Ben McMahon: Introducing Hydration and HOLLAR Stablecoin

Hydration's DeFi advancements with the Holla stablecoin, money market, and Ethereum integration, enhancing Polkadot.
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In a recent podcast interview, Ben McMahon from Hydration (former HydraDX) shared exciting updates and insights about their groundbreaking DeFi platform. From the upcoming launch of the HOLLAR stablecoin to advancements in lending and borrowing, HydraDX is pushing the boundaries of decentralized finance on Polkadot. Here’s a detailed look at what was discussed.

HOLLAR Stablecoin: A New Era for Polkadot

HydraDX is set to introduce the HOLLAR stablecoin, a much-anticipated addition to the Polkadot ecosystem. Unlike typical algorithmic stablecoins, HOLLAR will be over-collateralized and backed by a robust protocol. This ensures stability and reliability, providing users with a secure and trustworthy digital asset.

The stablecoin will be integrated into HydraDX’s omnipool, allowing seamless swapping and usage across various DeFi applications. This development marks a significant step towards a more comprehensive and versatile DeFi stack on Polkadot.

Expanding DeFi Capabilities

HydraDX has evolved significantly since its inception, adding several key features to enhance user experience and functionality:

  1. Stable Pools: Introducing pools that maintain stability and minimize slippage during trades.
  2. Liquidity Mining: Incentivizing users to provide liquidity with rewards.
  3. Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA): Allowing users to invest regularly, minimizing the impact of market volatility.

These features aim to make HydraDX a more efficient and user-friendly platform for all types of DeFi activities.

The HOLLAR Money Market

One of the most anticipated launches is the HOLLAR money market, set to debut in May. This market will enable users to borrow and lend assets securely and efficiently. By forking the Aave V3 protocol, HydraDX ensures a battle-tested and reliable foundation for its money market, avoiding the pitfalls of developing a new system from scratch.

Key advantages of the HOLLAR money market include:

  • Universal Settlement Layer: Ensuring fair and efficient liquidations, even during high volatility.
  • Priority in Block Liquidations: Guaranteeing that liquidations are executed first in a block, protecting users from extreme market conditions.

Embracing the Ethereum Experience

To attract Ethereum users, HydraDX has integrated with popular Ethereum wallets like MetaMask. This allows users to connect seamlessly and interact with HydraDX’s features without needing extensive knowledge of Polkadot. By supporting wrapped Ethereum (wETH) as a payment currency, HydraDX ensures a smooth transition for Ethereum users into the Polkadot ecosystem.

Permissionless Asset Registry and the Shitcoin Casino

HydraDX has introduced a permissionless asset registry, allowing anyone to create and trade new tokens easily. This has led to the creation of a “shitcoin casino,” where users can experiment with new tokens and meme coins without extensive barriers. While some may view this skeptically, it has highlighted important user experience issues and spurred improvements in Polkadot’s infrastructure.

Hydration Active Governance and Community Involvement

HydraDX stands out for its active governance model, incentivizing users to participate in decision-making processes. By tying governance participation to staking rewards, HydraDX ensures that stakeholders are engaged and invested in the platform’s success.

Rebranding to Hydration

In a strategic move to reflect its growing ecosystem, HydraDX is rebranding to Hydration. This new identity aims to capture the essence of liquidity and scalability, positioning the platform as a major player in the DeFi space. While initially controversial, the rebranding has been well-received for its scalability and fresh appeal.


HydraDX is making significant strides in the DeFi world, with innovative features and a strong community focus. From the launch of the HOLLAR stablecoin to the introduction of a comprehensive money market, HydraDX is set to enhance the Polkadot ecosystem and provide users with a robust, versatile DeFi platform. Stay tuned for more updates as HydraDX continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in decentralized finance.

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