XRPL Grants Expands Judging Committee

Pictured in header image (from top left): Klitos Christodoulou, Atefeh Mashatan, Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Scott Chamberlain, Stefanie Roos, Elias Losif, Sean Bennett, and Aanchal Malhotra.

XRPL Grants today welcomes new judges to the selection process for Wave 2. Each judge is a respected member of their industry and among academia around the world, and includes a number of University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) partners.

XRPL Grants provides funding to software developers and small teams to build inclusive standards leveraging the XRP Ledger’s open source technology and innovate in the Internet of Value. For Wave 2, XRPL Grants has expanded its panel of judges to increase the level and diversity of expertise in judging.

Sean Bennett, Co-Founder at Stronghold (USA)
Stronghold is a San Francisco-based financial technology company creating virtual payment networks that enable instant settlement and interoperability between legacy and new payment networks. At Stronghold, Sean has focused on leading the development of retail and business payment products utilizing differing payment modes, from banking layer integrations to blockchain technology. Sean started building on XRP Ledger in 2014 as part of his first commercial venture in the distributed ledger space.

Scott Chamberlain, Entrepreneurial Fellow at Australian National University (Australia)
As an entrepreneurial fellow at the ANU College of Law, Scott researches and teaches about blockchain, smart contracts, and the impact of technology on law and legal practice. His work has been funded through Ripple’s UBRI. “I call my research the Lex Automagica Project. It asks whether and how blockchain, smart contracts, and AI can benefit society by automating legal relationships. In conjunction with some very smart programmers, I pick an area of legal friction and see if we can use technology to solve it.”

Klitos Christodoulou, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
Dr. Christodoulou is an assistant professor in the Department of Digital Innovation at the University of Nicosia (UNIC). Klitos obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. He has been an adjunct staff member at the University of Manchester where he engaged in various research and teaching activities. He is also the Research Manager at the Institute For the Future (IFF) and the Scientific Lab leader of the Distributed Ledgers Research Center (DLRC) at IFF; a Center that aims towards fostering academic research on blockchains. His research interests span both Data Management challenges; with a focus on Machine Learning techniques, and Distributed Ledger Technologies; with an emphasis on Blockchain ledgers. Klitos teaches courses on Blockchain Applications and Blockchain Programming under UNIC’s MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency programme.

Dr. Elias Losif, Assistant Professor at University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
Dr. Iosif is Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Innovation, School of Business, University of Nicosia (UNIC), as well as scientific lab co-leader at the Distributed Ledgers Research Centre, Institute For the Future, UNIC. He is teaching at the MSc in Digital Currency offered by UNIC, which is the first degree programme globally on decentralized digital currencies and blockchains. Also, he is participating in a number of EC-funded projects focused on blockchain technologies as a senior researcher. Dr. Iosif has a PhD degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering. His areas of expertise include blockchain and machine learning (with focus on natural language processing and spoken dialogue systems). He has authored/co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Aanchal Malhotra, PhD, Senior Software Engineer, Cryptography at RippleX (USA)
​​As a senior software engineer at Ripple, Aanchal’s work focuses on proposing & designing new features for the XRP Ledger. She applies theoretical tools such as cryptography, economics and game theory, and network measurements to improve the security & privacy of distributed systems. She is also a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University, serves as a reviewer at Security Area Directorate (IETF), an advisory committee representative for Ripple at W3C, and a board member at Travel Rule Information Sharing Alliance (TRISA). Prior to joining Ripple, Aanchal worked at Akamai, Cisco, Cloudflare and NlNet Labs (Amsterdam). Aanchal received her MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science with specialization in cyber security, from Boston University & has authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Dr. Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor at Ryerson University (Canada)
Dr. Mashatan’s research is focused on the development of novel cybersecurity designs based on emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, and Quantum Computing. She investigates challenges and opportunities brought forward by these new technologies and how they change the threat landscape of cybersecurity. Mashatan’s expertise at the frontlines of the global cybersecurity field was recognized by SC Magazine in 2019, when she was named one of the top five Women of Influence in Security. In 2020, she received the Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of New Frontiers in Blockchain Academic Research by Blockchain Research Institute.

Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Ph.D., Professor at Northeastern University (USA)
Cristina is a professor at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Science. Prior to joining Northeastern, she was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. Her research lies at the intersection of information security, distributed systems, and computer networks. The overarching goal of her work is designing and building practical distributed systems and network protocols that are robust to failures and attacks while coping with the resource constraints existent in computing systems and networks.

