BUIP194: Flexibility for Long-term Developers 2023
Submitted by Andrew Clifford
16 April 2023
BU has benefited for 7.5 years through the dedication of several high-quality developers who have variously worked for BU on a volunteer basis or part-time or externally funded. In recent years all long-term developer funding has been made directly by BU. On the basis of a proven track record, rolling consultancy agreements have therefore been made after the raising of relevant BUIPs.
The global demand for high-quality blockchain engineers has exploded since late-2020 and renumeration has risen across the board to reflect this demand. Further, the successful launch of Nexa in June 2022, and its substantial Road Map, requires B.U. protect its long-term development capacity.
Long-term Development Consultancies
This BUIP is an extension to BUIP176: Flexibility for Long-term Developers, including further software and services BUIPs which were passed in the previous 18 months. These should be subject to funding flexibility on an annual basis to preserve BU’s ability to deliver research and optimum full-node software.
Flexibility of Arrangements
This BUIP proposes that the ceilings defined in existing long-term development BUIPs may be varied to an amount up to $140 per hour.
The B.U. President and Secretary will co-authorise consultancy variation at an appropriate annual basis. In the case of the resignation of any long-term developer, the funds authorised on this BUIP will revert to the consolidated fund, and a subsequent BUIP will need to be approved to offer long-term funded development to anyone else.