Update: Week of 25 November 2019

Dear Tezos community,

The Tezos ecosystem has made strides towards wider adoption of Tezos over the past few weeks, with projects announced by both the French and Singaporean governments. First, Nomadic Labs and the French National Gendarmerie’s cybercrime division (C3N) announced that C3N has been recording expenses on the Tezos blockchain over the past few months- the first time that a government entity has developed an operational smart contract and deployed it on a blockchain.

Tezos Southeast Asia also announced its partnership with Tribe, a Singaporean government-backed blockchain platform, to launch a training program for Tezos developers. The partnership is designed to attract more developers to create Tezos-based solutions for real-world applications. I am delighted to see Tezos emerge as the go-to blockchain for government use cases and partnerships.

Tezos Southeast Asia singing with Tribe

Additionally, we are very excited that Alexis Bonte has been appointed as a new Council Member. Alexis is co-founder and CEO of the online gaming company eRepublik Labs, part of the Stillfront Group where Bonte is COO, and also serves as a board member for several companies in the internet, healthcare, gaming, and real estate industries. Alexis will be a fantastic addition to the Council.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities
We are still in the process of evaluating over 90 proposals from our most recent ecosystem grants RFP, and will update applicants on the status of their proposals by mid-December. If you have questions about the status of your grant proposal, feel free to email [email protected].

FAQs

What should I do if I am having trouble moving Tezos tokens (tez) from a KT1 address to a tz1 address?
After Babylon was activated, some users may have had issues moving tez from KT1 addresses to tz1 addresses if the tz1 address contained insufficient funds, leaving them unable to pay transaction fees. Members of the Tezos community like Cryptium Labs and Everstake took initiative to fund all impacted accounts with enough tez to cover transaction fees and resolve the issue. Should one have any issue with a Tezos wallet, make sure that the latest version is installed (as many were updated to be compatible with Babylon), that your tz1 address contains sufficient funds to pay transaction fees, and reach out to the developers of the wallet for further support.

Update: Week of 18 November 2019

Dear Tezos community,

With another week comes another exciting first in the Tezos ecosystem; Nomadic Labs and the French National Gendarmerie’s cybercrime division (C3N) announced that C3N has been recording judicial expenses on the Tezos blockchain since September. This marks a historic first time that a government entity has developed an operational smart contract and deployed it on a blockchain. We are thrilled to witness Tezos continue to establish its reputation as the first choice for high-value, real-world applications. Special congratulations to the Nomadic Labs team, which worked closely with C3N to build the program, allowing C3N to acquire cryptocurrency from Europol allocated funds in order to cover operational costs.

I would also like to note that the Cryptium Labs and Nomadic Labs teams have combined forces to introduce the latest Tezos protocol proposal, Carthage. Community members who want to learn more about the proposed amendment can read the introductory blog posts from both Cryptium and Nomadic which go through the proposed changes. All members of the ecosystem are encouraged to also join the discussion surrounding the proposal on Tezos Agora!

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities

The Foundation is in the middle of significant grantmaking activities, as we are in the process of reviewing over 90 proposals from our most recent ecosystem grants RFP. We will complete reviews for grant proposals and update all applicants on their status by mid-December. If you have questions about the status of your grant proposal, feel free to email [email protected] at any point.

We are also thrilled to be creating the Foundation’s second biannual update (you can view our first biannual update here) to be released in early 2020. It has been a groundbreaking year for the Tezos ecosystem, and we can’t wait to share updates on what the whole community has achieved!

FAQs

I contributed to the Tezos Foundation’s fundraiser but I cannot figure out how to activate my recommended allocation – what do I do?
This is a question that we have answered here before but is worth repeating as we still see it come up in the community. In order to activate a recommended allocation, start by checking a contribution to the Foundation’s fundraiser. After checking, you may then begin the Foundation’s verification process to obtain an activation code corresponding to a public key hash from the fundraiser. Finally, activate a recommended allocation and access it using a Tezos wallet. Follow the steps at the bottom of this page, and if you run into any issue along the way, please email [email protected]

 

 

Update: Week of 11 November 2019

Dear Tezos community,

The incredible global reach of the Tezos ecosystem has been on display so far in November, with Tezos meetups and events hosted in Thailand, Singapore, India, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Monaco, France, and the United States in just the past two weeks. In addition to meetups from already-established groups, Tezos Ukraine officially launched this week with its first gathering!

We are very pleased to see the Tezos ecosystem grow so rapidly and reach new communities all over the world!

