The Kava Network will build on the foundation established by the Kava Platform, incorporating two interoperable chains to connect the most used decentralized ecosystems and empower developers to build a thriving, scalable network of dApps.
Ethereum Co-Chain Development Begins
December 7, 2021
Development began on Kava’s upcoming Ethereum Co-Chain. The Ethereum Co-Chain will enable the optimized support of Ethereum-compatible smart contract development on the Kava Network, merging the interoperability of Cosmos with the developer support of Ethereum.
Kava 9 Testnet: The Loan Wars
December 19, 2021
The road to the Kava Network kicked off with the successful launch of the Kava 9 testnet and The Loan Wars, a competition to promote the thorough testing of Kava’s Inter-Blockchain Communication protocol (IBC) integration and other features of the upgrade.
The Kava mainnet was upgraded to v44 of the Cosmos SDK, enabling the Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) and connecting Kava to every blockchain in the Cosmos, one of the fastest-growing and most used decentralized ecosystems.
The Kava Pioneer program launches as the first of three unique incentives programs aimed at driving rapid growth for the Kava Network prior to the Kava Network mainnet launch. 100,000 KAVA will be shared between protocols that deploy to the Kava Network as part of the Ethereum Co-Chain Alpha. Protocols that deploy first will receive a greater share of the incentives.
Ethereum Co-Chain Alpha Launch
March 8, 2022
A closed Alpha event allowing a selection of EVM-compatible dApps and smart contract development teams to test the stability of the Ethereum Co-Chain and pre-deploy their projects to the Kava Network ahead of the public beta and the Kava Network mainnet launch.
Ethereum Co-Chain Public Beta Launch
April 5, 2022
An incentivized public testnet event designed to fully stress-test the Ethereum Co-Chain. Users get to experience first-hand some of the protocols and dApps that will be launching on the Kava Network.
ETH Bridge Beta Launch
Public beta release of the ETH bridge, unlocking the bridging of ETH, ERC-20 tokens, and ERC-1155 assets to the Kava Network
Kava Network 1.0 Mainnet Launch
May 25, 2022
The full launch of the Kava Network, featuring the co-chain architecture of the Ethereum and Cosmos Co-Chains. This unlocks the ability for developers to build in both the EVM and Cosmos SDK execution environments with seamless interoperability between the two, connecting the two largest decentralized ecosystems on the planet.
The Kava Network ETH bridge goes live, enabling the seamless bridging of thousands of ERC-20 assets and ETH onto the Kava Network, as well as the bridging of Kava’s native assets onto Ethereum and other EVM-architecture networks.
Liquid Staking Goes Live
Liquid staking is implemented on the Kava Network, allowing KAVA stakers to access and use their funds in a tokenized form while staking to secure the network and earn rewards.
Kava Network GameFi + NFT Incentive Program
The third of three Kava Network incentive programs launches, delivering huge KAVA incentives to Web 3 builders in the GameFi and NFT verticals. The incentives will shared among the top 100 projects based on a combination of Active Monthly Users and Transaction Volume.
Kava Network DeFi Incentive Program
Kava’s revolutionary on-chain DeFi developer incentives go live, providing massive annual developer incentives in KAVA to promote the rapid growth of the ecosystem. Incentives are awarded openly and on-chain to the top 100 protocols based on their TVL.
Kava Foundation Launch
The formal separation of the Kava DAO from the governance of the Kava Mint protocol and the establishment of the Kava Foundation, a non-profit advisory body of industry leaders that provide strategic input to the Kava DAO and its community.
CosmWasm support goes live, allowing for the rapid deployment of smart contract dApps to the Cosmos Co-Chain, bringing existing protocols and new smart contract developers from across the Cosmos to the Kava Network.
BSC Bridge Launch
Using the EVM architecture of the Ethereum Co-Chain, the Kava Network is bridged to the Binance Smart Chain, unlocking over 300 BSC assets for potential use in the Kava ecosystem.
BTC Native Bridge Launch
A native BTC bridge is implemented on the robust and highly secure Cosmos Co-Chain, allowing for the fast, simple bridging of the world’s largest cryptocurrency to the Kava Network.
MINT Token Launch
The final piece of the puzzle in Kava’s transition to the Kava Network. The MINT token will serve as the governance token for the Kava Mint CDP protocol, separating the KAVA token from the governance of any of the Kava App protocols and establishing it as the official governance token of the Kava DAO.
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