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POST / 2020-12-17 / Announcement

Mina Launches Adversarial Testnet in Lead-Up to Mainnet Launch to Ensure Network Strength and Resilience

Mina launches its adversarial testnet, "Testworld," to uncover vulnerabilities and ensure the network is resilient in the lead-up to mainnet.

Mina launches “Testworld” to ensure network security ahead of Mainnet.

San Francisco, CA December 17, 2020Mina, the world’s lightest blockchain, launches its adversarial testnet, «Testworld,» to uncover vulnerabilities and ensure the network is resilient in the lead-up to mainnet. Participants can earn up to 1% of the total supply in token rewards across both adversarial and concurrent bug bounty programs. Additionally, participants can gain eligibility to participate in the Genesis token grants program that will support them in becoming mainnet block producers.

Evan Shapiro, CEO and Co-Founder of O(1) Labs, the team behind Mina, expressed, «As we prepare for an upcoming mainnet launch, this adversarial testnet phase is key to ensuring Mina’s network is strong and resilient to hacks.»

Adversarial testnet participants can win token rewards in a variety of ways:

  • Uncovering vulnerabilities
  • Accruing testnet tokens
  • Scoring high points on the leaderboard

Testworld participants will also be eligible to qualify for a Genesis grant, with up to 780 slots still available. This is the last opportunity community members will have to qualify for a grant before mainnet launches.

To-date, Mina’s testnet has hit a series of milestones that makes its forthcoming mainnet one of the most highly anticipated projects to be launched in 2021:

  • The first production system to implement a recursive zk-SNARK with no trusted setup—Pickles
  • 1,200 users from over 180 countries have participated on the Mina testnet, with 10,000+ community members participating in the greater Mina ecosystem—on track to be larger than Polkadot, Cardano, and Avalanche
  • 220 Genesis Founding Members—core contributors who are highly skilled in Mina’s technology
  • 25 Technical community ambassadors from 15+ countries

Mina’s unique deployment of recursive zk-SNARKs ensures the blockchain always stays the same size—about 20 kilobytes (the size of a few tweets). This unique application of zero knowledge proofs enables Mina to remain lightweight and easy for anyone to participate as a node. Additionally, Mina’s consensus mechanism allows for unlimited validator slots, and the documentation and tooling makes it easy for people who are new to crypto to get started.

Signup to participate in the Adversarial testnet here: http://minaprotocol.com/adversarial

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About Mina 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 and always will be about 22kb, the size of a couple tweets, ushering in a new era of blockchain accessibility. With its robust decentralized network and open-programmable currency, Mina is powering a more efficient and fair Web 3.0 so anyone can participate, build, exchange and thrive. Mina is a project of O(1) Labs, a leader in verifiable computation.