Community hubs lack the visibility needed in order to attract new members, connect with each other and share resources.
An open platform that allows community hubs to list their location, resources and current objectives.
This is the total amount allocated to Cardano Hubs Directory
A database and central repository for all Cardano Community Hubs (CCH) globally to connect. An open platform where hubs can list their location, resources and events.
The 'open' nature of the platform relates to the community involvement in updates, new listings, moderation and feature add-ons. It also means that the ultimate aim is for the network of hubs to be self-governing, with all revenue and sponsorships feeding back into the long-term sustainability of the platform.
For each hub listed, there will be information on:
The MVP of the platform will be created using a stack of existing tools, namely:
UX is crucial factor when considering usage and uptake of a platform such as this. Following the minimal 'AirBnB look' with a dark-blue, Catalyst-inspired colour palette and iconography will ensure seamless UX across similar platforms and partner sites. (See referenced UX analysis at the end).
A unique element of the CHD will be the participation of all hubs in the recording of Cardano 'active spots' in the local community. Whether that be a cafe that is accepting ADA, local Cardano meetup locations or even Cardano-related printed media. The CHD acts as an extension to the local community hubs by providing a directory of local areas where ADA can be used.
By hosting this on one platform you save the duplication of creating a separate online platform for each hub where new members will have to switch between to find the most relevant information for their areas. Hubs will still have their own websites, utility and membership schemes, the CHD will just collate all this sources of information to provide a 'meta-hub' experience.
Virtual hubs: Another benefit is a future use case of 'virtual real estate' we have seen popularised on Cardano since last year. In this way, once a quorum is reached from the hubs that have signed up to the CHD, a platform will be integrated that would be the virtual equivalent of the hubs, both in look and in service. This also provides future resilience to allow hub members to always be connected, virtually or physically and blending the space in between.
Self-governance: The CHD will initially be stewarded by Wada and partners, with the objective that, once the network of hubs is connected and well-established, platform stewardship could either be handled as a collective, or voted on bi-annually.
Platform Interoperability: Partner across other Cardano education and events platforms, 'Metaversities' and virtual spaces in order to provide hub members access to a wider network of resources beyond the CHD.
Challenge KPIs (Impact):
The outcomes of the project will be communicated through the Wada website and the Cardano Hubs Directory (CHD) website.
Platform Development - Utilising existing technologies will allow for rapid development and reduce the costs associated with building a bespoke platform from scratch. Once the MVP has been proven as successful, a more customised solution can then be built with guidance from the community.
User Adoption - The risk of low usage is significantly reduced by the onboarding of all existing Wada hubs and having them use the platform exclusively for their membership onboarding and events sign-ups.
The financial model of the CHD is suggested as follows:
The aim is that fees go towards paying for the maintenance and growth of the hub network, with the platform eventually being managed by the hubs themselves.
This has the added benefit of incentivizing Catalyst participation and new member onboarding.
Roadmap: (After successful funding)
First 30 Days:
Main deliverable and outcome:
An online community platform for all hubs to list their location and services.
Core Team & Roles:
Josh F - Project Lead + Global Lead @ Wada
Funded proposer and challenge setter, active Catalyst member since Fund 2, stakepool operator, Catalyst conference host, hub builder and DeFi enthusiast.
Mercy - Coordination Lead @ Wada
Has a combined 25+ years' experience in Project Management and Engagement (West Africa, Canada) Healthcare (UK, Canada) and brings a wealth of experience and passion to this project. Mercy is responsible for WADA coordination, and building partnerships.
Richmond Oppong - Marketing & Design Lead @ Wada
Richmond is a graphic designer with over 10 years of experience in logo designs, print and poster designs, business card designs, 3D signage, and mounting billboards. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design from Takoradi Polytechnic, Takoradi-Ghana. Richmond is a blockchain enthusiast and is actively part of the Cardano project catalyst community.
Daniel Dezu - Website Lead @ Wada
Daniel is a Front End web developer. He holds Bachelors of Science in Information Technology from Bluecrest College and Professional Diploma in Software Engineering from IPMC Ghana. He is passionate about Cloud computing, Cyber Security and Decentralized Applications. He was a Community Advisor in Catalyst fund 7 and Catalyst Challenge Team Lead for ‘Scale-UP Cardano’s Community Hubs’ challenge settings for fund 8. He envisioned using Blockchain Technology to bridge the gap between human capabilities and machine learning (AI & IoT).
+ Wada hub network https://wada.org/about-us
Main Stakeholder: Wada (https://wada.org)
What success looks like:
Past Proposals (Funded):
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Funded F7 'Scale-Up Hubs' proposer, Global Lead for Wada with a network of 5+ hubs based in Africa.