ZOMG Open Call for Candidates 2021

It seems @copernicus has withdrawn thier candidacy. I have updated the top post of this thread to reflect this change and removed them from the candidates group.

Best of health and a speedy recovery!

H.T. @aquietinvestor


Just posted by Zcash Foundation:

Top post has been updated with this information.


From the ZF post above:

  • Between now and 11th December 2021 , new candidates should submit a forum post (ideally five paragraphs or less) in the governance zomg-elections category of the Zcash Community Forum, announcing their candidacy, and outlining their priorities and vision for ZOMG. Community members will have an opportunity to ask candidates questions directly as replies to their respective posts.

cc @kayabaNerve @madars

  • Candidates who had previously announced their candidacy must positively re-confirm that they are standing by posting to the this topic before 11th December. If they do not post reconfirmation of their candidacy by that date, we will assume that they are not standing . This is to ensure that there is no confusion or uncertainty regarding who is standing for election.

cc @aiyadt @aquietinvestor @Autotunafish @BrunchTime @hanh @Souptacular @wobbzz @ZOMG-Candidate

  • On December 15th ZF will host an open community video call, inviting all candidates to participate and giving community members an opportunity to ask them questions directly. Candidates aren’t required to attend, but we encourage them to do so. We will post a signup link for the call next week.
  • On December 20th ZF will open a Helios poll with the Zcash Community Advisory Panel to select five candidates to serve on the next ZOMG Committee.
  • Polling will close on December 31st .

Edit: Tagging relevant people including current candidates and those who may have expressed interests in running for ZOMG.


Also, please note @aiyadt @hanh @BrunchTime since you have received grants in the past from ZOMG it is important to understand that if you are elected you will be ineligible to submit new grant applications for the duration (1 year) of serving on ZOMG.

The key points can be summarized as follows:

  • Serving ZOMG Committee members and entities in which a serving ZOMG Committee member is an officer or director or otherwise has a financial interest are ineligible to submit a new grant application to ZOMG.
  • A person who has submitted a grant application (or who is an officer or director or otherwise has a financial interest in an entity that has submitted a grant application) on which the ZOMG Committee has not yet rendered a decision is ineligible to serve as a ZOMG Committee member (unless the grant application is withdrawn).
  • A person who is a current grant recipient (or a person who is an officer or director or otherwise has a financial interest in an entity that is a current grant recipient) is eligible to serve on the ZOMG Committee so long as the decision to accept their grant application was made before they began serving as a member of the ZOMG Committee.
  • Milestone payout decisions that relate to a serving ZOMG Committee member’s grant (or a grant awarded to an entity in which a serving ZOMG Committee member has a financial interest) will be taken by the executive director or other officer of ZF.
  • Before taking their seat on ZOMG Committee, newly-elected Committee members will be required to undergo the ZF’s KYC process, complete a conflict of interest questionnaire, and sign an independent contractor agreement with ZF (to ensure that their status and relationship with ZF is clearly-defined). Additionally, serving ZOMG Committee members will be required to notify ZF of any new conflicts of interest that develop or emerge during their tenure.

Am I still running for ZOMG…



I have announced my own candidacy. @kayabaNerve Candidacy for ZOMG



I have added a link to your thread in the top
post of this thread and added you to the ZOMG-Candidate group.

Good luck!


Confirming that I’m still running!


I confirm I’m still running.


I am excited to see the progress that has been discussed in the retrospective calls and I would like to announce my candidacy for zomg. The next few years will be an amazing journey for privacy, sustainability, and what it means to be a human in a digital first world.


Welcome @dontpanicburns ! I have added your candidacy post to the top of this thread and added you to the ZOMG-candidate group.

Good luck!


Confirming that I’m running for ZOMG!

My primary focus would be bringing more companies like QEdit to materially build the vision many of us Zcashers share - scalablilty, zNFTs, zUSD, Zcash interoperability with other blockchains.


Friendly reminder to current candidates that has not express their reconfirmation. @Autotunafish @BrunchTime @hanh You folks have only 1 day left to re-confirm that you are still running.

Edit: 1 day left for reconfimation.


Thanks for the reminder. Confirming here and now!


Are the ECC and the Foundation putting forward candidates like last year? Seems like a mistake not to imho. cc: @zooko @Dodger


For clarification, no I will not be throwing my hand back in, I DM’d the faculty back on Oct 15 stating that I was stepping off the roster.


Today is the last day to announce or re-confirm that you are running for ZOMG!



Hey, thanks for calling us out, Aristarchus!

We talked about this internally. We would absolutely love the opportunity to work with the other future ZOMG members, and to meet lots of developers who want to build on Zcash. However, we can’t afford the time commitment right now because all of us are focused on the commitments we’ve already made in pursuit of our North Star of building a world-class UX for ZEC.

