Our Last Update | December 13th, 2019 – NEAR Protocol

Our Last Update | December 13th, 2019

December 13, 2019

Friday the 13th, our last community update… Until next year! This is going to be our last community update in 2019. Our next update, on Friday the 27th, is going to be an end of the year special. Mark the date in your calendar! 

Now that we got that out, here is what we have been up to over the past weeks. 

We are heavily working on NEAR-specific content. Episode four and five of our ‘Lunch & Learn’ Series are out. For those of you, who are new to the episodes, it is basically a whiteboard series by Near on NEAR, explaining all aspects of the protocol. The fourth episode covers block finality in Nightshade, and in the fifth Evgeny takes a deep dive into runtime. If you have any comments, questions, or would like to request a topic, please get in touch on Discord.

Becoming stable — Stake Wars has been up and running for almost a month now. Let’s give a huge shout out to everyone, who has been sticking around and filed issues on GitHub. Since our testnet being more stable, we are changing the structure of the program. We will be rewarding running nodes and test scenarios. Follow the validator and stake-wars-announcement channel on Discord as well as the GitHub repository for further updates.

31st episode of the NEAR Whiteboardseries
31st episode of NEARProtocol’s Whiteboardseries is out! Watch it here.


Similar to our engineering approach, we like to iterate on existing community programs, once we feel the need to change the scope, to make those more effective. We are currently working on two community programs that build on our learning and feedback from previous community efforts. More information is going to be announced soon!


  • 2020 is right around the corner and we are getting ready for the new year. I can only tell you this much, we are going to be back in Asia at the beginning of 2020.
  • If you are in the Bay Area, come and say hi at our office, we love to chat about user experience. In the meantime, our “Blockchain Hack Night”, a bi-weekly meetup for developers and blockchain enthusiasts in the Bay Area, is taking a little winter break. We will be back on the 15th of January.
  • Jan, one of our beta program participants, has been hosting several meetups in Prague. Check-out this photo from yesterday’s meetup.
Jan’s meetup
Jan’s meetup


Let’s celebrate the last days of 2019! Photo by NordWood Themes


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