Update: Week of 20 January 2020

Dear Tezos community,

It was an exciting week for the Tezos ecosystem, as VC firm Andra Capital announced that it will launch its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) on Tezos via TokenSoft’s issuance platform. The SVC will enable eligible investors to invest in Andra Capital’s open-ended technology fund, which will invest in private technology companies. 

This is another example of Tezos leading the digital securities (security token) ecosystem, as firms all over the world, including Elevated Returns, BTG Pactual, Fundament Group, and Alliance Investments, have each chosen to issue digital securities on Tezos.

We are thrilled to see increased adoption of the Tezos blockchain by professional teams like Andra, and look forward to announcing more exciting partnerships throughout 2020.

Best regards,
Ryan

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

From Tezos Israel

 

Our Activities
The Foundation announced the third cohort of Tezos ecosystem grants this week. After receiving 90 proposal submissions after a recent RFP, the Foundation is proud to announce it has issued 21 new ecosystem grants. Congratulations to all grant recipients! Check out the link above to learn more about these projects.

The Foundation is also pleased to issue another RFP, with submissions due by February 21. For its next cohort of ecosystem grants, the Foundation will consider and accept proposals targeting the following categories:

  • Applications built using Tezos smart contracts (with a special interest in Decentralized Finance, or “DeFi”, and digital securities applications)
  • Tools for Tezos smart contract development (e.g. smart contract testing tools, smart contract templates, infrastructure, etc.)
  • Educational/training resources covering Tezos (e.g. Kauri, CryptoZombies, etc.)
  • Projects focused on using Tezos in new markets (industries and/or geographies)
  • Marketing and other initiatives to help increase awareness of Tezos and its ecosystem
  • Tooling around tez as money
  • Projects which are uniquely possible on Tezos
  • Other proposals for projects targeting categories not listed above that may benefit the Tezos ecosystem

Prospective applicants should submit grant proposals here.

In addition to its grantmaking activities, Foundation CFO Roman Schnider spoke on a panel at the Geneva Annual Blockchain Congress on January 20. He discussed tokenized assets and capital markets. Additionally, Foundation Council Member Hubertus Thonhauser discussed digital assets on a panel at the CV Labs Summit in Davos on January 23.

FAQs
What is the Tezos mainnet faucet and how does it work?

The Tezos faucet allows developers and users to request Tezos tokens for development and testing purposes. To acquire tez for development and testing purposes, enter a Tezos address and complete the captcha prompt at faucet.tezos.com. You can learn more about the Tezos faucet here.

New RFP For Ecosystem Grants

The Tezos Foundation is excited to issue its next request for proposals (RFP) for Tezos ecosystem grants. This RFP comes after Monday’s announcement of the Foundation’s third cohort of ecosystem grantees.

For its next cohort of ecosystem grants, the Foundation will consider and accept proposals targeting the following categories:

  • Applications built using Tezos smart contracts (with a special interest in Decentralized Finance, or “DeFi”, and digital securities applications)
  • Tools for Tezos smart contract development (e.g. smart contract testing tools, smart contract templates, infrastructure, etc.)
  • Educational/training resources covering Tezos (e.g. Kauri, CryptoZombies, etc.)
    • Online resources usable for self-training
    • Example applications with detailed tutorials showing technology selection and implementation
    • Tutorials and experimental projects with a primary goal of full documentation and explanation. Such projects should have a duration of ~2 weeks and range from 1,000 – 5,000 USD. Successful projects may receive continued funding
  • Projects focused on using Tezos in new markets (industries and/or geographies)
  • Marketing and other initiatives to help increase awareness of Tezos and its ecosystem
  • Tooling around tez as money
    • Accounting tooling (for bakers and general merchants)
    • Integrations with existing accounting tooling
    • Integrations into Point-of-Sale systems
  • Projects which are uniquely possible on Tezos
  • Other proposals for projects targeting categories not listed above that may benefit the Tezos ecosystem

Funding requests must not be greater than 100,000 USD to be considered. Software tools to be supported must be made publicly available under an open-source license. Please do not submit multiple proposals for the same underlying project.

