Five ConsenSys Announcements from Devcon 5

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The latest from ConsenSys Grants, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, MythX, Infura, Alethio, MetaMask, Bounties Network

With all eyes on Osaka, Japan with the fifth edition of Devcon nearing its close, it’s been a week of big announcements, releases, and ideas as the global Ethereum community convenes for the grandest event of the annual blockchain calendar. From the bombastic opening ceremony to the teeming calendar of events, workshops, and meetups taking place, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of blockchain and Ethereum energy — and a number of ConsenSys announcements are making headlines.

In addition to ConsenSys Founder Joe Lubin launching the drive to build the Ethereum developer community into the millions, ConsenSys Grants announced its latest induction of projects into its program. A number of leading ConsenSys projects like MythX, Alethio, and Infura announced rollouts of freemium models to address ecosystem pain points ranging from smart contract security to data analysis to infrastructure.

Elsewhere, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, a member-led industry organization represented by hundreds of companies around the world, released two new specifications to progress interoperability for the largest organizations in the world utilizing the Ethereum network. And that’s not even nearly the extent of it.

Here are 5 of the biggest announcements from ConsenSys projects over the course of Devcon 5…

During his keynote address at DevCon 5, Joseph Lubin announced a call to action to build the Ethereum developer community, and launched an ecosystem initiative entitled OneMillionDevs to inspire one million blockchain developers, technologists, and hackers to see how their skills can be applied to writing smart contracts and developing applications on the Ethereum network.

There are an estimated 24 million software developers globally, yet the number of blockchain developers is in the several hundred thousands — with the highest number developing on Ethereum. As tooling, documentation, libraries, and onramps improve, Lubin challenged the community to refer new programmers and grow Ethereum’s developer mindshare to a million in the next year.

At DevCon 4 in 2018, Joseph Lubin announced a $500,000 grant fund to be distributed to projects building open source software to solve technical issues on the Ethereum network. Since its inception, the ConsenSys Grants program has funded 15 projects with a total of $330,000. At Devcon, ConsenSys Grants announced its second wave of grantees to receive funding.

Security

  1. Lighthouse: A security-focused Ethereum Serenity client awarded a follow-on grant of $25,000 to continue its superb work in proof of stake + sharding.

Infrastructure

  1. Zeropool: A fully anonymous and non-trackable transactions on Ethereum supporting multiple ERC20 tokens, ethers and anonymous atomic swaps — $25,000
  2. PISA: Real scalability of crypto, by alleviating the assumption, 99% of transactions can remain local amongst the parties instead of the global network — $25,000
  3. Tellor: A decentralized oracle that provides an efficient, trustless and decentralized alternative for off-chain data — $25,000
  4. DappNode: A decentralized network of personally-owned nodes with and user-friendly interface — $25,000

Usability and Dev Tooling

  1. Alice: Mobile app to easily build native mobile applications — $25,000
  2. Ethers.js: A complete Ethereum JavaScript library for building wallets, frameworks and tools, with a focus on security, compactness and simplicity — $25,000

ConsenSys Grants funds open-source projects that benefit the greater Ethereum ecosystem. Projects supported include critical areas such as core infrastructure, improved developer tooling and UX, security, and access to knowledge for developers, users, and social impact.

ConsenSys Grants Wave 3 is now open for applications and winners will be announced at EthDenver in Feb 2020. The deadline to submit applications is January 14, 2020.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a member-led industry organization represented by hundreds of companies around the world. Today they released two new specifications, available for download here.

In Q3 2019, ConsenSys-owned products, announced new Software-as-a-Service models for improved customer service-level agreements, and to meet the demands of a maturing market for Ethereum infrastructure, analysis, and developer tooling.

As the market for feature-rich services and tooling in Ethereum has advanced, so have customers’ needs. Infura, MythX, and Alethio launched subscription services to support a range of offerings — from beginner to enterprise-level usage––on some of the most widely-used infrastructure, security, and data analytics tools on the Ethereum network.

  • Infura, the Ethereum infrastructure provider, launched Infura+, a premium subscription service for Infura’s Ethereum API, providing enhanced Ethereum infrastructure support for applications of all sizes. Users can choose from tiered service options — Core, Developer, Team, and Growth — to enable the right-sized plan for bringing their Ethereum-based project from proof-of-concept into global production.
  • MythX, the premier security analysis service for Ethereum smart contracts, launched MythX Pro today. Now, users of MythX can detect a full range of smart contract vulnerabilities and help prevent security breaches — with a transparent and easy to use DAI-stablecoin subscription service through Daisy Payments.
  • Alethio announced the Alethio API PRO as a direct way for developers to get real-time access to indexed, synthesized, on-chain Ethereum data in a robust and reliable way. Alethio’s API solves Ethereum’s data fragmentation problem, which keeps many mainnet users from reliably and cleanly accessing blockchain-based data.

Over the last four years, MetaMask has helped a large community of Web3 developers usher in a new computing paradigm — where users control their own accounts and where accounts control their own funds.

The MetaMask extension for browsers brought Ethereum to normal web applications, but new extensions are necessary for new types of scaling strategies and smart contract protocols — many of which require interacting with a user’s account and running a persistent script on the user’s behalf to monitor state or pre-process transactions. Rather than decide on which features should be released, MetaMask built a permissionless plugin system.

A MetaMask Plugin is a script, typically served over ENS and IPFS, that adds functionality to MetaMask, and it’s all made possible with their new permissions system.

  • auditAddress plugin API can add warnings or endorsements of accounts wherever MetaMask displays them to ensure smart contract security.
  • resolveName plugin API means MetaMask won’t dictate what name systems a user can subscribe to for Decentralized Name Systems (DNS).
  • A suite of plugin APIs for Layer 2 scaling solutions to help dapps develop decentralized agreements off of the main Ethereum chain.
  • ShareAPI makes it easy for any plugin author to create their own API for the sites a user visits, whether a simple RPC style API, or an advanced event-driven API.
  • Sample plugins for developers to study to get started, including IPFS, Starkware, and Blocknative plugins. You can view more samples here.

For DevCon 5 in Osaka, the Bounties Network built a special explorer — available in Japanese — for conference attendees to easily create and fulfill bounties. From proving that you are doing it “big” and signing in karaoke booths, to solving security bugs for Kickback, japan.bounties.network is the place to interact on Ethereum during DevCon.

As a platform available on Web3 browsers for the community to come together and interact, the Japan Bounties network is a great example of how local and international communities are evolving through traceable exchanges of value.

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