Canada SailGP Team Announces Partnership with Algorand


Canada SailGP Team has unveiled a significant three-year partnership with the Algorand Foundation. The agreement marks the first major partnership announcement for the Canadian team and sponsorship of a professional sailing team by a blockchain platform.

Canada SailGP Team and the Algorand Foundation share a vision for a sustainable future that is built on cutting-edge innovation and high-performance technology, making the partnership a natural fit. Both are committed to inspiring a brighter and cleaner future for our planet through sport.

Founded by digital finance entrepreneur Fred Pye, the Canada SailGP Team is all about inspiring the next generation of sailors in Canada, facilitating opportunities for youth to get involved in the sport and creating a pathway for exceptional athletes.  The team is building a foiling development programme (We CAN Foil) which will give young sailors from coast to coast the chance to learn to fly. Canada SailGP Team, as part of SailGP, is committed to racing for a better future which includes combating climate change and accelerating the transition to clean energy.

The Algorand Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the global promise of blockchain technology by leveraging the power of the Algorand protocol and its ecosystem to enable everyone to harness the potential of an equitable and truly borderless digital economy built on a carbon-negative network. With its Pure Proof-of-Stake approach, Algorand has built a sustainable, decentralized blockchain with minimal power consumption that will positively impact innovation in finance and inclusion without negatively impacting the environment.

“SailGP’s combination of sport and technology makes it uniquely positioned to provide a platform for growth of all digital asset technology.  The Canada SailGP Team is leading the development in this space, and I’m confident that we will be the first team in the League, perhaps in all of professional sailing, to showcase the possibilities of blockchain. This is just one of the reasons why we are so pleased to partner with the Algorand Foundation,” said Pye.

“We are excited to partner with the Canada SailGP Team as we are so well-aligned on our shared values of high-performance technology and a sustainable, carbon-zero approach. We look forward to collaborating with the team on a range of initiatives that will show the unique mix of performance, security and sustainability that mark out Algorand as a unique blockchain,” said Staci Warden, CEO of the Algorand Foundation.

The countdown to the start of Season 3 has begun, with only a few weeks until the team’s first event – Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess – on 14-15 May, followed by the events in Chicago (June), Plymouth (July) and Copenhagen (August).


Algorand Foundation Announces Grant to LoginID


The Algorand Foundation announced today, support for a grant awarded to LoginID, a FIDO-certified authentication provider. The grant will allow LoginID to research building a technical path towards enabling its suite of APIs and SDKS for the Algorand ecosystem.  For Algorand developers and enterprises this means utilizing FIDO-certified authentication for a one touch execution of a smart contract, which will not require plugins or downloads to complete.  Integration of FIDO also provides the benefit of ‘Transaction Confirmation’, a digital signature and receipt binding the individual’s biometric to the transaction.

At the heart of the Algorand blockchain is a unique and powerful protocol known as Pure Proof-of-Stake, created by MIT’s Silvio Micali. Using this protocol, the Algorand blockchain is a unique combination of high performance, scale, security, guaranteed transaction finality and all built on a carbon negative, sustainable platform. The Algorand network has now grown to over 13 million accounts and is supporting over 1 million transactions a day, with zero downtime since launch. The Algorand Foundation is committed to building the most robust and innovative ecosystem around this amazing, public blockchain and bringing one-touch smart contract execution will be a powerful addition to the toolkit of Algorand developers.

The Algorand Foundation is delighted to welcome LoginID to the ecosystem of the Algorand network. Providing FIDO certified, one touch smart contract execution to Algorand developers and enterprises will enable  any customer to execute a smart contract by using the biometrics on their device, without any downloads or plugins needed.  Given there are over 4B devices globally that support FIDO today, this is a significant step in making Algorand available to all.”  said Sean Lee, CEO Algorand Foundation.

“Algorand has really started to accelerate, helping businesses in the DeFi and commerce space, areas where we have expertise and can add a lot of value.  LoginID will help lower friction, and make blockchain technology easier to interact when developers integrate our solution. We have recently seen attacks on standard forms of authentication such as SMS.  Our solution will help give Algorand developers the tools to create the most frictionless, secure interactions for their customers” says Jim Brown, CRO and Co-founder of LoginID.