Zcash foundation launches $80k grant program

Zcash Foundation has announced a competition for blockchain startups with a prize fund of $80,000
17 August 2017   2939

The first Zcash Foundation Grant Program - a natural extension of the Foundation’s three-pillar Mission to serve the community, protocol, and broader cryptographic science, - has been announced.

The Call For Proposals describes the need for novel, underserved ideas worthy of ZEC grants:

The scope of activities is broad, and can include: software development (e.g., wallet software, libraries, etc.), infrastructure development and maintenance (e.g., hosting forums and block explorer services, etc.), education and outreach, science and research, and many more. The Zcash Foundation is a non-profit organization, and is therefore especially interested in funding proposals that are public goods and not obviously monetizable. We are not looking to fund startup companies that can seek crowdfunding or venture capital investing, or websites that sell advertising space. The intended scale is 1 to 6 person-months of effort, plus direct expenses such as servers and cloud services.
 

The Call For Proposals by Zcash team 

According to the announcement, the theme for this round of grants sits staunchly in the first pillar of the Foundation’s Mission; namely for community development, and specifically for “community infrastructure.”

Ideas should be submitted by September 15th, 2017.

As reported, The Foundation is especially grateful to the Grant Review Committee—Alex Biryukov, Eran Tromer, Gibson Ashpool, Vlad Zamfir, and Zaki Manian—for volunteering their time to review the proposals.

Beyond the Grant program, the Foundation will be ramping up its activities and outreach in the coming months.

Cardano Hardfork to be Announced

During the upgrade, aimed to update the Cardano consensus algorithm, the Ouroboros Bizantine Fault-Tolerant protocol will be implemented
21 January 2020   96

The head of the blockchain company IOHK, Charles Hoskinson, spoke about plans to hold Cardano hard fork in mid-February. He said this during a stream on YouTube.

Hardfork aims to update the Cardano consensus algorithm. During the upgrade, the Ouroboros Bizantine Fault-Tolerant (OBFT) protocol will be implemented.

What changes will occur after the implementation of OBFT, the head of IOHK did not explain. At the same time, he noted that the integration of Ledger hardware wallets with Daedalus wallet software will soon be implemented.

At this stage, the project is negotiating with exchanges, as well as checking the readiness of the infrastructure. Nevertheless, according to Hoskinson, "everything is going well" and they do not plan to postpone the hard fork.