EXPANSE: Helping Customers Turn their Dream into Reality

From the successful entrepreneurs to the biggest innovators in the world, all of them have turned their ideas into reality by taking their small steps earnestly. They don’t grow impatient or become overwhelmed with envisioning the final outcome, instead, they view each step as the final step in reaching their true vision.

However, in the pursuit of the vision, they confront two types of entities: one that simplifies their journey arming them the right tools and skills, and one that hinders them from achieving their vision. While they disregard these naysayers along the way, they are always grateful to the entities that help them turn their ideas into reality.

Expanse, a block chain solution provider, is one such ideal company that helps businesses to take their ideas from imagination to real-world use. Founded by Christopher Franko, one of the earliest block chain developers and crypto currency entrepreneurs, Expanse was created as the first stable fork of Ethereum.

Built as a community-based project without an ICO (Initial Coin Offering), Expanse uses cutting-edge block chain technology to build anything the community and team can imagine, with a self-funded design to keep it truly decentralized. Thus, the Expanse community evolves and grows while rewarding holders, partners, and investors.

Today, the company has a three-year history of consistent growth and stability. Expanse started out its journey with a small team, however, with big ideas and commitment to its customers, Expanse could nimbly establish its brand identity in the market. “Now our team is continually growing, and new projects are coming on board and each new community member and partner brings new ideas and visions for the future,” says Christopher Franko, CEO, Expanse.

Although considered as the fork of Ethereum, Expanse has made modifications that result in a more efficient and less expensive experience for dApps (decentralized applications) and miners. Unlike the other companies that are being criticized for compromising data, Expanse spares no efforts or expense in ensuring that there is no compromising data on the block chain. Also, “our new Gander application provides all of the business intelligence tools necessary to run and manage any dApp,” states Franko.

As a block chain solution provider, Expanse prides itself on its quintessential dApps built on trust, value, and practicality. Among its dApps, the most versatile ones are VoteLock and Tokenlab. While Tokenlab is a self-service ICO-creation platform that provides a variety of solutions for staging ICOs, VoteLock is a new block-chain based voting platform with the potential to change the dynamics of future elections.

“TokenLab has tools that lead customers through the process of taking a great idea from concept to token running on the Expanse block chain , whereas VoteLock provides a facility for voting on an immutable block chain, storing the votes forever, tamper-proof, all around the world,” explains Franko.

Over the past three years, Expanse has become the choice of customers across the globe. “Since it’s based on Ethereum, it evokes confidence and trust,” tells Franko. The company also has a very active community in its Decord that its team engages with 24/7.

With a team of seasoned and accomplished professionals complemented with many years of experience in this space, the company’s objective is to help its customers turn their dream into reality. Besides, keeping in mind the specific needs of startups, the company has designed a grand program—EXP Grants—to provide funds for projects that launch on the Expanse blockchain. Today, there is $1M in the grant fund to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

“The EXP Grants program is unique to Expanse. No one else out there has set aside $1M to help crypto upstarts. We also have a loyalty program, Expanse Rewards (EXR), which rewards Expanse participants.

Everything we do is translated to Spanish and other languages,” adds Franko. The company going forward intends to continue its journey serving its customers and helping them turn their dreams into reality. With seasoned professionals and quintessential platforms in place, we can say that Expanse is one of the fastest-growing blockchain solution providers in the industry.

QUOTE 1: “Expanse uses cutting-edge block chain technology to build anything the community and team can imagine, with a self-funded design to keep it truly decentralized”


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EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 19 – 10/15/2018

Welcome to the nineteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • Technology Updates
  • Expanse Official Response to Poloniex Delisting
  • New Exchange for Expanse
  • The Great Expanse Meme contest
  • Behind the Tech: Farwah Aizaz
  • Slips Update
  • Compelling quotes.

Technology Updates

Note from the Editor: By design, this newsletter does not contain specific updates about our top three technology development projects, EXPEX (DEX), Tokenlab, and enhancements to the Luna wallet. As we approach year-end, there are daily developments. As a result, please look to our Discord channel for regular updates, announcements and additions to our beta-testing channels. If you have not signed up to be a beta-tester, please do sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZJEDuQdID6cCyON92


Expanse Official Response to Poloniex Delisting
By Christopher Franko

Poloniex is virtually a dead exchange. No one is saying, “Oh man, cant wait for our coin to get listed on Poloniex.” They have no volume, no market makers, nothing at all going for them. And they have only themselves to blame. Once the original owners sold out to Circle, it’s been a ghost town.

By delisting Expanse, I now have absolutely no reason to use them for anything and im closing my account. I’m probably one of the few people who have a withdrawal limit of Tier 4, and they have completely destroyed my faith in them.

With that being said, it is sad to see them make bad decisions continuously. The three coins they decided to delist all have active development and active communities. By delisting active assets they are essentially dog whistling that if coins don’t start faking volume they will also be at risk.. And that is tragic.

But all is not lost. We are still listed on Bittrex and many others. And we are still launching our own DEX. We are still going to release empowering software no matter what roadblock or speed bump is placed before us. Because that’s who we are. We are always the underdog, we are always the black horse, and frankly I like proving people wrong. Thank you to all of you for your supportive messages and posts.



The Great Expanse Meme Contest

Recently Expanse CEO Christopher Franko inadvertently kicked up a media maelstrom by confronting Binance on Twitter in regard to a ridiculously high quote for a token listing on Binance. What began as a lively Twitter to and fro ended up bringing the outrageous prices Binance quotes to the forefront with no fewer than six feature articles in industry publications calling out Binance for their practices.

So, naturally when a meme contest was announced, creative minds turned to the controversy of the day. Congratulations (and 100 EXP) go to Husain Fazel for his submission above.


Behind the Tech – Farwah Aizaz, Project Manager

Welcome guys to another instalment of our Behind the Tech series. This time around, we are featuring Farwah Aizaz, our Project Manager who works alongside Expanse’s architect and senior developer, Asim Ashfaq, at our Islamabad office.

Farwah is a software engineer who graduated in 2017 from a four-year degree program. During her final year at college, she did a project on virtual reality and augmented reality. “The entire experience fascinated me and I decided to work with technologies that were cutting edge and had the power to bring a transformation for good,” she says. “I always want to be hacker and do something that is innovative, something no one can do or something that is uncommon.

Fresh out of college, Farwah was hired as an assistant software project manager in March 2018 by Asim for Expanse’s team that he heads, in Islamabad, Pakistan. She quickly showed what she was made of. Her talents, creative thinking abilities and spunk were acknowledged and appreciated. Within just 7 months, she was made the Project Manager of the entire Islamabad team.

Farwah is loving her new responsibilities and relishes the opportunities and challenges that come along with the job. She says that project management is not easy. “You have to own your team’s mistakes and have to handle all critical situations accordingly. You have to understand your team’s inherent strengths and channelize them to achieve success. You also need the ability to read your client’s mind!

Farwah also serves as a requirement analyst. She analyzes the requirements of a project and prototypes it to give it the look that is desired. It is then sent ahead to the design team. Her key responsibilities at Expanse include the delivery of the project on time and to monitor its progress throughout its development phase. She tracks and monitors every minor detail of the project. She also assigns responsibilities to all team members and monitors their progress.

Farwah is full of praise for Asim whom she considers a mentor. “I owe a lot to Asim Ashfaq. Right from the day I became part of the team, he has guided me throughout my journey. It is with the help of his guidance and faith in my abilities that I have become the project manager. Everything that I know about blockchain technology is all because of him.” Asim suggested that she complete short courses on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, which she did.

At being asked about what excites her at Expanse, Farwah says that the roadmaps of Luna, Gander and Tokenlab are the ones she is passionate about. She is deeply curious to know how these will shape up in the near future. “It’s like a dream for a fresh graduate like me to be working on the cutting edge of technology. I am really excited to know what impacts my actions will have on these projects.” Farwah believes that working on these projects is like being in a dream world. “I am waiting for the day when this dream turns into a reality!


SLIPS Update

We funded Slips co-founders Husain Fazel and Kyle O’Neill back in late July when they pitched us their concept of facilitating betting on gaming streams using blockchain technology to settle disputes.

Expanse CEO Christopher Franko said at the time, “Rarely do you see a team come to light that is as prepared to launch as the Slips team is.”

The funding and support we gave Slips enabled them to focus their efforts fully on developing their proof of concept — which is now almost complete. In our last update, we mentioned that they had bolted user profiles onto their application and were busy designing their channel and challenges interface. The team were very excited about this phase of their project because it is the core part of the entire Slips experience — letting their users make bets whilst they’re watching streams.

The design work was completed a fortnight ago, and the team have been true to form busy coding up these interfaces and adding the backend functionality to make it work.

If you did not catch our last update, you should most certainly check out this album,

(https://imgur.com/a/UUTur6O), for a quick guided tour of what they have cooked up. It really is a delight to see the beautiful artwork come to life.

 

Some of the low hanging fruit like letting users edit their channels has been completed and works perfectly. Feel free to check out https://slips.network and give it a spin yourself!

… and it should even be possible to deposit to and withdraw EXP from the application through the newly created “My Funds” page, which you will find in your profile when you login to the application.

The demo we saw (see screenshot above) was working on a test version of the blockchain, but the team told us they were working on provisioning an Expanse full node. So by the time you read this, the application will be working and interacting with the real live Expanse network.

