Overview - Piers Ridyard, CEO
One of my favorite things to do right now is hanging out in the Scrypto channels in the Radix Discord server - where something magic is happening day by day, where the incredible work the RDX team has put into designing and developing a language specifically for building DeFi is starting to get people falling in love.
Building over the course of years is always a question mark as to how well a product is really going to do, but honestly, it has been incredible to watch how it is working better than we hoped, even in this super “early access” stage.
Ultimately, our mission is to turn building DeFi from this to this.
We will keep building. It is only the tip of the iceberg.
In other news, the last couple of weeks have seen me back on the road, starting with SXSW, where I met some super cool people (more on that below) and even got to shoot a small video with Demi Bagdy, who helped give a 101 introduction to Radix and the crypto space. Definitely check it out for no other reason than to see her absolutely school me in how to give an introduction at the top of a video:
I also got the chance to speak at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2022 where I interviewed Lane Kasselman from Blockchain.com. We got a proper debate going about regulation in the crypto space as well as diving into how blockchain is booming in Africa.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the Scrypto DEX competition. You are all awesome. We are looking forward to announcing the winners of that soon, as well as highlighting some of the amazing code you wrote!
Strategy & Marketing (Adam Simmons, CSO & Jeremy Epstein, CMO)
We had an extremely strong showing at SXSW with a first-rate booth that drove a great deal of interest and attention. Big kudos to Kristof, Konstantin, and the team for pulling this off with elegance.
As a bonus, Piers had the opportunity to have his butt kicked by @DemiBagby and a chance to talk #Scrypto with RedFoo.
To keep abreast of all of the field marketing (including an upcoming developer event in Lisbon on April 9th where our CPO, Matt, and CEO, Piers will be in attendance), make sure you visit the continuously updated events page.
Speaking of events, we are continuing to recruit Event Ambassadors to host “Radix Revelation MeetUps” around the world. New events we have on the calendar include Hanoi, Georgetown, Lisbon, Washington DC, and London, with more dates on the way for San Diego, NYC and São Paulo. If you’re interested in hosting a “Radix Revelation MeetUp” in your area and spreading the word, check out the draft of the “MeetUp in a box” to help you get started. Reach out to Jacob_XRD via Telegram to begin planning your event.
You can also stay up to date on all Radix-related events by joining the meetup Telegram or Discord.
The Radix Chess Club is now in full swing, with over 100 members ready to do battle! The first online competition will start on March 31st 2022. If you can’t make it to the board this time don’t fear, the reigning Chess Champion will need to defend the title monthly!
We had our biggest Wen-Marketing call thus far with our first-ever North/South America call on March 16th, with nearly 40 people in attendance. (See future call list here). Please join them in the future to meet your fellow community members. It’s a great experience. Of course, the Discord channel is always at your disposal.
Our performance marketing team, led by Daniel, has not only made our operations more operationally efficient, but effective as well. We’re improving the way we get the word out on both Reddit and Brave (as well as other channels) and it’s been fantastic to see the results.
And, lastly, as we seek to raise our “Meme Game,” if you are a talented Memologist…join the Radix Meme Squad.
Development (Russell Harvey, CTO & Matthew Hine, CPO)
The tech team has been cranking away on a mix of Olympia improvements, as well as pressing ahead with our next version of Scrypto, which will introduce our first public test environment and allow developers to build web frontends for their nascent dApps.
Wallet version 1.3.3 has been released, which brings the oft-demanded ability to completely unstake from a validator, without leaving any “dust” behind. It also contains a host of small changes, quality-of-life improvements, and improved error reporting.
Coordinated forking for Olympia, which allows the network to synchronously update to a new version when appropriate, is undergoing extensive testing and looks to be close to rolling out. We’ll have more updates on this for node runners once we’re confident in a release date.
Scrypto is in the midst of an overhaul to the authorization model, creating a more powerful and flexible system than our first implementation and satisfying an extraordinarily ambitious set of requirements. Here again, more details to come for developers with the upcoming release of Scrypto v0.4.
Finally, our first community Scrypto challenge, building a DEX, has wrapped up! We received some stellar entries and are in the process of reviewing them all now. The overall quality of submissions was very high and gives us great confidence that Babylon is going to have a vibrant ecosystem of applications right from the start.
Update from the Radix Community*
- Our dear community member Leo Magal was interviewed by a Brazilian crypto influencer, Thiago Rocha, with 28.2K subscribers. Believe it or not, it took 3 hours to take a deep dive into Radix fundamentals! Many thanks to Leo and the Radix Brazilian community!
- Last week, RDX Works CEO Piers Ridyard had an AMA on DeFiTeddy's Discord channel, and the Chinese telegram community has grown over 40%! Here is the AMA script in Chinese.
- Kripto Emre mentioned the Radix Babylon Roadmap update in his latest video and discussed how the Radix team is diligently meeting the needs of the DeFi world by providing the Babylon iteration with a series of test nets.
- If you have any updates that you want to share with the community, please reach out to @stefanpersson or @denizdenizdenize via Telegram.
*Updates provided by members of the Radix community. It may contain inaccuracies.