NEDAO project (is this a first?)

Hello Aragon community.

Just wanted to share a quick news here.
The NEDAO project has just officially received support from Neuchâtel’s government and Service of the Economy (NECO) with Switerland’s NPR funding program.

NEDAO will be a public interest projects platform, with a strong educative form, aiming for general public adoption, and acting as a demonstrator for smart contracts technologies / techniques / paradigms, and also for alternatives to currently proposed e-voting systems, that have faced some weakness lately.

Also included in the platform, will be a governance documents management system, and a DID system, following ERC-1056 standard and a on-chain and off-chain claims system. Neuchâtel’s Service of Population will act as a validator, emiting on-chain residency certificates.
My personal goal is to also fight the debated, highly centralized and corporate-run SwissID.

The heart of the DAO will use the Aragon Framework.

As far as I know, this probably is the first time a DAO will be partially funded by a public program, am I right ?

We are currently aiming for a beta program, with a rinkeby DAO, in 2nd quarter, and public launch, with a deployed Mainnet DAO in the second half of 2020.

More informations and full project description document (but in french only, sorry), here :

Also interesting fact, even before the project were officially accepted by the authorities, it attracted a lot of attention, and there aleady is a working group that were formed, with academic and institutionals actors, with the aim to study how the law should evolve to eventually include future DAO actors(/ agent) in the legal system.

I’ll post further news here.


Hey @Fabio,

Awesome, what a great use of AragonOS :smiley:

Interesting to see that NEDAO will be using its own front-end. Looking forward to see how it’s going to look like. Will you use the Aragon Client anywhere in the process?

As I get it NEDAO’s main purposes will be:

  • Education on Web3
  • DID platform
  • Voting solution

Do you know which Aragon Apps you will want to leverage for sure and which ones you plan to build yourself?

Regarding the bots integrations with Twitter, Telegram etc… We’re currently working with MESG which might interest you. Moreover we’ve just approved a grant for an Aragon-Rocket.Chat integration which could reveal interesting to explore as an alternative to Matrix.

Out of curiosity I registered to the testing phase of NEDAO, althoug I’m not a Neutchâtelois… So all good if I don’t make it :wink: In any case, congratulations for putting together this public/academic/private partnerships around the implementation of DAOs and DLT technologies.

Interested to chat more now and during Phase 1 of implementation in order to help make things work even better.

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Hi Louis,
Thanks for your message.
The front-end we will be developing, will mainly be a tentative to “wrap” the whole toolset (web3 provider / metamask / ipfs node / aragon client / etc) into a nice and educative UX, allowing non-techies to onboard seamlessly. We hope.
That will obviously be a great challenge.

The Aragon Client UI will still be accessible, and actually will probably be at first the main UI for NEDAO’s DAO itself, with only one or two custom arapps installed on it to customize the onboarding and act as a help / guide page.

Technically, we will develop 3 components :

  • A DID platform (ERC-1056 + verifiable claims in the form of encrypted JWT’s which hashes will be signed on-chain by the validators)
  • The DAO itself, with its governance model.
  • A documentation platform, which will offer editing (something like this) features, but with automated tags and embedded scripts to link the projects and proposals documents to votes within the DAO, or even automatically create votes according to the document status in the selected governance track.

For sure we will leverage on Aragon apps like voting and vault (maybe agent also). Tokens we are not sure yet, as we are studying how to maybe integrate a DID arapp to interface voting permissions and roles.
My only concern is about the fact that there isn’t any internationalization of the UI yet.

Thanks for your links on MESG and the integration. Seems very interesting.
I also planed to continue my first tests on a decentralized help desk at a later time.

In the meawhile, there is a movement here around this project, like a working group that has been set up by actors like Neuchâtel’s University of Law, HEG (management school) with the IDO (Institut de Digitalisation des Organisations), private legal partners of the project, and also institutionals like Registre du Commerce, to find ways to adapt the existing law system to allow DAOs to operate.

I know that ideologically, that last idea will seem counter-intuitive to some people. But from my point of view, coming from the industry and having been employed by multinational companies, I think DAOs could solve many of the problems of our badly globalized economic world ! And so, adapting the laws to allow DAOs and the real-world economy to interact is very important.


Thanks for these answers :slight_smile: this will be a great experiment.

I think this is perfectly receivable and quite logical given the use case you are tackling. Aragon can be used embedded in the legal system or not. Its up to the user to choose.

Let’s keep in touch and please don’t hesistate to share advances on this thread!


So like /r/ethtrader and Galt, you want to create your own front-end, but then have the Aragon contracts on the back end?

What exactly do you mean by this? What would be needed to address your concern?

Yes! :slight_smile:

Ultimately, yes.

Same need as in the discussion here : Internationalization