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February 21, 2024

R&D

ZK Grants Round
ZK Grants Round

by Rodrigo Vasquez

The Ethereum Foundation is thrilled to announce a collaborative grant round with Aztec, Polygon, Scroll, Taiko, and zkSync to develop Zero Knowledge public goods projects. Each co-funder of the grant round has contributed 150K USD in funds, bringing the total grant pool to 900K USD. The breadth and complexity of the Layer 2 ecosystem has reached a point where identifying shared needs and dependencies requires the participation of domain experts from a range of stakeholders. The co-funders will, therefore, not only provide funding but also participate in the allocation decisions. Beyond more and better-informed funding, we hope this approach will facilitate increasing modularity and use of shared standards in the ZK L2 ecosystem. For this round the research teams have collaborated on a collective wishlist to

by Ecosystem Support Program Team

Even as we embrace the new year, the contributions of our Q4 2023 grantees are not forgotten! Explore the funded projects listed in the table below:

February 7, 2024

R&D

Introducing the EPF Study Group

by Josh Davis & Mario Havel

The Ethereum Protocol Fellowship (EPF) is a program designed to reduce the barrier to entry for developers interested in working on the core protocol. As core developer (and EPF creator) Piper Merriam likes to say, the door is comically wide open. EPF helps you walk through it. Over the past two cohorts, one of the most frequent request we've received from applicants & participants was for better onboarding materials. Josh and Mario, the coordinators of the EPF, are excited to announce the launch of the EPF study group (EPFsg): a 10 week education series intended as a precursor to the Ethereum Protocol Fellowship (the fifth cohort is coming 🔜). EPFsg has been designed to guide and grow the next generation of Ethereum core developers

by Ethereum.org Team

A look back at 2023, and a glimpse at what lies ahead in 2024 2023 was an excellent year for the team behind the ethereum.org website, and its community — we already feel a little nostalgic, but it's important to make space for celebrating the things the ethereum.org community helped us build in 2023 and continue the momentum in 2024. In that spirit, we prepared a recap with our 2023 highlights of the ethereum.org community — enjoy the reading!

January 24, 2024

R&D

Sepolia & Holesky Dencun Announcement

by Protocol Support Team

Important update: since the initial publication of this post, Lodestar has published a new release, v1.15.0, which Holesky users must upgrade to prior to Dencun's activation on February 7th. Additionally, Prysm and Nimbus have both published highly recommended releases for Holesky. Prysm users are encouraged to use v4.2.1, and Nimbus users v24.2.0. Goerli blobs are here: Dencun went live on Goerli at 6:32 UTC on January 17, 2024. You can now use blobs there! Sepolia and Holesky will upgrade over the next two weeks. Dencun will activate on Sepolia at epoch 132608 (January 30th, 22:51 UTC), and on Holesky at epoch 29696 (February 7th, 11:35 UTC). Client releases in this announcement are suitable for both testnet upgrades. Assuming the Sepolia and Holesky

January 23, 2024

R&D

Wrapping up the KZG Ceremony

by EF Protocol Support Team

The KZG Ceremony was the largest multi-party computation of its kind (by number of participants). Through an open, accessible process, it produced a secure cryptographic foundation for EIP-4844. Learn more about how the Ceremony worked in Carl Beekhuizen's Devcon talk: "Summoning the spirit of the Dankshard" As the Dencun upgrade approaches, this post will serve as a comprehensive record of outcomes and people that brought the Ceremony to life in 2023.

January 10, 2024

R&D

Goerli Dencun Announcement

by Protocol Support Team

The blobs are coming: Dencun will go live on Goerli at 6:32 UTC on January 17, 2024. Dencun will be Goerli's last upgrade before core teams stop supporting it. More on this in a previous post. Assuming the Goerli upgrade goes well, the Sepolia and Holesky testnets will activate Dencun over the next few weeks. To receive an email alert for network upgrade announcements, subscribe here. The Dencun network upgrade is scheduled to activate on the Goerli testnet at 6:32 UTC on January 17, 2024. The upgrade includes several changes, most notably the introduction of ephemeral data blobs with EIP-4844, also known as "protodanksharding", which will help reduce L2 transaction fees. Dencun follows last year's Shapella upgrade. It will first

by Devcon Team

Hey Ethereum family! 🦄 We're delighted to start this new year by sharing an update that's not just about revealing the location and date for Devcon 7, but rather an exciting expansion of our vision. This year, we're embracing the whole Southeast Asia region as the stage for our community gathering! Why? read on to find out! First and foremost, thank you for your patience amid the buzz and speculation about our next destination. After a memorable time in Bogotá for Devcon VI, we made the decision to schedule Devcon 7 for 2024. One of the main reasons for the decision was our wish to increase Devcon's impact on regional Ethereum communities. The additional time allows us to more thoroughly engage with these local communities, offering support

December 19, 2023

ESP

Allocation Update - Q3 2023

by Ecosystem Support Program Team

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!

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