Arweave April 2021 Ecosystem Update: First Arweave conference, more NFTs, podcasts, & much more!

This month has seen incredible activity in the Arweave ecosystem, from even more NFT projects using the protocol, to the very first Arweave conference, to vital new tools like arkb being added to the protocol. Read on to learn more!


This month saw the very first Arweave conference, ArConf#1! This inaugural, invite-only event welcomed key figures from across the whole Arweave ecosystem. From developers & builders to end users & evangelists, many gathered for this capstone event rounding off our recent Open Web Foundry incubator programme.

We kicked off the day with Founder Talks from leading ecosystem creators, hearing pitches from Foundry participants in the Demo Day session on everything from new NFT platforms to social media apps, and then rounded off the conference with a Jobs Fair!

We’ll be covering the projects presented in this ecosystem update, but you can check out the whole event on YouTube now! Follow us on Twitter to learn more about future events and nab your own invite.

Profit Sharing Community Updates


The th8ta team is behind such innovative, ecosystem-leading tools such as Verto.Exchange and ArConnect. Here are updates from the team’s impressive work this month — for more updates, check out the team’s blog.

ArConnect: Simple, secure Arweave wallet management tool

Verto.Exchange: Leading profit sharing token exchange

Sarcophagus: A decentralised dead man’s switch

ArDrive: Offering permanent, immutable file storage

ArGo: Deploy to the permaweb in just one click

Evermore: A powerful permaweb-based file storage tool

ArweaveNews: A community-run news service for the Arweave ecosystem

The Koi Protocol: A new framework for decentralized permaweb services

Pianity: Connecting artists, fans, and buyers by building permanent music NFTs A permaweb-based social network protocol

everFinance: A layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum with virtually gasless transactions using Arweave

Ecclesia: A social media platform focused on free speech

New on the Permaweb Making permanent data management simple

Ruddlys: A web 3.0 fine art auctioneer platform solving digital art scarcity

0pen School: Revolutionising education through gamified incentive-based learning mechanisms

Darkblock: Guaranteeing exclusive access to digital art with encryption & Arweave

Non-Fungible Tokens & Arweave

As many of you will be aware, Arweave is rapidly becoming a leading solution for NFT minting, plus NFT asset and metadata storage. To learn more, check out this previous Guardian article and read about atomic NFTs.

This month saw more NFT activity in the Arweave ecosystem:

The Arweave Network & Protocol Updates

Arkb: A robust, cost-effective, & easy-to-use deployment tool for Arweave

Amplify: A faster, more powerful gateway implementation for Arweave

In the wild:


Dystopia LabsOpen Web Community Summit | May 16th-June 6th 2021


Who Are the Fastest Growing Developer Communities in Crypto? | Decrypt —

There’s Certified Fair Trade Coffee, So How About Certified and Persistent NFTs? | CoinDesk —


Sam Williams’ appearance Non Fungible Podcast (NFP) with DKleine

Pay Once and Store Data Forever on Arweave with Sam Williams | The Delphi Podcast with Tom Shaunessey and Can Gurel —

The Secrets of Token Design: Proof of Access and Profit Sharing Mechanisms with Sam Williams | Outlier Ventures podcast —

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See you on the permaweb!


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