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Allocation Update Q3 2022

Posted by Ecosystem Support Program Team on December 7, 2022

Allocation Update Q3 2022

Before the year comes to a close, we'd like to highlight the amazing projects that received funding in the previous quarter. Read on to learn more about our Q3 grantee lineup!

Community & educationCrowdsourcing Technical Ethereum Content in TaipeiNic LinOpen call for technical papers from Taipei's Ethereum community.
Community & educationCrypto Economics Security ConferenceBerkeley Center for Responsible, Decentralized IntelligenceThe Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC) bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss the most recent developments in web3.
Community & educationCryptoversidadEducational content on Ethereum blockchain fundamentals in Spanish.
Community & educationCypher Plato BAMCypher_platoOpen online Spanish course teaching junior developers the basic technical knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the Ethereum ecosystem in Latin America, created by a crypto study group from Platohedro.
Community & educationDevcon ScholarshipsEthereum CaracasScholarships to attend and support Devcon VI for key Ethereum community members in Venezuela or Venezuelans based in Latin America.
Community & educationDreamDAO Explorers ProgramDreamDAOSupport for their two-month internship program called the Dream DAO Explorers Progra, for 15 to 20 year olds seeking to be and build the future of web3 x social impact.
Community & educationDWeb CampInternet ArchiveFive-day event with the purpose of tackling real-world challenges facing web3 and co-creating decentralized technologies of the future.
Community & educationEspacio CriptoCommunity engagement efforts encouraging Latin American builders to attend Devcon VI.
Community & educationETHAnglia MeetupMeetup to raise funds for scholarships to Devcon VI and celebrate the success of ETHAnglia's Zero to Web3 Bootcamp and scholarships.
Community & educationETHBerlin³Department of DecentralizationThree-day hackathon in Berlin, Germany focusing on topics such as privacy and security, sustainability, and public goods.
Community & educationETHBrno²UTXO FoundationOpen community hackathon focusing on privacy and security held in Brno, Czech Republic across three days.
Community & educationETH GatheringTwo-day conference hosted in Barcelona, Spain with programming divided according to four clusters: security, DeFi, DAOs, and data.
Community & educationETHLatam @ QuitoEthereum EcuadorEvent in Quito, Ecuador covering topics such as smart contracts, decentralized wallets, and The Merge.
Community & educationETHMalaysiaConference and hackathon targeted towards Southeast Asia's web3 community organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia across three days.
Community & educationETHMedellínOne week of distributed events happening around Medellín, Colombia with a central co-working space for the community to gather and collaborate after Devcon VI.
Community & educationEthPanamaThree-day conference and hackathon in Panama City, Panama to build a hub for regional projects and a gateway for local and international organizations to connect.
Community & educationETHPlanetSupport for community initiatives in China including organizing conferences and hackathons, connecting academic researchers, and encouraging open-source communities to experiment on Ethereum.
Community & educationETHSafariWeek-long conference and hackathon in Kilifi, Kenya to showcase innovation around the region and bridge the gap between the global and African Ethereum ecosystem.
Community & educationEthereum SantiagoEvent organized in Santiago, Chile with talks and panel discussions on the first day and a developer bootcamp on the second day.
Community & educationEthereumSPEthereum BrasilTwo-day hackathon, a programming marathon where participants can learn and exchange experiences about web3-related projects.
Community & educationEthereum Eje Cafetero Event SupportSupport for Ethereum Eje Cafetero members to attend and deliver Ethereum-related talks at FESTIC and EAM University's Engineer Day.
Community & educationEthereum Lima DayA full day of talks about Ethereum and its applications held in Lima, Peru.
Community & educationExploration of Non-Profit Organizations' Use of EthereumTIFFResearch on current and potential future uses of Ethereum to enhance the productivity of non-profit organizations, including the possible risks and benefits of these uses.
Community & educationHackers Congress Parallel PolisCongress focusing on freedom and cryptography, decentralized economics and cryptocurrencies, political art and hacking, and science and technology organized in Prague over three days.
Community & educationJAMHacks 6Hackathon targeting high school students in North America that includes beginner-friendly workshops and mentors to guide first-time hackers.
Community & educationKyiv Tech SummitHackathon and conference hosted in Kyiv, Ukraine, aiming to solve tangible, on-the-ground issues to aid the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom.
Community & educationMerge Meetups Grants RoundGrants round to fund The Merge meetups and watch parties around the globe with a focus on education.
Community & educationNextStepHackAlphaXVirtual, global hackathon for students aged 10 to 21 with introductory workshops and daily hacker hangouts.
Community & educationNode Operator DocumentationGateway.fmDocumentation teaching smaller node operators running staking pools how to secure their nodes and run them efficiently.
Community & educationQuadratic Funding for Taiwan ZKP HackathonZK PlaygroundRunning one quadratic funding round for each stage of a two-stage zero-knowledge (ZK) proofs hackathon—the first round involves creating a project proposal, and the second round involves developing a proof-of-concept for the project.
Community & educationRetroxFernando Almansa, Jan Ole Ernst, Jessica Pointing, Konrad Kopp, and Kyle J. DuffyWorking to explore and implement a fully on-chain, open-source protocol, focused on public goods funding by developing a variety of voting logics and a highly variable platform for fund disbursement.
Community & educationSolidity BootcampBlockdemyThree-week program educating participants in Spanish on Solidity development, with the registration fee waived for 50 to 100 women.
Community & educationStaking Operator DocumentationKilnTechnical documentation for staking operators published in the form of blogposts based on Kiln's experience of being a node operator.
Community & educationweb3beach MeetupsMeetups in Utila, Honduras combining conservation efforts with web3 education.
Community & educationWeb3 Lagos ConferenceWeb3BridgeThree-day conference in Lagos, Nigeria covering topics such as The Merge, community onboarding, and Nigeria's developer ecosystem.
Community & educationZero to Product BootcampEthereum Antioquia and Blockchain eXFive workshops providing developers with the fundamentals needed to build a web3 product from start to finish.
Community & educationzkSummit 8Event consisting of talks and workshops about the latest in ZK research, SNARKs, STARKs, cryptographic primitives, privacy, and mathematics.
Community & education#aPRENDOcriptoProof of IntegrityEducational workshops on crypto basics, web3 onboarding, and personal finance, hosted in low socioeconomic neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Consensus layerBeaconcha.in ImprovementsBitflyImproving usability of Beaconcha.in, an open-source Ethereum mainnet explorer that is accessible to non-technical users and provides open-source mobile apps on iOS and Android for validator monitoring.
Consensus layerData Availability Sampling Networking RFPChainSafeResearching and designing a Data Availability Sampling (DAS) solution that will include holistic analyses and experimental results, an architecture proposal, a formal specification, and a repository containing a proof-of-concept prototype.
Consensus layerData Availability Sampling Networking RFPDataHopDesigning and analyzing a scalable, secure, and efficient peer-to-peer network solution that is able to fulfil DAS requirements.
Consensus layerData Availability Sampling Networking RFPQi ZhouCompleting the prototype of DAS corrupted samples/proofs detection and simulation for matrix reconstruction.
Consensus layerFormal Verification of Safety Properties of Altair Fork Choice ImplementationConsenSys R&D (Distributed Protocols Formal Verification Team)Review and formal verification of the safety of the fork choice implementation in Ethereum proof-of-stake consensus specifications to catch edge cases and bugs.
Consensus layerLodestar Consensus ClientChainSafeContinued development of the Lodestar consensus client, with a focus on light client R&D and JavaScript ecosystem tooling.
Consensus layerTse LabStanford Center for Blockchain ResearchSupport to research key areas for improvement on data availability techniques for blockchains.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsBLS Website UpdateImproving the website of BLS wallet, a layer 2 smart contract wallet using BLS signatures and transaction aggregation to reduce gas costs.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsEnhancing MEV ResistanceDesigning a new commit-reveal scheme with improved proposer builder separation that will better resist maximal extractable value (MEV) and benefit users, proposers, and builders.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsMu MethodsResearch for and MVP implementation of an Ethereum-native browser client wallet that utilizes Shamir's secret sharing for social key recovery.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsMulti-Proof Aggregation of zk-SNARKs on Ethereum (MAZE)Dohoon Kim, Janmajaya Mall, and Soowon JeongPLONK framework utilizing proof aggregation to develop applied ZK proofs without detailed knowledge about arithmetization and proving systems.