Tezos Southeast Asia (TSA) had a particularly busy week with the Thailand Digital Asset Forum and the Singapore FinTech Festival. TSA also kicked off its Tezos Blockchain Talkshow Series, covering the next wave of innovation for financial institutions on the first day, the myths surrounding STOs on the second day, and blockchain technology’s influence on the insurance industry on day three. Additionally, TSA announced partnerships with Tribe Accelerator and RF International Holdings. It’s exciting to see TSA take the lead on building the Tezos ecosystem in Southeast Asia.

Nomadic Labs’ call for startups earlier this month led to a very successful Pitch Day! The event brought together members of the French Tezos community as six startups presented to a five-person panel and over 50 attendees. During its presentation, Equisafe released its first ever smart contract on Tezos, one of four that will compose the core components of its Nyx standard planned for 2020. Over the following two days, Nomadic ran a booth focusing on Tezos adoption and enterprise use cases at Blockchain Paris, a conference with over 1500 participants.

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities
Grantmaking activities have significantly ramped up in the past few weeks. All of the proposals submitted to our latest ecosystem grants RFP, plus a few extras, are progressing through our review process. We expect to complete reviews for all grant proposals by mid-December, at which point we will contact all applicants and update them on the status of their proposals. Applicants should contact [email protected] should they have any questions.

The Foundation had a presence in Southeast Asia for two important summits. Tezos Foundation Chief Security Officer and Council Member, Ryan Lackey, gave a talk on the state of technical infrastructure for digital tokens at the Thailand Digital Asset Forum, and spoke on enabling the next generation of financial infrastructure at the Singapore FinTech Fest.

The Tezos Foundation will also release its second biannual update in early 2020 (view our first biannual update here). We are excited to share updates on grantees, the Foundation’s operations and finances, and more with the community.

FAQs
I contributed to the Tezos Foundation’s fundraiser but I cannot figure out how to activate my recommended allocation – what do I do?
This is a question that we have answered here before but is worth repeating as we still see it come up in the community. In order to activate a recommended allocation, start by checking a contribution to the Foundation’s fundraiser. After checking, you may then begin the Foundation’s verification process to obtain an activation code corresponding to a public key hash from the fundraiser. Finally, activate a recommended allocation and access it using a Tezos wallet. Follow the steps at the bottom of this page, and if you run into any issue along the way, please email [email protected]

What should I do if I am having trouble moving Tezos tokens (tez) from a KT1 address to a tz1 address?
Some users may have had issues moving their tez from KT1 addresses to tz1 addresses if a tz1 address contained insufficient funds after Babylon was activated and thus were unable to pay transaction fees. Members of the Tezos community like Cryptium Labs and Everstake took initiative to fund all impacted accounts with enough tez to cover transaction fees and resolve the issue. Should one have any issue with a Tezos wallet, make sure that the latest version is installed (as many were updated to be compatible with Babylon), that your tz1 address contains sufficient funds to pay transaction fees, and reach out to the developers of the wallet for further support.

Update: Week of 4 November 2019

Dear Tezos community,
Welcome to November! This week, B9lab announced the start of the second round of students to take part in its Tezos Blockstars Programme, which provides free Tezos developer training to students all over the world. This cohort features over 100 students from over 30 countries who will learn how to create smart contracts and write clients on Tezos. Congratulations to the new students accepted!

Tezos Korea hosted TEZOS INNOVATORS 2019 this week in Seoul, South Korea. This was the first Tezos blockchain idea contest ever held in South Korea, and featured applications from 35 teams, of which six were short-listed to present at the INNOVATORS Summit. Ultimately, the Tezos Korea team selected HashMob as the winning team for their blockchain-based blackbox video storage service.

We would also like to remind the community that the first ever Pitch Day in Paris will be hosted by Nomadic Labs on November 12. It will feature presentations from startups and projects building on Tezos. We look forward to seeing the vibrant French community there!

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities
The Foundation was thrilled to announce two new grants to Figment Networks and Papers last week. 

In addition to our regular grantmaking activities, Foundation Council member Ryan Lackey will speak at the Singapore FinTech Festival on November 12th on the topic of “Enabling the Next Generation of Financial Infrastructure.” Be sure to register if you’ll be in the area!

FAQs
I contributed to the Tezos Foundation’s fundraiser but I cannot figure out how to activate my recommended allocation – what do I do?

