zkDay Istanbul: Accelerating Growth in the ZK Community
The community supporting zero-knowledge (ZK) technology grows as it solves popular use cases. Vitalik Buterin and 1,200 other ZK engineers, community members, and enthusiasts attended the latest zkDay Istanbul.
ZK gatherings draw 1,500 to 4,000 people, while zkDay Istanbul, a knowledge-sharing and collaboration platform, saw a surge in interest.
The interest and attendance for zkDay is a testament to the community’s interest in the space, and we are excited to see that interest continuing to grow from country to country.”
The event was built on the success of zkDay Paris, which drew early-stage ZK entrepreneurs and market players. ZK-focused initiatives from various stages met with top members of zkDay sponsor projects, Manta Network, co-hosted by Polyhedra Network, and nil Foundation.
Devconnect 2023, an Ethereum community, builder, and researcher event, coincided with zkDay Istanbul. Many high-quality projects, including ETH Global winners, competed in the zkDay Pitch competition.
Li expects more collaborations with zkDay Pitch sponsor ETH Global to promote promising startups. Polyhedra Network CEO Abner Jia shared Li’s optimism regarding ZK growth.
With more projects and enthusiasts joining the ZK ecosystem, it’s clear that the community is on a strong growth trajectory.”
Li noted that zkDay Istanbul attendees emphasized the ZK community’s alignment with the primary objective of Web3 developers, consumers, and the community.
“That’s why we are so focused on our universal circuits at Manta Pacific, where we can offer ZK-as-a-service so developers can hit the ground running, launching EVM [Ethereum Virtual Machine]-compatible decentralized applications that leverage ZK without having to figure out the cryptographic elements.”
Despite variations in privacy, scalability, and real-world applications, the two communities share a decentralization and innovation philosophy.
The ZK dev community’s year-over-year increase predicts a bright future for ZK technology. Jia feels collaboration is essential for the ZK ecosystem’s growth.
We all want a fair, decentralized future. Li said using ZK is only another step. Jia also disclosed deVirgo, Polyhedra’s new distributed proof system on zkBridge, when discussing ZK’s future. Collaborations are welcome.
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