We are excited to share our recent proposal to Zcash Community Grants:
In our proposal we request ZEC funding towards:
- bounties for open-source contributions
- compensation for three core contributors
Throughout the year we hope to release many more engaging educational videos and documentation about Zcash and its ecosystem while growing a passionate community of contributors from around the world.
It is worth noting as of September 2023, The ZecHub DAO multisig wallet is also earning staking rewards from the JUNO, OSMOSIS, and STARGAZE app chains. These rewards will also be used to increase funding for the ZecHub DAO treasury, and can only be collected and spent with majority DAO vote.
Please see the detailed proposal:
- ZecHub, an open source education hub for Zcash
Team Members’ names:
- ZecHub DAO
Pitch: A one-liner elevator pitch version of your proposal
- This proposal seeks to grow Zcash’s open-source education hub and onboard more contributors to Zcash.
Previous program → Please provide details:
Period: January 2023 - December 2023
ZecHub was founded by Espresso Systems’ Ian Sagstetter as an open-source education hub for Zcash. It has since grown to 78 members on Dework & 35 contributors on Github. It has hosted several community events and has proven that further decentralization of access to Zcash development funding can be used to effectively leverage the incredible talent and enthusiasm of community members, attracting new people and attention from aligned communities.
Please provide details on funding amount, funding source, and any other relevant information:
We are currently participating in the Namada Community Builders Program. It distributes NAM based on votes acquired from other contributors over each epoch (one month).
We are also preparing a grant submission to the Decentralized Cooperation Foundation (DCF). They emphasize Agoric’s proof-of-stake chain and the Cosmos-focused IBC environment with the primary goal of better cooperation between projects.
Who is contributing to this:
@dismad: Background in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Education. Key ZecHub contributor, Cypherpunkzero holder and Moderator, experience in the Automotive Industry for 15+ years
@squirrel: Zcash Arborist Community Notetaker.
@tecnopapapi: A bilingual Computer Science technician and writer and ZecHub DAO member.
He has his own website where he writes reviews, sponsored articles, opinions, and much more about the digital world.
- @zechubdao: The ZecHub DAO is a community-led group that governs ZecHub’s strategy and direction.
- 16 DAO members (active Zcashers)
- Voting duration – 3 days
- Passing threshold 67%
- Quorum 50%
- Deposit: none
- Proposer: Anyone
Description of Problem or Opportunity:
ZecHub will provide an open source educational platform where community members can work together on creating, validating, and promoting content that supports the Zcash ecosystem.
Proposed Solution: Describe the solution at a high level.
In an open-source manner, ZecHub provides easy to understand education resources, a ZecWeekly Newsletter, Wallet Demos, Video explainers on Zcash centric topics such as Zcash Explained and a Podcast.
Anyone can review the documentation for accuracy, create new content and use the hub’s structure to facilitate new ideas that benefit the hub’s education stack and the Zcash ecosystem.
This process has incentivized community members to become more active contributors to Zcash and adjacent crypto ecosystem communities to come in and eventually contribute to the protocol.
ZecHub rewards every contribution by distributing ZEC from a pool of funds that is overseen by the DAO. The DAO also controls the DaoDao based multisig with funds from many leading Cosmos based chains. We focus on advancing Zcash education and provide a uniform process for anyone to earn ZEC.
Future grants: We have every intention of continuing our work beyond 5 months however with the state of the market we appreciate some in the community may have concerns about cost. With that said, we opted to have a 5 month grant with the option for another grant if and when ZecHub is needed with efforts in the Decentralizing Digital Task Force
Solution Format: What is the exact form of the final deliverable you’re creating?
The format of the work will be:
- Zcash Wikipedia
- Zcash Ecosystem Weekly Newsletter
- Consistent Zcash education for Crypto Twitter
- News shows, podcasts and other video content for social media
- Zcash Wallet tutorials
- Zcash User guides
- Twitter spaces / Community events
- Easy to understand articles about Zcash
- Media about other privacy projects (i.e. Namada/Agoric), which can introduce them to Zcash
- ZecHub Extras patronage program
See some of our past work:
- Comparing on-chain privacy technologies
- Zcash Explained: The Namada<>Zcash Strategic Alliance
- Social Media data collection, does it matter? | Cypherpunk Times Article
- ZGo Payment Processor | Wiki page
- ZecHub Magazine
- ZecHub Merch Store
Technical Approach: Dive into the how of your project. Describe your approaches, components, workflows, methodology, etc. Bullet points and diagrams are appreciated!
Starting in January 2024:
Manage the Zcash ecosystem weekly newsletter which is translated in 7 languages
Open-sourced education materials. Anyone can contribute.
Continue our process of issuing bounties and paying contributors on a weekly basis.
We have a community-led DAO to ensure the hub’s strategic direction includes a diverse set of voices
Our DAO votes on all major changes related to the Hub including SubDAO proposals
Anyone can use our materials to support their own channels. For example, Zcash en Español…
Dependencies: What external entities is your project dependent on? What involvement is required from ZF, ECC, and/or other external organizations? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?*
The podcast and twitter spaces events are dependent on Zcash community members and other projects being open to attending. ZecHub is dependent on its DAO members and open-source contributors to see the platform thrive.
Execution risks: What obstacles do you expect? What is most likely to go wrong? Which unknown factors could jeopardize success? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?
