Please tell us your validator moniker used for mainnet genTx and link to the github PR.
Please describe the setup you are using for your validator? Include any relevant security information, processor speed, backups and sentry nodes etc…
The Akik Takat validator node runs on a restricted-access private network and has no internet access. It connects to 3 sentry nodes in that private network, and there is a backup validator node (active/passive). All nodes are running on high-frequency compute cloud servers from a reputable vendor at a datacenter in Europe with built-in DDoS protection. All team communications are over encrypted channels, and credentials are stored with encryption. We will be improving the geographical distribution of our servers, as well as improving the security and monitoring of our operation even further. We are testing the possibility of shifting to a threshold validator architecture for improved availability and security. We are self-delegating our tokens, so we have our own interest aligned with our delegators’ interest
Are you in some way trying to apply the high level application logic to create ecological credits. If so, please explain how.Will (in collaboration with Paul of rooted-solutions) won a gitcoin hackathon to develop a quadratic funding dapp (rust cosmwasm contract + react cosmjs frontend). Will is also part of www.Our-Sci.net, where he works in partnership with Regen Network to develop field methodologies and other tech related to Regen Network's mission. This includes working on some applications with Terragenesis.
Patrick (in the Amazon) and Jonathan (in the Andes) each have a long history of collaborating with indigenous organizations and other grassroots groups, supporting those groups to appropriate computer tech for their own purposes.
We look forward to collaborating with indigenous communities, family farmers, local and national government entities, and other land stewards to create ecological contracts that meet their needs and abilities and meet market standards. As part of that, we will participate in the creation and support of the Regen Network Community Staking DAO, building relationships and helping create the necessary tools to make grassroots participation in that DAO viable.
Are you working to engage a broader community? If so, please explain how.As mentioned above, through our lives and work, we engage with potential participants in Regen Network constantly. This includes land stewards of many kinds, as well as potential investors, tech developers and policy makers. We also publish documentation relevant for Cosmos SDK projects in English and Spanish.
Are you a professional validator? Please list your company name and include other chains you are validating for. Please include how long you have been in operation.We formed our team specifically for Regen Network and it is the only chain Akik Takat validates for at this time.
How did you perform during testnets and which testnets did you take part in? Please include the moniker(s) used. You can refer to your testnet results at https://regen.vitwit.comWill and Patrick participated independently in testnets, where we performed very well and participated actively in the Discord chat. Patrick compiled documentation from the chat into a wiki on GitHub to make future reference easier for the validators and the general public.
Will participated in three testnets with the moniker “quest-opposed-guerrilla” (thanks to an automatic name generator, nothing to do with real quests or guerrillas), and ranked #7 (out of 171) in overall tokens won.
Patrick participated in the final testnet with the moniker “ii-nunkari” and ranked #49 in overall tokens won (#14 rank when counting only the final testnet).
Are you active within the community on discord/telegram and in the discourse forum? Please include your usernames for the relevant platforms.
Discord: patogit#7853, patogit#9493 (old-ID), wgardiner#2486, jona#6073
Regen forum: patogit
Cosmos forum: patogit
Are you committed to actively voting on Regen proposals and contributing to governance?
Do you have website or other links which offer insight to you validation services? Please include any social media and website links.
https://www.akiktakat.com is our brand new website – soon it will have many more details about our operations and our team.
Please add a paragraph which will help the community decide to delegate to you. This may include any relevant information not listed above as to why you would like to be a Regen Network validator and why the community should choose to delegate to you.I (Patrick) founded Akik Takat because my family lives in the Amazon rainforest and on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico -- the destructive forces in both places are powerful, and backed by huge amounts of money. In order to secure a viable future in the forest and on the coast for my family and neighbors, we need a strong vision of a vibrant future and we need the tools and funding to make it reality. Regen Network promises to be a part of this strategy -- aligning financial process with ecological health, and from the base of a healthy ecosystem, our families and communities can live well.
When you delegate to Akik Takat validator, we put your money to work for cultural and ecological regeneration while also earning interest for you by running a technically-sound operation. Akik Takat has formed in order to bridge the ecological contracts of Regen Network with the real world situation in indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and beyond. Our operations will reflect this through our finances (using excess income from the validator to support grassroots organizations), the makeup of our team (we are already in conversation with individuals from forest communities who can train to participate in server maintenance and can explain Regen Network from the inside), and the professional and personal relationships we choose to foster.
Hablamos castellano como lengua madre (Jonathan) y lengua diaria (Patrick), y tenemos un nivel básico de Portugués y Achuar.