[Brief digression: What is ECC up to nowadays?]

Currently, our priority is executing the Network Upgrade 5 (NU5) core protocol upgrade, in concert with a large and rapidly growing ecosystem of allies — wallets, exchanges, the Zcash Foundation, various ZOMG grant recipients, etc. — who make up the Zcash network. At the same time, we’re upgrading accompanying software such as our Wallet SDKs. Bundled together, we’re calling this product suite Halo Arc for Zcash.

Not everyone might know this, but NU5/Halo Arc is our biggest and most ambitious project yet! It will be the first deployment of an entirely new zero-knowledge proving system, Halo, which was the first discovery of trustless and recursive zero-knowledge proofs. Deploying it in Zcash will eliminate trusted setup and bring performance and privacy improvements. Additionally, it makes Zcash ready for future upgrades such as scalability enhancements and new zero-knowledge features such as Zcash Shielded Assets, and potentially other novel functionality.

On top of that, we think Halo will turn out to be a great foundational technology to enable Web3, and we hope to leverage it to make the ZEC coin a core component of the coming Web3 world, as indicated by our partnerships with Filecoin and Ethereum orgs and Agoric.

Not only that, but NU5/Halo Arc also heralds the launch of the Shielded By Default campaign and we’re trying to get all wallets and all exchanges that support ZEC to participate. The more of them do so, the more users around the world get the convenience of having ZEC available in all of their products and services, along with the unbeatable on-chain security of the Shielded Pool.

(A call to all Zcashers: Contact your favorite product or service that supports ZEC and ask them if they are ready for Shielded By Default!)

But all this is only the beginning! That’s just our deliverables for early 2022! Beyond that, we’re already hard at work figuring out the necessary tech, product, and marketing for our three year roadmap to move Zcash to proof-of-stake (based on the community’s clear signal of approval for that), build direct interoperation with other good Layer-1 blockchains, and implement our own specialized Zcash wallet.

Also, even though we’ve decided to prioritise all of the above over implementing ZSAs ourselves, we’re continuing to do product research around ZSAs in support of another team — perhaps QEDIT — who could build it.

Also there might be a few happy surprises coming out, along the way, along the lines of all of the above. :wink:

[End of brief digression]

Okay, so after talking it over, we currently don’t believe we have the capacity to serve on the ZOMG this time around.

Two more comments about ECC’s involvement with ZOMG:

First, even though we didn’t have a representative from ECC on the first ZOMG committee, our direct connections with the ZOMG members plus the high degree of transparency they practiced made it easy for us to track what they were doing. So I have no concerns about lack of transparency, assuming the next ZOMG behaves somewhat like the first one in that regard.

Second, even though we weren’t on the first ZOMG committee, we did contribute in a few ways, by meeting with people, introducing people to ZOMG, giving feedback on proposals, checking deliverables, chiming in on the forums, and so on. We expect to do that again.

Okay, thanks again for asking, Aristarchus. Even though we don’t have the capacity to sit on ZOMG ourselves this time around, we’re all quite enthusiastic about the next ZOMG and all the goodness that we expect to come out of it. :slight_smile:


Great post Zooko. At the risk of continuing an off topic convo, would ECC/ZF be able to provide the community a list of wallets, exchanges, and partners that are committed to shielded by default? I think this may be a good way to keep track of the shield by default campaign and allow zcashers to crowdsource their efforts at bugging partners to enable shielded by default strategies.

Also, it would be great to have a campaign website or something that keeps track of shielded versus non shielded traffic live. It could be similar to the let’s encrypt campaign for internet traffic. Framing it in comparison to internet traffic encryption may really get the point across and normalize encrypted blockchain transactions as something we can all be more familiar with (encrypted internet traffic). Maybe there’s somebody who wants to run a zomg grant to make a website like this?


The official list of candidates for ZOMG are:

  1. @wobbzz Wobbzz for ZOMG
  2. @kayabaNerve Luke Parker for ZOMG
  3. @Souptacular Hudson for ZOMG
  4. @aquietinvestor Jason McGee for ZOMG
  5. @dontpanicburns Dontpanicburns for ZOMG
  6. @aiyadt Aiyadt for ZOMG
  7. @BrunchTime Brunchtime for ZOMG

The next step is a December 15th Video call where the community can ask questions to these candidates:

  • On December 15th ZF will host an open community video call , inviting all candidates to participate and giving community members an opportunity to ask them questions directly. SIGN UP HERE

  • On December 20th ZF will open a Helios poll with the Zcash Community Advisory Panel to select five candidates to serve on the next ZOMG Committee.

  • Polling will close on December 31st