Dear Tezos community,
I want to thank all of the global Tezos community members who made the trip to New York City for the first ever TQuorum Global Summit this week. Over 450 people joined us in the beautiful Spring Studios for two incredible days of panels, workshops, and discussions on a wide range of topics.
These events and discussions are vital to build the Tezos community and drive the ecosystem forward. And efforts did not go unnoticed, CoinDesk’s Brady Dale published an article highlighting the shared values of the Tezos community, including open participation, token-holder-centricity, non-aggression, nuanced pragmatism and evolution (not revolution).
It was amazing to connect in-person with so many of you and learn about the projects you’ve been working on. We heard from many of our grantees and other funded entities on the main stage, including representatives from Cryptium Labs, Nomadic Labs, Truffle, TQ Tezos, and more. We also featured technical workshops from a host of grantees including: Airgap, Kidtsunami, Cryptonomic, SimpleStaking, Stove Labs, Clause, and SmartPy, among others. We look forward to the next opportunity to come together again.
Additionally, a reminder that there are only two weeks left in the current voting period on the Babylon proposal. While the Foundation will vote “pass” (meaning “abstain”), we are encouraged to see so much discussion and participation by all stakeholders in the Tezos ecosystem.
Grantees & Funded Entities
Below are some updates on our grantees and other funded entities from the last week:
In addition to our usual grant-making activities, many of the Foundation’s council members and other staff made the trip to TQuorum, including Ryan Jesperson, Ryan Lackey, Hubertus Thonhauser, Michel Mauny, and Roman Schnider. We appreciated the opportunities to talk in-depth with many growing projects, and see all of the development happening in the Tezos ecosystem.
FAQs: Do wallet developers need to make any changes to their code if the Babylon proposal is adopted?
Yes, wallet developers will need to migrate their code to be compatible with Babylon if it is accepted by Tezos stakeholders in the Promotion Vote Period. The Babylon protocol upgrade brings two big changes to the way delegation can be implemented. First, implicit (aka tz1) accounts can now directly delegate tokens. Second, the scriptless KT1 accounts, whose main purpose has been delegation, are replaced by smart contracts whose addresses are unchanged and scripts are manager.tz. For more on these changes and what wallet developers need to do to avoid breaking changes, please read these instructions from the team at Nomadic Labs and these technical details from Cryptium Labs
This week, we caught up with Agile Ventures founder Andrew Paulicek to discuss Agile’s work on Tezos Domains, what makes blockchain name services valuable, and the other projects he and his team are working on. We hope you enjoy the Q&A below.
The update for this week and next week will be a bit more brief but I wish all members of the Tezos community a happy and healthy holiday season. In case you missed it, we released a brief year-end recap last week highlighting some of our major accomplishments from 2019. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for Tezos.