With all of this out of the way, it just leaves them with the prospect of working on the most important part of their application. When we spoke to them, they were fiddling about with the bare bones user interface as you can see above. The base layout is already working and their aim is to:

  • Add a chat system similar to Discord working in the next week.  (There’s a large gap on the right where that will fit in.)
  • Start adding the functionality to make challenges and broadcast to the channel shortly afterward.
  • Add the flourish of bet notifications in the chat window to finish this work.

That only leaves a way for users to dispute bets and arbitrators to make decisions before the entire application is complete. As always they were able to give us a quick peek at what that will look like as you can see below:

So if all goes to plan, it looks like we should all be able to use Slips in the very near future!


Compelling Quotes  

 

Thought provoking musings from a community member: “I once thought about becoming a futurist until i sat down with my pen and paper,then realised how hard it is to imagine a future any different from today……….Can anyone here imagine the perfect future and how blockchain can be implemented in everyday life? Or is blockchain just a fad where everyone wants to get on the bandwagon to make money,like the million dollar domain name days? ……….What are you views?”

Christopher Franko shared, “It’s hard to really explain what the Expanse vision is. My vision is to create tools that people can string together to create the world they want to live in; to get rid of the oppressors and take back control. My problem is telling people. I can build and do all day. But getting people to realize what I’m trying to build.. hard af.”

A community member comment in regard to the regulatory environment,I think one thing to keep in mind is that the laws around crypto shifted rapidly and forced Expanse to change plans. And I think they’ve done a good job adapting and staying legally compliant, taking the hit in their development to keep the project legal.”


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 18 – 10/01/2018

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • Coming Back Soon: Streamcoins!
  • Behind the Tech — Christopher Franko
  • Bet with Expanse on CryptoSportsBet.World
  • Developer Update
  • Compelling Quotes

Coming Back Soon: Streamcoins!

As  some of you may know, Expanse launched a Streamcoins initiative some time ago that was extremely popular. Unfortunately, there was at least one bad actor who plotted to cheat the system and collected coins dishonestly. As a result, we had to stop the program.  

Now that the Know Your Customer (KYC) module of Tokenlab is complete, we can launch Streamcoins again. Participants will be forced to complete KYC before receiving their winnings, eliminating the possibility of fraud.

Chris and Asim are busy setting up the process flow, and Chris has challenged us to bring ideas for rich content we can add as it’s developed. Stay tuned for updates!


Behind the Tech with Christopher Franko

Hey guys! This time around we are featuring our CEO and the brains behind Expanse, Christopher Franko, in our Behind the Tech series.

Chris has an A.S. in Computer Science from Beaufort County Community College, Washington, NC. He went on to pursue a higher degree from East Carolina University, but dropped out midway to start his own company.

While in college, Chris was creating mobile apps, freelancing for various companies and writing automation software for affiliate marketing companies. He also used to record rap music under the name JEDISWIFT. Check out one of Chris’ creation here.

Chris is a true-blue millennial who was practically raised on a healthy dose of technology, especially the Internet. He grew up sort of enamored with technology. The family got their first computer when Chris was 10, and by 13 he was learning the Perl programming language. He always felt that technology, especially the Internet, was empowering.

As a millennial programmer, Internet money was a no brainer. One day when Chris was surfing through 4chan, an image-based bulletin board, he saw a thread about Bitcoin. His curiosity piqued, he researched it further, read the whitepaper and was simply blown away by the whole concept.

Talking about his experience starting Expanse, Chris says that at the time he was the lead developer for a cryptocurrency called Franko, and some of the ideas he was coming up with were just too cumbersome to create with the Bitcoin scripting language. He followed Ethereum pretty closely since its inception and felt like it was a better conduit for his ideas. However, he didn’t want to be tied directly to another platform. This led him to co-found Expanse along with James Clayton and Dan Conway.

Chris believes that it’s been an incredibly rewarding journey so far. Early on, the team saw a lot of success. “Now-a-days things are a little tougher, but not just for Expanse. The entire industry is fighting an uphill battle. I think one of the toughest things we have to accept is good things take time. This is especially hard in an unforgiving industry that wants everything now! An industry that only thinks something is good if it pumps the price and disregards all else.”

Christopher has come to realize that it is much better to focus on an exceptional user experience. “For much of Expanse’s life, we have been very good. But people lose interest in, and don’t talk about, something that is ‘very good.’ They want it to be exceptional, and that’s where we are focusing our attention now — on making exceptional software!”

The one thing that excites Chris about Expanse is its incredible community. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing our community grow.” The team has been working on a project called “We are Expanse!” a community outreach program focused on reaching people in their native languages. Our first instance of this is SomosExpanse, and work is on for a similar project for China.

Chris is also pretty excited by the software that we are working on. “We are focused on delivering liberating software products that can truly change the lives of people who use them.”

When asked about his biggest challenges he faces at Expanse, Chris is quick to point to time management. “We are a modestly sized development team competing with platforms with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of developers. So there are constantly new priorities that we have to face.”

He says that there are so many amazing ideas that keep popping on a daily basis and sometimes ranking them by urgency is a task in itself. But he says he is happy sorting ideas on priority and losing some than not having them at all.

Chris is  extremely confident about the future of Expanse. “Ten years from now, Expanse will be a household brand. Millions of people will be using Expanse products and sometimes it will be unbeknownst to them.” He is also profoundly positive about the future of crypto and blockchain. “I predict nation-state cryptocurrencies, and supply chain apps, and governance services — all on the blockchain.”

While being positive about the future, Chris says that the current times worry him a bit. He believes that what we are seeing in the crypto space is an upheaval of sorts. With the ever-changing crypto landscape powered by regulations, legal intricacies, government policies and public perception, he feels that the churning will finally uncover businesses that provide real value to solve global problems. “Times are tough now, but it will turn around,” says Chris, as he signs off.


Get 25% Bonus When You Bet with Expanse on CryptoSportsBet.World

Are you a sports fanatic looking to place a few bets on your favorite teams?  Look no further. CryptoSportsBet.World provides the ultimate Internet sports betting experience — and it accepts over 45 cryptocurrencies, including Expanse. And, players using EXP will receive a 25% deposit bonus, from now through October, 19 2018.

Sense the atmosphere, hear the roar of the crowd, feel the occasion – all from the comfort of your own home. CryptoSportsBet.World brings you the most competitive odds around, so not only will you be having a good time you also stand a great chance of winning some money in the process.

Here’s how the 25% bonus for using Expanse works:

  • All deposits are to be in EXP to receive bonus.
  • All deposits in EXP will receive a 25% deposit bonus,  which will be available untill the 19th of October, 2018.
  • Players create account and deposit funds (EXP). Once funds are received and confirmed, a voucher code will be generated and emailed to email account attached to users account within 24 hrs.
  • There will be a 100% play through on funds including bonus. i.e., if you deposit $20 worth of EXP you will receive a voucher code for $5. For you to withdraw funds from your account, it will require bets = or > than $25. So you will have to make bets up to that value and the event has to conclude. Then you will be able to withdraw your balance if you wish as long as it is over the minimum withdraw amount ($15) in the currency you desire that we accept.
  • The Play through will start from time of confirmation of original deposit.
    Play through is cumulative, i.e., this is for each deposit made. They are added together and you are able to receive another bonus for depositing more EXP.

Offering a unique collection of different sports, leagues and hyper competitive live betting, along with the best betting strategies anywhere, CryptoSportsBet.World is unbeatable.


Developer Update

Asim and his team provided the following update:

  • Gander – focus on performance and tweaking the code for maximum efficiency.
  • Luna – New version to be released next week.
  • Streamcoins – Developing new program and processes.
  • Tokenlab – Finalizing KYC module to be used in Streamcoins. Tokenlab sign-up, log-in, dashboard, create token, and manage token functionality to be posted for beta testing by October 15.

Compelling Quotes  

On VoteLock

“Votelock is a killer app waiting to be unleashed. Getting this mainstream would be a huge accomplishment. With the uncertainty and fraudulent activities that went on with the last election, this could be the cure. Getting the Borderless identity Dapp to work in sync with Votelock  is key. The need for a secure voting system is of the utmost importance right now and states especially are looking for a new uniform way of making voting as streamlined and accurate as possible. I’d be interested in seeing how personal identity information on the block chain would be verifiable without being visible to the public.”

Ethereum  Vs. Expanse

“What about Ethereum and Expanse? The code is the same. You’re going to program the same way, but with Expanse you’ll have a cheaper, faster network and no possibility of high traffic clogging the entire network. Using the most widely-used network doesn’t have benefits other than being easy to code and the market, because in terms of the tech, it’s worst if it’s not scaled enough. it’s not like … ‘i’m going to sell my product on Ebay because it has more traffic and more people will see it’.  You won’t get more visibility for using ethereum.”


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 17 – 09/15/2018

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?
  • New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public
  • New Chinese Expanse Website
  • Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play
  • Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders
  • Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers
  • SomosExpanse our Digital Magazine in Spanish
  • Community News – Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?


As you know, the EXP team just airdropped a new token, PEX,  to the Expanse and Tokenlab community. Airdrops are a straightforward way to bootstrap a user base for a new product, in this case, the Expanse Decentralized Exchange, EXPEX.

The airdrop piloted the Tokenlab Airdrop module, one of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. It went off without a hitch. (If you have not found your PEX, email [email protected])

Expanse secured the services of an external development team to create EXPEX, and the final code has been delivered. We are in the process of branding the UI and will publish a launch date soon.  So, hang onto your PEX!