The biggest execution risk would be misallocation of the Bounty Pool. It is vital that ample time is provided for project planning. Specifically Tasks, Services and Events need to be budgeted for in advance.
Another education risk is the hub’s dependency on one person for media materials. There should be a strong focus on developing more content creators for the hub.
Evaluation plan: What metrics for success will you share with the community once you’re done? In addition to quantitative metrics, what qualitative metrics will you commit to reporting?
The main metrics related to ZecHub’s success are social media metrics (followers, video views, newsletter subscribers, etc) and the number of contributors building ZecHub related items. Here are the metrics from ZecHub’s first year:
Primary Social Media Following:
Twitter - 950 followers
YouTube - 295 subscribers
Newsletter - 200 subscribers
A high level overview. We average 2-10k Impressions per post on twitter. Our Youtube videos average 100 - 500 views. A monthly report will be published with all relevant key performance indicators.
We have consistently delivered quality social media content. Posts include announcements, wiki documentation, newsletters, podcasts, video tutorials, surveys and threads.
If we can make further effort towards our engagement numbers, and grow our social media following along the way, then we would have a successful year in this regard. We will also post content that appeals to crypto ecosystems outside the Zcash community. For example, Decred, Namada and Agoric. This also provides an avenue of exploration for supplementing our funding streams.
If we do this frequently, with ecosystems that are aligned with Zcash, we can grow our following and engagement outside of Zcash. We believe this will bring more people to ZecHub as followers and potential contributors. This widens the net for potential engagement and growth on social media.
We are also able to create educational material such as videos, posters and programs that can be used alongside the main z.cash website and potentially Zcash Global Ambassador seminars or classes.
We will provide a monthly social media report for the community. You can view our main social media channels below:
We will also strive to grow other social media channels that are more decentralized:
We believe this is the most important metric, we view everything, docs, podcasts, social media, etc., as a means to bring in committed contributors to Zcash. When these contributors are actively playing their part in Zcash education, they will have more things to post about Zcash on social media, in their online communities, IRL, and this will amplify ZecHub and Zcash’s work past our own follower base.
Our goal for 2024 is to see 30 new Zcashers contribute to ZecHub, bringing its contributor count to 65. This will be done via our contributor onboarding process, and community management.
Total Request (USD):
- $44,980 USD -
Please provide justification for the total compensation budget:
Total ZecHub team member compensation for 2024 - $36,080: $36,080
- @dismad $82 * 7.5hrs * 22 weeks = $13,530
- @squirrel $82 * 7.5hrs * 22 weeks = $13,530
- @tecnopapapi $82 * 5hrs * 22 weeks = $9,020
This represents a 9% increase in wage rate from last year due to performance and expected cost increases. Also note the grant is only 5 months vs. last year’s 12 months.
Contributor Bounty Fund. This will be billed as a startup cost and will be disbursed to ZecHub open-source contributors as they complete bounties. This will be denominated in ZEC:
Newsletter - 0.5 ZEC per edition
Translating Newsletter - 0.2 ZEC per translation
ZecHub Wiki - 1 ZEC per new page published
ZecHub Wiki - 0.1 ZEC per accepted edit to docs
Research Article - 1.7 ZEC per accepted article
Video content - 1.5 ZEC per video and/or audio posted on ZecHub socials
Zcash Tutorials (with audio) - 1.5 ZEC per tutorial
Creative content for social - .75 ZEC per creative posted on ZecHub socials
Total of costs for 2024 bounty pool - 230 ZEC. (7,000 USD as of 11/10/24)
Canva: $8 - month / 12x = $96
Linktree: $5 - month / 12x = $60
Super.so: $12 - month / 12x = $144
Website hosting: $300 year
Wordpress hosting: $300 year
Docs Collaboration - $200 year
Total of costs with systems for 2024 - $1,600
- $300 USD
DAO legal structures are unfortunately difficult to navigate, so as a diligent measure we intend to create a separate grant if required* during the project’s duration.
Schedule and Milestones: What is your timeline for the project? Include concrete milestones and the major tasks required to complete each milestone.
- ZecHub contributor bounty fund, business license, & systems costs: $8,900
Milestone 1 - estimated completion date: 01/31/2024
Milestone 1 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables: $7216
Deliverable 1.1: ZecHub team report
Milestone 2 - estimated completion date: 02/29/2024
Milestone 2 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables: $7216
Deliverable 2.1: ZecHub team report
Milestone 3 - estimated completion date: 03/31/2024
Milestone 3 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables: $7216
Deliverable 3.1: ZecHub team report**
Milestone 4 - estimated completion date: 04/30/2024
Milestone 4 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables: $7216
Deliverable 4.1: ZecHub team report
Milestone 5 - estimated completion date: 05/31/2024
Milestone 5 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables: $7216
Deliverable 5.1: ZecHub team report
Total proposed USD value of grant:
- $44,980 paid in ZEC ( not including legal )
If additional legal fees are required we will create a separate grant as required.
How was the project timeline determined?
- The work will be done and delivered from January 4th to June 1st, 2024.
How did you learn about Zcash Community Grants?
- Through being active Zcash community members
We can honestly say it has been a joy collaborating with everyone and building up the project over the past year! We would like to hear from the community about our proposal, let us know if you have any questions.