Level 1: Nymster

Welcome to stage 1 of Nym Shipyard. These first two weeks will cover the state of digital privacy today and onboard you to Nym wallet, app and technology. You will learn the basics of the Nym privacy system and be introduced to the core concepts and tools that you will need to succeed. You will meet core team members and guided through the various community channels so that you can settle in comfortably for the next few weeks wild ride to becoming a Nymja.
Welcome - privacy loves company and Nym loves you.
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Week 1

Welcome to Nym Shipyard!

Monday 9 Oct – 4-5pm CET

A future where privacy is the default

  • with Jaya Klara Brekke

Community orientation on Nym channels, apps and tooling

  • with Sudo (Nym) and Huxian (Pineapple Hive)

  • Download the Nym wallet, join Telegram, Discord or Element to find your squad

Wednesday 11 Oct – 4-5pm CET

Nym: fixing the broken internet, masterclass with Nym founder and CEO Harry Halpin

  • Meet the founder and CEO of Nym and hear what led him to found the project (it’s a fascinating story!), how it combines mixnet and blockchain technology and what problem it solves.

Friday 13 Oct – 4-5pm CET

AMA with Jaya Klara Brekke, Sudo and Huxian

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Key Concepts


A state of being free from observation, measurement and analysis. It means you are not being judged and are free to experiment, make mistakes, learn and grow without disturbance, intervention and control.


A state of not being known to everyone. It means you are able to go about your life and do things without needing to disclose personal information should you not wish to.


The transfer of control and decision-making from a centralised entity (individual, organisation, or group thereof) to a distributed network of nodes.


A network of computers (“peers” or “nodes”) where each of these can act as a server for the others, thereby not relying on a central server for communication.


A network of nodes that mixes internet traffic, protecting patterns of communications from any third party observation.

Blockchain (Nyx)

A distributed database that maintains a record of changes to data, accounts and computational states.

Nym relies on a blockchain called Nyx for its directory of nodes and their rewards. Nyx is a CosmWasm-enabled blockchain smart contracts platform that functions as the backbone of the Nym network, used to keep track and provide the history of the NYM token’s transactions.


In privacy enabling technologies ‘trust’ refers to the extent to which you are trusting the infrastructure with your information.

For example, a VPN acts as a trusted proxy, meaning although it protects your IP address from a given web service, you are still trusting the VPN provider who will know your IP and what webservice you are accessing. In contrast, a mixnet does not require trust. There is no part of the mixnet that can link your IP address to your internet usage. This means your internet usage is private by default.


The act of putting your tokens towards a Nym node as a gesture of faith in their quality of performance. This increases the node’s chance of selection to the mixnet and therefore its capacity to earn rewards for mixing. In exchange, you earn a share of its rewards. Staking in Nym nodes is similar, but different to staking on blockchains. It serves as a reputation token for selection into the network, rather than governance and consensus.

Token economics

Token economics is the design and engineering of token issuance and distribution such that specific system properties and behaviours are economically incentivised. The Nym token economic design rewards operators and stakers for providing privacy, while also ensuring good quality service and as a mechanism for dynamic, decentralised directory authority of nodes.

Layer 0 & layer 1

Layer 0 in the world of Web3 refers to the infrastructure that blockchains build on. Layer 1 refers to blockchains. The Nym mixnet is layer 0. It is a transport infrastructure, enabling traffic to flow between nodes, while protecting the patterns of communication, enabling privacy.

More concepts

Read the glossaryAwesome Nym


Nym PapersNym blog

Video lectures

Glossary of terms

Learn the Nym terminology

The glossary lists and explains the Nym concepts and words in alphabetic order so that you can easily look them up whenever needed.

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Level 2 Cadet

Go to level 2 of Nym Shipyard

Learn about the node types and token economics of the mixnet. Learn how it protects your metadata and patterns of behaviour from becoming food for machines.

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