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Zcash Foundation Update — May, 2019

Hello friends! Another month, another rundown of Zcash Foundation activities. Spoiler: The most exciting announcements are at the end.

5/9

Coda and Dekrypt Capital announced the SNARK Challenge, sponsored by the Zcash Foundation and a few other organizations: https://coinlist.co/build/coda

“A global competition to speed up the SNARK prover,” with more than $100k in the prize pool.

Coda CTO Izaak Meckler made a video about the SNARK Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uR9W5PZ5M

5/9

The second installment of the Human Rights Foundation’s series on privacy and cryptocurrency was published: https://medium.com/human-rights-foundation-hrf/privacy-and-cryptocurrency-part-ii-bitcoin-wallets-2f68099b055f

We funded this initiative, which is being written by HRF Privacy Technology Fellow Eric Wall. Background info: https://www.zfnd.org/blog/human-rights-foundation-privacy-research/

The next installment is going to be about privacy-preserving cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero!

5/10

The Open Money Initiative, sponsored by the Zcash Foundation among other organizations, debuted the results of their research on cryptocurrency usage in Venezuela. OMI’s blog post: https://medium.com/@openmoneyinitiative/announcing-the-open-money-initiative-61422b58ad06

CoinDesk article: https://www.coindesk.com/whats-holding-back-bitcoin-in-venezuela-this-group-is-investigating

5/14

Alongside Paige Peterson from the Electric Coin Company, Josh Cincinnati (the Foundation’s Executive Director) spoke at Consensus 2019. You can see the video here: https://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2019/videos (scroll down to the video labeled “Electric Coin Company and Zcash Foundation” in the “Construct” section)

5/14

Also on the Construct stage at Consensus, Zcash Foundation board member Peter Van Valkenburgh said, “As a director of the Zcash Foundation I don’t want Zcash developer...

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