Community Leaderboard Retrospective

Mina’s community leaderboard program gave those who were new to Mina the unique opportunity to learn about the technology and how to get started, with the chance to qualify for some amazing rewards. Here are the highlights, results and winners.


  • The Community Leaderboard is the first of its kind in the Mina Community.
  • 3,000+ members participated in leaderboard challenges.
  • We welcomed 2,400+ new members.
  • 11K total challenges were completed, racking up to 1.7M leaderboard points.
  • 25 winners will receive a distribution of 20K Mina tokens each.
  • Together, Mina has grown to reach over 100K community members worldwide with 58K+ users on Telegram, 38K+ on Twitter, and 14K+ on Discord.


On February 19th, 2021, the Mina Foundation announced a new Community Leaderboard, offering opportunities to compete in challenges for leaderboard points to potentially qualify for additional token grants. There were up to 500,000 tokens available, and the Top 25 on the leaderboard will be eligible to receive 20,000 tokens each for their contributions to the Mina community.

Mina’s community leaderboard program gave those who were new to Mina the unique opportunity to learn about the technology and how to get started, with the chance to qualify for some amazing rewards. The participation was overwhelming, with over 3K members participating, and 79% of them were brand new to the Mina community. To increase their chances of being in the top 25 winning spots, participants worked hard to complete challenges and create only the best quality online content for the chance to be eligible for a grant.

We would like to highlight some of the outstanding challenge submissions that we witnessed throughout the 6-week Community Leaderboard duration.

Table of Contents

I. Mina Meme Connoisseurs

II. Reddit Rockstars

III. Mina Deep Dive Videos

IV. Community Builders

V. Final Results

Mina Meme Connoisseurs

Besides cryptographers and developers, Mina is also filled with the best meme connoisseurs. Here are just a few of our favorites.meme1

Discord user lovtsovalexey#9108 shared this tweet which explains zk-SNARKs in an interesting way!


Participant Vexter.Vladimir#5522 took to Twitter to tell Elon Musk that even in outer space, nothing is lighter than the Mina blockchain.

Here is a list of all other winners of Great Mina Meme Off and World’s Lightest Meme challenges.

Reddit Rockstars

Reddit is an important platform in the crypto space and Mina’s values extend to participants being open and curious on social media. Mina’s community leaderboard participants took to Reddit to share educational content, ask questions, and support one another.

Community member KingSuper#3702 took home first place by publishing a series of creative and educational articles about Mina called, “Even a Kid Would Get it.”

Winning participants were selected based on displaying Mina’s core values by engaging respectfully with other community members and by expressing curiosity in their writing. Congratulations to KingSuper#3702 and others who placed in the top 10 of this challenge.

Mina Deep Dive Videos

There was incredible participation on the Deep Dive Video challenge from hundreds of users. Producing videos is not an easy task so we want to thank each participant for taking the time to share the Mina message via a video to their communities.

A few people we would like to highlight are andfat#4230 & antropocosmist#5394, who created a high quality educational and creative video which kept viewers engaged by structuring the video like a travel channel program – but for zk-SNARKs!

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There were over 150 Mina videos submitted so the competition was tough. Check out this list of the winning top 10 videos. Beyond these 10 videos, we would also like to recognize Nordy#1360 and amahodler#4246 for writing Mina original songs, KatrinGB#6571 for being inclusive by including an American Sign Language interpreter in her deep dive video, and (Andrey)#0146 for creating this amazing stop-motion video with hand-made clay creations to explain Mina! Thank you all for your hard work and effort.

Community Builders

Mina is known to have a large, robust, and friendly community ecosystem. Members are encouraged to uphold the values of Curiosity, Openness, Respect, and Excellence in their participation in the community. As a token of appreciation, Welcome Wagon and Values Champions awards were given to those who went above and beyond in building the community by welcoming new members, helping answer questions, and contributing technologically.

We awarded 7 Values Champion and 12 Welcome Wagon winners – to see the full list of these contributors, please check out past announcements on Mina’s Discord server.

Let’s take a moment to highlight a select few for their contributions.


Jrwashburn#0765 & Gareth#4963 created a pool payout script – a critical tool for hundreds of block producers on Mina. Gareth has also built the Mina Explorer for node operators to check key details of the network. Both continue to be consistent pillars of support for the community.


BeaconChain#8571 shared an alternative public GraphQL API node for the Mina community to help node operators and also created a fun way to change your Discord avatar!


Carbonara#5880 built a Mina gas station and created a curated list of awesome Mina tools that everyone can add to.


Vexter.Vladimir#5522 & Beta#0963 have made themselves known to new and existing community members for their respect and friendly welcomes. We can always count on them to keep the community engaged and while maintaining a safe space for thoughts and questions.

Final Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in supporting community growth and bolstering Mina’s online recognition by participating in this community leaderboard. Because of you, Mina is truly powered by participants.

Congratulations to the top 25 winners! With their grant, we hope that they can continue to support Mina as we grow.

To see the final rankings please see the leaderboard here.

The Community Leaderboard is a special leaderboard. Points (aka ‘pts’) won’t be merged with the testnet leaderboard on the website. Pts are designed solely to track contributions to the Mina Community and Leaderboard Pts have no cash or other monetary value. Leaderboard Pts are not transferable and are not redeemable or exchangeable for any cryptocurrency or digital assets. We may at any time amend or eliminate Leaderboard Points.

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About Mina Protocol

Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain, powered by participants. Rather than apply brute computing force, Mina uses advanced cryptography and recursive zk-SNARKs to design an entire blockchain that is about 22kb, the size of a couple of tweets. It is the first layer-1 to enable efficient implementation and easy programmability of zero knowledge smart contracts (zkApps). With its unique privacy features and ability to connect to any website, Mina is building a private gateway between the real world and crypto—and the secure, democratic future we all deserve.

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