What is Cardano?
Cardano is an open platform that seeks to provide economic identity to the billions who lack it by providing decentralized applications to manage identity, value and governance.
Cardano is a 3rd generation blockchain built by a decentralized community of scientists, engineers, and thought leaders united in a common purpose:
to create a technology platform that will ignite the positive change the world needs.
A platform built for a sustainable future, to help people work better together, trust one another, and build global solutions to global problems.
Blockchain technology holds the answer to a number of legacy challenges, whether financial, societal, or technological.
Cardano is a blockchain platform for changemakers, innovators, and visionaries, with the tools and technologies required to create
possibility for the many, as well as the few, and bring about positive global change
Developing Cardano is no small feat. There is no other project that has ever been built to these parameters, combining peer reviewed cryptographic research with an implementation in highly secure Haskell code. This is not the copy and paste code seen in so many other blockchains. Instead, Cardano was designed with input from a large global team including leading experts and professors in the fields of computer programming languages, network design and cryptography.
The original essay from 2017 outlining the background, philosophy and inspiration behind the Cardano blockchain by Charles Hoskinson.