During a recently held Zilliqa AMA on Telegram and Reddit, we concurred that global community development and marketing are key priorities for the company. Various team members provided concrete examples of our growth efforts to reach our goal — which include expansion of the existing team with skilled professionals; creation of customised surveys for community, developers and miners; and the use of metrics to understand our users base and cater to them more efficiently — among other ideas.
In line with these promises and objectives, we bring you some updates on our latest hire, our latest survey and the ecosystem grant programme. We have also included a shout-out to the Top 3 Zilliqa Day contest winners, and share some related engagement analytics which will help us shape our community relations moving forward.
Expanding our Developer Outreach
We have welcomed a new Developer Evangelist to our team — Gareth Mensah. He has joined our team to help us cultivate a rich ecosystem for our growing developer community.
Gareth brings over 10 years’ experience in technology to Zilliqa, having held roles with both Fortune 500 companies like AOL, Nokia, Wells Fargo as well as start ups. Having worked in various capacities along the way — as a technical service manager, mobile app developer, technical consultant, and developer relations expert — Gareth has a strong understanding of software development life cycle and open collaboration, which he will bring to this role. He holds a BS in Computer Science from San Francisco State University.
In just a few short days, he has already done a deep dive into Zilliqa and initiated activities that will prove to be very impactful to grow the global developer community.
As a first step, he conducted a survey to assess the developer community’s interest in bi-weekly update calls. Here’s what we found from 52 respondents:
- The survey findings indicate that a majority of community members are not informed on the technical aspects of our infrastructure, but many believe in Zilliqa and support its growth by large. The community is keen to understand what the potential and benefits of the technology are, who is using it and how it is helping businesses and their bottom-line
- Based on this, we turn our focus to building relationships and synergies with the community, address their queries and provide support in the form of tools and guidance along the journey towards more adoption and greater awareness
- Moving forward, similar surveys will also help us identify gaps and accordingly customise solutions to drive business opportunities to the Zilliqa platform. In fact, we plan to have another survey after the first call to gather feedback and get to know our dev community better, i.e demographics and their coding experience/background
Zilliqa Day Twitter Competition -Top 3 Winners
There are many ways to describe and illustrate a company or concept, and truly draw out its features in a unique way. We wanted to hear from our community on how they viewed Zilliqa and our work as part of our efforts to make engagement more fun and educational for all. We received some fantastic submissions in our Zilliqa Day contest, as you would have seen on Twitter (#ZilliqaDay2019).
Below, we highlight the Top 3 winners, who have really impressed us with the depth of their insights, concept and design and time spent on weaving a story around Zilliqa’s achievements and brand identity.
- Yanuar Abednego (@bee833)
2. Alix Park (@alixmcrew)
3. Victor Ong (@cryptom0on)
In the interest of further understanding the contest and its outcomes, we ran some analytics on our participants demographics. This was done to get a clearer picture of how we can shift or refocus engagement in geographies where required, while keeping the drumbeat constant in those areas where there is recorded interest, investment or growth in blockchain enthusiasts.
We found that a significant percentage of our entries came from Denmark, UK, India and the largest portion was from the Philippines. Romania, Russia, South Korea, Netherlands, Australia and others each represented about 3–4 percent of the total.
Our learning here is that there are many countries (for example: the US) with growing crypto communities and followers (of Zilliqa and otherwise) that are not necessarily reflected in this contest. Moving forward, we will identify ways to increase participation of these community members and understand how they consume news and campaigns. This will enable us to tailor our approach and reach untapped talent.
Zilliqa’s Fourth Wave Ecosystem Grantees
Last week, our grants manager Han-Wen Chua announced the 11 grantees from the fourth wave of our Ecosystem Grants programme. A big congratulations to all of them! We look forward to seeing how they will use Zilliqa as the building block to turn their business vision and proposals into reality. We hope to highlight their journey and accomplishments along the way, and will share profiles and short updates as and when possible.
With our eyes fixed on boosting the second layer infrastructure tooling which businesses can then leverage for b-commerce applications, we have now opened up applications for Wave Five of the Ecosystem Grant programme under three separate tracks — Infrastructure, Innovation and Research. In this edition of the programme, we will prioritise funding for project proposals which clearly present a value proposition for the Decentralised Finance (DeFi) ecosystem — including chain analytic, simple user onboarding, key management solutions, and web dApp interaction.
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