The Baking Sheet - Issue #204

Welcome to the Paris Era

Tezos will implement the 15th Protocol Upgrade: Paris B

Paris B Proposal Passes Final Vote and Reaches Quorum

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Baking Sheet! It’s been an awesome week in the Tezos ecosystem, and we’ve officially landed in Paris—not the city, but the Paris B proposal! In a landmark moment for the Tezos ecosystem, the Paris B proposal has officially passed the final vote, reaching the required quorum. This marks the beginning of the adoption phase in the governance cycle, where the proposal will move forward to being implemented on the Tezos blockchain.

The Paris B proposal has been eagerly anticipated due to its potential to significantly enhance the Tezos network. It includes several key improvements designed to boost efficiency, security, and overall functionality. The successful vote reflects strong community support and consensus, showcasing the robust democratic processes that Tezos is known for.

Key Features of the Paris B Proposal:

  • Reduced Block Times: Faster transactions to enhance network performance.

  • Data Availability Layer (DAL): Improvements to throughput and scalability, benefiting Smart Rollups.

  • Adaptive Issuance and Staking: Refinements to the economic mechanisms ensuring long-term sustainability and security.

  • Adaptive Slashing: A nuanced approach to penalizing protocol violations, aligned with severity and intent.

This achievement wouldn't have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our bakers and Tezos holders. Your votes and support have pushed the proposal across the finish line, demonstrating the power of collective effort in driving progress. As we move into the adoption phase, these enhancements will be integrated into the Tezos blockchain, paving the way for a more powerful and efficient network.

From the mysterious L.M. Goodman’s White Paper to now having successfully implemented 15 upgrades, the biggest strength of Tezos is its ability to evolve with the latest technology. This is where the tagline "your blockchain is our testnet" truly shines.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this crucial vote. Stay tuned for more updates on the implementation process and how these changes will benefit the Tezos ecosystem.

Games Built on Tezos Shine at Doujin Market 2024 in Singapore

From the historic boulevards of Paris to the bustling streets of Singapore, the Tezos ecosystem continues to make waves. Games built on Tezos had a fantastic presence at Doujin Market 2024, Singapore's premier pop culture creators convention. This event, held on Saturday, May 11, featured over 600 artists, illustrators, and makers from around the world, making it a significant platform for showcasing creative talent.

At Doujin Market 2024, visitors had the chance to explore and join whitelists for some of the most exciting games built on Tezos, in partnership with Neo Tokyo Project. The event was a massive success, with over 13,000 attendees getting a firsthand look at the innovative games powered by Tezos.

Here are the standout games that were showcased at the event:

  • Star Symphony: The first rhythm game designed for esports

  • MetaPals: Step into a digital universe right from your browser with MetaPals—the world's first blockchain-integrated browser extension game engine.

  • BattleTabs: BattleTabs is an online game which is similar to the board game Battleship.

  • Cricket Stars: Cricket Stars is the worlds first strategy collectible card game of Cricket
    BattleRise: Defend the world against the forces of the evil God of Death in a free-to-play mobile fantasy RPG

Event Highlights

The event was a vibrant celebration of anime, manga, and games, featuring a diverse range of activities and showcases. Visitors not only got to experience these games but also had the opportunity to join whitelists, ensuring they stayed updated and involved in these projects. The Doujin Market 2024 truly was an event for the books, highlighting the growing influence and presence of blockchain technology in the gaming industry.

Check out the recap video to see the highlights and excitement of the event.

The presence of Tezos-powered games at such a prominent event underscores the creative potential within the Tezos ecosystem. As we continue to see these projects grow and thrive, Tezos is becoming a clear choice for games built on blockchain.

Tezos at Consensus 2024: What to Expect

From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, our journey now takes us to the vibrant city of Austin and its iconic South Congress Avenue for Consensus 2024. This three-day conference, running from May 29-31, is the biggest and most established global event for everything crypto, blockchain, and Web3. And Tezos will be there in full force, with a special highlight being a keynote from Tezos co-founder, Arthur Breitman.

Spotlight on Tezos at Consensus 2024

Tezos' presence at Consensus 2024 will be a focal point for attendees interested in cutting-edge blockchain technology. Arthur Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, is set to deliver a keynote address at the AI Summit, bringing his insights and vision to one of the most anticipated gatherings in the blockchain world.

Tezos at the AI Summit

The AI Summit at Consensus 2024 will take place on Friday, May 31, featuring sessions devoted to the intersection of crypto and AI. Arthur Breitman will be speaking alongside other notable figures like Morpheus contributor Erik Vorhees. This summit will explore how blockchain technology can integrate with and enhance AI, providing a thought-provoking look at the future of these two rapidly evolving fields.

