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BitMEX and Human Rights Foundation Grant $150,000 to Researcher Scaling BTC

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BitMEX and Human Rights Foundation Grant $150,000 to Researcher Scaling BTC

Crypto exchange BitMEX has renewed a $100,000 grant for BTC researcher Calvin Kim for another year. Kim also received additional funding worth $50,000 from the Human Rights Foundation. 

Kim is working on MIT’s Utreexo Project, which aims to help BTC scale for years to come. 

BTC’s state size—a database that details who owns what—generally increases in size over time, creating additional burdens for the decentralized network of harddrives that host the network. 

Utreexo’s algorithm promises to significantly reduce BTC’s state size from several gigabytes to less than a kilobyte.

And now, with a year’s extra funding behind him, Kim can continue collaborating on the project since BitMEX started funding him last year. “Being financially stable has allowed me to focus more attention to furthering research and development of the Utreexo Project,” said Kim in a statement.

Exchanges pitch in to build BTC

This is not the first time a crypto exchange has issued a grant to develop the BTC blockchain.  Last December, Coinbase announced the first set of BTC developer grants from its Crypto Community Fund. 

The exchange awarded grants to BTC developers oxB1oC and Joao Barbosa. oxB1oc is building and improving existing open source tools for BTC, while Barbosa is focusing on improving BTC Core’s user interface on Android and iOS.

Square Crypto Grants $100K to BTC Dev Simplifying Key Management

OKEx has also provided grants in the past, including to BTC Core maintainer Marco Falke. The award was equivalent to the annual salary for a developer, although Falke reportedly requested that the exact figure not be disclosed.


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