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Core Developer Contest and Sponsor Program

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  1. eduffield

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    At Dash, our vision has always been to become a globally renowned crypto payment platform like Bitcoin and create a currency that is private, instant and capable of mass adoption. As part of this evolution, we recently announced that we’re changing our name from Darkcoin to Dash. The next stage of Dash will be to build out an infrastructure capable of mass adoption, so we’re happy to announce our first step in this direction: the Core Development Contest.

    This is intended to be an exciting and fun contest to find the best qualified candidates to join the Dash Core Development team and pay the winners Dash as a reward.

    How to participate as a developer

    To participate as a candidate for a core developer slot, simply email us at [email protected] and join the team, get familiar with the github and see where you can help out! Every two weeks, we will announce one winner that will occupy a slot. Slots will pay out the earnings of ten masternodes, approximately 136 DASH per month (Currently $408 worth of Dash). If the team has a positive impact on Dash and causes adoption, we can expect the price to rise giving the team members some upside. We’ll cap the earnings per slot at $1000/mo, which will be calculated monthly*.

    Contest winners will officially join the team and be expected to provide significant value to the project in an ongoing basis. Those that lose interest in the project, will lose their slot to other candidates.

    Every two weeks a new winner will be selected by eduffield and Udjinm6. The winner will immediately be added to the slot and begin receiving payments**. The next winner will be announced two weeks after that until the final slot is filled.

    Core Development - C++

    We’re seeking highly talented software developers capable of working on the core client, which is written in C++. Participants should have a solid understanding of Bitcoin based technologies.

    Dash is an exciting framework to work on with technology such as the Masternodes, Darksend, IX, among other features, so we expect lots of contestants.

    Example projects include:
    • Improving Masternode protocol communication
    • Speeding up the unique features of our client
    • Implementing a challenging solution to storing Masternodes in the blockchain
    • Writing technology for serializing the Masternode Payments history (to improve the reference nodes accuracy)
    • Debugging Darksend and getting it to work 100% of the time
    • Keeping the core client up-to-date with upstream changes happening in Bitcoin

    Integration Specialist

    We’re looking for one person to work full time on some integrations we have in the pipeline. This person should be skilled at web-related technologies such as NodeJS, Python, Javascript and PHP. We have many integrations in the pipeline, so this is expected to be a part-to-full time role within the core team.

    iPhone / Mobile Wallet Specialist

    Are you a skill Objective C programmer? We’re looking for someone to create a mobile wallet for iPhone, please see https://github.com/voisine/breadwallet for an example of what we would like.

    Future Slots

    Later on, when the technology is beyond a beta level, we will be opening up other slots for gaining adoption in our target markets, if you have another skill (Outright, PR, Web Design), check back in a few months!

    Sponsorship Program

    To fund this initiative, we are also launching a Coredev Sponsorship Program. We are looking for backers that want to redirect earnings from their active Masternodes and sponsor paid positions or slots in the core development team. We already have a few interested sponsors but we still need more.

    If you consider yourself an investor in the DASH project please consider backing a core developer with a monthly stipend from your Masternode earnings, this is not intended as full payment but as a token of our appreciation, so that our core developers are highly motivated and we can attract more developers to the team.

    The coins we hold are only as valuable as the development behind them so lets give value to our investment and support a developer. As I mentioned, each core developer slot will pay out the earnings of ten Masternodes approximately 136 DASH per month. The more developer slots we are able to fund from the sponsorship program the more developer slots we can offer in our Core Development contest and add more bandwidth to our development efforts.

    We are looking for sponsors that are ready to support the program for at least a year so that we have continuity in the development process.

    As a sponsor you can contribute with the earnings of any number of Masternodes you want, from backing a full slot with 10 MN earnings or partially funding a slot with a few or even one node. To participate as a sponsor send us an email to [email protected] or a PM in the forums to Minotaur as we need to know how many spots we have available to offer to candidate developers.

    Backing a developer will be easy, all you will have to do as a Sponsor is activate a flag in the masternode.conf file of your node and the network will automatically pay an sponsored dev. We are in need of serious investors if it is within your possibilities consider helping with a few nodes earnings.

    *Slots will not be available until v0.11.2 has been released, which is slated for release before April 14th.
    **As an example, if the price of Dash is $13, we’ll adjust the earnings to be as close to 76 DASH ($1000/$13)

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    Coredev Contest and Sponsor Program follow up - March 22nd

    We’ve had great interest in the sponsorship program, but many of the potential sponsors were asking for an easier way to contribute a small percentage (5%) of their masternode earnings. In order to make donations easy for everyone, the first time you start your masternode, the software will ask if you’re interested in donating. This should make it very easy for anyone to support the development of Dash, without messing with complicated configurations.

    Most masternode operators that reached out to us were interested in donating about 5%, which is the number we used for this feature. We’ll make it configurable later on, but for now that is the default.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Populandum

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    first!

    Seiously though:
    This is awesome! All the hard work by devs and this community never ceases to amaze me!
    Great job everyone! I'm looking forward to a DASHING future!
     
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  3. TaoOfSatoshi

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    The awesomeness continues... Now to spread the word!
     
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    This is going to be a very powerful initiative.
     
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    Can those who only have one, or have a share in a slot, support a dev with a percentage of their single nodes earnings?
     
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    This is so good !!!
    I am all in , email send !
     