Visit the Tezos Booth

While attending Consensus 2024, make sure to visit the Tezos booth at booth 1801 for more in-depth discussions and to connect with the Tezos community. The booth will be a hub for learning about the latest developments, networking with other Tezos enthusiasts, and exploring the innovative projects being built on Tezos.

Why Attend?

Consensus 2024 offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest developments in blockchain technology, with sessions tailored for both beginners and experts. For Tezos enthusiasts, it's a chance to see how the platform is positioning itself within the broader blockchain ecosystem and to engage with the community and developers driving its growth.

From Paris to Singapore, and now to Austin, Tezos is making its mark on the global stage. Be sure to join us at Consensus 2024 to witness firsthand the strides Tezos is making in the world of blockchain.

For more details and to register, visit Consensus 2024 Registration.

Ten Major Cultural Projects Released with WAC LAB

Web3 for the Arts and Culture (WAC) Lab, with contributions from the Tezos Foundation and led by We Are Museums, continues to transform cultural institutions into emerging technology pioneers with their third innovation laboratory. The Château de Chambord, Swiss National Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, among others, joined a lineage of innovative cultural institutions shaping the future of museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay, LAS Art Foundation, and HEK (House of Electronic Arts).

Harnessing the power of blockchain technology, generative AI, and immersive experiences, ten cultural institutions announce their upcoming projects engaging new audiences, preserving cultural heritage, and exploring new avenues for fundraising.

Addressing Modern Challenges

Museums today face numerous challenges, including engaging younger, tech-savvy audiences, securing funding, and staying relevant in a rapidly digitizing world. Web3 presents a promising solution to these challenges by leveraging blockchain technology, generative AI, and immersive worlds. This new technological framework can transform how museums interact with visitors, offering immersive and interactive experiences that captivate a diverse audience. Additionally, Web3 enables new revenue streams through the creation and sale of digital assets, such as NFTs, and unique membership experiences, potentially providing a more sustainable financial model.

WAC Lab’s Role and Impact

Since its inception in 2021, WAC Lab has been at the forefront of empowering cultural institutions with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in the digital age. Through comprehensive training, mentoring, and practical application, WAC Lab has equipped more than three hundred cultural professionals with the skills to navigate the complex world of blockchain technology and unleash its potential in the cultural sector.

Over the past eight months, over eight hundred art professionals joined weekly discussions with internationally renowned cultural institutions on leveraging Blockchain technologies to understand the new shifts coming with Web3. With the wish of becoming more specialized and educate their teams, twenty-four museums followed an extensive training program provided by WAC Lab. As a final step, ten ambitious institutions embarked on a transformative journey with the support of seven technical partners, culminating in the development and launch of innovative Web3 projects that promise to reshape the art and culture landscape.

Project Highlights

Here is a preview of the project highlights currently developed under WAC Lab Season 3:

  • 221A (Canada): Incubating the Node Library, a decentralized web node service for the arts and culture sector, designed to develop public prototypes for distributed storage, conservation, and validation of cultural assets.

  • Château de Chambord (France): Exploring innovative fundraising models to support the renovation of the castle, allowing donors to choose the part they wish to restore and own an NFT fraction of the castle.

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (USA): Creating an immersive interactive woodworking experience with a potential NFT component.

  • Goethe Institut Lisbon (Portugal): Setting up a token-based membership system using proof-of-attendance tokens and exploring the potential of DAOs.

  • Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández (Argentina): Integrating an AI-generated poem performance with an NFT souvenir for The Night of The Museums in November 2024.

  • Museum Ulm (Germany): Building the foundation of a future operational DAO for the platform.

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico): Planning a live minting experience with artist Gisela Colón for their 25th anniversary.

  • Swiss National Museum (Switzerland): Exploring a decentralized catalog system for digital assets and digital-born objects.

  • The Royal Danish Collection (Denmark): Presenting the art piece “Minimum Viable Human Nature,” reviving a collection of historical royal porcelain and botanical prints through interactive generative mechanisms and NFTs.

  • XR HUB Bavaria (Germany): Using blockchain technology to create personalized digital souvenirs in cooperation with the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Looking Ahead

To celebrate the achievements of the participating institutions, We Are Museums invites you to join the WAC Lab Season 3 Demo Day on May 30, 2024, at 4pm CEST. This virtual event will showcase the transformative projects developed during the program and provide an insightful glimpse of the future of museum innovation.

