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Allocation Update - Q3 2023

Posted by Ecosystem Support Program Team on December 19, 2023

Allocation Update - Q3 2023

Before we wrap up the year, we'd like to showcase the fantastic projects that were funded in the previous quarter. Dive into the details below to learn more about the Q3 grantees and their work!

Community & educationAAvolution: Account Abstraction VillageAccount abstraction event held in Paris, covering topics such as the history of account abstraction, key catalysts to mass adoption, and the future of account abstraction wallets.
Community & educationBundleBear0xKofiDatabase and dashboard providing transparent and verifiable insights into ERC-4337 users, operators, and activity.
Community & educationCampus Developer WorkshopsETHAccraDeveloper workshops taught in universities across Ghana, covering blockchain and Ethereum basics, smart contract development, and web3 front-end and back-end development.
Community & educationDevconnect İzmir Side EventBlockchain DEUMeetup held in İzmir, Türkiye to introduce attendees to Ethereum and the importance of layer 2 (L2) solutions.
Community & educationDeveloper Onboarding Experience in Farsi MeetupWomen in Blockchain FarsiMeetup in Istanbul, Türkiye to connect with Farsi-speaking communities and educate attendees on the ways to access and navigate the web3 ecosystem.
Community & educationDeveloper Workshops in Latin AmericaColledgeDeveloper workshops for students organized at two universities in Latin America covering smart contract security, advanced Solidity, and L2.
Community & educationDevfolioSupport to organize a series of programs including hackathons, fellowships, grants, and more that target developers, community builders, and students in India.
Community & educationEaTH AdanaÇukurova BlockchainMeetup organized in Adana, Türkiye to introduce attendees to the Ethereum ecosystem, the importance of Devconnect Istanbul, and web3 adoption.
Community & educationETHAccra HackathonHackathon in Accra, Ghana with a focus on social impact and sustainability, DeFi, and dapps.
Community & educationETH BelgradeSupport to organize monthly meetups and workshops in Belgrade, Serbia to engage with the local Ethereum community.Email
Community & educationETHChicago HackathonHackathon in Chicago, the United States with the goal of solving real-world use cases through decentralized technology.
Community & educationEthCon KoreaConference and hackathon in Seoul, South Korea to spotlight local projects, empower local community members, and bridge the gap between South Korea and the global Ethereum community.
Community & educationEthereum Bolivia HackathonHackathon in La Paz, Bolivia that encourages builders to solve local problems using blockchain and educates them on a range of topics including smart contract integration, Ethereum infrastructure, and dapp development.
Community & educationEthereum Hungary MeetupsMonthly meetups organized in Budapest, Hungary revolving around technical topics such as Ethereum core protocol developments, zero knowledge machine learning (ZKML), and data availability sampling (DAS).
Community & educationEthereum MéxicoConference in Mexico City, Mexico with a focus on topics such as zero knowledge (ZK), account abstraction, and public goods.
Community & educationEthereum SloveniaSupport to organize monthly meetups, workshops, and a hackathon in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Community & educationethereum.org TranslatathonTranslation competition to raise awareness about the importance of localizing content, incenticize translations in less active languages, onboard new contributors, and give back to their community of contributors.
Community & educationETH Hangzhou HackathonHackathon with a focus on public goods, L2 applications, and ZK organized in Hangzhou to promote the development of the Ethereum ecosystem in China.
Community & educationETHMunich HackathonHackathon in Munich, Germany with the goal of bringing together experienced blockchain hackers with talented students to solve real-world problems with the help of blockchain technology.
Community & educationETHSafariConference, hackathon, and bootcamp organized in Kenya covering topics such as L2s, privacy, and account abstraction.
Community & educationFellowshipKERNELProvide KERNEL Fellows with opportunities to learn and build relationships, while having a support structure to focus on Ethereum public goods.
Community & educationGEERS: Blockchain EditionTechnical workshops covering topics such as Solidity, security, and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Community & educationhanniabuDevelop community resources and tools that provide an overview of the health of the Ethereum network.
Community & educationInteli Blockchain HackathonStudent-run hackathon in São Paulo, Brazil that aims to onboard students to blockchain and Ethereum.
