The submission phase of SCF 4 has officially closed! It’s amazing to see so many fantastic, ambitious and detailed entries this round. Onward to the discussion round! Use this time to ask and answer the hard questions, to lend a hand in suggesting improvements. Above all though encourage each other and celebrate your accomplishments and achievements this far, you are all amazing creators, inventors and innovators. Big claps!!
Now for some less happy news. I think we can all agree that the SCF has often felt a little like the wild west and while it’s been amazing to grow, ideate and iterate there comes a time where you have to abide by new rules and stick to your guns. There’s a new sheriff in town and as a former competitor myself I know how disheartening it can be when the playing field doesn’t feel level. To that end we have chosen to disqualify from this round the following projects.
MSI mobsen Music Spectrum App
Didn’t follow submission guidelines, unclear how Stellar has been implemented.
No live element or track record of success. Run a pilot or construct some curriculum first. For pre work funds like this to be permitted some history of success, accomplishments and accountability will need to be proven first.
EduNode - Meet, learn and build on Stellar
No live element. For pre work funds like this to be permitted some history of success, accomplishments and accountability will need to be proven first.
FIDO An easy way to use Stellar Smart Contracts and fight fraud
No live element.
XLMANCHOR: Becoming an Anchor just got easier
Not enough of a live element. For technical projects the SCF should be viewed as a grant for completed work not for promised work, particularly if you’ve abandoned previous SCF entries.
paywith.glass - Transaction Infrastructure as a Service [TIaaS]
Not enough of a live element and no significant improvements made since the November 2017 SBC entry. For technical projects the SCF should be viewed as a grant for completed work not for promised work.
StarVault - Unplugged vault for Stellar
No live element. Important technical details aren’t outlined. For technical projects the SCF should be viewed as a grant for completed work not for promised work, particularly if you’ve abandoned previous SCF entries.
This is not an opportunity to gloat or bash on the developers or their projects, my hope is that they will each iterate on their entries and come back stronger and more fully fleshed out in the coming rounds. My aim is not to discourage or heavy hand the SCF but rather to encourage the best of us and keep this fund on target.
If you have questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to me
tyvdh on Keybase. For general suggestions or comments we also have a great form to collect feedback. I want this fund to reach its max potential and for that to happen we’ll need to all give each other a little grace, patience and understanding. We’re all in this together, learning, iterating and trying to make the most of the technology Stellar provides.