“We're thrilled about WAC Lab's resumed success as Tezos Blockchain continues to lead the way in its mission to strengthen cultural institutions in exploration of new on-chain opportunities,” comments Aleksandra Artamonovskaja, Head of Arts at Trilitech, the adoption hub for the Tezos blockchain.

Join us on May 30th at 4pm CEST for the WAC Lab Season 3 Demo Day and witness the future of art and culture unfold. Register here.

For more information, please visit WAC Lab.

This Week in the Tezos Ecosystem

After covering the major headlines from this past week, it's time to dive into some exciting developments within our ecosystem. Etherlink has been making significant strides since the launch of its testnet in July 2023. As we move through 2024, the network is currently in its final stage before launch, mainnet beta, and continues to be refined as the ecosystem grows. Here’s a look at the progress made so far and what to expect in the coming months.

Q1: Achievements During Testnet

The first quarter of 2024 saw Etherlink hitting several important milestones:

  • Sub-Second Confirmation Times: Fine-tuning resulted in lightning-fast transaction processing, with confirmation times of less than a second.

  • Developer-Friendly Infrastructure: Integration of tools and resources like Blockscout, The Graph, and Redstone into the testnet.

  • Community Engagement Channels: Launch of Twitter, Medium, and Discord to foster open dialogue and gather valuable feedback.

  • EVM Compatibility: Full compatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), allowing developers to seamlessly integrate with the Ethereum ecosystem.

  • Trustlessness: Upgrades handled by Tezos L1 governance contracts, eliminating reliance on specific individuals or groups.

  • Scaling Web3 Hackathon: Encode launched a four-week hackathon in May, fostering innovation and collaboration to tackle Web3 scalability.

Q2: Mainnet Beta and Beyond

With Q2 underway, Etherlink is focusing on the mainnet beta rollout and several key initiatives:

  • DeFi Catalyst Accelerator (DCA): Launched on April 15th, supporting six innovative DeFi projects with resources and mentorship.

  • Mainnet Beta Rollout: Onboarding partners and ensuring a safe, production-ready environment for the full-scale launch.

  • Community-Led Governance: From day one of the mainnet beta, governance has been community-driven.

  • Security: Comprehensive testing and additional audits to ensure system integrity.

  • More Integrations: Expanding Etherlink’s network with operators, node providers, and integrating infrastructure partners for oracles, explorers, and bridges.

  • Quests: Upcoming Etherlink Quests will challenge and reward participants.

  • Hackathons: Stay tuned for more hackathons where developers can showcase their talents and compete for prizes.

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Looking ahead to Q3, Etherlink plans to refine its infrastructure, improve security protocols, and expand its ecosystem:

  • Launch: Expect lower fees, MEV protection, improved data availability, increased throughput, and bandwidth.

  • EthCC: Visit Etherlink’s booth at EthCC, one of the biggest Ethereum community events of the year. Details on side events and ways to get involved will be announced.

  • TezDev: The annual developer conference for Tezos enthusiasts on July 11th during EthCC, focusing on rollup-centric technology in the Tezos ecosystem, including Etherlink.

  • MEV Protection: Implementation of MEV (Miner Extractable Value) protection mechanisms to ensure a fair and transparent transaction environment.

  • DAL Integration: Integrating Tezos’ Data Availability Layer (DAL) to enhance scalability and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness on Etherlink.

With the imminent launch, now is an excellent time to explore the tools and services available in the Etherlink ecosystem. Interested? Head to the testnet playground, play around, and get familiar with Etherlink right now.

Stay up-to-date with Etherlink’s progress by following them on Twitter and Medium, joining the Discord server, visiting the website, and learning how to run your own Etherlink node.

Updates on tzBTC 2.0: Final Stage Before Launch

Roman Schnider recently shared significant progress on tzBTC 2.0 via X, detailing its final stage before the official launch. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening with tzBTC 2.0 as it gears up for launch.

Final Countdown to Launch

tzBTC 2.0 is set to launch on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 12 noon (UTC). The revised website is already online, providing all necessary information and access to the BTC - tzBTC Bridge. You can visit the updated site here and access the bridge here.

Mainnet Beta Phase

The launch will begin with a mainnet beta phase, which limits the number of BTC/tzBTC in the automated setup to minimize risks. During this phase, keyholders will need to manually top up above the set limits if necessary. This cautious approach ensures a secure and stable transition as the service rolls out.

KYC and Participation

Participation in tzBTC 2.0 requires KYC (Know Your Customer) verification. LEXR Finance and Sumsub will guide users through this process. Detailed terms, conditions, and country restrictions are available here. This KYC requirement is essential for maintaining the integrity and security of the service.

