*Snapps are now zkApps – learn more about the update in this blog
The ZK Hack zkApps Workshop and the zkApps Bootcamp co-hosted by Mina Foundation and Mina ecosystem partner O(1) Labs have successfully concluded as of last week. These two events were the first opportunities for the Mina community to learn about and try out SnarkyJS, a TypeScript library to write zero-knowledge smart contracts for Mina. Mina Foundation and O(1) Labs were happy to learn that the zkApps Workshop, hosted in partnership with ZK Hack, received the largest turnout out of all seven workshops in the series. Participation in the 4-day zkApps Bootcamp was intentionally capped to provide a better experience for attendees, and we received overwhelming interest (over 400 applications), ultimately hosting developers from over 20 different countries.
Overall, we saw a lot of enthusiasm and skills from attendees of both events, and SnarkyJS also received positive feedback from participants. For instance, we heard from a bootcamp participant:
“It’s far and away the easiest ZK thing I have used…SnarkyJS is way more fun to write in than Circom.”
zkApps Project Highlights
During the zkApps Bootcamp, O(1) Labs engineers walked through the high level architecture of zkApps, how to write smart contracts using SnarkyJS, and developer participants were asked to write a game using SnarkyJS. In addition to the intro session, participants also had the chance to join several informal office hour calls with O(1) Labs to ask questions, discuss their projects, and exchange tips and tricks with one another. By the end of the 4 days, many interesting games/projects were submitted. Here are just a few of them:
- Stir with JarofPickles by Karol#4597
- Sealed Bid Auction by maltabba#4003
- Bulls and Cows by Pete | grid0.xyz#1910
- zkApp DogNet by Makalore#7996
- zkApps Hangman by TauLepton#7102
Other zkApps developed during the bootcamp can be found on this community-created zkApps directory. Those who continue to build zkApps are encouraged to add their creations to the directory!
zkApps Builders Program
Supporting the growth of Mina’s ecosystem is a key priority, and the zkApps Builders Program was created to foster developer interest and contributions to zkApps. Those selected for the zkApps Builders Program will get hands-on support and resources over the course of several months to develop and launch their own Mina zkApps application. Recipients will receive $10K in MINA tokens to support their work and contribute to improving the zkApps developer experience and documentation for future builders.
The Mina Foundation and O(1) Labs are excited to share that the following participants are selected to join the zkApps Builders Program:
- Comdex#3801 & coldStar1993#6265
Those who have been selected will receive emails with more details on next steps. We really appreciate everyone’s efforts and participation and cannot wait to continue growing zkApps with all of you.
The zkApps Developers Workshop and Bootcamp were important steps towards the first easy programmable zero knowledge dapps. The immediate next focus will be to implement learnings from feedback from the events to create better zkApps documentation & improve SnarkyJS.
If you have any feedback on the zkApps Bootcamp, please feel free to leave it here.
Alongside opening zkApps testing to a wider community via a testnet in the new year, there will also be more similar events like this workshop and bootcamp to educate and support more developers building smart contracts on Mina.
We invite you to become more familiar with zkApps via these resources:
- zkApps Developer Documentation
- What are zkApps?
- Real-World Use Cases that Mina zkApps Enable
- 10 zkApps Use Cases
You can also join the developer community on the #zkapps-developers channel on Discord. If you’re a developer interested in programming with zero-knowledge smart contracts, subscribe to stay updated on future opportunities to interact with zkApps and SnarkyJS!
About Mina Protocol
Mina Protocol is being incubated by O(1) Labs, the leader in zk-SNARKs and verifiable computation. Mina Protocol, the world’s lightest blockchain, provides a foundation for the decentralized digital economy (Web 3.0), by affording all participants fully P2P, permissionless access to the chain, from any device. By utilizing recursive zk-SNARKs, the Mina blockchain always stays the same size — about 20 kilobytes (the size of a few tweets). Recursive zk-SNARKs allow nodes to rapidly share and update proof of the correct blockchain state across the network. This breakthrough application of zk-SNARKs solves the issues of scalability and high barrier to entry for nodes that have plagued legacy blockchains to-date. By making it easier for nodes to participate, Mina improves decentralization and therefore security of the network. The Mina blockchain can be easily accessed from any device, including phones and browsers, and can be seamlessly integrated into new decentralized applications (dapps).