Highlights of 2023

A Year of Growth: Highlights from 2023 for Haystack and our Community

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What a fantastic year it has been! In 2023, the world of AI saw tremendous progress, making it an exciting time for learning and growth. As we wind down and approach the new year, it’s a good moment to take a breather, look back on the past year, and appreciate the highlights before gearing up for what’s ahead. We’ve taken some time to review the noteworthy moments that made 2023 special for Haystack and its community.

A big thank you for being part of this journey! Here’s to a wonderful New Year filled with dizzying generative AI and NLP advancements πŸ₯‚βœ¨

πŸ’« Haystack Highlights

  • The biggest highlight of the year was Haystack 2.0-Beta, which is a more flexible, extendable, customizable version of Haystack πŸ’―
  • Haystack surpassed 12,000 stars on GitHub 🌟
  • It has been exactly 2 years since the first stable release of Haystack πŸŽ‰
  • We introduced Haystack Integrations to highlight community-contributed external packages and incorporate additional technologies like Amazon, VertexAI, Elasticsearch, OpenSearch, Chroma, Pinecone, Cohere, Gradient, Jina, and Ollama that seamlessly integrate with Haystack 🧩
  • We hosted the first Advent of Haystack πŸŽ„
  • Over 80 pull requests from the community were merged πŸš€
  • We launched Haystack Blog, where we publish articles about Haystack, LLMs, demos, and use cases πŸ“š P.S. Did you know that you can contribute to Haystack Blog?

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We announced Haystack 2.0-Beta and hosted the first Advent of Haystack

πŸ‘₯ Community Highlights

  • Our community has reached 2300+ members on Discord, join the Haystack Discord community to ask questions, stay informed about Haystack updates, and connect with fellow Haystackers πŸ€–
  • Discord has been the platform forΒ numerous office hours, a handfulΒ of live coding sessions, and engaging Road to 2.0 sessions πŸ›£οΈ
  • We proudly participated in Hacktoberfest for the first time and welcomed new Haystack contributors πŸŽƒ
  • We introduced our monthly Haystack community newsletter πŸ—žοΈ
  • 120+ Advent of Haystack participants took the time to give us feedback on Haystack 2.0-Beta πŸŽ„
  • We participated in the Anthropic Hackathon πŸ§‘β€πŸ’»
  • Haystack has spread its wings on Twitter/X, follow us at Haystack_AI 🐦

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A photo from the Anthropic Hackathon

πŸ“† Webinar Highlights

We collected some of the webinars that the Haystack community found interesting in 2023:

A slide explaining LLM strenght and weaknesses from “Optimizing LLMs with Retrieval Augmented Generation and Haystack 2.0” webinar by Sara
‘Optimizing LLMs with Retrieval Augmented Generation and Haystack 2.0’ by Sara

πŸ“– Blog Post Highlights

Here are the most visited blog posts of 2023:

An image of a robot looking at pictures of other robots
We published ‘Gemini Models with Google Vertex AI Integration for Haystack’

πŸ‘ Some of Your Work

In 2023, your contributions to the community were truly outstanding, and we want to highlight some of these works that we enjoyed seeing:

and numerous members showcased their projects with the community on the #show-and-tell channel of Discord, as well as on Linkedin and Twitter 🀩

πŸ’™ deepset Highlights

deepset, the company behind Haystack, announced a $30 million funding round led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing investors GV, Harpoon, System.One, and Lunar. Read more about it here.

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deepset raised $30 million funding

πŸ”œ Next

  • The stable version of Haystack 2.0 will be out in Q1 2024. Check out Haystack public roadmap to see the upcoming features.
  • Dive into the world of Haystack 2.0-beta with our latest discussion entry, designed to be your go-to resource until the stable release of Haystack 2.0. Find the roadmap, release notes, and continually updated feature table in the ultimate guide for Haystack 2.0-beta.
  • We have just introduced a new repository: Haystack Cookbook. Stay tuned as we expand this collection with even more example notebooks throughout 2024.

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