This is a question that we have answered here before but is worth repeating as we still see it come up in the community. In order to activate a recommended allocation, start by checking a contribution to the Foundation’s fundraiser. After checking, you can then begin the Foundation’s verification process to obtain an activation code corresponding to a public key hash from the fundraiser. Finally, activate a recommended allocation. Follow the steps at the bottom of this page, and if you run into any issue along the way, please email [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Week of 28 October 2019

Dear Tezos community,

This past week, the Foundation announced a partnership with Alliance Investments, tZERO, and Megalodon to tokenize £500m of UK real estate over the next several years. Alliance’s River Plaza property will be the first real estate-backed security token offering (STO) in the UK, and one of only a handful worldwide. This is a step forward for the Tezos ecosystem in piloting transformative real world blockchain use cases.

The Foundation also announced a new strategic investment in Berlin-based Fundament Securities GmbH to introduce a legal-tech solution for tokenizing regulated financial products on Tezos. Their 250m EUR real estate-backed STO, which was structured as a bond, was the first of its kind with approval from the German financial regulator, BaFin. Fundament provides end-to-end infrastructure for digital securities. Moving forward they will build on Tezos as a default blockchain solution. The partnership between Fundament and the Tezos Foundation is also the beginning of an effort to build a strong Tezos community and developer network in Berlin, Germany. More information will be coming on that topic in the future.

We are constantly impressed by the ingenuity of Tezos community members. This week Tezos Capital founder, Jonas Lamis, announced a new platform, StakerDAO, to be built on Tezos with support from Polychain Capital. The platform is designed specifically for governing financial assets in a secure, decentralized, and compliant manner, and plans to deliver financial assets that make it easy to participate in Proof of Stake networks.

We are excited to see members of the Tezos community continue to build and launch such innovative projects.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities
This week, the Foundation announced new grants to Figment Networks, a Tezos baker and the team behind the popular Hubble block explorer, and Papers, the team behind the tezblock block explorer and AirGap wallet. The grants will go towards making analysis of the Tezos blockchain more advanced and accessible.

In addition to its grantmaking activities, the Foundation made multiple announcements of strategic partnerships this week.

On the partnership with Alliance Investments, TZero, and Megalodon to bring real estate-backed STOs to the UK, Foundation CFO Roman Schnider said, “this one building, a large multi-storage development, [is a] first for Alliance, but represents a large pipeline that they intend to fund using STOs.”

On the partnership with Fundament Group to develop digital securities infrastructure, TF council member Hubertus Thonhauser commented: “We look forward to working with Fundament Group as it is providing end to end infrastructure for the lifecycle of securities. We are aligned in our vision to challenge the current financial system and we very much look forward to a productive and fruitful partnership.”

FAQs

What are the benefits of moving all transaction fees to tz accounts?
Moving all transaction fees to tz[123] accounts makes it possible to bake without executing a smart contract. While the system currently requires transaction fees for baking, it does not necessarily have to be that way with simple tz[123] accounts. For more details, refer to a post on the subject on Tezos Agora.

Tezos Foundation Strengthens Support for Tezos Block Explorers and App Accessibility

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has issued grants to Figment Networks, a Tezos baker and the team behind the popular Hubble block explorer, and Papers, the team behind the tezblock block explorer and AirGap wallet. With these grants, both the Figment and Papers teams will help make analysis of the Tezos blockchain more advanced and accessible.

Figment Networks is a professional staking services company and contributor to the Tezos ecosystem. The team built an open-source baking rewards payout tool last October and actively engages with the wider community of Tezos bakers. With this grant, Figment Networks will create and open-source a high-level analytics, alerting, and governance tool for the Tezos ecosystem, with a goal to provide the most useful information for Tezos bakers and delegates.

Papers is an active development team in the Tezos ecosystem and has received an additional grant to further develop and advance its tezblock block explorer. tezblock aims to make collecting data about and analyzing the Tezos blockchain as accessible and user-friendly as possible. The Papers team will continue to improve tezblock by adding more advanced baking and governance data through integration with Tezos Agora, Tezos smart contracts and assets support, and other key metrics and data visualizations. For more information about tezblock, check out Papers’ latest project update here.

Papers is also collaborating with other Tezos development teams to create a wallet interaction standard to help users interact with applications built on Tezos from their browsers. Using this standard, a browser extension will be developed to allow any application developer to easily incorporate a wallet via a generic implementation. Full documentation and tutorials will be published by the Papers team.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects created by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Update: Week of 21 October 2019

Dear Tezos community,

The Babylon upgrade officially activated on 18 October, marking the second time a protocol amendment has been approved and implemented via the Tezos governance mechanism. Tezos is the first major blockchain to successfully implement two protocol upgrades automatically, and we are thrilled by the engagement and growth of our community. We will continue to gain momentum and become even stronger as a community moving forward.

