Application - Grant Program Lead

1.) Preferred Display Name and Age (If you do not want to enter your age, enter that you are above 21 years of age, which is the minimum)

Name: Zilan Arslan
Display Name: Issaus2020
Age: 29

2.) Social Media Handles

Twitter: Issaus2020 -
Linkedin: Zilan Arslan -
Discord: Issaus2020#9110
Telegram: Issaus2020

3.) What motivates you to apply for this position?

Thinking outside the Block is my motivation! We can build a paradise on earth together, if we have the same vision and trust each other.
If we are patient and stick to our vision, we can do it! Nothing can stop this current of change.

4.) What is your educational and professional background?

Educational Background

  • Cand. B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
    RWTH Aachen University

Web3/Crypto Background

  • since 2018 in Cryptospace and since 2020 IOTA Enthusiast
  • Founder of Infiota-Infographics IOTA Ecosystem
  • IOTA Content Creators DAO Member / Business

5.) What experience do you have that is relevant to this position?

  • Identify people’s strengths and use them appropriately in the right subject areas.
    My intuition is my inner compass and helps me make the right decisions!

6.) In your opinion, which of the skills you obtain are the most important and valuable for this Grant Committee Lead position? If possible, provide proof of how and where you obtained those skills.

  • Knowledge of human nature

7.) Are you a software developer? If yes, please provide info on your skills and proof of the projects you already have built/worked on (Github, languages, certificates, etc.)


8.) Are you willing to reveal and verify your identity through a KYC process? Will you also sign a binding contract as a full-time team member with the legal entity of the Shimmer Community Treasury Committee?

Note: KYC is required for this position. If you are not willing to KYC and sign a full-time contract with the Shimmer Community Treasury legal entity, you will not be accepted to this position.

Yes - I am willing to KYC and sign a full-time contract with the Shimmer Community Treasury.

9.) Can you commit to focusing the next 12 months solely on the Shimmer Community Treasury as Program Lead and be available 40 hrs a week, if not a bit more? As the Program Lead, you will not be able to work other side jobs or support other Dapp projects regularly. If acting against this, the committee will seek a replacement at that time.

Yes - I am willing to focus all my time supporting the Shimmer Community Treasury as Program Lead for the next 12 months.

10.) As the Program Lead, you most likely will support the Shimmer Community Treasuries’ interest in the Growth Committee. This may require more time above and beyond the 40 hrs (paid hourly, of course). Are you willing to commit to this?

Yes - I am willing to represent the community by participating in the Growth Committee with whatever time requirements are required.

11.) As a member of the Shimmer Growth committee, are you willing to sign a service provider contract with the Tangle Ecosystem Association and respect the included Non-Disclosure Agreement? Breaking the contract or Non-Disclosure Agreement may bring consequences financially and or legally.

Yes - I am willing to sign a service provider contract and a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the Tangle Ecosystem Association and absolutely will respect all binding effects within such agreement contracts.

12.) Provide any web links or supporting documentation you would like the community to see when assessing you for the Shimmer Community Treasury Lead position.

13.) Do you have affiliations with any Crypto projects? The community would like to know particularly if you are involved with projects as a creator, on the board, or employed. Please list any projects or applications you have affiliations to.

*Note: The program lead is not allowed to hold any paid position in any crypto project to ensure that the sole focus of work is on the Community Treasury. Please state current affiliations and ensure the community that you will quit any engagements in projects outside the Community Treasury should you be selected as Lead

I use Infiota to create infographics for the ecosystem. My goal is to be an interface for the community to present complex topics in a simplified and visual way!
I am firmly convinced that no conflict of interest can arise.

14.) What is your long-term vision of the Shimmer Community Treasury? How do you see the Community Treasury affecting the Shimmer & IOTA ecosystem, and what does the Shimmer & IOTA Ecosystem look to you in three years?

Our first and foremost goal should be the establishment of a fair and just basic structure and the promotion of projects that bring added value to the ecosystem in the future!

We should never put personal goals or interests above the big vision. For this to be possible we have to act neutral and fair!

