# Handshake Institute
The Handshake Institute was created to make Handshake (opens new window) the primary DNS root zone and certificate authority of the internet for a more inclusive and resilient web.
We use our funding to empower organizations, teams, and individuals to join us in that goal.
The Handshake Institute is an 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.
Handshake has no official singular Foundation, Committee, Corporation or Institute in permanent control of the protocol. We provide support in cooperation with other organizations in the spirit of true decentralization.
# Recent Grants
# HNSFund Grant
# March 17, 2021
The Handshake Institute has given a grant to HNSFund (opens new window) in order to catalyze developer participation in the Handshake open source community.
The grant funds were transferred on March 16, 2021 through Gitcoin (opens new window):
- + 150,000 PAN (~$13698) (opens new window) expected to receive a ~9x matching donation through Panvala (opens new window)
- + 20.727 ETH (~$37045) (opens new window)
- Total ~$50.7k USD (with up to 1.35M PAN / ~$123k USD in Panvala inflation matching)
HNSFund will use the grant to fund projects, organizations, teams and individuals to get involved in Handshake development.
We are excited to be a part of this special moment for the Handshake open source community! 🥳
# HandyCon Grant and HNSFund Auction
# March 10-11, 2021
# Event Sponsorship
The Handshake Institute is proud to sponsor the first ever Handshake Conference, HandyCon (opens new window) (non-dweb (opens new window)). The Institute made a $2500 USD contribution to help with the organizing of the event.
One of our directors, Handshake Jesus (opens new window), was invited to join a panel discussion (opens new window) around support for the Handshake ecosystem. He was joined on the panel by Kiba Gateaux (opens new window) of the HNSFund (opens new window), members of the dWeb Foundation (opens new window) and Matthew Zipkin (opens new window) from impervious (opens new window).
# HNSFund Auction
The Handshake Institute collaborated with HNSFund, Mark Smith (opens new window) of Namesake Domains (opens new window), and HandyCon (opens new window) (non-dweb (opens new window)) organizer Michael Michelini (opens new window) to organize a fundraising auction for HNSFund.
The auction was conducted by Mark Smith (opens new window) in which 17 domains were successfully sold for 85677 HNS with 34094 HNS of the proceeds being donated to the HNSFund.
We wish to extend a special thanks to the following:
- Michael Michelini (opens new window) of skyinclude (opens new window) and Handshake Mercenary (opens new window) for organizing this fantastic event and making all videos of HandyCon (opens new window) available on YouTube (opens new window)
- Mark Smith (opens new window) of Namesake Domains (opens new window) for conducting the auction
- Johnny Wu (johnnywu/) (opens new window) (non-dweb (opens new window)) & Namebase (opens new window) for graciously handling the auction transfers, logistics and coordinating to donate the funds to HNSFund.
- Kiba Gateaux (opens new window) for auction preparation to raise funds on behalf of the HNS open source community
# Handshake Institue gifts jj/
During a Q&A event with Handshake Creators JJ (opens new window) and Andrew Lee (opens new window), the Handshake Institute had the privilege of gifting the Handshake name
jj/ to JJ, who graciously accepted the gift. We are honored to be able to gift the name (opens new window) as an expression of gratitude for his work on Handshake.
Thank you, JJ!
# ShakeDex Grant
# February 20, 2021
ShakeDex (opens new window) 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 creation of ShakeDex marks an important moment in realizing the possibilities inherent to the decentralized nature of the Handshake protocol and it foreshadows new innovation and collaboration for our open source community.
We are honored to give a grant of 10000HNS (opens new window) to the pseudonymous creator of ShakeDex, kurumiimari. Thank you for your hard work and for opening an exciting new chapter for Handshake.
We look forward to offer our continued support to ShakeDex and other decentralized service offerings in the Handshake ecosystem.