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ICON Newsletter #39 - What Can We Expect In 2021?

ICON Newsletter #39 - What Can We Expect In 2021?
By ICON Newsletter • Issue #39 • View online
Key Highlights:
  • 60.8% of the circulating supply remains staked vs. 54.8% at the June 2019
  • ICONRepublic.org, a new website built for the community by the community, is now LIVE
  • Contribute Proposal System (CPS) is now LIVE on Testnet
  • Omm.finance prototype is available
  • ICONLOOP is selected as a top 12 enterprise blockchain providers alongside IBM, Paypal, Microsoft, and Visa
  • ICONLOOP wins regulatory approval for DID-based Driver’s License
Dear ICONists,
Happy New Year! 2020 is finally in the books. The ICON Project had another great year. ICYMI: Check out the last newsletter ‘Best of 2020 Edition’.
Our journey began in 2017 with a vision of bringing industries, businesses, and people together to build a digital nation. Hundreds of crypto projects began around the same time. Many had much larger ICOs. Today, ICON is one of the best crypto projects. This is thanks to ICON being able to build one of the best communities. Every ICONist should be extremely proud of his or her contribution to this growth.
In 2021, we hope that our community not only grows but evolves. We don’t have to be the biggest community (although that too would be nice). More importantly, our wish is to build a stronger community that is compassionate and kind. The ICON Republic should be where ICONists can feel safe, build friendships, and build wealth. If we help each other grow, the ICON Republic will also grow - the people and the digital economy we are all building.
2021 is going to be hands-down the most exciting year for ICON. ICON 2.0 launch will strengthen the core blockchain infrastructure. Also, the launch of various DeFi DAO services (Bridge Pay, Omm, Balanced Network, ICONFi, etc.) will lay down the financial infrastructure of the ICON Republic. These services will work in tandem to allow more business, or applications, to launch and operate with ease.
We hope you’ll be with us for the next chapter of our journey. Thank you for your continued support and contributions.
The ICON Team

ICONREPUBLIC.org - New website is now LIVE!
The ICON Hyperconnect P-Rep team has finally launched the new ICON Republic website (iconrepublic.org). Why another website? In summary:
  • ICONRepublic.org - Main website for the ICON Network directly managed by the community. This website will be fully open-sourced where anyone can contribute to improving it.
  • ICON.foundation - We plan to update the website to better reflect the activities of the foundation, which is separate from the activities of the ICON Network.
  • ICON.community - Governance activities of the ICON Network.
  • ICONdev.io - ICON Developer Portal includes guides on how to build on top of the ICON Network.
The ICON Republic website will undergo continuous updates. As @Markus from ICON Hyperconnect explained on Twitter:
The site was built to be as simple & scalable as possible & we actually had a lot of design elements removed. 
The Foundation also wanted it to be text centric to enable community contributions. In the future we’ll allow Github pull requests & forms for people to contribute.
By contribute I mean, allowing anyone the option to add resources, links, design elements & projects to the site as the site is open source.
We have a lot of interesting ideas planned such as creating guides on site contributions so non-developers can also actively contribute.
In other words, the current version of the website is intentionally a draft (a starting point) so that the community has something to work with. This is going to be a true community-driven website, meaning that it will be built and operated by the community, which we believe aligns with the ethos of blockchain networks.
Contribution Proposal System (CPS) is LIVE on Testnet
The much anticipated CPS is now live on Testnet. We are 1 step closer to fulfilling our vision of creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. We’re almost there!!!
Introducing the Contribution Proposal System | Dec. 23, 2020
Omm Prototype is HERE!
We encourage you to directly check out the Omm website (omm.finance) to get a feel of the future product. Also, we recommend reading @parrot9 P-Rep team’s thoughts on its design process on Twitter, which is incredibly fascinating.
Last but not least, please subscribe to Omm newsletter to stay up-to-date on this DeFi project that leverages ICON’s smart contracts and blockchain network.
Omm’s Role in the ICON Ecosystem | Revue
ICONLOOP selected in top 12 of the biggest Enterprise Blockchain players in 2020
2020 was an amazing year for ICONLOOP. Therefore, we’re excited to see ICONLOOP in Cointelegraph’s 12 of the biggest enterprise blockchain players of 2020 article alongside names like IBM, Paypal, Microsoft, and Visa.
Big congratulations to the ICONLOOP team. Remember that ICONLOOP’s success brings more use and recognition for the ICON Project.
Min
BIG CONGRATS to @ICONLOOP1 team! Great to finally see more recognition from ENG media.

