• Cardano is preparing to launch Node 9.0 in June, setting the stage for the Chang fork that will propel the blockchain into the Voltaire era of full decentralization.
  • Founder Charles Hoskinson emphasized this as Cardano’s most significant milestone yet, amidst rapid growth in DApps, scaling technologies like Hydra, and community-driven initiatives such as Project Catalyst and the proposed media DAO.

Cardano, one of the leading blockchain platforms, is gearing up for a significant upgrade with the launch of Cardano Node 9.0, scheduled for June. This critical update sets the stage for the highly anticipated Chang fork, a pivotal moment in Cardano’s evolution. The announcement, made by Cardano’s founder Charles Hoskinson on X, has generated considerable excitement within the community and the broader blockchain industry.

Preparing for the Voltaire Era

Hoskinson highlighted that the Chang fork could proceed once 70% of the Stake Pool Operators (SPOs) have installed the new node. This update will transition Cardano into the Voltaire era, a state of full decentralization that represents a major milestone. Describing it as the most significant event in Cardano’s history, Hoskinson underscored the transformative potential of this shift not just for Cardano but for the entire blockchain space.

Reflecting on the decade-long journey of building Cardano, Hoskinson likened it to building a nation. He expressed immense pride in the community and optimism for the future, seeing Cardano as a beacon of hope for the industry and the world. He encouraged the community to seize this moment to make a substantial impact over the next decade.

Three days prior, Hoskinson addressed the discrepancy between media perception and Cardano’s actual progress. He criticized the cryptocurrency media for failing to recognize Cardano’s advancements, calling out the headlines questioning Cardano’s viability as “pathetic” and indicative of the low quality and effort in covering the ecosystem.

Despite such negativity, Hoskinson emphasized that Cardano is on the brink of its most significant hard fork yet. He pointed to the rapid growth in community-developed decentralized applications (DApps) and the platform’s leadership in scaling research and development as clear indicators of progress.

Technologies such as Hydra are maturing, enhancing the Cardano network’s capabilities. The ecosystem is also expanding through partner chains like Midnight and Prism, while community-driven initiatives like Project Catalyst continue to drive innovation. A major upcoming event for the community is the constitutional convention in Argentina, signaling further development and engagement.

In addition to these updates, Hoskinson conducted a poll asking if the Cardano Treasury should fund a not-for-profit media DAO to ensure fair reporting of crypto news across the industry. The poll garnered over 11,000 votes, with nearly 70% in favor, highlighting the community’s support for balanced and accurate media coverage.

With Cardano Node 9.0 and the Chang fork on the horizon, Cardano is poised for a transformative period that could redefine its position in the blockchain world.