# Applicant background
ZKProof is an open-industry academic initiative that seeks to mainstream zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography through an inclusive, community-driven standardization process that focuses on interoperability and security.
Annually-held ZKProof workshops, attended by world-renowned cryptographers, practitioners and industry leaders, are the optimal forum for discussing new proposals, reviewing cutting edge projects and advancing a community reference document that will ultimately serve as a trusted specification for the implementation of ZKP schemes and protocols.
# Motivation and overview
Our goals are to bolster participation in ZKProof initiatives, continue standardization efforts and increase engagement by companies and researchers around the globe. The workshop will focus on the most pressing topics, as defined by the community, that stand in the way of industry usage and adoption. In order to achieve this, we need your help and support. The workshop is becoming larger by the year, and our momentum is increasing.
What obstacles do you expect? What is most likely to go wrong? Which unknown factors or dependencies could jeopardize success? What are your contingency plans? Will subsequent activities be required to maximize impact?
Results so far: First workshop in MIT with 70 top researchers and industry leaders delivered three documents on Security, Implementation and Applications of ZKPs Second workshop in Berkeley with 150 top researchers and industry leaders, including NIST, discussed 4 initial standardization proposals The first Reference Document for ZKPs was established Worldwide institutions contribute to the effort: IBM, ING, JP Morgan, BBVA, Microsoft, Vmware, Deloitte, Accenture, R3, Berkeley U., Stanford, MIT, Columbia and of course: the Zcash Foundation.
The 3rd workshop will be evaluated by the number of new standard proposals submitted (over 10 expected), the progress of existing proposals. number of community members actively engaged in the standardization process and the adoption of Zero Knowledge Proofs by industry leaders.
100% of the funds will be dedicated to produce the Workshop. This includes mainly the venue cost; and to a lesser extent event documentation, marketing, operations and speakers reimbursements. Some of the costs are covered by ticket sales but the is a big need for sponsorships to meet the full cost of the event.
**We are keen to strengthen the partnership between the Zcash Foundation and our growing community, and would love to enlist the Zcash Foundation as a sponsor of the upcoming workshop