Despite all its great success, ICONLOOP has been excluded from enterprise blockchain conversations (due to western bias IMO). I hope ICONLOOP continues to break this barrier and pave the way. https://t.co/r2AVcEjgsy
12 of the biggest enterprise blockchain players of 2020
ICONLOOP wins regulatory approval for DID-based Driver's License
ICONLOOP’s MyID Alliance is getting turbo-charged. It has won regulatory approval to issue DID-based digital driver’s licenses. ICONLOOP is continue to its progress in making physical IDs obsolete.
Min
No more fake IDs. No more physical Driver’s License in your wallet. No more selfies for KYC. Let’s build a better world together.

Korea is leading the way w @ICONLOOP1 and @helloiconworld. Join the revolution! https://t.co/ahrWKz5PDi
ICONLOOP to Develop Blockchain-Based Mobile Driver’s License Under Regulatory Sandbox Approval in South Korea
Coinsilium still HODLing $ICX
Coinsilium was one of the first supporters of the ICON Project. Eddy Travia, CEO of Coinsilium, was an advisor to the ICON Project. The article quotes:
Coinsilium said the vast majority of its holdings were now in highly liquid cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), ICON (ICX) and RIF (RIF). The company said it had made a strategic decision to hold the most highly liquid cryptocurrencies with the strongest growth potential. 
We don’t comment on how certain institutional investors view ICON or if they hold $ICX because it’s simply not right. However, we’ll continue to share any publicly available information like this when we come across it.
Coinsilium’s cryptocurrency treasury doubles to over $1.09m - Value the Markets
Early ICON supporter Hashed closes a $120M Blockchain Fund
Similar to Coinsilium, Hashed was one of the first supporters of the ICON Project. Simon Kim, CEO of Hashed, was also an advisor to the ICON Project. The article quotes:
The company’s investment portfolio includes dozens of crypto companies, including notable blockchain projects like Ethereum, EOS, Ontology, ICON and Kyber Network.
We’re excited that ICON’s success has helped our partners and others in the broader blockchain industry. We hope to continue to contribute to the great blockchain movement.
Min
Congrats to @hashed_official and @seojoonkim who has been an invaluable advisor to @helloiconworld from the very beginning.

Huge achievement as the 1st official blockchain-fund in Korea w LPs. More evidence institutional money is flowing in at a faster rate. https://t.co/3kD92jd4PN
Korean crypto investment company launches $120 million fund for blockchain projects
ICON (ICX) social activities remains STRONG!!!
We’re not surprised. Our community is one of the strongest in the crypto space. And, we don’t see any signs of slowing down.
Block Talks
Today's Coin of the Day according to the social ranking by LunarCrush is $ICX https://t.co/ME4yjexcPB
Peter Saddington joins as ICON P-Rep
Why do we believe ICON’s social media activities will grow only stronger? Well, we have influencers like @AgilePeter joining ICON as a P-Rep. Peter has been an early supporter of the ICON Project and you can check out his interviews with Min on his Youtube Channel.
𝙋𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙤𝙣
Buy $ICX. Stake it. Vote for me! 🥰
(P)eter-Rep is now online - https://t.co/agylvDPphw

It's great to support a project that I helped bring out into the world. Great partners, smart investors, a global plan, and a vibrant community. 2021 is going to be amazing!
@helloiconworld https://t.co/UIA75Lsj9Q
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