playing for KEEPS
General rules
How to Play for Keeps
See blog post
Show us that you’re a good staker and community member both on-chain and on Discord, and you will earn KEEP tokens. Each month, a panel of community judges will recognize contributions that are eligible to receive KEEP. From translations to widgets to guides, there’s no contribution too small, as long as it supports the network. The main place we are gathering for Playing for Keeps to stake and learn from each other is our Keep Discord channel.
Playing for Keeps will run during 2020.

Playing for Keeps involves learning to stake. Anyone who stakes up to 4 weeks on Ropsten, Ethereum’s testnet, will be eligible for an award.
Community judges will also weigh in each month on the contributions they believe add most value to the network. We will be letting you know more about our judges as the game goes on. For now, we have some of our ideas to get you started:
  • Documentation “for humans”. Help more people stake!
  • Bug & security reports
  • Improvements to the Keep client & contracts and the tBTC system
  • Translations of documentation and websites
  • Extensions to the Keep token dashboard
  • Staking guides for different kinds of hardware
  • a tBTC deposit explorer
  • a tBTC  liquidation auction dApp
  • tBTC on Tornado Cash
  • tBTC on DEXs, especially newer DEXs like Loopring
  • a tBTC deposit widget based on tbtc.js, simplifying integration for new devs
On the translations side we‘d like to see:
  • The actual i18n code done on and
  • We’d like to see Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, and Cantonese.

Submit a Play for Keeps entry message in #introduce-yourself which includes:

  • A name by which to address you in the channel
  • Why you’re interested in Keep or tBTC
  • What you are submitting for Playing for Keeps prizes — This can be an idea if you aren’t ready with a fully formed idea!
  • If you’ve already produced something you want to submit as an entry
There is a public document at which includes a short template for submissions if you wish to submit with more detail here, though this is supplemental to DiscordPlease do not delete work that you did not submit. Doing so will result in disqualification.
Round 6
Arjun Balaji to Judge Playing for Keeps Round for 2 Million KEEP
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Arjun Balaji is serving as judge for our latest round of Playing for Keeps with up to 2 million KEEP once again up for grabs.

“There have been some really strong contributions so far in previous Playing for Keeps rounds and there are many more I’d love to see,” said Arjun, who is an investment partner at Paradigm, a major backer of Keep. “It would be great if more contributors could team up to build and maintain bigger projects. Hackathon-style efforts can certainly be valuable, but long-term, open-source projects and companies are far more impactful.”

Arjun added, “The space is so dynamic right now. I would also love to see more integrations so that tBTC can be used in more DeFi protocols.”

Arjun also offers the following suggestions for the types of projects that he has an eye out for:

  • ELI5 guide on how to go from BTC to earning yield.
  • Efforts to drive deeper tBTC liquidity safely, eg. isolated Curve pools (TBTC:WBTC)
  • More Lightning / tBTC integration projects
  • Improved Keeper infrastructure, eg. monitoring tools, more reference bots, etc.

Arjun will announce his prizes, and the KEEP awards in a few weeks.

Round 5
What James Prestwich is Looking For in September’s PFK
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Focus includes improving Bitcoin tooling and services as well as tBTC’s deposit process.

James Prestwich is serving as our Playing for Keeps judge for September with up to 2 million KEEP up for grabs. James himself has been a major contributor to tBTC project as founder of Summa, which works alongside Keep and Cross Chain Group on the open-source project.
“I’m really interested in things that improve Bitcoin tooling — relays, SPV proofs, etc,” James said, adding “and in terms of public goods, anything related to light client infrastructure, would be really welcome.”
James offers the following suggestions for some of the types of projects that he has an eye out for, particularly regarding Bitcoin:
  • improve Bitcoin tooling — relays, SPV proofs, etc
  • integrations with Lightning
  • integrations with other Bitcoin services
  • safely exchanging BTC for tBTC (or vice versa) without going through the Deposit process
  • explorer for deposits in progress (tracking Bitcoin and Ethereum state)
James will announce his prizes, and the KEEP awards, in October.
Round 4
Matt’s Two-Week August Sprint
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Keep CEO Matt Luongo will be judging a two-week sprint for the rest of August, before September brings us another eminent guest judge. Examples of the types of projects Matt will be looking for include:
  • DeFi integration projects
  • Pooled KEEP operators that let small KEEP holders pool and run a node
  • A random beacon app for folks to request new entries
  • A site to take place in tBTC liquidation auctions using tbtc.js (here is a good example using a bot)
  • A new privacy feature that uses Keep or tBTC
  • Thought experiments on what could be built using some of the components — share your original thoughts about Keep in a blog or something similar
  • A community bridge! Build an onboarding guide that compares and contrasts similarities between projects. One example might be comparing running a Cosmos validator and Keep ECDSA node.
Round 3
What Viktor Bunin is Looking For in Month 3 of PFK
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July’s focus will be on active management tools for the Keep Network & design

