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.
Grantees & Funded Entities
Here are some updates from our grantees and other funded entities this week:
- Tezos Southeast Asia announced that developers from their Taiwan team will be presenting the Tezos Open Source Project at COSCUP 2019.
- Adrian Brink of Cryptium Labs went on the Tezonomics podcast to discuss the Babylon amendment. You can check out a list of reading materials on Babylon here.
- Benoit Rognier of Edukera wrote up a piece on Archetype, a domain specific language for Tezos smart contracts.
- Cryptonomic’s online hackathon and had some great demos of projects built on Tezos.
- Vishakh of Cryptonomic will give an interactive overview of Tezos smart contract and application development at the San Francisco Tezos meetup next week.
- Johann Tanzer of Tplus announced TezProxy, a proxy server to increase the performance of the Tezos RPC API.
- Truffle Suite received a grant to integrate Tezos to its popular development environment to help developers more easily build on Tezos.
- TQ Tezos is preparing for TQuorum Berlin. If you are planning to be in Berlin for Web3 (or even if you are not), you can register for TQuorum here.
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.
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.