Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos covers the technical foundations of bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies, from cryptography basics, such as keys and addresses, to the data structures, network protocols and the consensus mechanism ("mining") that underpin bitcoin. Each technical topic is explained with user stories, analogies and examples, and code snippets illustrating the key concepts.
Mastering Ethereum by Andreas Antonopoulos is a book for developers, offering a guide to the operation and use of the Ethereum Open Blockchain. It's currently being written, and is scheduled for publication in Q2'2018 by O'Reilly Media.
Bitcoin Engineering (CS251P)
CS251 tackles the applied side of Bitcoin with a focus on practical projects. Students go through a series of Bitcoin-based labs, each of which are focused on a single practical problem that they'd encounter while trying to use Bitcoin. Over the course of going through these labs, students learn how to use Bitcoin mining chips in conjunction with Bitcoin-based software to build micropayments-based applications that work with an internet-connected device. The goal of the class it to help students gain the practical knowledge required to build fairly sophisticated hardware and software applications that require intimate knowledge of the Bitcoin protocol.
BitPesa is an online payment platform launched in 2013. It's headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with office operations in Lagos, London, Luxembourg and Dakar. BitPesa offers real-time settlement at wholesale FX rates to frontier and emerging markets.
Blockchain is a cryptocurrency wallet and block explorer service. Launched in August 2011, the service provides wallets, data on recent transactions, mined blocks in the bitcoin blockchain, charts on the bitcoin economy, and statistics and resources for developers. Information from and links to the website are common in media coverage and in bitcoin forums.
Canaan Creative, known simply as Canaan, is a computer hardware manufacturer with specific integrated circuit design skills based in Beijing, China founded in 2013. Canaan invented the first Bitcoin mining processors and computers and leads bitcoin hardware mining by using advanced ASIC semiconductor manufacturing processes. Canaan is known for its quality hardware paired with Open Source Software.
Cisco is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley, that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology services and products.
Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. Coinbase strives to make digital currencies easy to use and to be one of the world's leading platforms for digital currency integration.
Deloitte has approximately 286,000 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit & assurance, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, and related services in more than 150 countries and territories.
Based in Silicon Valley, California, and founded in 2013, Earn.com (formerly known as 21), enables micropayments with bitcoin-payable APIs, and microtasks between users via their paid messaging platform. In the past, the company has also experimented with embeddable mining chips that can be integrated into internet-connected devices, supporting a continuous stream of digital currency for use in a wide variety of applications.
Libra enables accounting, tax and compliance professionals to interact with distributed ledger networks. Core functionality includes highly-configurable monitoring and reporting solutions. It is protocol agnostic allowing it to connect to various external data sources.
Bitcoin Core is a reference client of bitcoin. Initially, the software was published by Satoshi Nakamoto under the name Bitcoin, then Bitcoin-Qt and later renamed to Bitcoin Core. It is also known as the Satoshi client. It is a full client used by bitcoin nodes that create the bitcoin network. Through the changes to Bitcoin Core, its developers make changes to the underlying bitcoin protocol.
Bitcoin.org was originally registered and owned by Satoshi Nakamoto and Martti Malmi. When Satoshi left the project, he gave ownership of the domain to additional people, separate from the Bitcoin developers, to spread responsibility and prevent any one person or group from easily gaining control over the Bitcoin project. Since then, the site has been developed and maintained by different members of the Bitcoin community. On GitHub, there have been over 3,200 commits from 180 contributors. Over 950 translators have helped make the site natively display in 25 different languages. In 2017, over 30,000,000 unique visitors visited Bitcoin.org more than 100,000,000 times.
Code To Inspire (CTI) uses technology education and outreach to provide Afghan women with leverage in their fight for social, political, and economic equality. CTI helps build skills and infrastructure for women to compete in the global tech market, empowering them financially and socially. The CTI model is a scalable approach to tackle gender inequality and poverty.
Eesti 2.0 is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire the next generation of Estonians to choose a future in technology by providing students with different technological tools and offering them ideas to apply these technologies. Eesti focuses on elementary, middle and high school students across Estonia. Its goal is to nourish creative thinking across disciplines and connect science based theories to real life phenomena and events.
The Fedora Project is a project sponsored by Red Hat primarily to co-ordinate the development of the Linux-based Fedora operating system, operating with the vision that the project creates a world where free culture is welcoming and widespread, collaboration is commonplace, and people control their content and devices. The project also oversees Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux.
GiveDirectly is a nonprofit organization operating in East Africa that helps families living in extreme poverty by making unconditional cash transfers to them via mobile phone. GiveDirectly transfers funds to people in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Crypto Product of the Year
Product Hunt helps users share and discover new products. Users submit products which are listed in a linear format by day. The site includes a comments system and a voting system similar to Hacker News or Reddit. The products with the most votes rise to the top of each day's list.