Findora Newsletter: Inaugural Hackathon Edition 1
Register for 🍂 Falling for Defi on Findora 💟 today for a chance to win a share of $50K in prizes and up to $150K in additional grants funding! And don’t miss the Second Gitcoin Workshop on 11/12!
Since full-EVM compatibility was launched on the Findora devnet, efforts were bootstrapped to bring new developers onboard to deliver a strong foundation for the Findora network and ecosystem, including a $100MM Ecosystem Fund as part of a community-focused commitment.
Findora’s Inaugural Hackathon, 🍂 Falling for DeFi on Findora 💟 , kicked off on Oct 29th! Over the past week, nearly 200 hackathon registrants have been diving into innovative ideas including encrypted lending pools, Golang SDKs, Indexers, NFT games, DAOs, etc. to scale Ethereum applications to Findora while utilizing its zk-optimized UTXO ledger.
💻 Workshop Schedule
In addition to the hackathon, we have also designed a series of workshops, demo days, engineering office hours, and check-ins. Please mark them on your calendar and stay tuned for the latest updates in the Discord channel.
11/5 — [Bounty Briefing] Falling for DeFi on Findora Kickoff Party (recap)
Walkthrough of the Findora EVM / UTXO SDK / crypto libraries and other hackathon resources, code templates, followed up by a live dapp deployment demo.
11/12 — [Gitcoin Workshop] Scaling Solidity Dapps to the Findora EVM
This workshop discusses how to deploy smart contracts to the Findora EVM. Topics covered include the “Findora EVM” documentation located on the Findora wiki, which discusses setting up Metamask, Remix, Truffle and other Ethereum tools to work with the Findora EVM.
11/16 Midterm Demo Day 1 (optional, depending on interest, signup required)
Devs can demo their hackathon projects to the Findora Foundation directly and apply for an additional (up to) $150K in grants funding to bootstrap the project from Hackathon to production and beyond.
11/19 — [Gitcoin Workshop] Using the “Rialto” Liquidity Bridge
“Rialto” liquidity bridge goes 4 ways: Findora<>Ethereum and Findora<>BSC. This workshop discusses how to transfer Ethereum ERC-20 (or Binance BEP-20) testnet tokens to the Findora EVM testnet as FRC-20 tokens.
11/23 Midterm Demo Day 2 (optional, depending on interest, signup required)
Devs can demo their hackathon projects to the Findora Foundation directly and apply an additional (up to) $150K in grants funding to bootstrap the project from Hackathon to production and beyond.
11/26 — [Gitcoin Workshop] Using the Findora UTXO SDK’s Confidential Transfer Feature
This workshop discusses how to set up the Findora UTXO SDK and call its APIs which include features such as confidential transfers.
12/3 — [Gitcoin Workshop] Understanding Findora’s Zei Cryptography Library
This workshop gives an overview of Findora’s Zei cryptography libraries, how they are used to support confidential transfers as well as the theoretical & practical improvements needed.
12/8 — Project Submission: all bounty submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM pst on Dec 8th, 2021, or earlier.
12/9 — Demo Session: Finalists will be invited to demo their project via Zoom on Thursday, December 9, 2021 (exact time & link TBD)
12/10 — Winner Announcement
👨⚖️ Judges & Mentors
Below are a few of the highlighted experts that will be participating as Judges (more judges to be announced soon):
Kevin Ding — Partner, DHVC
Vijay Chetty — Head of BD, dYdX Protocol
Kia Mosayeri — PM, Balancer Labs
Jimmy Chang — PM, Aave
Norelle Ng — Founder, Clover Finance
Matt Hamilton -Principal Developer Advocate, RippleX
Whitfield Diffie — Turing Award Recipient
Weikeng Chen — PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley
Jonathan Katz — University of Maryland
Findora is a Layer-1 protocol delivering zero-knowledge solutions to Web3.
Findora integrates two ledgers into a single chain: an EVM ledger for interoperability and a UXTO ledger optimized for zk operations. This dual-layer architecture lets Findora encrypt blockchain data for programmable transparency and public use. By providing new use cases, Findora’s zk tech prepares Web3 for real-world adoption.
We appreciate our developers and would love to onboard you to the Findora ecosystem! Please reach out, and join our social channels for more.