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Community & education Ethereum Cat Herders Community group supporting Ethereum core developers with project management, communication and coordination. Community & education EthCC Ethereum France Developer and community conference held in Paris, France. Community & education Ethereum TGU Grassroots Ethereum community group organizing meetups, workshops and developer events in Honduras. Community & education Ether University Content and Educational Resources Nathan Leung Community-building and educational resources for undergraduate students participating in the ETH Summer learning program. Community & education ETHUni: ETH Spring Community Development Scott Moses Sunarto Community building and support for the ETH Spring undergraduate learning program, plus formatting and migration of content to the ETH Spring website for public consumption. Community & education ETHUni: ETH Summer Therese Cresalia and Scott Moses Sunarto Management of ETH Summer, a virtual program to introduce undergraduate computer science and mathematics students to Ethereum. Community & education Smart Contract Auditing Bootcamp Secureum Structured program to train aspiring auditors on smart contract security and auditing. Community & education Ethereum Public Goods Funding Mapping Sumedha Deshmukh Research project to map out the public good funding landscape within the Ethereum ecosystem. Community & education Cryptofund 2021 UNICEF Cryptocurrency-denominated investment fund targeting startups that use blockchain technology for social impact. Consensus layer Eth2 Crawler ChainSafe DiscV5 crawler, API and front end to capture and interact with information about beacon chain nodes. Consensus layer Fast Hash-to-Curve Research Dimitri Koshelev Research and write-up about faster hash-to-G2 hash functions for BLS12-381 for potential performance optimizations in SNARKs, L2 dapps and more. Consensus layer Stereum Rock Logic Docker images for solo stakers to install a beacon chain client and dependencies in a single setup, with support for all production clients on testnet and mainnet. Consensus layer Beacon Fuzz Sigma Prime Continued maintenance and development of Beacon Fuzz, a beacon chain testing framework, including performance optimizations, integration of new clients and targets, and testing new Altair functions for bugs or vulnerabilities. Consensus layer Lighthouse Sigma Prime Continued development of the Lighthouse beacon chain client. Consensus layer Beacon Chain Liveness Improvements Stanford University’s Tse Lab Research into solutions for potential liveness attacks on Ethereum’s beacon chain consensus algorithm. Consensus layer Ethereum Staking Committee Japan Effort to expand staking in Japan through awareness, education, and support for the engineering community, as well as fostering the Japanese staking environment from technical, regulatory, and business perspectives. Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs ZK Games Justin Glibert State of the art research on using zkSNARKs in blockchain game mechanics to build decentralized real-time strategy games. Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs Verkle Trie Optimizations Dag Arne Osvik Implementation of the verkle trie data structure for Stateless Ethereum. Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs MPC Phase 2 UI Enhancements Geoff Lamperd Improvements to the Phase 2 MPC trusted setup UI for a faster and more streamlined process, based on learnings from the zkopru MPC. Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs ZK Developer Tooling Jacob Rosenthal and Blaine Bublitz Development of tools to improve the applied ZK developer experience, including contributions to Dark Forest, circom, and Hardhat. Cryptography & zero knowledge proofs ETHUni: Private Data Marketplace POC Nick Ulven Development of a proof of concept on-chain marketplace for secret or permissioned data using zkSNARKs. Developer experience & tooling UI Improvements to the user experience for the decentralized quadratic funding protocol, including improvements to the deployer, subgraph, documentation archives, new MACI circuits that allow scaling to millions of users, and conducting a trusted setup ceremony. Developer experience & tooling Vyper / Fe Formally Verified Compiler formalize.eth Formally verified transformation of the Fe smart contract language to Yul as well as development of features needed to support a complete ERC20 implementation. Developer experience & tooling Viblex Heiko Burkhardt Graphical representation of smart contract architectures, enabling users to analyze and interact with the contracts on both mainnet and testnets, including local testnets. Developer experience & tooling Gas Cost Estimator Stage II Imapp Systematic approach to estimating gas costs of EVM OPCODEs accounting for differences in hardware, software and programming environments, in order to inform discussions on adjusting OPCODE prices. Developer experience & tooling Formal Verification of Yul Compiler Transformations Kestrel Institute Formalization of the semantics of the Yul language, as well as application and extension of existing formal verification and equivalence checking tools to prove the correctness of Yul compiler optimizations Developer experience & tooling Decentralized Community Management Research Other Internet Research study and paper on decentralized community management, analyzing organizational composition, communications, and conflict resolution and proposing community management best practices. Developer experience & tooling GCatch ++ Penn State University Extension of GCatch, a system for detecting concurrency bugs in Go programs, to apply detection of channel-related non-blocking bugs to Ethereum clients. Developer experience & tooling Transaction Classification Schema Rotki Open source library and set of schemas to decode ethereum transactions and classify the associated actions (eg classifying a transaction as a CLR donation, a token exchange, or adding liquidity to an AMM). Developer experience & tooling Decentralized Identity Tooling Symfoni Open source toolkit for decentralized identity and verified credentials on Ethereum, including wallet, data container and SDK. Execution layer Nethermind Execution Client Nethermind Continued maintenance and development of the Nethermind execution client. Execution layer Layer 1 R&D Quilt Support for ongoing research and development into Layer 1 protocol features and security. Execution layer Nimbus Execution Client Status Continued maintenance and development of the Nimbus execution client. Execution layer Fluffy Portal Client Status Development of the Fluffy light client, designed for the Portal Network, which aims to enable resource-restricted devices to contribute to the Ethereum network by accessing the necessary APIs to perform standard wallet operations without needing to sync the full state. Execution layer Erigon Torquem Continued maintenance and development of the Torquem (fka TurboGeth) execution client. Layer 2 Arbitrum Review For Zettler Review of the Arbitrum system and codebase, reporting any vulnerabilities to the Arbitrum team, similar to the previously supported review of Optimism. Layer 2 L2Beat Website displaying usage statistics and risk factors for comparison between Layer 2 scaling solutions. User experience BrightID Advancement of BrightID’s social identity network infrastructure, including strengthening node security and anti-sybil protections, building a web client, and enabling blind signatures. User experience ZK Games Design Support Moe Janneh Design support and artwork for teams working on experimental ZK games and applications.


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