Today, cLabs is officially launching Valora, the first mobile peer-to-peer payments and remittance app built on the Celo platform! Valora was inspired by the idea that everyone should have full control of their money — without being beholden to intermediaries — and that sending money should be as easy as sending a text message.

After a successful pilot last fall, we’re excited to make Valora globally available for download by anyone with a smartphone. A huge shout out to the cLabs engineering and go-to-market teams for all of their work these past few months!

Anyone who has ever tried…


All things Celo during ETHDenver 2021, February 5–12

cLabs would like to invite the entire Celo community to attend the virtual conference and hackathon for ETHDenver starting this weekend!

ETHDenver is free for you to attend and come visit our booth in the Shill Zone C section. You will be transported from your computer to an awesome virtual conference in 3D, where you can interact with fellow Celo community members, including folks from the cLabs team.


We’re excited to announce a governance approved community rewards program that will award the Celo native asset (CELO) to confirmed addresses who save in Celo Dollars (cUSD). This is an opportunity for users who save in cUSD to also have a stake in shaping the direction of the Celo platform.


For cLabs’ leadership with microwork in Kenya, in collaboration with Appen and Toca

Participant earning with Celo on her phone

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a member network of Central Banks and regulators from over 80 countries, recognizes cLabs at the AFI Annual Fintech Showcase for their accomplishments enabling access to microwork and blockchain-enabled payments from the safety of their homes. The recognition highlights the ease-of-use of Celo’s blockchain platform, bringing mobile-first technology to a variety of phones in low resource settings.

The AFI Annual Fintech Showcase recognizes transformative solutions that support and scale quality financial services. This year cLabs has been selected as one of the finalists of the Showcase, with a mobile microwork application, integrating a mobile-first cryptocurrency…


A multi-party computation for Plumo, the Celo ultralight client protocol

“Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all.”

— Emily Dickinson

We are excited to kickoff the trusted setup for Plumo with a multi-party computation ceremony — together with the Celo community and friends. You can find the form to sign up here for the initial phase.

What is Plumo?

Plumo is a zero-knowledge SNARK based syncing protocol that takes the “lightest sync” mode to the next level. …


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cLabs Tech Sync #4

Welcome to the cLabs engineering and product newsletter. This is the scoop on what’s on the minds and keyboards of the cLabs team. The most important part of any open source project is the people, and we hope to foster a little more of that connectedness.

This week, we’re looking at cLabs’ ongoing work to optimize the experience using Celo from mobile devices, which could be anywhere in the world, transiently connected, and have a connection where latency is high, and bandwidth…


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cLabs Tech Sync #3

Welcome to the cLabs engineering and product newsletter. This is the scoop on what’s on the minds and keyboards of the cLabs team. The most important part of any open source project is the people, and we hope to foster a little more of that connectedness.

cLabs Hackathon

The cLabs team has had a few hackathons in our history, but it had been a while since our last one so we decided to take a week in between milestones to get building! …


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cLabs Tech Sync #2

We’re back. Welcome to the second cLabs engineering and product newsletter. This is the scoop on what’s on the minds and keyboards of the cLabs team. The most important part of any open source project is the people, and we hope to foster a little more of that connectedness.

Awesome interns

In the last two years cLabs has managed to find a significant number of truly remarkable interns, and even more remarkably managed to persuade a high percentage of them to join full time…


Welcome to the first cLabs engineering and product update

cLabs Tech Sync #1

Hello! Welcome to the first cLabs engineering and product newsletter! In this newsletter, we’re going to give regular updates on what the cLabs team is working on, what questions we’re pondering, and what decisions we’re making, so you can get an early heads up and understand where the team is heading.

We also want you to get to know the individuals working on Celo — their backgrounds, motivations, and what they’re working on. The most important part of any open source project is the people, and we hope to foster a little more of that connectedness.

One thing we’re not…


Summa’s technical expertise in cross-chain architecture will enable seamless interoperability between Celo and various layer-one blockchains

Today we’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of the foremost blockchain interoperability firm Summa, to enable cross-chain bridges between Celo and various other blockchains.

Summa, backed by Polychain Capital, INBlockchain, and Naval Ravikant, among others, is a contributor to the Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cosmos, and Zcash ecosystems. The high-specialized engineering team is behind the cross-chain architecture that drives tBTC and brings with them a proven track record of innovation in blockchain interoperability, as well as extensive knowledge of blockchain architecture. …

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Building financial technology to enable prosperity of all beings. cLabs started Celo in 2018 and is one of many contributors to the open source project.

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