Community & educationLatincryptConference in Sangolquí, Ecuador that brings together researchers and practitioners to present their latest findings in cryptology and information security.
Community & educationnotDEVCONITU BlockchainSummit in Istanbul, Türkiye focusing on the Ethereum ecosystem's core philosophy, covering topics such as public goods, decentralization, and censorship resistance.
Community & educationReady! Set! Devconnect!ODTÜ BlockchainMeetup held in Ankara, Türkiye providing attendees with an introduction to Ethereum and its various use-cases.
Community & educationSecureum TrustXCommunity event dedicated to the Ethereum security ecosystem organized in Istanbul, Türkiye.
Community & educationSolidity Course & Speed Run Ethereum WorkshopsETH BogotaFree Solidity courses (in collaboration with ETH Kipu) held every week and Speed Run Ethereum workshops held on a bi-weekly basis.
Community & educationThe Phoenix GuildSeries of technical workshops in different cities across India, with the goal of increasing students' and developers' understanding of Ethereum.
Community & educationTUM Blockchain ConferenceTUM Blockchain ClubStudent-run conference in Munich, Germany delving into topics such as account abstraction, zkEVM, and regulation.
Community & educationUpdating the Ethereum Yellow PaperAlex Kroeger (Teton Finance LLC)Updating the Ethereum Yellow Paper, a foundational ecosystem resource, to include details about the London, Arrow Glacier, Gray Glacier, and Paris upgrades.
Community & educationZK Course in Mandarin ChineseDapp-LearningFree and open-source ZK course in Mandarin Chinese that covers cryptography basics, ECDSA multi-signatures, and proof systems.
Community & educationZK & Math Community BelgradeSupport to run a cryptography course aiming to increase Serbian students' understanding of ZKPs, its applications, and how proving schemes work.
Community & educationZKProof 5.5ZK event in Barcelona, Spain delving into topics such as PLONK standardization, ZKML, and recursive proof composition.
Community & educationzkSummit 10ZK event in London, the United Kingdom comprising talks and workshop about ZK research, cryptographic primitives, privacy and maths, and ZK use-cases.
Community & educationzkWarsaw DayZK-focused event in Warsaw, Poland covering topics such as ZKML, zkRollups, and formal verification.
Community & education0xVillageResearch talks on cryptography and Ethereum at the Nesin Mathematics Village in Western Turkey right after Devconnect Istanbul.
Consensus layerFork Choice Specification ComplianceAlex Vlasov & Mikhail KalininEnsure specification compliance of fork choice implementations by cooperating with client implementers to implement a seed corpus of test vectors and test mutation operators.
Consensus layerLighthouseSigma PrimeContinued development of the Lighthouse consensus client.
Consensus layerP2P ResearchLei YangImplementation of a new rateless set reconciliation protocol library and performance tests on an adaptive BFT broadcast protocol in variable networks.
Consensus layerSmoothing Pools ResearchKody Sale & Noah FiguerasResearch on smoothing pools which enable solo stakers to pool their tips and MEV from block proposals together, thereby increasing their rewards and allowing for more frequent distributions.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsAcceleration of Multi-Scalar MultiplicationsDimitri KoshelevResearch on accelerating multi-scalar multiplications, which can increase the efficiency of elliptic curve cryptography and enhance the overall security and efficiency of blockchain systems.Email
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsAnonymous ExchangeHung ChengAnonymous and secure NFT-trading platform built using the Semaphore protocol.Twitter
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsChiquitoSteve WangChiquito is a step-based high-level Rust DSL (Pychiquito is a Python DSL for Chiquito) that provides better syntax and abstraction for constraint building and column placement when writing plonkish circuits and has a Halo2 backend, and other backends are in the works.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsCryptKeeper Verifiable Credential IntegrationAdd support for verifiable credentials in CryptKeeper and create a demo where users can receive a credential, store it, and present it for verification.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsDID for Taiwan Citizen Digital CertificateyurenjuCreate a seamless integration between the digital certificate of Taiwanese citizens and decentralized identity by leveraging the Semaphore protocol.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsDiscreetlyTanner ShawAnonymous and gated chat application that uses multiple ZK protocols such as Rate-Limiting Nullifier (RLN) to rate limit messages per user and Semaphore for identity management and group membership.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsEmbassyFlorent Tavernier & YoussefProof of passport protocol that mints users a soulbound token after verification that they are a holder of a passport, which is completed on-chain in a ZK circuit.Telegram
