Quantstamp Community Update January 29, 2019

Quantstamp Announcements
March 18, 2019

Quantstamp Protocol Progress and Planning

Senior Research Engineer Leo Passos planning with the engineering team.

In January, we continued testing and iterating many of the features which are coming in the next version of the Quantstamp Protocol. We continued end-to-end testing of our policing nodes which are designed to detect and nullify the actions of scanning nodes that are malfunctioning or being operated by bad actors. Once our policing nodes are ready, we will be able to allow anyone to permissionlessly run a scanning node.

We deployed our Bounty Protocol onto the Ethereum testnet. We are developing the UI for our Assurance Protocol, and are in the process of auditing its code for bugs and vulnerabilities.

Besides progress on the development side, we also held intensive planning sessions to clarify our goals for this current development sprint. Held typically at the beginning of each quarter, these planning sessions are part of our iterative development process. They help us stay accountable to our roadmap and define both our technical milestones and goals as a company.

New Hires

In January, we on-boarded Lee Martinet onto our team. Martinet is currently a Master student in Math and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and joins us as a part-time software engineer out of the Toronto office.

He has experience programming with Python, Java, backend design (PHP/MySQL), Javascript, HTML as well as Verilog and security of cryptographic hardware.

Unitimes AMA

Our CTO Steven Stewart recently did an in-depth AMA with Unitimes about dealing with bugs in smart contracts. Unitimes is a high-quality Asia-based blockchain media company that has also interviewed Vitalik Buterin, LivePeer and Truebit.

Steven covered many frequently asked questions about Quantstamp and smart contract security, as well as interesting new ones asked by the Unitimes community. Read the full interview here.

Fujitsu Accelerator Program

Head of APAC Kei Oda speaks at Fujitsu’s Accelerator Program demo day

We graduated from Fujitsu’s Accelerator Program. Fujitsu is Japan’s #1 IT service provider by revenue. Their accelerator program has been running since 2015 and their most recent batch is focused on Blockchain and AI. Our program ran from September to January and allowed us to network with other blockchain startups, as well as Japanese enterprises interested in the space.

Tokyo University Blockchain Program

Forward Deployed Engineer Yohei Oka teaches at Tokyo University

Our forward deployed engineer Yohei Oka taught a lesson as part of a 3-day fintech and blockchain course at Tokyo University — the top university in Japan.

Yohei’s segment was a technical introduction to smart contracts and smart contract security. We think that blockchain courses in mainstream educational institutions like this one are key to driving the next wave of blockchain innovation.

Temple University @ Quantstamp

Operations officer Tristan Thomas talks about Quantstamp at our San Francisco headquarters

We hosted Temple University Fox Business School students at Quantstamp HQ in San Francisco. Our team explained the basics of blockchain and smart contracts and how to make a meaningful contribution to these new and exciting fields. We also shared about Quantstamp, our mission, values, protocol, products, and services.

Directors Forum at UC San Diego

Besides educating students, we also make efforts to reach out to business leaders across industries. Our VP of Strategy Olga V. Mack spoke at the 14th Annual Directors Forum at the University of San Diego School of Business. She educated directors and executives from public and large private companies about secure innovation in blockchain and smart contracts.

ETHDenver 2019

The Quantstamp team will be hacking at ETHDenver, Feb 15–17 in Denver, Colorado. Follow us on Twitter to see what we’re up to then. If you’re at the event, you’re also welcome to drop by and say hi!

Interested in working for us?

We are hiring for a variety of positions globally. Check out our careers page.

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Note: This update includes information and forward-looking statements about upcoming events and concepts under continuing development. Schedules, features, and functionality are subject to change or cancellation at any time and you are not to place undue reliance on this information or any forward-looking statements.

June 13, 2019

Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security Released

Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security, the world’s first book dedicated to the subject of the security of blockchain applications, has been released. The book is written by smart contract security experts at Quantstamp.

May 29, 2019

Meet the Authors: Ed Zulkoski

Ed holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. His research there was primarily in SAT/SMT solvers and formal verification technologies, with a focus on understanding what makes SAT formulas hard or easy for solvers. Before joining Quantstamp, he worked at Microsoft Research.

May 23, 2019

What is a Smart Contract Audit?

Blockchain technology is promising to revolutionize entire industries, but hacks and exploits of popular blockchain applications threaten to undermine it before it even takes off. Isn’t blockchain supposed to be secure? It’s not that simple.