The Zero Knowledge Proofs Writing Contest: Winner Announced!

22 Dec 2023

Hey Hackers! Welcome to the winner announcement of the Zero Knowledge Proof Writing Contest by Rareskills and HackerNoon. As technology advances, the significance of cryptographic techniques like zero-knowledge proofs has become increasingly evident in ensuring privacy and security. We are thrilled to host this one-month-contest celebrating the fascinating realm of zero-knowledge proofs. We thank the whole HackerNoon community for participating in the contest! Your participation matters, and it will help us bring you more sponsored tags in the future.

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Zero Knowledge Proof Contest: Top 10 Nominations

We picked all the stories with the #zero-knowledge-proofs tag on HackerNoon, published in November, and selected the top stories weighing in the following factors:

  1. Number of hours read
  2. The number of people reached
  3. Sponsor feedback

Here’s the list of the top 10 stories:

  1. Zero-Knowledge Proofs: It's Like Magic, but I'll Explain It by @windley.
  2. A Privacy Revolution in Web3 With Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) by @vladislavbilay.
  3. Unlocking the Magic of Zero-Knowledge Proofs: Disintegration of Philosophy and Science (Part 1) by @damocles.
  4. The Rise of Zero-Knowledge Rollups in Ethereum Scaling by @mariefromdcenter.
  5. Zero-Knowledge Proofs in Blockchain Voting by @induction.
  6. Enhancing Open Banking with Zero Knowledge Proofs: A Technical Exploration by @mickymultani.
  7. Zero Knowledge Proofs: What's a zkOracle? by @marlene.
  8. Zkp2p: The End of Centralized Exchanges by @thebojda.
  9. ZKML in DeFi: A Secure Revolution in Decentralized Finance by @mkaufmann.
  10. Data Security in the Cloud: A New Era of Trust by @mkaufmann.

Congratulations to all the finalists for making it to the top 10!

The winner of #zero-knowledge-proofs with the most votes is:

“Verifying a DKIM signature on-chain with a smart contract would be very expensive. It would involve uploading the entire mail, computing the hash, and verifying the RSA signature. Furthermore, the mail might contain sensitive information. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: zero-knowledge-proof technology, more specifically, zkSNARK. Using zkSNARK, we can prove off-chain that the signature in the email is valid and that the data being shared publicly with the smart contract (typically amount and target account number) is also valid. The outcome of this process is a zero-knowledge proof that can be cheaply verified on the smart contract. With this solution, email verification can now be efficiently achieved.”

Congratulations @thebojda! You have won $1000. Here are the next steps to claim your reward:

  • Please contact and using the email ID attached to the winner's hackernoon account.

  • We will validate your claim and share a form requesting your bank details for reward distribution.

  • You will receive your winnings in 2-4 weeks after filling out the form.

Please note that you must contact us within 60 days after the winners’ announcement date.

The HackerNoon writing contests primarily aim to celebrate quality content and recruit educational stories for our community. We congratulate all the finalists. However, the Editorial team can ban a writer and/or disqualify a story if we find any misconduct like plagiarism, copyright infringement, or disinformation.

Shoutout to all the finalists and participants! Visit to learn more about running and upcoming contests.