Making Maker: October 2019

31st October 2019

October was all about the Multi-Collateral Dai launch date announcement, Dai user growth, and, of course, DevCon 5 in Osaka, Japan. 

There’s an awful lot for you to digest in this Month’s Making Maker, but before you take a bite, take a look at the most current statistics from mkr.tools

Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD) Updates

Monday, November 18, Set for MCD Launch

On October 9, in Osaka, Japan, Maker Foundation CEO Rune Christensen announced the November launch date for MCD, and emphasized the crucial and decisive role decentralized governance of the Maker Protocol will play prior to launch. Rune also announced a redesign of the Maker website, unveiling in the process the new Dai logo. MCD will bring exciting new features to the Maker Protocol, including the highly anticipated Dai Savings Rate (DSR) and, of course, additional CDP collateral types. Watch the video of the announcement below:

Say Goodbye to CDPs and Hello to Maker Vaults

On November 18, along with the release of MCD, will come a very important change in terminology: “Collateralized Debt Position (CDP)” will be replaced with “Vault.” Additionally, to help users and others distinguish between Dai generated via SCD and Dai generated via MCD, we will begin referring to SCD-generated Dai as Sai, and MCD-generated Dai as Dai. We urge all in the Maker community and in the media to do the same. 

MCD Security Roadmap Update: October 2019

Pore over the findings from our security efforts, including our Bug Bounty Program, MCD formal verification, and audit report results, and learn of the progress we’ve made on our Integration Partner Program. 

The new visual identity of Dai.

Test Your Favorite Dapps Pre-MCD Launch

A number of partners have already integrated with one of our MCD Kovan testnet deployments. Some offer test environments, which we encourage users to take advantage of at their convenience. Individual user testing not only greatly benefits the ecosystem, but also assists in the success of MCD by uncovering integration issues before launch.

Dai In Numbers: Momentum Report Q3

Since our last Dai in Numbers Report, Dai activity has more than quadrupled. The continued adoption of Dai illustrates the importance and appeal of stable currency in the Ethereum ecosystem. 

Dai surge over 10 months.

Oasis Trade Is Live!

The new Oasis Trade represents the first step toward creating an all-in-one decentralized finance (DeFi) hub through which users can trade crypto assets, earn savings by locking up Dai in the Dai Savings Rate (DSR), and access Multi-Collateral Dai CDPs. Users can now trade BAT, REP,  ETH, and ZRX against DAI.

Test Chain Guide

Early in the month, we introduced the Test Chain Guide, which describes how developers can use Maker’s custom test chain to start building dapps on top of the Maker Protocol right away.

Partnerships

Through a pilot with DexFreight and Centrifuge, we are helping to connect the logistics industry with DeFi. Trucking companies can fill financing gaps with tokenized freight invoices used as collateral. This pilot validates our mission to reshape the future of commerce. 

Governance Updates

A series of Governance Polls and Executive Votes this month resulted in an overall stability fee decrease to 5.5% from 10.5% at the end of September. Numerous factors drove the fee changes.

Here’s the polling and voting history:

On October 12, Cyrus Younessi, Head of Risk at Maker, shared a threat on Twitter detailing some of the new governance and risk features of MCD

Coinbase Custody customers can now participate in Maker governance directly from the platform’s offline storage. Here's how. 

The Coinbase voting system, designed to support voting in MakerDAO.

Following in the footsteps of Coinbase, Crypto custody provider Anchorage has launched a governance voting platform for MKR holders.

To stay current on Governance, Risk, and Community issues, bookmark the MakerDAO Public Events Calendar. Newcomers to Maker might want to review a series of posts on the MakerDAO Governance Risk Framework.

