The Baking Sheet - Issue #200

This Week in the Tezos Ecosystem

Tez/Dev 2024 is coming!

Tez/Dev 2024: Reflecting on Tezos' Evolution and Future

Greetings from the Future

Ah, Brussels. A city often whispered in the same breath as grand plazas and intricate chocolate, yet on July 11, 2024, it will resonate with the hum of Tezos’ finest at Tez/Dev 2024. Held adjacent to EthCC, Tez/Dev 2024 promises to be an essential meeting point for builders, partners, and Web3 enthusiasts.

After an electrifying previous edition in Paris, this upcoming event is gearing up to captivate the Tezos community with discussions, presentations, and collaborations from the entire ecosystem.

Lessons from Paris

Reflecting on the previous year’s event in Paris offers valuable insights into what we might anticipate this coming year. Tez/Dev 2023 was not just a meeting but a revelation of the dynamic capabilities of Tezos. Speakers like Hadrien Zerah from Nomadic Labs provided more than just data; they offered visions of a robust Tezos ecosystem, guiding us through complex landscapes with the precision of a cartographer.

Arthur Breitman’s discussion on the future of Tezos underscored a commitment to groundbreaking advancements such as Ultra-High Throughput rollups. His presentation wasn’t simply informative; it was a compelling narrative about Tezos' path toward enhancing scalability and efficiency.

The interactive workshops were microcosms of the broader Tezos ecosystem, each session a deep dive into the technological, strategic, and practical applications of Tezos. From achieving remarkable transaction speeds to exploring the integration of gaming and blockchain, these workshops illustrated the practical and potential uses of Tezos

Whispering Brussels

As we pivot our gaze to Brussels, it's natural to wonder about the stories that will unfold at Tez/Dev 2024. The conference promises to be a fertile ground for both reinforcing and challenging the existing narratives within the Tezos community. It will be a place where new ideas are not only shared but rigorously examined and refined.

What new developments in Tezos technology will be revealed? How will the discussions shape the strategic direction of the Tezos ecosystem? These are questions that not only provoke thought but invite active participation from everyone involved in the sphere of Tezos.

A Call to the Curious

And so, to you reading this—whether you're a builder, a thinker, a dreamer or, merely curious—consider this your invitation. Not just to a conference, but to a journey. Register, yes, but more importantly, prepare to engage, to challenge, to be challenged, and to leave a bit different than you arrived.

As I send these thoughts out into the world, I can't help but anticipate the connections to be made, and the revelations to be had. Who knows what seeds of innovation will be sown in the fertile grounds of Brussels?

What I do know is this: the future of Tezos, of blockchain, of us—it's being written. And it's a story I cannot wait to read.

Magic Deepens Integration With Tezos to Simplify Web3 Access

Magic, a company working on streamlining Web3 user experience, is expanding its integration with the Tezos ecosystem to ensure full compatibility across its suite of products. The project aims to simplify user onboarding and authentication friction by providing a system that abstracts away the complexities of crypto wallets, making it easier for end-users to get started with Tezos. The objective of simplifying user entry points and security procedures is to make blockchain technology more accessible and user-friendly.

The next stage of this integration involves implementing familiar Web2 login flows to simplify the user onboarding process for applications built on Tezos - ultimately driving more activity into the Tezos blockchain. Sean Li, co-founder and CEO of Magic, said of the new development:

“Like Magic, Tezos is security-focused and is onboarding the masses through trailblazing brands such as Ubisoft. Since day one, Magic has aimed to simplify the complexities of wallets for a multi-chain world. Today, we are excited to deepen our integration with Tezos and bring our ecosystems together, offering the best possible user experience to onboard the next billion users to Web3.” - Sean Li, Co-founder and CEO of Magic.

In recognition of their shared values and the substantial advantages they offer to Web3 developers, Tezos has become one of the five featured chains on the Magic platform, alongside Solana, Ethereum, Polygon, and Flow. This distinction highlights the strength of their partnership and their mutual commitment to enhancing the accessibility and functionality of blockchain technologies.

About Magic

Magic is a leading wallet-as-a-service provider dedicated to enabling businesses to harness the benefits of Web3 without the complexities traditionally associated with blockchain technology. The core of their service is seamless authentication - verifying users’ identities to simplify interactions with blockchain technology.

Over 170,000 companies and developers, including Fortune 500 giants, actively utilizing Magic’s infrastructure reflects the effectiveness of its services. Here are some of the core benefits of their service:

  • Authentication: user-friendly SDKs and APIs empower developers to integrate robust authentication mechanisms into their projects while maintaining security and user convenience.

  • Security and compliance: SOC2, ISO, and CCPA certifications demonstrate their commitment to security and regulatory compliance and ensuring the protection of user data.

  • Meets Web2 demands: Magic’s infrastructure can generate 2,000 wallets per second, seamlessly meeting the demands of both Web2 and Web3 environments by adeptly handling high user volumes.

