October 5, 2018 - Weekly update (Community + comms)

This is our fortnightly community and communications update, for the latest update on the engineering front, check out last week’s update.

FYI: that the 2.0.1 release candidate (rc) and subsequent full release have slipped considerably. This is due to extra review needed for Sapling support in the wallet and a surprise surge and dropping of hashrate on testnet (#3552) requiring a fix so the rc can be tested properly before the full release. Keep an eye out for the 2.0.1 release announcement blog for the full scope of what’s included sometime next week. You can follow along with zcashd development process in the community chat #zcashd-team channel and the github Zcashd Team project.

From the blog…

We announced the new website and branding this week! Please poke around the new and improved https://z.cash and let us know what you think!


We participated in two Zcash meetups over the last couple of weeks:

The first Denver Zcash Meetup was attended by about 20 or so Zcash employees. Several team members gave lightning talks and we had a special guest lightning talk by Jon from Shapeshift on their experience supporting shielded address. A recording of this event should be available soon.

This week was the second Boston Zcash Users Group meetup. A demo of the encrypted memo field was shown to kick of the presentations followed by an overview of what’s coming in Sapling and ending with a recap of outreach and market research efforts by Coincentrix, who were first-round Foundation grant recipients.

Follow along with other Zcash meetups or start your own using this great meetup guide put together by the Foundation!

We also attended and spoke at Crypto Springs this week.

Next week, a few of us will be out and about at SF Blockchain week, in particular, we’ll be at the Epicenter event participating in a discussion titled " Designing for Scale: Privacy, Usability & Adoption".

We’ll also be attending Scaling Bitcoin in Tokyo next week.


Don’t forget the new Zcash video which got introduced with the new branding:

Also check out the first episode of “Around The Block” featuring Zooko:

That’s all for this week!