Dr. Stefanie Roos, Assistant Professor at TU Delft (Netherlands)
Dr. Roos is an assistant professor for distributed systems at TU Delft and the Delft Blockchain Lab. Her work deals with trade-offs between privacy, security, and performance in decentralized systems. She contributed to the censorship-resistant P2P network Freenet and designed SpeedyMurmurs, a routing algorithm for payment channel networks like Lightning. Her current research is focused on improving Layer-2 protocols for blockchains as well as designing more efficient anonymity systems.

If you are an expert interested in joining the XRPL Grants Judging Committee, please email info@xrplgrants.org with a CV and relevant experience to the XRP Ledger.

Are you a software developer? You could receive $10,000-$200,000 USD to build on the XRPL. The deadline for Wave 2 is October 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Learn more, and apply today!


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Introducing xrpl.js

RippleX and the XRP Ledger Foundation (XRPLF) are excited to announce xrpl.js version 2.0.0, a JavaScript/TypeScript library for interacting with the XRP Ledger (XRPL). Formerly known as ripple-lib, the library was renamed to better represent its role in the XRPL ecosystem and overhauled to take advantage of modern JavaScript features.



Background

JavaScript is one of the most widely-used programming languages, and as such has a massive community of active developers. Maintaining a JavaScript SDK enables these developers to seamlessly interact with the XRP Ledger, both in the browser and in Node.js. In addition, the JavaScript libraries (xrpl.js, ripple-binary-codec, ripple-keypairs, and ripple-address-codec) power many apps in the XRPL ecosystem, as well as packages from companies such as BitGo and Ledger.



Changes

With this release of xrpl.js, the JavaScript, Java, and Python libraries provided by the XRPLF now have parallel structures and systems. This enables developers to easily work with their preferred programming language depending on their specific needs, without having to learn an entirely new interface.

xrpl.js will continue to support all ripple-lib features, such as:

  • Serializing, signing, and submitting transactions to the XRPL
  • Retrieving information from the XRPL
  • Helpful utility functions (such as converting between drops and XRP)
  • Support for Node.js, web browsers, and React

It also introduces a number of new features, including:

  • TypeScript types for all transaction types and WebSocket requests
  • A Wallet class to make it easier to work with key pairs
  • Protections against the partial payment attack vector
  • An additional submit implementation that returns the transaction’s final outcome after validation.

In version 2.0, the library is now much more aligned with the core XRP Ledger interface. This means XRPL developers—whether new or experienced—can refer to multiple sources of documentation instead of needing to rely solely on the library-specific documentation. There are also a number of general architecture improvements, such as simplifying code, making user interfaces more intuitive (especially in relation to the core ledger), and revamping the testing structure. For a detailed list of changes, visit the changelog.



Start Building

To get started using xrpl.js, see this tutorial on xrpl.org, or check out the project repo or reference documentation.

If you already have a project that uses ripple-lib, migrate today! We have a migration guide for moving your code from ripple-lib v1.10 to xrpl.js v2.0.

We hope you enjoy building the Internet of Value, and feel welcome to reach out to the XRP Ledger developer community if you have any questions!


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Announcing the First Wave of XRPL Grants

We’re excited to announce the inaugural awardees of XRPL Grants, presented by RippleX with XRPL Labs as a technical advisor. The XRPL Grants Program provides funding to independent developers building a variety of self-selected projects that leverage the XRP Ledger’s open-source technology and further accelerate the Internet of Value. The program welcomes applications from any project that builds on the XRP Ledger (XRPL) and involves some technical development.

For the first wave of the XRPL Grants Program, we invited applicants to apply with any open-source project built on the XRPL and particularly encouraged projects focused on the development of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

In this wave, more than 100 grant proposals were submitted, and from this incredible batch of applicants, 25 grantees have been awarded nearly $2 million in total value. Among the grantees are individual developers and teams from more than 10 countries around the world. We’re also proud to award three grants to applicants from within Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Inaugural grantee projects tackle a wide range of problems and opportunities, including:

  • The development of NFTs for multiple industries (retail, art, music, sports, digital advertising and carbon capture)
  • Learning tools and platforms to build on and interact with the XRPL
  • Data visualization tools
  • Payment and security solutions

You can learn more about the Wave 1 grantees on the XRPL Grantees page, at XRPL-related events—including Apex: The XRPL Developer Summit—and on the RippleXDev Twitch channel.

The XRP Ledger is an open platform, and it is not necessary to apply for a grant in order to build on the XRPL. However, information regarding the application window for the next round of grants will be posted on XRPLGrants.org.

🎉 XRPL Grants – Wave 1 Awardees 🎉

Let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comments right here!


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