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.

Best Regards,
Ryan

Grantee Updates
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:

Our Activities
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.

FAQs
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.

Tezos Foundation Supports New Satoshi’s Treasure Hunt and Issues Grant to Stove Labs to Create Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Standard for Implementation

The Tezos Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with Satoshi’s Treasure and the launch of the Tezos Satoshi’s Treasure Hunt, a multiplayer game of skill where people can solve difficult puzzles to receive tez (XTZ) from a prize pool of 1 million tez.

As the Satoshi’s Treasure team explains in its blog post, the Tezos Hunt is built on top of a set of smart contracts, allowing hunters to be immediately rewarded, in tez, for using their problem-solving skills to beat puzzles. The Hunt will encourage technical problem solving and the building of new tooling which will ultimately benefit the entire Tezos community.

While the main Hunt will officially launch in the coming months, those who are eager to start winning tez can play the Satoshi’s Treasure mini-hunt, which has a prize of 5,000 tez and will begin on 10 September 2019. For updates, keep an eye on the Satoshi’s Treasure Twitter account and website.

We are also excited to announce that we’ve issued a grant to Stove Labs to build a non-fungible token (NFT) standard as well as support the implementation of the Hunt. Stove Labs, led by Tezos developer Matej Sima, develops Granary, a Tezos smart contract and application development toolkit, and is involved in the development of The Marigold Project’s LIGO smart contract language.

To support the Hunt, Stove Labs is working closely with TQ Tezos and the Satoshi’s Treasure team to deliver the necessary infrastructure and smart contracts. Clues for the Hunt will be set up as NFTs which can be traded, bundled, and cashed-in based on the rules of the game itself. This will allow for a transparent progression of the game that can be tracked on-chain.

NFTs are unique, non-interchangeable digital assets. For example, they may be used to represent digital or physical pieces of art, collectibles, or real estate properties. Stove Labs’ NFT standard will complement the token standard for fungible assets being developed by Serokell, Nomadic Labs, and TQ Tezos. As part of the grant, the Stove Labs team will produce documentation and other educational materials, host workshops, and present at meetups and hackathons to promote its work.

Happy Hunting!

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.

Of note: Eligibility to participate is open to any person who has not worked for an entity that has received funding from the Tezos Foundation to work on the Tezos core protocol. This will help to include new developers in the Tezos ecosystem. The Tezos Foundation, Satoshi’s Treasure team, Stove Labs, and TQ Tezos employees are excluded as well.

Cryptoeconomics Lab Receives Grant to Develop Plasma on Tezos

The Tezos Foundation is thrilled to announce that Cryptoeconomics Lab, based in Tokyo, Japan, has received a grant to develop a Plasma layer on Tezos. Plasma is a layer-2 scaling technique to increase transaction throughput on blockchains.

Led by Shogo Ochiai, the Cryptoeconomics Lab team will implement Plasma according to the Plasma Group’s Generalized Plasma Specification and conduct an audit of the implementation before its release. This implementation will be integrated to Cryptoeconomic Labs’ Plasma-Rust framework. Furthermore, Cryptoeconomics Lab will develop an Android wallet application and integrate Tezos to its application development toolset, Plasma Chamber, for its Plasma layer on Tezos.

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 12 August 2019

Dear Tezos community,

We are very excited for Berlin Blockchain Week and especially TQuorum: Berlin. TQuorum: Paris was such an incredible event, I am sure that the Berlin edition will be terrific.

In terms of updates this week, we announced a new grant to camlCase to support their development of a decentralized exchange protocol on Tezos. The protocol being developed by camlCase was inspired by Uniswap, a decentralized exchange protocol that enables automated asset exchange. We are very excited to see this project come together. We have also informed the most recent round of grant applicants of our decisions and will have more grant announcements to make soon.

In terms of the broader ecosystem – there is a lot to be enthusiastic about. With our support, Tezos Southeast Asia is launching the Tezos India Foundation to grow and support the Tezos community there. IDEO and CoinList have launched their online hackathon – make sure to participate for a chance to win $10,000 USD. The B9lab Tezos Blockstars Program starts next week.

Additionally – in case you missed it – we released our first biannual update last week in an effort to give the community a glimpse into the Foundation’s finances, operations, and everything that has been accomplished since the launch of the betanet a little over one year ago. We welcome your feedback and will work to incorporate it in our next biannual update – coming after the close of the year.

