Issaus2020 - Grant Reviewer Application

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 / Issaus2020

Age: 29

Social Media Handles

Twitter: Issaus2020 -

Linkedin: Zilan Arslan -

Discord: Issaus2020#9110

Telegram: Issaus2020

2.) 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.

3.) 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

4.) What experience do you have relevant to this position (grant reviewer, Project manager, etc.)? Please describe

My intuition is my inner compass and helps me make the right decisions!

5.) 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.)


6.) Do you have affiliations that may cause a conflict of interest when reviewing applications? The community would like to know particularly if reviewers are involved with projects as a creator, on the board, or employed. Please list any projects or applications you have affiliations to.

  • Infiota - Infographics for IOTA Ecosystem ( Founder)

7.) Are you willing to sign a legally binding service provider contract and reveal and verify your identity through a KYC process with the legal entity of the Treasury Committee?

Note: KYC is required for this position. If you are unwilling to KYC and sign a service provider contract, you will not be accepted to the Shimmer Community Treasury.

  • Yes - I am willing to KYC and sign a service provider contract with the Shimmer Community Treasury.

8.) Can you commit 10 hours weekly on average to work as a grant reviewer for the Shimmer community over the next 12 months?

  • Yes - I am willing and able to commit 10 hrs a week to the Shimmer Community Treasury.

9.) If you are voted in the top 2 reviewers, you may have the option to join the Growth Committee and work with the TEA representatives. In this case, you may be required to work hours over the required 10 hrs per week. Are you able to commit to this if required?

  • Yes - I am willing and able to commit to the Growth Committee and the Shimmer Community Treasury if required.

10.) Are you willing to sign a service provider contract, including an NDA with the Tangle Ecosystem Association, and respect the Non-Disclosure Agreement if selected as a member of the Growth Committee? Breaking the Non-Disclosure Agreement may bring consequences financially and or legally.

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

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

12.) 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

Do you support my application as Grant Reviewer?
  • 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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