The Calamari Network Roadmap

Manta Network
4 min readAug 23, 2021


Calamari Network is Manta Network’s canary network deployment of its privacy protocol. Calamari will exist on the Kusama network. As the canary network deployment, the Manta Network ecosystem envisions a cooperation where Calamari Network will always receive the latest features, ready to deploy for live use but prior to being deployed on Manta Network. In other words, Calamari Network will receive the latest new features before Manta Network does.

This gives Manta Network a unique opportunity to battle-test features and gauge greater user response, before implementing it on the main network. That being said, given that the Kusama and Polkadot ecosystems continue to diverge, we want to keep our minds open to the possibility of Calamari Network developing into possibly its own product, with features that may not necessarily match those of Manta Network. For example, some features that make it on to Calamari Network may not make their way into Manta Network.

That being said, in the current state of development for Calamari Network, our main focus is to create a canary network that would align with the future deployment roadmap of Manta Network. With that in mind, the core development team has created a roadmap of features that we want to focus on prior to and after the Calamari Network launch once we secure a parachain slot auction. We intend to go for parachain slots 6–10, which are coming up soon (at the time of writing).

Check out the live roadmap on our Notion board.

The Categories of Focus

Within the Calamari Network Roadmap, we are focusing and executing on three main categories: the Kusama Parachain Auction, On-chain Governance, and general Calamari Features/Tasks. Each category is filled with its own subtasks, which helps us organize and plan for the different factors that we need to consider for a successful parachain launch.

The Kusama Parachain Auction

The first major category we are very mindful of is the Kusama Parachain Auction. It outlines all of the tasks that must be completed prior to and immediately after winning a parachain auction. We intend to begin our PLO once slot auction 6 begins. We have already released our Calamari PLO strategy. With the auction, we will need to publish the chain genesis, and the ultimate goal is to win a parachain slot.

On-Chain Governance

With the launch of our network, we need to shift the project into one that is community-led. This means that the Manta Network core development team will have no special privilege in implementing or removing any features without community consent. We are prioritizing on-chain governance and intend to have it at an early stage with Calamari Network. Therefore, it is a task that we are categorizing and prioritizing for the Calamari Network launch.

General Calamari

General Calamari tasks include all of the tasks we need to build in as features and technologies for the underlying Calamari network to operate. This includes tasks such as:

  1. Creating the frontend so that users have a simple web interface to be able to transact parachain assets privately.
  2. MariPay/KSM integration to enable private transacting of KSM.
  3. Community Trusted Setup to launch the ZKP circuit.

These are all tasks that must be accomplished in order to successfully launch the entirety of Calamari version 1.

Next Steps for Calamari Network

As a next step, we are going to participate in the Kusama Network parachain auctions. Starting on slot 6, we intend to go for our first parachain. You can receive the update as soon as we go live by registering for the crowdloan below.

Furthermore, we have some very exciting news to reveal to the community in the upcoming weeks alongside the Calamari Network PLO. While we can’t reveal the information just yet, you can be the first to know by signing up for our Calamari Crowdloan newsletter.

About Manta Network

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Manta Network is the on-chain privacy solution for blockchain assets build from the first principle. In short term, Manta will be a product that enables high-performance private DeFi transactions, such as FT/NFT transfer and AMM styled swap. In the long term, Manta will be the platform for privacy-preserving blockchain applications.

Manta’s founding team comprises many US cryptocurrency veterans, professors, and scholars whose experience includes Harvard, MIT, and Algorand. The advisors of Manta include Hypersphere Ventures co-founder Jack Platts, Polychain partner Tekin Salimi, former Web3 Foundation co-founder Ashley Tyson, and Consensys’ Shuyao Kong. Manta has previously completed a million-dollar seed round of financing led by Polychain and participated by Three Arrows Capital, Multicoin, Alameda, and Hypersphere. Manta is also a grant fund recipient of Polkadot’s official Web3 Foundation. Manta also is an outstanding member of the Substrate Builder Program and the Blockchain Accelerator of the University of Berkeley.

About Calamari Network

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Calamari Network is the official canary network of Manta Network, the privacy protocol built for the DeFi stack. Deployed on Kusama, Calamari will service private transacting and private swapping for all parachain assets on Kusama, including KSM.