Testnet Release 4.1 Challenges

Mina’s Testnet Release 4.1: Challenges

Mina’s Testnet is a way for the community to test out the network, help to improve the protocol, and build the community. By participating in testnet challenges, you also increase your chances of being eligible for the Genesis Token Program (which awards up to 6.6% of the protocol to 1000 Genesis Founding Members for being the first block producers upon mainnet launch).

Overview of Testnet:

  1. Testnet Challenges - Learn how to operate the protocol, while contributing to Mina’s network resilience.
  • Technical Challenges - For those who want to try out features of Mina’s succinct blockchain. For Testnet Release 4.1, the deadline has passed for stake delegation, but you can still sign up here to be put on the waitlist.
  • Community Challenges - Don’t require technical skills and are a great way to participate and contribute the community.
  • Flash Challenges - Every once in a while, we announce flash challenges where you can earn extra points. Keep an eye on Discord!
  1. Testnet Points* - Get recognized with points* for successfully accomplishing testnet challenges.
  2. Leaderboard - Get a view of where you rank on testnet points* compared to other participants. The leaderboard is also a big factor in the Genesis eligibility selection process.

:bulb:Technical Challenges :bulb:(Limited Access)

:arrow_right: Challenge #1: Connect to testnet and send mina to the echo service 1000 pts*

:rotating_light: REQUIREMENT: COMPLETE WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER TESTNET LAUNCH

The team has provided all the necessary documentation here and sent the peer list file by email to help you get started on the testnet. Join the Discord server where you meet the team and other testnet users; you can also find technical help in the mentor-nodes channel.

After you’re connected to the testnet, send a transaction with at least 1 mina to the below address (echo service) to get the points for this challenge.

address: B62qndJi5mnRoBZ8SAYDM1oR2SgAk5WpZC8hGpJUZ4e64kDHGbFMeLJ

:arrow_right: Challenge #2: Stake your mina and produce blocks up to 7500+ pts*

  • Produce 1 block and get it accepted in the main chain for 1000 pts*.
  • Anyone who produces at least 3 blocks will earn an additional 1000 pts*.
  • For every next block you produce, you will earn 100 pts*.

Bonus points if you produce the most blocks:

  • 1st place: 5500 pts*
  • 2nd place: 4000 pts*
  • 3rd place: 3000 pts*
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  • Top 10: 2000 pts*
  • Top 50: 1500 pts*
  • Top 100: 1000 pts*.
  • Top 200: 500 pts*

:arrow_right: Challenge #3: SNARK fees up to 7800 pts*

It is recommended that you use separate machines for producing SNARKS and producing blocks. We are currently determining the exact amount of hardware requirements for SNARK production but they are definitely higher than the hardware requirements for block production, which is 8 cores and 16 GB as of now.

Produce SNARKs and compete with other testnet users on the SNARKetplace! The goal in the challenge is to earn the most minas in fees. We will measure this by inspecting fees paid out to snark workers inside blocks. (This means if you get more than one snark work included in a block we will measure this amount as the sum of all the fees for the works you include within a block)
Tip: You can experiment with different flags. If you run with -work-selection rand (the default) then your snark worker is completing random proofs. If you run with -work-selection seq you’ll do snarks in order.

Bonus: The top users who sold the most expensive SNARKs on the snarketplace will receive bonus points.

  • 1st place: 5000 pts*
  • 2nd place: 4000 pts*
  • 3rd place: 3000 pts*
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  • Top 10: 2000 pts*
  • Top 50: 1500 pts*
  • Top 100: 1000 pts*

Bonus points: If the entire network has a combined mina earned from selling snark work of over 1,000 minas, then everyone who helped to reach this goal (sold SNARKs for minas), will get 2000 bonus points*!


:arrow_right: Challenge #4: Send mina tokens elsewhere up to 2000 pts*

Send 5 transactions: 1000 pts*
Send 50 transactions: 1000 pts*


:arrow_right: Challenge #5: Do a Hard fork 1000 pts*

Ensure your node is on within both the 24 hour windows before and after the hard fork on November 30th. We will provide you with instructions on how to participate hard fork closer to that date.