October Events: All Japan, All Day Long

DevCon 5 Maker Speaker Highlights

Nearly everyone at DevCon 5 anticipated a big announcement from Maker, and Rune didn’t disappoint. But when he made the big announcement, he did so at the end of a great discussion about the present and future of DeFi. Watch his entire presentation:
https://slideslive.com/38920014/whats-next-for-defi

Mariano Conti, our Head of Smart Contracts, hit the DevCon stage on October 9  to discuss how he’s used crypto since 2014 to hedge against Argentina’s double-digit inflation. His journey began with Bitcoin but he’s since progressed to Dai, of course. Don’t miss his moving presentation:

https://slideslive.com/38920018/living-on-defi-how-i-survive-argentinas-50-inflation

Rune In Demand

CoinDesk’s Christine Kim caught up with Rune in Osaka, after the MCD launch announcement, to discuss what’s ahead for the Maker Foundation and MakerDAO:

On October 2, Rune appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia to discuss how stablecoins work and why they are needed in the global economy. The appearance created great DeFi buzz on Twitter. Watch the segment: 

https://www.bloomberg.com/multimedia/api/embed/iframe?id=f11ffd53-7cfe-4d66-a9e9-8310693a55d9

Images from Tokyo and Osaka

Rune announcing the MCD launch date at Devcon 5 in Osaka, Japan.
Rune getting ready for his Bloomberg close-up.
 Rune’s fireside chat with Coindesk’s Joon Ian Wong on October 3 in Gajoen, Tokyo.  
Mariano Conti discussing the awesomeness of Dai at DevCon 5.
Mariano Conti proudly sharing his story in Osaka.
Mariano Conti (second from right) discussing Maker and Dai during a DevCon 5 panel discussion at Club Piccadilly titled, “Rebuilding Finance: How to Overcome the First Hurdles in Mass Adoption.”
Lasse Birk Olesen, our Head of Integration, introducing Dai and the new features of MCD to blockchain developers and enthusiasts at Node Tokyo on Oct. 5.
Maker’s Head of Oracles, Nik Kunkel, talks about the launch of Oracles V2 at DevCon 5.
Charles St. Louis (third from the left in the back), one of our multi-talented technical consultants, participating in the “Standards in Ethereum” panel at Devcon 5 in Osaka.
Maria Magenes, our Community Lead in Europe, being interviewed by CNBC Africa while managing the Maker booth at DevCon 5.  
Rich Brown, our Head of Community Development, mans our booth at Devcon 5.
Makoto Inoue, winner of our Devcon t-shirt contest, wears the shirt he helped design. Daikokuten means ‘god of wealth’ in Japanese. 

Upcoming Events

On Nov. 1, join Maria Magenes, our European Community Lead, and Gustav Arentoft, European Business Development Lead, in London for Maker Meets WeWork Labs, a presentation all about Dai, DeFi, and WeWork’s Blockchain Labs.

On Nov. 6 and 7, Maker will be at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Manila for the Asia Finance Forum: The Future of Inclusive Finance. We've put out a challenge to the community to build Dai-integrated solutions for the agricultural sector. 

To see additional events that we sponsor, participate in, or plan to attend, head to our Events page, and bookmark it!

Reminder: If you’re organizing a small event that incorporates Maker or Dai—whether it's a meetup, panel, talk, or workshop— we want to support you! Learn more about our global meetups and micro-grants initiative

The Latest Dai Integrations

Bloqchain Science, a smart contract auditor and security firm, now allows users to pay for its services in Dai.

 Collaborative financial platform 2Gether now supports DAI.

Image courtesy of 2gether.

Maker Community Notes

The Maker Foundation is dedicated to bootstrapping an ecosystem that not only brings financial stability and transparency to the global economy, but also highlights the vital role that community plays in a decentralized world. Learn how our community grants provide funding for the most promising blockchain projects.

Do you have friends who are interested in organizing a local meetup about Maker or DeFi? If so, let us know—there could be a refer-a-friend bounty in it for you.

To stay current on Maker Community meetings, bookmark our Community Playlist on Youtube.

The Maker Foundation Is Hiring!

The Maker Foundation is looking for awesome people to join our growing, hard-working, and overall badass team. Check out our open roles and reach out if you’re interested!

Learn more about MakerDAO:

Website: https://makerdao.com/

Blog: https://blog.makerdao.com

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31st October 2019