Unlocking more opportunities with PlutusV3
PlutusV3 will elevate the developer experience by improving smart contract adoption, bringing support for governance and voting features, and fostering interoperability between blockchains
12 February 2024 5 mins read
PlutusV3, now available for testing on SanchoNet, introduces advanced Plutus primitives and so provides more tools for developers and unlocks more possibilities for writing smart contracts.
Improved developer experience and smart contract adoption are critical to the flourishing smart contract landscape on Cardano. Over the past year, the emergence and growth of a host of community-built developer tooling and alternative languages have added significantly to developer options and the vibrancy of the Cardano builder ecosystem. To continue building out capability, the Plutus and cryptography teams at Input Output Global…
IOG announces strategic investment in Blockfrost
Investment represents shared commitment to evolve and decentralize a key piece of Cardano infrastructure
29 January 2024 3 mins read
Since its release in 2020, Five Binaries’ Blockfrost API has grown to become a key element of Cardano infrastructure, utilized by numerous developers who require access to the blockchain without the need to run a dedicated, resource-intensive, local Cardano node. Blockfrost performs a valuable and trusted function for projects building on Cardano, offering DApp developers a…
Universal Anonymous Signatures: bridging past, present, and future of anonymous authentication
24 January 2024 8 mins read
Recently, we got the paper 'Foundations of Anonymous Signatures: Formal Definitions, Simplified Requirements, and a Construction Based on General Assumptions' accepted into FC'24 – the 2024 edition of the Financial Cryptography conference. This paper presents Universal Anonymous Signatures (UAS).
We are really excited about it as, besides bridging several subfields in the domain of anonymous authentication, UAS sets the path towards what we believe could be (part of) the future of Self-Sovereign Identity and something we will definitely push for integration within the Atala…
QSig: exploring opportunities in quantum cryptography
A new event bringing together leading academics and researchers to build shared understanding in a new era of computing
19 January 2024 4 mins read
On January 26, 2024, the University of Edinburgh will host QSig – a novel research event that will gather academics and industry experts to explore an exciting and developing field of computer science. The event, with attendees including IOG chief scientist professor Aggelos Kiayias and the Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake, will focus on the applications of quantum computing…
A new blended learning experience for Cardano developers in Africa
Teaching Haskell and smart contract development to aspiring blockchain developers on the ground in Nairobi
15 December 2023 9 mins read
The IOG Education team was back in the classroom in Kenya throughout the autumn and were delighted to attend the closing ceremony of new Cardano developers earlier this week. Here we share their thoughts and stories after wrapping up a very successful 2-month Cardano developer training course in collaboration with the Africa Blockchain Center (ABC).
In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving tech landscape, the demand for skilled blockchain developers soared in 2022, and the supply is still trying to catch up. However, in Kenya, as in many other parts of the world, there is a wide gap between the supply of such developers and the industry demand. At IOG, we have taken the initiative to bank the unbanked in Africa. To achieve that goal, the African continent needs not only a platform like Cardano…