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Moonbeam Q1 2024 Highlights: Unlocking Cross-Chain Innovation

Moonbeam Team

Apr 10, 2024

4 min read

The first quarter of 2024 has been an exhilarating ride for the Moonbeam ecosystem, marked by groundbreaking advancements, strategic partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to fostering cross-chain interoperability. As we bid farewell to Q1, let’s embark on a journey through the milestones and achievements that continue to shape the future of blockchain technology.


  • Faster Block times with Asynchronous Backing: Runtime 2700 + 2800 Updates
  • Robust Community Growth, $PINK Airdrop, and Ambassador Engagement
  • Strategic Focus: Cross-Chain, Gaming, RWAs, and Emerging Markets
  • $10M+ Total Volume in Routed Liquidity
  • 2-Year Anniversary of Mainnet Launch
  • New Moonbuilders Academy Course on Cross-Chain Swaps

Pioneering Technological Advancements

Moonbeam embarked on a groundbreaking technological journey with the release of Runtime Upgrades 2700 and 2800, introducing a pivotal innovation called “Asynchronous Backing” for the Polkadot Relay chain. This architectural enhancement allowed for the parallelization of transaction validation and block production, unlocking remarkable performance gains.

The impact of asynchronous backing was nothing short of transformative. With Runtime 2700 laying the groundwork, the subsequent Runtime 2800 delivered on the long-awaited promise of faster block times for the Moonbeam ecosystem. This upgrade reduced the block cadence on the Moonbase Alpha TestNet from 12 seconds to a blistering 6 seconds, effectively doubling the network’s throughput.

This achievement has profound ramifications. Faster block times open up new possibilities for time-sensitive decentralized applications (dApps), such as trading platforms, payment systems, and real-time data processing. Developers can now create experiences that demand swift transaction confirmations, unlocking innovative use cases previously constrained by longer block times.

Read more here and here.

Community Engagement and Growth

At the heart of Moonbeam’s success lies its passionate community of builders, ambassadors, and supporters. In Q1, we had several successful community events, such as the $PINK airdrop for Moonbeam users. OGs, Airlyft participants, and other engaged members received their share of the airdrop. In celebration, StellaSwap—Moonbeam’s largest DEX by TVL—turned its entire dApp interface pink! The leading DEX distributed its $PINK allocation to liquidity providers and engaged community members.

Discord users increased by 1.6%, with over a thousand new members joining and actively engaging on the server.
Celebrating Milestones and Laying Foundations
Q1 kicked off with the 2nd anniversary of the Moonbeam mainnet launch, a testament to the network’s resilience and the unwavering dedication of its community. Reflecting on this journey, Moonbeam has facilitated over 49 million transactions, launched more than 300 projects, and amassed a vibrant community of 200,000+ members.

Read Moonbeam’s second-anniversary report here.

Strategic Focus Areas

In line with its ambitious vision, Moonbeam unveiled a comprehensive strategy for 2024, prioritizing the expansion of cross-chain interoperability, gaming, real-world assets (RWAs), and emerging regions. This strategic roadmap paves the way for groundbreaking innovations and collaborations that will shape the future of blockchain technology.

Read the Strategic Focus Areas blog here.

Fostering Educational Initiatives

In Q1, Moonbeam doubled its educational efforts by launching a new course on the Moonbuilders Academy, focusing on cross-chain swaps and advanced interoperability. Developed in collaboration with Squid Router, this comprehensive course equips developers with the knowledge and skills to navigate cross-chain application’s intricate landscape.

Expanding Cross-Chain Horizons

Moonbeam’s Routed Liquidity hit an impressive milestone, facilitating over $10 million in total volume and seamlessly linking assets to parachains, applications, and users across the Polkadot network and the broader Web3 landscape. This achievement underscores Moonbeam’s pivotal role in enabling a truly interconnected, multi-chain future.


As we bid farewell to Q1 2024, the Moonbeam ecosystem stands poised to embark on an even more ambitious journey. With a robust foundation built on innovation and strategic partnerships, the network is well-positioned to unlock new realms of cross-chain possibilities!

Stay tuned for more!