EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 22 – 12/01/2018

Welcome to the twenty second 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 of the highlights in this edition:

  • The Expanse Evolution – A Brief History
  • Developer Updates
  • EXPEX Embedded in Luna Wallet
  • EXPEX Coin Listing Application Now Available
  • Gameboard Update
  • Slips Update
  • Behind the Tech — Featuring @Joel, a very active community member, contributor, and conversation starter
  • Compelling Quotes

The Expanse Evolution – A Brief History

It’s hard to believe that Expanse is fast approaching its 4-year anniversary. Launched as the very first fork of Ethereum, we’re having a good run. The original goal of Expanse has not changed: To build a technology that you can use  to create the world you want to live in.

Expanse is a blockchain platform that has its own cryptocurrency, EXP. It is used to power smart contracts and dApps. We set out with a mission to create something with more scalability, transparency and integrity than our competitors.

Here are some highlights from over the years:

  • Idea conceived by Christopher Franko. Launched by Christopher Franko, James Clayton, and Dan Conway as founders.
  • DAO created, but not implemented due to industry regulations.
  • Votelock released and tested in practice presidential election; packaging and marketing planned for next year.
  • Tokenlab pulled back for redevelopment due to uncertain regulatory environment. Now revamped to support self-service token creation and management.
  • EXP reaches an all-time high price of $9.00+.
  • Grants Program launched. Slips and Gameboard are the first recipients.
  • Borderless Corporation formed as umbrella for new products.
  • Expanse Rewards created with great results..Regulations preclude its resumption.
  • Gander.tech created and launched.
  • SomosExpanse launches as an online magazine about Expanse.
  • Chinese website enters beta-testing.
  • Luna Wallet created and launched.
  • EXPEX airdrop to EXP- and LAB-holders.
  • EXPEX released for beta-testing.
  • Borderless Charity, a 501 (c)(3) corporation formed with a mission to provide assistance with nutrition, healthcare, housing, and education to those in need.

Sometimes it is just helpful to stand back and reflect on our accomplishments. I’m sure I have not included every entrepreneurial path that Christopher Franko has led us down. There have been many, and we’ve accomplished a lot. We at Expanse believe the best is yet to come!


Developer Updates

Tokenlab

The Token Creation facility uses smart contract technology to create utility tokens for your project. Following the  instructions on the screen, you can create, name and set parameters for your new token, then launch your token on the Expanse blockchain. You pay for these services with LAB. This module is complete and in alpha-testing. It should be released for beta-testing this week.

Luna Wallet

A new version of the Luna Wallet was released last week for beta testers. Among the notable changes are:

  • Deploy Contract
  • Automatic Updates on new release
  • Add Gexp Logs
  • Read & Write Contract

The Luna Wallet is now open-source technology.

EXPEX to Be Embedded in Luna Wallet

The team is busy refining the EXPEX user interface. A decision has been made to embed the new DEX into the Luna Wallet for peer-to-peer trading services. This allows for trustless token exchanges, with different types of coins trading directly from wallet to wallet, without intermediaries and the risk of failure.

EXPEX Coin Listing Application Now Available

As we prepare to launch EXPEX, it’s time to accept applications for coin listings. Obviously, LAB, EXPEX, and EXP will be listed. Going forward, any token created using the Tokenlab Token Creation facility will list free. We will sponsor many specials in regard to listing fees; for example, the first ten coins listed are listed for free! Here is the listing application for you to pass along.

Fill this form


Gameboard Update

At Gameboard, we are constantly working to make the gamified platform more simple and robust to use and integrate. During the last month, we have been working on completing the development of our API, that is at the core of our project. We have faced countless challenges during its development, as we found that it is not so easy to design and apply a standard methodology to projects as specific as the design of games. However, we have managed to conclude the development of the most important sections of our API.

What we are most excited about is that we started to design the gamified experience with applications that allow us to validate our efforts.

We want to announce with great pride to our community that we will be designing the gamified experience for the BetterCondos Mobile App and web platform that is perfectly aligned with our objectives. Gameboard was founded with the idea of ​​creating applications that are more attractive and that keep the users hooked.

