We at Arcana have had a great start to the year 2022 as we wrapped our Testnet launch towards the end of 2021. This year is equally big for us, especially since we’re gearing up for our mainnet launch and the token generation event (TGE) to kickstart our token sale. But right off the bat, let’s get to the biggest news we have to share: The launch of Arcana’s beta testnet– Quantum Ascent. More on our beta launch under the “Project Updates’’ section below.
Read on as we share what all we’ve been up to in the first and second quarters of 2022– starting from the several events we’ve hosted and been a part of to the new joinees that have come on board to make the privacy big bang happen, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
Our community has been growing strong with a sharp rise in followers both across our Twitter and Telegram channels. Here’s a quick overview of the numbers:
- More than 18k followers on Arcana Network’s Telegram community.
- 38k + followers on Twitter.
- 28K members on Discord.
- 500+ app smart contracts have been deployed on our chain.
- We now have close to 50 SDK integrations, with a 50% increase when compared to the previous months.
Project Updates (Concise version)
Beta Testnet– Quantum Ascent
We're thrilled to announce that after months of building and learning from the insights we’ve gathered from our alpha testnet release last year, our beta testnet Quantum Ascent is finally here. Made live in the first half of July, 2022, our beta testnet brings us closer to the goal of making privacy a first class citizen on apps. Here’s a quick roundup of the highlights and main features we’re shipping with the beta testnet release:
- Private NFT: Creators now have an even better means of selling their art with added security and privacy. Unlike traditional NFTs, our private NFTs allow you to encrypt the file attached to the NFT and make it private.
- Region-Specific Storage: We now have 18 storage nodes in total, distributed in three clusters comprising six nodes each. Pre-beta, we’ve had a single cluster consisting of six nodes in one region. Devs can now choose a specific region from our options to store their dApp data.
- Passwordless Login: Upping the ante in terms of authentication, we now support passwordless login alongside social auth. Devs now have several, easy onboarding options at their disposal with Arcana.
- Web Wallet: Users are no longer required to have a wallet to use your dApp. Setting up wallets, storing keys and phrases safely is all a thing of the past. Our web wallet supports both social auth and passwordless login, providing users a frictionless onboarding and user experience.
First Community Call of 2022
We hosted the first community call of 2022 back in February where our founding members, new joinees, and community members came together to discuss all things Arcana. We shared our project updates, what’s new with our platform, engineering updates, and partnership updates. Our chief design officer (CDO) Sharan Grandigae spoke about how he’s spearheading design at Arcana, the new developments, and what’s coming ahead. Mayur concluded the session by discussing the roadmap for 2022 and opened up for Q&A.
Stay tuned to our socials for updates on our community calls and town hall events.
Arcana’s NFT wrapped $XAR Tokens Airdrop
We’ve airdropped NFT-wrapped $XAR tokens to our early supporters and community members as a token of our appreciation. And shortly after our initial NFT airdrop, we opened up the opportunity to get NFT-wrapped $XAR tokens airdropped to just about anybody in our community. What followed was a simple airdrop contest where our community members and participants had to complete a bunch of tasks and share their wallet addresses. The chosen ones would be getting NFT-wrapped $XAR tokens of various denominations in their wallets.
As of now, the phase 1 has ended and the phase 2 will begin in the near future.
Arcana Acquires SmallDev Tools
Platform Updates (Concise Version)
Since we’ve got our beta testnet, mainnet, and token sale launch planned for the year, the first quarter of 2022 has been quite eventful and productive. Broadly speaking, here are some of the things we’ve implemented and changed on our platform (An exhaustive Platform Update will soon be published that focuses on the product-centric updates related to the beta testnet release):
- Website changes: new career section has been added and team images have been updated.
- Demo app under some minor changes, including 100 MB download restrictions that would be implemented.
- Incorporating beacon contracts to our set of smart contracts - Currently whenever there is an upgrade in logic, each proxy/app has to update its logic contract. With the help of a beacon contract, all the apps/proxies will be pointed to a beacon contract and upgrading the beacon contract will update the logic of all the contracts.
