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Cardano Roadmap

The Cardano roadmap is a summary of Cardano development, which has been organized into five eras: Byron, Shelley, Goguen, Basho, and Voltaire. Each era is centered around a set of functionalities that will be delivered across multiple code releases.

While the eras of Cardano will be delivered sequentially, the work for each era happens in parallel, with research, prototyping, and development often in progress all at once across the different development streams.

The work of each era is gathered and presented on its dedicated page, representing years of effort. Here you will find an overview of the goals of the era, as well as descriptions of the core functional components, links to associated academic research, status updates, and even real-time code commits.

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The Foundation Era
2017

  • The Cardano global community was founded

  • Ada was listed on major crypto exchanges

  • Daedalus and Yoroi were released as Cardano's official wallet

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The Decentralisation Era
2020

  • Ouroboros Praos proof-of-stake protocol was introduced

  • Reward system for staking was developed

  • The first Ada were staked in staking pools

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The Smart Contracts Era 
2021

  • Plutus, a smart contract development platform, was released

  • Cardano to enable token development on multi-currency ledger

  • Developers can already test Dapps on Plutus

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The Scaling Era
TBA

  • Cardano to improve interoperability and scalability

  • Side chains will be introduced on Cardano

  • New use cases are tested on Cardano 

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The Governance Era
TBA

  • Voting will be introduced

  • Treasury system will be added

  • Founding IOHK will no longer manage Cardano