Kusama is a canary network for Polkadot; an early release of the code that is available first and holds real economic value. For developers, Kusama is a proving ground for runtime upgrades, on-chain governance, and parachains.
Creating an Account
Vote for Councilors
Set an Identity
Become a Nominator
Participate in Crowdloans
Join Kappa Sigma Mu
Become an Ambassador
Kusama is owned by those who hold the Kusama tokens (KSM). There's no central kill switch and all changes are made through the protocol's on-chain governance. Kusama is experimental. There are no guarantees.
Kusama is a permissionless network and anyone can come along and start using it. Those who participated in the Polkadot sale can claim a proportional amount of KSM through the Kusama Claims process.
As a KSM holder, you can interact with all the features of the Kusama network such as staking (i.e. validating or nominating), governance, parachain auctions, basic transfers and everything else.
Expect Chaos. Kusama is getting more battle-tested day-by-day but it's built on the foundations of moving fast and trying new things.
Hone your validator set-up. The minimum requirement for staking as a validator on Kusama is lower than it is for Polkadot. There are also programs in place such as Thousand Validators to help community validators rise the ranks. This includes participating in a parachain slot auction and composable applications.