In order to better assist Tezos developers who are testing their tools and smart contracts, we have been working to create a faucet tool, similar to the one that is currently deployed on the babylonnet test network. This faucet will provide small amounts of tez (XTZ) to developers that need it for development purposes. It will be ready in November and we will release additional details in the coming weeks.

In addition to helping with the activation of the Babylon upgrade, representatives from multiple TF-funded entities, TQ Tezos, Cryptium Labs, and Nomadic Labs, participated in AZTEC protocol’s Multi-Party Computation (MPC) ceremony, Ignition, this week, using an air-gapped computer which has now ceased to be. Representatives from each team gathered in New York City to run AZTEC’s MPC software in a global relay with over 200 participants. The result: a more secure system for private transactions.

Adrian sets up new laptop

Adrian Brink setting up the laptop for the AZTEC MPC

We are thrilled to see so many members of the Tezos community participate so actively in a wide range of projects and initiatives.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

Our Activities
The Tezos Foundation is thrilled to have received 84 grant proposals during its most recent Ecosystem Grants RFP, which closed on 18 October. The review process is underway and all applicants will receive communications from the Foundation on the status of their proposals in the coming weeks. Applicants can feel free to contact [email protected] should they have any questions regarding the status of a grant proposal.

The Foundation is sponsoring a 3-month blockchain hackathon, Future of Blockchain, beginning this month in London (and surrounding regions) and Berlin. The hackathon, organized by StakeZero Ventures, is for developers and entrepreneurs, and features 40+ prizes in different categories with a total of £100k available. Community members can learn more here!

FAQs

What should I do if I am having trouble moving funds from a KT1 address to a tz1 address?
Some users may have had issues moving their tez from KT1 addresses to tz1 addresses if a tz1 address contained insufficient funds after Babylon was activated (and thus was unable to pay transaction fees). Members of the Tezos community like Cryptium Labs and Everstake took initiative to fund all impacted accounts with enough tez to cover transaction fees and resolve the issue. Should one have any issue with a Tezos wallet, make sure that the latest version is installed (as many were updated to be compatible with Babylon) and reach out to the developers of the wallet for further support.

Update: Week of 14 October 2019

Dear Tezos community,

This week, the Tezos community officially approved the Babylon upgrade and the Tezos blockchain updated itself (self-amendment). We were thrilled to see the activation of Babylon 2.0.1 at Block 655,361, the second-ever Tezos protocol amendment proposal to be approved via the Tezos governance mechanism.

In preparation for the upgrade, multiple teams within the Tezos ecosystem released guidelines for bakers, delegators, developers and all ecosystem members to transition seamlessly to Babylon. Cryptium Labs, Nomadic Labs, Obsidian Systems, and AirGap each put out new updates or blog posts to ensure a successful implementation. Community members who want to dive deeper into the upgrade can inspect the Babylon documentation from Nomadic Labs for more information.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:

 

Our Activities
We would like to remind the community that our current ecosystem grants RFP closes today! Now is the last chance to submit a proposal to be considered for our next cohort of grantees.

FAQs

Where can I find more information on the transition to Babylon?
Multiple entities within the Tezos ecosystem have released guides to prepare for the Babylon upgrade. Teams from Cryptium Labs, Nomadic Labs, Obsidian Systems, and AirGap have released updates or guides in preparation for the transition. The Babylon code is open source and any member of the community can go straight to the documentation for more information.

 

 

 

Update: Week of 7 October 2019

Fall is finally here (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we are thrilled with all the activity and community engagement we’ve experienced throughout the Tezos ecosystem. The Tezos community continues to grow and make itself known globally in various industries, not just the blockchain space.

In case you missed it, CoinDesk published a feature on last week’s TQuorum Global Summit. This week, members of the Tezos community traveled to Japan for the Ethereum Foundation’s DevCon 5. Tezos was well-represented at the conference, with Jacob Arluck of TQ Tezos and Adrian Brink of Cryptium Labs participating in a discussion on blockchain governance, and our own Ryan Lackey presenting on Tezos proof of stake.

As the Tezos community grows, it will need more and more dedicated local organizers to plan events and build the community in their regions. To that end, Tezos Commons put out a call for applications for meetup sponsors and Tezos local chapter organizers. If you want to contribute to the growth of the Tezos community in your area, we encourage you to apply!

The Tezos Foundation and Globacap announced their strategic partnership this week to accelerate Globacap’s efforts to bring capital markets into the digital age. “Amidst the noise of Brexit, a quiet revolution is underway in Europe that will change the way we view the very concept of public and private markets,” said Foundation Council member Hubertus Thonhauser. “Globacap is at the forefront of this important movement toward democratizing access to markets and rendering them more efficient.”