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsFront-End Development for PSE ProjectsKalidou DiagneFront-end development for PSE projects, including the PSE website, learning courses, and jubmoji.quest.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsmoproOskarProject that makes client-side proving on mobile simple and enables developers to easily write circuits that can be run from a phone.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsMynaWalleta42xDevelop proof-of-concept privacy-protecting features using ZKPs for MynaWallet, which enables users to operate ERC-4337-compliant contract accounts using a personal identification card issued by the Japanese government.Email
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsOperational Support for PSE Devconnect ActivitiesDominik ZastávkaOperational support for ZuConnect, Progcrypto, and other PSE Devconnect Istanbul activities.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPLUME on Ledger AppPLUME plugin application that works on Ledger hardware wallet platforms.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPollen Labs & PSE ExperimentsMach34Support for Pollen Labs and PSE from Mach34, including contributing to ideation, code review and development, and holistic engagement with advanced cryptography experiments.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPollen Labs Growth & Marketing EffortsThomas PanGrowth and marketing efforts for Pollen Labs, a subgroup of the PSE team that champions freedom of speech and expression through decentralized innovation.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPrivacy & Scaling Explorations Summer Contribution ProgramTwo-month program with the goal of recruiting 20 ZKP and cryptography enthusiasts, primarily students, to actively contribute to PSE projects.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsJubmojisVivek BhupatirajuProject to be deployed at Devconnect Istanbul that utilizes NFC chips to give out ZK-friendly Baby JubJub signatures to participants as a form of provable private data, providing an educational experience about the possibility of personal control over private data using ZKPs.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsProof of ExploitSoham ZemseProject that helps to prove knowledge of a vulnerability that can cause a smart contract to behave in an unexpected manner without revealing any details about the vulnerability.GitHub
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsProtoStar Folding OptimizationDomain specific language (DSL) that enables users to write high-degree circuits and compile them to a recursion-optimized ProtoStar.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPSE Small GrantsPaul YuPSE trial program to onboard promising talent to the ZK and cryptography world.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsPSE Technical Paper Writer/Editor & DeveloperomurovecTechnical paper writer/editor and developer to help PSE standardize and disseminate research in a more impactful way, increase community engagement, and improve project tracking.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsUniRep Halo2 R&DBhargav AnnemHalo2-related research for UniRep Protocol, Halo2 Javascript integration with a web browser using nodejs, and UniRep circuit development in Halo2.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsUniRep Protocol Core Improvements & Iterationsmango9264Improvements and iterations to the protocol and support for multiple projects within the UniRep Protocol team.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsUniRep Social TaiwanCompletely anonymous social media platform that protects users' identities from being monitored.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZK Email WalletSora Suegami & Aayush GuptaContract wallet using emails that allows users to send crypto assets simply by sending emails without any actions from recipients.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZK-MPCYoii Inc.Use ZKPs to extend the SPDZ multi-party computation (MPC) protocol, enabling third-party verification of the constraints on secret input values and the correctness of output values.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZK PlaygroundProgram in Taipei, Taiwan that provides education on the theory and development of ZK through lectures, workshops, and office hours sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their projects and take part in a quadratic funding round.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZK-Powered Data MarketplacePlatform where users can interact, analyze, and gain insights from scientific datasets through ZK functions, without acquiring details about the datasets themselves.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofsZKStatsJern KunpittayaLibrary tailored for scientific computation and datasets while ensuring data privacy by generating and verifying proof for statistical queries to one data provider.
Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs64-bit Hash Function Research and ImplementationKnow-Center & TU GrazResearch and implementations of fast and circuit-efficient hash functions tailored to 64-bit fields.
Developer experience & toolingBuidl GuidlEducational community of builders creating products and prototypes and providing Ethereum developer education.
