PolkaSmith and the Kusama parachain slot auction plan of PolkaFoundry


  • PolkaFoundry will launch a canary chain on Kusama called PolkaSmith.
  • PolkaSmith’s native token is PKS, which we migrated from PolkaFoundry’s PKF at a 1:1 ratio.
  • PolkaSmith will join Kusama parachain slot auction for an 8-period slot. Before that, we will call for crowdloans on Red Kite, Kusama-native crowdloan, and some top-tier exchanges.
  • If PolkaSmith wins the auction, the contributors to our crowdloans will receive 100 PKS for each contributed KSM, regardless of the platforms they joined.
  • 7,000,000 PKF are reserved for rewards on the Kusama auction. The rewards contributors received for each contributed KSM will be different depending on the crowdloan platforms.

After the trials on Rococo Network, the parachain slot auction on Kusama — a “canary in the coal mine” network of Polkadot — is coming. At the same time, the PolkaFoundry developer team has devoted a lot of in-depth research and hard work to officially launch PolkaSmith, a sister chain of PolkaFoundry on Kusama.

The launch of PolkaSmith prepares for the official deployment of PolkaFoundry on the Polkadot Network. Besides, it opens a new hub for lean startups willing to take risks to hack the growth. We are excited to announce PolkaSmith and the PolkaFoundry team’s plan for the upcoming Kusama Network parachain slot auctions.


PolkaSmith is a canary chain that acts as a parallel chain of PolkaFoundry. We will launch PolkaSmith once we win a parachain slot on Kusama Network.

Like PolkaFoundry, PolkaSmith will be a one-stop production hub for creating borderless and frictionless DeFi & NFT applications. However, PolkaFoundry is implemented on the Polkadot Network to serve enterprises and B2B applications that require high stability and dependability. Meanwhile, PolkaSmith, which is implemented on Kusama Network, is more suitable for early-stage startups that need to grow quickly and easily experiment with bold new ideas.

PKS is the native token of PolkaSmith, which we migrate as a part of PKF of PolkaFoundry. The PKS holders can swap it with PKF via a bridge at a 1:1 ratio. That means we don’t create any new tokens.


According to Kusama’s official guideline, a parachain must occupy one of the existing parachain slots to be added to the Kusama Network. However, the number of these slots is limited. They are only unlocked progressively after a certain period (from a few weeks to a few months) and sold under an unpermissioned candle auction.

To know more about Kusama parachain slot auctions and crowdloans, read the docs at https://kusama.network/auctions.

For PolkaFoundry and PolkaSmith, winning a parachain slot on Kusama is very important to ensure all the products developing on PolkaFoundry can run smoothly before the official deployment on Polkadot. Therefore, PolkaSmith will join the Kusama parachain slot auctions and follow the auction guideline at Parachain Slots Auction · Guide.

2.1. Crowdloans & contributors

All KSM holders will have three options to contribute their KSM tokens to support PolkaSmith winning the auction and receive rewards.

  1. Join the PolkaSmith’s crowdloan on Kusama. We will launch this pool once the Kusama-native crowdloan mechanism starts working formally.
  2. Bond your KSM token to the PolkaSmith pool on third-party organizations. We are working with top-tier exchanges to host the KSM crowdloans together.
  3. Register HERE and stake your KSM on Red Kite Launchpad powered by PolkaFoundry. The Red Kite team will open the KSM pool and release its details soon.

2.2. Contributors’ rewards & incentives

We will reserve 7,000,000 PKF for rewarding our contributors. When the reward exceeds this number, the user who lends more will split the bonus fund proportionally. Depending on the channel you join to contribute KSM to PolkaSmith’s crowdloan, the rewards you receive will be different.

For contribution via Kusama crowdloan & 3rd-party exchanges

If we win a parachain slot, for each KSM contributed to PolkaSmith via Kusama crowdloan and 3rd-party exchanges, regardless of the crowdloan platforms, the contributor will receive 100 PKS.

The PKS holders then can swap to PKF at a 1:1 ratio.

For contribution via Red Kite

Bonding rewards

If PolkaSmith wins at parachain slot, for each KSM contributed to PolkaSmith on Red Kite, the contributor will receive 100 PKF and 50 ePKF.

If PolkaSmith loses, every contributor will receive 50 ePKF for each KSM they bonded on Red Kite.

ePKF is the “equivalent PKF” token on Red Kite, which means even if you don’t stake any PKF here, you can get the same tier benefits as staking PKF on Red Kite when owning a corresponding amount of ePKF.

