Community participation has always been key to Mina’s decentralization and ecosystem, and as the protocol and its community grows, the need for a way to gather broad community input has become apparent. With a hard fork coming soon, there are also key protocol changes that require discussion and decision-making. This was the impetus for the creation of MinaResearch, an open digital forum for ecosystem participants, modeled after Ethereum Research.
The MinaResearch platform was launched by a group of 11 community volunteers – MinaResearch Founding Members. It is an open digital forum where Mina ecosystem participants can propose new ideas, share their input on proposals, and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. MinaResearch can house a variety of forward-looking ideas and topics, such as thoughts on DAOs, tools for governance, research/study on different products, but there will also be a section dedicated to Mina Improvement Proposals (MIPs).
MIPs are proposals related to technical protocol changes, and given the importance of getting these right, there will be a formal process including reviewing submissions, editors, voting, and more. A proposed process for working through MIPs is now open for feedback from MinaResearch Founding Members and the wider community. To view the proposal and share your thoughts, visit here.
The MinaResearch forum is now open for all. If you would like to stay updated and make your voice heard on the latest Mina developments, protocol changes, and forward-looking topics, join now.
About Mina Protocol
Mina Protocol is being incubated by O(1) Labs, the leader in zk-SNARKs and verifiable computation. Mina Protocol, the world’s lightest blockchain, provides a foundation for the decentralized digital economy (Web 3.0), by affording all participants fully P2P, permissionless access to the chain, from any device. By utilizing recursive zk-SNARKs, the Mina blockchain always stays the same size — about 20 kilobytes (the size of a few tweets). Recursive zk-SNARKs allow nodes to rapidly share and update proof of the correct blockchain state across the network. This breakthrough application of zk-SNARKs solves the issues of scalability and high barrier to entry for nodes that have plagued legacy blockchains to-date. By making it easier for nodes to participate, Mina improves decentralization and therefore security of the network. The Mina blockchain can be easily accessed from any device, including phones and browsers, and can be seamlessly integrated into new decentralized applications (dapps).