Today, we’re very excited to announce our first Brink fellow. Gloria Zhao will be joining Brink from January 2021 to work full time on open source Bitcoin protocol development. Gloria’s fellowship is generously supported by The Human Rights Foundation and Square Crypto.
Gloria is from Cupertino, California, and graduates from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2020. She’s been contributing to the Bitcoin Core project since March 2020, during which time she’s reviewed over 50 PRs, had 12 of her PRs merged and hosted the Bitcoin Core PR Review Club.
Gloria’s first project at Brink is Package Mempool Acceptance. This is a first step to allowing transactions to be relayed and processed as packages, making second layer protocols like Lightning more reliable, safe and private.
The Human Rights Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. HRF’s mission is to ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world.
The Human Rights Foundation’s Bitcoin Development Fund supports software developers who are making the Bitcoin network more private, decentralized, and resilient so that it can better serve as a financial tool for human rights activists, civil society organizations, and journalists around the world.
About Square Crypto
Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in-person, manage their business, and access financing. And individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money.
Square Crypto builds and funds free, open-source projects aimed at making bitcoin the planet’s preferred currency.
Brink is a Bitcoin research and development centre, founded in 2020 to support independent open source protocol developers and mentor new contributors. Find out more about our grants and fellowship programs, and how to support us.
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