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BlockFi Sponsors Brink to Support Open Source Bitcoin Development

Published, 4 June, 2021

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BlockFi is proud to announce its sponsorship of Brink, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Bitcoin protocol and network through fundamental research and development. BlockFi recently donated $150,000 to aid in Brink’s mission of providing access to funding, education, and mentoring for the Bitcoin developer community. 
Launched in November 2020, Brink helps drive open source Bitcoin development by giving financial support to the work of established Bitcoin protocol engineers through a grants program, while also supporting and mentoring new contributors to open source Bitcoin development through its fellowship program.
One of the primary reasons Bitcoin has been so successful as a global digital currency is the critical work done by developers who build and test its fundamental infrastructure. In many cases, these developers work independently, without the formal aid or support of institutions.
By providing both financial and educational assistance to these developers, Brink is playing an important role in strengthening Bitcoin—and cryptocurrency as a whole—as an alternative to traditional financial systems. These values are shared by BlockFi, which is committed to expanding cryptocurrency access and inclusivity around the globe.
“BlockFi has always been dedicated to making the underlying technology powering the Bitcoin market as stable and strong as possible, and that’s why this sponsorship of Brink is a natural fit for us,” said Zac Prince, Founder and CEO of BlockFi. “Brink’s focus on transparency and accountability make it an invaluable resource for Bitcoin developers from all walks of life.”
Brink Co-Founders John Newbery and Mike Schmidt are experienced technologists within the crypto space. Their initiative is entirely funded by donations from individuals and organizations who wish to support the open source Bitcoin network and protocol. 
“Brink is grateful for BlockFi’s generous financial support and excited that a large industry participant like BlockFi realizes the value of both supporting existing developers and educating talented new contributors,” Brink Co-Founder Mike Schmidt said.
To address the need for more developers, Brink is offering a one-year onsite fellowship program to onboard exceptional candidates into Bitcoin protocol development, as well as rolling one-year grants that allow established contributors to focus on Bitcoin full-time. The grants program is open to developers worldwide.
If you'd like to learn more about Brink, apply to their programs, or contribute to their organization, you can find out more at brink.dev.
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Last updated on June 4th, 2021

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