Episode 178: Exploring SNARKs for Sidechains with Alberto from Horizen

This week, Anna chats with Alberto Garoffolo from Horizen Labs for their upcoming Zendoo protocol and Latus sidechain proposal.

The episode centers around the world of sidechains for UTXO-based blockchains such as Horizen or Zcash. The Horizen team has developed Latus and Zendoo, a SNARK-powered mechanism for designing trustless sidechains. Alberto explains how Horizen’s Zendoo system works under the hood to connect a mainchain with a set of sidechains built for specific purposes, while Latus’s design diminishes reliance on bridge validators.

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Tomorrow we’re hosting the Privacy on Polkadot event as part of our ZK Validator work. This is going to be the first of many privacy-centric meetups for Polkadot and other chains, hosting privacy projects from across the Web3 space.

The event will run from 3 PM CET to 6 PM CET (9 AM-12 PM ET).
Here is the link to join: https://hopin.com/events/privacy-on-polkadot


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