Announcing our second developer grant winners

Written by Trent Foenmayor, Director of Programs, Coinbase Giving

In August, we launched a call for applications through the Crypto Community Fund that focuses on blockchain developers who contribute directly to the blockchain database, or researchers who produce white papers. Today, we are pleased to announce the second batch of developer grants for the fund to six recipients: AMIS Technologies, Josie, Escanor Liones, WeFuzz Research, and two developers funded through a partnership with Brink.

All candidates demonstrated a proven history of contributing to blockchain, as well as innovative ideas, and presented the Fund’s Advisory Board with a clear and achievable blueprint for the projects they intend to work on. Both will be funded to work on their projects throughout 2022, with their grants being funded in BTC or US dollars based on the recipient’s preference.

Buddy Tech (github, blog) It will provide several digital signature protocols based on Multilateral Account (MPC) in the blockchain including ECDSA, Schnorr Signature, Bls Signature and Bip32 (i.e. hierarchical deterministic wallet). The audited library will continue to be open to developers. They believe that MPC will be an alternative option for managing private keys.

nutty (github, Twitter) will work on unit testing, functionality, and ambiguity in Bitcoin Core by focusing on improving test coverage and refactoring for performance and clarity. It will also support three researchers on a project centered around the analysis of bitcoin transactions, specifically fees and privacy when used as a payment method. Last but not least, he will be doing code review and PR testing in Bitcoin Core.

Escanor Leons (github, Twitter) will design and implement a series of blockchains to enhance the study, development and improvement of mathematics, cryptography, and digital security. The current grant will fund one of those blockchains. His previous published work focused on Theoretical Private Information Retrieval (IT-PIR) in the form of a practical Postgres C/C++ extension using quantum-resistant lattice cipher; See the open source implementation here. A paper with details about the design will be published in early summer; And a blog or research paper at the end of the year that talks about the implementation and experience of designing, building, and deploying a blockchain.

WeFuz (github, Twitter, website, contention) to build a fully decentralized platform for security auditing and bug bounty: a suite of smart contracts that allow developers and companies to get their own smart contracts, blockchain, 3 web applications, etc., that are audited by decentralized auditors. The hackers community makes it easy for everyone to secure their assets. WEFUZZ (shytania And Ranjit) Aiming to become *Hacker DAO*.

edge (website) is a 501c3 that exists to strengthen the Bitcoin protocol and network through basic research and development, and to support the Bitcoin developer community through funding, education, and mentoring. They support and guide new contributors to open source Bitcoin development through their fellowship program, and support the work of established Bitcoin protocol engineers through their grant program. Coinbase has funded the core Bitcoin developers through their partnership with Brink.

Crypto Community Fund recipients will provide periodic updates on their work through public blog posts. The fund will also be conducting an additional call for grants for developers later this year, and encourages future applicants to sign up for updates here.

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