Best regards,
Ryan

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

  • Tezos Southeast Asia announced the launch of the Tezos India Foundation, an independent non-profit organization based in Bangalore.
  • TQ Tezos is putting together final preparations for TQuorum: Berlin – a day long series of technical workshops, discussions, and networking during Berlin Blockchain Week.
  • Cryptium Labs, Cryptonomic, Stove Labs, Nomadic Labs, SmartPy, Baking Bad, Polychain Labs, Pocket Network, and Airgap are preparing their technical workshops at TQuorum: Berlin 
  • Cryptium Labs held a Reddit AMA about the Babylon proposal.
  • DaiLambda released a piece covering Plebeia, an implementation of sparse Merkle tree disk storage that it has been working on.
  • Cryptonomic presented about Tezos at a blockchain workshop in NYC for high school students.
  • camlCase provided an update on Dexter, the decentralized exchange protocol that they are building and is now supported by Foundation funds.

Our Activities
Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to on the Foundation side this past week:

  • Informed grant applicants of our decisions for the latest round of grant proposals. More information will be announced soon.
  • Issued a grant to camlCase to build a decentralized exchange protocol on Tezos.
  • Preparing for TQuorum Berlin where Ryan Lackey, Ryan Jesperson, Roman Schnider and Hubertus Thonhauser will be in attendance. Ryan Lackey will be speaking at Web3 Summit and Blocktrends in Rio de Janeiro as well.

FAQs
Is there a deadline for fundraiser participants to claim their Ledger Nano S?
We initially set a deadline for this but we have extended it to give fundraiser participants time to interact with the smart contract and get their free Nano S hardware wallets. For more information, see our post here.

If the Babylon 2.0 proposal is adopted is there a migration guide to help wallet providers and other technology providers with the change?
Yes, there is. Adrian Brink from Cryptium Labs posted a guide on GitLab. It is strongly recommended that bakers and client implementers read the guide thoroughly.

camlCase Receives Grant to Develop Decentralized Exchange Protocol on Tezos

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that camlCase has been awarded a grant to support its development of a decentralized exchange protocol on the Tezos blockchain. The protocol being developed by camlCase was inspired by Uniswap, a decentralized exchange protocol that enables automated asset exchange.

With this grant, the camlCase team will complete the development of its decentralized exchange protocol and produce documentation and other educational content about it. The protocol will support a fungible asset standard proposed by Serokell, Nomadic Labs, and TQ Tezos.

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 5 August 2019

Dear Tezos community,

Last week was a busy week for the Tezos ecosystem. It is incredibly exciting to see so many developers working to build tools and applications on Tezos.

This week alone we had both Cryptonomic’s online hackathon and the start of the IDEO + CoinList hackathon. We are very excited to see all the great things that will be built as a result of these events. Additionally, there is still time to sign up for a free spot in B9lab’s Tezos Blockstars program. We have been working to promote this course as it is a great opportunity to receive hands-on training to learn how to build on Tezos. Late last week, we announced a grant to Truffle Suite to integrate Tezos smart contract languages into their popular development environment. These are big developments that will help the Tezos ecosystem grow.

We are also very excited for the great Tezos events happening later this month. On August 22nd, TQ will host TQuorum Berlin – which will be a mix of technical workshops and networking. This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the many talented developers building tools and applications on Tezos. I know that Ryan Lackey, Roman Schnider, Hubertus Thonhauser, and myself are personally very excited to attend. Then, on August 26th Blocktrends will be happening in Rio de Janeiro. There will be many great speakers, including a former president of the Brazilian Central Bank, a partner at BTG Pactual, and our own Ryan Lackey. Make sure to attend if you are in the area.

In addition, we love seeing pictures posted from community members all over the world of the engraved Ledger Nano S device they have received. Check out some pictures on our twitter feed.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees & Funded Entities

Here are some updates from our grantees and other funded entities this week:

Our Activities

This week we worked hard to finalize our first Biannual Update. We are incredibly excited to share it with you all today. If you have any thoughts or feedback – please let us know. In addition, we worked on the following:

  • After TAC review, the Foundation Council voted on the latest round of grant proposals. Applicants will be informed about the decisions on their proposals early next week and we look forward to announcing the grants from this round this month.
  • Working on the next shipment of Tezos-engraved Ledger Nano S hardware wallets. There is still time for fundraiser contributors to interact with the giveaway smart contract to be eligible to receive free devices!
  • Preparing for TQuorum Berlin where Ryan Lackey, Ryan Jesperson, Roman Schnider and Hubertus Thonhauser will be in attendance.

FAQs

How many votes are needed for Babylon to be injected?

The Babylon proposal was injected into the protocol 26th of July. Currently it is in the Exploration period – where bakers can vote to test the most upvoted proposal from the initial vote period. As of this writing, there have been 2,895 votes on the proposal (all in favor), with a total of 51,483 votes needed for quorum to be reached in this stage. Learn more about the Tezos protocol amendment process in this blog post.

Tezos Foundation releases first Biannual Update

The Tezos Foundation is proud to release its first Biannual Update. This report provides an overview of Tezos Foundation activities from the betanet launch, when a genesis block was proposed on 30 June 2018, through the end of July 2019.

