ArbitrumDAO: Celebrating One Year of Community Participation 💙

5 min readApr 11, 2024


We are thrilled to join our fellow Arbinauts in the ongoing celebrations of ArbitrumDAO’s one year completion. The past 12 months were marked with big wins for the community. Simultaneously, Arbitrum’s technology became more secure and decentralized, supported by the efforts of ArbitrumDAO.

Arbitrum’s technology development started in 2014, and since 2023, the ArbitrumDAO has guided the ownership and governance of Arbitrum One and Arbitrum Nova, allowing the community to shape the future of Arbitrum and Ethereum.

At this point, we extend our gratitude to all the dedicated contributors to The ArbitrumDAO. The ArbitrumDAO was incepted on March 23, 2023, with active community participation kicking off in April 2023. In recognition, we present The ArbitrumDAO: Celebrating The First Anniversary SBT NFT on NiftyKit, a comprehensive no-code NFT platform for creators and teams to mint, manage, and sell NFT digital collectibles.

The NFT art is a one-of-one open edition created by Artist Sushi representing the core values, collaborative nature, and history of Arbitrum, which has been in the making by many since 2014.

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Recap: A Great Year For Community-Led Governance

The ArbitrumDAO was initiated to foster a more decentralized, secure, and prosperous future for the network. So much has been done in the past year that we would like to share some of the key milestones.

Snapshot as of April 11, 2024

🪙 Treasury Spending
The ArbitrumDAO has allocated 750m ARB to the Arbitrum Foundation to carry out its mission statements and additionally, throughout the year it has allocated roughly 175M ARB across grant programs, DAO-led grant programs, and establishing committees like the Arbitrum Research & Development Committee (ARDC) and the Arbitrum DAO Procurement Committee (ADPC).

🛠 Technical Advancements

The DAO has approved proposals across 3 critical areas:

  1. Activating support for Account Abstraction
  2. Improving the Security Council Elections process: The DAO held a round of Security Council elections in September 2023, during which 6 new members for Cohort 1 were elected. Elections for Cohort 2 are currently ongoing.
  3. ArbOS Upgrades, which support notable Ethereum upgrades like Shanghai and Dencun.

💙 Meeting-up IRL

The ArbitrumDAO self-organized their very first meetup with the support of HackHumanity during Arbitrum #GovHack in Denver. Delegates, projects, existing and new contributors hacked on key strategic tracks that the DAO had identified.

During this three-day hackathon, 23 new budding proposals emerged across tracks such as the DAO’s Business Development Strategy, Catalyzing Gaming, exploring backup Sequencers, the DAO’s Orbit Strategy, and the onboarding group.

If this inspires you, you can be part of it too!

Learn how to join the ArbitrumDAO here. And/or apply to be part of the projects building Arbitrum.

Thank you to all ArbitrumDAO Contributors and projects that make Arbitrum special and help the Ethereum and Arbitrum ecosystem grow.

Building together 💙

🪐 Key Ecosystem Updates:

  • To foster Arbitrum Foundation’s commitment to transparency, the first-of-its-kind Transparency Report was released in February 2024. The report was received with an overwhelmingly positive response.
  • Arbitrum One became the first L2 to surpass Ethereum Mainnet in 24-hour transaction volume early last year — achieved again multiple times thereafter. With aTVL of 3.15 billion, Arbitrum dominates the L2 Market Share.
  • Arbitrum Orbit, a permissionless path for launching customizable dedicated chains, is mainnet-ready. Twenty-five publicly announced Orbit chains are already in use like Rarichain, XAI, Sanko and many more are to come, like Animechain by Azuki, ApeCoin and Treasure chain!
  • New developments in the making that the ArbitrumDAO is yet to vote on:
    Arbitrum Stylus: An upgrade introducing a new virtual machine to run alongside the EVM. This would enable coding in Rust, C, and C++ while remaining composable with smart contracts.
    BOLD: The next-gen Fraud Proofs used for permissionless validation and more decentralization and security.
  • Arbitrum is the only rollup that sends surplus revenue generated by transaction fees to their respective DAO. To date, the ArbitrumDAO has 12.68K worth of ETH from sequencer fees as of March 23, 2024.
  • Arbitrum is worldwide! The @arbitrum_cn @arbitrum_esp @arbitrum_jpn, @arbitrum_korea, and @arbitrum_intern are now active, contributing to a more global vision, a step toward building an Arbitrum that is inclusive and built by and for everyone.
  • There were 4 Virtual and IRL events for the community called “ArbitrumDay”. You can find the amazing talks that happened there here.
  • The Arbitrum Foundation Grants Program has now moved to Phase 3 with multiple Grant Tracks!
  • The Arbitrum Portal got a major update, making navigating the Arbitrum ecosystem even easier.
  • The Arbitrum Ambassadors Program started this year, and Weekly Newsletters about their achievements are shared every week!

Year 1 has been an absolute blast, and The ArbitrumDAO is poised to be even more active entering year 2. With many more opportunities for new and existing contributors to be involved, it will only get more exciting.

Thank you for building a better future for all, with freedom together.
To mark this historical moment, grab our first SBT NFT in collaboration with
NiftyKit and made by Artist Sushi.

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