Open Source
Developer Grants

learn about our programs
for accelerating ecosystem growth


Donated and commited


Number of recipients


Program launched

Group 2535 (1)

Why we’re investing in Bitcoin development

Backing open source developers is one of the most impactful ways for us to invest in the crypto ecosystem.

Development of the Bitcoin network is critical to our mission of building an inclusive future of finance. Our grant recipients help make this possible by maintaining and contributing to the Bitcoin code, which is always being updated.

To learn more about how Bitcoin started, read the
Bitcoin Whitepaper.

What we invest in

We’re dedicated to investing in protocol development, increased utility and adoption, and the developer ecosystem. Grant recipients are chosen for their articulated and demonstrated vision for advancing the ecosystem; our funding is provided to support their work.

As our focus is on investing in Bitcoin development, Okcoin grants are free of obligation ー grant recipients are not expected to work on behalf of the exchange.

Frame 4
Group 1303 (1)

Improving protocol speed and security

  • Strengthening test infrastructure for network reliability
  • Scaling the trust model for peer-to-peer transactions
Deposit Funds

Increasing Bitcoin payment and adoption

  • Increasing Bitcoin adoption through greater utility and use cases
  • Expanding Bitcoin’s applications by making crypto payments accessible
Group 2538

Growing the developer ecosystem

  • Providing incentives for open source developers to focus on the long term viability of Bitcoin
  • Improving on-ramps and education for new contributors


Explore our “Giving back to Bitcoin” ebook

A closer look at how Bitcoin developers maintain and build the world’s most important financial innovation — without consistent income — and what we can all do to help.


Meet our recipients

Screenshot 2023-05-19 at 4.04.14 PM

Dusty Daemon

Core Lightning Developer

Dusty Daemon is developing Splicing, a powerful new feature for the Lightning Network which vastly improves its ability to scale, making it easier for everyday people to use Bitcoin for small payments and instant settlement.

Group 2772



Vinteum is a non-profit Bitcoin research and development center dedicated to training and supporting Bitcoin developers in Brazil and the wider Latin America region.

Group 2773



Qala is a Bitcoin training program for African developers. Its goal is to create a pathway for African software developers to transition into building for Bitcoin and Lightning.

Gloria Zhao

Gloria Zhao

Bitcoin Core Developer

Gloria is a Bitcoin Core developer and Brink fellow. On top of reviewing code, she works on mempool validation and package relay, two important aspects of Bitcoin's security.



Bitcoin R&D center

A nonprofit organization designed to offer financial support, education, and mentorship to Bitcoin developers and researchers.

Mask Group (1)

João Barbosa

Bitcoin Core Developer

João is a developer and frequent contributor to Bitcoin Core, Bitcoin’s most used client. In his work, he focuses on reviewing code, testing and on improving the experience Bitcoin Core users can have.

Mask Group (2)

Antoine Riard

Bitcoin Core and Rust Lightning Developer

Antoine addresses security flaws on both the Bitcoin base layer and Lightning, a second layer application. He also created The Label, a collective of independent developers focused on security and advancing lightning.

Group 2551

Marco Falke

Bitcoin Core Developer

As a Bitcoin maintainer and the most active contributor to the Bitcoin code since 2017, Marco improves Bitcoin’s test infrastructure and is working on modularizing the Bitcoin Core code.

Mask Group (3)

Amiti Uttarwar

Bitcoin Core Developer

Amiti’s Bitcoin Core contributions have already strengthened the protocol and cryptocurrency. Her work focuses on improving privacy at the protocol layer and increasing test coverage for the P2P layer.

Mask Group (4)

Fabian Jahr

Bitcoin Core Developer

Fabian’s Bitcoin Core contributions streamline Bitcoin payments and aid adoption. His current work is the Coinstats Index project which focuses on improving how information regarding the UTXO set is pulled.

Group 2763

BTCPay Server

Open-Source Payment Processor

As a self-hosted, open-source cryptocurrency payment processor, BTCPay Server encourages adoption and greater use of Bitcoin by increasing its utility across global merchants.

Our responsibility as
an exchange

Okcoin is on a mission to make crypto investing and trading accessible to anyone in the world and we are deeply grateful for the developer contributions that make this possible.

As we build the next generation of crypto tools that depend on the strength of decentralized networks, we feel a responsibility to support those who contribute to that infrastructure.

We are committed to building crypto for the long term, making investment a natural extension of our efforts to support the developers who make Bitcoin stronger.


Want to get involved?

About Okcoin

Imagine a world where everyone is a trader. We are building the next generation of tools to help onboard the investors and traders who have been on the fence about crypto.

Okcoin is a globally licensed exchange with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea. We are a collective of global citizens with a common passion to help decentralize finance and level the economic playing field for everyone around the world.

Learn more