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Issue #26: Encode Club Solana Accelerator and DAGGER Testnet

Solana Accelerator, DAGGER Testnet, Rome Protocol, Game Starter Kits, Chewing Glass podcast

Correction: In last week’s email I missed crediting Unboxed for adding the four new advanced lessons for the Solana Development Course.

🚀 Encode Club’s Solana Accelerator

Encode Club has launched the Solana Accelerator, an eight-week online program kicking off Oct 30, aiming to evolve selected Hackathon and early-stage Bootcamp projects into startups.

This opportunity provides participants with expert advice, strategy, mentorship, and resources specific to the Solana ecosystem, aiding in product development and fundraising.

A selection process is in place, with priority given to those who have previously engaged in Encode's hackathons and bootcamps. However, other applicants might be considered if seats remain open.

The accelerator includes weekly workshops, one-on-one sessions, and support in various areas including technical development, design, and fundraising, guided by experienced mentors.

The program is open globally and doesn't require full-time commitment or company incorporation, but does expect a minimum of 2-3 hours of calls weekly.

Eligible applicants are Solana projects that have not received substantial equity or token funding.

🗡️ GenesysGo DAGGER Testnet Launch

GenesysGo announced the Testnet Phase 1 launch of DAGGER, a high-speed consensus protocol with focus on data management and scalability.

The architecture of the platform, which borrows notable features from well-established platforms such as Solana and the Hashgraph algorithm, coupled with GenesysGo's unique design, positions DAGGER as an ecosystem agnostic omni-chain platform.

This design offers smooth interaction across blockchain ecosystems, a critical advantage for developers engaged in cross-chain application development.

Shadow Drive v2 is a data storage solution constructed upon the DAGGER infrastructure, with the objective of providing users with a distributed storage system that is secure, cost-effective, and user-friendly.

The upcoming release of binaries is set to empower developers to operate a DAGGER node, thereby expanding the platform's collaborative and inclusive approach.

💎 Solana Developer News

Launch a Synthetic Assets Platform on Solana
Solana Labs has published an open-source reference implementation that developers can use to launch their own synthetic assets platform. Synthetics refer to a class of blockchain assets that mimic the value of another asset or financial instrument like commodities, stocks, bonds, forex currencies, or other cryptocurrencies.

"Solana is centralized because hardware requirements"
Critics often point to the hardware requirements of Solana as a centralizing factor, but this post makes a compelling argument for developers considering building on Solana, as they factor in the balance of decentralization, performance, cost efficiency, and future potential of the network.

Rome Protocol: The Shared Sequencer using Solana
The main benefit of using Solana as a shared sequencer for EVM Rollups lies in its high-speed and high-throughput capabilities. Rome Protocol leverages Solana to address Ethereum's rollup-centric issues by acting as a shared sequencer, facilitating atomic cross-chain transactions across rollups.

⚡Quick Hits

Ironforge introduces Share, Save, Export features - Tweet

Hash Functions and Merkle Trees Explained - Article

4 Interesting Projects Building on Solana - Article

Cardinal Labs completes wind-down of all Cardinal protocols - Tweet

Solana validators adopt v1.16 update - Article

Clockwork fork that compiles with Anchor 0.28 and compatible with Solana 1.16 - GitHub

How Token2022 can incentivize HODLing - Article

⚙️ Tools & Resources

solana-game-starter-kits is a collection of example games built on Solana with the Anchor framework meant to be used as a starting point for building games on Solana.

send_cnft is a code sample for sending a compressed NFT using the Solana Rust client and the Helius DAS API.

helium-lorawan-chest is aDePIN example of a chest with QR code which only works when the chest is open using a Helium Lorawan door sensor which writes its state in the state of an anchor program.

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🎙️ Listen to This

Chewing Glass

In this episode of Chewing Glass, Chase Barker chats with Brian Long from Triton One. Brian is not a developer, get an honorary "glass chewer" title for his ability to solve hard problems.

  • Brian's journey from being a businessman with degrees from University of Minnesota to his involvement in blockchain technology.

  • Discover how he taught himself web programming through establishing a real estate data gathering enterprise.

  • Understand why he transitioned from Bitcoin to Solana and volunteered to bring up a validator.

  • Brian shares stories about the welcoming community that was eager to learn together during these early stages of development.

  • How things have changed over time in both business and tech spheres

They also touch upon the difficulties encountered during the implementation of certain features and the impact it had on the network's performance. Overall, the episode highlights the perseverance and dedication of those involved in the Salon ecosystem despite the setbacks they faced.

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