DotLeap 73 - Polkadot Founder Sends $5M to Ukraine in DOT
New runtime upgrade released, Interlay and Mangata X win, Rand to launch on Acala, and more.
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🔴 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - 1.17b DOT || staking - 54.3% || parachains - 11%
Polkadot 0.9.17 has been released with LOW upgrade priority.
RadiumBlock now provides Kusama and Polkadot database snapshots, in both ParityDB and RocksDB format, to more quickly synchronize nodes with the network.
Interlay (parathread ID 2032) won the latest parachain slot auction.
🔴 🏛 Governance
Referendum 51, setting the minimum nomination amount to 160 DOT, passed and was executed. Due to a technical issue with the way the initial proposal was entered, Referendum 52 was opened for the community to vote, after vote by council: and was passed and executed.
Note that this does not mean that anyone currently staking with < 160 DOT is automatically chilled. Rather, new nominations with < 160 DOT will not be able to stake, and anyone with < 160 DOT can be chilled. The lowest 1,500 nominators (measured in terms of DOT bonded) have been chilled.
Motion 159, to fund BrightTreasury for v2.0 improvements, passed and was executed.
Motion 154, electing a curator for the Polkadot Pioneers Prize bounty, passed and was executed.
Motion 155, authorizing Treasury funding for PolkaWorld ops and maintenance for March through May 2022, passed and was executed.
Motion 160, to authorize a Treasury Proposal for funding the Cloudflare Enterprise plan for Subscan, passed and was executed.
Motion 161, to authorize a Treasury Proposal for funding other infrastructure costs for Subscan from Sep to Dec 2021, passed and was executed.
Motion 163 passed Council vote. This is a
batchcall proposal, combining the Polkadot upgrade with the Statemint upgrade: The Polkadot runtime aims to be upgraded to v9170 - Release notes, runtime changes and proposal hash can be found HERE. Statemint runtime will be upgraded to v700. The proposal is now in external queue, if TC fast-tracks then the community will vote in referenda queue.
There are 2 bounties currently set up with no explanatory information on Polkassembly. If you are behind one of these Bounties, consider describing what you are trying to do.
Kusama Updates ₑₓₚₑcₜ cₕₐₒₛ
🦅 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - 12.03m KSM || staking - 43.1% || parachains - 31%
Mangata X won the 26th slot auction on Kusama.
The 27th auction has started and we are now in the initial phase of it. The ending period will begin at block #11,619,600.
🦅 🏛 Governance
Referendum 175, to reduce the validationUpgradeCooldown from 14,400 to 3,600 blocks, passed and was executed.
Referendum 176, setting a minimum validator commission of 3%, passed. When fully implemented, no validator will be able to set a commission less than 3%. This ensures that running a validator node is financially sustainable for all those in the active set.
Referendum 177, to upgrade the Kusama relay chain to v9170, passed.
Motion 439, to fund a governance rewards proposal, passed. This proposal funds a project that automatically rewards all voters with an NFT at the end of a referendum.
The Opensquare team published a bounty proposal for consideration: aiming to implement a group of business oriented explorers and Dapps to help users better understand and work with Dotsama. Further goals of the proposal are to educate more developers by implementing the explorers and dapps features with child bounties and to seek ways to facilitate collaborations between projects and external developers in the polkadot ecosystem. For scope of work of the bounty, budget and curation suggestions, please visit this post.
A proposal aiming to fund Blockathon DAO pilot - Public goods learn + build 2 earn: a 3 weeks long learning program with a final competitive Blockathon. The goal is:
To help Substrate teams identify talent
To help talent to find opportunities in the Substrate ecosystem
To increase the awareness of Substrate amongst a high quality curated audience.
More info on the proposal can be found on the post.
⛓ Connected Parachains, dApps, and others
projects connected to the DOT and KSM relay chains
Rand to launch yield aggregator strategies on Acala, leveraging aUSD stablecoin yield for app users.
Acala released an article on three use cases for liquid crowdloan DOT (LCDOT).
Dan Reecer (head of growth) and Bette Chan (co-founder) hosted a Live with Acala call.
Astar launched an incubation program.
Manta Network hosted a 45-minute panel with other Polkadot ecosystem supporters like Binance, Parity, Polychain Capital and Moonbeam to discuss the role of on-chain privacy with Web3 at ETH Denver 2022.
Mosaic, a transfer availability layer by the Composable team, is integrating Connext as another DeFi bridge in its liquidity rebalancing procedure.
The Picasso team released an article on why they are building and supporting DeFi primitives on Picasso.
Kintsugi announced that it is running a testnet lottery!
Ledger now supports Centrifuge.
Moonbeam presented Bootstrapping an Ethereum Compatible Ecosystem On Polkadot at ETH Denver 2022.
Moonbeam was also featured in the latest Substrate Builder’s Program graduate highlight.
🔗 Candidate Parachains, dApps, and others
projects that are not yet connected to the DOT and KSM relay chains
Vol. 71 of Phala Weekly is out.
OriginTrail co-founders Branimir Rakić (CTO) and Žiga Drev (Managing Director) sat down with community members Guinnessstache & Famous Amos to discuss developments in the OriginTrail ecosystem.
Litentry released a new weekly update.
The Gear Technologies team released an article on Gear’s vision for the future of the internet.
Ajuna partners with Darwinia to showcase the power of interoperable in-game assets.
SORA released a new ecosystem update.
🌎 Community & Ecosystem
Polkadot Decoded returns on 29-30 June this year - if you’d like to give a talk, the Call for Proposals (along with more information) is here.
Remember that if you see something cool in the ecosystem, please propose a Tip for the person who did it!
The Web3 Foundation has put together a video series, Polkadot for Beginners, to help newcomers to Polkadot understand the basics.
If you want to understand the issues with staking, why there’s a minimum bond, and what’s being done to fix it, Kian has created this video to explain it.
Zero Knowledge Validator held an interview with Web3 Foundation’s Dieter Fishbein in preparation for the Privacy on Polkadot event.
ZKValidator's Privacy on Polkadot event took place on 22nd February 2022 and was supported by the Polkadot Treasury. The founders of Moonbeam, Astar, and Manta were present to talk about their projects.
Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot, sent $5m to Ukraine in DOT after the official Ukraine twitter account posted a DOT address as per Gav’s request.
🌠 NFT Review
A weekly newsletter keeping up with the evolution of NFTs in the Dotsama ecosystem.
Karura's 'Bring Your Own Gas' feature now allows users to pay gas fees with $RMRK.
Holders of the Spirit Key NFT can now link their Talisman wallet to access a special token-gated channel in its Discord.
RMTerra released a short film that highlights its partnership with RMRK to reforest the world by planting trees.
Bit Country released a glimpse of its avatar customizer setup.
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