We’ve just moved from 2021 to 2022 and with that, we’d like to do a summary concluding the year just passed. Let's dive in!
Golem has had a number of significant milestones this year, like being included in The World Bank and Future Today Institute’s 2021 Tech Trend Report - a stepping stone for us, for the community and for decentralized web projects everywhere. We started the year with Golem’s first Hackathon, which resulted in us finding one of our now very treasured developer’s, the Software Ninja, Paweł Burgchardt who created ChessOnGolem used in our 30k GLM Golem Chess Competition. Later we had the Golem GR9 and Golem Online Hackathon.
The mainnet launch for the Golem (Yagna) was launched on March 11th in the form of the Beta I. This new implementation was built from the ground up to be modular, lightweight and easier to build on with the Golem APIs (e.g. the Yagna Python API / Yapapi). This all combined with our Handbook forms the SDK for Yagna. Here’s a visualization of the Golem Network ecosystem development.
Early on we ran a Meme Contest which was super fun, we collected many of the amazing memes throughout the year and submissions to the contest and threw them in a dropbox for everyone to use! Around the same time, we participated in and created a workshop for the Hello Decentralization’s online event. And 0xHack shortly there after, with Maria Paula holding a talk and Kuba’s workshop for developers.
Later in 2021, we celebrated the Golem 5 Year anniversary with an awesome online community meet-up and gave some love via POAP NFTs. During the year we gave out over 48,000 GLM and 83,180 USDC for hackathons and bounties, along with other milestones that we were excited to celebrate:
The GLM Rewards Program was no small addition on-top of the bounties, giving 220,000 GLM to in community rewards for the year, giving the program more than 335k GLM rewarded to the community across its lifespan so far.
Polygon collaboration announcement led to the implementation of Polygon payments first on Thorg and later on the Golem Network with the release of the Beta IV, the fourth major beta release of Yagna for the year. Since then there have been >350k GLM transfers on Polygon.
Thorg came in with a bang and he’s just getting started. He’s the first implementation of GPU mining (ETH and ETC) with layer 2 GLM payouts. He’s also gearing up to run CPU / Yagna tasks on Windows.
And then there’s the science, we’re discovering the origins of life with the support of Allchemy. We have an ongoing Twitter thread created by the LIFE@Golem team to give more insight into what we’re working on.
There are so many more small and large achievements that we’d love to highlight, such as watching the community grow and assisting one another. The Golem Discord averages hundreds of messages on a daily basis and each individual’s involvement is so valuable and great to see. We’ve watched individuals with a variety of skills come together to put it into a harmony of collaboration that we couldn’t begin to highlight any particular person on their own.
Golem 2021 News Highlights
Here's a collection of news highlights on Golem throughout the year.
- Decrypt - New Desktop App Makes It Easier to Mine Ethereum
- Cointelegraph - Project built on top of Golem Network attempts to simulate the creation of life on Earth
- Business Insider - 7 crypto experts told us why the second-largest cryptocurrency could get a price lift
- Forbes - There's More To Cryptocurrency Than Bitcoin
- Cointelegraph - Striking a chord: DeFi’s domino effect on NFTs and Web 3.0 adoption
- Forkast News - The internet paradigm shift is here: Are you prepared for Web 3.0?
- HackerNoon - NFTs, The Creator Economy, and the Case for Hypertokenization
- US News and World Report - What Is Proof-of-Stake, and Why Is Ethereum Adopting It?
- Business Insider - Ether hits $500 billion market cap for the first time as the cryptocurrency's rally pushes on
- Cointelegraph - They see ETH rollin’: Why did Ether price reach $3.5K, and what’s next?
Lots to do, 2022!
We’re excited for what 2022 will bring to the project and look forward to getting more involved with the community and other projects while building Golem in parallel. Thanks for reading our summary of 2021! We’ll be coming out with an update on plans we have for 2022 in the coming week.