Download the PDF here:

 

Update: Week of 29 July 2019

Dear Tezos community,

There was a lot of activity this week within the Tezos ecosystem. We were excited to announce several grants that will improve the Tezos development experience to make it easier to build applications on Tezos. Additionally, on the developer engagement front – B9lab launched an updated version of its Tezos 101 course with new content. The course is completely free and 100% online. This is also a good time to remind everyone that registration for B9lab’s Tezos Blockstars program is still open. The Blockstars Program features a full Tezos Developer Course that is more intensive than the 101 course and will teach participants LIGO and SmartPy. We are sponsoring 500 developers to take this course for free – sign up here for a chance at a free seat.

In more news of strong developer engagement – IDEO CoLab and TQ Tezos hosted an online developer workshop with participation from Tezos developers Matej of Stove Labs and Vishakh of Cryptonomic. We also announced that the team behind the Truffle Suite received a grant to integrate the Tezos protocol and accompanying smart contract languages with their development environment. Lastly – we are excited for a Tezos-based blockchain development training camp happening next month in Tokyo. I can’t wait to see what they build!

Shipping began for the first wave of Tezos-engraved special edition Ledger Nano S hardware wallets. Included in this round are all of the fundraiser contributors who completed the activation process and interacted with the Ledger gift smart contract by 23:59 on 15 July. We’re very excited for people to begin receiving their devices! Remember that we’ll be checking the smart contract interactions on a monthly basis, so there’s still time to claim a special edition Nano S. If you need to see the instructions, you can find them in our original blog post.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees & Funded Entities

Here are some updates from our grantees and funded entities this week:

 

Our Activities

The Foundation has been hard at work this week. A few highlights that we can share:

  • Work continues on our first biannual report to provide more transparency into the Foundation’s finances and operations and to review of how far we have come so far this year. This will be released next week.
  • The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) concluded its review of the latest batch of ecosystem grant proposals. The Foundation Council will soon vote on over 30 new proposals.
  • The first batch of Tezos-engraved Ledger Nano S hardware wallets were shipped by Ledger. Fundraiser contributors can still interact with the giveaway smart contract to be eligible to receive free Ledger Nano S devices!

 

FAQs

Why doesn’t the Foundation release individual amounts for grants?

We strive to be as transparent in our actions as possible but if we released individual amounts and terms of every grant, we would lose leverage in attracting future grant proposals. If the terms of our grants are always made public, we will not be able to efficiently and effectively disperse funds. More importantly, given the sensitive nature of money, we respect our grantees’ right to keep their finances private. We will include grant allocations for each category in our upcoming bi-annual report.

Truffle Suite Receives Grant to Integrate Tezos

Today, the Tezos Foundation is proud to announce it has issued a grant to the team behind Truffle Suite, a world class development environment, to help developers more easily build on Tezos.

The collaboration, which will broaden Truffle’s scope by integrating Truffle tools with Tezos protocols and languages, will make developing Tezos applications easier by lowering the barrier to entry and providing Tezos developers with a set of industry-leading tools in one accessible location.

Truffle Suite is designed to manage blockchain developers’ entire workflow, from smart contracts development to front-end applications. Launched in 2015 within ConsenSys, Truffle is one of the most popular sets of developer tools in the Ethereum ecosystem based on GitHub stars, earning over three million downloads across all tools in the suite. While Truffle currently supports multiple high-level languages, Tezos is the first public, non-EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) smart contract platform to be supported in its suite of tools.

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

To learn more about the integration and what this means for the Tezos ecosystem, visit the TQ Tezos Blog

Stephen Andrews’ TezTech Labs Receives Additional Grant for Development

The Tezos Foundation is excited to announce that TezTech Labs, led by Tezos developer Stephen Andrews, has received a grant to continue to build and enhance its various Tezos tools and products. With this grant, the team will launch new projects such as Sona, a decentralized identity protocol for Tezos, and Velos, an off-chain scaling technique for Tezos. TezTech will also continue to host Tezos node infrastructure for public use, expand its core team, and improve its existing projects. This is the second grant that the Foundation has issued to TezTech.

Stephen is a widely respected Tezos developer and contributor to the ecosystem. As the lead developer of the popular Tezos wallet, TezBox, and development tools such as eztz.js, fi, and TezRPC, TezTech builds and maintains a wide range of projects to support the Tezos ecosystem.

Stephen and the TezTech team develop and maintain other projects including TezVote, an on-chain vote-signaling tool, and BakeChain, a service that allows its users to bake (validate) without having to install and manage a full node. Both of these tools will be further improved with this grant. Additionally, the TezTech team will collaborate and interact with the larger Tezos developer community in an effort to streamline various workflows and contribute to the overall advancement of the Tezos project.

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