Introducing Zeko Protocol: Empowering Ambitious Developers to Scale Your Apps with Typescript and Zero-Knowledge

Evan Kereiakes
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4 min readApr 22, 2024

Zeko is a zero-knowledge, cross-chain scaling protocol built on Mina and designed for developers shaping the future of finance, AI, gaming, and the internet.

We are thrilled to announce a major milestone in the journey of Zeko Protocol — the release of our devnet protocol for developer testing! This is the first pivotal step towards realizing our vision of a world powered by zero-knowledge technology. With this release, developers can seed new decentralized use cases and begin building the next generation of inspired zk-applications that transform our way of life.

The Zeko team and community are passionate about decentralization and user-owned data, and their combined potential to revolutionize industries across the globe. Zeko is all about amplifying your potential as a developer; and with our launch you now have the opportunity to dive into the protocol, explore its features, and unlock the magic of zero-knowledge technology.

Amplify Your Potential with Zeko

Zeko is a protocol for creating zkRollups specifically designed for zero-knowledge applications (zkApps) that support both end user privacy and recursive proof aggregation. zkApps on Zeko are written in Typescript using o1js, an efficient and extensible zkDSL. Developers can recursively prove unlimited off-chain computation whilst also maintaining privacy over user data.

Placing zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) capabilities into the hands of developers massively expands the design space for blockchain applications as we know them today. ZKPs are no longer theoretical, and now through Zeko, application developers are empowered to innovate and explore new types of decentralized applications whilst optimizing performance and user experience. Moreover, through the upcoming release of the LambdaClass bridge and future bridges, proofs that verify on Zeko can be consumed by the EVM, dramatically upending existing paradigms for blockchain applications.

Introducing the Zeko Protocol

Our devnet launch represents the initial version of Zeko Protocol, offering developers a sneak peek into the capabilities and functionalities to come. While this version will continue to evolve over time, it provides a foundation for developers to start experimenting and assess how to deploy more scalable, feature-rich applications on Zeko. With the release of our protocol, developers can expect to gain access to all the existing tooling and features a range of features and tools built for Mina, designed to simplify the zk development process. From proof generation, recursion, smart contract creation to decentralized storage solutions, our platform offers everything developers need to realize the potential to bring their dApp ideas to life.

Developers can write and deploy applications today to a Zeko L2 that is isomorphic to the Mina L1, or spin up their own custom zkAppChains. What makes Zeko so powerful is it’s built using o1js programming language and features numerous contributions from the tremendous o1Labs team, which means Zeko chains will enjoy easy composability between each other and Mina itself using recursive proofs.

Get Started Building

Get started building on Zeko devnet using the following links

Auro Wallet Integration

To use Auro wallet with Zeko, first download the Auro extension here ( Then go to ‘Settings’ → ‘Network’ → ‘Add Network’ → ‘Node Name’ = Zeko Devnet , ‘Node URL’ = and you’re all set. You should now be able to use the Auro wallet for building on Zeko, sending and signing transactions, and fauceting your account.

Join the Community, Boost the Collective

Zeko is the place for developers who are interested in exploring innovative applications beyond the scope of traditional dApps. By offering unique capabilities such as data privacy, scalability and trustless cross-chain proof verification, Zeko’s goal is to inspire developers to push the boundaries of what is possible with blockchain technology.

We believe in the power of community collaboration, and we invite developers from around the world to join us on this exciting journey. Connect and share with fellow developers, amplify your ideas, and advance the zk-revolution by joining the Zeko Discord community and building on Zeko.

The release of the Zeko protocol marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for Zeko protocol and the zk-community as a whole. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation together, and we can’t wait to witness the bigger, bolder, decentralized applications developers will create using Zeko.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to turn up the volume. Get started building on Zeko today!

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Disclaimer: Blockchain is a new technology that comes with risk of loss. Statements may be forward-looking and are not intended as guarantees of future performance.