Developer experience & toolingEVM.js LibraryLuis MastrangeloSymbolic EVM interpreter and decompiler, along with several other utils for programmatically extracting information from bytecode.Twitter
Developer experience & toolinglazy-etherscanYoshi UsuzawaEthereum blockchain explorer that can be operated through a terminal, visualizing Ethereum blocks and transactions while enabling search and investigation capabilities.Twitter
Developer experience & toolingPython ERC-4337 SDKAlexey NebolsinPython ERC-4337 software development kit (SDK) and a short blog series describing the process of building it.
Developer experience & toolingRemix Compiler ServiceApeWorXOpen-source and improved compiler service for the Remix IDE that will support additional languages such as Fe and Huff, help to integrate other tools, conforms to the EIP-2678 standard, and improves the UX for developers.
Developer experience & toolingWhatsABIAndrey PetrovFurther development of the WhatsABI static analytics and decompile tool for Solidity bytecode.
Developer experience & toolingWeb3.jsChainSafeCollection of libraries that allows users to interact with a local or remote Ethereum node using HTTP, IPC, or WebSocket.
Execution layerBeyond Borders: Exploring MEV and Risks in Cross-Domain Arbitrage between CEX and DEXColin ChanEmpirical understanding of MEV activities from cross-domain arbitrage between centralized and decentralized exchanges on Ethereum that ideally quantifies the amount of value leakage from these informed traders.Email, Twitter, GitHub, LinkedIn
Execution layerErigon Execution ClientFunding for Erigon's continued work on the Ethereum mainnet, specifically their client implementation, applied R&D on performance optimizations, and broader engagement with the client and research community.
Execution layerFuzzing the EIP-4788 BytecodeGuido VrankenVet the bytecode of EIP-4788, which is scheduled for the Dencun upgrade.
Execution layerFe Language ServerBuild a language server implementation for Fe and integrate it with the VSCode plugin.
General growth & supportDVStakersEridian & SpacesiderEducational initiative around all things distributed validator technology (DVT) with a growing global network of solo stakers, running Ethereum nodes, and DVT validators.
General growth & supportRoad to Devcon Grants RoundGrants round to encourage the growth of local Ethereum communities, initiatives, and projects in Southeast Asia leading up to Devcon 7.
General growth & supportRun a Node Grants RoundGrants round to encourage the exploration of a diverse range of ideas for operating nodes beyond running a validator.
General growth & supportStereumRockLogic GmbHToolkit that simplifies the process of setting up and maintaining an Ethereum node with a focus on self-sovereignty, privacy, and flexibility.
Indirect fundingEthereum Argentina Quadratic Funding RoundQuadratic funding round for the projects built during Ethereum Argentina's buildathon.
Indirect fundingZK Playground Quadratic Funding RoundQuadratic funding round for the projects built during ZK Playground.
Indirect fundingDevcon VI Supporter ProgramProtocol GuildAllocated funds raised from the Devcon VI Supporter Program to Protocol Guild.
Otherclr.fundContinued development of the clr.fund codebase, with a focus on improving the round deployment flow to make it more reliable and lowering the barrier to entry for users who want to run a clr.fund round to spin up the entire stack.
OtherDecentralization Research CenterNon-profit organization that supports non-partisan decentralization research and acts as a hub for critical stakeholders.
OtherStealth Address Standardization & Umbra v2ScopeLiftFinalization of ERC-5564 and ERC-6538 to standardize Stealth Address on the EVM and the creation of architecture for Umbra v2 as a full-featured, flagship implementation of the EIPs.
Protocol growth & supportAccount Abstraction Grants RoundGrants round to encourage development, research, and education around account abstraction and the necessary infrastructure to support it.
Protocol growth & supportDendrETHMetacraft LabsSmart contract implementation of the Ethereum light client sync protocol which aims to enable the creation of secure cross-chain blockchain bridges that do not require a trusted operator.
Protocol growth & supportEthereum Protocol Fellowship (EPF): Cohort 4Stipends for cohort members of the EPF, a program designed to onboard developers to the process through which protocol development happens.
Protocol growth & supportKZG Ceremony Grants RoundGrants round to support the Ethereum KZG Ceremony.

Total awarded in Q3: $8,945,982.74

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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