What we're about

Welcome to Polkadot and Kusama, Chicago! This is a community for both technical and non-technical people to learn about, discuss, and hack on the Polkadot and Kusama networks.

Chitown - We are looking for a community leader for your region to join as an ambassador and help grow Polkadot and Kusama in your area. Please email community@web3.foundation if you are interested or find the link below for the Ambassador Program.

Polkadot is a next-generation, sharded, multi-chain network founded by Dr. Gavin Wood, cofounder and former chief technology officer of Ethereum and creator of the Solidity programming language. Polkadot is a metaprotocol solving many challenges that has hindered the growth of legacy blockchains, including scalability, governance, security, and interoperability. Polkadot is a project fostered by the Web3 Foundation and built by industry-leading developers like Parity Technologies. Applications from decentralized finance and energy to gaming and communications will thrive on Polkadot, challenging the centralized platforms of the current web.

Kusama is a scalable network of specialized blockchains built using Substrate* and nearly the same codebase as Polkadot. The network is a development environment for teams who want to move fast and innovate exclusively on Kusama, or fine-tune and prepare for deployment on Polkadot. Kusama was founded in 2019 by Gavin Wood. Kusama is a platform built for radical change agents to take back control from big tech, spark innovation and push the limits of what’s possible.

*Substrate is the development framework for building custom blockchains that can connect to the Polkadot or Kusama network.

This group will follow Polkadot's development and learn about Polkadot and Kusama’s technology, recent developments in the ecosystem, developing custom, application-specific blockchains called parachains, and building decentralized applications.

===Resources and Getting Connected===

• Learn more about Polkadot: http://polkadot.network
• Polkadot vision video with Dr. Gavin Wood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcOKXAOh4Xw

• Learn more about Kusama: http://kusama.network

• Join the Polkadot Ambassadors – 200+ people from 45+ countries who are contributing their technical or non-technical skills to the growth of Polkadot, Kusama, and Substrate: https://share.hsforms.com/7051618/2ed06e3a-2d5b-4acf-a9f1-71970bf868cb

• Polkadot Telegram: https://t.me/PolkadotOfficial

• Polkadot Twitter: https://twitter.com/polkadotnetwork

• Kusama Telegram: https://t.me/kusamanetworkofficial

• Kusama Twitter: https://twitter.com/kusamanetwork

• Developer? Learn more about Substate at http://substrate.io and http://substrate.dev

• Stay up-to-date with our email newsletters: https://info.polkadot.network/subscribe

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