- Increased test coverage for our SDKs and smart contracts.
- Completed backend work on the web wallet, passwordless auth, and have begun working on front-end components.
- Added redirect mode for login SDK
- Begun working on logging repository for internal use.
- Documentation is undergoing a major overhaul, and as of now, NPM package blurbs have been updated.
- Improving DKG schemes and working with cryptographers for key share repair.
- Explorer is work in progress; here is what we’ve done so far:
- Getting the list of transactions being validated in each block.
- Getting cursory statistics about the Arcana chain (block time, total blocks, total transactions).
- Working on bridging solutions - in the future, we will need the ability to pass messages between the Arcana chain and other chains for various use cases. For example, transferring an NFT on one chain should alter the ownership of the underlying asset on the Arcana chain.
Events & Initiatives
YourStory Talks to Arcana’s Founding Team
YourStory interviewed Mayur Relekar, Aravindh Kumar, and Abhishek Chaudhary about Arcana Network, our offerings, and what we plan on doing in the future. Check out the full story here.
Arcana Developer Guild
With the aim to foster web3 adoption, we’ve launched the Arcana Developer Guild across ten colleges in India for our first cohort. In the coming months, we want to scale the operations to help at least 2000 developers make the leap to web3. Being a part of ADG helps win cool rewards, find interesting internship and job opportunities, and network with a diverse group of individuals.
Learn more about ADG: https://bit.ly/ArcanaDeveloperGuild
Partnership with P2E Game Nemesis Downfall
We are excited to onboard Nemesis Downfall to Arcana’s platform and help with creating a secure game for their players. Arcana will support Nemesis and securely onboard users through its Social Auth and Magic links, in addition to traditional wallets to ease user onboarding.
Nemesis will also utilize Arcana’s DID framework to secure the users NFTs and data.
Read full blog: https://bit.ly/3z3ZsBl
Partnership with Decentralized Hosting Platform Spheron
We have joined hands with the decentralized hosting platform, Spheron, and are offering our storage and privacy stack to projects built with Spheron. Arcana, in return, will connect projects built on our network that may benefit from Spheron’s service stack.
Hello Web3 Pune Meetup
We organized a meetup in Pune for web3 folks to gather, network, and learn from each other. Our content strategist Naga and product marketing manager Ronak spoke about Arcana’s offerings, what makes us different from other centralized storage providers, and more. Attended by more than 30 devs, this meetup helped us bring Pune’s web3 community together.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3sfYPAt
Arcana Supports Execute Hackathon 2.0
The Execute 2.0 hackathon, organized by the e-cell of the Delhi Technology institute, aims to encourage the creator spirit and building culture in students. We have extended our support to the hackathon by sponsoring and partnering with them.
Find out more about the hackathon here: http://executehack.in
Partnership with Fuse Network– a Decentralized Platform
Arcana Network has partnered with Fuse, a decentralized platform providing infrastructure for the DeFi ecosystem and accelerating crypto payments. Fuse will list Arcana as an official partner for decentralized storage, whereas Arcana will receive easy, decentralized hosting solutions from Fuse for the projects on our blockchain.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3m6hv23
Arcana Supports ETHIndia’s ETHernals Hackathon
Arcana extends support to ETHIndia’s ETHernals hackathon with $5000 in bounties. We shared our product resources, including documentation and demo code repo, among others, and judged submissions based on the degree to which they’ve utilized our privacy stack and product in their use case.
Check this blog out for more information: https://bit.ly/36HjTYM
Partnership with Conquest– an Accelerator for Early-Stage Web3 Startups
We’ve joined hands with BITS Pilani’s accelerator program, Conquest. As a part of our partnership commitments, we have provided tools worth $100k (Spheron, Arcana, AWS, and others), 1-on-1 mentoring with top CXOs, more than $40k in grants, and a 7-day accelerator in Bangalore.
