Please note all zkApps are curently WIP or POC's.
Please note all zkApps are currently WIP or POC's.

zkIgnite 3: ChainIDE

zkIgnite 3: ChainIDE

Within a browser-based environment, these tools operate, utilizing local resources, thereby susceptible to browser crashes. However, they lack the capability to execute lightnet, contributing to their limitations. Moreover, the absence of a comprehensive set of zkApp-specific tools for aiding developers in constructing, interacting with, testing, and deploying their zkApps is notable.

Addressing these challenges, ChainIDE for Mina endeavors to serve as the all-in-one platform for developers to build, test, and run zkApps in the cloud. With the introduction of the Mina Essentials ChainIDE plugin, developers will benefit from enhanced testing, interaction, and caching capabilities, facilitating the rapid scaffolding of Mina zkApps.

ChainIDE for Mina further assists developers by addressing issues such as extended block times (3 minutes or more) and faucet requests, thus accelerating the zkApp development lifecycle through access to Lightnet deployed on the cloud.

To support developers comprehensively, ChainIDE incorporates Code Sage, an AI Code Assistant, designed to address queries related to Mina’s core, o1js code generation, and full-stack development, seamlessly integrated within the ChainIDE environment.

ChainIDE: All-in-one Cloud-powered zkApp development Platform with Lightnet support + AI Code Assistant

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Mina Navigators is poised to establish a groundbreaking standard for ZK developer engagement, urging innovators to embark on the journey of creating, refining, and contributing to the Mina ecosystem.


There are three distinct phases within the Navigator program:

  1. Hackathon: October 9 through November 10
  2. Learn-to-earn challenges: November 2023 through April 2024
  3. Final contribution grant: April 30, 2024
Phase One

In Phase One, known as The Navigators Hackathon, commencing on October 9th, a five-week hackathon unfolds. Outstanding submissions during this period stand a chance to receive MINA token grants and a coveted 'Navigator' badge—a symbol of acceptance into the Navigators program. Those adorned with the badge qualify for Phase Two, engaging in monthly challenges to accrue grants.

Developers are tasked with constructing functional and efficient proof-of-concept applications and tooling for Mina. This endeavor aims to spotlight their ingenuity and technical prowess across diverse use cases on the Mina platform.

Judging involves a panel of seven individuals from the Mina ecosystem. For more comprehensive information regarding grants, submission criteria, and the judging process, the Navigators hub offers detailed insights.

Phase Two

In Phase Two, the Navigators embark on the Build and Learn-to-Earn journey (or, as they humorously term it, Navigate-to-Earn). This marks the initiation of the enjoyable phase. Post-hackathon, Navigators engage in collaborative efforts, either on their personal projects or those of their peers from the hackathon. Their active participation in a 6-month series of challenges positions them to earn monthly grants, facilitating an accelerated learning experience on ZK, Mina, and o1js.

Phase Three

As Phase Three unfolds, the Navigators, having invested six months of unwavering dedication and hard work, seize the opportunity to present their contributions. A panel of community electors becomes the discerning audience, evaluating these endeavors for the coveted grand prizes of MINA grants. Notably, these prizes distinguish themselves by being non-project-specific, emphasizing individual contributions spread across various projects and GitHub repositories.

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