We completed the necessary work to get the network and community ready for the 2.1 network upgrade, which is currently rolling out. This included everything from code contribution and leadership in architecture design, to preparing key partners and exchanges, to coordinating the decentralized voting process. Notably, Stacks 2.1 was approved in the biggest vote ever for the network (nearly 500 community members) with 99% voting ‘yes’. Stacks 2.1 is imminent pending final bug fixes.
In addition to work directly on Stacks 2.1, we also put significant effort into helping bring more Core Dev capacity into the ecosystem:
- Worked to drive new pipeline for core developer candidates, assisting an increase from 8 to 12 total core devs in Q4, including hiring a Blockchain Core Developer here at the foundation
- Opened and began recruiting for a new Blockchain Security role
- Supported a grantee in developing their application to open a new Core Developer-focused entity headquartered abroad. This grant has since been funded in Q1.
Additionally, members of our team led Working Groups related to sBTC which will be a key focus as we push to deliver on the full promise of Stacks as a Bitcoin layer. Coordinating these efforts will be a major way we spend time the next several quarters, and we’re in the process of bringing on a Stacks Resident to further buoy this critical work.
Last, but not least, we made important improvements to incident response and communications related to the Stacks blockchain, delivering a status page
, new Twitter account setup
, and adjustments to the Immunefi Bug Bounty
for clarity. Work to automate some status-related items will continue in Q1.