BetterCondos is an application for building management that seeks to improve communication between tenants and administrators. We have integrated Gameboard to create a gamified platform in which by creating tickets that improve the environment of the building, the user can earn points that she can redeem for prizes on the platform. These awards will be given by the administration or by companies that want to advertise on the app.

The challenge is to design a platform that meets the goal of improving communication and that works based on the fact that collaborative work is always better, that a human being’s inherent desire to collaborate to create a world and seek a greater good allows us to apply a methodology oriented to games to maintain the flow.

The points obtained for the use of the application as well as the exchange of points will be handled in the blockchain with our own token. These integrations will take place on the Expanse blockchain, so we are proud to announce that Expanse will soon be in the real estate market.

Stay in touch for more exciting updates.


Slips Update

Slips had announced (a bit prematurely!) that they would be launching at the end of October. Everyone was excited. However, due to a number of reasons, that couldn’t happen. But the team hasn’t stopped working at a feverish pace towards completion. And although Husain and Kyle aren’t giving any dates for launch, one thing is for sure – the full launch isn’t far away. In the meantime, here’s what Slips has been up to:

  • The ‘Channel Screen and Challenge Interface’ is almost complete. Players can make bets, participate in bets, live notifications are sent to people in the channel and of course people can win and lose bets by submitting results. Unfortunately right now, the team expects all users to report the right results because “disputing bet outcomes” is not yet in place.
  • The ‘My Bets’ page is designed and coded but still requires backend APIs to be completed. This page allows users to review past bets but also to submit evidence towards disputed bets.
  • The ‘Arbitration Application’ which allows arbitrators to review evidence and settle disputes is planned out and the team hopes to start working on that next week.
  • The team has also started testing the challenge interface with users recently.

The team is now in the process of getting licenses to run Slips as a legitimate business. Because it is a gaming platform, they need relevant licenses. They have decided (preliminarily) that a Class 3 Gaming License from Malta will be good for them.   

In the interim the team hopes to launch Slips with the Slips Lite play money option which will allow them to build their user base and get more feedback about the application.

If you have any questions about what the team is working on or just want to share your own ideas, please get in touch with them on their Discord server (https://discord.me/slips).

Behind the Tech – @Joel

Hello people!

For this episode of the Behind the Tech series, we are featuring a very active community member and conversation starter, Joel Porter.

Hailing from Colorado, Joel regards himself as bit of a non-conformist. He dropped out of high school at age 16. Later, he did go to college for a while, with the objective of getting a degree in the field of Information Technology. Unfortunately, he could not complete college due to family difficulties.

Technology was always fascinating to Joel. His eyes light up when he talks of his first computer, a Commodore 64, which, by the way, has its name etched in the Guinness World Records, as the highest-selling single computer model of all time. The text-based games thrilled him “to death.” “My dad took us kids to see the movie War Games back in 1983. Thinking I was funny, I coded up a little graphic that looked like tiny missiles shooting from both sides of the screen. I convinced a neighbor girl to hit the enter button, and when the graphic started, I told her she just started a war,” laughs Joel as he remembers that fateful day. What happened to the poor little girl? “She ran home crying. I still feel kinda bad about that.”

Joel says that the incident underlines the impact technology had at that time on kids of his age group. “I was 10 years old, and the idea of clicking a button and having something HUGE happen was incredible (and frightening for some)!”

Joel says he heard about bitcoin in 2009. He actually laughed at the idea of a “virtual” currency. “I had major doubts that it would have any real use case.” In the beginning of 2016, a friend at work brought up Ethereum during a conversation on bitcoin. Joel was still doubtful, but he had a nice long four-day weekend so he read up all he could about crypto. That was a life-changing weekend and the next week, he started building his first mining rig. “The idea of decentralized currency, governments, and life in general, it’s so incredible that at times it almost feels like a fantasy story. But, it’s a fantasy that can actually come true,” says Joel as he remembers his tryst with cryptocurrencies two years ago.