Empowers builders across diverse projects: demonstrated versatility in supporting various projects, ranging from Web3 native ventures like Immutable Passport and Helium Mobile to well-known companies in the Web2 realm, such as Mattel and Macy’s.

Tezos and Magic

Tezos has been integrated into Magic for a while now, and it’s always been one of the top 10 blockchains in the Magic ecosystem - brimming with activity. Here are some stats of the integration so far:

  • Over 1500+ monthly downloads of Magic’s Tezos extensions;

  • Tens of thousands of wallets have been created through Magic on the Tezos blockchain this year alone.

By seamlessly incorporating the full suite of Magic’s authentication technology, Tezos-powered dapps can offer users a frictionless onboarding experience, eliminating traditional passwords and reducing barriers to entry.

The next integration phase significantly improves the user experience, making interacting with dapps on the Tezos blockchain easier.

To learn more, visit Tezos and Magic, and stay tuned by following Tezos on Twitter.

Engage with Blockchain Leaders: A Live Discussion with Tezos Co-Founder Arthur Breitman and Industry Experts

This Friday, join Tezos Co-Founder Arthur Breitman for a lively discussion on hot topics in blockchain like interoperability, decentralization, and protocols. Mark your calendars for April 26th at 13:15 UTC.

Arthur will be chatting with some key players in the blockchain space:

  • John Alan Woods, CTO at Algorand Foundation,

  • Charles Hoskinson, founder of IOHK,

  • Bob Summerwill, Executive Director at the ETC Cooperative,

  • Jeremy, host of The BCH Podcast.

The event will be hosted by the dynamic duo, The Blonde Broker and Genzio. Make sure you tune in for this engaging conversation with industry leaders! You can catch the live discussion on X Spaces via this link. Don’t miss it—it's going to be a great opportunity to hear straight from the experts!

This Week in the Tezos Ecosystem

Discover the Vibrant Tezos Art Community in NYC

Recently, over 300 artists, curators, collectors, and builders gathered in New York City for an extraordinary immersive art experience powered by Tezos. This event showcased the vibrant and diverse talents within the Tezos art community.

If you missed it, don't worry! You can catch a glimpse of the amazing art, stirring performances, and insightful panel discussions in the recap video. Highlights include performances by Graphite Method, Vincent D'Onofrio, Laurence Fuller, and A Tchuca, along with panel discussions led by experts like Leslie A. Spurlock and Sunny Sangwan, moderated by Aaron Vick.

The event was brilliantly organized by Victoria West and featured curators from Graphite Method, theVERSEverse, Obscura DAO, Tez Vends Machine, and more, making it a landmark event in the NYC art scene.

Check out the YouTube short here to experience a piece of this stellar event. Dive into the world of Tezos-powered art and see how it's shaping the future of creativity and blockchain.

MetaPals' Strategic Move to Tezos

There's important news from MetaPals—they've recently shared a blog detailing their transition to the Tezos blockchain. Why Tezos, you might wonder? This choice is closely aligned with MetaPals' goals for sustainability and upgradeability, offering a platform that supports their vision for future digital environments.

In collaboration with Kukai Wallet, MetaPals is simplifying access to the blockchain. Users can now create cryptocurrency wallets using their social media logins, streamlining the process to engage with NFTs on Tezos.

This shift to Tezos enhances the capabilities of MetaPals. These digital companions are designed to evolve, learn, and participate in activities alongside their users, providing a more engaging and personalized experience.

Ownership and interoperability are also significant benefits of this move. With Tezos, each MetaPal can be securely accessed across different devices and platforms, enhancing user convenience and interaction.

For those interested in the implications of this strategic decision, MetaPals' recent blog post offers a deeper understanding of how this move to Tezos could enrich our digital interactions. This initiative marks a significant step in integrating digital companionship seamlessly into our everyday digital lives. Join us in exploring what this means for the future of personal digital interactions.

Stables, the innovative Web3 Equestrian Fantasy Game based in Paris, has taken a significant step forward by appointing Lebnan Nader as its new Chief Executive Officer. Known for his extensive experience in the venture capital and gaming sectors, Nader is set to lead Stables into a new phase of international growth.

Key Developments Include:

  • New Leadership: Lebnan Nader, with a track record of founding and managing tech and gaming companies, is now at the helm.

  • Global Expansion: Stables is set to reach an international audience by incorporating horses and owners from outside France.

  • Investment and Support: Backed by the Tezos Foundation, alongside PMU and startup studio 321, enhancing the game’s development and reach.

  • Enhanced Game Features:

    • Seasonal horse racing systems.

    • An in-game leaderboard.

    • "The Paddock Gazette" for detailed NFT data analysis and performance comparison.