Our CEO Mayur Talks about Building in Web3
In an online session hosted by The Product House, our CEO Mayur Relekar shared how he started his web3 journey, how Arcana happened, and what he learnt along the way. You can find out more about his talk here: https://bit.ly/3rfX9Gx
What is Arcana? A YouTube Video by our CEO
Our CEO and co-founder Mayur Relekar answers all commonly asked questions about Arcana Network: What we do, what our mission is, the benefits of our privacy stack and services, and how you can use Arcana.
You can watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itP6iLLskro
Arcana Among Top 25 Innovative Web3 Startups in India | YourStory
In a report published by YourStory, Arcana Network gains a spot among the top 25 innovative web3 startups in India. YourStory has partnered with Woodstock Fund, Hashed Emergent, and Chiratae Ventures in creating the report. You can check out the complete report here: https://yourstory.com/the-decrypting-story/25-blockchain-projects-web3-innovations-startup-report/amp
Sponsoring Phoenix Guild to Help Women Enter Web3
We have sponsored Phoenix Guild, a group of women working to empower other women for tech and non tech roles in Web3. Our product manager Anirudh and developer evangelist Jobin conducted a bootcamp in Solidity, while also discussing Arcana Network and our offerings.
Ethernals by DevFolio
We’ve conducted a hackathon on Ethernals by Devfolio, and had 10 projects built on Arcana. Apart from the hackathon, we’ve also had our CEO deliver a session on building products in web3 (which we’ve covered above).
Arcana is the Official Sponsor of Growth School’s 6-week Cohort
Arcana is now supporting one of the most awaited cohorts in the crypto and web3 space– Growth School’s 6-week cohort about building in web3, NFTs, crypto, and more from industry experts, leaders, and builders.
Learn more about the cohort here: https://growthschool.io/web3
Our Co-Founder Aravindh Spoke at Economic Times NextGen CIO Summit
Our co-founder Aravindh got to share his thoughts and vision about Arcana and the latest developments in web3 at the CIO summit. The entire summit is centered around how CIOs tend to lead change from the frontline in the ever-changing times. As someone who’s leading a startup that’s in the ever-evolving blockchain space, Aravindh shared his insights on how information should be better harnessed and the role CIOs would play in blockchain and web3 at large.
Arcana’s Founders Join Foundership’s CoachDAO to Mentor Web3 Projects
Arcana’s founders Mayur and Aravindh join CoachDAO for mentoring new web3 projects. Since time immemorial, we’ve been trying to amplify the reach of the web3 community and help it grow in whatever ways it can. By mentoring up and coming projects, we want to help more people build and explore the space.
Our CEO Mayur Talks about Data Privacy in Web3 in Web3Verse Podcast
In a recently released episode from the Web3Verse podcast, our CEO and co-founder Mayur Relekar was in conversation with host Bimlesh Gundurao about data privacy and shared his insights on how the internet can be a more secure place.
Arcana Featured in Polygon Supernets’ Case Study
Polygon Supernets’ featured Arcana in their case study, where our CEO Mayur Relekar breaks down what the Arcana platform is capable of and our key offerings. It is also worth noting that Arcana is the first project to build on Polygon Edge, and have witnessed the project grow from day 0.
Founders Forum is now Live
The first episode from our “Arcana Founders Forum” is now live. You can check out the full-interview on how to take your web3 project from 0 to 1 in the link below. The episode features our co-founder Mayur Relekar and Aravindh Kumar.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEjT_NugVdY
About Arcana Network
Built for Ethereum and EVM-based chains, Arcana is the web3 infrastructure to easily onboard dApp users and enable user data privacy and ownership. Web3 developers use Arcana’s SDKs for a seamless, familiar user onboarding experience via social authentication and passwordless login. All user data is encrypted, secured with data access fully controlled by the users, and powered by blockchain.
Arcana has raised 2.7Mn USD from some of the leading investors and founders in the ecosystem such as Balaji Srinivasan, Founders of Polygon, Woodstock, Republic Crypto, and Digital Currency Group.
Watch out for Arcana’s upcoming Testnet and Mainnet in 2022.