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IOG Catalyst Team : Catalyst Ecosystem Accelerator (Hermes Core architecture development)


The richness and connectedness of the Catalyst Experience needs to be improved. This includes addressing performance, inclusivity, speed, and parallelism, while maintaining secure and private voting


Improve Catalyst infrastructure to improve user benefits across feature richness, inclusivity & speed. The new infrastructure will include fully decentralized blockchain and hyper-lite client.

Total to date

This is the total amount allocated to IOG Catalyst Team : Catalyst Ecosystem Accelerator (Hermes Core architecture development). 2 out of 6 milestones are completed.

₳ 2,000,000
Total funds requested
Distributed: ₳ 887,500
Remaining: ₳ 1,112,500
In Progress
To be completed
Total votes cast
Votes yes
Votes no

About this idea

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The Catalyst Team organizational structure is cross-functional and multidisciplinary in nature, represented across two core teams: Catalyst Core and Fund Administration as illustrated in the following organizational chart 

To deliver this project, the majority of resources will be drawn from the Catalyst Core team resources and Catalyst team leadership.

Project Leadership:

Vice President, Governance: Nigel Hemsley


Nigel led the delivery of five Cardano hard-forks since Allegra, including Alonzo smart contracts and further improvements with Vasil. Nigel has been an integral member of the Cardano Ecosystem having advised across many individual elements from product strategy of the Djed stablecoin to supporting community members to build NFT DApps. Nigel now leads Voltaire which puts him into a unique position to support and oversee Catalyst. Nigel built up his expertise on distributed networks initially in the Reinsurance industry building the first grid-computing solutions for the Risk Models of Lloyd's of London and Swiss Re.

Group Lead: Kriss Baird


Kriss joined the Catalyst team in April 2021 as the first Product Owner. He has played a pivotal role in introducing new features and enhancements to the Catalyst system including privacy-preserving voting, project accountability management, Catalyst natives experiments,, proof of achievement and milestone-based funding, and upgrading the Community Review process. Kriss is principally responsible for overseeing Catalyst's services. He has been involved in Cardano since 2017 and is deeply passionate about this disruptive startup ecosystem. With over a decade of innovation management experience, Kriss has a background in design thinking and delivering national-scale startup funding programs. He previously worked at Innovate UK, the UK Government's innovation agency, leading 25 iterations of the IC tomorrow digital innovation competition and funding hundreds of startups to develop and trial digital prototypes with leaders such as Google Chrome, Samsung, Sony, IBM Watson, McLaren, Intel, Universal Music Group, Unilever, Mozilla and more. Kriss has also held roles as a program manager for Ufi VocTech Trust's social impact digital innovation grant program, lead at University College London's EDUCATE EdTech Accelerator, and innovation expert-in-residence at Imperial College London. 

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Lead Architect: Steven Johnson



Steven has been the Lead Architect for Project Catalyst since joining the project in 2022. He has been a Software Engineer since the Late 80’s, Architecting both hardware and software systems since the early 90’s. Steven led the systems architecture of a number of large scale projects in the Gaming and Wagering industry including casino wide monitoring systems, jackpot systems, financial auditing systems, LED display Systems and Privacy preserving routers. He designed systems delivered to Conrad Casinos, IGT, Jupiters Limited, Queensland TAB, Max Gaming, Mikohn Gaming and others in Australia, USA and Canada. Steven has a wide range of expertise as diverse as embedded hardware, communications systems, real time OS, Kernel development, Virtual Machines, Applied cryptography and Blockchain technology. He founded several successful companies and holds Patents in Time based statistical methods for Jackpot prize awarding in the USA, Australia, UK and other territories. His diverse set of interests led him to contribute to a number of Open Source projects including such projects as GDB and the ZFS File system.

Technology Lead: Sasha Prokhorenko



Sasha has been leading software development at Catalyst since joining in 2022. He is a skilled Software Engineering Lead, with over ten years of experience building software products for clients including PepsiCo, Liberty Global, and Philip Morris International. Sasha has proven expertise in multiple programming languages and frameworks and has successfully led cross-functional teams through all stages of the software development process. He embraces continuous improvement and innovation.

The Catalyst team has more than 20 core contributors, mostly full-time employees, who benefit from sharing resources across IOG, allowing the Catalyst team to dynamically increase or scale back its resource capacity when needed to leverage UI/UX design research, full-stack development, technical and cryptographic research, and product marketing as required.

Catalyst Team
Catalyst Team