Aleo Ambassador Program Update
Since the initial launch of the Aleo Ambassador Program in March 2022, we have seen the Discord grow both in quality and quantity. We welcomed 157 Ambassadors in total, divided into two levels: 34 in the maestro group and 123 in the apprentice group. The Discord grew by 6000 new accounts. We started an Aleo Community Twitter where we actively highlight the top Aleo contributors of the week. And we now have ten language-specific channels!
When we first launched the Ambassador Program, the goal was to sort through our community to find the people actively creating the best Aleo content. We’re thankful to the engineers involved in Testnet 2, YouTube creators posting knowledgeable videos about Aleo’s technology, bloggers writing about the Leo programming language, and many others who contributed.
With the official launch of Testnet 3 and new Aleo features on the horizon, we decided to change some things about the ambassador program to be more transparent and convenient for our ambassadors.
There will be two main changes to how the program is run.
Introducing Aleo Voyagers
With the third round of ambassadors, we are now introducing a third group: the voyagers. Think of the voyagers as the “golden apprentices.” They create very high-quality content, plan & host Aleo meetups, and actively participate in the community. An ambassador can only become a voyager if they are first an apprentice. Similarly, an ambassador can only become a maestro if they are first a voyager.
Updating the Aleo Points System
The Aleo Points Table (below) is what we will use for task-to-point conversion. Note that Aleo Points have NO inherent value.
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Create and share (on Twitter and Discord) 5 memes about Aleo’s functionality
Create a Tweet thread about an Aleo topic (how it works, Leo, Aleo Studio, etc.)
Design and share 5 GIFs, stickers, emojis about Aleo
Host a meetup online
Host a community competition (need prior approval from Viv)
Translate Aleo blogs/technical material
Create content (songs, quizzes)
Write a blog about Aleo (3+ pages)
Maintaining community accounts
Create and share a video about Aleo
Write a technical blog about Aleo
Host a meetup IRL (with a minimum of 10 attendees)
Contributions, bug reports, feature requests to Aleo repos (e.g. Leo, snarkVM, snarkOS)
Contributions to ARCs both discussions & PRs
Repositories that improve tooling, not just deployable applications.
Find bugs on current testnet 3
Create a private app on GitHub that could be deployed on testnet
Previously, maestros accumulated 50 Aleo Points each time we ran a new ambassador round. Apprentices earned 25 points per round if they completed the two tasks.
We are completely revamping how we conduct the process behind Aleo Points in an effort to be decentralized and transparent.
Each month, if a maestro completes their requirements of verifying all apprentice work, moderating their respective language channels, and maintaining their Aleo-related projects, they will collect 50 Aleo Points.
Each month, apprentices will need to collect a MINIMUM of four points to keep their apprenticeship. If an apprentice does not uphold this, they will be removed from the program (though they will still have the Aleo Points they accumulated to date). Apprentices’ activities will be reviewed by a maestro and checked for quality. Apprentices can collect a MAXIMUM of 30 points in one month. Keep in mind that the more activities created for points, the higher the bar will be for the quality of each activity, and maestros will be able to dismiss work if they think it is poor. Quality is very important.
For an apprentice to move to the voyager status, they must accumulate 30 Aleo Points for two consecutive months. In other words, each month for two months in a row, they will need to collect 30 Aleo Points (60 points at the end of the two months).
For a voyager to maintain their ambassador status, they will need to collect a MINIMUM of eight points per month. If the number they collect (x) is greater than or equal to four but less than eight, they will be demoted to apprentice. If it’s under four, they will be removed from the program (but they will keep the Aleo Points they accumulated to date). Their activity will also be reviewed by maestros and checked for quality. The MAXIMUM that a voyager can collect per month is 40 points. To become a maestro, voyagers must accumulate 40 Aleo Points in three consecutive months. In other words, they will need to collect 40 Aleo Points each month for three straight months.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ONLY AMBASSADORS CAN COLLECT POINTS. We will hold new rounds of the ambassador program throughout Testnet 3 but the number of rounds and the exact dates are not yet known.
We’ve been so impressed with the time and energy that the community has put into Aleo. With this new points system, we will be rolling out a leaderboard on the Discord as well. Any questions, please ask in Discord. That’s where you can find us!
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About Viviane Ford
Viviane Ford is the Head of Community at Aleo, where she leads all things community including the Ambassador Program. Previously, she worked as Senior VP of Operations for a self-driving car startup in San Francisco. She’s a lover of improv, comedy, and crypto and has even combined the last two at times.
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