2022 Year in Review
A look back…
As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to review the previous 12 months and take a moment reflect on the incredible progress we’ve made. So much has happened and there’s quite a lot to cover, but first we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our friends, community members and supporters: we could not have made it this far without you.
Let’s take a look at what was achieved in 2022!
Code and Products
This year, the codebase grew by leaps and bounds, with 6357 commits to Open Autonomy and 2056 to Open AEA.
The team kept a regular cadence as well, with commits spread out across the year.
2022 also saw the open-sourcing of two major parts of the Autonolas ecosystem: first was Open Autonomy, which was announced in June.
Shortly thereafter, we shared the Autonolas Protocol and also debuted a web app where users can interact with the protocol directly. We hosted a virtual event for the launch and a recording of that is available for replay here.
Our documentation got a major upgrade this year — check out the documentation for Open Autonomy and Open AEA to learn more.
We also announced a bug bounty program, so if you’d like to help us ship the cleanest code out there and earn yourself some $$$, you can learn more about the available bounties here.
During 2022 we ran 4 academies and produced 16 graduates — congratulations to every Agent Dev that stuck it out and completed the program!
Our first cohort was kind enough to share their experiences with us, and one graduate even joined the Valory team later in the year. You can read more about his experience here.
Another major milestone in the Academy program was the launch of a new self-serve format, where devs can learn at their own pace. If you’re interested in that, you can get started here.
Autonomous Services in Production
So far, there are 5 autonomous services extant — we have 3 services in use, and 2 in production:
- El Collectooorr — EC started life as an EthLisbon project, and with the help of our Academy devs, became the first full-fledged autonomous service.
- Autonomous Fund — manages a Balancer pool tracking the Crypto Fear and Greed Index.
- Autonolas Contribute — tracks community contributions and provides a dynamic NFT reward — more on that later.
- Autonolas Oracles — the BTC/USD oralce moved to Polygon in June and the APY estimator went live on December 15th.
This year, Valory applied for, and was accepted into two grant programs to build using Autonolas:
- Balancer — We’re hard at work launching our Smart Managed Pools MVP — learn more about that here.
- Ceramic — The team will use this grant to develop a DAO coordination primitive.
Blog Posts, Articles and other Writing
We released quite a few articles in 2022. One of the most popular entries on the blog was our Guide to Getting into Web3. In the same vein, we also published The case for Blockchain and Autonomy, so check those out if you haven’t already.
Our community members also contribute some great writing as well. Check out Odin.THOR’s “Autonomous Augmentations” series for fascinating explorations of Autonolas-based service concepts.
- Autonomous Augmentations: Volume One, Volume Two and Volume Three.
We wanted to make it as easy as possible for newcomers to get up to speed with Autonolas, so we created this series of Educational Articles. There’s even a short quiz you can take to test your knowledge once you’re finished.
Over the course of the year, we shared several in-depth articles that explained our project on a technical level. Those include:
- Autonolas Oracles — Technical Details
- Autonomous Asset Management with Autonolas
- Decentralizing Cross-Chain Bridges with Autonomous Services
- Maintaining and Resetting Consensus in Autonomous Services
Podcasts and Talks
Our team upped their presence in the Web3 space in 2022, with Valory team members appearing on multiple stages and podcasts sharing the Autonolas vision. Here are some of the highlights:
Chorus One — Enabling Autonomy in DAOs: David Minarsch & Oaksprout the Tan
The Crypto Podcast — Autonolas: Automating offchain services for DAOs
- NFTBerlin — Oaksprout’s El Collectoorr Demo
- Starknet.cc — Fill The Gap in your Web3 Stack — David Galindo
- The Trends in Modern DAO Treasury Management — Oaksprout the Tan (Autonolas) with Carlos Noe Saavedra (Fyre) and Luca Mossini (Avantgarde Finance) moderated by Lawrence Chiu (Trading Strategy)
- EpicWeb3 Summit — How to Keep Web3 Users Engaged During a Downturn — David Minarsch
We also hosted a few very interesting Twitter Spaces, and recordings are available in our Discord’s Media Library.
Refreshing the Brand
One change that affected all areas of Autonolas was our brand redesign: we overhauled our visual identity from top to bottom. Check out the announcement we put out and see some of the behind-the-scenes process.
This year, we wanted to find a new way to reward our community members who have stuck by us and contributed their time, effort and expertise to our project. We started with a simple leaderboard MVP which grew into Autonolas Contribute, which now includes dynamically updating NFTs that reflect your progress. You can see the latest ranking here.
One highlight this year was the World Buildathon, where we held a collaborative contest to expand Alter Orbis, our companion lore. We enjoyed everyone’s submissions, but the winners were community members Grave and Focs. You can see their entries here.
So, that’s a wrap! We hope you have a very happy New Year and once again, thank you very much for your time and attention. We can’t wait to check in with you at the end of 2023.
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