Dear Tezos community,
Last week, we saw firsthand at TQuorum: Berlin how many interesting and impactful projects are being built in the Tezos ecosystem. We heard that there are over 800 developers who have been trained or are being trained to build on Tezos. Additionally, we announced that Satoshi’s Treasure second ever hunt will be a Tezos hunt where people can solve difficult puzzles to receive tez (XTZ) from a prize pool of 1 million tez.
This week, the Exploration Vote Period quorum was reached on the proposed Babylon 2.0 amendment, which means that the proposal will now move into the Testing Period. If approved by Tezos stakeholders in the Promotion Vote Period (which follows the Testing Period), it will be the second upgrade and instance of self-amendment of Tezos in a six month timeframe. No other blockchain community has shown the ability to coordinate and execute core protocol upgrades with this type of cadence, further supporting Tezos as a smart contracts platform that has the ability to efficiently evolve. In addition to the progress of Babylon 2.0, the community will now have access to a discussion forum and governance explorer designed to complement the on-chain amendment process with the launch of Tezos Agora, a project of Tezos Commons and TQ Tezos. Lastly, we were also excited to see that 47 (out of 120) developers graduated with distinction from Tezos Korea’s blockchain camp in Busan, South Korea.
Personally, I cannot wait to see what the next week has in store. Happy Labor Day to those in the US!
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:
- Tezos Korea held a Tezos blockchain camp in Busan, South Korea – 120 developers completed the program, of which 47 earned high remarks.
- Tezos Commons and TQ Tezos announced the launch of Tezos Agora, a discussion forum and governance explorer designed to complement the on-chain amendment process.
- Jun Furuse of Dai Lambda and Tezos Japan presented about blockchain technology, Tezos, and smart contract verification for Nine Chapters’ formal methods summer school in Taiwan.
- Chorus Mobility released a demo video that shows how a smart contract built on Tezos can order, control, and pay for an autonomous taxi.
- Tezos Commons is hosting a meetup in Boston on September 12th during Boston FinTech Week to discuss digital securities on Tezos.
- Tezos Commons and TQ Tezos are supporting Everstake and Bake’n’Rolls as they co-host the first Tezos hackathon in Eastern Europe in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 6 – 8 September 2019.
- Baking Bad wrote up the materials from their TQuorum: Berlin workshop on creating an app on Tezos using their Python toolset.
- Tezos Commons held their first meetup in Sydney, Australia with co-host Stephen Andrews of TezTech Labs.
- Stove Labs announced the launch of the first Tezos NFT standard proposal using LIGO. This NFT standard is used for the Tezos Satoshi’s Treasure Hunt smart contracts.
- TQ Tezos put together a recap of TQuorum: Berlin.
- TzStats launched a beta version of their blockchain analytics explorer.
- Juraj Selep of Simple Staking published an update on its Tezos Rust project, “How to call the Tezos protocol from Rust.”
- AirGap released the MVP for their end-user focused block explorer, tezblock.
This past week, the Foundation team was busy working to finalize the latest round of grant applications as well as traveling to Brazil for Brazil Blockchain Week. More specifically:
- Ryan Lackey presented at both Blocktrends in Rio de Janeiro and Blockmaster in Sao Paulo. We have met with multiple banks, regulators, and institutions in Brazil with the goal of expanding the use of Tezos in this continental-sized country.
- We continued to work with approved grant applicants from the last round of grant proposals to finalize their grant agreements. We will announce this cohort of grant recipients as soon as these are wrapped up.
- We continued to work on our fundraiser password recovery tool to assist contributors with lost fundraiser passwords. This tool is almost finished and we hope to release it next week.
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 issues along the way, please email [email protected]