Monthly community update | September 2021

, by Brandon Echter

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๐Ÿ”ฅ IGNITION is still fired up
๐Ÿฅณ More than 1000 Solana validators!
๐Ÿšƒ Breakpoint is a month away!
๐ŸŒ‰ Wormhole announces NFT bridge
๐Ÿ‘ป Phantom hits 500k+ users
๐Ÿฆ DegenApesAcademy votes for student council, launches DAOO
๐Ÿฆ” Hedgehog becomes the first prediction market on Solana
๐ŸŒŠ Orca had an $18M funding round

๐Ÿ”ฅ IGNITION is still fired up

Well, there is definitely liftoff. Thousands have already joined in IGNITION, the latest Solana hackathon with millions in prizes and seed funding.

Since the last update, there's been some major news โ€” due to popular demand, the hackathon has been extended! Projects are now due by October 15th. Don't forget that if you submit a project by then, you'll get an exclusive NFT lighter.

The Solana community has been celebrating all month long. Check out all the virtual panels and workshops and keep up with the latest over at Devpost. Good luck!


๐Ÿฅณ More than 1000 Solana validators!

The Solana ecosystem is growing strong โ€” and it just hit a big milestone. The Solana Mainnet Beta now has more than 1000 validators! They're spread around 111 cities and 28 countries around the world.

Learn more from the Solana Foundation.


๐Ÿšƒ Breakpoint is a month away!

Are you ready for Lisbon? Breakpoint, the Solana Conference, starts on November 7th โ€” and tickets are already going fast. More than 150+ speakers have been confirmed so far.

Come join thousands of your fellow Solanans for panels, workshops, parties... and a few surprises. Get your tickets now!


๐ŸŒ‰ Wormhole announces NFT bridge

Big news: Wormhole has officially launched an NFT bridge between Ethereum and Solana. Now you can send your favorite NFTs (from Cryptopunks to DegenApes) cross chain!

Get started.


๐Ÿ‘ป Phantom hits 500k+ users

Is it getting crowded in here? Phantom, the friendly and easy Solana wallet, now has more than 500,000 active users. Well, 520,000 weekly active users, to be exact.

As Mike Dudas of The Block points out, MetaMask has 10 million monthly active users. Just saying.

Learn more about Phantom.


๐Ÿฆ DegenApesAcademy votes for student council, launches DAOO

The votes are in, and class is now in session. The Degenerate Ape Academy officially launched their DAOO โ€” and with it, the inaugural members of their student council. They also announced they are minting NFgTs (Non-Fungible Governing Tokens) for every member of the DAOO that allow on-chain voting for any issue brought up to it.

Get your pen and paper. Learn more here.


๐Ÿฆ” Hedgehog becomes the first prediction market on Solana

Wanna bet? Hedgehog Markets launched their mainnet on September 22nd, making them the first prediction market built on Solana.

All you need is some SOL or USDC to get started. Better go fast.


๐ŸŒŠ Orca had an $18M funding round

Whale hello there! Orca, the user friendly Solana DEX, raised $18 million from numerous investors, including Polychain, Placeholder, and Three Arrows as principal investors and additional support from Jump Capital, Sino Global Capital, Collab & Currency, DeFiance, Zee Prime, Coinbase Ventures, Solana Capital, and a number of angel investors.

Learn more here.


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