In 3 years the community treasury will be one of the driving forces to make IOTA and Shimmer big and sustainable!
By promoting solutions and products the world needs now and in the decades to come.

IOTA & Shimmer should present solutions to countries with no or destroyed infrastructures. Only this kind of strategy can show the real potential of IOTA & Shimmer!
Changing an existing system is definitely too hard, but rethinking and deploying a system where there is none is easier!

Together we can :palms_up_together:t4:

Do you support my application as Grant Committee Lead?
  • Yes

0 voters

I asked our Grant reviewer candidates if they would agree to take part in this challenge on 19 November with this message sent out to everyone:

Hey, I want to challenge all potential Committee members with a little task.

I want to present you with a grant application and give you one week to come up with an opinion about this application based on the information provided to you. Please put anything that comes to your mind in your response to this message, and if possible, come up with an initial opinion if you would support funding this Proposal.

You may want to use the evaluation matrix developed for the Treasury committee: Shimmer Community Treasury Grant Committee - Version 2

The Proposal is a copy of an original proposal submitted to another Ecosystem Grant program.

I have chosen two types of applications, one that is a bit more developer oriented for the reviewers with experience in software projects and one that is more community/event focussed for the others.

Every Proposal is presented in 3 different versions. I have changed some parameters in every version, so your competitors may be presented with the same Proposal with some small but important changes to the original version.

I hope you agree to this little challenge. It may be interesting for the community to see how different candidates approach this task and to which conclusions they come regarding the grant proposal.

I will DM every candidate with the same text you got here and send them their challenge privately. I hope we can keep this private until the challenge is finished in one week.

Next Sunday, at 11 am CET, I will post the information about the challenge in reply to your application post and will include the response you sent me via DM in this post.

This will, in my opinion, be the fairest process to give everyone the same conditions without revealing a challenge that a competitor has to solve or making answers public that others could consider in their own approach to the problem. So everything will stay with me, and I am the only one who knows who gets which challenge and who replies what until the reveal.

I try to make sure that applicants who are part of the same project do not get the same grant challenge, so they cannot support each other.

Please reply within 24 hours if you agree to this challenge, and I will send you the Proposal.

Thanks again for offering your skills to the community. I hope you find this a fair approach to give the community some better insights.

This is the publication of @Issaus2020 ‘s participation in the Grant reviewers’ Test challenge. More details about the challenge can be found in this post

Issaus2020 - Grant Reviews

Proposal 1: Shimmer - Hackathon Proposal 3 (underfunded Version Budget 55.000 instead of 90.000 USD)

First Proposal: EasyA x Shimmer - Hackathon Proposal

Budget: $ 55,000

Tier 3 Score minimum of 15 for approval

My Decision: Proposal is not accepted at first until missing points are fulfilled, but we should promote such projects in future!

EasyA x Shimmer - Hackathon

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Points: Total : 11/20 (Category: 2-5 Points: We should give the applicant to submit or achieve the missing points for the next 30 days)

I decided to use a missing point system to motivate the proposer to work on their proposal.

Proposal 2: Crypto APIs Shimmer Spending Proposal 2 (Overpriced Version 90.000 USD instead of 60.000 USD)

Second Proposal: Shimmer APIs

Budget: $ 90,000

Tier 3 Score minimum of 15 for approval

My Decision: The proposal is rejected, because I don’t see a direct impact on the Shimmer/IOTA system. This kind of proposal should go through the IOTA Foundation or in very close cooperation.

This proposal needs a clear analysis and experts with technical background need to be involved for the evaluation.

A4 - 2 (1)

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Points: Total : 7/20 (Category: >5 Points: Proposal is rejected)

I decided to use a missing point system to motivate the proposer to work on their proposal.

Some words from me to the Community!

These two proposals show well on which projects the Shimmer Community Treasury should focus!

What we need right now is attention from around the world!

We won’t get that attention by building some cool tools.

We need to focus on showcasing our technology, showing what is possible and what using this technology can bring to the future!

We need to think outside the BLOCK/BOX now and open the doors to our wonderful technology! This technology is more than you can imagine!

The Tangle is alive!

Best regards, Issaus2020

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