Edit: As of mid-late August (2022), the majority of Supernova award winners have now been paid.
Original post below
A team who wishes not to be named has reached out to me to complain that it is now August 10th, 40 days since Supernova and not a single winning team has been awarded their Supernova prize money.
Many teams spent months working on their Supernova projects and have financial obligations to meet with team members and other bills to pay.
DFINITY says one of their top growth goals is to bring new developers to the platform with awards and grants.
@saone-pt Chief Growth Officer at DFINITY
@ld-dfn1 VP of Growth at DFINITY
If you want to grow the developer ecosystem and for developers to spread the word, then pay them ON TIME. This means at the very least within a two-week window. No “next couple of weeks” vagueness, or “sometime next month”.
To DFINITY employees reading this: imagine if you were held up waiting for a paycheck for over a month and treated the same way with no firm answer of when you’d be paid?
If you want to open the funnel to bring more developers to the IC and are “eager” to fund promising projects, then make sure you have your financial house in order, so that developers will speak highly not just of the IC, but of the grant program and the reputation of the foundation.
Tagging communications guru @diegop as well to hopefully figure out what is going on and eliminate the bottleneck in getting these talented developers their funds.
P.S. - If I had been a finalist, I wouldn’t have waited 40 days to post this. DFINITY had 4+ months to get ready for prize payments while planning Supernova, so the fact that it’s been at least 40 days and no one has been paid is rediculous.
To top it all off, still none of the finalists have been given a firm date on when they will be paid.