Dear Tezos community,
We were delighted to see further progress on the digital securities (security tokens) front this week, as Vertalo announced that it has made Tezos its default blockchain for digital securities issuance, transitioning over from Ethereum. Vertalo, a Texas-based security token management and issuance platform, will now encourage its customers to switch over to Tezos, citing Tezos’ faster transactions, greater scalability, and more stable network of participants.
Vertalo’s announcement follows VC firm Andra Capital’s announcement last week that it will launch its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) on Tezos. Both projects demonstrate Tezos’ continued momentum and status as a premier platform for digital securities.
The French publication ZDNet published a deep-dive article on the French Gendarmerie’s cybercrime division’s decision to record judicial expenses on Tezos. Since September, the division has successfully used the Tezos blockchain to validate court costs incurred during investigations. We are thrilled to see Tezos being utilized for real-world use cases throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:
- AirGap released Beacon, a simple way to connect Tezos wallets with applications.
- AirGap released the latest update of tezblock, its Tezos block explorer.
- Atomex created a simple guide for delegating Tezos tokens (“tez”) directly from the Atomex HD wallet.
- Baking Bad announced that its TzKT explorer now allows users to export a .csv statement of account operations with a complete history of account balance changes.
- Equisafe announced that with their recent work in collaboration with Nomadic Labs, the Nyx Standard will be available this month.
- Madfish Solutions published an introductory blog post explaining its Solidity to LIGO transpiler.
- Nomadic Labs hosted the ENVITED ecosystem work group for discussion on its work building an ecosystem for the virtual proof of validation of autonomous driving functions.
- Nomadic Labs co-sponsored the Southwestern Europe Regional Contest (SWERC) of the International Collegiate Programming Contest on January 25 and 26.
- Nomadic Labs published a second, more detailed blog post on how to write a Tezos protocol.
- Securitize released a video demo on issuing a security token on the Tezos blockchain using the Securitize platform.
- StakerDAO published a blog post explaining how its platform functions.
- Taquito announced a new update to its TypeScript library suite for Tezos development.
- Tezos Africa will host the first-ever Tezos meetup in Accra, Ghana, on February 22nd.
- Tezos Boston will host the Tezos Boston Pitch Competition 2020 in Q1, and has officially published the tezos.boston website.
- Tezos Commons released the 16th issue of its Tezos newsletter, “The Baking Sheet.”
- Tezos Southeast Asia will host a Baking Tour in Singapore and Thailand to teach aspiring bakers how to set up their own baking operations.
- TQ Tezos is serving as a technology partner for Vertalo’s upcoming Tezos-based on-chain stakeholder registry and direct listing platform.
The Foundation announced its third cohort of Tezos ecosystem grants last week, with 21 projects receiving grants out of 90 proposals submitted.
The Foundation also issued its next RFP, which is soliciting proposals in 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 by 21 February.
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.