Read more detail here about how it all works:  https://expanse.tech/understanding-pex-token-utility/


New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public

The new Expanse wallet, Luna, is now public and ready for download. The download links are on the Expanse.tech website or you can use this link:  https://expanse.tech/downloads/

The existing Expanse Mist wallet is a fork of the Ethereum Mist wallet. However, Luna is a wallet we developed with our own original code, and promises to be one of the most feature-rich wallets out there once all of the development is complete. For now, feel free to use either Mist or Luna. We will give you plenty of notice when or if we discontinue support of the Mist wallet version.

Many thanks to all of the Expanse Army 1st Lieutenants who participated in the beta-test. Please continue to report any bugs that may have not shook out during testing.


New Chinese Expanse Website to Launch October 1

Our Chinese marketing team, led by Community Manager Alex Zhao, is putting the final touches on the Chinese version of the Expanse website. They project a 10/1 launch date.

Some of their other accomplishments include:

  • WeChat membership increased to 350.
  • QQ group increased to 500 members.
  • Submitted applications to two exchanges in China.
  • Participate as active beta-tester for Luna wallet.

Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play!

Gameboard is an EXP.Grants partner. We asked their team to help us understand the gamification principles behind the Gameboard dApp. We learned that there are indeed scientific theories behind all of this play.

When talking about Gamification you automatically think about adding points to a platform to make it “fun.” However, there are many more factors that affect the degree of fun or interest in a game on the part of the players.

Many applications that have come onto the market use the basic principles of gamification as part of the design. We have covered them in other Expanse articles: Frameworks as Octalysis or 6D approach of gamification. It is important to establish that there are two important parts in the application of Gamification to a platform or system: Dynamics and Mechanics.

Dynamics consist of all the activities added to the game based on the actions of the players:

  1. Discovery phase: Listening, reading, observing and navigating to generate interest.
  2. Onboarding phase: In this phase, the user feels that he/she is advancing in a simple and orderly manner; he gets hooked.
  3. Scaffolding phase: After the user is already immersed in the game, he/she then seeks to improve and win. During this phase, users develop the greatest amount of challenges and require constant feedback.
  4. Endgame phase: Finally, we must give a closure to each activity. This is the end of the game, which is an important action—a huge challenge—that allows the user to feel that he/she has conquered the game. This phase is called Endgame. Just when the user is about to feel that he/she is finishing, we invite him/her to a new challenge, to a new objective—phase 2 or the next level.

In the design stage of a game (pertaining to the dynamics) the User persona is also established to model potential users. The needs, the objectives, the emotions and the feelings are also established during this phase of design.

I have the Dynamics, now what?

This is the part where Gameboard comes into play and where the mechanics are necessary. The mechanics allow for establishing the points, levels, badges, challenges and other forms of measurement. The activities within the gamified process are recorded in this part. Without this, we would not have analysis of the information.

Gameboard saves and stores the information generated by the dynamics so that it can be analyzed and collaborate in the decision making. Even more important, it allows for recordkeeping and control of the actions of each player.

The fact that users can receive rewards is one of the most important features, especially because it is the way of measuring performance in terms of

  • Budget
  • How much the company has improved in performance (assuming that this was the goal)
  • Each award in time
  • Objects that have direct involvement with money

The Gamification Playground on the Blockchain

By integrating Expanse blockchain technology, Gameboard safely stores each record of points earned by the player, these being value transactions that rely on the security and permanence of the blockchain to store and redeem points for the players.

There are two current lines of business for Gameboard:

  • Custom – The customized approach is based on integrations into existing platforms created by other companies or ventures. If they already have a system, Gameboard is integrated into this system and keeps track of points earned.
  • Standard – Add-ons, plugins or components in platforms that already exist in the market. We create these integrations to enter those markets. This will increase the number of transactions on the platform and users that interact in it.

For both options, Gameboard provides information analysis, progress, behavior and motivation across any of the different platforms. Gameboard respects the anonymity of the players, so it does not store sensitive information about its users.

Currently, we have finished the Gameboard base engine, the API that allows integration, and the user and administration platforms. Each section of the system is customizable so that it has the look and feel of your company or platform.

We are very close to launching the new functionalities including the integration with Expanse’s technology. So, stayed tuned!

We believe in a world where people want to play!!


Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders

We continue to be excited about the potential of the Slips project, which was one of the first batch of projects to receive grant funding from Expanse.

Did you know that straight out of the gate, EXP (Expanse) is the only payment option for the Slips platform? When the platform launches, people will only be able to make real money bets with the EXP token. Now would be a very good time load up on Expanse in advance of their launch!

As one community member surmised, “This is a great example of what makes the Slips partnership so awesome—Slips gamers will have to settle bets in EXP. People who have never had any interest in crypto won’t have a choice but to buy EXP if they want to use the platform for something that has already been demonstrated as a need in the online gaming community.”


A quick reminder to those who aren’t up to speed on what Slips is hoping to achieve. The team are working on a project which will allow gaming fans to use the Expanse network to challenge each other to bets whilst watching their favorite streamers on platforms like Twitch.

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that it was possible for users to create channels and explore what was available on the Slips platform. Now you can even create your own profile. We decided to give the functionality a quick spin earlier and were amazed by how nice it looked!

As well as being able to make our profile look the way we wanted, we were able to post status updates, link our existing social media accounts, manage the official Expanse channel on Slips and even follow other users.

Take a look at the Expanse profile on Slips here https://slips.network/profile/EXP/home:

If you are feeling adventurous (or curious!) why not register and make your own profile? The Slips team mentioned in an announcement in their Discord channel (https://discord.gg/mJHJ88U) that they are looking for help from users to iron out any bugs.

Meanwhile after successfully launching the profile feature, they are continuing to work hard to get the proof of concept released. They’ve spent the last week finalizing specifications and requirements for the next milestone in the project. The UI work has already begun and coding will also resume next week. We have a few sneak previews that we obtained below:

 



We look forward to the launch of their dApp on the Expanse network.


Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers

Per the dev team, we are close to releasing some of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of the Luna wallet. The response was overwhelming, and we qualified nearly 40 testers. These same testers have access to the private channels for Tokenlab beta testing. If you did not apply and want to test Tokenlab, complete the application form here

Beta-testers receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in the Expanse Army.

SomosExpanse. Our Digital Magazine in Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. The market continues to grow—especially for the Expanse community. To that end, we have created SomosExpanse (We are Expanse).

SomosExpanse is a digital magazine whose purpose is to inform and educate about blockchain technology. The project is born from a motivated community, integrated and growing. To accomplish this, we have added a dedicated Spanish-speaking communications team to the Expanse infrastructure.

All of the Expanse project content routinely created in English (news, blogs, newsletters, social media posts) is translated and placed on the SomosExpanse platform. We also integrate articles  from reliable sources, such as Criptonoticas and CoinCrispy, in order to offer more robust content.

We are focused on creating an interactive media strategy with valuable content, as well as constant updates about Expanse and the world of the blockchain. We developed a progressive APP for you to have it directly on your phone with notifications and amazing content.

This strategy is complemented by postings to social networks, including Diiscord, Instagram, Twitter and Steemit. We invite you to follow (and like) us on these social networks:

We have plans to replicate this communication strategy in many other languages, including Chinese and Japanese. We invite you to participate by suggesting other languages for the concept or by serving as an ambassador to help provide content. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please write to [email protected]

We are Expanse.


Community News

Usually, we provide a list of compelling quotes gathered from community discussions. This time, we decided to feed back a narration of an important discussion that took place last week regarding the current crypto market conditions. In case you missed it, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have one of the most insightful, clever communities around.

Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

“What’s happening to crypto?” “What’s causing the prices to tank?” These are obvious questions on everybody’s minds these days as prices begin to tumble. Bitcoin lost close to $1000 in the last 10 days and Ether has lost almost 25% of its value in the last month. The situation is even grimmer for other altcoins. So what is really happening?

The Expanse Discord channel, if you know, is one of the most vociferous and active crypto communities out there and most of its members are astute students and passionate followers of the crypto phenomenon It was only fair that similar questions arose during an avid round of discussions and there were some interesting points of view from across the aisle regarding what was happening.

It started with a member saying that he thought that the end of crypto is near. He was worried that too many scams had taken their toll on a fascinating and promising phenomenon that has the ability to change our lives forever. However many projects gave false hopes and people lost a lot of money and in turn, their faith. The negativity that is being experienced in the market was a result of this disappointment and people trying to cash out their crypto assets as fast as possible. This would probably signal the collapse of a lot of altcoins. The member went on to predict that most coins will stop all development or activity before the year is over because cryptocurrencies just won’t be able to hold their value and people are seeing this more clearly with each passing day, fuelling the circle of fear and mass dumping.

To this, another member had an interesting observation. He said that what was currently happening to crypto is similar to what happened to dotcom in 2000. After the “dotcom bubble” burst, what was left were companies with real value, like Google that came out with  a few bruises but emerged winners. Many companies followed what Google had done – build real value, rather than hype – and made a fortune for themselves, while transforming the industry.

A member observed that nobody is buying anything and he was surprised people are still selling at these prices. He thought it was kinda late in the game to think people are going to save what they have left.

The EXP token has also bore the brunt of this haphazard volatility. Market and volume patterns suggest that someone is buying EXP from the sell side just to sell into the buy side to strip the market of its BTC. Unfortunately, this strategy seems to be working pretty successfully.

A member, however, dismissed that people were specifically targeting EXP and said that while he agreed that there was a repeating pattern, it was market-wide. Most of the top coins have already lost around 88-95%of their January high values and many coins, especially the lower value ones, are hitting their introductory prices or even less.

