Gemini Introduces Web3 Research and Design Studio Superlunar

Superlunar brings together creative technologists to focus on secure, sustainable, and usable applications of decentralised technology.
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Quick take:

  • Security research will be a central focus of the multidisciplinary studio.
  • Superlunar will also provide grants and sponsorships to individual contributors, projects, and programs.
  • The studio is headed by Beth Kurteson, one of the founding team members of Gemini.

Cryptocurrency exchange, Gemini, has launched a Web3 design and research studio, Superlunar. The studio brings together creative technologists from varied backgrounds to focus on secure, sustainable, and usable applications of decentralized technology.

Security research will be a central focus of the multidisciplinary studio as members of its 14-member team have extensive experience in the field. The studio’s goal is to increase trust and understanding of decentralized technology, which is why it’s starting with security, identity, and privacy.

The studio will be applying decentralised technology to security problems and finding security problems with decentralised technology. This means that the team will contribute to open-source projects or sponsor an external developer or team to build security solutions.

Superlunar will provide grants and sponsorships to individual contributors, projects, and programs as a continuation of the Gemini Opportunity Fund founded in 2020. By doing so, Superlunar hopes to empower the next generation of maintainers and builders, as well as provide financial support directly to open source developers to continue their work.

Superlunar has assembled a diverse team of prominent practitioners from a variety of disciplines including cybersecurity, environmental science, design, development, and finance.

Through research and design, the team aims to discover new ways to reach broader audiences and provide transparent approaches to complex use cases for Web3. The team will also look beyond speculative investment and hype cycles to bring healthy skepticism and transformative solutions to real, practical issues, sharing their findings in accessible and inspiring formats.

The studio is headed by CEO Beth Kurteson, one of the founding team members of Gemini. “Dedicated innovation efforts like Superlunar allow us to see deep into the horizon. This will position us to identify, build, and respond to opportunities with the speed required in our rapidly, ever-evolving industry,” she said.

“We are looking for keystone problems that, once solved, will unlock the potential of creators in communities everywhere to build all the things we never could alone,” added Rich Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Superlunar. He told Decrypt that the studio will eventually look to make a return on the solutions they feel can solve usability, security and sustainability around NFTs, tokenisation, the metaverse, and more.

For its first initiatives, Superlunar recently redesigned Gemini’s security onboarding process from the ground up. As part of that redesign, Gemini now mints a unique non-fungible token (NFT) for every new employee. The studio has also been investigating how to quickly access the large and complex data contained within the Ethereum blockchain.

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