Kin Newsletter – May 2021

Written by: Matt Hannam

Director at the Kin Foundation

May 13, 2021

The Solana Season Hackathon starts next week on May 15th and the Kin Foundation is a key sponsor offering $25,000 worth of Kin prizes for projects in Web3, DeFi or NFT categories that integrate Kin in a creative way.  Keep your eyes on our blog this week for further details.

This past month, the Kin Foundation announced new open source tools for the Kin developer community are in active development, including a new Kin Web Wallet, Web SDK and React Native SDK.   We are anticipating these new tools will be available by early June 2021.  These new projects were made possible by grants from the Kin Catalyst Fund.   If you are a qualified team or individual seeking a grant from the Kin Foundation to support your project, then we recommend reading 5 Killer Tips for a Successful Kin Grant Application before you apply.

Kin made its long awaited return to Kik Messenger. Kik Messenger is now able to roll out to and grow its overall Kin user base. Kik is currently ranked #26 in the Google Play Store among Communication apps and #21 in the Apple App Store among Social Networking apps.  

The Kin Foundation submitted a proposal to the Solana Community for a governance vote to adjust the logic of the rent program on Solana. This is interesting reading if you’re interested in the more technical side of the operation of the Kin token on the Solana blockchain..   Thanks to the Kin community the proposal is already one of the most popular recent threads on the Solana community forums. 

Kintegrate.dev launched which is a community-led developer tutorial site with a mission to help new developers understand and integrate Kin as easily as possible into their apps.  The Kin Foundation is supporting the site by offering Bounty Prizes (see below)  for additional tutorial content for the site. 

For more information on all of these developments and more, continue reading this month’s newsletter:

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Solana Season Hackathon Is On, Featuring Kin!

The Solana Season Hackathon is on from May 15th to June 7th 2021.  The Hackathon is a competition where projects will be evaluated by judges on their technical merits.  The Kin Foundation is a key sponsor and will offer $25,000 worth of Kin in prizes for projects in Web3, DeFi or NFT categories that integrate Kin in a creative way, and our own William Mougayar will be joining as a judge.  Participants will also be able to attend a Kin Developer Workshop hosted by CTO Will Gikandi on May 20th. In addition, successful submissions will also be considered for potential further funding from our own grant programs.

If you are interested keep a close eye on the Kin Blog this week for further details.

Check the official Solana Season website here:
https://solana.com/solanaszn

More details on Kin prizes can be found here:
https://github.com/kinecosystem/kin-solana-hackathon


New Kin Web Wallet, Web SDK, and React Native SDK In Development

The Kin Foundation has awarded strategic grants to develop new open-source tools for the Kin community:

Kin Web Wallet

A new Web Wallet with a smooth user experience made exclusively for Kin. This is not to be confused with MyKinWallet. While MyKinWallet acts as an interface for private keys and Ledger Nanos, this web app will function as a standalone web wallet for Kin users to create and manage Kin accounts.

Kin Web SDK

A javascript based web SDK that will enable integration of the Kin token into websites, browser add-ons, and web applications. 

Kin React Native SDK

An SDK based for mobile that will enable the development of React Native applications with Kin.

These projects are already well into active development, and expected to be released no later than early June 2021. 

To read more about these developments, read the official announcement here:
https://kin.org/kin-foundation-awards-3-grants-for-the-development-of-open-source-sdk-implementations-and-a-web-wallet/


Kin Returns to Kik Messenger

Kik messaging app was acquired by MediaLab, the company behind such popular internet brands as Whisper, in October 2019. MediaLab is excited to share that they have now successfully completed their migration to the latest generation of Kin, on the Solana blockchain. With the migration to Solana completed, a new realm of performance and speed has been unlocked for the MediaLab team, allowing them to once again reinvigorate their efforts around Kin.

Read our official announcement here:
https://kin.org/kin-foundation-awards-3-grants-for-the-development-of-open-source-sdk-implementations-and-a-web-wallet/


Kin Foundation Submits Governance Proposal to the Solana Community

The Kin Foundation submitted a proposal for a governance vote to adjust the logic of the rent program on Solana.    The Solana network charges a fee called ‘rent’ which primarily compensates network validators for the cost of storing account data.   

Thanks to the Kin community the proposal is already one of the most popular recent threads ever on the Solana forums. 

Read the proposal here, and don’t forget to like, comment or leave your feedback:
https://forums.solana.com/t/proposal-to-adjust-the-logic-of-the-solana-rent-program-to-be-responsive-to-the-price-of-sol/1572


Community Led SDK Tutorial Site Launches with Bounty Prizes to be won.

The Kin Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a community-led developer tutorial site called Kintegrate.   The mission of Kintegrate is to help new developers understand and integrate Kin more easily into their apps.  The site is made by developers for other developers and supported by the Kin Foundation.

To this end, the Kin Foundation is currently offering $1,500 Bounty Prizes in Kin for additional tutorials in Python and Go.   To read more on how to claim this bounty prize, read the official announcement: https://kin.org/kin-foundation-awards-bounty-for-new-kin-sdk-java-tutorial/

If you’re a developer, don’t forget to bookmark Kintegrate:
https://kintegrate.dev/


KRE v3.0.1 Is Now Live

The Kin Foundation issued a KRE improvement proposal which went into effect on May 1, 2021.   This proposal changed the definition of a Monthly Active User (MAU).  Users will be counted as an MAU if they have spent Kin at least three times in the relevant app in the last 30 days.  

Further details are available in the original proposal here:
https://kin.org/kin-improvement-proposal-kre-3-0-1/


5 Killer Tips for a Successful Kin Grant Application

The Kin Foundation offers Kin grants to qualified teams and individuals that can successfully bring meaningful contributions to the Kin Ecosystem.   If you are considering apply for a grant, make sure you check out our article this month we published some helpful tips and common pitfalls to improve your chances of success.

5 Killer Tips for a Successful Grant Application:
https://kin.org/5-killer-tips-for-a-successful-kin-grant-application/

Apply for a Kin grant:
https://kin.org/catalyst-fund/


Interested in working for the Kin Foundation?

The Kin Foundation is hiring for three new roles.  If you are interested to help drive the growth and adoption of Kin,  we have new positions available for:

  • Lead Developer (Front-End)
  • Lead Developer (Back-End)
  • Developer Advocate and Technical Program Manager

To learn more about these positions and to apply check out our Careers page:
https://kin.org/careers/

Please share with any of your contacts that may also be interested.