NEWSLETTER Edition #142
A weekly update on everything that moves NEAR Protocol
Nº 142 · MON 8 Jan, 2024
Happy New Year NEAR community (⋈),
We are excited to welcome you into 2024, as it brims with even more potential, innovation and growth for our ecosystem.
NEAR's remarkable 2023 was packed with new projects, resilient builders and a boom that saw NEAR reach new milestones in active users, engagement, and Total Value Locked (TVL). All these significant achievements, fueled groundbreaking technology, partnerships and events, have been vividly captured in this 2023 In Review blog by the NEAR team.
The holiday season saw a few projects capitalise on the positive energy and sentiment around the ecosystem to generate even more activity. Among them, two memecoin projects BLACKDRAGON and LONK led the charge, garnering massive community engagement and an influx of new users. Both projects are whitelisted on Ref Finance and bolstered by collaborations with platforms like ShardDog, Meteor, HERE, Pikespeak, etc.
Stepping into the new year, declared to be 'the year of the dragon', NEAR's co-founder, Illia Polosukhin, promises even more features and advancements to further enhance NEAR's already cutting-edge tech stack.
Beyond the buzz, the ecosystem continues to build, doubly motivated by a 2024 shaping up to be an even more impactful year for NEAR, the Open Web and our humble but ambitious team here at NEARWEEK.
Happy NEAR Year and stay tuned for more exciting updates from around the ecosystem.
ILLIA POLOSUKHIN : CONFIRMS PRESENCE AT CRYPTO FINANCE CONFERENCE STARTING JANUARY 10
Illia's keynote at the exclusive conference held in St Moritz, Switzerland, will focus on leveraging computers and global online data to simulate the capabilities of the human mind. LINK
ARBITRUM : INTEGRATES NEAR DATA AVAILABILITY LAYER
NEAR's advanced data availability solution is now seamlessly integrated with Arbitrum Orbit, a groundbreaking L2/L3 scaling solution for Ethereum that allows developers to create their own chains with custom configurations. The integration enables developers to now build highly scalable yet cost-efficient rollups. LINK
ARKANA : ENTERS TOP 5 OF MOST ACTIVE DAPPS ON NEAR, USER BASE IS GROWING
Arkana's ascent into the Top 5 of Top dApps on NEAR as measured by DappRadar is backed by growing base of 280,000 users, 38,500 UAW that account for 24,000 daily users, and over 19,000 transactions. The team won the grand prize for the mass adoption track at last year's Buidl Asia. LINK
ILLIA POLOSUKHIN : TALKS EVERYTHING NEAR AND WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024 W/ THE DEFIANT
The NEAR co-founder and Foundation CEO sat down with The Defiant to share detailed insights into NEAR's underlying tech stack, vision, and future prospects of the protocol. LINK
DEVELOPERS - POWERED BY NEAR DEV HUB
NEAR DEVHUB : ANNOUNCES PROTOCOL WORK GROUP CALL & PLANNED AGENDA
Scheduled for Wednesday, 10 January, the call will focus on voting a decision for NEP-488. The proposed NEP, a precompile for BLS12-381, will help enhance protocol security and cross-chain compatibility. LINK
NEAR CAMPUS : WELCOMES THE BLOCKCHAIN SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY LINK
NEAR DEVHUB : TO INTRODUCE DEVELOPER REPUTATION BADGES
The badges will be reflect developer engagement, skill and commitment within the developer ecosystem on NEAR, aiming to add value and incentive to developer activity. LINK
BANYAN COLLECTIVE : KICKS OFF CHAIN ABSTRACTION HACKATHON ON JANUARY 8
The three-week hackathon will feature bounties, both online and physical workshops, team building sessions and daily office hours around topics like data availability, multi-chain decentralised frontends, account aggregation and much more. LINK
DEFI & WALLETS - POWERED BY PROXIMITY
BINANCE : COMPLETES INTEGRATION OF NATIVE USDC ON NEAR PROTOCOL
This significant integration enables seamless deposit and withdrawal of native USDC from NEAR Protocol on the CEX, unlocking even more accessibility for the protocol. LINK
NEAT : NOW LISTED ON GATE.IO
The first native inscription token on NEAR is available for trading to users of the CEX, signifying its growing prominence around the DeFi ecosystem. LINK
MINTBASE : LAUNCHES MINTBASE WALLET
The user-friendly wallet with a decluttered UI allows users to view and manage both their fungible and non-fungible tokens from projects around the NEAR ecosystem. LINK
HERE WALLET : INTRODUCES GAS-FREE USDT, PHONE NUMBER TRANSFERS LINK
ECOSYSTEM & COMMUNITY
NEKO : LAUNCHES $125K GRANT FUND FOR NEAR CONTENT CREATORS
The grant is meant to empower NEAR-native content creators and recognise their vital contribution to the growth of the ecosystem. LINK
NDC : GRASSROOTS DAO FUNDING FOR FEBRUARY NOW LIVE
The round ran from January 2nd to 7, and will support communities and builders with over 150,000 USD in grants. LINK
NDC : TRANSPARENCY COMMISSION PUBLISHES CONGRESS MEMBERS' INACTIVITY REPORT
Upholding accountability, the report details the level of participation of each member of the House of Merit (HoM) from November through December. Members with less than 70% participation overall are subject to review and possible removal from the HoM. LINK
MARKETING DAO : CONTENT CREATOR BOUNTIES GO LIVE ON HEROES LINK
MINTBASE : PUBLISHES FIRST WAVE OF PIONEERS CONSIDERED FOR MINTBASE GRANT COHORT 2
Nine projects have made the initial list of Mintbase's grant that empowers pioneers, with a possibility of more to be added as the Mintbase team continues to review applications. The application window is still open. LINK
AURORA WEEKLY UPDATES 2024-01-05 LINK
IN OTHER NEWS
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RIEMA LABS LAUNCHES NUBIT, THE FIRST EVER BITCOIN-NATIVE DATA AVAILABILITY LAYER LINK
ILLIA POLOSUKHIN : WRITES ABOUT CHAIN ABSTRACTION, 2024 CRYPTO NARRATIVES IN COINDESK ARTICLE LINK
HACKERS INCREASINGLY TARGETING VERIFIED X ACCOUNTS FOR CRYPTO SCAMS LINK
NEW TOKEN STANDARD, TINY SPL, LAUNCHES ON SOLANA LINK
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