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    Count me in ;)
     
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    Each developer slot requires full earnings from 10MN, so ideally backers would support a developer with earnings from a few nodes. So we can make sure we can compensate our developers as they will be counting on it. It is intended to be a fair system where those that operate multiple nodes help support core developers that will give value to their investment.

    If you want to donate a percentage of a single node then the best way would be to direct that to the foundation so we could aggregate those funds to support development.

    One very important thing, our own UdjinM6 and Flare are already going to be part of this program, and they are already working full time Dash. :cool:
     
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    Another brilliant idea! Great way to incentivize devs and also offer a mechanism for people to donate their MN earnings to support Dash's ongoing development.
     
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    Hi Evan and Team. I'd love to contribute something... Though time isn't one of them due to our own expanding businesses. That being said I would certainly love to donate on behalf of our winery and myself in maybe some kind of DASH contribution. Also we could certainly donate a wine gift to winners
    . We could create a custom wine label just for this from a select barrel for example. Just some thoughts...
     
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    Are any of the other core devs included in this as well?
     
  12. Populandum

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    Ooo, I like good food and drinks :) You got a website? ^_^
     
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    Eduffield and Udjin will be picking a winner every two weeks from the candidates working on the Github. There are two initiatives here that work in tandem the Coredev Contest and the Sponsor Program, one depends on the other, we are hoping for many backers, but the program is just being launched. For now we are already backing Udjin and Flare, and they are working full time for Dash. The more slots we are able to fund from the Sponsor program the more devs we can include on the payed slots. I am hoping we can fund at least 6 -7 full time developers, maybe 10 devs, that could be extremely powerful.

    If you think about it the more developers we support the faster we reach our development goals the more likely the price is to increase as we release added value features for end users. So If I contribute with 20% of my masternodes earnings that could have a butterfly effect on the price where I am more likely to double my money.

    We want to expand the development team and new Core developers won't have much in terms of coin so they need an incentive. Masternode Operators stand to win the most from their work, so it only makes sense that we support them. I am already committed to support one full slot, so 10MNs earnings, the more slots we can support the more we can develop.
     
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    1 MN earnings pointing your way !
    (small shrimp, sorry all i can)

    Anybody ready to top this ?
    Not that hard really, come on you Dolphins and Whales, show this some love
    ;)
     
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    www.misconductwineco.com www.facebook.com/MisconductWineCo

    Unfortunately for me...there is very little time to contribute. I'm on here and BCT alot during any breaks, traveling to and from engagements...as you'll see me post on BCT quite often. I never watch TV, movies or play games...so my one vice is being here with you guys....to my wife's sh-grin.

    This is not about me though but how others and myself that may not have the skills or time needed can be of help and contribute.

    There are many on here that may want to contribute something to help you guys out. Its the least we can do. We can contribute DASH's, PR ....anything else our team thinks is needed. Please advise.

    I'll donate right now 100 DRK...please provide an address. Its not much...but I'm certainly ready to make further contributions.
     
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    We will soon have a way to do that. We still need to determine the best way to do this with the least amount of management and centralization possible. Avoiding tax repercussions is also important. Right now, you can already donate to the foundation (darkcoinfoundation.org/donate), but we will provide something for donations directly to this program besides that. It would be good to get a glimpse of how many people are donating, and how much, to organize things. Anyone interested please tell Minotaur if you prefer not to post publicly.

    Adopt a Dev!
     
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    I'll wait for some direction from the Foundation or Evan as to where I may start donating. Please advise.
     
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    Like fernando said you can already donate to the foundation here: darkcoinfoundation.org/donate :)
     
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    Perfect, thanks! Don't worry, now that we know you want to donate, we will pursue you, we will look for you and we will extract that donation from you :tongue::tongue::tongue:

     
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    ROTFLMAO! Fair enough! ;)
     
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    Just curious...is it possible to put up current donation drives that we need funds for on the foundation site? That way we can pick items we are personally attached too. Just a thought. As a foundation member do I have access to that site? Thanks. I'll move to a PM with you to discuss this so that I'm not hogging this thread.
     
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    I'll drink to that!
     
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    I'd like to order a few limited edition bottles of DASH. It might be nice to have a commemorative bottle for the launch of DASH to remember the day we committed to changing the world.
     
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    Discussion about how the foundation should use its funds should be posted in the Foundation forum ;)
     
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    With the Allspark gone (DARKCOIN), we cannot return life to our planet. But fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home (DASH). We (THIS COMMUNITY) live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret, waiting...protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there's more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime (EVAN DUFFIELD), and I send this message to any surviving Autobots (CORE DEVs) taking refuge among the stars (OTHER ALTCOINS): We are here. We are waiting.

     
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    Does that mean they quit their daytimes jobs?

    I already see the next tweet: "Dash decreases unemployment rate" :D
     
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    We still haven't approved any expenditure, but they should go to anything that the foundation supports. They are very limited right now, so we have been very conservative. I like your idea towards specific drives being published there. Or we could have a unique address but vote on the actions towards which we should use the funds... We'll have to open that discussion as soon as all the rebrading project is done and we can be back to work :)
     
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    Absolutely yes, Flare and Udjin are already working full time for Dash with no separate employment. That is why we really need Masternode Operators to support the Sponsor Program, we want to have more core developers and support the ones we have. This is really important for the project and to be able to realize all those goals we have set for the project as discussed by Evan in the last interview.

    Please Masternode Operators we are in need of backers so we can add more developers to the team! See your investment multiply, we need to give in order to receive.
     
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