Polkadot (DOT) founder Gavin Wood has unveiled a $777 million development fund ahead of the network’s parachain lease auctions. Wood tweeted on Oct. 17 that Polkadot’s treasury has allocated more than 18.9 million DOT (worth roughly $777 million at the time of writing) to a development fund that will be disbursed through community governance. Wood gave broad suggestions as to how the funds might be spent, stating the capital will be mobilized to realize the community’s vision for “building, improving, educating” Polkadot’s ecosystem, in addition to “anything else that the Polkadot governance believes valuable.According to Polkadot’s Wiki, the treasury funds can be spent if approved by the council, which votes on proposals put forward to them. The Polkadot council currently consists of 13 members, however the council plans to expand to 24 seats at some stage in the future.With many Polkadot governance votes seeing poor community participation in the past, the development fund may be intended to bolster DOT holders’ engagement with the governance process According to Polkassembly, three governance proposals put forward this past week have seen total voter turnouts of zero, six and seven votes respectively. Stakeholders wishing to put forward a proposal must reserve a deposit of at least 5% of the proposed spend, with the deposit being either slashed (a burn mechanism to deter validator misbehavior) if rejected, or returned if accepted. With funds being placed at risk in the event of an unsuccessful vote, Polkadot’s slashing mechanism may be a factor impeding governance engagement on the network. The new development fund was also revealed just weeks before Polkadot’s highly anticipated parachain auctions are scheduled to begin in early November, suggesting the funds could be intended to kickstart development targetingPolkadot’s forthcoming parachain ecosystem.Polkadot’s parachain auctions will be used to realize Polkadot’s vision for a sharded ecosystem. The auctions will see projects building on Polkadot compete to secure one of the 100 parachain slots by bidding to lock up DOT. Parachains are Polkadot’s sharded side-chains that can host decentralized applications and protocols, offer specialized computation, and communicate with Polkadot’s proof-of-stake “Relay Chain” to finalize transactions.Polkadot’s existing relay chain exclusively processes transfers, governance, staking services for the Polkadot network, with the forthcoming parchains being tasked with providing advanced features like smart contract functionality and cross-chain compatibility. As such, the new development fund may be intended to encourage developers to begin building on Polkadot in preparation of parachains going live.Related: Polkadot eyes breakout to $75 after DOT price rally sets up classic bullish reversalMany onlookers have singled out the Coinbase-backed Acala Network as a frontrunner to win the first parchain slot on Polkadot. Karura Network, Acala’s deployment on Polkadot’s siser-network Kusama, won the first parachain auction on Kusama by a significant margin in June. Karara pulled support from more than 15,000 entities to win its slot with a bid more than 500,000 KSM (worth roughly $184 million at the time of writing).
Polkadot (DOT) chart technicals suggest it may rally to a new record high near $75 if DOT can manage to close above its $41-$43 range decisively.That’s according to a classic bullish reversal setup known as an Inverse Head and Shoulders (H&S) that forms when the price undergoes three selloffs during a period of market consolidation. Specifically, the pattern contains an initial selloff, followed by a short-term price rally and another—deeper—selloff. That leads to one more small correction to the upside, followed by another selloff that bottoms out near/at the lowest level of the first selloff.Inverse Head and Shoulders pattern illustration. Source: ThinkMarketsThe first and last selloffs represent “left” and “right” shoulders, respectively, while the second selloff represents the “head.” On the other hand, the level around which all the short-lived rallies top out represents the “neckline” of the head and shoulders pattern.Traditional analysts typically calculate the H&S upside target from the neckline resistance by measuring the maximum distance between it and the head formation.So it appears, Polkadot has been forming a similar bullish pattern on its weekly chart, as shown below.DOT/USD weekly price chart featuring inverse head and shoulders setup. Source: TradingView.comThe maximum distance between DOT’s neckline and the head’s bottom comes out to be nearly $31. Therefore, a successful bullish breakout above the neckline range of $41-$43 puts the next long-term target at approximately $75.Parachain Auctions coming in NovemberThe inverse H&S pattern emerged as DOT rallied by almost 30% this past week to reach a five-month high at around $44. At the core of its weekly uptrend was a price boom across the crypto market, as well as the news of Polkadot’s first Parachain Auctions going live on Nov 11.In detail, Polkadot’s Parachains are parallelized, application-specific chains — child ledgers tethered to a single parent ledger called Relay Chain. Due to their parallel nature, Parachains tend to process multiple transactions simultaneously and maintain and record their data on the main ledger by communicating with other chains.Related: Polkadot to debut parachain auctions after governance voteThat comes as a break from the method of queuing transactions and processing them sequentially.5 years after the vision of a heterogeneous multichain framework was first outlined in the Polkadot Whitepaper, parachains are now ready to launch on Polkadot. Motion 118, to schedule the first auctions, has passed council & now gone to public referendum.https://t.co/8pt3aT4vO3— Polkadot (@Polkadot) October 13, 2021DOT, which serves as a utility token for fees, governance, interoperability, and bonding inside the Polkadot ecosystem, rallied by more than 24% after the Parachain announcement.Next, Polkadot aims to introduce a cross-chain feature that would enable its relay chain to external blockchains (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.) via specialized smart contracts. Meanwhile, the project also plans to launch “in-built bridging modules” that would enhance the interoperability of external blockchains with Polkadot. The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.