What is autumn without a solid ZK event that brings together the best of the community? In 2020, we had the ZK Summit Online. This year, 2021, the ZKValidator and Zero Knowledge Podcast bring you ZK Hack — a multi-round online event which offers ZK enthusiasts and practitioners an opportunity to learn while also challenging more advanced cryptographers and hackers.
The first round kicks off on Tuesday 26th October. You can signup here!
A few months ago, we asked our community if they would be interested in participating in a ZK Hackathon in Berlin. We received a lot of interest in this idea, however a large number of respondents wanted to learn more about zero knowledge proofs and the tooling surrounding their implementation and did not yet feel confident to build with ZK. The majority of respondents also expressed a preference for a virtual event.
And so the idea of ZK Hack was born!
ZK Hack is a virtual event spread over 7 consecutive weeks consisting of a series of workshops and round-based puzzle solving competitions. The ZK Hack workshops will be hosted by the top ZK projects and will teach participants about zero knowledge technology & the latest tools that can be used to engage with ZK. The puzzles, naturally with prizes to be won, will challenge the more advanced ZK users. These consist of broken advanced cryptography protocols. Find the bug and exploit it to win the bounty!
To capture some of the feel of a hackathon and to give people a new place to start connecting with others in the community, we have also created a discord channel dedicated to the ZK Hack. You can check it out here. Follow us on twitter for updates.
The idea for a future ZK Hackathon is not dead, instead we see this as an event that leads to our future ZK Hackathon (currently planned for Spring 2022). In the meantime, come learn, hack and hang out with the ZK community! See you there!