What to expect when submitting a grant application

Prospective applicants should submit grant proposals here.

Although a full review will take 4-6 weeks after the application period closes, if you have any questions about the status of your application, please email [email protected] Our team will get back to you within 24-48 hours with an update on your proposal’s status.

Proposals will be reviewed according to the process outlined below.

  1. All applications must be submitted no later than 21 February 2020 at 23:59 EST.
  2. After all applications are received, we will conduct an initial review to filter out proposals that are not in line with the Foundation’s priorities.
  3. Applications in line with our priorities will be sent to the Technical Advisory Committee for technical review.
  4. Upon completion of the Technical Advisory Committee review, successful applications will be sent to the Tezos Foundation Council for final decisions to be made. Applications that are approved by the Council will receive communication about next steps including due diligence and legal paperwork.
  5. Due diligence will begin and may include checks into prior technical work experience and projects, skills, background, references, etc.
  6. Upon successful clearance of due diligence, legal paperwork will be shared with prospective grantees for review and signatures. Once all legal documentation is completed, funds will be transferred to the approved projects.

Announcing Third Cohort of Tezos Ecosystem Grants

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that 21 new ecosystem grants have been issued to projects submitted in response to its most recent request for proposals (RFP). A total of 90 grant proposals were submitted to this RFP.

The Foundation considered proposals targeting the following categories as part of this RFP:

  • Applications built using Tezos smart contracts (with a special interest in Decentralized Finance, or “DeFi”, and digital securities applications)
  • Tools for Tezos smart contract development (e.g. smart contract testing tools, smart contract templates, etc.)
    • JavaScript libraries for building applications on Tezos and development kits for using such libraries
  • Educational/training resources covering Tezos (e.g. Kauri, CryptoZombies, etc.)
    • Online resources usable for self-training
    • Example applications with detailed tutorials showing technology selection and implementation
  • Marketing and other initiatives to help increase awareness of Tezos and its ecosystem
  • Other proposals for projects targeting categories not listed above that may benefit the Tezos ecosystem

