ICON Newsletter - January 2023
Happy New Year, ICON Community!
Catch up with what has already been a big month, with highs and lows for the ICON ecosystem as a whole!
👉 The ICON Foundation published a 2022 recap and 2023 outlook. In 2023, ICON plans to integrate xCall, a general cross chain messaging service, to interoperability protocols beyond BTP.
👉 Messari published a comprehensive overview on ICON. Skip to the “Technical Improvements” section to read more on ICON’s “much broader cross chain initiative” targeting IBC, Polygon, and Archway.
👉 Over the weekend, Omm was hacked through a smart contract exploit, which saw a 1.9M USD loss in collateral. The Omm team is in talks with exchanges to recover funds and published this postmortem after 36 hours of nonstop investigation.
👉 The ICON Foundation got verified on Twitter and acquired VIP status on the CoinMarketCap Community platform. Please give ICON a follow!
👉 Studio Mirai started hosting a weekly Twitter Spaces for ICON. In the first episode, Lucas from Craft revealed plans to help NFT projects expand their market reach through BTP. Exciting times!
👉 Crew3 is the new gamified environment for ICON community members. Track your engagement and contributions to the ICON network through a series of quests and activities. Increase your XP, level up and earn ICON rewards.
👉 Blockchain security firm CertiK hosted a Twitter Spaces: “Connecting Blockchains, BTP Security and more with ICON”
2022 Recap and 2023 Outlook
While 2022 kicked off with a setback on BTP development, we turned things around with the launch of ICON Bridge (which has also just recently completed its audit), progress on open-source development, and teams such as Craft, Balanced, and Havah starting to test BTP applications alongside continued BTP development.
In 2023, we will continue adapting to an evolving interoperability landscape by expanding use cases for xCall, a standard for generic cross-chain messaging, to interoperability protocols beyond BTP.
FYEO completes Security Assessment of ICON Bridge 🔗
ICON Technical Community Update Released 🔗
Alternative domain made available for the ICON Tracker 🔗
Partner Tr3butor (Web3 jobs platform) releases Telegram bot 🔗
Highlight from the Community
Development Updates December 2022
In December, the ICON team continued making progress on BTP, ICON Bridge and ICON 2.0. There have been significant improvements in BTP documentation and end-to-end testing demos over the last month. E2e testing demos have proven useful for community developers and we look forward to seeing how it’s used.
Builders on Twitter
Hana has integrated the ICON bridge natively and is in mobile beta - @hanawallet
ICON HyperBuild 2022/2023 commences - @ICONHackathon
Everstake recaps 2022 for ICON - @vadym_everstake
Get to know a little bit more about Scott Smiley! - @helloiconworld
GangstaVerse drops a quick update - @GangstaVerse
Alter Refer & Earn commission program coming soon - @Alter_______
Studio Mirai & Friends Twitter Spaces launched - @_StudioMirai
Craft Network on the state of NFT interoperability - @craftdotnetwork
Protocol-Owned-Liquidity of Balanced DAO proposal - @benny_options
Picks from YouTube
👂 Listen in to Michael and Brian talking about the CMD/GO, Java and Solidity contracts for ICON Bridge which have undergone a thorough audit by FYEO! 🔍 The audit was conducted to ensure the security and functionality of our smart contracts.
Michael Erquitt and Brian Olson are sr. Blockchain Security Engineer and sr. Blockchain Security Analyst at the FYEO cybersecurity company respectively. FYEO helps secure enterprises and individuals from cyber attacks with blockchain security audits, real-time threat monitoring and intelligence and decentralized identity management.
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