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A Year of Building on Bitcoin: 2021 Stacks Ecosystem Highlights

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2022 will go down as the year of ‘Building on Bitcoin’, but it’s the work that’s happened throughout 2021 that set the stage. Just one year ago, the Stacks mainnet launched and brought builders the tools to unleash over $1T in capital on the Bitcoin network.
It’s wild to reflect and realize that so many important projects and programs we now consider staples didn’t exist at this time last year. The Stacks Accelerator wasn’t announced until April 2021 and now they’re already closing in on the deadline for their second cohort!
There was no CityCoins, no Syvita Guild, no Stacks Residents, no agencies auditing Clarity, no institutional custody options, there was just one wallet, the first Stacks Chapter was just one month old in Pakistan, and projects we all know and love like Arkadiko, ALEX, Stackswap (and so many more! ❤️), were little more than ideas! And that’s to say nothing of NFTs, new standards and tools, listings, integrations, and continued improvements driven by Stacks core developers. Wow.
As you return to what you’re building, give yourself a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come and how fast it has happened. The day-to-day doesn’t always feel monumental, but this community is doing something special. The fruits of our labor have only just begun to bloom!
To another year of unleashing Bitcoin,
Mitchell Cuevas and the Stacks Foundation Team
We’ve lined up the best of Stacks 2021 sorted by theme below.
🎉 Stacks Anniversary
⛓️ Stacks Infrastructure
💸 Bitcoin DeFi
🦄 Bitcoin NFTs
🚀 Stacks Accelerator
🎟️ Events
You can also browse the archive for more detailed updates from previous bi-weekly editions published throughout the year.

🥳 Stacks Turns 1!
As Stacks Turns One, It Celebrates as the #1 Web3 Project on Bitcoin
Take a trip back in time to one year ago.. 🎂
Stacks Mainnet Launched 1 Year Ago and Here's What Happened
Stacks Mainnet Launched 1 Year Ago and Here's What Happened
📈 By the Numbers
  • STX Address Growth: 330,448 -> 391,995
  • Active Addresses per day: 200+ -> 2,500+
  • Smart Contracts Built: 23 -> 2,568
  • Stacking TVL: 124m STX -> 461m STX
  • Total Stacking BTC Rewards: 1127 BTC = $54.5M
  • Entities: 7 -> 45+ companies
  • Direct Contributors: 400+ Founders/Developers/Marketeers
  • Community: 30K -> 100K+
  • Trading Pairs: 34+ 
⛓️ Stacks Infrastructure
All the success builders have had this year naturally starts with the underlying infrastructure. This year, we all made strides toward building a better Stacks and the network is stronger, faster, and more secure for it.
Hiro Wallet Officially Available in Chrome and Firefox Stores
Popular Korean Wallet D'CENT Adds Stacks, Brings Biometric Hardware and iOS and Android Options
Orbit Chain Integrates Stacks To Welcome Bitcoin To The Growing $80B DeFi Economy
Upgrades, New Tools, New Resources
Stacks 2.05 Upgrade Successful
Microblocks Reduce Transaction Processing Times to Seconds
Chainlink Update: Integration Ready For Developers On Stacks Testnet
Messari Reviews Stacks
Smart Contracts For Bitcoin: Top Audit Agencies Embrace Clarity To Meet Demand Of Bitcoin Builders
250+ Developers Learn To Write Smart Contracts For Bitcoin in Q4
Grants & Stacks Chapters
This past year the Stacks Foundation turned up the heat and made some serious moves with the grants program. Grantees received over $400K USD and more than 300K STX. Chapter grants received over $270K USD and 186K STX.
Stacks Residents Provide The Ecosystem A New Layer of Expertise and Leadership
Impact of Stacks Chapters: Global Growth Led By Local Efforts
💸 Bitcoin DeFi
DeFi and Bitcoin. Who would have thought that the two would link up in 2021? Bitcoin DeFi has been one of the greatest things to grace the Stacks ecosystem this year. We saw new Stacking highs, increased institutional interest, and new DeFi creations emerge out of the Stacks Accelerator.
Stacks-Based Crypto Project ALEX Raises $5.8M to Build DeFi on Bitcoin
BitGo integrates Stacks, bringing Bitcoin DeFi to institutions
Coinbase Custody and Coinbase Prime Integrate STX and Support for Stacking
Riding on the wave of institutional interest, Coinbase Custody listed STX and Coinbase Prime added support for Stacking, adding new features for institutions to leverage their holdings.
Coinbase Prime Now Supports Stacking for STX
Coinbase Prime Now Supports Stacking for STX
Stacking surpassed $1B!
🦄 Bitcoin NFTs
It is hard to imagine that before 2021, there were no NFTs on Stacks. Today, there are hundreds of projects and a growing community of artists who have all created unique works all backed by Bitcoin.
Bitcoin NFTs Are Emerging on Stacks. Can They Thrive?
Bitcoin Birds Helps Save Birds IRL
12 year old, Abraham Finlay started the Bitcoin Birds with his family and quickly sold out the 400 NFT collection within just a few days. The collection amassed more than $1M in NFT sales and the Finlay family has used a portion of the profits to rescue and rehabilitate local birds in Oregon.
Bitcoin Birds
New Video: How Bitcoin Birds got started!