He went on to further say that some people were dumping not just Exp, but everything from the lowest coin on the list all the way up to Ethereum. He called this action as a “purge” because it is likely that some of the projects will fail economically or just fail completely. To understand the severity of the situation, consider this. A project that raised $10M worth of Ethereum in an ICO in January 2018, now only had around $1.2M if they didn’t liquidate immediately. Most projects held their Ethereum reserves and have seen a severe erosion of their funds. Likewise, the value of the projects coins themselves are becoming worthless.

If you look at wallet balances on most projects, the top 100 wallets hold well over 90% of the total coins in any given project. Keeping in mind that some of these wallets are exchange wallets, that is still a little disheartening. The bitcoin whales are alive and are absorbing this tirade pretty well. They have so much BTC, they can’t cash it out so for them it is more of a game.

A member had an interesting take on the scenario. In his opinion, manipulators periodically use BTC to harvest altcoins from weak hands. Blockchain IS the future and some of them will become zillionaires sooner or later. Since blockchain is the future, there probably are governments, 3-letter agencies, armies, secret societies, hackers and criminals involved. In his opinion, anyone mining EXP currently and selling it is obviously a moron!

To this a member added a personal experience that he stopped mining EXP in April, because at the current price, with 1.1GH/s, he made 90¢ per day, after paying for electricity costs. This is obviously unviable. So the question he had is that if everybody bought EXP at a higher rate, who’s selling them at these rates? It is quite likely that they are selling at a huge loss.

There, apparently, are people who sold recently at 8¢ on the dollar to exit the market completely. They are done. They think the crypto market is dead. This was what is known in financial terms as “market capitulation.”

By definition, capitulation means to surrender or give up. In financial circles (from Investopedia), this term is used to indicate the point in time when investors have decided to give up on trying to recapture lost gains as a result of falling stock prices. Suppose a stock you own has dropped by 10%. There are two options that can be taken: you can wait it out and hope the stock begins to appreciate, or you can realize the loss by selling the stock. If the majority of investors decides to wait it out, then stock price will likely remain relatively stable. However, if the majority of investors decides to capitulate and give up on the stock, then there will be a sharp decline in its price. When this occurrence is significant across the entire market, it is known as market capitulation.

The longer a market stays in a state of capitulation, the longer it takes for investors to regain enough trust in that market to jump back in. This is what causes recessions. Once a recession has run for an extended period and market confidence is still low, it becomes a depression. This is when people like Warren Buffet would swoop in and buy anything and everything people were selling. His now famous adage says, “Be fearful when people are greedy and be greedy when people are fearful.” While it is difficult to agree with his brand of investing, but when it comes to financial advice, this one line reigns supreme. And this is exactly what’s going on right now.

One member found it funny when BTC purists say that BTC was created to replace the “corrupt” fiat system. They then look down at altcoins but at same time practically beg investors like Goldman Sachs or Buffet to invest in crypto. BTC forums are full of people like that, and you even get 50 merit points for simply saying “BTC rocks, all alts are shitcoins!”

At the end of the discussion, there was some sage and positive advice from a veteran – “Just gotta keep developing. Eventually crypto will have utility, it’s just taking forever because it’s so new. Right now people are buying on promises. We need promises to be kept in this space so that people have to buy out of necessity.”

Another member ended the discussion saying that while the crypto markets certainly look grim right now, everybody needs to understand that all markets move in cycles. What goes up will come down and judging from previous cycles, the crypto markets will certainly go back up again. Of course, not everything will go back up, but projects like Expanse, that have active development and goals they are working toward, will. The question is how long are you willing to wait?

 


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!


 

EXPANSE GRANTS – OPENING NEW VISTAS FOR BLOCKCHAIN ENTREPRENEURS

In 2015, Christopher Franko, a full-stack software engineer and one of the earliest adopters of blockchain technology decided, that the world needed a better, faster and flexible blockchain that anyone can use to create apps on. He envisaged a platform that adhered to the original Satoshian vision of freedom and zero regulation. Christopher teamed up with like-minded individuals and Expanse was born.

Expanse allows anyone to build, as well as use, decentralized applications, or dApps. Built by many people, Expanse is a platform that allows flexibility and adapts to multiple variations. Expanse is decentralized, open-source, fast, scalable and has a dedicated team of forward-thinking veterans of the industry who, over a period of three short years, have forged important and extensive industry partnerships.

Expanse has seen consistent growth and stability since its inception. It has also garnered the support of a fast-growing loyal community who continue to help Expanse achieve its vision. Everyday, new projects are born on the Expanse platform and in the words of Mr. Franko, “What you can do on Expanse is only limited by your imagination and talent.”

In keeping with its philosophy of making blockchain based projects more efficient and within everyone’s reach, Expanse.tech has set up a dedicated fund of $1,000,000 exclusively for innovative projects that are built on and around Expanse. Financial grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are awarded to ideas that offer some unique solution or service while making use of the Expanse platform in some manner.

There are no other conditions to be met: Expanse has no interference in the ownership of IP, publishing of data or usage of the grants funds. It is very simple for entrepreneurs to use the Expanse platform, since they can use Expanse’s EXP token for their ventures instead of creating their own. Expanse also offers the benefit of a huge existing network and immense scalability. It is also beneficial for Expanse to have projects with real and relevant uses of blockchain on its network.

The process of grants begins with creation of a funding opportunity, goes on to applying for the grant, and then to deciding about the award and then successful awarding of the grant. The entire process is divided into 3 distinct phases:

  • Pre award phase- funding opportunities are created and applications reviewed
  • Award phase- deciding awards and notification of the same
  • Post award phase- implementation of the grant and reporting of the same

During the pre award phase, invitations for applications (with specifications like last date for submission of proposal etc) are posted, and then the awarding team reviews applications submitted for the grant. The grants review board reviews scores of applications from entrepreneurs who aspire to build projects to launch on the Expanse platform.

They screen the applications, conduct programmatic reviewing followed by financial review and then decide who the recipient of the grant should be. Each proposal is scrutinized, the whitepaper checked and the attached budget analyzed by the team. Expanse also plans to make the review process more democratic and allow public voting in the future. The team also carries out cost analysis and ensures that all statutory and financial regulations are met.

After the application review, the Expands Grants team decides about the recipients of the grants. Their decision is based on the financial and programmatic reviews done by the review members of the team. In order to ensure fair and prejudice-free decisions, the recommendations of the awards team are reviewed stringently. This is the awards phase. The awarding agency then sends a Notice of Award, which is officially and legally binding. Once the grant is accepted, the receivers must carry out all the terms and conditions the grant comprises of.

The post award phase comprises of implementation of the grant, regular reporting about the progress of the project and closeout. The Expanse team not only gives the award, but also assists the awardees comply with all regulations, while they carry out the project which they have been awarded the grant for. They have specific performance metrics to monitor the progress and expenditure. Such reporting, which varies for each grant, is done by designated grants management officer and program officer to ensure transparency and to avoid any chance of fraud.

Finally the award recipients are required to carry out closeout by submitting financial, performance and programmatic reports when the grant expires or is terminated. All reports are reviewed b Expanse Grants staff to ensure that all the funds have been utilized in the right manner. The Grants team then also confirms that the recipient of the grant has completed all tasks related to the grant. The recipient must retain the records for 3 years from the date of the final closeout report.

The Expanse Grants program has become immensely popular within a very short span of time, and there have been multiple recipients of this award since its inception a couple of months ago.

Case in point is a project called SLIPS. Sponsored by Marcia Lewis Danzeisen, Expanse CAO, Slips was co-founded by Husain Fazel, CEO, and Kyle O’Neill, Creative Director. It is a blockchain-based social betting platform for gamers. The SLIPS team has announced its project roadmap, too. SLIPS aims to make betting free of restrictions, and let eSports gaming fans bet against each other, while also watching the streams they regularly follow, since SLIPS overlays existing platforms. It also adds to the revenue sources for stream owners. Moreover, since Expanse already has EXP tokens, they can readily make them available to their users to make bets.

We feel we’ve come up with an extremely interesting concept, and we have a huge target audience,” said Kyle. “We’ve been working diligently on building our proof of concept, (as opposed to throwing up a smart contract to raise funds), and connecting with our audience. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and create our own blockchain. We plan to look to Expanse for that. We have entirely different problems to solve like user experience and adoption.

Husain is a full stack developer while Kyle is a communication designer. Apart from expanding the team, they are also using the funds for developing the proof of concept. The development of the project is in full swing. The grant has helped the team garner the necessary funds to complete aspects of the project that were being hampered by the bottleneck of lack of funds. Now with the funds as well as the might of the Expanse team’s expertise, they are track to complete the project that will hugely benefit both their target audience as well Expanse.

Understanding PEX Token Utility

As you are aware, the EXP team just airdropped a new token to the Expanse and Tokenlab community. In case you are new, or just unfamiliar with the terminology, an Airdrop is when an entity like the Expanse team identifies a set of people and sends them tokens. Airdrops are a straightforward way to bootstrap a user base for a new product. The new product in this case is the suite of Expanse decentralized exchanges.

A decentralized exchange is a type of cryptocurrency or digital asset exchange that facilitates trades between one or more actors without the need for a trusted intermediary. All of the orders and order matching are done via smart contracts or applications stored on some sort of shared ledger, in this case the Expanse blockchain.

The leading decentralized exchanges use the 0x protocol. 0x uses a token called ZRX to pay for 0x trade fees. In our research we found that this method, although great for monetization, falls short on user experience.New users have to acquire ETH to pay gas, then acquire ZRX to trade on a 0x relayer. ZRX is basically an additional step that can be safely removed..

