ETHDenver: History was made as ETHDenver drew over 8k attendees to Colorado, many of whom were new to the blockchain space or looking to make the transition from web2 to web3. Throughout the two weeks, over 170 teams competed for a total of $1M in bounties and $2M in investment capital. Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis, a longtime ETHDenver supporter, also announced the state will accept taxes and fees in cryptocurrency by the summer.
zkEVM: As ETHDenver wrapped up, Matter Labs announced the launch of zkEVM, the first EVM-compatible ZK Rollup on Ethereum's testnet. This is major news, as a ZK Rollup capable of general computation is a major milestone in the journey to scalability, and will allow developers to build applications that aren't currently possible on Ethereum.
Faraway Token: A token by startup game studio Faraway, who recently launched Solana’s first live online multiplayer game.
Gelt: On a mission to make decentralized finance (DeFi) accessible to everyone, Gelt is a digital wallet that offers user-friendly access to DeFi protocols.
Hashflow Governance Token: Hashflow aims to solve capital efficiency problems inherent to AMMs and unlock a better DeFi trading experience.
KeeperDAO Staking Contracts: KeeperDAO is making the DeFi space more efficient, secure, and egalitarian by providing MEV protection and redistributing on-chain profits back to users.
From February 11-20, several Quantstamp team members headed to Colorado to participate in ETHDenver! In addition to auditing the ETHDenver Payroll Contracts, we also had a sponsor booth, hosted a hackerspace, gave multiple presentations, participated in panels and a podcast, and joined the Ethereum community for numerous side events throughout the week.
With hiring being a big focus this year, we spent a lot of time chatting with ETHDenver attendees at our booth in the Sports Castle and sharing some of the perks of working at Quantstamp. Along with various other ETHDenver sponsors, CEO Richard Ma presented on opening night, sharing some of our recent milestones and a few of the exciting projects we’ve had the opportunity to secure.
Our team members also gave several presentations throughout the week; Dr. Martin Derka, Head of New Initiatives, presented on The Proper Treatment of Randomness as well as a talk covering some of the most notable bridge hacks (Not Quite Water Under the Bridge: Review of Cross-Chain Bridge Hacks). Blockchain Researcher Dr. Jan Gorzny presented EVM-to-EVM Chain Bridges: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Communications Manager Jaye Harrill moderated a panel discussion ‘Data is the Foundation for Dapps’ featuring Alchemy, Ankr, Covalent, and POKT Network.
After having attended ETHDenver every year since the beginning, we were excited to be back in Colorado seeing friends old and new. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth, joined us in our hackerspace, or spent time with our team at one of the many side events.
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