We just finished our latest video behind the scenes on how Bitcoin Birds was started! We have big plans in store for the project. Stay tuned!

Video by @elijahfinlay!
Megapont, Satoshibles, and Stacks Foundation’s Louise Ivan Payawal Talk About the Bitcoin NFT Community
Megapont released its Robot factory and Megapont Fund
Layer Launches SatoSHE in the Metaverse Gallery Show
The SatoShe NFT launch event with @HeyLayer going on right now!

Come check out these Stacks based NFTs, live bidding, while listening to the Artists talk about their projects.

This is the future. 🚀

Join here:
CrashPunks Paid Homage to Stacks’ Snow Crash Roots
Damn this video is 🔥🔥🔥

Mark the calendar, Crash Punks drops December 12th
Santa Delivers AR NFTs for Christmas
Profile pic NFTs aren’t the only kinds of NFTs out there! The Open Art Source team worked with Shaderverse to deliver AR versions of their Arties collection just in time for the holidays.
Boombox introduces the first yielding NFTs on Stacks
The Boom team launched Boomboxes, a novel type of NFT that offers rewards via Stacking. Boomboxes are transferable and allow owners to redeem a percentage of Stacking rewards at any time. In just a quarter, they crossed over $1M Stacked all-time.
We've crossed $1 million in Boombox stacked value (all-time)! Many thanks to each and every one of you joining us on this ride!
🏙 CityCoins
In 2021, we saw CityCoins take over Miami and NYC, and Stackers helped raise $55 million+ for Miami and NYC via CityCoin mining.
Miami Mayor @FrancisSuarez announces on "First Mover" that his city will be the first in the U.S. to give a #bitcoin yield, from #Miamicoin, as a dividend directly to its residents.

Watch the full interview, presented by @NexoFinance:
NYC Gets Own Cryptocurrency After Mayor-Elect Adams Touts Bitcoin
🚀 Stacks Accelerator
The Stacks Accelerator program was announced in April 2021 with the promise of helping entrepreneurs jumpstart their Bitcoin-powered businesses. By the end of the year, 25 companies graduated from the first cohort and increased their valuations by an average of 4x. → More stats
Stacks Launches $4M Accelerator to Fund Tech Teams Building Apps on Bitcoin
Risidio opens the Bitcoin NFT gates with Cara Delevingne, Fatboy Slim, Dave Stewarts, and Chemical X
Tracking sperm on Bitcoin with Eggschain's Wei Escala
GoSats launches Bitcoin cashback rewards card in India
Moonray PBC raises $3.5M for marketplace for NFT game items
🎟 Event Highlights
Stacks and Miami really bonded this year. Members of the Stacks community gathered in Miami for DCentral Miami and Art Basel. We expect the Stacks community to have even more opportunities to connect IRL in 2022 💕.
Next up at MiamiCoin Art Week 2021, @mcuevasm explains how our actions in the Metaverse have IRL consequences. Plus he shared a little alpha about how @StacksOrg is supporting NFTs on $STX (check out if you’re an artist!)
@br_ttany Lit up the room at @DCentralCon and schooled everyone about what’s possible on Stacks! More than half the room raised their hands when asked if they’ve heard about Stacks 🔥
It is not Art Basel without the artists of course 🖼
Stacculents was honored to be a part of Art Basel in Miami by making 200 unique NFTs for the #WGMIAMI event by @Stacks and @Okcoin!

A huge thank you to Jamil at @stxnft for being amazing as always! 🌈 We can’t wait to see them pop up and get the word out about NFTs on #Stacks!🥳
A note about these updates: The team and I greatly enjoy compiling these updates yet with each edition the attempts to be comprehensive become more futile. We’ve opted to simplify and highlight, but if we’ve left out something that’s important to you, please do let us know.
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