The Heartbeat of Cardano.

Cardano Latam Hubs: Building Communities

Blockchain technology will be a true game-changer for society, however for this to happen it must be promoted in the communities.

Ben O’Hanlon, Head of Community Engagement & Insights, at IOHK, has on his Twitter the following sentence: “Competitors can’t copy communities“. 

That means open source can be copied, but building a community is a different challenge. Without community there is no technological ecosystem.

The idea of ​​technological interoperability makes interaction between communities necessary. Although interoperability technology is growing in the crypto industry, currently, there are no organized bridges between different Blockchain communities to collaborate with each other.

This proposal seeks to create effective collaborations with other Blockchains at the local level in Latin America, spreading the Cardano vision throughout the region, connecting with other communities.

With the communication and collaboration of various communities, among projects of other blockchains, it will seek to promote the adoption of Cardano.  

The Proposal: Cardano Hubs Across Latin America

Latin America is a fertile region for Cardano-based mass adoption and value creation. It has a total population of 650 million inhabitants, which, except for Brazil with 200 million people who speak Portuguese, the rest are Spanish speakers.

The LATAM Townhall has proven to be a common ground for many Cardano members to interact.

This proposal is a continuation of the proposals F7 LATAM Town Hall by Catalyst Swarm and LATAM Cardano Community Operations F8, which were funded.

A Hub provides a meeting point, where people can express themselves in their own languages ​​and cultures. The objective is to create powerful collaborations, to expand to communities of other blockchains, obtaining synergy in learning and action.

The idea is to make the Cardano community the best option to participate in decentralized projects, creating connections with key players in the crypto industry.

The team says that, throughout the work experience, members of multiple disciplines joined the community, and showed the ability to become local leaders in their respective countries. From the local experience at the Buenos Aires Hub, you can see how frictionless collaborations happen throughout each meeting, making it an ideal environment for collaborations, in native language. 

This proposal seeks to provide resources to these people, starting with the tools and financing to start up their Hubs. New Hubs will be able to take advantage of the community in existing Hubs, while creating a great center of gravity for them, allowing learning and gaining direct insight into the experiences of other organizers, which is key when starting a new Hub. new Hub. 

The objective is to set up 5 community centers, with the freedom to work as autonomous groups, being able to create individual proposals.

The team has experience with the LATAM group of translators, and considers that it has been an excellent way to collaborate.

The Hubs will be hosted in: 

  • Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA) 
  • Colombia (BOGOTA) 
  • Venezuela (CARACAS) 
  • South Florida (USA) 
  • Santiago de Chile (CHILE) 

Future proposals could scale this concept, increasing the number of Hubs.

Part of the LATAM team had the opportunity to attend the Polkadot Consensus Buenos Aires 2022 event, and was able to interact with several Polkadot Ambassadors, developers, and even Gavin Wood himself, co-founder of Ethereum and Polkadot, where it was possible to discuss how to develop a future multi-blockchain. 

With this proposal we intend to create spaces to bring several key players from the Blockchain industry to LATAM. Vitalik Buterin visited Argentina last December, it was a visit with great repercussions, and he even met with influential politicians from Argentina.                                                                                                             

The team’s vision is ambitious, as much as bringing Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson to Latin America to discuss blockchain adoption policies in LATAM, promoting institutional adoption for Cardano. Let us remember the social and political profile of Charles, with participation in events and in his recent exhibition at the US House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit for the implementation of regulations that are favorable to the crypto industry.

These spaces will take on the challenges of educating and leading the way in pushing for favorable crypto legislation, creating powerful connections across the continent. 

The bases for creating Hubs are:

  • Organization & Governance 
  • Culture, Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Innovation & Decision-making 
  • Collaboration Tools & Platforms 
  • Incentivized Participation 
  • Cost & Efficiency 
  • Regulation & Compliance 
  • Security & Privacy 

Since the Hubs will work autonomously, the events will depend on your organization and strategies. For these proposals, a minimum of 2 events are scheduled within a period of 4 months. The size of each event in each location may vary. Each center will receive the same payment of funds for the allocation of expenses.

The risk of the Hubs is that the organization and start-up could take longer than established, a risk that can be mitigated with the collaboration between the different Hubs.  

The Roadmap

  • Month 1: Hub organizing & Promotion 
  • Month 2-3: 1st Event Held 
  • Month 4: 2nd Event Held

Progress indicators are:

  • Organized events 
  • Social media communication (Twitter, Discord, Telegram, etc.)  
  • All networking activities the community registered in Gitbook 
  • All transactions accounted for and published 
  • Coordination meeting to report on all progress and plans 

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) 

  • Number of community members on the Discord server 
  • Number of people in the Hub groups (Telegram, Discord , Whatsapp) 
  • Number of attendees to the events 
  • Number of attendees to the LATAM Townhall 
  • Number of views on the YouTube channel 
  • Number of “likes” and “shares” of the content on each of the channels 

Success is considered:

  • At least 600 members of the community in our Discord server 
  • At least 400 people in Hubs 
  • At least 200 attendees at Hub events 
  • At least 80 attendees at Townhall LATAM 
  • At least 200 subscribers to the YouTube channel 
  • At least 1000 Twitter followers 

The Budget

  • Remuneration of the referrer Hub: USD 500 x 5 Hubs x 4 Months = USD 10,000
  • Events: 1,750 USD x 5 Hubs x 2 events = USD 17,500 
  • Budget subtotal: USD 27,500
  • Risks and Emergencies: 10% of the Budget subtotal = USD 2,750

Total Budget: USD 30,250

The Team

The team is formed to spread the values ​​and philosophy of Cardano in decentralization.

In the team there are CAs, vCAs, founding proponents, Cardano ambassadors, professors, lawyers, journalists, developers, marketers, media influencers, and StakePool operators.

Alex Pestchanker: Mentor, host and speaker, funded proponent, challenge team member for F7 Grow Latam-Grow Cardano and CA on F6, 7 and 8, vCA on F7 and F8, funded proponent subcircle member, Swarm Veteran.

Rodolfo Miranda: funded proponent as member of the Challenge Team for F7 Grow Latam, Grow Cardano and F8 Self Sovereign Identity, CA on F6, F7 and F8, vCA on F7 and F8.

Lucas Macchiavelli: funded proponent on F7 and F8, CA on F8 , Cardano Ambassador, Swarm Contributor.

Jaime Martinez: funded proponent on F7 and F8, CA on F6 and F7, Catalyst community member since F4, Advocator and builder of educational initiatives for LatAm Cardano Communities.

Mauro Andreoli , Juanita Jaramillo R, Víctor Corcino, and Juan Sierra.

Linktree LATAM Cardano Community

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You can read the original proposal on Catalyst: Empowering Collabs though Hubs

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