User Fees and Support

User fees for tzBTC 2.0 are limited to transaction fees (gas), while the costs for KYC and service providers have been covered by the Tezos Foundation for this initial phase. This support helps streamline the user experience and encourages broader participation.

It’s awesome to see Roman communicating and building in the open. This transparency is the true nature of open-source software like Tezos, fostering trust and collaboration within the community. Stay tuned for the official launch and further updates on tzBTC 2.0 as it continues to evolve and integrate into the Tezos ecosystem.

Nomadic Labs at VIVA Technology in Paris

Nomadic Labs is making a strong presence at the VIVA Technology conference, hosted in Tezos' home city, Paris. This event, running from May 22-25, 2024, is Europe's biggest startup and tech event, and it's a fantastic opportunity to connect with the Tezos community.

Visit the Tezos booth to meet with the Nomadic Labs Adoption team and engineers, as well as project builders from the Tezos ecosystem. Here’s the schedule for the Tezos booth:

Opening Day Highlights

  • May 22, 2024

    • Playstables Team: From 2pm to 6pm, the Playstables team will be at the booth, showcasing their latest developments in blockchain gaming.

Upcoming Events at the Tezos Booth

  • May 23, 2024

    • Lyzi App: From 2pm to 6pm, learn about the crypto payment solution provided by Lyzi App.

  • May 24, 2024

    • Wagmi Studio: The NFT Studio will be present from 10am to 2pm, offering insights into their latest NFT projects.

    • Fraktion: From 2pm to 6pm, discover the Real Estate Tokenization project by Fraktion.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand the innovative projects and solutions being built on Tezos. Personally, I find it fitting that Tezos, the most technologically advanced blockchain, is prominently featured at one of Europe's most prestigious tech events. It feels meant to be, especially considering it's hosted in Paris, right after Tezos successfully passed its latest proposal, Paris B.

If you’re in Paris, make sure to stop by the Tezos booth and join in on the excitement. See you there!

Vote for Your Favorite Piece in the Objkt Paint 98 Contest

Objkt was highly impressed by all the submissions for the Objkt Paint 98 contest! Once again, this is a testament to the creativity of the Tezos community!

Ten outstanding pieces have been picked, and now the community is invited to help select the top 3 winners by voting for their favorite artwork! 🏆

Prizes for the Top 3 Winners

  • 1st place: 250 XTZ

  • 2nd place: 150 XTZ

  • 3rd place: 100 XTZ

How to Vote

You can like your favorite pieces. Each like counts as one vote! Retweeting your favorite pieces is strongly encouraged to help them get more likes and increase their chances of winning!

Voting ends next Thursday, May 30th, at 6 PM CET, so be sure to cast your votes soon!

Discover the pieces and pick your favorite! 🎨 Visit X to view and vote for the selected pieces.

🔴 Now Streaming: MetaPals

Max Giammario, CEO and co-founder of MetaPals, shares his insights on the potential of blockchain technology to build genuine connections in our virtual world. He envisions MetaPals as a community where people from all walks of life can come together, united by their shared love for virtual companions. Through MetaPals, he aims to create a space where meaningful relationships can flourish, driven by a collective passion for these virtual friends.

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Upcoming Tezos Events

🚀 Tickets are now available! Secure your spot at Tezos' annual conference, TezDev, the premier gathering for builders, partners, and enthusiasts in the Web3 space. This year, we're excited to host the event in Brussels, a hub for technology and innovation, and just a short distance from EthCC.

Why attend Tez/Dev?

  • Connect and Network: Meet and engage with the global Tezos community

  • Learn from the Experts: Gain insights from leading voices in the industry through talks, workshops, and panel discussions.

  • Explore New Developments: Discover the latest innovations and projects happening on Tezos.

Event Highlights:

  • Location: Brussels, Belgium – the heart of Europe and a beacon for tech innovators.

  • Date: Happening on July 11th — The full agenda will be provided soon. Stay tuned!

🎟️ Grab your ticket today to ensure you don't miss out: Grab a ticket here!

Join us at Tez/Dev 2024, where the future of Tezos unfolds. We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels and sharing an unforgettable experience.
Join us at Tez/Dev 2024 in Brussels!

TezCon Seattle

🗓️ Date & Time: Saturday, June 1, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM PDT
📍 Location: Seattle NFT Museum, 2123 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, United States

This is your opportunity to connect with the vibrant community of creators and enthusiasts driving the future of NFTs.

🎟️ RSVP now! Secure your spot by clicking on the Eventbrite link below and join us for an awesome night with the Tezos community.