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPersonae LabsSupport for Personae Labs, which builds technology and products to understand how the availability of advanced cryptography in consumer devices changes the way we relate online.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsRLN Library in RustRasul IbragimovHelp development of a user-friendly and WASM-compatible rate limiting nullifier (RLN) library in Rust with the Vac team that allows users to generate proofs and witnesses, build provers and verifiers, and verify proofs. Build a Persistent Merkle Tree implementation for Rust.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsRSA Verification Circuit in halo2Sora SuegamiDevelopment of an RSA verification circuit using the halo2 library, allowing developers to write circuits to verify RSA-based cryptographic schemes such as RSA signature, RSA accumulator, and verifiable delay function.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsTAZ DappColleen Rose, Danilo Kim, Falco Rodenburg, Lee Poettcker, and Rich WarnerDapp enabling users to explore the possibilities of what can be built with Semaphore, designed for the Temporary Anonymous Zone Community Hub at Devcon VI.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZK Gadgets for ZK Eigen TrustÖzgür Armanc YigitBuilding, testing the edge cases of, and optimizing gadgets for ZK Eigen Trust—a reputation management algorithm for peer-to-peer networks, using the halo2 proving system and the libp2p peer-to-peer networking framework.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZkopruLayer 2 scaling solution for private transactions using zk-SNARK and optimistic rollups.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofszkRSAPierre Daix-MoreuxDevelopment of a proof-of-concept for an application that will allow users to prove they hold a valid document according to an RSA signature and a public key.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs0xPARC FoundationSupport for 0xPARC Foundation, an organization promoting application-level innovation in areas such as applied crypto R&D, open-source tools and infrastructure, and education and ecosystem development.
Developer experience & toolingBuidlGuidlSupport for BuidlGuidl, a developer community and series of educational initiatives focused on onboarding developers to Ethereum.
Developer experience & toolingExploit DatabaseDomantas Pelaitis, Ivan Miragaya, Jogundas Armaitis, and Matas PovilauskasOpen-source, comprehensive database of past exploits that the community can contribute to, which will also function as an educational learning tool.
Developer experience & toolingsolidity.twTai Hung YingSeries of articles written in traditional Chinese and Youtube videos on Ethereum fundamentals, Solidity, and smart contracts.
Developer experience & toolingSolQLSupport for SolQL to further develop their codebase with additional abstractions and tests, produce documentation, and engage in developer outreach for feedback on further functionalities.
Developer experience & toolingTrueBlocksTrueBlocks local-first and lightweight index of Ethereum blockchain data. Work will tackle various improvements, such as porting their code to Go, completing an IPFS shareable index, and exploring layer 2 indexing.
Developer experience & toolingWeb3jWeb3 LabsContinued development and maintenance of Web3j, a lightweight Java and Android library for integration with Ethereum clients.
Developer experience & toolingweb3swiftAnton Grigorev, Petr Korolev, and YaroslavFull-featured native iOS/macOS library that provides web3 functionality in Swift with native ABI parsing and smart contract interactions on the Ethereum network.
General researchGame Theory Backend for Act20squaresToolchain for analyzing smart contract systems using compositional games theory, including a tool for decompiling EVM bytecode into the Act specification language and an open games backend for Act. An end-to-end example of MEV analysis will also be provided.
Indirect fundingGitcoin GR15 DeSci Side RoundGitcoinMatching pool funding for Gitcoin's GR15 DeSci Side Round, which focused on projects reimagining the incentives, culture, and infrastructure for research using web3 tools and technology.
Indirect fundingQuadratic Funding at Devcon VIclr.fundMatching pool funding for the quadratic funding round run during Devcon VI to benefit projects in the Latin American community.
Layer 2Pheasant NetworkInsights on the development and research challenges around optimistic bridges. Doing a deep dive into how these problems are being resolved by different projects in the space.
OtherEuropean Crypto Initiative (EUCI)Support for the EUCI, which advocates for and contributes to the development of EU regulation that favors open, permissionless, decentralized applications leveraging blockchain technology.

Total awarded in Q3: $8,043,300.24

Are you working on something you think could change Ethereum for the better? Head to our grants page to learn more about what we look for in the projects we fund.

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