The Foundation is thrilled to support the following projects in this cohort of Tezos ecosystem grants (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Atomex STO Gate, BetterCallDev [Hub], and IMichelson by Baking Bad: Baking Bad is an active Tezos development team that will complete three projects: 1) Atomex STO Gate – a collection of flexible program modules to provide various atomic swap implementations for digital securities (“security tokens”) and other Tezos token standards; 2) BetterCallDev [Hub] – a tool to help developers manage all of their Tezos projects (i.e. a decentralized GitHub); and 3) IMichelson  a Jupyter (interactive notebook) kernel based on a custom Michelson interpreter with runtime type checking, syntax coloring, and basic autocomplete functionality.
  • Cross-University Vote by Electis: Electis is a non-profit organization aiming to promote new usage of technology for democracy and voting, with particular expertise on blockchain technology and enabling concrete voting projects. The Electis team will use this grant to organize a cross-university electoral vote in 2020 using a common Tezos-based application.
  • DeFi Developer Experience by Protofire: Protofire is a blockchain and smart contracts development team that will build upon its previous liquidity pool project by adding functionality for lending and borrowing.
  • Ejara by Nzinghaa Lab: Ejara is a mobile platform that supports cryptocurrencies and tokenized assets uniquely tailored for the African market. With this grant, the Ejara team will develop and integrate smart contracts to its product to enable secure wallet backup and key recovery, Bitcoin-Tezos atomic swaps, and a cross-chain key registration and recovery system on Tezos.
  • eth2tezQuipuSwap, and Thanos by Madfish Solutions: Madfish Solution is a Ukraine-based company with over 3 years of blockchain development experience. The team will carry out three separate projects: 1) eth2tez – a transpiler from the Solidity programming language to LIGO, a Tezos smart contracts programming language; 2) QuipuSwap – a protocol enabling a seamless exchange of tokens/assets on Tezos in a secure, decentralized, and censorship-resistant manner; and 3) Thanos – a fully-featured wallet focused on user experience (UX) with integrated support for various Tezos token standards, dApps, explorers, etc.
  • Golang Support for Tezos Smart Contract Development by Anchorage: Anchorage is a qualified custodian that provides an advanced platform for cryptocurrency custody. With this grant, the Anchorage team will expand the scope of its open-source library to support creating and invoking Tezos smart contracts in the Go programming language.
  • Go Tezos by Brice Aldrich: Brice Aldrich is an active Tezos developer and the creator of Go Tezos, a popular Go library that exposes and builds upon the Tezos RPC. With this grant, Brice will continue to improve Go Tezos by adding additional features, such as smart contract deployment and more RPCs, and increasing test coverage.
  • Sotez by Andrew Kishino: Andrew is a long-time Tezos community member and developer, working mostly in JavaScript as a Senior Software Engineer at Twilio. Sotez is a barebones JavaScript library for simply and intuitively interacting with the Tezos blockchain. This grant will accelerate the development of Sotez and add additional functionality to the library to make it more advanced and suitable for wider adoption.
  • TaaS (Tezos as a Service) – GraphQL by Agile Ventures: Agile Ventures is an in-house software development team and consultancy group that has worked on a number of projects since 2016, most recently Happy Tezos, a Tezos delegation service, and TaaS, a service that provides a WebSocket endpoint allowing application developers to collect real-time information from the Tezos blockchain. With this grant, the Agile Ventures team will create, and provide a free instance of, an open-source solution exposing a GraphQL API endpoint.
  • Tezos Academy and Tezos Link by OCTO Technology: OCTO Technology is a French consulting and IT realization firm within Accenture Digital. The OCTO team will complete the following projects: 1) Tezos Academy – a freely available online platform that will teach LIGO smart contract development in a fun and user-friendly manner; and 2) Tezos Link – an HTTP API to the Tezos network.
  • TezosKit by Keefer Taylor: Keefer Taylor is an active Tezos developer and the creator of TezosKit, a Swift SDK that powers Tezos on iOS and macOS. This grant will help Keefer accelerate the development of TezosKit to take advantage of smart contract features introduced in recent protocols and improve dApp development on mobile. Additionally, Keefer will build-out secure key storage on mobile and productionize the SDK through an independent external security audit.
  • Tezos-nodes Mobile Apps by Tezos-nodes team: Tezos-nodes is a service that rates public bakers and monitors the node performance of non-public bakers. The Tezos-nodes team will use this grant to create iOS and Android applications for its service to help stakeholders more effectively evaluate Tezos bakers.
  • Tezos Package Manager by Blockdaemon: Blockdaemon provides blockchain infrastructure and node management services for developers and enterprises. With this grant, the Blockdaemon team will create a CLI-based application that is capable of downloading, configuring, and running a Tezos node. The application will be plugin-based so that it can be easily extended for a wide variety of use cases.
  • Tezster 2.0 by Tezsure: Tezsure is a Tezos-based insurance platform. This grant will help the Tezsure team continue to build Tezster, a testing tool for Tezos development, by implementing more advanced features, producing tutorials and explainer videos, and adding example smart contract templates.
  • TezTracker by Everstake: TezTracker is a Tezos block explorer built by the Everstake team. This grant will help advance the development of TezTracker to add greater analytical capabilities and insights about Tezos on-chain activity for users.
  • Zombies in the Room by BUIDL Labs: BUIDL Labs is a blockchain R&D lab under The Vantage Project, a team focused on solving user and developer adoption hurdles of decentralized networks. With this grant, the team will launch Zombies in the Room, an interactive code school that will onboard Tezos developers by teaching them to write SmartPy smart contracts through building their own games.

