Build on Mina with zkApps, smart contracts powered by zero knowledge. Learn about the technology and stay up to date on upcoming programs and grants.
The roadmap is a vision and starting point for unlocking the era of ZK programmability with the Mina ecosystem.
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.
Mina Foundation is delighted to announce a new grants program, Core, which aims to support projects committed to improving Mina Protocol and invites builders and innovators to contribute to the ongoing success of the network by promoting innovation. Focusing on high-priority development areas, the Core program aims to fund projects that push the boundaries of […]Read more
Mina Foundation Head of Product, Brian McKenna, speaks to Coindesk Korea about why zero knowledge and Mina are key to advancing blockchain to the next level.Read more