Untamed Elephants Uses Chainlink VRF to Bring Trust and Transparency to NFT Charity Donation Drives
As one of the largest, most charity-driven NFT communities in the world, Untamed Elephants has a duty to establish trust and transparency at all levels. This is why we’re excited to announce that we’re using an official integration of Chainlink Verifiable Random Function (VRF) to fulfill these two cornerstones of our community. By integrating the industry-leading decentralized oracle network, we now have access to a tamper-proof and auditable source of randomness needed to randomly determine which users who donate during Stampede Sunday receive prizes.
Every Sunday, Untamed Elephants hosts a charity donation drive where anyone who makes a $20+ donation to an elephant charity or purchases one of our Elephant NFTs is eligible to win prizes, ranging from NFTs to merchandise from small businesses and entrepreneurs. To date, through events like #StampedeSunday, we’ve raised over $55,000 for elephant causes!
We rely on Chainlink VRF to help ensure that the winner in our giveaways is chosen in a transparent and unbiased manner, most notably because it allows anyone to audit the results and make sure we didn’t just pick our friends/family. How it works is that if 100 people enter our giveaway, we send a request to Chainlink VRF to return a random number between 1 and 100, and that number is then recorded on the blockchain for all to see.
We ultimately selected Chainlink VRF over other solutions because it’s based on cutting-edge academic research, supported by time-tested oracle infrastructure, and secured through the generation and on-chain verification of cryptographic proofs that prove the integrity of each random number supplied to smart contracts.
Chainlink VRF works by combining block data that is still unknown when the request is made with the oracle node’s pre-committed private key to generate both a random number and a cryptographic proof. The Untamed Elephants application will only accept the random number input if it has a valid cryptographic proof, and the cryptographic proof can only be generated if the VRF process is tamper-proof. This helps provide our donors with automated and verifiable assurances directly on-chain that the distribution of rewards is provably fair and was not tampered with by the oracle, outside entities, or the Untamed Elephants team.
One of the most exciting upcoming events for Untamed Elephants is our merge event, where holders of our Elephant NFTs and Companion NFTs can burn both to create a new NFT, which represents our highest level of DAO membership. There will likely be an element of randomness during this burn event, and we are excited to have Chainlink VRF at our disposal to help ensure that that randomness is truly random, verifiable, and tamper-proof.
Trust & Transparency
As we stampede toward our vision of saving the elephants through community activism and NFTs, we’re excited to work with Chainlink to push the envelope of trust and transparency.
“Transparency is at the heart of everything we do. Our team is non-anonymous, our donations are transparent, and now through our official integration with Chainlink, the randomness behind our tech will adhere to the highest levels of transparency as well. We look forward to continuing our work with Chainlink in the future,” said Untamed Elephant’s head steward, Adam Ghahramani.
Chainlink is the industry standard for building, accessing, and selling oracle services needed to power hybrid smart contracts on any blockchain. Chainlink oracle networks provide smart contracts with a way to reliably connect to any external API and leverage secure off-chain computations for enabling feature-rich applications. Chainlink currently secures tens of billions of dollars across DeFi, insurance, gaming, and other major industries, and offers global enterprises and leading data providers a universal gateway to all blockchains.
About Untamed Elephants
Untamed Elephants is one of the largest, most charity-driven NFT collections in the world. Featuring a collection of 7,500 unique elephant NFTs and their companions with thousands of unique holders, Untamed Elephants is on a mission to save the elephants through the power of community and NFTs. To date, Untamed Elephants has raised over $55,000 for elephant causes through its generous royalty donations and weekly fundraising drives. Untamed Elephants is also unique in the NFT world for having a professional, non-anonymous team and will be an official sponsor of this year’s NFT NYC conference. To join us, visit our collection on OpenSea, follow us on Twitter, or say hi in our Discord.