Stacks in August ’22: Builders Win, Stacks 2.1, Clarity, & More


September 8, 2022
There’s so much going on in the world of Stacks that we couldn’t wait for the next quarterly update . Below you'll find stories from August covering things like: An updated look at Stacks 2.1 Subnets and a developer survey from Hiro Builder spotlights  An update from the world of NFTs Upcoming events And much more The Stacks community is full of inspiring projects and ideas so we hope this update pumps you up as much as it did us. Please feel free to share any links we might have missed by replying to this email and definitely keep your eye on for posts like the ones below coming to you in real-time. To Unleashing Bitcoin, The Stacks Foundation team Quick Hits Help Us Improve Hiro Products — Take a short survey to tell us about your experience developing on Stacks. In return, we’ll send you some special swag as a thank you. SIP 016: Ratified! 🎉 Thanks to Friedger Müffke and Dan Trevino, the Stacks ecosystem will benefit from smoother flow and improved standards for metadata. These SIP Authors are long-term loyal community members who also helped to create the NFT standard (SIP-009) and many other standards. You can follow their work on Github here: Friedger - Dan - Click here to read the full text of Schema Definition for Metadata for Digital Assets . ⚡Hiro x Coinbase ⚡ Funding your Hiro wallet just got easier thanks to Hiro's latest integration with Coinbase Pay! Here’s a quick overview for how to get $STX in your wallet faster than you can say “web3 on #bitcoin ." Select “Buy” from the Hiro Wallet home screen and then “Coinbase.” Please note, this integration is currently limited to purchases in the United States. International support is coming soon. Enter the amount of $STX to purchase and your payment details. Once purchased, the STX will arrive directly in your Hiro Wallet account for usage with the Stacks app of your choice, such as buying an #NFT or investing in a #DeFi protocol. Learn more here . 3 Examples of Web3 Contracts at Work in Building Apps for Bitcoin — Meet 3 different projects building on Bitcoin. 10 Tips to Keep Your Crypto Safe — Bitcoin was invented with inherent security qualities to provide financial freedom to individuals. The blockchain’s principles of cryptography, decentralization and consensus provide trustless transactions and a financial system that’s almost impossible to hack.  Orbit Bridge Calling for Stacks Validators — Ahead of the Orbit bridge launch following the Stacks 2.1 upgrade later this year, the time has come to onboard Validators to help process and record transactions generated by the Stacks chain. 🏗 Stacks Builder Spotlights This month we wanted to celebrate our Builders! From grantees to residents to super Stacks fan, we interviewed a handful of builders to learn more about their contributions to the Stacks ecosystem. We'll be hosting a Twitter Spaces with each of the spotlighted builders at the beginning of September to open up the conversation to the Stacks community so keep an eye out! Know a builder that you want spotlighted? Reach out to for consideration and tell us a little bit about what they are building and why it's amazing! Q&A with Stacks Web3 Startup Lab Founder, Albert Liang — Albert Liang is the Founder of the Stacks Web3 Startup Lab, a venture that includes a 2-month “bootcamp-style” pre-accelerator for Web3 startups. In our discussion below, we talk about Albert’s vision for the pre-accelerator program, hear about his observations coming off of the first cohort’s 9-week immersion (and upcoming Demo Day), starting a company as a Web3 founder versus a Web2 founder, and more. Builder Spotlight: DLC.Link — In our discussion with Aki, we learn more about how Discreet Log Contracts work and why they’re so important in bringing crypto into the mainstream, how he and his team got started working on this project, their vision, what they’ve learned, and what’s coming up next. Builder Spotlight: NeoSwap — John Ennis is a PhD Mathematician, former founder of an AI services company, and current founder/CEO of NeoSwap. In the below discussion with John, we learn about his vision for NeoSwap, an NFT liquidity platform that hosts "parties" enabling NFT trades and sales. Builder Spotlight: Boom — Dan Trevino