Joel started mining Expanse because he didn’t have the hashrate to mine Ethereum. He was just starting out in the big, bad world of mining and he had no idea how everything worked. “I just wanted to mine a FULL coin of anything! And I did!!” Unfortunately, his first Expanse coin is currently stuck in some address he is sure he can never access. “First month woes!” But that first coin led him on a merry rabbit trail, and the rabbit trail led him to the Expanse Discord channel.

In a short time, I knew I had found people that I could identify with. I found a lot of help from people who had no reason to speak to me other than I was there,” remembers Joel of his first experience in the Expanse Discord channel. He started taking interest in the conversation, getting to know other miners and also the management, who he feels are extremely accessible and great people to talk to.

On being asked about the things that excite him about Expanse, Joel says that it is the idea that a small group of people with a great vision could potentially influence the world. “I just love, and am amazed by, the fact that the world of crypto could potentially mean more than profit on a trade. That making the world better doesn’t have borders or any nationality. And that to make that great vision come true requires a community with great people, which Expanse has plenty of!”

Joel loves being on the Expanse Discord channel where he says he has a great time “learning and sharing his learnings with a great bunch of people.” He, however, is irritated by talks of FUD by people who do not really understand what Expanse is all about. “It’s amazing how anytime Expanse goes green, someone that never speaks is suddenly active and spilling garbage. It’s annoying, but I guess it is what it is.” But he doesn’t wish to waste his energies and time on such people. He says he loves to watch them act like morons in the “Time Out” room, which by the way “was one of the greatest ideas ever!”

When asked about the future of crypto, Joel believes that the majority of crypto concepts will fail. “Any idea built based purely on making money will ultimately die. The technology will succeed though. Projects that change things that NEED changing will succeed.” He believes that blockchain technology that is the center of discussions around the world and something that is being perceived with awe and novelty will become an everyday thing in ten years’ time. “I’m not sure that in 10 years anyone will have any idea that the application they are using is blockchain or not. Expanse will, in my opinion, succeed or fail based on that idea. Offering tech that people need is the future.” He, however, is quick to say that the idea of “this is what the crowd wants” isn’t a great long term strategy. Having said that, Joel believes that following the crowd does have its advantages while building a brand. “My dad always said ‘You play their game until they have to play yours’. This market and this tech fits that scenario well.”

Joel enjoys every moment of the time he is in. In his opinion, 1983 was a landmark year for technology, a time that pushed him to pursue it. And so is this time that is witnessing the coming of age of a truly revolutionary technology. He is excited about the future, because of its uncertainty and the limitless possibilities it can bring. “The future is always uncertain. Who we make the future with doesn’t have to be,” says Joel as he signs off.We are thrilled to have JOel as part of our community!


Community News

Expanse Telegram Channel

Many of our community members have asked for Expanse to have more of a presence on Telegram. Frankly, we haven’t focused on building out our Telegram channel community because we just did not have the resources. (Dinc has done a fine job, helping out there when he could.) And if we had to focus on only one channel, we selected Discord.

Good news — @Smomin75 has stepped up to take responsibility for our Telegram Channel administration beginning next week. So, if you prefer Telegram, join us in the Expanse Telegram channel here.  

 


Compelling Quotes  

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

Ethereum has so many backed transactions (90k+) today. Their network can’t handle the load. Perhaps Expanse might hold the answer to the network transaction issues on Ether.”

“I’m all about innovation. Start spitting something out and the price of Expanse will go up on its own.”

“There are actual ways in which this project can deliver what will be remembered as a very successful year for the project. Releasing Tokenlab 1.0, EXPEX 1.0, and having Slips launch (not within the teams control but looking likely) is enough ammunition to go into 2019 with a clear marketing strategy. We need products to sell the project and it looks like December should be really strong. Reassess on Jan 1st.”

“Once utility exceeds miners dumping, price should move up…which will result in more miners mining and increased dumping, resulting in more need of utility lol…outpacing the miners (especially the ones who aren’t mining for profit, but are maliciously dumping to hold the price down) is pretty critical. And also not something the team here can control on their own.”