The Foundation is excited to see these projects contribute to the advancement of the Tezos project and grow the larger blockchain ecosystem. Thank you to all the applicants who worked with us throughout the review process. The next RFP for Tezos ecosystem grants will be issued this Wednesday (22 January 2020), at which point areas of interest will be announced.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. As part of that mission, the Foundation’s Ecosystem Grants Program is designed to address key short and medium-term priorities in an efficient and agile manner. Funding projects created by a diverse set of teams and developers encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Update: Week of 13 January 2020

Dear Tezos community,

Nomadic Labs has been busy this week, as researchers Bruno Bernardo, Raphaël Cauderlier, Julien Tesson, and Basile Pesin combined forces to publish a research paper, “Albert, an intermediate smart-contract language for the Tezos blockchain.” In addition to the paper, Raphaël Cauderlier will present on Albert at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security Conference 2020 in Malaysia. Finally, Nomadic announced that it partnered with Inria to develop a research program dedicated to Tezos and blockchain technology in general. The collaboration has funded 4 projects and 11 researchers in France so far.

I would also like to highlight that the Foundation’s Tezos mainnet faucet is now live. The faucet allows developers and users to request Tezos tokens (tez) for development and testing purposes. Check out the Tezos faucet here.

Finally, I would like to remind the community that the exploration vote period for the Carthage 2.0 proposal will end on 18 January. We hope to see high levels of participation as Tezos’ evolution is determined by the community.

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

Our Activities
The Foundation will announce the grant recipients from its most recent ecosystem grants RFP early next week. We will also issue our next request for proposals (RFP) in the middle of next week, and encourage all teams eager to contribute to the Tezos ecosystem to apply.

In addition to our grantmaking activities, Tezos Foundation Technology Officer Marco Schurtenberger recently contributed an article on “Public vs Private Blockchains” to Bitcoin Suisse’s “Crypto Outlook Report 2020” and gave a speech on the topics at launch events in Zurich and Vaduz.

Additionally, this week Tezos Foundation General Counsel Ulrich Sauter is discussing 2020 Market Outlook in a panel at the Protos Blockchain Summit hosted by DLT Capital and Protos Asset Management in Zurich.

Marco Schurtenberger presenting in Zurich

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]

Tezos Foundation Faucet Release

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to release a faucet for the Tezos mainnet. This faucet allows developers and users to request Tezos tokens (tez) for development and testing purposes.

To acquire tez for development and testing purposes, enter a Tezos address and complete the captcha prompt at faucet.tezos.com. The faucet releases 0.01 tez every 10 seconds. Tezos addresses registered to receive tez from this faucet are added to a queue with a maximum length of 10 addresses. Addresses that have been in the queue the longest are at the front of the line and are removed from the queue once they are through. Addresses that have received tez from the faucet are blocked for 12 hours before they can be re-added to the queue.

We offer this faucet to the Tezos community for testing and development purposes. However, this is a development faucet and we advise that no one should depend on this faucet’s continued availability. We may turn off or change the faucet’s parameters in the future. Please read the Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Happy testing!

Update: Week of 6 January 2020

Dear Tezos community,

Happy New Year once again to the entire Tezos ecosystem! We are excited to move into 2020 with momentum to create another incredible year of growth for the Tezos community and progress for the Tezos protocol.

I would like to remind the community that there are just 8 days remaining in the exploration vote period for the Carthage 2.0 proposal. We encourage all bakers to make their voices heard as we work together to build the future of Tezos.

This week, TQ Tezos and Wave Financial teamed up to publish a report on “The State of Digital Securities,” which dives deep into the advantages, challenges, regulations, and key offerings of blockchain-based digital securities (“security tokens”). The report offers an exciting forecast of what to expect in the digital securities space in 2020 and beyond, so be sure to check it out!

We are also thrilled to announce the launch of Tezos Israel, an entity and Innovation Lab to educate, train, and grow the Tezos ecosystem in Israel. Welcome, Tezos Israel!

Best regards,
Ryan

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

Our Activities
Tezos Foundation Council Member Hubertus Thonhauser appeared in a CV Labs video to explain TF’s mission and invite anyone interested in the Tezos project to attend the CV Summit in Davos. The Foundation will present on Tezos real-world use cases including STOs.

