Celo Team Updates | September 2018


Welcoming Brynly Llyr as Celo’s General Counsel

The former General Counsel at Ripple and Senior Legal Executive at PayPal, Brynly brings extensive virtual currency, blockchain and fintech experience to the Celo team. Announcement.

Brynly Llyr, Celo’s General Counsel

Celo Fellowship: Call for Proposals

In the spirit of decentralization, we established a fellowship to allow people to participate in the Celo ecosystem from any location and for a flexible amount of time. Each fellow has a specific project and deliverables aligned to their area(s) of expertise. Projects of interest include privacy, scalability, and data usage, field experience in emerging markets, statistical science, among others.

Interested fellows submit a project proposal outlining the project scope, deliverables, structure, and resources needed. Each fellow will receive a stipend for contributions, which is determined by project.

If you’re interested in learning more, our application is live. Email fellowship@celo.org with questions and / or to start a conversation.

Improving crypto-economic modeling with machine learning and AI

Earlier this month, Celo joined a small cohort of fintech companies from the around the world, for the kick-off of Google’s Launchpad Studio program. We will be working together with Google on new frameworks on how to leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to build better models for protocol simulations and treasury management and are looking forward to sharing some of our work on our blog in the near future.

Celo team members with Peter Norvig, who leads Google’s Launchpad Studio


Co-Designing Crypto | October 9th

During San Francisco Blockchain Week, join Celo and the Open Money Initiative (a project sponsored by Zcash for Venezuela) as we share stories from the field. This part presentation, part workshop will shine a spotlight on the importance of user research and co-design in crypto. Sign-up here.

#DeFi Summit | October 4th

We’re holding the first ever #DeFi Summit on Thursday, Oct 4th, 9am — 2pm with Dharma Protocol, 0x, Coinbase Wallet, Abacus Protocol, and more. Space is limited, apply here.

Recap: Decrypting Crypto

On September 25, we hosted our first public event in our San Francisco office. Our goal was to demystify the crypto space and make it more approachable and human. Our investor Linda Xie gave an introduction to crypto and we shared our findings from our recent field research trip to Kenya. Thanks for everyone who attended and for the positive follow-ups.

Technical Updates

In the past month, we’ve been busy making improvements to both our protocol and to our mobile app. Most critically, we’ve re-architected our identity protocol to no longer store phone numbers in plain text on the blockchain. Additionally, we’ve built out support for sending a payment to a user that has yet to install our Celo app. We’re excited to see both these and other changes come in ahead of plan.

Say Hello in Person

Meet the core Celo team at these upcoming events.

Oct 3–5 | Crypto Springs | Palm Springs, CA, USA 
Oct 3 | Disrupting the Gender Divide, hosted by the IFC | San Francisco, CA 
Oct 4 | #DeFi Summit | San Francisco, CA, USA 
Oct 5 | Berkeley School of Law Reunion Weekend | Berkeley, CA, USA 
Oct 6–7 | Scaling Bitcoin | Tokyo, Japan 
Oct 9 | Co-Designing Crypto: Stories from the Field | San Francisco, CA, USA 
Oct 18 | ChIPs Global Summit | Washington DC, USA 
Oct 22–24 | Web3 Summit | Berlin, Germany 
Oct 30-Nov 2 | Devcon4 | Prague, Czech Republic 
Nov 13–15 | AfricaCom | Cape Town, South Africa 
Nov 18–20 | Revision | Berlin, Germany