From Christopher Franko, “I’m not here to tell anyone to buy or sell expanse. That’s an intimate decision between you and your wallet. If you think it’s oversold, buy some, if you think it’s over bought, sell some. I think it’s over sold so at 10 cents I’m buying what I can afford to lose. At $1 I’d take a little profit, and put new buy orders with that profit.”


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. 21 – 11/15/2018

Welcome to the twenty first 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:  

  • Tokenlab – Away We Go!
  • Developer Update
    – Luna Wallet 2.0 Upgrade
    – EXPEX Beta-Testing
  • Slips Update
  • Behind the Tech – Ana Belén Resplandor
  • Compelling Quotes

Tokenlab – Away We Go!

We are very excited to announce that Tokenlab will begin beta-testing in the next few weeks.Given the uncertain regulatory environment and the diminishing popularity of ICOs, we have broadened the product scope to include a variety of applications, while keeping the original goal of crowdfunding management intact.

Asim and his team have a mandate to deliver as many of the applications as possible by year-end. Here are brief descriptions of what we will release under the Tokenlab umbrella:

Token Creation

Using smart contract technology, create utility tokens for your project. Using an automated system, follow the instructions on the screen to create, name and set parameters for your token. Launch your token on the Expanse blockchain. You pay for these services with LAB.

Module Marketplace

Find useful utilities to help you manage and market your token-based business. In our Module Marketplace, find dApps that help you manage airdrops, run advertising campaigns, and much more. Use LAB to pay for licensing these dApps.

Universal Know Your Customer (UKYC™) Identity Verification

Use the Tokenlab Universal KYC module for user identity verification for your products or for members of your organizations―anywhere validating identity is required. Here’s what’s new: Tokenlab UKYC creates a profile for each user that signs up and completes the KYC requirements. Once approved, the profile is assigned a “badge” in the form of a qr code. This badge can then be swiped wherever KYC is required.

The profile information is securely maintained in one place and there is no need to complete the cumbersome KYC process ever again. Simply scan your badge anywhere the UKYC symbol appears. Companies everywhere will leverage our UKYC database for a nominal fee. (UKYC is a proprietary technology/process and this published description is proof of prior art. Patent pending.)

Tokenlab ICO

Tokenlab is a blockchain-based software platform that provides a variety of solutions for staging ICOs. You can choose to license our software to run on your own servers or use the Tokenlab self-service portal available from our website. Select solutions to employ, like the Airdrop or UKYC utility, from the Tokenlab Module Marketplace. Tokenlab ICO is designed so that anyone with a great idea can launch an ICO. Once you start your campaign, sophisticated tools track performance and report results. At the end of the campaign, you as the owner, issue tradable tokens to ICO participants. (Legal opinion confirming your idea does not represent a security is required.)

Call for Beta-Testers

Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of the Luna wallet and EXPEX. 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.


Developer Updates

Luna Wallet Upgrade

Asim has provided the following detail about what we can expect to see in the release of Luna Wallet, Luna 2.0. He has committed to releasing it on November 19:

  • All contracts work complete
  • Automatically get notification of new Luna version
  • Gexp log like we have parity
  • Can configure Luna with remote gexp
  • Can add peers manually

EXPEX Beta-Testing Update

Thank you to all of you who spent time beta-testing EXPEX. We received a lot of very useful feedback and had some big success stories based on your testing. Next, we are working on enhancing the UX and UI based on your valuable feedback. More news to follow.


Slips Update

We almost didn’t get to to feature a Slips update in this newsletter, as they were unable to send us a report until very late. Apparently the team has been working extremely hard around the clock towards their upcoming launch, so we’ll let them off the hook this time.

The last time we checked on them, they were working on the final parts of their product – the actual interface that allows users to challenge each other.

They actually completed the backend APIs for this in record time. and since then the team has split into two to work on different parts of the product.

