We’re beyond excited to announce the launch of the second iteration of ZPrize on September 15th, 2023! With the support of Aleo, AMD, Aztec, TrapDoor, Demox Labs, Ingonyama, ZKValidator, Cysic, and W3bCloud, ZPrize 2023 includes a prize pool of up $1.5 million in both US dollars and tokens.
This year’s prizes run the gamut from hardware acceleration on FPGAs and GPUs to the same via WASM and high throughput signature verification. Our 2023 prize architects, which will be announced in upcoming spotlight blogs, come from Demox Labs, Cysic, and zkSecurity, with deep, practical experience in all of this year’s categories and passion for pushing boundaries in their respective fields.
Prize submissions will be judged against current, leading technical benchmarks in their respective niches, with the largest rewards being paid out to those who are judged to have innovated the most in their respective areas, as well as to have created new systems to further the adoption of zero-knowledge tech. Zprize 2023 categories include, “Beat the Best” (FPGA/GPU), “Beat the Best” (WASM), and High Throughput Signature Verification
Here are the test harnesses for each prize category:
Last year’s inaugural iteration of ZPrize kicked off a new horizon for ZK cryptography, connecting web3 builders focused in on the zk-space with leading technology brands and resulting in multiple significant achievements such as:
All in all, the future for the greater area of zero-knowledge technology is bright and we expect ZPrize to continue to lead the charge, pushing boundaries and scaling innovation across the board.
Alex Pruden, the CEO of Aleo and Co-Founder of ZPrize said of this year’s competition:
“The need for zero-knowledge technology is clearer today, more so than ever before. Advancing ZK and ensuring the future of this groundbreaking technology is accessible to everyone is not just a technical ambition, but a societal imperative. We are truly humbled by the collective efforts of the global community, from the innovative companies of Web 3.0 to the traditional technology sectors, all coming together for this cause. Every advancement, every open-sourced submission, speaks volumes about our shared commitment to an open and cohesive ecosystem for the next generation of the web."
Here is the competition timeline:
Interested in getting involved in the 2023 ZPrize competition? Whether you’d like to sponsor a prize, start a team, or become part of the organizing DAO we’d love to have you. The competition commences on September 15th, so don’t hesitate to apply to be a competitor, reach out to email@example.com to explore sponsorship opportunities, or just hop into the community discord and say hi.
If you’d like to follow along with the competition as it progresses, make sure to follow ZPrize on Twitter and stay connected via subscribing to our blog. Last but not least, we’d like to thank our steering committee, our sponsors, our architects, our competitors, and our greater community. Without everyone’s hard work, ZPrize 2023 wouldn’t be possible!