A special thank you to our partner Wanxiang Blockchain for the support and partnership for a second year running. Web 3.0 Bootcamp was a great success last year. And this year it can turn into a great success too. We received 53 high quality applicants global wise, which doubles the number of the applicants from last year, which is a strong indicator of the rapid growing Polkadot ecosystem.
We're proud of the teams who've made it to the finals through three rounds of interviews. The bootcamp selection process is very strict. And it's a great opportunity for the participating teams to gather together, and share their experience, and learn from each other. This bootcamp is offering very high quality training and incubation. Teams I'm sure will benefit a lot from this four-month progression.
过去一年里，我埋头工作，确保波卡愿景能够顺利达成。进展最突出的毫无疑问是平行链系统。通过这一系统，团队将可以运行各自的平行链。同时，我们在转接桥方面也取得了巨大的进展。转接桥可以帮助链与外部的Substrate链、比特币及以太坊区块链进行沟通。Frame方面我们也取得了大量的进展，目前Frame里已经新增了许多实用的功能。特别值得一提是Frame API 2.0，我觉得它将为技术还不是很成熟的团队提供很多帮助，也会让新链的搭建变得更加简单，因为它就像是一个更地道易用的Rust。
So since in the last 12 months, I've been busy beavering away, working on making sure that the Polkadot vision is delivered. The specific things that we've achieved a lot of progress on obviously is the parachains system Accumulus, the means by which teams going to be able to run their parachains. But just as important, I also made a real big progress on the bridges, which is going to facilitate, you know, chains talking to external substrate chains, as well as Bitcoin and Ethereum. So we've also made huge amounts of progress in Frame. There's an awful lot of extra really useful functionality in Frame now. In particular, the version two of the Frame API, which really I think it will be of great help to people whose skills are not so mature, and it will allow those who want to make, build new chains a much easier time, because it's so much more like idiomatic Rust.
Not wanting to forget, we've also made you know substantial progress on XCMP and XCM the messaging format. There's a lot of extra work that has been done, that wasn't sort of initially foreseen. But there was very important, things like Queuing, things like making sure that there's a chat mechanism for opening channels between chains, so that we've got economic safety. And there's, yeah, I mean, a lot of additional tooling and test frameworks that you wouldn't maybe otherwise be aware of. There are there in order to make sure everything is robust and reliable.
When it does actually launch, in terms of timeline, we have, I think probably most of you have seen, but yeah, if not, we've been working a lot on the Rococo test net. The Rococo parachains test net over the last few weeks, and we've launched test auctions on Rococo. We've launched test parachains on Rococo with increased number of validators up to the level of Kusama 900 validators. So we're getting increasingly confident that this is ready for production.
And in fact, we've now released only a couple of days ago, a version 0.9 of the Polkadot client which will bring in parachain support for those who are interested in 1.0 when we've got the final, full speed XCMP support. So 0.9 series, we'll be here for a little while, and it's the series that parachains will launch with. So that logic is in we're now pushing validators on Kusama to upgrade and in turn validators on Polkadot obviously. Since we're launching parachains on Kusama first, and we're not waiting for the audit for that. So, validators will be on a shorter time scale to actually get the nodes of data to 0.9. And I would expect once validators have updated probably in about a week to give them all ample time to get 0.9 rolled out, we will issue a runtime upgrade, do our last checks, and put our first parachain on Kusama live.
This will be a what's called a "Shell" parachain, this is a new runtime that we coded up. That basically is just staging ground, so that we can then upgrade the Shell parachain into a real, sort of live parachain. In this case, Shell will be upgraded to the statement, common, good parachain. There may be another common, good parachain in the weeks following. But beyond that auctions will, I think begin, very shortly afterwards. We'll give at least one week's notice, so that people on Kusama have chance to unstake, and so that teams on Kusama have chance to make it clear that they are doing a crowd loan or whatever else
So yeah, we are very much on the Eve of getting parachains out there. So thanks for your patience, but I hope we won't have too much longer to wait. Thanks a lot guys for taking part in bootcamp. I hope you're getting the support and encouragement. That you need to really build some great stuff for Polkadot until next time.