Finally, we were delighted to see that Elevated Returns’ Thai investee company has been granted an investment portal license from Thailand’s SEC, and will launch its first real estate-backed token on Tezos in the near future via a public offering in Thailand. This is an exciting step forward as we see the first assets in a $1bn pipeline of real estate assets be tokenized on the Tezos blockchain.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees & Funded Entities
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:

 

Our Activities
Beyond the Foundation’s usual activities, several of which are described above, we would like to remind the entire community that there is only one week left to vote on the Babylon proposal! The Foundation has voted “pass” (meaning “abstain”) to remain neutral during the amendment process. This contributes to the required quorum and further elevates the voices of other members of the Tezos community. Learn more about the Tezos amendment process here.

Additionally, the Foundation Council has approved several grants outside of its standard grantmaking process. We look forward to announcing these projects in the coming weeks. Lastly, the current ecosystem grants RFP closes next Friday, 18 October. Submit a proposal before then to be considered for the next cohort!

FAQs

What is TF doing to market Tezos?
The Tezos Foundation is not a marketing entity. As our strategy statement outlines, “we believe our role within the community is to deploy resources that support the long-term future of Tezos. Grants offer a strategic way to help community members, such as educational and research institutions, developers, or activists from all over the world to support the advancement of this decentralized network.” 

That said – we do fund entities that do some marketing like Tezos Commons (TC), TQ Tezos (TQ), Tezos Southeast Asia (TSA), Tezos Japan, Tezos Korea, and others. If you have an idea for a marketing or related initiative that will add value to the Tezos ecosystem, submit an ecosystem grant application before next week’s deadline! We are eager to see creative proposals from the community.

What is the role of Tezos Commons (TC) and why should one apply to host a Tezos meetup and/or be a regional chapter organizer?
TC is built to support the ideas, individuals and organizations dedicated to building the Tezos digital commonwealth. It empowers the Tezos community to be architects through bootstrapping local communities, communications, promotion, education, funding open source initiatives, and advocacy. For individuals who become meetup sponsors and/or regional chapter organizers, TC provides dedicated funding and other support so that individual Tezos community members are able to grow the Tezos ecosystem where they are based and engage their own local communities.

 

Update: Week of 30 September 2019

Dear Tezos community,

I want to thank all of the global Tezos community members who made the trip to New York City for the first ever TQuorum Global Summit this week. Over 450 people joined us in the beautiful Spring Studios for two incredible days of panels, workshops, and discussions on a wide range of topics. These events and discussions are vital to build the Tezos community and drive the ecosystem forward. And efforts did not go unnoticed, CoinDesk’s Brady Dale published an article highlighting the shared values of the Tezos community, including open participation, token-holder-centricity, non-aggression, nuanced pragmatism and evolution (not revolution).

It was amazing to connect in-person with so many of you and learn about the projects you’ve been working on. We heard from many of our grantees and other funded entities on the main stage, including representatives from Cryptium Labs, Nomadic Labs, Truffle, TQ Tezos, and more. We also featured technical workshops from a host of grantees including: Airgap, Kidtsunami, Cryptonomic, SimpleStaking, Stove Labs, Clause, and SmartPy, among others. We look forward to the next opportunity to come together again.

Additionally, a reminder that there are only two weeks left in the current voting period on the Babylon proposal. While the Foundation will vote “pass” (meaning “abstain”), we are encouraged to see so much discussion and participation by all stakeholders in the Tezos ecosystem.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees & Funded Entities
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:

Our Activities
In addition to our usual grant-making activities, many of the Foundation’s council members and other staff made the trip to TQuorum, including Ryan Jesperson, Ryan Lackey, Hubertus Thonhauser, Michel Mauny, and Roman Schnider. We appreciated the opportunities to talk in-depth with many growing projects, and see all of the development happening in the Tezos ecosystem.

FAQs

Do wallet developers need to make any changes to their code if the Babylon proposal is adopted?
Yes, wallet developers will need to migrate their code to be compatible with Babylon if it is accepted by Tezos stakeholders in the Promotion Vote Period. The Babylon protocol upgrade brings two big changes to the way delegation can be implemented. First, implicit (aka tz1) accounts can now directly delegate tokens. Second, the scriptless KT1 accounts, whose main purpose has been delegation, are replaced by smart contracts whose addresses are unchanged and scripts are manager.tz. For more on these changes and what wallet developers need to do to avoid breaking changes, please read these instructions from the team at Nomadic Labs and these technical details from Cryptium Labs