is the Founder of Boom, a Stacks Residents Program project that became the first NFT platform on Stacks. In our discussion with Dan, we learn more about what inspired him to create Boom, what's coming soon for their team, and his journey as a leader and builder in the Stacks ecosystem. Builder Spotlight: StackerDAO Labs — Orlando Cosme is the Founder of StackerDAO Labs and part of the 2nd Stacks Accelerator Cohort. StackerDAO Labs is a one-stop shop to create and manages DAOs secured by Bitcoin. In the below conversation, we learn more about his vision for the project, his experience in the Accelerator, and what's next for StackerDAO Labs. Builder Spotlight: Trajan — Ragnar Lifthrasir is the Founder of Trajan, a professional community for Web3. When Ragnar was increasingly frustrated with professional sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor, he started brainstorming how professional representation could be different on Web3. In our conversation below, we talk about the vision and philosophy behind Trajan, the different problems that the project aims to solve, and the future of social capital and identity. Grants are critical to our mission of unleashing Bitcoin builders 🚀 Over $3m in Stacks Grants have been paid out this year to contributors ranging from developers to content creators & everything in between. Introducing 3 upgrades to the grants process & portal 👇 🧵 - 1/6 — stacksfoundation.btc (@StacksOrg) Aug 8, 2022 Clarity Universe Camp III Hackathon Clarity Universe just wrapped up its third cohort and several students put their newfound knowledge to the test in the third Clarity Universe hackathon . It is amazing to see just exactly how far everyone has come along, with some having had their first introduction to smart contracts during the camp. We are pleased to announce the winning projects and invite you to check them out: #1 Helping Hands | Devpost — Helping Hands is a project which allows users to ask for donations by giving proper description to prove that they are really in need. People can view the list of all the people in need, read their descriptions, upvote or downvote them with a sound comment that why or why not should here be money donated. #2 Paydii | Devpost — Paydii created a set of smart contracts designed to facilitate decentralized buying and selling of digital goods. With some more building and refinement, Paydii has the potential to become a pioneer in the world of decentralized digital marketplaces. #3 Stacks Guild | Devpost — Stacks Guild is a platform designed to reduce financial barriers to entry. Guilds buy assets and then loan those assets to incoming players in exchange for a percentage of the new players' "earnings"'. Attention (aspiring) @clarity_lang developers building on #Bitcoin 🗣️📢 ⭐️ Learn how to become a Stacks @clarity_lang builders with @pointer_gg ⭐️ $20,000 worth of $STX hackathon to build whatever you think is cool Learn more & Join 👇 — stacks.btc (@Stacks) Aug 4, 2022 Clarity Camp IRL ICYMI: @Stacks local community @Stacks ATX hosted a Clarity Camp, bringing you the next generation of builders 🚀 Introducing 👇 @Goldspeaker @CrystalGravy2 @binaya_btc , @JCarbonnell @nateb @Saphyr97 @JazLuvsCrypto @saharasoundz @magusplusplus @cryptolearnlab Welcome 💜 — Clarity Smart Contracts (@clarity_lang) Aug 25, 2022 Stacks Must Reads: Subnets + 2.1 Upgrade It’s Official: Hyperchains Are Now Named Subnets — Faster transactions coming to a subnet near you. Bringing 10x growth to the #Stacks community with this scaling solution 🚀 🤔 What are Subnets? 🌱 Why does it grow Stacks? 💼 What use cases? 🗣️ Join @saralabp @Pavitthraaa @AaronBlankstein @muneeb @kyleellicott @br_ttany @PatrickWStanley Reminder 👇 — stacks.btc (@Stacks) Aug 23, 2022 Stacks 2.1: Strengthening The Connection to Bitcoin — We see the incredible potential of Bitcoin and are committed to building the best tools to make it more useful. Stacks is the top Web3 project on Bitcoin today, and this is just the beginning. We’re excited to introduce the latest tools and upgrades coming to the network in the Stacks 2.1 upgrade — updates that will strengthen the Stacks connection to Bitcoin. Beyond Stacks 2.1: What Are The Next Big Moves For Stacks? — We're working to raise the data the Stacks Ecosystem needs to prioritize upgrades and