Weekly Updates

Update: Week Of 13 January 2020

Dear Tezos community, Nomadic Labs has been busy this week, as researchers Bruno Bernardo, Raphaël Cauderlier, Julien Tesson, and Basile Pesin combined forces to publish a research paper, “Albert, an intermediate smart-contract language for the Tezos blockchain.” In addition to the paper, Raphaël Cauderlier will present on Albert at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security Conference 2020 in Malaysia. Finally, Nomadic announced that it partnered with Inria to develop a research program dedicated to Tezos and blockchain technology in general. The collaboration has funded 4 projects and 11 researchers in France so far.

I would also like to highlight that the Foundation’s Tezos mainnet faucet is now live. The faucet allows developers and users to request Tezos tokens (tez) for development and testing purposes. Check out the Tezos faucet here.

Finally, I would like to remind the community that the exploration vote period for the Carthage 2.0 proposal will end on 18 January. We hope to see high levels of participation as Tezos’ evolution is determined by the community.

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News

Below are some updates from the last week:

Marco Schurtenberger presenting in Zurich

Our Activities

The Foundation will announce the grant recipients from its most recent ecosystem grants RFP early next week. We will also issue our next request for proposals (RFP) in the middle of next week, and encourage all teams eager to contribute to the Tezos ecosystem to apply.

In addition to our grantmaking activities, Tezos Foundation Technology Officer Marco Schurtenberger recently contributed an article on “Public vs Private Blockchains” to Bitcoin Suisse’s “Crypto Outlook Report 2020” and gave a speech on the topics at launch events in Zurich and Vaduz.

Additionally, this week Tezos Foundation General Counsel Ulrich Sauter is discussing 2020 Market Outlook in a panel at the Protos Blockchain Summit hosted by DLT Capital and Protos Asset Management in Zurich.

FAQs: 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 issue along the way, please email [email protected]

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