Update: Week of 19 August 2019
Dear Tezos community,
We were so glad to be with many of you all in Berlin this week! TQuorum: Berlin was full of many insightful and informative technical workshops. From what I have heard, our community was very well represented at Web3 Summit and that Ryan Lackey’s presentation on “Real Digital Assets” was very well received. Next week the team will be at the Blockmaster and Blocktrends events in Brazil.
In addition to these events happening around the world, the community has made a lot of progress in this past week. We announced a grant to Cryptoeconomics Lab, based in Japan, to develop a Plasma layer on Tezos – very excited to see this project come to fruition. We also announced that we are partnering with Satoshi’s Treasure to create their second hunt, where we will award 1 million tez (XTZ) in a series of puzzles. These puzzles will be designed in a way to contribute to the general awareness of the features of the Tezos protocol and encourage developers to build additional tooling for the Tezos ecosystem.
Finally, I am enormously excited about the new developers that are being trained through the B9lab Blockstars Programme. This past week, 226 developers from over 39 countries started B9lab’s developer course with free spots sponsored by the Foundation. In total, TQ Tezos has estimated that over 800 developers have been trained or are being trained this year – significant progress towards the Foundation’s goal of 1,000 new developers in 2019. We cannot wait to see what they build.
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:
- Cryptoeconomics Lab received a grant to develop a Plasma layer on Tezos. Plasma is a layer-2 scaling technique to increase transaction throughput on blockchains.
- The TQ Tezos, Nomadic Labs, and Cryptium Labs teams were at Berlin Blockchain Week and TQ Tezos hosted TQuorum: Berlin, a day long series of technical workshops and discussions about Tezos.
- Tezos Korea ran a Tezos blockchain camp in Busan.
- Cryptonomic released a series of tutorials on smart contract development on Tezos with SmartPy and ConseilJS.
- B9lab launched its Tezos Blockstars Programme with 226 developers begging its Tezos Developer Course for free.
- Tezos Commons spoke about Tezos at the Boston Blockchain Career event.
- Tezos Korea announced that they are holding “Tezos Innovators 2019”, a blockchain idea contest.
- Baking Bad released an update of its PyTezos library.
- Stove Labs received a grant to develop a non-fungible token (NFT) standard and support the Satoshi’s Treasure project.
This week, the Foundation team worked to finalize its latest round of approved grants and traveled to Berlin for Berlin Blockchain Week. More specifically:
- Ryan Lackey presented “Real Security for Real Digital Assets” on the main stage at the Web3 Summit.
- Ryan Lackey, Roman Schnider, Ryan Jesperson, Ulrich Sauter, Hubertus Thonhauser, and Michel Mauny joined the Tezos community at TQuorum: Berlin.
- We finalized and announced our partnership with Satoshi’s Treasure – in which users will compete for prizes from a pool of 1 million tez or XTZ in their second ever hunt (their first hunt was for Bitcoin).
- We sent out drafts of grant agreements for all of the approved grant proposals from our latest round of ecosystem grants. We look forward to finalizing these as soon as possible and announcing this next cohort shortly thereafter.
- We’re preparing our next request for proposals (RFP) for early September. At that time we will re-open our grant application portal and begin to accept proposals again.
How does the Tezos Foundation vote on proposed amendments to Tezos?
The Foundation votes “Pass” (meaning explicitly abstaining) rather than “Yea” or “Nay” during the Exploration Vote Period and Promotion Vote Period 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.
How do I get reimbursed for a customs fee from my Tezos-engraved Ledger Nano S?
If a fundraiser contributor had to pay a customs fee when obtaining a Tezos-engraved Ledger Nano S hardware wallet, it should contact Ledger customer support (https://support.ledger.com/hc/en-us) to coordinate reimbursement. We recently confirmed with the Ledger team that they will handle reimbursements for these cases.