FAQs
I just got a new device – how do I set up two-factor authentication?
The New Year often means receiving and beginning to operate new devices. We encourage all Tezos community members to adopt two-factor authentication as a means of securing their private data. Follow the instructions in the Tezos Foundation guide to ”Setting Up Two-Factor Authentication” here to get your device secured for 2020 and beyond.

 

 

 

Ecosystem Announcement: Tezos Israel Launch

Zug, 09. January 2020 – With the launch of Tezos Israel, the Tezos Foundation is delighted to announce a new addition to the rapidly expanding Tezos community. Tezos Israel is an entity and Innovation Lab supported by the Foundation with a mission to educate, train, and grow the Tezos ecosystem in Israel.

Tezos Israel’s activities focus on technical and business development. The team will collaborate with start-ups, corporations and various government agencies to introduce the potential benefits of realizing projects on the Tezos blockchain. The research and development arm of Tezos Israel will create innovative solutions for practical business use cases in industries such as fintech, gaming and supply chain. Tezos Israel is dedicated to advancing the Tezos ecosystem in Israel and as first initiatives will host training sessions for developers and a corporate blockchain event to take place in the coming months.

“I am excited to see the Tezos ecosystem grow all over the globe. I am especially happy that the Tezos Israel team is up and running as Israel continues to be an international hotspot for entrepreneurship and technological innovation,” commented Hubertus Thonhauser, Member of the Foundation Council.

Elie Terdj’man, Founder of Tezos Israel, is a long-time supporter of the Tezos project: “I have been a Tezos community member since the release of the Tezos white paper and position paper in 2014 and am proud to be part of such a vibrant and innovative community. I look forward to contributing to the advancement of the Tezos project with Tezos Israel.”

Learn more about Tezos Israel at https://tezos.co.il.

About the Tezos Foundation
The Tezos Foundation is a Swiss non-profit foundation that supports and fosters the Tezos protocol, a blockchain that evolves by upgrading itself. Tezos stakeholders vote on changes to the protocol to reach social consensus on proposals, creating a secure and organic upgrading process. The protocol’s Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm, on-chain governance system, and the ability to facilitate formal verification make Tezos an ideal long-term solution for digital transactions, including smart contracts and security token offerings (STOs). Tezos is fully decentralized and it is the role of the Tezos Foundation to support the development and long-term success of the protocol and ecosystem. Learn more about Tezos at tezos.com/.

Learn more about the Tezos Foundation at tezos.foundation/.

Reminder: Setting up Two-factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is quickly becoming more prevalent in modern digital security. With the excitement of opening brand new devices around the holidays, it can be easy to forget how much we rely on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops to protect our data.

The Tezos Foundation made two-factor authentication (2FA) optional for fundraiser contributors as part of its verification process. For contributors who enabled this feature, setting up 2FA on a new device requires disabling the active 2FA in order to configure it on the new device. Two-factor authentication varies between platforms and devices, so contributors should be familiar with the unique requirements for their specific 2FA codes.

To deactivate a current 2FA:

  1. Log into verification.tezos.com
  2. Select “Profile”
  3. Select “KYC / AML Account Security”
  4. Enter your 2FA code
  5. Click “Disable”

To set up 2FA on a new device:

  1. Log into verification.tezos.com
  2. Select “Profile”
  3. Select “KYC / AML Account Security”
  4. Take a picture of the QR code in your 2FA application
  5. Enter your 2FA code to enable

Update: Week of 30 December 2019

Dear Tezos community,

Happy New Year! I am so grateful for all of the incredible work done by members of the Tezos ecosystem in 2019, and look forward to another year of incredible growth for Tezos!

Best regards,
Ryan

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

Update: Week of 23 December 2019

Dear Tezos community,

The update for this week and next week will be a bit more brief but I wish all members of the Tezos community a happy and healthy holiday season. In case you missed it, we released a brief year-end recap last week highlighting some of our major accomplishments from 2019. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for Tezos.

Best regards,
Ryan

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