Two of the devs were working on getting challenges up and running. Some of these screenshots come from the live version of Slips:

They tell us that this work is almost completed, but since this is the most crucial part of the application, additional care is taken to make sure that the final code is robust and covers all edge cases.

While this work was on-going, the rest of the team were busy rounding off the Slips site by building a help desk and support center (in 4 days flat!). These efforts included coding all of the backend and frontend software, handwriting over 90 FAQ questions and producing a series of videos, the first of which can be seen below.

This video explains how Slips users can buy Expanse:

They also completed an about page which also houses the new Slips blog which is a cornerstone of their marketing efforts to bring streamers and gamers onto their platform:

So I guess with all this progress, the biggest question we have is… when is Slips launching?

It doesn’t look like the big day is far away now but for the time being the team have decided to take a few days off to recover from a “two week round the clock” burst. They’ll return to action fighting fit for in time for another big push shortly.


Behind the Tech – Ana Belén Resplandor

Hey guys! It’s time to introduce to you all another special member of Team Expanse for our Behind the Tech series. This time, we are featuring Ana Belén Resplandor. Ana helps manage the Somos Expanse magazine and also helps with managing our social media.

Ana is an industrial engineer who graduated from Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB), one of the largest universities in Venezuela. After her graduation, she had plans to do a postgraduate course in industrial security but motherhood arrived and she had to put those plans on hold. Now that her daughter is old enough, she plans to resume pursuing her dream of getting a postgraduate degree soon.

Ana was always fascinated with technology while growing up. “Since I was little I always wanted to know how things worked. My parents gave me toys and all I wanted was to dismantle them to know how everything moved inside and how it worked, much to the consternation of my parents,” says Ana. She always had that curiosity and inherent taste for technology. She believes that it is only because of technology that we are where we are today. “At home I was always better at fixing things and making them work again. Or not!” laughs Ana at the recollection of her younger days.

After finishing university, she aspired to work, to make a career in her chosen field, like all freshly minted graduates. “You want to start achieving things for yourself and in my case I was lucky because I got my first job even before I graduated,” says Ana. She worked in the administration department of a dental clinic. While the job was not exactly cutting-edge, like her chosen vocation, it did help her financially. “It was a good experience, but I wanted more.”

After a few years, a chance meeting with a few friends from her University days brought with it an opportunity to work with them in a security project company. She did not hesitate for a moment to take up that offer. “From the very first moment, I fell in love with my new job. There was technology everywhere and I couldn’t get enough of learning about it!” exclaims Ana as she talks passionately about her first “tech” job. She learned a lot about the use of different software and special programs to carry out the projects of the company. “It was great!”

Unfortunately, the economic conditions in Venezuela worsened and people were staring at a looming crisis. Everyday living became difficult. Security needs of customers, which were paramount some time back, became secondary. “We had to literally reinvent ourselves. We had to come out of our comfort zones, out of our established expertise and start working in areas that would help sustain us,” says Ana. That is how she was introduced to the world of crypto. It is now more than a year in this field and she sees great potential in it. Her perspective, however, is different. “Many people in this field who are from other countries see cryptocurrencies as an asset class that will help them earn some extra income. But for many of us, it has become a means to support our families. We look at crypto differently,” explains Ana.

On how she came across Expanse, Ana’s eyes light up. “I got to know about Expanse through a highly reputable Hispanic crypto community called MinandoAndo. I must say that what I found out about this project and its community was overwhelmingly positive. The entire thing gave off incredible vibes and I decided to join the Expanse community.” Ana says that she loves the great community support and the environment at Expanse. “There are so many people who are actively involved who have a lot to give and that is admirable.” She got “stuck,” in the best sense, to Expanse. “I would like to mention the tremendous support and encouragement that Omar gave me. He got me into the Somos Expanse team. I could not be more grateful.

As far as Ana’s role at Expanse is concerned, her prime responsibility is to bring all the advancements of Expanse and its various projects to users who follow Expanse, from Spanish-speaking countries, and to be a liaison between Expanse and anyone who needs support for developing a project. She also answers questions regarding Expanse on the Spanish Discord channel.

