What are the biggest hurdles to encourage developers? I know a lot of the community feels that there isn’t a huge “Boom” in development of the Tezos chain. I understand that it’s not an overnight process but I would love some insight on how the foundation is encouraging developers to jump in with both feet.
While the Foundation’s early focus revolved around tooling, infrastructure development, and institutional adoption, especially given the fact that Tezos as a blockchain has been gas-constrained to date, we have been encouraged by recent developments in the dapp ecosystem as development efforts shift from infrastructure and core development to end-user applications.
We have undertaken a number of initiatives both recently and in the past to encourage development on Tezos. For example, we highlighted some of the training courses and resources available to developers of all skill levels in a prior update. As we noted, the Foundation supports a diverse mixture of introductory courses, developer trainings, and other resources to bolster the Tezos developer community.
Beyond training courses, we also recently had the Tezos + CoinList Hackathon, which had over 1,000 registrants and 30 projects submitted in a variety of categories, including DeFi, Games & Collectibles, and Oracles. The hackathon also featured 11 developer workshops hosted by teams in the Tezos ecosystem that can be accessed on YouTube. We look forward to more hackathons and other events to drive developer engagement.
We also continue to support teams that build end-user applications using this infrastructure. For example, the newly announced Magic and Beacon SDKs and the Thanos web extension make it easier to connect Tezos wallets to dapps on Tezos, Truffle makes it easier to develop, test, and deploy Tezos smart contracts, Dexter will enable decentralized asset exchange (which is a critical decentralized financial primitive), and projects like tzBTC provide the opportunity for a wide range of assets on Tezos and facilitate novel financial applications.
Of course, we are always thinking about new and creative ways to encourage developer activity, and welcome suggestions from community members on how we can continue to do so. If you have ideas on how to expand developer engagement with the Tezos protocol, you can email them to [email protected]
What is the foundation focused on at this point? Developers, updates, partnerships, etc.?
The Foundation deploys capital in various ways to achieve all of the above and has a number of focus areas, some of which have room for improvement, and some which are progressing well. A main priority for the Tezos Foundation is to improve coordination of tech teams within the ecosystem in order to strengthen core development to end-user applications and developer UX. We will continue to invest heavily in efforts to facilitate the technical growth and development of the Tezos protocol.
What happened with the grant to Cornell LLC?
In September 2018, we approved a grant to United Networks LLC, associated with Cornell LLC, and issued the first of six grant installments to perform research on sharding and develop tangible product solutions for Tezos. Since the outset, we have deployed funds for research projects that we feel will accelerate the development of the Tezos protocol and build stronger and more efficient infrastructure. This is a project that proposed to do just that. Unfortunately, after repeated requests and conversations with the team, they have not produced and shared with us reports or results from their research activities. We have therefore commenced measures as per our established process and stopped making any further payments.