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   2807

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.
 

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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.

French Gendarmerie to Use Tezos Blockhain

Gendarmerie Cybercrime Division (C3N) is "validating judicial expenses" with Tezos blockchain
21 November 2019   71

The French Gendarmerie Cybercrime Division (C3N) uses the Tezos blockchain. The agency launched its first smart contract in September.

According to a press release, C3N uses blockchain to control the costs incurred during investigations.

Debuting on the Tezos network, this is one of the first examples of a government entity using a smart contract for operational purposes. The new program allows C3N to acquire cryptocurrency from Europol-allocated funds in order to cover operational costs.
 

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The new program also allows C3N to purchase cryptocurrency with funds allocated by Europol to cover operating expenses.

The statement noted that the smart contract was specifically designed so that C3N confirms costs without the risk of disclosing operational activities and problems for ongoing investigations.