Community Focus and Future Outlook
Nader emphasizes the importance of the community, which currently consists of 70% French and 30% international players. With new features that allow free exploration of Stables, the game is poised to attract a broader audience and provide a richer, more accessible gaming experience.

Under Nader's leadership, Stables aims to transform the landscape of equestrian fantasy gaming by leveraging blockchain technology to create a more dynamic and inclusive platform.

Alphabot Completes Integration with Tezos for Enhanced NFT Whitelisting

Alphabot, a leading raffle software widely used by top Web3 communities, has successfully completed its integration with the Tezos blockchain. This new development allows users to whitelist their NFTs built on Tezos, streamlining the process and enhancing user experience.

Key Points:

  • Integration: Alphabot's new functionality supports the Tezos blockchain, enabling efficient whitelisting of NFTs.

  • Capabilities: Renowned for its robust raffle system, Alphabot facilitates thousands of raffles weekly, with millions of whitelist spots awarded to date.

  • Community Benefit: This integration is expected to benefit the large user base of Alphabot by providing additional flexibility and options for managing their digital assets.

For more information on how to leverage this new feature with your Tezos-based NFTs, visit Alphabot's website.

Tezos Open Call for NFC24: A Chance to Showcase Immersive Art

Tezos is inviting artists to participate in an exciting opportunity to showcase their video artworks at the upcoming NFC24 event in an immersive exhibition space. This open call, curated by and Xcollabz, is seeking submissions of dynamic video artworks with sound, including film, AI video, animated generative art, 3D creations, and performances.

How to Enter:

  • Follow @Tezos on Twitter.

  • Reply to the designated tweet with your artwork.

  • Engage with the post by liking and retweeting.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Artwork Requirements: Video or moving images with sound, lasting between 30 to 90 seconds.

  • Minting: Art must be minted on the Tezos blockchain prior to the exhibition.

  • Selection: Approximately 20 artists will be chosen.

  • Reward: Selected artists will receive a 100 tez exhibition fee.

  • Deadline: All entries must be submitted by April 28, 23:59 UTC.

For more details and to participate, visit the contest page: Tezos NFC Art Open Call.

DMission Joins Forces with Tezos for Enhanced Blockchain Integration

DMission is excited to announce its full integration with Tezos, a blockchain platform celebrated for its upgradable protocol, community-driven governance, and strong security features. This integration follows a strategic partnership with the Tezos Foundation, allowing users to launch Tezos-based quests and campaigns directly from the DMission platform, enhancing both reach and marketing effectiveness with an improved user experience.

Key Features of the Integration:

  • Enhanced Capabilities: Users can now deploy marketing quests and events on Tezos, leveraging DMission's robust features tailored specifically for Web3 projects.

  • Customized Tools: DMission provides API-customized templates and specialized technical support, particularly enhancing the experience for projects built on Tezos.

  • Kukai Wallet Integration: This feature simplifies the completion of on-chain and off-chain tasks, fostering a seamless community-driven experience across the Tezos ecosystem.

  • Broadening Reach: The collaboration introduces new blockchain-based possibilities to a wide audience, including developers, gamers, and investors, inviting them to explore innovative and inclusive solutions.

This strategic partnership signifies a milestone for DMission, not just in connecting with one of the most reliable blockchain protocols but also in paving a new path toward innovation and user-centric experiences in the blockchain space

This Week in Tezos Development

Tezos Foundation Grants Support to Functori's Project Pandora

The Tezos Foundation has awarded a new grant to Functori for their innovative project, "Pandora." This initiative is designed to enhance the Tezos blockchain by providing a secure, scalable, and cost-effective method for certifying data.

Project Highlights:

  • Objective: Pandora aims to certify data on the Tezos blockchain, ensuring its security, scalability, and cost-efficiency.

  • Technology: The platform utilizes Tezos' smart optimistic rollups, which play a critical role in ensuring data integrity and authenticity.

  • Benefits:

    • Data Immutability: Ensures that once data is recorded on the blockchain, it cannot be altered, providing a trustworthy environment for data handling.

    • Transparency: Maintains clear visibility of data changes and history, enhancing trust and accountability in data transactions.

    • Simplification: Integrates data certification processes into blockchain operations, streamlining workflows and reducing complexity.

For those interested in learning more about the Pandora project and its potential impacts on the Tezos ecosystem, additional information is available on Functori's website: Learn more about Pandora.

This grant marks another step forward for the Tezos Foundation in its mission to support projects that enhance the blockchain's capabilities and foster a more secure and efficient ecosystem.

🔴 Now Streaming: Tezos Creator Spotlight | Retro Manni

Join us as we spotlight Retro Manni! Retro Manni joins us to talk about his larger vision for his fascinating Retro Man project and his journey to realizing that vision here in the Tezos ecosystem. Retro Man, for those who might not know, is an ambitious multimedia project encompassing NFTs, an audiobook, and eventually also both a game and a film.

Where to Watch: