NEWSLETTER Edition #133
A weekly update on everything that moves NEAR Protocol
Nº 133 · TUE 31 Oct, 2023
Hello NEAR Community (⋈),
We're thrilled to introduce the NEARCON hackathon!
Whether you're a seasoned developer, an aspiring entrepreneur, a creative mind, or a forward-thinking regulator, this 48-hour IRL hackathon is your chance to bring your ideas to life, collaborate with fellow innovators, and potentially kickstart the next big thing.
Curious about what to build? You have the freedom to explore your own ideas or tackle any one of the sponsored bounties. Just remember, your creation should align with one of NEARCON's four tracks:
- Developers: Pioneering tooling and documentation to advance Web3's openness.
- Entrepreneurs: Launching innovative products to drive mass adoption.
- Creators: Reshaping culture through technology.
- Regulators: Evolving rules, policies, and regulations in Web3.
A $140k prize pot awaits the first three places overall and the winners of each track, along with an invitation to an exclusive NEAR Horizon pre-acceleration program.
Throughout the hackathon, mentors will track your progress to ensure teams are primed to keep innovating beyond the event, and the top 12 teams will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a live audience of founders, VCs, and leading ecosystem experts.
Judges will be on the lookout for technical excellence, creative thinking, daring approaches, and strong team collaboration.
NEAR is seeking dedicated builders with an eye for their market and a commitment to staying in its ecosystem long term. The event has so far registered 560 participants, be the next. Apply here.
ROAD TO NEARCON
NEARCON 2023 : EXPLORING THE FUTURE OF AI
At NEARCON '23, one of the main spotlights will be the exciting intersection of AI and Web3. Join NEAR co-founder Illia Polosukhin and pioneers like Miron Mironiuk, Niraj Pinat, and Alexander Skidanov, with dynamic panels, discussions, and insights to explore how AI is shaping the future of the open web. LINK
NEARCON 2023 : CONFIRMS BRENDAN EICH (BRAVE) AS SPEAKER
NEARCON 2023 : NEAR HORIZON ORGANISING EXCLUSIVE MEETUP FOR FOUNDERS
Founder Mixer by NEAR Horizon on November 10, will be a Founders-only event for project owners and builders to connect, collaborate and share ideas. LINK
NEARCON 2023 : NEAR x G20
G20, the Swiss-based asset manager and advisor, is linking up with NEAR for NEARCON, with a pre-registration party on November 7 among the surprises planned. LINK
NEARCON 2023 : CONFIRMS TEANA BAKER-TAYLOR (CIRCLE) AS SPEAKER LINK
NEARCON 2023 : NEAR HORIZON FOUNDERS' FORUM DAY
Open to all NEARCON attendees, this transformative experience is designed for our dynamic ecosystem's founders, where they explore essential topics founders encounter, with experts from NEAR Foundation's Legal, Finance, and People/Ops divisions. LINK
NEARCON 2023 : EXCLUSIVE NEARCON REWARDS FOR GLASS USERS
The loyalty platform that helps users earn rewards like VIP event tickets and more, from spirit brands, will be offering exclusive rewards to users during NEARCON. LINK
PAGODA : LAUNCHES APP UPVOTING EVENT FOR PROJECTS ON B.O.S APP LIBRARY
Pagoda has launched App Upvoting Event as an NCON Bounty, allowing NEARCON attendees to select featured apps in the B.O.S App Library. Participating developers/project owners can ensure their app shines by creating a captivating description, tagging their app, and promoting it within the community. Rewards include prominent features on the App Library landing page and category pages. NEARCON attendees will be incentivized to engage in App Upvoting. The upvote button goes live 2 days before NEARCON. LINK
NEAR : EXTENDS WALLET TRANSITION TO DECEMBER 2023
Now scheduled for December 31, 2023, the extension aims to ensure a smooth transition for users and new wallets joining the ecosystem. Users are still encouraged to use the Transfer Wizard at wallet.near.org to transfer their wallets. Also, NEAR is working with community partners on the best way forward for the wallet.near.org landing page after the migration. More details to come. LINK
NEAR DEVHUB : REBRANDS TO REFLECT GROWING PLATFORM PORTFOLIO, BETTER UX
The decentralised hub for developers on NEAR has undergone a rebrand, reflecting its evolving commitment to being a connective tissue for open web developers with initiatives like HackBox and NEAR Campus. The team will provide more insight into the rebrand on Thursday, November 2, during an exclusive Space hosted by NEARWEEK. LINK
MESSARI : PUBLISHES NEAR Q3 REPORT
According to the report, NEAR saw a 350% spike in daily active addresses driven by KAIKAINOW, a record 770,000 in daily transactions, and a further drop in transaction fees without compromising speed. Additionally, the launching of native USDC and the imminent introduction of NEAR restaking, promises even more growth for the ecosystem. LINK
ICC : LAUNCHES WEB 3-POWERED GAME, CAPTAIN'S CALL, ON NEAR TO HONOR CRICKET WORLD CUP
NEAR Foundation and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have launched the initial venture of their partnership. The Captain’s Call gaming dApp leverages NEAR's scalability and promises to offer fans unique and engaging experiences. It will launch just in time for the Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. LINK
CALIMERO : DECENTRALISED CHAT DAPP IMMINENT LINK
DEVELOPERS - POWERED BY NEAR DEV HUB
NEAR DEVHUB : OPENS WEBFUSION REGISTRATION, DEVELOPING EVENT COMPONENT ON B.O.S
NEAR DEVHUB : RECAPS ENCODE'S ETHLONDON HACKATHON WINNERS
Following a weekend of building, SwapGuard emerged as the winner of the Decentralise any Frontend with B.O.S track. The project's solution involved using B.O.S as an access layer to solve UX without comprising security and fair pricing of DEXes. LINK
NEAR CAMPUS BY DEVHUB : WELCOMES VIRGINIA TECH BLOCKCHAIN CLUB LINK
NEAR DEVHUB : PUBLISHES SEVENTH ZK COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE
Topics discussed during the meeting revolved around ZK voting implementation, general ZK mechanisms, and feedback on the OPACT team update. LINK
NEAR CAMPUS BY DEVHUB : WELCOMES UC SAN DIEGO BLOCKCHAIN CLUB LINK
BANYAN COLLECTIVE : ANNOUNCES ACCOUNT ABSTRACTION HACKATHON
In conjunction with multiple partners, including NEAR DevHub, Keypom, Build DAO, etc, and over $10k in bounties, Banyan will be shining light on the wide array of possibilities offered by NEAR's unique account abstraction model. Registration is now open. LINK
BUILD DAO CODE REVIEWS : BUILDING A MULTICHAIN NFT MINTER
The latest Build DAO code review episode with Prometheus (Genadrop) explores minting NFTs on multiple chains using B.O.S. LINK
DEFI & WALLETS - POWERED BY PROXIMITY
DAPDAP : MAINNET LAUNCH IMMINENT
In anticipation of their mainnet launch, the DapDap team has published a detailed overview of the product and its various offerings, aiming to become the universal entry point to L2s. LINK
BINANCE RESEARCH : NEAR PROTOCOL ONLY L1 TO REGISTER A QOQ INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER
Despite daily transactions dropping across blockchains in Q3, NEAR registered a 120% QoQ growth in average monthly transactions. Additionally, NEAR's increase in daily active addresses was the only one recorded across chains and surpassed numbers recorded on Ethereum and Solana. LINK
BITRUE : ANNOUNCES NEAR STAKING ON PLATFORM LINK
ROUTER PROTOCOL : INTRODUCES NITRO BRIDGE, NEAR AMONG FIRST INTEGRATED CHAINS LINK
ECOSYSTEM & COMMUNITY
NEAR TOWNHALL : ECOSYSTEM UPDATES AND MORE
The last ecosystem roundatable before NEARCON packed updates from projects like ShardDog, SWEAT and SmartToken, alongside other eciting news from around the community. LINK
NDC : TRANSPARENCY COMMISSION ISSUES STATEMENT TO COMMUNITY AND HOM
To buttress the approval of the NDC's GWG funding proposal and address community concerns over the HoM, the Transparency Commission has addressed a rallying message to the community. LINK
SHARDDOG : INTRODUCES SELF-SERVICE CHANNEL
Projects will now be able to update their ShardDog links and manage what their users can mint, from images, videos, to audio. Beta testing will be rolling out with a few select projects. LINK
MINTBASE : OPENS APPLICATION WINDOW FOR SECOND GRANT COHORT
Dedicated to supporting software development and research initiatives in the NEAR ecosystem, the Mintbase Grants Program supports projects that are passionate about NEAR protocol NFT infrastructure, Mintbase, MintbaseJS, or our GraphQL Indexer API. LINK
WOMEN IN WEB3 CHANGEMAKERS : BRIDGET GREENWOOD
When she's not making strides in promoting diversity, or steering her project, The Bigger Pie, Bridget is busy heading the 200Bn Club, an investment fund and accelerator program for underrepresented founders, providing invaluable support and access to over 200 VC Partners. Honored as one of the Women in Web3 Changemakers finalists, get to know more Bridget Greenwood. LINK
PLAYIBLE : LAUNCHES FANTASY BASKETBALL SEASON, LESS THAN 48 HOURS LEFT FOR REGISTRATION
The game will focus on the NBA season, with over $25k in prize money on the line. LINK
AURORA WEEKLY UPDATES 2023-10-27 LINK