A week in Polkadot: October 12 - October 18, 2020

By Web3 Foundation | Polkadot | 19 Oct 2020

Polkadot News

Polkadot News

Hello World! by Polkadot is live. It’s a Gitcoin-powered learning challenge where you can earn DOT and KSM. 

The latest episode of the Polkadot-focused podcast, Relay Chain, covers staking with Bison Trails.

The latest Technical Explainer video explains the existential deposit and keep-alive checks on Polkadot.

There is a Treasury Proposal by Patract Labs for large-scale infrastructure for Substrate-based chains (like Polkadot and Kusama).

Polkadot has now produced over 2,000,000 blocks. Congratulations Polkadot!

Referendum 7 was submitted incorrectly, so the upgrade to Runtime v25 is being re-run as Referendum 8. Voting is currently ongoing.

If you're interested in the details of the incorrect submission, see here:

Tuesday's Substrate Seminar was about key management and using Parity Signer. Watch it here.

If you are running a Polkadot node, we highly recommend upgrading to the latest version (at least 0.8.24) as breaking networking changes will occur in the next upgrade. See for details on the change.

Watch "Polkadot Conversations - Session 1 - Fireside Chat with Joe Petrowski", a discussion on Polkadot architecture hosted by Zoe Meckbach.

Referendum 10, to force transfer a balance, is currently failing. Details here:

A few days ago, several wallets had an issue where they displayed a larger amount of DOT on accounts than users had. If you are curious, this is the reason why it occurred:

Bitcoin is coming to Polkadot through the Interlay bridge in early 2021.

Polkadot Decoded, the event for the Polkadot community, is coming on 3 December 2020.

Bill Laboon gave an overview of proof of stake and engaged in a roundtable discussion with reps from Ethereum 2.0, Tezos, Cardano and Concordeum at CV Labs' "2020 - The Year of Proof of Stake" discussion.

Sub0, the online conference for Substrate / Polkadot developers, is over!  Thanks to everyone who attended. You can watch all of the sessions at


Tips and Tricks

Can't figure something on Polkadot? Try checking out the Polkadot Support site -

Interested in knowing which projects are working to create parachains for Kusama and Polkadot? Check out the Rococo testnet and which projects are creating parachains for it.

Want an address with specific letters, words, or numbers in it? For example, make your address have "Yay" in it, such as 1YaYDVuFPFMt6exU4gTzgVvXXRaKXmAv4D8FD6H2aZ4fBtK. You can use the Polkadot-JS vanity generator ( Learn how at

Interested in interacting with Polkadot programmatically? You can find information and tutorials on using the Polkadot API here:

If you are the type of person who reads down to here in the Weekly Digest, you'd probably make an excellent grants evaluator at Web3 Foundation!

Or perhaps a Technical Educator intern / entry-level candidate, teaching people about Polkadot.


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