Zero Knowledge DAO
by Hakwan Lau @hakwan
Applicants will receive funding based on milestones similar to the standard Launch Grants:
- launching a feature-complete product on our testnet
- forming a DAO with 5-out-of-9 multisig with our DAOs
- launching on our mainnet with audit
- attracting 1k daily active users (with launch video, full PR promotion)
- attracting 10k daily active users (with a detailed roadmap, governance process)
For each milestone, instead of attracting $10k in funds (as in the standard Launch program), here zkDAO will provide the grant recipient with $3k/year stable basic income, payable as long as our DAO treasury allows. Through careful management of our DAO treasury, we aim for this payment to be sustainable for the long term, in the foreseeable future. Importantly, the recipient will gain voting rights and membership to zkDAO, so as to be able to oversee the its finances and operations. With all 5 milestones completed, the total award amount will be up to $15k/year, i.e. worth about $100k, instead of $50k as in standard launch grants.
Alternatively, in lieu of the stable basic income, the recipient can also opt to receive $10k in cash per milestone (same as standard non-zk launches). In that case, by applying through here rather than the standard Launches, the applicant will have the benefit of gaining partial membership to zkDAO.
To be eligible, the product launched on mainnet must make use of zero-knowledge proof related technology. The relevant code must also be open-sourced, and posted to public via e.g. github. We expect many applicants will be recent graduates from zku.one, where their final projects for graduation will likely qualify. But we also welcome other applicants with zk-projects to apply here instead of to the standard Launches category, in order to enjoy the higher funding value and/or access to zkDAO.
Most posts here should be grant applications. Please follow the examples and templates from the standard Launches category (https://talk.harmony.one/c/funding-proposals/launches), as the same general formatting requirements apply. We also welcome specific inquiries to be posted here, if your product / project does not fit with the standard milestones template (e.g. building a circom library which would not involve a mainnet launch per se).
zkDAO also provides some financial support for auditing your zk-project, but these are granted on a competitive basis. Proposals should also be posted here.