Gifts Q3 2020

Twice a year we distribute address space to those that have made valuable contributions to Urbit. Now called our Gifts program, the gifting of address space has been part of Urbit long before we had a grants program.

September 22, 2020

Josh Lehman


Twice a year we distribute address space to those that have made valuable contributions to Urbit. Now called our Gifts program, the gifting of address space has been part of Urbit long before we had a grants program.

I'm happy to announce that has a record number of gifts to distribute to community contributors for the period from February to August of 2020. Because the gifting of address space is an old tradition, and the last several months have seen an unprecedented amount of user growth, let’s talk about why we do this.

Why gifts?

One way to think about Urbit is as infrastructure for powering digital communities. We’ve talked about this before in some detail, so while I won’t rehash the “why” of that here, I’ll reiterate that what we really want is a digital world that's generated by the communities that inhabit it.

We know that digital communities need better technology with which to generate their world; just as importantly though, they need people to inhabit and develop them.

Tlon and can’t bring the world into Urbit alone—we need community members to help us. By distributing address space to a variety of people that can invite their friends and families, the network can grow faster, more organically, and with a wider range of diversity.

Currently, the majority of available address space is owned by Tlon and, but it won’t stay that way. Instead, we want to give address space to folks that want Urbit to succeed. Because we’re custodians of something valuable it’s important that we are intentional about how we handle it. We treat that responsibility seriously.

Gifts are one of the ways we invest in the future of the network. We look for others that see Urbit’s value and engage in building the digital home that they want to live in. They ease the learning curve for people new to Urbit, contribute to the technology, and create thriving communities.


Gifts are being awarded for a variety of reasons this quarter. As usual, there have been plenty of code and documentation contributions, but this time around we’re also recognizing those who have evangelized Urbit, been active in guiding newcomers to the system, and developed thriving communities within Landscape.

Gifts are being awarded using the following criteria:

Bronze: one star for continuous contributions over the last six months in at least one of the above areas.

Silver: two stars for creation of something exceptional and/or contributing across many categories.

Gold: three stars awarded to one contributor who has contributed at a volume that indicates a high degree of care and ownership.

Without further ado, here are the recipients:


~radbur-sivmus has more or less become an unofficial member of the interface team by tackling an absolutely immense amount of Landscape-related work.


  • ~littel-wolfur: Jake maintains the premier development group in Urbit, The Forge, and has led the way for other developers by authoring srrs, one of the more popular community-developed applications on Urbit.
  • ~botter-nidnul: ~botter has been instrumental in furthering Urbit on ARM, has made contributions across Vere and our documentation, and been highly active in onboarding newcomers on our Discord server.
  • ~timluc-miptev: ~timluc is highly engaged in many groups and the maintainer of some, wrote the Nock for Everyday Coders guide, and has gone far above and beyond in teaching the community about developing Landscape applications.
  • ~lanrus-rinfep: Daniel has done extensive development on iOS by writing Swift libraries for interacting with Urbit, and employed all of these towards the development of an iOS client for chat.
  • ~minder-folden: Jonathan is a prolific member of the community. His group The Sanctorium is always active, he's always around to help newcomers to the system, is an active evangelist on Twitter, and a creator of much excellent content.


  • ~watter-parter: Luke has made a number of contributions to Arvo, and wrote a great introductory guide to developing Gall agents.
  • ~naltyc-wornes: ~naltyc runs the popular group “Smol Computers” both inside and outside of Urbit where discussions ensue about various forms of computing on small devices like Android and ARM, and actively evangelizes the project.
  • ~nartes-fasrum: ~nartes evangelizes Urbit on Twitter by creating artwork, and maintains the popular food-centric group “Urbytes.”
  • ~fonnyx-nopmer: ~fonnyx maintains an active presence throughout many groups on Urbit and runs the first Urbit-centric podcast, Hooked on fonnyx.
  • ~libhut-samwes: ~libhut started and maintains one of the most popular groups on Urbit centered on crypto and investing, and contributes to conversations throughout Urbit.
  • ~salmus-master: In addition to embodying the quality of high-level, respectful debate we like to see, ~salmus created the group: “The Tribal Network,” where he maintains one of the most active long-form notebooks on Urbit.
  • ~fostyr-solfyr: ~fostyr has submitted a number of PRs against Arvo, including a much-requested feature to reset the web login code.
  • ~sarpen-laplux: ~sarpen has done a significant amount of research and work on Ethereum ABI parsing and other Ethereum-related topics in addition to being an active participant in dialogues throughout Urbit.
  • ~mister-todteg: ~mister is a top evangelist of Urbit on Twitter, has brought many newcomers onto the network, and has even made several hires for his company from within the network.

Thank you to all who contributed to making Urbit what it is today!