Reports said that more than 200 smart contracts have been listed on the Cardano blockchain explorer after the Alonzo upgrade last week.
It has been reported that as of now, the 200 smart contracts listed are in timelock and cannot be used by developers until they are released. The Vercel App currently puts the number of smart contracts readying to be launched at more than 2,200.
However, smart contracts have been a long-anticipated feature on Cardano since its launch in 2017, and the functionality was finally enabled with the recent Alonzo hard fork.
Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano and IOHK, said that his decentralized finance (DeFi) space is “up for grabs” now that Cardano supports smart contracts. He added that the winners of what he called the “second wave” of DeFi were going to have liquidity and interoperability, the ability to move multi-chain, and cost predictability.
He further said:
“We need governance, we need certification, we need insurance, we need regulation on these things, metadata identity… at the same time, you need to decentralize. The way we constructed Cardano was for that second wave.”
The report said that there are several notable projects that have smart contracts in timelock or are planning on launching soon, such as GREED, a reward token redistributing Cardano’s ADA back to holders; Liqwid, an open-source and non-custodial liquidity protocol for interest rate curves; SingularityNET, a platform that lets anyone create, share and monetize artificial intelligence services at scale; and Cardax, the first decentralized exchange on Cardano.
Likewise, Cardano will be Ethereum Virtual Machine-backwards-compatible and is hoping to attract DeFi developers who wish to save money on transaction fees.
Thus, ADA’s price saw a huge 170% price run-up since mid-July, but it’s currently about 20% down from its all-time high of $3.09 at the start of the month.