ICON Newsletter - March 2023
It’s spring time, ICON Community! 🐣
👉 A new “xCall on IBC” integrations milestones list was published with the February Development Update. Offering the community a transparent look into the xCall service development path and progress.
👉 The ICON Foundation announces a discontinuation of funding for the ICE and SNOW project.
👉 Studio Mirai & Friends Twitter Spaces reach Episode 9: Community Thoughts
👉 Web3 Partners in-person meetups power on after the first succesful event in the Netherlands. Connecting Web3 enthusiasts, developers and investors. Next event: 30th March.
👉 Improvements to CPS funding cycles actively being discussed on multiple platforms. Discussion explores a differentiated mechanism for funding public goods vs. for-profit ventures.
👉 ICON Founder Min Kim addresses the ICON Community on Twitter, speaking on the ICE/SNOW funding discontinuation and ICON’s focused commitment to BTP development and xCall integrations.
“xCall as a service allows us to leverage the pace of the wider industry while also offering greater flexibility than we could support through BTP alone. (…) Of the grants that were cut in favor of doubling down on increasing adoption for BTP and xCall was funding for the ICE and SNOW projects. Continuing to fund an EVM layer that struggled to find product market fit and which would continue to require significant resources just to maintain was simply not an option.“
ICON Development Update - February 2023
In February, the team started testing BTP across local instances. We can continue to check progress on the BTP milestones board. Furthermore, with xCall integrations well underway, an IBC integrations milestone board has now also been made publicly available. In this article, we share tasks completed and development milestones for March.
Google-powered search for ICON Network enabled 🔗
xCall <> IBC Integrations Milestones Released 🔗
More in-depth articles from community builders added 🔗
Ecosystem Insights EP2 with Fez and David 🔗
CPS Meeting with Eric Solomon and the Sustainability User Group 🔗
Catching up with Cyrus on ICON developer relations 🔗
Watch Inside ICON EP2, a monthly chat with Min 🔗
Community contributions to icon.community welcomed 🔗
Highlights from the Community
Builders on Twitter
Yeti Strong Club x Alter Caps are coming - @FramdNFT
Participate in Equality’s testnet and earn XP - @EQU_Exchange
The new Balanced back end is up and running - @BalancedDAO
Sudoblock teases a new design for the ICON Tracker - @sudoblockio
GangstaVerse puts exciting game mechanics on display - @Gangstaverse
Blobble announces a code rewrite from Solidity to ICON’s Java - @Blobbleworld
Season 2 character mints feature new 16BFC winners - @16bitfightclub
A chance to win personalized ICON avatars with Crew3 - @helloiconworld
Omm was able to reopen one month after $1.9M exploit - @ommfinance
ICX token mining on Optimus offers boosted staking returns - @OptimusDeFi
The latest Learn articles are feature Cryptographic Primitives - @helloiconworld
Craft announces mystery cross-chain integration partner - @craftdotnetwork
Picks from YouTube
Tune in to the most recent episode of Inside ICON, with Min and Fez!
👉 Once a month, Min will sit down with Fez or David and chat about what goes on inside ICON. Next episode will drop towards the end of April.
00:00 Intro 00:46 Talking about the discontinuation of ICE/SNOW funding 04:54 Strategizing with xCall service and BTP 10:08 Expanding on BTP's research based development 12:12 Perspective on BTP development progress 15:37 BTP blocks, the xCall service edge and testnet incentivization 19:46 How ICON dev teams contribute to partner chains 23:02 Three big insights from a succesful Korea and Singapore business trip 33:50 Tech trends and what's next 38:20 Outro
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