Proposal “dash-incubator-2021-q3“ (Completed)Back

Title:Dash Incubator 2021 Q3
Monthly amount: 500 DASH (27265 USD)
Completed payments: 2 totaling in 1000 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2021-08-12 / 2021-10-11 (added on 2021-08-10)
Votes: 722 Yes / 24 No / 0 Abstain

Proposal description

1 Summary

Last month Andy Freer transferred the role of Dash Incubator proposal owner to me (Rion Gull), as explained on both Dash Central and Reddit.  As a reminder, the proposal owner (PO) role is detailed in the PO service bounty’s specification document. I assumed the role on July 22nd and Andy has transferred ownership of all relevant assets (Trello board, Google sheet, Incubator funds, etc) to my care.

This proposal continues the ongoing funding request as outlined in the PO spec, with one small deviation from normal: this proposal only asks for 2 months of funding, primarily to better align funding requests with calendar quarters; 3-month proposals will resume next cycle (if proposals are approved).  We are requesting 500 DASH/month, rationale given in later sections.

Nothing changes with respect to the Incubator’s mission, vision, strategy, operations, or rules in this proposal.  In addition, we will continue operating with the same focus and roadmap as outlined in our Q2 proposal.  I will, however, add some additional thoughts in later sections regarding my personal involvement with Incubator, and potential changes after this 2-month period.

2 Updates

2.1 General

Since our last proposal (2021 Q2) the Incubator has added another 21 members to our Trello board, from 104 to 125 (an increase of ~20% in 3 months).  Developer rewards have also increased, as shown in Figure 1, which presents the total rewards paid for each month of Incubator’s existence.  In addition to rewards paid, Figure 1 also shows our Q1 reward rate (268 DASH/month), our Q2 reward rate (451 DASH/month), and finally our current funding request (500 DASH/month).
Figure 1 - Incubator Rewards Paid Since Inception

2.2 Bounties

The incubator paid out 1,355 DASH in Q2, with a significant share directed at the priorities listed in the Q2 proposal, summarized in Section 3.1 below.  The DashPay program was our top priority and also our top rewarded bounty in Q2.
Although tempered by challenges with Platform, we made progress on both the DashPay Program and our Core dApp program.  Because of the Platform issues, we shifted some focus to helping DCG with Platform QA and overall support to help bring it to mainnet as soon as possible.  I’m in communication with DCG’s developers regarding our overall strategy for working together on this and other areas.

The full set of bounties can be viewed on our public Dash Incubator App Trello board.  A full list of rewards paid and funds received can be viewed on our public Dash Incubator Accounting Google spreadsheet.
Figure 2 - Rewards Paid for Top 10 Bounties - 2021 Q2

3 Roadmap

3.1 Priorities

The Q2 proposal outlined the following ordered priorities:

  1. DashPay program (DashPay extension, DashPayJS library, etc)
  2. Platform QA (finding and fixing bugs, ensuring existing dApps work)
  3. Core dApps program (curated list of Platform apps to integrate with DashPay)
  4. Incubator meta bounties (Incubator v1 and v2 apps and operations)
  5. Platform R&D (smart contracts, ACL, indices, queries, etc)
  6. Incubator promotion and non-critical meta-bounties
  7. Support for Dash Core development upon which Platform is not dependent

As mentioned above, this proposal assumes roughly the same priorities for two more months.  This will give me time to review their status and direct the appropriate resources to deliver meaningful results.  After these 2 months I will report on accomplishments and proceed with new priorities as appropriate.

In addition to the items above, we also plan to launch two new Dash-funded organizations (DFOs) that we are incubating in our DFO Kickstarter bounty: the Dash Protocol Incentive Fund DFO and the Dash Trust Protector DFO.  These are coming on the heels of the successful launch of the Dash Marketing Hub DFO lead and proposed by Joel Valenzuela.  We support this DFO as it will allow us to offload several of our former promotion-related bounties and it will bring Incubator applications to the attention of a broader audience than we alone could achieve.