For example, owning 500 ePKF means you have all the Dove tier rights & benefits on Red Kite without the need to stake 500 PKF.

Referral rewards

Community members of PolkaFoundry/PolkaSmith can also earn more PKF by referring friends to join the project’s crowdloan on Red Kite. For each successful referral, both the referrer and the referred person will receive an additional 0.5% PKF token as referral rewards.

2.3. Vesting & locking schedule


There is no KSM for rewarding. If PolkaSmith wins the auction, the contributed KSM will only be unlocked at the end of the lease period, which is about 48 weeks since the auction we win.

Otherwise, all contributed KSM in Kusama’s crowdloan ad 3rd-party exchanges will be released immediately to the contributors’ wallets. For contributed KSM on Red Kite, we will have our own policy that will be announced to the community in a separate announcement.


Once PolkaSmith wins a parachain slot, 35% of the PKS tokens in the reward pool will go immediately to the contributors’ wallet addresses. The remaining 65% of PKS tokens will be vested over 11 months. There is no PKS reward if we don’t win.

For ePKF

Every contributor who bonds their KSM to PolkaSmith’s crowdloan pool on the Red Kite launchpad will receive ePKF immediately whether we win or lose the auction.


All information regarded to PKF rewards on Red Kite will be announced in a separating announcement. Please stay tuned to our official channels.

Note: There is still some unclear information regarding the auction of parachain slots on Kusama Network. Therefore, we may adjust the plan outlined above based on the actual situation. Join and follow PolkaFoundry’s official channels listed below this article for the latest and most accurate updates.


Implemented on Kusama Network, PolkaSmith is a canary chain of PolkaFoundry, a one-stop production hub creating borderless and frictionless DeFi & NFT applications. PolkaSmith will be a reliable platform for early-stage startups to unleash their creativity, experiment with bold new ideas, and hack the growth. Visit PolkaSmith’s website at http://polkasmith.polkafoundry.com/ for more information.


PolkaFoundry is a platform for building borderless and frictionless DeFi & NFT dapps on Polkadot. It aims to be the one-stop production hub for DeFi & NFT dapps with all the necessary features, services, integrations, and tools for DeFi experiments, innovations, and real-world solutions. Taking advantage of Polkadot’s interoperability and scalability and integrating many DeFi-friendly services into the platform, PolkaFoundry also provides UX-enabling features that make dapps easy to use as everyday applications and bring dapps to the masses.

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I have read this through and must admit have not really understood the whole mechanics. Not that I would contribute, but perhaps adding a few simple examples would help potential contributors better evaluate the upside. :thinking:

Hi there,

Thanks for your feedback.

The whole idea is about you contribute your KSM to help PolkaSmith (our canary chain that acts as a parallel chain of PolkaFoundry on Kusama network) win a parachain slot on Kusama. In return, we will allocate 7,000,000 PKF for rewards on this Kusama auction for all contributors.

Hope it answers your concern. Let me know if there is anything I can help! :blush: :blush: :blush:

Thanks for a quick answer. The whole idea is clear, the devil is in the details :wink:

I think it might be more transparent to compare the different options in one go, without splitting them into vesting, rewards etc. Just have one paragraph about everything the option entails. And add commentary how is this different from the other ones (i.e. this option gives less rewards, but it also gives you a reward when we don’t win the auction). You have PKF, ePKF, PKS, bonding, staking, crowdloan. It is a fair bit of complexity. I think it might make life easier for you in terms of getting the investment if the whole scheme is explained a bit more clearly - perhaps with some graphs?

Aha got your point. I think an infographic might be helpful in this case, breaking down bullet points chronologically.

Hope it would help :smiley:

Please note we will make more updates when something new comes up. The latest update is today :wink:

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To incentivize people to contribute ksm in redkite to win a parachain slot the reward of 100PKF per KSM should either come with no vesting period OR the the vesting should be in the form of a locked staking period of 48 weeks. If the rewards for contributing KSM can’t be staked towards getting the tier benefits for the duration of the 48 weeks nobody will contribute. People are looking for tier benefits during this bullmarket to get in on idos that are profitable, not after 48 weeks in the next bearmarket.

Hello. I think the correct token you were referring to is PKS - the native token of PolkaSmith, not PKF. If you are not fond in the locking schedule, you can choose to contribute KSM tokens on Red Kite launchpad instead of Kusama crowdloan and 3rd party exchanges :grin:
I took note of your point on lack of contribution incentives due to long vesting schedule and the waste if the locked rewards can not benefit users in anyway.
We haven’t released a detailed post regarding the PKF reward so feel free to share your thoughts if you want. Thank you for sharing!