The PEX token differs from the ZRX token in that its not necessary to trade on the EXPEX.io dex suite. Instead we have created a better alternative. PEX tokens on EXPEX are a voluntary way to upgrade one’s account level to receive market-making perks.

Market Maker Account Levels

Account levels in the EXPEX dex suite are a system for providing rebates for traders and market makers. All users start out as level 0 and can progress to level 3, as well as possible new levels in the future.

Level Maker Fee Taker Fee Rebate Earn Fees Pex Cost
0 yes yes no no 0
1 yes yes 50% no 10,000
2 no yes 100% no 100,000
3 no yes no yes 1,000,000

 

*Note*

The level-up cost is cost-LastLevelCost. So if you want to level up from level 1 to level 2, the cost is 100,000 – 10,000 or 90,000 PEX.

How to Upgrade Your Account

Level-up Contract Address

0x041695b3f349109ee766aa3b0f089535a494c640

Level-up ABI (Application Binary Interface)

https://gist.github.com/chrisfranko/687b7bf0ef9118424e6314652d9e23b5

Level-up Steps

  1. Open up Mist Expanse Wallet.
  2. Go to Contracts tab.
  3. Click “Watch Contract.”
  4. Enter Contract address and ABI.
  5. Click on newly available contract “Level Up.”
  6. Select “Level Up” From the drop down menu.
  7. Select an address with adequate enough PEX to level up.
  8. Create transaction.

Conclusion

We created a new decentralized exchange experience that takes platform tokenization in a new frictionless direction. We aim to preserve the ethos of cryptocurrency, that is, to eliminate intermediaries wherever possible, while at the same time maintain integrity and security for everyone who uses our software. We feel that the EXPEX does just that and we look forward to your feedback so that we can grow together.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 16 – 09/01/2018

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:

  • PEX Airdrop Update
  • Call for Beta-testers
  • Expanse Grants – Opening New Vistas for Blockchain Entrepreneurs
  • Technology Headlines Magazine Features Expanse as a Leading Solutions Provider
  • Expanse Grant Recipient Updates
  • Borderless Charity Event – Shine the Light
  • Updates from Chinese Channel
  • Behind the Tech

PEX Airdrop Update

The PEX airdrop took place August 31. The blockchain snapshot took place at 9 a.m. UTC. The snapshot was taken at block 1373565. After the snapshot, the transactions required to distribute the PEX tokens began. Note that it could take as long as 8 days to complete all of the transactions.

Here is the contract address for the PEX token airdrop:
0x0cc6177ea69b0f1c2415043ac81ccd8f77d0c1a9.
Use this address to check for your airdrop tokens.

EXPEX (PEX) is a fork of the decentralized exchange standard, Ox. The contracts for PEX have been launched and the DEX development, commissioned through an outside development team, is complete. It is in the testing and branding process now. The new DEX will launch on the Expanse blockchain. Follow the progress in Trello at  There is also a new PEX channel for our Discord community where you can ask questions and read comments from our community members.


Call for Beta-Testers

Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of some of our platforms in development. The response has been overwhelming. To date, we have qualified 40 testers who have access to private channels for the Luna Wallet, The PEX Dex, Atlas Wallet and Tokenlab. Beta-testers have the opportunity be hands-on with the projects nearing release. They also receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in the Expanse Army.

To apply to be a beta-tester, complete the application form here


Expanse Grants – Opening New Vistas for Blockchain Entrepreneurs

In 2015, Christopher Franko, a full-stack software engineer and one of the earliest adopters of blockchain technology decided, that the world needed a better, faster and flexible blockchain that anyone can use to create apps on. He envisaged a platform that adhered to the original Satoshian vision of freedom and zero regulation. Christopher teamed up with like-minded individuals and Expanse was born.

Expanse allows anyone to build, as well as use, decentralized applications, or dApps. Built by many people, Expanse is a platform that allows flexibility and adapts to multiple variations. Expanse is decentralized, open-source, fast, scalable and has a dedicated team of forward-thinking veterans of the industry who, over a period of three short years, have forged important and extensive industry partnerships.

Expanse has seen consistent growth and stability since its inception. It has also garnered the support of a fast-growing loyal community who continue to help Expanse achieve its vision. Everyday, new projects are born on the Expanse platform and in the words of Mr. Franko, “What you can do on Expanse is only limited by your imagination and talent.”

In keeping with its philosophy of making blockchain based projects more efficient and within everyone’s reach, Expanse.tech has set up a dedicated fund of $1,000,000 exclusively for innovative projects that are built on and around Expanse. Financial grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are awarded to ideas that offer some unique solution or service while making use of the Expanse platform in some manner.

There are no other conditions to be met: Expanse has no interference in the ownership of IP, publishing of data or usage of the grants funds. It is very simple for entrepreneurs to use the Expanse platform, since they can use Expanse’s EXP token for their ventures instead of creating their own. Expanse also offers the benefit of a huge existing network and immense scalability. It is also beneficial for Expanse to have projects with real and relevant uses of blockchain on its network.

The process of grants begins with creation of a funding opportunity, goes on to applying for the grant, and then to deciding about the award and then successful awarding of the grant. The entire process is divided into 3 distinct phases:

  • Pre award phase- funding opportunities are created and applications reviewed
  • Award phase- deciding awards and notification of the same
  • Post award phase- implementation of the grant and reporting of the same

During the pre award phase, invitations for applications (with specifications like last date for submission of proposal etc) are posted, and then the awarding team reviews applications submitted for the grant. The grants review board reviews scores of applications from entrepreneurs who aspire to build projects to launch on the Expanse platform.

They screen the applications, conduct programmatic reviewing followed by financial review and then decide who the recipient of the grant should be. Each proposal is scrutinized, the whitepaper checked and the attached budget analyzed by the team. Expanse also plans to make the review process more democratic and allow public voting in the future. The team also carries out cost analysis and ensures that all statutory and financial regulations are met.

After the application review, the Expands Grants team decides about the recipients of the grants. Their decision is based on the financial and programmatic reviews done by the review members of the team. In order to ensure fair and prejudice-free decisions, the recommendations of the awards team are reviewed stringently. This is the awards phase. The awarding agency then sends a Notice of Award, which is officially and legally binding. Once the grant is accepted, the receivers must carry out all the terms and conditions the grant comprises of.

The post award phase comprises of implementation of the grant, regular reporting about the progress of the project and closeout. The Expanse team not only gives the award, but also assists the awardees comply with all regulations, while they carry out the project which they have been awarded the grant for. They have specific performance metrics to monitor the progress and expenditure. Such reporting, which varies for each grant, is done by designated grants management officer and program officer to ensure transparency and to avoid any chance of fraud.

Finally the award recipients are required to carry out closeout by submitting financial, performance and programmatic reports when the grant expires or is terminated. All reports are reviewed b Expanse Grants staff to ensure that all the funds have been utilized in the right manner. The Grants team then also confirms that the recipient of the grant has completed all tasks related to the grant. The recipient must retain the records for 3 years from the date of the final closeout report.

The Expanse Grants program has become immensely popular within a very short span of time, and there have been multiple recipients of this award since its inception a couple of months ago.

Case in point is a project called SLIPS. Sponsored by Marcia Lewis Danzeisen, Expanse CAO, Slips was co-founded by Husain Fazel, CEO, and Kyle O’Neill, Creative Director. It is a blockchain-based social betting platform for gamers. The SLIPS team has announced its project roadmap, too. SLIPS aims to make betting free of restrictions, and let eSports gaming fans bet against each other, while also watching the streams they regularly follow, since SLIPS overlays existing platforms. It also adds to the revenue sources for stream owners. Moreover, since Expanse already has EXP tokens, they can readily make them available to their users to make bets.

We feel we’ve come up with an extremely interesting concept, and we have a huge target audience,” said Kyle. “We’ve been working diligently on building our proof of concept, (as opposed to throwing up a smart contract to raise funds), and connecting with our audience. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and create our own blockchain. We plan to look to Expanse for that. We have entirely different problems to solve like user experience and adoption.

Husain is a full stack developer while Kyle is a communication designer. Apart from expanding the team, they are also using the funds for developing the proof of concept. The development of the project is in full swing. The grant has helped the team garner the necessary funds to complete aspects of the project that were being hampered by the bottleneck of lack of funds. Now with the funds as well as the might of the Expanse team’s expertise, they are track to complete the project that will hugely benefit both their target audience as well Expanse.


Technology Headlines Magazine Features Expanse as a Leading Solutions Provider

Expanse was recently named one of the 10 Fastest Growing Blockchain Solutions Providers of 2018

A recent special  issue of Technology Headlines Magazine featured Expanse as one of the top ten blockchain solutions providers to watch in 2018. THe publication created a  two-page profile, nararating the complete story of Expanse as it gears up to take on new challenges in the market. Positioning Expanse as a new, innovative company, the article talks about the important landmarks achieved by the company

To read entire article, go to https://thetechnologyheadlines.com/magazine/subscription/digitalv-opl/vol-3-issue-15/


Grants Partner Updates

Slips Project Update

The Slips project is jogging along its roadmap. There have been a few hiccups, considering that it is still a bootstrapped venture with only a handful (three, actually!) of people working on it. But on the whole, the progress has been great. Since the last update, the Slips team, there has been a lot of designs for various pages that the team has created, which, we admit, are way better than many proofs of concepts out there.

You can clearly see the difference in the old and new UIs.

