Ethereum is a global community, but within that larger ecosystem resides a vast and vibrant web of local, grassroots communities.
These are the local community nodes a scaling point for thousands of ethers, often organized around meeting a shared geography, language, or land. They are also a gateway for the soon-to-be-thousands of ethereal people to engage, be it through meetups, talks, hackathons, study groups and the like. Which means they are home to countless opportunities for the ecosystem to grow. As such, the Ethereum Foundation is constantly looking for ways to support and learn from local communities.
To this end, EF has piloted the concept of “local grant waves,” where we work closely with organizers to coordinate a fixed-length, community-focused open call for proposals.
EF has tested local grants in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and, most recently, in 2020, Honduras and Colombia. Today, we’re excited to share the recipient roundup for Honduras and Colombia!
|Francisco R. nunezu||Honduras – Crafts Market Supply Chain||community||A pilot project that helps local artisans sell their products internationally, while giving customers a way to certify that the crafts are made by Honduran artisans and Honduran materials.|
|shy panda||shy panda||dap||An Ethereum-based donation platform that helps animal protection organizations receive funding from donors around the world|
|juan mayen||Spanish content production||community / education||A series of education articles related to Ethereum for the Spanish speaking community|
|fixed salary||Stablepay Layer 2 SDK||DevTools / Infrastructure||An open SDK to remove all the complexities of Layer 2 integration into a single Web3-like library that users can use and extend|
|macaotech||macaotech||community / education||Organized local Ethereum study groups and educational workshops|
|ballot paper||ballot paper||dap||A mobile voting app that helps individuals and organizations easily conduct secure, transparent and fully auditable elections using smart contracts|
|Oscar Fonseca||decentralized transparency platform||dap||A transparent and traceable funding platform that allows donors to track fund utilization and progress of funded projects|
|Rodimiro Cerato Espinal||Tester: A generalized network-based blockchain protocol testing tool||DevTools / Infrastructure||A simulation and testing tool that enables developers to quickly set up a confined, fast and real environment with all the necessary services pre-configured.|
|Organizers of the Ethereum Bogotá, Caribe and Medellin Meetup communities||local community events||community / education||The continued growth and development of local Ethereum communities in Colombia|
|netherium||Onboarding .NET Devs to Ethereum||community / education||Spanish developer creating content to help onboard .NET engineers into the Ethereum ecosystem.|
|diego mazo||Descubriendo Blockchain||community / education||The continuing evolution of the Descrubiendo Blockchain, a Devcon-supported series of Spanish-language educational videos covering the basics of Ethereum.|
|True||TRU Academic Certificate||research||Mapping the Opportunities and Challenges in the Use Case for Issuing Colombian University Diplomas on Ethereum|
|Christian Gil and Juan David Reyes Pezu||The State of the Crypto Ecosystem in Colombia: Findings from a Local Perspective||research||A case study report examines real-world examples of how crypto is being used in Colombia today, aimed at helping governments and social impact organizations better understand Ethereum and blockchain technology.|
|Bram Dufour, Santiago Vallejo Toro, Edwin Valencia Toro||ETS (Emissions Trading System) for Colombia using Blockchain||research||Analysis of the Ethereum-based Emissions Trading System (ETS) use case aimed at helping Colombian governments and relevant organizations better understand the use case|
Thanks to all the applicants, the organizers who cooperated with these tours, and especially Christian Espinoza Garner who served as the lead organizer for the Honduras Local Grant last year!
Local communities are contributing to Ethereum in powerful ways, from onboarding developers, to building tools around novel use cases, producing documentation in myriad languages, and welcoming new builders and users to Ethereum. The position of the Ethereum community is strong, thanks in no small part to these contributions. In 2021, we look forward to continuing to support a seemingly endless source of energy, innovation and inspiration. The work has just started!
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