Talking a bit more about Expanse, Ana says that Expanse is the first project that she knows about where the developers and the people involved at the top are completely accessible. “Everyone is always willing to welcome you with the right attitude and with the best positive intentions. That, for me, is priceless,” says Ana. She believes that Expanse still has a long way to go on its chosen path and she is excited to see that there is so much more to it. “Oh, there will always be the naysayers. I’ve heard it so many times from people that it’s the end of Expanse but I’m far from believing these silly words of people who just want to bother us or simply haven’t taken the time to really understand what we do here. They haven’t gone further and right now they sure aren’t seeing what we see.”

On talking about the everyday challenges she faces while working for Expanse, Ana says that she faces them with a positive attitude. “Every challenge, for me, is a learning experience. So why would I be bothered by it if I am the one who has to gain so much out of it?” She faces many people who have negative remarks to make but her positivity keeps her going. “I only have love and good wishes for them and I pray that they rise above their petty thoughts and see what Expanse is really all about. I want them to see further, to see what is in front of them. I am sure they would be mesmerized!”

Looking forward, Ana is very optimistic about the future of Expanse because she sees great potential in it. “Expanse has tools that I honestly believe would make this world a much better place. Look at the limitless potential of what we can do on Expanse. Take VoteLock, for instance. The reality of my country would be very different if we used VoteLock for voting. I am sure many people in many countries will agree with me.” She believes that when more people find out about Expanse, they will realize how much could be achieved using this technology. “The DApps that the Expanse team have created give an idea as to what is achievable.”

Ana is an eternal optimist, considering she lives in one of the most difficult regions of the world. “I have always believed in my heart that the future is now. I would love to see developer teams make exciting applications on Expanse because I’m sure they would make things much more transparent, simpler, more fair for all.” Ana is aware of the power of technology. “Technology is the savior, it is the greatest enabler. A few years ago we did not know about the Internet and look at how the world is today, how the Internet has changed the global scenario. In my opinion, humble or not, in a few years the same will happen to cryptocurrencies. We will not be able to live without them and without the blockchain. And I believe that Expanse will become even bigger and better and will play a defining role in that future, which, I feel, is not far away,” prophesizes Ana, as she signs off.


Compelling Quotes

Usually this section of the newsletter is reserved for a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels. This week, none of the interesting Discord entries re market speculation, predictions, etc., seem relevant, given the recent drama in the cryptosphere. So I decided to share a beautiful photo that my partner, Soyal, (@Smomin75) sent to me for all to see.  This is Soyal and his wife on their wedding day.


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. 20 – 11/01/2018

Welcome to the twentieth 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:  

  • EXPEX Beta-Testing Starts Now!
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About GameBoard™
    (But Didn’t Know Whom to Ask!)
  • Slips Update
  • Update on Exchanges
  • 2019 Conference Calendar
  • Compelling Quotes

EXPEX Beta-Testing Starts Now!

Remember the PEX airdrop? Well, hang on to your PEX. Alpha-testing for our brand new EXPEX Exchange platform is complete and we are ready to release it to our community beta-testers. It has been a record-setting development effort by Asim and his team of developers. We could not be prouder of them. To make it easier to find out exactly what’s going on, I have created a Q & A for you:

Q. What is EXPEX?

A. EXPEX is a non-custodial Expanse wallet and decentralized exchange.

Q. How did you come up with that name?

A. The “EXP” is short for Expanse and “EX” is short for Exchange. Thus, EXPEX. As you know, the token for EXPEX is called PEX, which we airdropped in late August.

Q. What is a decentralized exchange?

A. Commonly referred to as a DEX, it is a digital asset exchange in which users custody their own assets without ever having to trust a centralized counterparty or operator to custody their digital assets. While centralized exchanges operate as “brokerage houses” doing all the heavy lifting for you in exchange for fees, a 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. Here are some more features that make a DEX more attractive:

  • A DEX 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

Q. How did Asim’s team complete EXPEX so quickly?

A. Well, after the PEX airdrop, we knew we had to move quickly. Asim took virtually his entire team off of all other projects and focused entirely on a two-week sprint. Since this DEX is forking Loopr, they were off to a very good start.

