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Q2 2023 Allocation Update Revealed on Ethereum Foundation Blog

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Community & Education:

– DeFi Security Summit: A summit in Paris, France that focuses on various aspects of DeFi security, including auditing, tooling, and bug mitigation. The summit aims to explore major DeFi exploits and provide practical solutions to enhance code security.

– DWeb Camp & Global Fellows Program: A five-day event organized by the Internet Archive with the aim of addressing real-world challenges in the web3 space and co-creating decentralized technologies for the future.

– ETHBarcelona: A conference and hackathon held in Barcelona, Spain that covers topics such as public goods, privacy, and scalability.

– ETH Belgrade: A conference and hackathon held in Belgrade, Serbia that covers zero knowledge (ZK), infrastructure, and scaling topics.

– Ethereum Argentina Conference: A conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina that offers beginner and advanced content on topics such as sharding, ZK, and staking.

– Ethereum Singapore: A hackathon and conference held in Singapore, focusing on social impact and covering topics such as ZK and layer 2s (L2s).

– Ethereum Slovenia Meetup: A meetup in Ljubljana, Slovenia aimed at relaunching the Ethereum Slovenia community’s grassroots activities.

– Ethereum Uruguay Third Edition Event: An event in Montevideo, Uruguay that features talks and developer workshops covering public goods, web3 onboarding, and account abstraction.

– ETHKL: Support for organizing Ethereum education and grassroots community activities in Malaysia, including a conference and hackathon, local meetups, and a hacker house.

– ETH Latam Honduras: ETH Kipu conference in Honduras for sharing knowledge and education about Ethereum in Latin America.

– ETHPrague: A conference and hackathon in Prague, Czech Republic that focuses on the future of Ethereum and explores potential concepts and applications that are yet to exist.

– ETHRome: A hackathon in Rome, Italy that focuses on governance and privacy-preserving technologies.

– ETH Warsaw: A conference and hackathon in Warsaw, Poland that explores topics such as security, L2s, and decentralized identity.

– SMT 2023: A workshop that brings together researchers working on Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) and users of SMT techniques and tools.

– Web3 Lagos Conference: A conference in Lagos, Nigeria that covers topics such as Ethereum upgrades, public goods, and account abstraction.

– Web3Privacy Now: A research project aimed at developing a framework to analyze and assess privacy in web3 protocols, dApps, and services.

Consensus Layer:

– Data Availability Sampling R&D: Research and development work on Data Availability Sampling (DAS), including developing a hardened S-Kademlia prototype, conducting literature reviews, and supporting ongoing DAS grants.

– Distributed Systems and/or Formal Verification Research: Research conducted by the ConSensys Dependable Distributed Systems Team on key areas in the Ethereum protocol roadmap, focusing on formal verification and distributed systems design and analysis.

– eth-duties: A self-hosted infrastructure tool that assists stakers and validators in maintaining Ethereum nodes/clients by providing information on upcoming duties of active validators.

– Implementation of PEPC with an In-Protocol PBS: A proof-of-concept implementation of Protocol-Enforced Proposer Commitments (PEPC) and protocolized vanilla proposer-builder separation (PBS), allowing validators to enter commitments with third parties.

– MinRoot VDF Research: Compensation for cryptographers who conducted MinRoot security research during the verifiable delay function (VDF) event in Lyon, France.

– Nimbus Consensus Layer Client: Continued development of the Nimbus consensus layer client, focusing on performance, stability, R&D on light clients, and creating public documentation.

Cryptography & Zero Knowledge Proofs:

– Anon Aadhaar SDK Support: Development of tools to improve the developer experience and enable integration of the Anon Aadhaar circuit with the proof carrying data (PCD) software development kit (SDK).

– Chiquito: High-level Rust and Python DSLs that provide better syntax and abstraction for building plonkish circuits. This project aims to enhance constraint building and column placement, with a focus on the halo2 backend.

– Lambdadelta – Decentralized Event Feed Protocol: Development of a decentralized, peer-to-peer, and permissionless multiwriter event feed with anonymity and privacy features. The project includes implementing the protocol and creating a proof-of-concept application.

– EfficientZKML: Research to validate the use of Weightless Neural Networks in zero-knowledge machine learning (ZKML) use cases.

