Grantee Roundup: July 2021

It’s all the time enjoyable to listen to about new grants as they’re awarded, however what occurs after the announcement? On this sequence, we’ll verify in on a few tasks which might be properly underway – or already on the end line. Learn on to study some current milestones and achievements by grantees!


For a person switching to a brand new social media platform, one of many greatest factors of friction is rebuilding their popularity. InterRep goals to cut back this friction by permitting a person to hyperlink a social media account with an Ethereum tackle, which can be utilized to substantiate their identification on a brand new platform.

Grantees Jay Graber and Raphael Roullet applied the UI and smart contracts for an InterRep MVP (you will want to attach with MetaMask on Ropsten with the intention to work together with the UI). The preliminary model, launched to Ropsten on June 30, permits a Twitter account to be verified by way of an API and privately linked to an Ethereum tackle. An NFT “badge” is minted to the linked tackle which acts as an attestation of possession of the related popularity. See the launch post for extra particulars on how InterRep works, use circumstances and future plans.

Statebox, Philipp Zahn and Jules Hedges for Compositional Recreation Engine

Game theory, which research strategic interactions between rational actors, is on the coronary heart of mechanism design for decentralized techniques. Nevertheless, the “games” concerned in real-world interactions reminiscent of validating a blockchain or voting in a DAO are extraordinarily sophisticated and tough to purpose about.

Enter Compositional Game Theory, which treats giant, advanced video games as composites of smaller, easier video games. The equilibrium (i.e. an end result wherein any given participant has no incentive to vary their technique so long as all different gamers’ methods stay the identical) of a fancy recreation may be outlined on the premise of its easier elements.

Though these ideas are extremely related to Ethereum, the underlying idea is extraordinarily advanced. Philipp Zahn and Jules Hedges purpose to make the idea extra accessible by making a software program engine for each modeling and analyzing strategic interactions by way of modular programming. The current release post shares extra particulars on the system, which makes use of a small domain-specific language together with Haskell for outlining capabilities, and an illustration of the method utilizing an public sale format for example.

This introduction is barely the start – the undertaking is in early phases and can proceed to evolve and add new performance. Follow @Statebox for updates, and head to the undertaking’s Github to maintain up with progress or contribute.

Blogs blogs blogs!

The Ethereum Basis privateness and scaling staff has launched a weblog the place they’re going to be sharing what they uncover and develop, typically working intently with grantees, together with visitor posts from grantees themselves.

The inaugural visitor publish, An Introduction to Optimism’s Optimistic Rollup, got here from Kyle Charbonnet, who obtained a grant to evaluate the safety properties of Optimism’s optimistic rollup implementation. This was not an audit, however a possibility to study extra deeply a couple of building that’s anticipated to be closely used and emulated. The outcomes of the evaluation can be printed quickly; in the meantime Kyle’s publish gives an outline of the protocol to place all of it into context!

Just a few different current posts from grantees:

  • Scotty Poi, SSZ Visualizer Online: an introduction to the brand new visualization playground at
  • Blagoj, Rollup Diff Compression: tl;dr on analysis into lowering the L1 information footprint of a rollup for the precise use case of airdrops.
  • Darkish Forest, v0.6 Round 2 Wrapup: outcomes, assets, emergent strategic and financial fashions, particular contributions and extra from the latest spherical.
  • Geoff Lamperd, Trusted Setup UI Update: enhancements to the UI for a common trusted setup infrastructure.

Are you engaged on one thing you assume may change Ethereum for the higher? Head to our grants page to study extra about what we search for within the tasks we fund.

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