[DRAFT] Sponsorships for IRL events travel

[DRAFT] Sponsorships for IRL events travel

Delegate Mission Request Summary: she256 proposes a Delegate Mission aimed at fostering inclusivity within the Superchain contributor ecosystem. Recognizing the benefits of in-person connection, this mission request should focus efforts on sponsoring travel microgrants to attend events where there will be an Optimism presence. The intention is to bring more diverse perspectives and talent to the Superchain builder community by addressing financial barriers, which should ultimately enrich the overall Superchain ecosystem.

S5 Intent: 2 - Grow the Superchain
Proposing Delegate: she256
Proposal Tier: Ember [up to 50k OP]
Baseline grant amount: 30k OP
Should this Foundation Mission be fulfilled by one or multiple applicants: Multiple
Submit by: To be set by Grants Council
Selection by: To be set by Grants Council
Start date: Upon mission approval
Completion date: by EoY 2024


How will this Delegate Mission Request help accomplish the above Intent?

  • By tackling barriers to event participation, she256 seeks to enhance collaboration and engagement within the Optimism developer community at IRL events. This mission aligns best with S5 Intent 2, which emphasizes the growth of the Superchain.
  • Our commitment to fostering inclusivity in the Superchain community by proposing travel sponsorships to IRL web3 community events is a crucial step towards ensuring a more equitable and innovative OP community.

What is required to execute this Delegate Mission Request?

  • Open a call for interested contributors to request travel sponsorship

  • Sponsor developers/contributors from diverse communities* to attend different events from eligible events list**.

    As part of the eligibility criteria, applicants would be expected to be actively engaged in developing within the OP ecosystem, or plan to actively contribute within the 2024 calendar year
    *examples of diverse communities could include: she256, SheFi, BoysClub, H.E.R. DAO / HER Latam, Women In Blockchain, WBW3, Surge
    **eligible events list: any 2024 Ethereum event where there will be OP/Superchain presence can be eligible (reference list), with a special prioritized focus on events like those sponsored by the OP community and Devcon ‘24

  • Organize dinner / small ‘Superchain Session’ event for attendees of events with 2+ grantees with a cap of 1K OP per event

  • Cover stipends including travel (airfare & ground transportation), lodging, food, and conference ticket, up to maximum budgeted cap of 2500 OP pp

How should the Token House measure progress towards this Mission?

  • All sponsored individuals are able to attend an event where they meet other OP/Superchain contributors with whom they could collaborate
  • All sponsored individuals are or become quality contributors to the Superchain ecosystem – ie work related to the OP stack or a project that is or will be deployed to at least 1 OP chain

How should badgeholders measure impact upon completion of this Mission?

  • Sponsored travel for a minimum of 8 contributors
  • Supported attendance at a minimum of 2 events

Have you engaged a Grant-as-a-service provider for this Mission Request? No

Has anyone other than the Proposing Delegate contributed to this Mission Request? If so, who, and what parts of this application did they contribute to? No


this is misspecified as a mission request, as this is explicitly calling on she256 to administer and distribute these grants. In effect this is a grant application for she256. Please refer to this post for more context.


These statements are in direct conflict. This Mission is proposing to bring diverse groups to the OP ecosystem but you limit the attendees to specific groups that you have identified, therefore limiting who can be involved. I am very much against this proposal.


Thanks @jackanorak for the clarification! We’ve now updated the Mission Request in line with the latest guidelines and feedback here.


Is this something the Grants Council will have to do? The mission request does not specify a manager or an intermediary for applicants of this mission.

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Thank you, @Gonna.eth! To be in line with the guidelines of the Mission Requests, you’re right that this request would not prescribe any particular manager at this stage. We’d updated this proposal to reflect that clarification and better understanding.

Re your question, the idea now expressed here is that this would be for applicants to the Mission to do once (if) their application is approved. They would then act as intermediaries to handle the sponsorship disbursements and any programming ops. Our understanding is that the Grants Council would be deciding which applicants to approve to fulfill this Mission, ie as applicants handling those microdisbursements.

Does that help to clarify?

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Agree with the delegate comments above, this would be better suited to be a grant application than a Mission Request. You can apply to any relevant approved Mission Request starting in mid-February.


Franklin DAO is in total support of providing a greater opportunity for individuals to have access to future events in person, especially if there is a direct contribution to Optimism.

We believe that there should be a more well defined set of expectations and guidelines for contributors to follow. Our feedback is particularly targeted at the question of: “How should the Token House measure progress towards this Mission?”

Franklin DAO follows an ethos of strategic contribution to projects and initiatives that clearly benefit the protocol, its users and the broader ecosystem. A major aspect of our involvement pertains to clear and measurable output. We would prefer a more organized and transparent set of actionable items that everyone can agree on, track, and confirm to “measure progress towards the Mission”.

If we can make such information available per cohort of sponsored individuals, then we can actively monitor their contribution to the network and the effectiveness of these incentives. Since there is no prior example, we think it makes sense to experiment with this since Franklin DAO personally benefits from traveling to conferences and other events.

Overall we are in support, but we would like to see some more actionable metrics for recipients to aspire to.

@she256 is there any way to make this possible?

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Echoing the comments above too, mentioning specific communities doesn’t sound correct and looking to apply to approved mission requests is a better path forward.

Hey @she256 – just wanted to flag this as a proposal that still needs delegate approvals in order to move to a vote. If you are no longer interested in pursuing this proposal – please disregard this message. In order to see the delegates assigned to your proposal those can be found here. The deadline to provide feedback and approvals for Mission Requests is February 7th at 19:00


I’d like to echo concerns raise by previous commenters regarding the inclusivity but also would like to mention technical difficulties with any potential mission proposals addressing this request.

All grants fulfilling any mission proposals will follow either the builders grants structure (simplifying, 1yr lockup) or the growth structure (again simplifying, no-sale rule). Since the spending involved in any mission proposal addressing this request would just cover expenses, I think it would fall for the builders grant structure.

So any proposer addressing this request would have to be able to cover those expenses up front, with reimbursement coming after one year contingent on successful completion of all the mission deliverables.

Having said that, in my opinion this mission request would be practically feasible only if it were directed to organizations that have the capacity and experience in providing such stipends and as an incentive to have stipends dedicated towards Optimism Collective and Optimism related events.

With that in mind, I would be supportive of such a initiative, but this particular mission request proposal in my opinion requires further work in order to be able to properly address this challenge.

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I like these kinds of sponsorships in general, but I don’t think it has enough directly to do with Optimism and isn’t the most on-target use of governance funds. For that reason I’m abstaining from giving this request approval.