– EPFL Cryptographic Research Group: Support for an EPFL Cryptographic Research Group led by Associate Professor Alessandro Chiesa, including two PhD students and one postdoctoral researcher, focusing on cryptographic research in the Ethereum domain.

– HyperNova: Proof-of-concept implementation and technical write-up of HyperNova, a new folding/accumulation scheme similar to halo2 but for sum check-based protocols.

– Isokratia: Development of a trust-minimized governance platform using off-chain, free voting and recursive SNARKs to increase decentralization and reduce trust assumptions.

– P-256 Smart Contract Wallet with zk-SNARKs: Expansion of Ethereum transaction signatures to include biometric attestation methods through the development of a smart contract wallet with P-256 signature verification and an on-chain zk-SNARK verifier.

– Rust Implementation of Interactive Zero-Knowledge Protocols: Implementation of open-source Rust libraries for foundational multi-party computation components and a state-of-the-art “Silent OT” protocol.

– Semaphore Protocol: Continued development of Semaphore’s command-line interface, website/documentation, boilerplate code, and community support.

– UniRep Protocol: Continued development of the UniRep protocol, including work on the smart contract, circuit, general testing, and resolving open issues.

– Zeta Function Technologies: Research on new pairing-based protocols, such as cached quotients, and their application in building faster SNARKs for widely-used primitives.

– ZK Circuits for ZK EigenTrust: Continued development of ZK EigenTrust, a reputation management algorithm for peer-to-peer networks, using the halo2 proving system.

– ZKEmail: Development of an email verification system using zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs), enabling developers to build various applications by designing verified email content.

– zkGit: An end-user application that allows developers to prove, via ZK, their contributions to a GitHub repository.

– zkMemory: Research, specification, and implementation of memory handling circuit constraining techniques for use in ZKVMs.

– ZKP2P: Development of a trustless peer-to-peer fiat onramp that can be built on top of any web2 payment rails without permission from the payment network itself.

Developer Experience & Tooling:

– Recovery Pulse: A UX-friendly reference implementation framework for smart contract recovery, incorporating the novel Recovery Pulse architecture.

– rpcvm: A Golang package for fast and lightweight transaction simulation and debugging, with Mainnet forking capability.

Execution Layer:

– Fluffy Portal Client: Continued development of the Fluffy ultralight client for the Portal Network, aiming to enable resource-restricted devices to access and contribute to the Ethereum network without syncing the full state.

– Nethermind 2023 Internship Program: Support for Nethermind’s internship program, with a focus on core protocol contributors.

– Nimbus Execution Layer Client: Continued development of the Nimbus execution layer client, aiming to improve performance, stability, conduct R&D on light clients, and create public documentation.

General Growth & Support:

– Kipu Stakers: Support program providing staking resources, education, and guidance in Spanish to support Latin American communities and individuals interested in running their own nodes and validators.

General Research:

– Academic Grants Round: Funding for formal research projects aiming to increase knowledge about Ethereum, blockchain technology, and related domains.

Indirect Funding:

– ETHDam Quadratic Funding Round: Quadratic funding round for projects developed during the ETHDam hackathon.

– Ethereum Honduras Quadratic Funding Round: Quadratic funding round organized by Ethereum Honduras to support public goods projects.

Layer 2:

– Beaconcha.in: An open-source Ethereum explorer that simplifies and makes data more accessible to non-technical users, while evolving the current UX standard for explorers.


– mevboost.pics: A dashboard with charts and visualizations of Relay, Builder, and Proposer landscape.

– Trusted Credential Issuer Management: Development of a general-purpose, Ethereum-based open-source implementation standard for trusted issuer registries.

Protocol Growth & Support:

– Account Abstraction Grants Round: Grants round encouraging development, research, and education around account abstraction and the necessary infrastructure to support it.

– Ephemery Testnet: An automatically reset testnet infrastructure that enables deterministic ephemeral networks for testing purposes.

– KZG Ceremony Grants Round: Grants round to support the Ethereum KZG Ceremony.

– mev-rs Implementation Support: Support for the OnlyDust community’s contributions to the mev-rs project.

– Summer of Protocols: An 18-week program

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