Polkadot Ecosystem Weekly Digest. May 16–22.2022

Polkadot News
4 min readMay 22, 2022


Polkadot / Kusama

  • Polkadot Blockchain Academy is at Cambridge (UK) for 4 weeks starting July 11th. It will teach cryptography, blockchain fundamentals, and developing on Substrate/Polkadot. Register here.
  • Polkadot v0.9.22 has been released with LOW upgrade priority. This release switches to a new JSON-RPC server library and adds nomination pools to the native Kusama runtime.
  • Congrats to OriginTrail for winning the latest parachain slot auction on Polkadot!

Acala / Karura

  • Acala is sponsoring DeFi bounties in the Polkadot Global: North America” hackathon, a 7-week online event offering over $250,000 in prizes. It starts May 30th.
  • Participated in the Acala Early Adopter Program? You now have an exclusive NFT, which can be found here.
  • Polkadex will integrate aUSD as the default stablecoin for the Polkadex parachain. Users will be able to leverage aUSD stablecoin trading functionality on Polkadex’s decentralized exchange. Learn more.


Litentry / Litmus

Litentry’s Litmus token bridge is now live. It will allow users to transfer the LIT token from ERC 20 into the Litmus Network.

Astar / Shiden

  • Nomination Transfer has been requested since the release of DApp Staking and it is finally here. Read more about this amazing new feature from Astar.
  • Astar’s DOT Festival is about to begin. This article to prepare you for what is coming.
  • XCM is now on ASTAR. You can now transfer your KSM + DOT on Shiden and Astar networks.
  • Astar has partnered with MyConstant bringing ASTR to their platform. You will now be able to collateralize your ASTR and borrow against it. Read more about this partnership.
  • Algem — the new native liquid staking DeFi dApp on top of Astar Network offering new ways for ASTR users and holders to earn more.

Interlay / Kintsugi

  • Interlay has lots of exciting integrations and updates. In case you missed their community call, the recording with subtitles is available here.
  • Are you interested in running a vault on Interlay? Fill out the survey.

Centrifuge / Altair

Centrifuge has announced a strategic partnership with BlockTower. The partnership will enable Centrifuge to access institutional capital to accelerate the financing of real-world assets on the blockchain. The team completed a $3 million first-round treasury token sale in April 2022.

Moonbeam / Moonriver

  • The Big Unlock is complete. More than 1 million KSM locked for the 1st five winning crowdloans on Kusama was made available to participants. This event coincides with the completion of the Moonriver Crowdloan Rewards distribution. Details.
  • Khala, the sister network to Phala Network, has opened up a cross-chain channel with Moonriver via XCM integration. With this integration, kPHA is now available on Moonriver as xcPHA for use across its active DeFi ecosystem.


  • What do you think about the UI/UX of Zenlink DEX DApp? Join the questionnaire and share the 2000 ZLK prize.
  • A new cycle of farms is now live on Zenlink. Farmers should migrate their ZLK tokens or KAR/ZLK LP tokens to the new pool to keep earning.

Composable Finance / Picasso

Bit.Country / Pioneer

Creating NFT collections on Bit.Country is super easy and fun. Users can create collections and list them for sale on local and global marketplaces. Metaverse owners will be able to engage and grow their community with user-created NFT collections.

Manta / Calamari

To advance ZKP, Polkadot is allocating the first Polkadot Pioneers Prize reward towards the Manta Network architected challenge on ZPRIZE. They are working together to solve for scalable ZKP solutions on web3. Details.

Parallel Finance / Heiko

Parallel has announced the 100,000 HKO Contest.

Equilibrium / Genshiro

  • Equilibrium has launched the first on-chain orderbook DEX in Dotsama. It’s now LIVE on their canary network Genshiro and will be rolled out on Equilibrium soon.
  • Equilibrium has added SubWallet support on its Kusama-based Genshiro. To celebrate the partnership they decided to drop 50,000 EQ.
  • The deadline for the Mega $10,000 worth EQ Gleam Community Giveaway is now extended till May 28. Grab this opportunity and participate now to win a share of the prize pool.


  • The Public referenda to make RMRK sufficient on statemine (which had passed a few days ago) has been enacted. RMRK is now SUFFICIENT on Statemine.
  • Unredeemed Kanaria land deed vouchers expire in 8 days. If you haven’t redeemed your land vouchers for land credits, be sure to do so in time.


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