:arrow_right: Challenge #6: Have a high uptime up to 5000 pts*

We’ll be tracking telemetry data throughout the Testnet and afterwards we will analyze this data to determine which nodes had the longest uptime.

  • 1st place: 5000 pts*
  • 2nd place: 4000 pts*
  • 3rd place: 3000 pts*
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  • Top 10: 2000 pts*
  • Top 50: 1500 pts*

:star2:Community challenges:star2:

:mega: Challenge #7: Tell A Friend about Genesis

Refer your friends to join Mina’s Genesis program and be considered for a Genesis token grant! Your friend needs to follow the sign up link from the Genesis token program page and quote your Discord ID at the bottom of the sign up form.

100 pts* per signed up friend. Please record your referrals using this form.


:mega: Challenge #8: Community All-Star Challenge up to 9500 pts*

New for 4.1: Take part in Mina’s Community All-Star Challenges; you can complete them in any order you like! Update your submission form with links as you complete your community challenges and earn testnet points*.

Level 1: Like and Retweet this Tweet: https://twitter.com/MinaProtocol/status/1329236640900984834, and tag two friends in the replies 200 pts*

Level 2: Create an original Mina meme, GIF or artwork and share it on Twitter using the hashtag: #PoweredByParticipants and #MinaTestnet. Also share on our Mina subreddit and Telegram group. 400 pts*
:star2: BONUS: Post it on a non-Mina Subreddit for an extra 200 pts* and non-Mina Telegram channel for an extra 200 pts*

Level 3: Telegram Referrals 100 pts* per referral (2000 pts* maximum)

Step A: Submit your Telegram ID using your submission form.
Step B: Direct message the @MinaCommunityBot on Telegram (https://t.me/minacommunitybot) using the command: /start
Step C: Send the command /myrefs to receive your custom referral link for the main Mina Telegram group. Each person you refer will earn you 100 pts* (you can earn up to 2000 pts* total)
:star2: BONUS: The top three referrers, who invite the most people using their referral link, will earn bonus points!

  • 1st place: 2000 pts*
  • 2nd place: 1500 pts*
  • 3rd place: 1000 pts*

Level 4: Create a video explaining Mina and upload it to YouTube. 1500pts*

Level 5: Organize a virtual Mina Meetup for November 3000pts*

Please submit all of your entries using this form. Only one entry form per person.
IMPORTANT: To update your challenge entries, please edit your original submission using the link in your confirmation email. Duplicate entry forms will not be reviewed.


:mega: Challenge #9: Values Champion 1000 pts*

Mina is powered by its participants, and a community with strong values is important for success. We invite everyone in the Mina community to help each other and to create a safe and positive experience for everyone. We will be awarding 1000 pts* points to the community members who best demonstrate our core values within the Mina community:

  • Respect –– 1000 pts* We respect each other; our inherent worth, abilities, time, and ideas. That’s why we stand for equality and fairness. Why we’re committed to decentralization. We act with integrity. We work hard to make things feel simple. And why we strive to be inclusive and accessible.
  • Curiosity –– 1000 pts* It’s what connects us all. Our obsession to understand, solve, and know. Our love of collaboration, open exploration, and objective engagement. Our attraction to big questions and “impossible” problems. Our passion to create technology and systems that serve everyone. Our insatiable drive to learn and grow. Our imagination, at work.
  • Excellence –– 1000 pts* We don’t expect perfection. But each of us demands the best of ourselves. We’re here to create elegant solutions. Symphonic systems. Technical beauty. We’re committed to our community and to creating tech they can depend on. We enjoy the process. But we also deliver results.
  • Openness –– 1000 pts* We believe in being open. In communicating proactively. Being responsive, available and accountable to the community. Empowering people with the information they need to participate. Sharing where we are in the process. Owning our mistakes. And collaborating to serve our vision with humility. It’s the only way to earn trust and create a fair future.

You can nominate a community member for a Values Champion award by using this form.

*Testnet Points are designed solely to track contributions to the Testnet and Testnet Points have no cash or other monetary value. Testnet Points are not transferable and are not redeemable or exchangeable for any cryptocurrency or digital assets. We may at any time amend or eliminate Testnet Points.

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