Flare Receives Algorand Foundation SupaGrant to develop Bitcoin bridge

The Algorand Foundation today announces our grant partnership with Flare, a new Layer-1 protocol promising to “connect everything” by delivering cross-chain interoperability with the security of multi-chain.

Flare has been awarded an Algorand Foundation Bridges SupaGrant to develop a Bitcoin bridge, helping support the growth of a robust, diverse and thriving Algorand ecosystem. 

Billions of dollars have been stolen from blockchain bridges in recent months, because they are often more centralized and less secure than the blockchains they serve. It is therefore of critical importance for the development of a liquid cross-chain future that new and more secure bridging approaches are developed.

The bridge being built by Flare for Algorand is one such example. It will enable secure trustless interoperability between ALGO and BTC, plus other non-smart contract tokens such as DOGE, LTC, XRP and XLM. 

This new bridging approach will be constructed using Flare’s decentralized interoperability protocols – the Flare Time Series Oracle (FTSO) and the State Connector. The FTSO provides rapidly updating decentralized price data to the Flare network. And the State Connector allows the state of any open system, both on- and off-chain, to be trustlessly proven to smart contracts on Flare. These composable technologies enable Flare to deliver secure universal interoperability between any two chains, so the bridge could potentially be upgraded to also support interoperability between ALGO and any other smart contract Layer-1.

Sean Rowan, CTO & Co-founder of Flare said, “We have a huge amount of respect for the Algorand team, and are excited to be developing a secure and trustless bridge for the Algorand ecosystem. The simple fact is that existing approaches to bridging have time and again been proven unsatisfactory. Flare’s new approach is an entirely different way, built from the ground up rather than being based on existing bridging technology – and will bring a breakthrough in secure, decentralized interoperability between any and all chains.” 

Daniel Oon, Head of DeFi, Algorand Foundation said, “We’re excited to partner with Flare and welcome them to the Algorand ecosystem. Our grant partnership with Flare will develop key DeFi infrastructure with a bridge to Bitcoin, opening up opportunities for further collaboration and innovation.  We look forward to our partnership bringing value to our respective communities.”

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