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.
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:
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.
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 week, we caught up with OCTO Technology Senior Blockchain Developer Aymeric Bethencourt to discuss the OCTO team’s work on Tezos, their relationship with Accenture Digital, and what drew them to build on Tezos.
It was another milestone week for the Tezos ecosystem, as we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of the Tezos blockchain. For this week’s update, we sat down with Bolt Labs CEO & Co-Founder Ayo Akinyele to discuss his firm’s announcement that they are working to bring zkChannels support to Tezos to enable privacy-preserving state channels. Check out the Q&A below.