comprehensive Chinese website, blog and news channel
Creation of Stackchina.com that provides daily updates on what's happening in the entire ecosystem. All published content is amplified to third party media channels such as Bihu, Biba and WeChat.
Major PR push, front page top media outlet
This resulted in various big PRs. See the list below for some highlights.

Stacking: how it works and Stacking vs Staking, how to Stack was on the front page of BlockBeats.

MiamiCoin became a popular search on WeChat Moments revealing top industry leaders discussing CityCoins and appearing in various outlets such as Blockbeats, ChainCatcher, NetEase,BaiduTieba, Jinse, Sosob, Bishije,btcfans and Tons of FlashNew.

Risidio's celebrity NFT and OKEx double Stacking Rewards are also some of the news that was picked up by numerous PR outlets.
Representation in at least 1 large scale blockchain event
Brian Liu, Stacks China Evangelist attended the Shanghai Blockchain Wiki Expo.
Onboard at least 2 contributors at major crypto media outlets
Stacks China partnered with theranosshares.com and Huoxing.com
Established at-least 1 chapter wide partnership to increase local awareness for Stacks
Stacks China established a partnership with Bukon to accelerate Stacks adoption in the region.
Stacks China Q22021 Goals

Result

Create and continuously update comprehensive Chinese website, blog and news channel
Creation of Stackchina.com that provides daily updates on what's happening in the entire ecosystem. All published content is amplified to third party media channels such as Bihu, Biba and WeChat.
Major PR push, front page top media outlet
This resulted in various big PRs. See the list below for some highlights.

Stacking: how it works and Stacking vs Staking, how to Stack was on the front page of BlockBeats.

MiamiCoin became a popular search on WeChat Moments revealing top industry leaders discussing CityCoins and appearing in various outlets such as Blockbeats, ChainCatcher, NetEase,BaiduTieba, Jinse, Sosob, Bishije,btcfans and Tons of FlashNew.

Risidio's celebrity NFT and OKEx double Stacking Rewards are also some of the news that was picked up by numerous PR outlets.
Representation in at least 1 large scale blockchain event
Brian Liu, Stacks China Evangelist attended the Shanghai Blockchain Wiki Expo.
Onboard at least 2 contributors at major crypto media outlets
Stacks China partnered with theranosshares.com and Huoxing.com
Established at-least 1 chapter wide partnership to increase local awareness for Stacks
Stacks China established a partnership with Bukon to accelerate Stacks adoption in the region.
Developer Talent Portal: It's a known issue that the crypto industry is suffering from a talent crunch and Stacks Pakistan is trying to solve this.

The Chapter is on a mission to build an effective community of Clarity developers. To make this happen, Chapter Lead Nabeel Qadeer and Community Manager Syeda Mehak put their community through a community-oriented "Clarity Bootcamp" in which developers and technologists engaged in weekly, in-depth learning sessions about building on Stacks. Those who excel either apply for the Stacks Accelerator Companies for internships, choose to work with a local partner company of Stacks Pakistan, or work to develop smart contracts. A total of 16 talented young blockchain developers have gone through this program so far; 5 are now interning with Blocktech and the remainder are currently developing advanced smart contracts that the entire Stacks ecosystem can utilize.
Stacks Pakistan Q22021 Goals

Result

Conduct a Nationwide Hackathon to find at-least 20 Developers to learn Clarity
500 applicants joined this nationwide hackathon and 90 were shortlisted. In this cohort, 16 developers graduated.
Create Stacks Clarity Bootcamp to increase developer retention
This was executed after the nationwide hackathon and generated a talent pool of developers.
Create 4 Educational webinars about Stacks
Four videos were published from the crypto fundamentals of what Bitcoin is all the way to Stacks, Stacking and its mining process.
Publish at-least 4 educational content
Three blogs were published in https://stackspakistan.medium.com/
Increase social media followers (twitter, facebook page & Community
There are currently 400 dedicated community members in Pakistan.
Establish Stacks Pakistan Newsletter to increase distribution
Rollover for Q3.
Stacks Pakistan Q22021 Goals

Result

Conduct a Nationwide Hackathon to find at-least 20 Developers to learn Clarity
500 applicants joined this nationwide hackathon and 90 were shortlisted. In this cohort, 16 developers graduated.
Create Stacks Clarity Bootcamp to increase developer retention
This was executed after the nationwide hackathon and generated a talent pool of developers.
Create 4 Educational webinars about Stacks
Four videos were published from the crypto fundamentals of what Bitcoin is all the way to Stacks, Stacking and its mining process.
Publish at-least 4 educational content
Three blogs were published in https://stackspakistan.medium.com/
Increase social media followers (twitter, facebook page & Community
There are currently 400 dedicated community members in Pakistan.
Establish Stacks Pakistan Newsletter to increase distribution
Rollover for Q3.
Builders and Education: Strong developer and founder communities are fundamental to a thriving crypto ecosystem, and these are what Stacks MENA is currently building. For years, MENA Chapter Lead and Founder of Pravica, Mohamed Abdou has been referring entrepreneurs and developers aligned with the mission of delivering a user-owned internet to the Stacks ecosystem. In Q22021, Mohamed organized and facilitated a Stacks Bootcamp that introduced 25+ startups to Stacks; the "winners" of the bootcamp went on to apply for the Stacks Accelerator. This quarter, Stacks MENA aims to develop a mandatory STEM course on Stacks for universities across the MENA region in order to educate the next generation of "Can't Be Evil" developers.

They are laying down the fundamentals as Chapter Lead Abdou is currently in talks with universities in the MENA region to add a mandatory STEM course on Stacks. Stacks MENA organized and hosted the Stacks Bootcamp that introduced 25+ startups to the Stacks ecosystem. The "winners" of the Bootcamp went on to apply for the Stacks Accelerator. Lastly, Stacks MENA is currently in the process of figuring out their quarterly milestones that will help to align their chapter to view progress and judge priorities for their region.
Interested in building a Chapter in your local region? Get in touch with the community that's building a user-owned internet on Bitcoin at [email protected].

Louise Ivan leads growth efforts at the Foundation, with particular focuses on increasing worldwide token access and empowering regional communities.