Latino programmer wins a scholarship to improve the Bitcoin protocol

Brink logo - Latino programmer wins scholarship to improve Bitcoin

Key facts:
  • Bruno García, from Brazil, is the Latino programmer who received a scholarship from Brink.

  • Brink promotes the study of Bitcoin with scholarships financed by companies linked to the ecosystem.

A non-profit association dedicated to Bitcoin Core research and development, called Brink, this week announced the winners of its latest round of grants. These are four developers, one of them Latino, who will now have a scholarship from this institution for their commitment to the development of Bitcoin (BTC).

In a Press release published on its website, the company, which has been giving grants to those interested in working on the Bitcoin protocol, announced that these four developers were chosen by the Brink board of directors. As they added, today’s scholarship recipients demonstrated “continuous commitment” to the development of the Bitcoin network.

Bruno Garcia is one of the developers who won the Brink grant. He is from Brazil and discovered Bitcoin in 2015. Since then, nurtured knowledge about the ecosystem.

Having learned about the development of the Bitcoin protocol, he now contributes to Bitcoin Core by testing and revising PR, improving test coverage, and working with peer-to-peer (P2p) trading platforms and wallets.

Brink logo - Latino programmer wins scholarship to improve Bitcoin
Brink is a non-profit association that aims to research and improve the Bitcoin code. Source: Brink.

CriptoNoticias spoke with him. Flatly, he thanked Brink for the opportunity and considered as “incredible” the fact of receiving support from an institution to continue contributing to the development of Bitcoin.

He told us that he will continue to operate from Brazil, where he started his path in Bitcoin, but he did not want to go into details about what he could do with the subsidy, the amount of which he also did not reveal.

Even so, he stated that among his plans is to maintain his operations with Bitcoin Core and, in addition, advise students in Latin America, through periodic classes where he spreads his knowledge about Bitcoin.

For him, this type of subsidy “is very important for the Bitcoin ecosystem” because it recognizes “the hard work that many developers have done.” “It’s a sign that the ecosystem values ​​all this effort,” he said.

I feel grateful for the opportunity, it is incredible to receive support to continue contributing with Bitcoin (…). It is very important for the ecosystem because it recognizes the hard work that many developers have put in.

Bruno Garcia, Brazilian Bitcoin Core developer.

Brink is an association founded in 2020 dedicated to the research and development of the Bitcoin protocol. It has a scholarship and grant program for those interested in the project. These subsidies are financed, in general, by companies that are also linked to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

In this particular case, Brink does not determine how much the grant is to the four developers in question.

Brink recently received USD 450,000 to be allocated in scholarships, as part of an agreement between that company and the bitcoin exchange FTX, a fact reported by CriptoNoticias.

Bruno Garcia, Bitcoin programmer
Bruno Garcia shared his Brink grant on his Twitter account. Source: Bruno Garcia / Twitter.

In addition, Brink is sponsored by other companies also related to Bitcoin, such as Blockfi, Nexo and the exchanges Gemini, Kraken. The Human Rights Foundation is also listed among the organizations that sponsor the scholarship and grant program.

The rest of the developers who won the grants are “0xB10C”, the fictitious name of a programmer who has been working with Bitcoin Core since early 2021. Vicenzo Palazzo, who has been involved with Bitcoin since 2019 and is focusing on the Lightning network and Niklas Gögge, who promises to work full time on Bitcoin Core “without distractions”.

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