features in the near future. Meet the 1st Stacks Web3 Startup Lab Pre-Accelerator Cohort — The Stacks Web3 Startup Lab is a venture that includes a 2-month “bootcamp-style” pre-accelerator for Web3 startups. On Sunday, July 31st, 9 teams finally presented their learnings and work at the pre-accelerator's Demo Day. Meet the 9 teams below and learn a bit about each of their projects. ALEX2 Orderbook: Testnet Guide — The ALEX Lab Foundation is launching the Orderbook Testnet imminantly. Our goal is always to build together. With your test and feedback, we will create a better protocol. Purchase Bitcoin Directly in Xverse Wallet — Xverse, the most advanced web3 Bitcoin wallet, is thrilled to announce that users can now purchase Bitcoin (BTC) and STX, the native token of the Stacks blockchain, directly in the app. Defending the Freedom of Bitcoin Open Source Development In three weeks, pseudonymous Bitcoiner hodlonaut  will take the stand in Oslo, Norway to defend his allegations that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not Satoshi . You can read a full timeline of the situation here . Although you might not expect it, this case directly impacts Bitcoin open source development. hiro blog What's New In NFTs? Proof of Work Celebration — Gamma was inspired to host a fun community-wide event—everyone is invited: Proof of Work Celebration! Let’s celebrate and educate community members on the value of proof of work. Bitcoin NFTs: Yes, they exist! — Twitter has been roasting Mojang’s NFT ban on Minecraft. The announcement shocked the blockchain community: partly for the ban itself, but perhaps moreso for defining NFTs as ‘often purchased with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.’  What is IPFS and How Does it Work? — IPFS stands for the InterPlanetary File System (believe it or not). In their own words it is: A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to preserve and grow humanity’s knowledge by making the web upgradeable, resilient, and more open. Arkadroids NFT Distribution — Arkadiko is excited to announce the next phase of the Arkadroids project! This blog post will shed some more light on what the Arkadroids are and how you can get hold of one! A Look Inside Gamma’s Create Portal and How It Empowers NFT Creators — Gamma’s Co-Founder walks through the code of the Create Portal. Upcoming Community Sessions and Events Join Us for Mainnet at the BUILDING ON BTC Party, September 22 at 7:00 PM — All of us at Stacks and Hiro are excited to be celebrating how far crypto has come since the last bear market! Despite the current price volatility, the future looks bright for us builders and we can't wait to connect with you at one of NYC's best spaces, Lavan 541 . We'll have DJ Marc Wolf, arcade games, a claw machine, an NFT gallery projection room with Gamma, and lots of fun swag! Use code: STACKER for 50% off. Register for Bitcoin Unleashed: Builder's Edition October 7 — Bitcoin Unleashed: Builders Edition is a premier virtual event bringing together founders and developers for all things building on Bitcoin. You’ll learn from industry luminaries, build alongside the best developers in the space, and connect with fellow Bitcoiners from across the globe. The event will be followed by a hackathon hosted in conjunction with Gitcoin and Stacks entities. Virtual Event Recaps More Bitcoin Building News Built With Bitcoin Foundation Constructs A School In Kenya And Showcases Bitcoin As A Force For Good — The school was built in collaboration with Paxful and Zamzam, a humanitarian organization dedicated to eradicating poverty by providing clean, sustainable water and access to quality education to villages around the world. Move Over, Ethereum – Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Has Apps, Too — Bitcoin’s dominant scaling system continues to grow despite a formidable bear market. The Off-Chain Bitcoin Bull Market — The bitcoin price may be down from its all-time highs, but off-chain uses for bitcoin assets are in their own bull market. Early Days Of The Internet Similar To Bitcoin — Understanding how the internet protocol was built using layers can help paint a picture of the Bitcoin network and how it can develop in a similar fashion. Publish on beehiiv


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