You can actually play around their proof of concept at https://slips.network. It looks as good as any final product released by a well-funded venture.

Registered users can now create their own channels on the platform. These channels can be private or public.

The team has also created an interface that allows users to discover channels on Slips. The interface is responsive and updates in real time.

You can read all the details of the updates in this blog post on Medium.


Borderless Charity Event – Shine the Light

Borderless Charity, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, was established by Expanse Founder and CEO, Christopher Franko with a focus on nutrition, housing, education and healthcare. On Sunday, August 26, Borderless Charity participated in an event called “Shine the Light” held in Washington, NC. This Eastern North Carolina event was organized to help raise awareness of the opioid epidemic. There was live music, amazing information, and an opportunity to connect with some great people. The central theme of the event was about addiction and getting people help in time.

Chris had lost two people in his immediate family to overdose and he feels strongly about this cause. Zach passed away in 2014 from a substance known as MXE. He was the first confirmed case in the country. John passed away from carfentinil-laced heroin. He had a baby that was only four days old. Zach was 20, and it was two weeks before his 21st birthday. John was 24.

Substance abuse knows no boundaries and the only off-ramp from substance abuse is harm reduction. This is a philosophy Chris believes in and provides help with. Drug use continues to be a big issue in many countries around the world. Harm reduction is acknowledging that people will use drugs inevitably and that abstinence isn’t as realistic as it is made to sound. Harm reduction aims to search for ways to aid people using drugs by intervening and providing safe means of using. Basically, it is aimed at reducing the impacts or negative consequences associated with drug use. Because studies show when people start taking steps to use responsibly the next step is rehab and recovery.

Harm reduction strategies aim to make the user progressively start using safe and non-lethal means to take the drugs. The ultimate aim is abstinence in the long term, but it starts by reducing the quantity of drugs taken at a go and replaces them with others to treat possible withdrawal signs until the user no longer needs the drugs anymore.

Through Borderless Charity, volunteers provide naloxone, test strips and recovery resources. We believe in a don’t preach, reach approach. The charity passed out Narcon at the event. To know more about Borderless Charity, please visit our website http://www.borderlesscharity.org/.

The Borderless Charity is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Borderless Charity are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Borderless Charity’ tax identification number is 81-1870176.


Community News

Expanse Chinese Channel Breaking Ground in China

Our new Chinese marketing team, led by Community Manager, Alex Zhao, has hit the ground running. Here are some of their accomplishments over the last two weeks:

  • Established the Expanse WeChat group, with membership now at 65
  • Established the Expanse Chinese QQ group, with membership ramped up to 118.
  • Completed the translation of Expanse.io website to Chinese.

Chinese team goals for the next two weeks include:

  • Launch Expanse.io (Chinese version) on 9/15.
  • WeChat membership increase to 350.
  • QQ group increase to 500 members.
  • Apply to two exchanges in China.
  • Participate as active beta-tester for

Behind the Tech

For this newsletter, we have a guest columnist, Joel Porter. Joel is an active Expanse community member, having been involved in crypto for about 2 ½ years. When he approached us with the concept of profiling other community members, we loved the idea. Here is his article profiling Nicholas Cadavico (@Gantz).

Nicolas Cadavico, Expanse Community Member

What makes a crypto project worth someone’s time? Is it purely market caps, publicity hype and price pumps? Or are there other elements that should be considered? I have asked myself these types of questions since my introduction to cryptocurrency in early 2016. The answers have not come easy.

The problems in answering questions like those, lie in the fact that personal motivation is the key to the answer. While making money may be the only factor one person is interested in, for another person it may be the technology of a project. I personally have many motivations that drive me to or in some way connect me to a project, and those personal motivations are what led me to Expanse.

For me to discuss all of my own personal reasons for being involved in the Expanse community would take far too long for this venue, but I recently spent some time talking with a very active community member…and I believe he summed up his views very nicely.

Nicolás Cadavico, known to the community as Gantz, had some very interesting viewpoints on Expanse and the team behind it. I’ll share some of the points that really struck home with me…

I’ve seen you in the discord channel for Expanse. And you always help anyone you can, what is your motivation there?

They are my first deep contact in the world of cryptos, and they gave me a huge place next to them … It’s the least I can do… Because EXP i know soo much users, now their are like my family.

So you would say that the Expanse community is more of a family rather than just a discord chat?

They gave me a place, they taught me, they helped me in bad times, what I still do not get out of but I’m on my way to that…Always grateful for every grain of sand I contributed, trying to make myself feel better for personal problems, showing me in depth what a community is and what this beautiful world of cryptos is

People who are still here and others who no longer … The community grows and some are left on the road … But that pleasant homeliness presence remains.

Wow…So the articles I’ve read where Franko speaks of community being so important is paying off in your opinion?

I would say no, but it really is … This is something that is still happening, something that acts very passively and silently … But even nature acts like this … A tree grows and spreads very slowly, to become a monument of grandeur and strength.. I think that’s what Chris is talking about … I think this is what he’s seeing right in front of his eyes … It’s a projection of the future … And it’s what many see, that’s why we’re still here and will continue to be.

So Chris is building loyalty and faith one person at a time I guess?

Not only Chris … This is something that is achieved together … Many people achieve this daily in exp … But Chris is the root of this tree, the face of this coin..He will always have to be the example and the inspiration for us to continue …That’s why whenever I see it wrong I try to raise spirits … We need the leader who always is, strong and with his head held high!

There is something that I always admired about this man … It is his intention to always try to give us back … Even if this means a loss for him …

It’s been said…”You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day.” Do you feel the Expanse teams shows that?

Every day, I think that was more than clear with the example of the tree … No matter the high tides, this team goes out to surf in search of new challenges … If this does not show its strengths, nothing else could do … If you take a moment to look at their biweekly newsletter, you will see all the new booties that they discover , all for us, all for the community and more!

I would have to say that for some, community is the driving force in choosing a project. Being involved with a group of people who believe in something much larger than themselves, and willing to support each other in the pursuit of making those beliefs a reality. Market caps, publicity, tech…community, friendship, involvement. There are lots of reasons for picking a crypto project, and each one probably defines us personally more than we know.


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!


 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 15 – 08/15/2018

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • PEX Airdrop update
  • New Chinese Community Manager
  • Tokenlab Update
  • New Exchanges: Beaxy.com, Bitexbay.com
  • Luna Wallet Beta-testers Wanted
  • Exchange Dev Update
  • Borderless Bedlam
  • Compelling Quotes

PEX Airdrop Update

 

The PEX airdrop is right around the corner. Be sure to move your EXP and LAB into a wallet where you hold the keys by August 31. (PEX will be airdropped to exchanges, but we cannot guarantee that the exchanges will distribute them to you.) The blockchain snapshot will take place at 9 a.m. UTC on August 31. The PEX will arrive into your wallets within 24 hours. For more information, visit the PEX website at www.expex.io

If you participated in the final token sale for Tokenlab and do not know how to view your LAB, please send an email to [email protected] for assistance. You can also submit a help ticket at https://expanse.freshdesk.com/. Visit out PEX discord channel to network with the community.


New Chinese Community Manager

We are thrilled to introduce Alex Zhao as our new Community Manager for the Chinese community. Alex is an experienced technical project manager with a history of working in the media production industry. He is skilled in cross-functional team leadership, troubleshooting, product management, integration, and electronics.

Alex holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Management from the University of Bridgeport, CT, and he is fluent in English and Chinese.

“It is my goal to make Expanse and LAB very successful in China,” said Alex. “My goal will be to build a China community of between 10,000 and 100,000 participants and to increase the number of miners. I also plan to get Expanse and Tokenlab on large  Chinese exchanges.”

Alex will bring on two bilingual colleagues over the next few week to assist him in meeting his ambitious goals. You can learn more about Alex here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mr-zhao-a47b3099/


Tokenlab Update

In addition to securing listing commitments for two new exchanges, (see below), the Tokenlab project is meeting many development goals, including:.

  • EXR and Lab had been integrated into the dev environment.
  • Tokenlab modules for KYC are complete.
  • Tokenlab modules for Token Creation are complete.
  • The Tokenlab,Airdrop Module is complete and will be used for the PEX airdrop.

Take a look below at the sample screens Asim has provided to demonstrate our Tokenlab progress.

Tokenlab KYC

Dashboard

Airdrop Integration

 


New Exchanges for Expanse and Tokenlab

We are pleased to announce two new exchanges for EXP and LAB:

  • Bitexbay.com – Bitexbay is a fairly new exchange, with roots in China and offices in Los Angeles, CA. The listings will activate within a few days. The fees have been paid and the development is complete, with just final touches needed on the mobile version. Watch for an announcement as soon as we get the word!
  • Beaxy.com – Beaxy aims to create the ultimate all-in-one cryptocurrency exchange, with more tools at your disposal than ever before, and a user experience that is unmatched. Among the features are:
    • Lifetime referral rewards
    • Coin staking
    • Loyalty program
    • Instant FIAT deposits
    • 24/7 customer support
    • Robust charting tools on exchange
    • Mobile app functionality with custom alerts
    • Unique trading pairs
    • 4 layers of security architecture
    • Enhanced transaction throughput

We reached agreement with Beaxy last week, with an active listing scheduled within a few weeks for EXP and soon thereafter for LAB.


Wanted: Luna Wallet Beta-testers

The Luna wallet apha-testing is complete. We are now setting up for beta-testing. We are inviting our community members to participate.

