Welcome to Injective’s February update!

This month was packed with more milestones and as always, it's all thanks to continued support from the worldwide community.

To kick things off Equinox Staking was launched as the highly anticipated final phase of testnet prior to mainnet release. Injective welcomed a number of world-class genesis validators onto Equinox Staking, collaborated with major DeFi players, and contributed to panels with top projects in DeFi today.

Below you’ll find some of the biggest moments from the past month, and where the community is headed next.

February Highlights

  1. Injective launched Equinox Staking as the final testnet. Injective introduced a robust staking reward structure and published an exclusive first look at the staking dashboard and waitlist.
  2. Injective onboarded prominent genesis validators including Huobi Pool, Stakewithus and Chorus.
  3. Injective locked in key collaborations with Huobi Eco Chain, Avalanche, Ocean Protocol, Conflux, Covalent, and Marlin Protocol.
  4. Injective participated in Binance Blockchain Week. Contributors also hosted discussions on various aspects of DeFi with AllianceBlock, UniLend, Covalent, and Ramp DeFi. The first-ever Reddit AMA was held with Kava.
  5. Injective contributors continued to roll out new pieces on Injective Learn to prepare the community for staking, while also beginning to post video overviews on Injective.

1. The Final Injective Testnet: Equinox Staking

As the final version of testnet before mainnet release, Injective introduced Equinox Staking. This marks perhaps the most significant launch to date.

This milestone will enable users to gain early access to Injective’s staking features while also allowing them to earn rewards for helping to test the capabilities of the protocol itself. The taking testnet was designed quite differently from other protocols in that users will not only be able to stake but also take part in various forms of governance. In addition, users will be able to propose and launch entirely new markets for trading.

As a first step in the Equinox rollout, validators were publicly invited to onboard, targeting focus on some of the largest validators within the crypto ecosystem. This will help the community to better decentralize the network while also testing the security parameters of the protocol itself.

A detailed reward structure was published based on a comprehensive analysis of Injective’s staking process. The design consists of both baseline APY and APY boosts, which help incentivize community members and delegators to take part in more than just the simple staking process.

Finally this month, the first glimpse of the staking dashboard and waitlist were both published, enabling users to gain first-hand access to Equinox when it officially is released in March.

You can access the dashboard here.

2. Leading Validators Join Equinox Staking

Leading validators from across the globe officially joined Injective’s Equinox Staking testnet as genesis validators. These validators currently help to stake billions in assets for top projects such as Cosmos, Band Protocol, Elrond, Polkadot, Terra, Solana, and many others.

These genesis validators will be instrumental as contributors go on to test robust parameters of the network before mainnet launch, such as reward distribution and network security.

Below you will find highlights about a few validators.

Huobi Pool

Huobi Pool is officially joining Injective as an official genesis validator for the Equinox staking testnet.

Huobi Pool is part of Huobi Global which is currently a leading crypto exchange that manages billions of dollars in volume on a daily basis. Huobi only acts as a validator for leading projects in the space such as Aave and Polkadot, so Injective being selected is an incredible show of support for the project.

Stakewith.us

Singapore government-backed validator Stakewith.us joined Injective as the first ever genesis validator. Stakewith.us provides secured yield solutions for crypto asset investors and the community is enthused about joining forces with them on the journey to build the most robust decentralized derivatives exchange.

Chorus

Chorus One, one of the largest European validators, joined a promising cohort of genesis validators on Injective. This furthers the mission to truly decentralize Injective moving forward. Injective community developers will be working closely with Chorus One both to expand staking capabilities and to test the security features of Injective.

3. Collaborations & Integrations

This month saw a number of key collaborations and integrations that will undoubtedly aid the community in further bolstering the network.

Injective locked in key collaborations with Avalanche, Huobi Eco Chain, Ocean Protocol, Conflux, Covalent, and Marlin Protocol.

Avalanche

Injective will integrate with Avalanche to create a diverse array of interoperable derivative products.

Injective will integrate with the newly released Avalanche-Ethereum Bridge (AEB) to create a two-way transfer zone between the Injective Chain and Avalanche.

With this integration, Injective will launch derivatives that utilize the native Avalanche token (AVAX) as well as other native Avalanche assets. Injective will also explore the addition of entirely new derivative products, such as products related to Initial Litigation Offerings (ILOs), that can greatly aid in expanding the reach of DeFi and derivatives globally.

Huobi Eco Chain

Injective’s Native Lite Interface for the Huobi Eco Chain

Injective is integrating with Huobi Eco Chain to accelerate cross-chain derivatives adoption. This collaboration will enable traders to seamlessly bridge over Heco assets onto Injective, enabling the creation of new derivative products. In addition, Injective will become the first project to introduce decentralized derivatives trading to the Heco ecosystem.

Ocean Protocol

Injective collaborated with Ocean Protocol to create innovative data derivative products. Moving forward, this will enable users to both create and trade on new derivative markets that utilize the data products deployed on Ocean.

Conflux

Injective teamed up with Conflux to expand cross-chain derivatives trading universe. This collaboration will be primarily focused on bridging over assets deployed on Conflux onto the Injective exchange in order to aid in the creation and trading of new derivative products. The project is led by Turing Award recipient Dr. Andrew Yao and is backed by the likes of Sequoia China and Baidu Ventures.

Marlin Protocol

Injective locked in a collaboration with Marlin Protocol to enable truly unparalleled trading speeds on the derivatives DEX. Marlin is a unique layer 0ne protocol that allows blockchain-based networks to achieve higher scalability and throughput. The team is also a fellow Binance Labs portfolio company and is backed by leading VCs such as Electric Capital.

Covalent

Injective collaborated with Covalent to bolster on-chain data analytics. At the heart of this relationship is the user. By joining forces with Covalent, Injective will gain further access to real-time and granular blockchain data.

4. Panels with Major Players within DeFi

This month a number of talks and panels were hosted to ramp up the community across the globe.

Binance Blockchain Week Panel on The Future of Crypto Exchanges

Bridging Traditional Finance and DeFi: AllianceBlock and Injective Protocol

DeFi and Lending: UniLend and Injective Protocol

DeFi, DEXs, and Data: Covalent and Injective Protocol

Live panel on DeFi and Staking: TomoChain, Ramp DeFi and Injective Protocol

Other community touchpoints included the first-ever Reddit AMA with Kava about DeFi, Cosmos, and IBC.

5. Injective Learn

Injective contributors continued to publish guides and tutorials on the Injective Learn blog and expanded educational material onto YouTube. The focus centered on new pieces that delve into staking to prepare the community for the Equinox launch.

Looking Ahead

Phase 3 of Solstice testnet would not be possible without the steadfast support and contributions of the rapidly growing community. You can find more updates next month here as the Injective family moves towards the release of Equinox Staking.

About Injective

Injective is the first cross-chain protocol built for decentralized finance applications. On the Injective exchange, anyone can access, create, and trade unlimited DeFi markets such as futures and perpetuals. Developers can also build cross-chain Ethereum-compatible projects that are lightning fast and achieve instant transaction finality. Injective is backed by a prominent group of stakeholders including Binance, Pantera Capital and Mark Cuban.

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