3.2 Schedule

This is a 2-month proposal to start aligning with calendar quarters.  This will get us on a clear and memorable cadence for both proposal submissions and eventual application releases and demos.  One of my goals with the Incubator is to have a clearer picture of what everyone is working on so that the broader Dash community and masternode owners can judge the value of what we’re funding.  Right now there’s clearly a lot of activity, but it’s less clear what we’ve accomplished.  I think having regular software/app release dates that align with both the proposal cycle and the calendar year will be helpful to that end.

After this proposal, our next one will be submitted in the first week of October, which is the first week of Q4.  After that, the first week in January, April, July, and October.  Developers can then use this same schedule to plan their releases and demos in preparation for each upcoming proposal.  Table 1 below shows the Incubator’s historical, current, and planned proposal submissions.
Table 1 - Incubator Proposal Schedule [source]

4 Request

We are requesting 500 DASH/month for 2 months.

As mentioned in previous proposals, we feel that Dash would benefit from ongoing community development funding of at least 10-20% of Dash’s budget.  The incubator has steadily grown in scale to approach that level, as shown in Table 2 below.  Our current request is 10.1% of Dash’s 4,945 DASH budget.
Table 2 - Incubator Proposal Requests [source]

5 Terms

All operations of the Incubator funded by this proposal are subject to our current Rules.  This proposal forms a part of our Network Contract with Dash.

6 Closing

Links needed to access all Incubator information, including past Proposals, can be found in the Resources section of our Rules.

I want to thank Andy for his mentorship over the past 13 months of my involvement with the Incubator.  Through our many conversations I’ve caught his vision for the Incubator and I plan to carry that with me throughout my time as proposal owner, which I consider both an opportunity and a great responsibility.  I have many ideas that I hope to bring to the Incubator.  Thanks to all you masternode owners who continue your support beyond Andy’s leadership.


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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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2 points,9 months ago
The Dash Incubator A great idea with continuity. It will have extensive approval.
1 point,9 months ago
So far so good. Thanks for your support!
3 points,9 months ago
You have my support.
1 point,9 months ago
Thank you, qwizzie
4 points,9 months ago
I'm voting yes on this proposal.
1 point,9 months ago
Thanks, Darren. Much appreciated.
5 points,9 months ago
This proposal has my full support. The incubator is supporting both external contributors for Core as bounties as well as certain side projects that are quite important and will greatly help us in the future. As an example one of these is a distributed image thumbnail server. This project will be able to run on many nodes (or even potentially some masternodes) and eventually service the network with a content delivery network for thumbnails for user avatars in DashPay. Another one is a merchant directory on top of platform. And these are just a few of tens of ideas being funded by incubator at the moment.
1 point,9 months ago
Appreciate the support. I think there’s a great symbiotic relationship possible between DCG and Incubator.
1 point,9 months ago
That is a rather large ask, DC seems to have gone wonky, can't even tell how much of the budget is already allocated, could this price out DCG comp package? I am not fully satisfied with DCG's performance, but hard to make a decision when Dash Central isn't even showing the network available budget. <clusterfuck> Especially with a DTP government proposal up. I am going to hold back my votes on everything until I get some clarity.
0 points,9 months ago
1 point,9 months ago
Looks like the DIF put in their proposal now. Room for everyone including them.
2 points,9 months ago
With regards to DC : rango is working on fixing the bugs (missing mn payments, budget proposals hanging in yellow), he replied 2 days ago in the shoutbox of DC. I assume that will also fix the budget allocation. Too bad that Dash Nexus is down, or you could have checked it there.
2 points,9 months ago
There are two more places where you can check the budget allocation :

Dash Masternode Tool - Proposals
1 point,9 months ago
Thanks, hard to make decisions when you can't see the free budget here, hope erango fixes this soon.
1 point,9 months ago
Its fixed already, since yesterday
2 points,9 months ago
According my calculations there is room for all active budget proposals currently in our budget system, while leaving some 700 Dash unallocated.
They just need to be voted in.
1 point,9 months ago
Hope the DIF scoops up the leftovers, ya, looked at ninja, we have room in the budget for all proposals.