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The Handshake Institute is an independent advocacy and educational non-profit organization. The Handshake Institute works to promote decentralization through Handshake, but does so independently and it has no control over the Handshake protocol.

Recent Grants

HNSFund Grant

March 17, 2021

The Handshake Institute gave a grant to HNSFund in order to catalyze developer participation in the Handshake open source community.

The grant funds were transferred on March 16, 2021 through Gitcoin:

HNSFund received additional donations from other sources:

  • ~$5,200 from Gitcoin Grants Round 9 donation matching
  • ~75,000 PAN ($7,096.50) from [1]Panvala League donation matching all Gitcoin donations made in PAN
  • 36,272 HNS ($14,474) from HandyCon auction donations

HNSFund used the grant to fund projects, organizations, teams and individuals to get involved in Handshake development

  • Kyokan - The builders of Bob Wallet and Footnote received 3 ETH to build out a domain claiming feature for reserved TLDs and top 100,000 Alexa domains. They received another 2 ETH for continuing their work for the Handshake community.
  • skydroid/ - 3 ETH to improve their DoH infrastructure, start targeting other OSes besides Android, and hire a designer before Handshake community does a marketing push for them
  • skyinclude/ - 3 ETH to create tutorials for Bob Wallet (claiming reserved TLDs) and Shakedex (starting auctions and fulfilling auctions)
  • sulu/ - 500 DAI to create memes and marketing materials
  • hmail/ - 3 ETH for open sourcing their email service, writing documentation to make it easier for others to install, researching connecting email clients to mail servers over DANE, and creating a video tutorial of setting up DANE on their OpenBSD system.
  • falci/ - 3 ETH for open source development in Handshake
  • dees/ - 3 ETH for open source development in Handshake

Learn more about this round at HNSFund

HandyCon Grant and HNSFund Auction

March 10-11, 2021

Event Sponsorship

The Handshake Institute sponsored the first ever Handshake Conference, HandyCon (non-dweb). The Institute made a $2500 USD contribution to help with the organizing of the event.

Handshake Institute Director Handshake Jesus, was invited to join a panel discussion around support for the Handshake ecosystem. He was joined on the panel by Kiba Gateaux of the HNSFund, members of the dWeb Foundation and Matthew Zipkin from impervious.

HNSFund Auction

The Handshake Institute collaborated with HNSFund, Mark Smith of Namesake Domains, and HandyCon (non-dweb) organizer Michael Michelini to organize a fundraising auction for HNSFund.

The auction was conducted by Mark Smith in which 17 domains were successfully sold for 85677 HNS with 34094 HNS of the proceeds being donated to the HNSFund.

Organizing Participants:

Handshake Institue gifts jj/

During a Q&A event with Handshake Creators JJ and Andrew Lee, the Handshake Institute gifted the Handshake name jj/ to JJ, who accepted the gift. The Handshake Institute gifted the name as an expression of gratitude for his work on Handshake.

ShakeDex Grant

February 20, 2021

ShakeDex is a decentralized exchange for Handshake names, and its creation brings a fully decentralized reverse-Dutch auction system that allows names to be bought and sold without intermediaries.

The Institute gave a grant of 10000HNS to the pseudonymous creator of ShakeDex, kurumiimari.

ShakeDex Resources