Grantee Update #3

What have Panvala’s grantees been up to?

This is a monthly update with the most important announcements of our grantees.

Reminder: The first Panvala Poll closes this Friday at 7 PM ET. Cast your vote to help decide which teams receive grants in Batch 5.


Whiteblock announces their Genesis launch date: January 15th, 2020

Whiteblock’s primary product, Genesis, is a platform that lets anyone test and develop distributed systems in real-world scenarios. It focuses on making it easier for developers to carry out blockchain testing and validate assumptions before launching to mainnet.

Using Genesis, devs can spin up private and publicly joinable testnets and iterate against different parameters including:

  • Induced latency
  • Bandwidth
  • Number of nodes
  • Network partitions

Genesis will allow teams to quickly iterate on dapp designs and protocol architecture and test network assumptions without significant overhead or investing too much time.

Curious about how you can build your own test network using Whiteblock Genesis? Read this blog article.


ConsenSys Diligence launches AraGraph: DAO Permissions Visualized

One of our missions at Diligence is to do our part in helping communities and the ecosystem to level-up, not only by providing auditing services but by helping communities to embed security by default.

As part of that work, ConsenSys Diligence audited the Aragon DAO templates - smart contracts that deploy a new DAO and its applications configured for a specific scenario.

The tricky part when using these templates? You have to trust that whatever is being set up is working according to the trust model described in the DAO template specification. A lot of things can go wrong: Specification errors, coding mistakes, permission loopholes… Because of the complexity of Aragon based DAO’s, it is not easy to find these inconsistencies.

AraGraph aims to reduce that complexity by providing an easy way to visually review the DAO permission setup. It is a simple tool that visualizes DAO application and permission specifications, allowing designers, auditors and users to verify and cross-check the trust model for a DAO.

Want to know how Aragraph works? This blog article on the ConsenSys Diligence blog explains it all.


ConsenSys Diligence publishes the Vyper Preliminary Security Review

CDili, do you all ever take a break?

A few weeks ago, the team conducted a preliminary review of the Vyper compiler. The goal of this review was to identify what work remains before Vyper is ready for a full security audit.

Wondering what their recommendations are, or which interesting bugs were found? Learn more here.


Aragon 0.8.4 is now live on Rinkeby and Mainnet

Aragon 0.8.4 is a special minor release which features the first mainnet edition of Open Enterprise.

Open Enterprise is a new template and suite of Aragon applications built by Autark Labs. It offers tools for the management of open organizations, including:

  • Bounties
  • Work prioritization
  • Dividends, budgeting
  • Multi-recipient financial allocations

These tools expand the possibilities for how to reward and incentivize a network of contributors.

We believe we have the humble beginnings of a new way to organize and are taking steps towards an evolution of Open Source. We want to serve organizations that operate with the transparency and participatory spirit of open source projects, with the efficacy and scale of a transnational enterprise. We want to create collaborative futures.

To learn more about Open Enterprise, read their release announcement.

The release also features deep linking into specific votes in the app. This allows members to easily find and share the votes they want to draw attention to.

Want to try the release? Head to app.aragon.org!


PegaSys: Update your HyperLedger Besu Client

The Ethereum Istanbul network upgrade is coming up! The upgrade will be at block number 9,069,000, which is predicted to occur on Saturday, December 7 2019.

In preparation, node operators should upgrade their nodes prior to Sunday, December 1, 2019. You can download the latest HyperLedger Besu Client (v1.3.4) here.

If you are using an Ethereum client that is not updated to the latest version, your node will be stuck on the old chain. This means you will be unable to send ether or operate on the post-upgrade Ethereum network.

Want to learn more about the Istanbul upgrade? Read this article, which also includes download links to the latest versions of other Ethereum clients.


Gnosis announces the Gnosis Safe Contract Update 1.1.0 & Bug Bounty

The Gnosis Safe smart contracts are being updated to add greater functionality to the core contract. Some key features include:

  • Support for ERC1155 tokens and secure NFT (ERC 721) transfers
  • Emit more events
  • Support for ‘eth_sign’ signatures

For a full list of changes, see the release on Github.

As the next step towards making their contract update available to users, Gnosis is running a Bug Bounty program. Reward levels depend on threat severity, with high threats being rewarded with up to $100k, medium threats up to $10k and low threats up to $2k.

To learn more about the rules, scope and submission process, you can read this article.

Gnosis is also collaborating with other teams to develop the first ever non-fungible token advent calendar! Check it out here.


Level K launches an experimental Futarchy DAO on mainnet for Aragon Network Vote #5

As part of their work for the Futarchy Signaling Markets Nest grant, LevelK is launching the first Futarchy related experiment on the Ethereum mainnet.

Futarchy is a form of government in which individuals would vote not on whether or not to implement particular policies, but rather on a metric to determine how well their country (or organization) is doing, and then prediction markets would be used to pick the policies that best optimize the metric. (source)

(Need to refresh your memory about Futarchy? Here’s a short manifesto).

Collateral tokens will be airdropped for this launch, which means the only cost to participate is gas! For more info on how to participate, read this thread.


Gitcoin announces Quests & a new virtual hackathon

As part of their effort to onboard new users to the Ethereum ecosystem, Gitcoin launched Quests.

Gitcoin Quests are a fun, gamified way to learn about the Web3 ecosystem while earning rewards and competing with your friends. Interested in IPFS? Consider yourself an expert on consensus mechanisms? Want to learn more about the AZTEC Protocol? There’s a quest for everyone! Explore them today.

Would you rather participate in a virtual hackathon? Gitcoin has got you covered: The Global Communities hackathon is taking place from December 2nd to December 16th. During the hackathon, the BUIDL Network is hosting in-person meetups for participants in the hackathon. This enables participants to grow relationships both online and offline! Register here.


Status releases their Q3 Quarterly Report

The Status team releases a report of their highlights each quarter. These reports include sections like Current State of the App, Product & Swarm Updates, Funding, Contributors and much more. It’s a great way to get up to date on everything important that has happened in the Status ecosystem last quarter!

The report is available in English, Español, 中文, Français, Русский, Italiano, 日本語, Deutsch, and 한국어.


Bounties Network meta-transactions are now live

As part of their continued efforts to broaden the access their platform provides, the Bounties Network has deployed meta-transactions for users who don’t have the ETH necessary to pay for gas.

Through deploying meta-transactions, the Bounties Network is making it easier for new members of the Ethereum community to earn crypto through bounties, without first having to go through the hassle of buying it. This also provides an additional benefit for bounty issuers who are targeting individuals who might not have the means, education, or regulatory environment necessary to purchase ETH.

…this will help us continue exploring how bounties can be used for rapid organization within any community, with an intentional focus on those which are unrelated to Ethereum or cryptocurrency.”

Want to learn more about meta-transactions and the Bounties Network’s decision to deploy them? Read this blog article.


WalletConnect now supports Connext on mainnet

In v1 of Connext, dApps needed to host user keys themselves to that users could sign channel updates. This added an extra hurdle for users: They had to first get ETH or tokens into a wallet, and then also to get that value into a Connext channel.

In order to improve this process, Connext built the ChannelProvider: An extension of the existing Web3Provider standard that offers a new way to communicate with channels.

Using ChannelProvider with WalletConnect allows dApps and users to access channels in every browser window. This means that dApps can now safely leverage channels in a much easier way than before, while end users have extremely easy access to channels everywhere they go!

For more information and to play around with this yourself, click here.


Tenderly Discord Notifications are now live

After their Slack and Email integration, Tenderly has now also enabled Discord notifications. Users can now create alerts for their smart contracts and get alerts in real time. For example when an event with a specific parameter is emitted or a transaction fails. Learn more here.


Which of these updates are you most excited about? :thinking: Let us know in the comments below!