Bison Trails’s Viktor Bunin is serving as our judge for month three of Playing for Keeps. As in June, up to 2 million KEEP is up for grabs this month. To help guide contributors, Viktor offers the following suggestions for some of the types of projects that he has an eye out for in July:
  • The Graph subgraphs for interacting with Keep / tBTC / Random Beacon
  • Creating a dockerized (or similar) way to manage Keep nodes, or other infrastructure related contributions
  • Better tooling for active management, whether that is monitoring bots, liquidation bots, or alerting that could be setup, especially custom alerting
  • Slack/Telegram/Discord/etc. bots for network events (e.g., whale tBTC minting) or infrastructure alerts (e.g., notify nodes that they are running low on ETH available for bonding)
  • Documentation!!! Help people learn everything about Keep, tBTC, and the Random Beacon, including how they can interact with them, integrate them, leverage them, and build on them.
“People should not feel limited in what they submit,” says Viktor. “I am excited for any project that meaningfully adds to the Keep Network. That said, this month I have a particular focus on contributions that strengthen active management of the network, whether through monitoring, liquidation, alerts, or something else.”
Viktor will announce his prizes, and the awarding of up to 2 million KEEP, on August 15th.

Bonus Design Ideas…

In addition to Viktor’s suggestions, the Keep & tBTC design team invites the community to take their design submissions to the next level this month with a host of ideas tailored at this month’s theme and more. Categories include, but are not limited to: usability, product design, UI design, and design systems. Listed below are prompts to whet the appetite with more details to come in the design channel, so stay tuned!
  • and/or center of excellence for resources, tools, and more.
  • Expand and develop an open source design system via Figma for Keep and/or tBTC.
  • Conduct a dApp usability study (or participate in one!)
  • Take up the reigns in designing a Keep Random Beacon dApp we mocked up, or start your own.
  • Onboarding and “how-tos” for the Token Dashboard via motion, diagrams, or UI.
  • Visualize guides, documentation, diagrams, and conceptual models to augment learning documentation.
  • “Built with Keep” or “Powered by Keep” badge for integrations. (Nomenclature also open for suggestions.)
  • Error page designs (404, etc).
  • Reimagine the Token Dashboard as a mobile experience.
  • Get 3D! Design & build a KEEP staking node “box.” Extra credit for functioning. Extra-extra credit for building out a product site.
  • PFK showcase website for past, present, future great work.
These ideas are here to inspire, and are certainly not a limit. Happy making!
Round 2
What Spencer Noon is Looking For in Month 2 of PFK
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June’s focus will include analytics tools that can help provide a picture of the health of the Keep Network

The Keep team is thrilled to have Spencer Noon of DTC Capital on board as the judge for month two of Playing for Keeps. As the month rolls on, Spencer is sharing some insights on what he’s looking for from participants. Those who are Playing for Keeps should take note, since at the end of the month he will award up to 2 million KEEP for the work he deems most impressive.
“I’m particularly interested in contributions focused on understanding the health of the Keep Network — specifically, on analytics tools,” says Spencer. He offers the following suggestions for the sorts of projects that he has an eye out for:
  • Using Graph Network to create a for KEEP
  • A Dune Analytics dashboard for tracking the overall health of the Keep Network
  • Analytics tools such as block explorers
  • A Twitter bot for new TBTC mintings or redemptions
  • Tools for keeping track of where TBTC stands in a broader DeFi context
Round 1
What Zaki is Looking For in Month 1 of PFK
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This month, our judge is Zaki. He’s looking for ingenuity and creativity in Playing for Keeps submissions and says, “The most important contributions use protocols in ways that were unexpected even to their creators.