The Scalable, Multichain Network for Radical Innovation
Kusama is a scalable network of specialized blockchains built using Substrate and sharing nearly the same codebase as Polkadot. For teams wanting to move quickly and innovate on Kusama, or prepare for Polkadot deployment, the network provides an experimental development environment. The Kusama network was built as a 'canary in the coal mine' for Polkadot, its cousin. It's a living platform designed for change agents to take back control, spark innovation and disrupt the status quo.
Kusama was founded in 2019 by Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot and co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum.