Build on Mina with zkApps, smart contracts powered by zero knowledge. The SDK, based on Typescript, will be available soon.
Users today are compelled to hand over their data to centralized entities in order to participate in the modern world. But Mina’s zkApps, smart contracts powered by zero knowledge, keep users in control of their privacy by validating and sharing proofs of their data, rather than the data itself. Think about getting a loan by simply sharing a proof of your personal ID and credit score, rather than the data itself. No risk of your personal information being hacked or sold. You are the only one owning your data, and it never leaves your device.
Given Mina’s lightweight design and the off-chain nature of Mina’s zkapp smart contract computations, it’s easy to use the Mina proof system from other chains. There is currently work being done to establish a bridge between Mina and Ethereum, and progress made on this can also go towards building trustless bridges between different chains. This will result in the ability for dapps on other chains to take advantage of the privacy-preserving data verification, efficient proofs of large computations and secure login features of Mina’s zkApps.
Other blockchain protocols don’t interact with the internet, limiting their applications’ scope and utility. But Mina’s zkApps can privately interact with any website and access verified real world data for use on-chain. So developers can leverage data on the internet and easily bring it on-chain — without ever compromising the privacy of users.
Traditional chains are becoming so heavy that users need to rely on intermediaries to run nodes, going against the original decentralization promise of blockchain and leaving the network more susceptible to a 51% attack. But Mina’s lightweight 22kb blockchain means anyone can easily connect peer-to-peer and validate transactions like a full node, ensuring strong censorship-resistance and security for the blockchain.
Other blockchains are run by powerful ecosystem intermediaries, but Mina is powered by participants. Our inclusive community unites people around the world with a passion for decentralized blockchain. In fact, we have one of the largest and most active communities of any project launched in the last few years.
Why did we create the world's lightest blockchain? To rebalance the scales and give anyone with a smartphone the power to participate, build, exchange and thrive.
In its "State of Zero-Knowledge Report 2022" survey, the Mina Foundation gauges the sentiment of crypto traders and developers about zero-knowledge proofs. Among its key findings: More than 40% of respondents see Finance as the industry most in need of zero-knowledge proofs.Read more