Recap: Mina x Consensus 2023

A full recap of Mina’s events, workshops and all the ZK action at Consensus 2023.

Mina ecosystem members were excited to join over 15,000 attendees at Consensus in Austin, Texas this year. During the week of Consensus (April 24-28), the Mina ecosystem participated in 4 events, including its first-ever ZK360 event, a deep dive into the world of zero knowledge. 

Read on to learn more, see photos, and watch event replays.


Let's take a look at what events the @MinaProtocol held at #Consensus2023 ⚡️

Hopefully, next year we'll see the #Mina & @o1_labs team at @consensus2023 again.

— Daria F | Everstake 🇺🇦 (@DariaEverstake) April 28, 2023

Off the Chain Happy Hour

At the start of the week, Mina Protocol hosted its Off the Chain Happy Hour, where attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and networking! The event provided a fantastic opportunity for Consensus attendees to network and unwind while learning about Mina ecosystem developments, including zkIgnite and o1js (formerly SnarkyJS). The event welcomed over 160 attendees throughout the evening, and it provided a great platform for Mina community members to connect with potential investors, developers, and users of the Mina blockchain.

ZK 360: Exploring ZK Together

While zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs) were widely discussed at Consensus, Mina Protocol went further by hosting a one-day event called “ZK 360”. The event attracted over 150 attendees and focused on sharing the latest advancements and learnings in zero-knowledge technology. Mina Foundation CEO Evan Shapiro delivered a 15-minute keynote on “Exploring the world of ZK” to kick off the event, which was followed by four panel discussions covering topics from “The Future of ZK” to “Blockchains at Scale” featuring speakers from Polygon, Starkware, Algorand, and others. Two fireside chats on “zk Programmability” and “How to Launch a Business in ZK” took place between panels, featuring speakers from Mina Foundation and o1Labs.

Wow, the ZK 360 panel lineup looks amazing! Can't wait to hear from Alan Scott from @RAILGUN_Project about their innovative approach to privacy on the #blockchain. The future of privacy in the crypto space is bright! #PriFi

— Russell Evans (@Russell_evans1) April 27, 2023

TBH I can’t stop thinking about all the cool things to build or at least attempt to build after consensus and @MinaProtocol zk 360. Have a few cool ideas that’ll I try to build from their zkignite cohort 2.

— TTboycrypto //🦇🔊 💜 (@CryptoBonsai33) April 30, 2023

Watch the entire ZK 360 livestream here:

ZK in 2023: The Path Forward

Mina Protocol joined =nil; Foundation and YAP Global as co-hosts of ZK in 2023: The Path Forward. This Consensus side event featured a panel discussion and keynote presentations that focused on the future of zero-knowledge technology and how it will be integrated into daily life. The panel also featured speakers from Scroll and Aleo and attendees were able to enjoy a networking session following the panel discussions.

Watch Evan Shapiro’s Keynote (5 min):

Watch the Full ZK in 2023 Panel Discussion:

Web3 Deep Dive Podcast Launch Party

To close out the week, Mina Protocol sponsored the Web3 Deep Dive launch party in partnership with its host Rachel Wolfson. This new podcast goes in depth with industry experts on all the latest Web3 trends and developments. While at Consensus, Rachel interviewed Mina Foundation CEO Evan Shapiro for an episode about how ZKPs will help advance Web3.

Watch the full episode here:

Final Thoughts

Consensus offered a valuable chance for our team to connect with the Mina community, gain insights into the latest developments in Web3 and ZK technology, establish relationships with new ecosystem partners, and much more. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to reunite with community members at future events!

About Mina Protocol

Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain, powered by participants. Rather than apply brute computing force, Mina uses advanced cryptography and recursive zk-SNARKs to design an entire blockchain that is about 22kb, the size of a couple of tweets. It is the first layer-1 to enable efficient implementation and easy programmability of zero knowledge smart contracts (zkApps). With its unique privacy features and ability to connect to any website, Mina is building a private gateway between the real world and crypto—and the secure, democratic future we all deserve.

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