Here’s how it works:

  • Complete the participation form available on this link: Beta Testers Form
  • Receive and complete a non disclosure agreement (NDA) via email.
  • Receive an invitation to the private Luna Beta-testing channel in the Expanse  Discord.
  • Receive a promotion in rank in the Expanse Army.
  • Asim and his team will deliver the latest builds to the software.

Although the initial assignment is beta-testing the Luna Wallet, in the future it will be the PEX and Expanse exchanges and Tokenlab—anything we need people to test.


Exchange Developer Update


As we reported in the last newsletter, we have secured the services of an outside development team to build our exchanges. There will be two:

  • The decentralized exchange, EXPEX (PEX).
  • A centralized exchange, Expanse Exchange,

The development team is adhering to a strict development schedule, and today they provided the screen sample above.


Slips Project Update

The design work for the Slips project is almost all done (desktop and mobile). Take a look below at some of great design work already completed.  


Borderless Bedlam

A while back, Christopher Franko had an idea for a book set in a Blockchain world. The book is complete, and is called Borderless Bedlam. It can be downloaded for free for a limited time here: https://www.batwhaledragon.com/giveaway

The book answers the question, “What would a world dominated by blockchain technology look like?” It explores the question in the most campy way possible, featuring technobabble, a feud between friends and factions, a very mysterious mystery, the antics of Gubrick, and more…

Proceeds for the book go to Borderless Charity, http://www.borderlesscharity.org/


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels:

I imagine Slips to be a platform offering new ways to gamble, specifically on streams. The large focus of sports gambling will most likely focus on large sporting and e-sporting events.. but with the rise of gaming streams.. I see so many ways of creating new and fun ways to challenge the streamer, their viewers, and the larger video game community.. not only that, but the frequency of gaming streams offer a greater volume of events than say a season of NBA Basketball or Football. And the audience of gaming streams is growing at a steady rate.”  Posted by a Slips team member..

OK guys, so the crypto market is getting totally rekt, but don’t worry short term chart-gazing. It’s no big news, just scammy ICOs dumping their ETH and tokens from their treasury to extend their runways. Real projects are busy building exciting, cool stuff.” Posted by a community member.

In regard to the Twitter war between Expanse and Binance, a community member posted this: “Good job, Franko, on the Binance listing fee issue, This will definitely bring Expanse to the limelight and show the Expanse team’s integrity and transparency. It’s a plus for Expanse.”

“I’ve seen projects hold 48-hour hackathons building apps/dapps with prizes in crypto.Is this something Expanse would consider, which would help with awareness?You could give PEX as the prize for best apps/dapps for each category.” This great suggestion was posted by a very active (and much appreciated) community member.


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!


 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 14 – 08/01/2018

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:

  • PEX Airdrop Update
  • Our Journey from Ox to PEX
  • Introducing Guardian Network
  • EXP added to MapleChange Exchange
  • Slips Update
  • Gameboard Update
  • Compelling Quotes

PEX Airdrop Update

The PEX airdrop to our EXP and LAB token-holders is set to take place on August 31, 2018. As you know, EXPEX (PEX) is a fork of the decentralized exchange standard, Ox.  The contracts for PEX have been launched and the Expanse decentralized exchange is in development. The new exchange will launch on the Expanse blockchain. There is a new PEX channel for our Discord community where you can ask questions and read comments from our community members. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:

  • A snapshot of the blockchain will take place on August 31 at 9 a.m. UTC. All LAB and EXP token-holders at this time will receive PEX.
  • LAB token-holders will receive 10 PEX for every LAB. (10:1)
  • EXP token-holders will receive 15 PEX for every EXP. (15:1)
  • It is best to store your EXP and LAB in an address that you control by August 31st, e.g., MEW, MyCrypto, Coinomi, etc. Even though PEX will be air-dropped to exchange addresses, it’s up to the individual exchange to let you have your PEX.
  • EXR holders will receive the airdrop.

We  are still looking for Ox developers. Send a direct message (DM) to Christopher Franko to apply. Watch for the promotion and build-up to the airdrop over the next few weeks. Follow developments in our Discord channel, https://Discord.me/expanse


Our Journey from Ox to PEX

Out of the two types of cryptocurrency exchanges in operation today, the decentralized exchanges have captured the imagination of crypto investors, traders, developers and enthusiasts alike. The primary reason is that they run on the basic philosophy on which blockchain technology is based – decentralization. So while centralized exchanges operate as “brokerage houses” doing all the heavy lifting for you in exchange for fees, a decentralized exchange, or DEX, is more of a “do-it-yourself” platform, where you make the trades and hold the funds in your account. The biggest advantage is that there is no intermediary to whom you entrust your funds. Most large and well-known exchanges are centralized.

DEX has many advantages that make it attractive:

  •  It is more resistant to hacking
  •  Regulators cannot shut it down
  •  No central server that can become compromised
  •  Higher degree of privacy
  •  You control your funds, not an intermediary
  •  Faster, since you do the trades yourself.

Ox is the industry standard for decentralized exchanges built for the Ethereum virtual machine. Earlier, it raised an undisclosed sum from some big funders to get a jumpstart on other decentralized exchanges. The founders told the community at that time that the exchange will operate as a non-profit foundation.

At Expanse, we recognized the potential for having an Ox exchange on EXP, but when we reached out to Ox, their team was less enthusiastic since we wanted to launch it on Expanse.Tech. This reaction went against the grain, and everything a DEX stands for, giving pause to their commitment to the value of open-source. In fact, at the time of raising funds from Polychain Capital, Blockchain Capital and Pantera Capital, along with Chinese investment firms Jen Advisors and FBG Capital, Ox co-founder and CEO Will Warren was quoted as saying, “We don’t extract any value from people who use it. Essentially, it’s an open protocol. We don’t extract value from people who use this protocol, and people can build their own applications on top of it however they please.”

We then decided to create our own DEX. We forked the Ox blockchain to create PEX. PEX and Ox share a lot of similarities, but what makes PEX different is the fact that PEX will be controlled democratically by the new Expanse Guardian Network our team is developing.

Also, PEX is all inclusive and cross chain. The PEX-eth and PEX-etc variants will remove the Ox token completely and instead just use a wrapped version of the native token.

We, at Expanse, have always based all of our activities on the fundamental principles that birthed the revolutionary blockchain technology. We believe that this technology cannot be, and should not be, monopolized. It is for the benefit of all, and as such, should be used to transform every aspect of human endeavor.

We created the Expanse platform so that people can use its limitless capabilities to create dApps that will offer novel solutions to real world problems. We are less focused on the financial aspect of monetizing the platform. We feel pride and happiness when we see passionate developers create novel applications on the Expanse platform. Expanse is for the community and will forever remain that.


Introducing the Guardian Network

Expanse.Tech is proud to introduce the Guardian Network, which is a masternode-inspired solution to a decreasing-full-node problem. The difference between Guardian Network nodes and masternodes is that Guardian Network nodes are completely deterministic and are stored in their own state object on-chain. They open the door to new and exciting functionality beyond anything that currently exists in the industry today.

By way of background, a blockchain’s data integrity is maintained by two entities, the miner and the full node. Miners are responsible for making sure the data in the blockchain is computationally expensive to manipulate. Full nodes are responsible for increased fault tolerance and data integrity. A blockchain isn’t a blockchain without those two components.

In the traditional blockchain protocol, miners are rewarded for their contributions, but full nodes are forced to be altruistic. The problem with that model is, over time, the cost to run a full node is ever growing and the incentive to be a full node decreases, creating systematic risk to the integrity of the stored data.

The Guardian Network solves this problem through a special multicast network of semi-trusted nodes that are incentivized to maintain a steady uptime. In the future, these nodes could also help facilitate atomic cross-chain transactions, encrypted communication channels, privacy smart contracts, and more. We think this unique development will give us something to set us apart and result in a competitive advantage. Watch for updates as this project evolves and contribute your ideas in our Discord channel.


EXP Added to MapleChange

Expanse (EXP) is now listed on MapleChange, a Canadian cryptocurrency asset exchange. MapleChange was established in 2018 and bills itself as revolving around the concept of community, fast customer experience, reliability and swiftness of deposits and withdrawals. It is soon to provide cross-platform compatibility offering  users of both Android and iOS devices the ability to smoothly (and swiftly) exchange the coins of their choosing from the comfort of their handheld devices.

Expanse is proud to partner with MapleChange and anticipates listing LAB on their exchange in the near future, as well.


SLIPS Update

The SLIPS project is using the grant funding provided by Expanse to continue their development of the proof of concept. Some of the funds have also been used to expand the team. Work towards the first milestone deadline (31-Aug-2018) is proceeding as expected, and the team plans to demonstrate their progress to the Expanse community at the end of the month.

In other SLIPS news, as well as a development update released last week (https://medium.com/@slipstoken/slips-update-funding-proof-of-concept-progress-report-our-first-hire-and-more-c63771a1dea), the team also announced a project roadmap which outlines the remaining milestones they are working towards. We will include the team’s roadmap in an upcoming newsletter.

Gameboard Update

We are very excited about our Expanse Grant and have been working hard to incorporate the blockchain into this gamification playground. It makes a lot of sense because in the mechanics of gamification points become a currency or token that has value. So, integrating this into the Expanse Network is the next huge step for the project. In this week, Gameboard made progress regarding:

API design and development is 85% ready. This allow us to have user creation, plays definition on a playbook and their execution, points, and levels and badges. We are working right now on quest management and designing the new points wallet to exchange for rewards. Also, regarding our infrastructure, we implemented docker for our servers to be able to attend as fast as our user base grows and the OAuth 2.0 for more security.

The UX/UI design is finished and at 40% integration to the angular version. One of the most beautiful accomplishments this week is that we added themes to our platform so every new client can have their own look and feel. We are very happy about what this Grant allows us to accomplish and adding every other transaction to the Expanse Network.

Our beta test release will be on August 16. We can’t wait to show you our new version.


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels:

“The interesting thing about crypto is it can exist in many states at once. It can be a currency, property, a store of value, a remittance vehicle, a network.” From Christopher Franko..

“It is difficult for people to not look at the token dollar price because of the years of brainwashing that governments, banks and media have done to us. Most people who have invested in crypto hope to make some profit and then convert back to fiat so the dollar amount is important. It may take decades to fully live in a digital world, if ever….”  From a very active community member.

“BTC and all cryptos are so volatile that it’s impossible to use it as a daily currency. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see cryptos taking over, but it’s a bit of a utopia to think about using crypto as a currency right now.”  From another devoted community member.
Hyperledger is where I’m putting most of my energy and research currently. There’s no substitute for the speed. No data limit either, but you have to come to a happy medium on that since it is coming from a database.” From a community member.


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!


 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 13 – 07/15/2018

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:

  • Key Developer Updates
  • New Gander Release
  • Tokenlab Updates
  • Meet Luna, the Next Generation Expanse Wallet
  • Behind the Tech – Asim Ashfaq, Chief Architect
  • Compelling Quotes from our Discord Community

Key Developer Updates

Chief Developer Christopher Franko and Chief Architect Asim Ashfaq have provided the following updates for various initiatives now underway. Read on to learn details about other major Expanse and Tokenlab projects in development.

PEX Airdrop Timeline

A timeline for the PEX airdrop is now set. As you know, EXPEX (PEX) is a fork of the decentralized exchange standard (DEX), Ox. The contracts for PEX have been launched and the Expanse decentralized exchange is in development. The new exchange will launch on the Expanse blockchain. We are finalizing the software for PEX airdrops to our Expanse and LAB token-holders, now set to commence on August 31, 2018. Watch for the promotion and build-up to the airdrop over the next six weeks.

We are still looking for Ox developers. To that end, we have added 500M PEX to the EXP.Grant fund that we will use to reward the Ox developers who come on board to work on relays. Send a direct message (DM) to Christopher Franko to apply.

EXP Upgrade

EXP has been upgraded to the latest version of eth. According to Christopher Franko, this upgrade includes a LONG list of updates. Everything from 1.8.12 to 1.7.2 was implemented into EXP. Use this link to learn more:

https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/releases

Expanse Faucet

Our Islamabad team is developing the faucet version of Expanse. This will provide the ability for our community to easily test dApps on the Expanse network. This feature, we believe, will be an excellent addition to the Expanse repertoire and a huge step forward in enhancing the usability of the network .


New Gander Release

Thanks to all who provided feedback on the new Gander Explorer during the beta test. The information submitted was very helpful, and we were able to release Gander Explorer V. 1 on July 8. You can access it at  https://gander.tech.

Of note, we are happy to announce that we have established the Expanse node with the DEBUG feature enabled. Through this feature, DEBUG API of the Expanse network is now accessible. This provides the ability to help DEBUG any transaction on the network. This feature is vital in helping dApp developers debug their transactions on the Expanse network and to assist them in rectifying errors or bugs in their code.

We will, of course, show how this feature can be used and accessed so that developers know the status of how their transactions happening on the network. Available in the coming week, statuses shown include:

  • Succeeded
  • Deleted
  • Out of Gas
  • Reverted
  • Pending

The Gander is indeed the backbone of the Expanse.Tech™ network. It shows all of the transaction counts and history for a user’s account, as well as details about the miners’ activities on the Expanse network.

Later on, in V. 2, we will display more great information regarding dApps and smart contracts running on the network. The development of the API documentation for Gander.tech is also underway. It will help developers integrate Expanse into their websites, mobile apps and other applications.


Tokenlab (LAB) Update

Exchange Listings

As we announced last week, Tokenlab™ (LAB) is now listed on the BOA Exchange: HTTPS://BOAEXCHANGE.COM/MARKET/LAB_BTC. The BOA exchange has just launched, and they were anxious to have Expanse, a token with a three-year history of stability, added to their listings. With LAB, they get a utility token with unlimited growth potential and a well-established, committed team and community behind it.

“BOA is a new exchange, but I’m very familiar with their dev team and trust them. It’s a good opportunity for us to grow together,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder.

As we reported earlier, we have an agreement with the Cryptobridge Exchange to list EXP and LAB this month. We are currently waiting for their listing manager to report back with a firm date. We will announce the date as soon as we know it.

In case you missed it, you can read more about our exchange listing journey in our recent blog, https://expanse.tech/overcoming-the-exchange-listing-challenge-what-we-learned-along-the-way/

Tokenlab Developer Update

As you know, Tokenlab is about to release a series of self-service solutions to support every aspect of the ICO process. A large milestone was recently achieved when the user interface designs were approved. Developers have now started creating the html and css versions of these pages.

From the backend perspective, developers have already developed APIs that will make it all extremely easy and quick to integrate, followed by a beta release. We will provide ongoing updates about the impending beta release in both this newsletter and our Discord channel. Announcements will also appear on the Tokenlab website, https://Tokenlab.io. Watch for the dedicated Tokenlab newsletter coming soon.


Meet Luna, the Next Generation Expanse Wallet

After having successfully developed version 1.0 of our Mist wallet, we are now in the process of completely revamping it. Our new wallet is called “Luna.”

Luna provides users the ability to:

  • Generate a wallet
  • Import the wallet via private key /JSON keystore file
  • Generate and import BIP39 mnemonic codes to create the HD Wallets

We have successfully completed testing on MAC OSX. Currently, we are in the final stages of testing on Windows and Ubuntu. The Luna wallet beta release is set for Wednesday, July 18. Watch for it.


Behind the Tech – Asim Ashfaq

Hello guys! This time around, we are featuring Lead Architect Asim Ashfaq in our Behind the Tech series.

Asim holds a Bachelors Degree in Software Engineering from Riphah International University, a 4-year Bachelors Program. Right from his school days, Asim has always been fascinated with technology and decided to learn it more so than trying to make a career out of it. Not content with simply pursuing his education, he decided to test his knowledge and skills by taking up a part time job during his 3rd semester.

After getting his degree and armed with the rich working experience he got out of more than two years working part time job for an IT company, he went on to become a Full Stack Developer and mastered the craft of working both on the backend and frontend of any technology.

Asim entered the crypto sphere in early 2011. He had read about blockchain technology and its truly transformative capabilities. Amazed by the limitless possibilities this technology can afford to any sector and industry, he decided to learn more about it. Over the last seven years, he has directed his veritable skills and deep technological insights to using blockchain technology to create meaningful applications to solve real world problems.

Asim is lost for words when trying to explain his initial experiences with Expanse. He started working for Expanse as a dApp developer. But Christopher saw the potential in him and offered him the huge responsibility of being the lead architect at Expanse. Asim says that Expanse is the best thing that ever happened to him professionally and this experience is getting better with every passing day. He has immense respect and gratitude for Christopher Franko for having faith in him and allowing him to establish a dedicated team for Expanse. “Christopher gave me, and continues to give me, great growth opportunities as a person and as a professional,” says Asim.

Asim currently works as a lead developer and architect at Expanse and works closely with Chris as the domain expert on the various projects on the Expanse platform. He manages a team of 20 people from his office in Islamabad, Pakistan. From UI to the production release, Asim is responsible for all the tech.

Asim is enthusiastic about the research department that they are in the process of establishing. This department will be tasked with exploring new avenues of applications and infrastructure that can be developed on and for Expanse.

On being asked what excites him about Expanse, Asim can barely curb his excitement. “The dream Christopher and Marcia have for Expanse is difficult to put into words. I share with them the vision and mission of Expanse and I am happy that they have allowed me to be part of this wonderful journey. I see Expanse more as an extended family and a place where the opportunities are boundless. All work here is play and I enjoy every moment of it.”  

Asim is very optimistic about the future of blockchain technology in general and Expanse in particular. “From where I stand, I see great potential in Expanse in the coming years as we are working on some great projects which will increase the usability of Expanse among the community and by making Expanse as the most sought after dApp platform in the crypto sphere.”

Asim is still in awe of the decentralized technologies and the infinite possibilities they hold to change the way we live. He says he has a lot to learn and much more to achieve in terms of fully appreciating what could be truly done with this technology. “Every single day is as challenging as it is exhilarating. My hunger to learn more about disruptive technologies is insatiable and this is what drives me to achieve greater things for myself and for Expanse,” says Asim, signing off.


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels:

“The interesting thing about crypto is it can exist in many states at once. It can be a currency, property, a store of value, a remittance vehicle, a network.” From Christopher Franko..

“It is difficult for people to not look at the token dollar price because of the years of brainwashing that governments, banks and media have done to us. Most people who have invested in crypto hope to make some profit and then convert back to fiat so the dollar amount is important. It may take decades to fully live in a digital world, if ever….” From a very active community member.

“BTC and all cryptos are so volatile that it’s impossible to use it as a daily currency. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see cryptos taking over, but it’s a bit of a utopia to think about using crypto as a currency right now.” From another devoted community member.

“Hyperledger is where I’m putting most of my energy and research currently. There’s no substitute for the speed. No data limit either, but you have to come to a happy medium on that since it is coming from a database.” From a community member.


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!