Q. Does this mean you put Tokenlab™ on the backburner?

A. No.The timing actually could not have been better. The Tokenlab developers were ready for Omar (design and UI) and Marcia (content). Now that EXPEX is out for beta-testing, the team is back to work on Tokenlab as their primary focus.

Q. I want to be an EXPEX beta-tester. How do I sign up?

A. If you are already a beta-tester for Expanse, you do not have to re-apply. If not, here is how it works:

  1. Complete this participation form.
  2. Receive and complete a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) via email.
  3. Receive an invitation to the private EXPEX Beta-testing channel in the Expanse Discord.
  4. Receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in rank in the Expanse Army.
  5. Complete the feedback form available in the beta-testing channel.
  6. Asim and his team will review and implement required fixes, then deliver the latest builds to the software back to the channel for further testing.

I hope this Q&A was helpful and that you are just excited about EXPEX as we are. Go Expanse!


Everything You Wanted to Know About GameBoard™ (But Didn’t Know Who to Ask!)

We’ve talked previously about Gameboard, the baby of our Creative Director Omar Alvarez, who is also its CEO. Gameboard is also a recipient of the EXP Grants program, and we consider it to be part of the extended Expanse family.

For those who came in late, Gameboard is an online platform that combines gamification with team activities to make them exciting, challenging and rewarding. It allows you to keep track of your team actions, measuring and comparing  each member, team or department, using a points system and rewarding them accordingly. You also have the ability define levels and badges to engage them to play.

Gameboard is customizable – the team will design the game with you to accomplish your goals and develop or integrate your solution. You play the game, Gameboard will keep the score for you. With its unique solution, you will get a more efficient team and sufficient data to take better decisions.

The Gameboard service platform allows the integration of the gamified experience to the company’s processes with a RestFul API. This integration can be done to a custom platform or to an existing system. There is also an offline manual version of any system.

We are very excited about what is coming. It has been a long journey to understand how to normalize any gamified experience mechanics into one single platform. The design was very complex, but we finally got it!” says an elated Omar Alvarez. Omar has been juggling his roles as the brains behind Gameboard, the Creative Director at Expanse and managing Somos Expanse, the Spanish digital magazine (SomosExpanse.com). However, his inherent passion overrides the overwhelming nature of his varied roles and he does it all with élan.

The Gameboard project consists of 12 main modules that have been developed in two different activities, (1) the development of the backend for the management of platforms and integrations with an API for integration, and (2) a user frontend to give a better experience to the end user, wherein the users have better control over their progress, availability, awards and swaps. The entire platform allows customization to have the look and feel of the client company.

Roadmap

In my view, one of the biggest challenges that we have at this moment is the platform integration to the Expanse Blockchain for the management of points and exchanges. This information will be stored, and we want to be able to implement our own token using the Tokenlab functionalities for the process,” explains Omar.

Gameboard is already in talks with two platforms for the integration of Gameboard to gamify their processes. One of them is a platform that uses the concept of live raffles with the aim of helping patients with a one-month supply of the cost of health products that they need (www.happhe.com) and the other a system that improves communication between tenants and Condo Management Offices, that has plans to penetrate the Florida and Chicago markets (BetterCondos).

I am personally pretty excited with our journey so far, and what we’ve achieved. And now I look forward to seeing how Gameboard is received by the market. We will see Gameboard in live action when the teams at Happhe and BetterCondos use it for themselves. That will be a learning curve for us as well and we will keep on improving it as we go forward. I am sure many organizations will find value in using Gameboard to enhance their teams’ efficiency,” said Omar.

We, at Expanse are also looking forward to the day when Gameboard goes to market and we will be as excited as Omar to see it perform. We will keep you all updated on its progress. Cheer us on!


Update on the SLIPS Project

It’s time once again to check in on the progress of the Slips project. By their own admission, they have had a busy two weeks since their last update. When we last checked in on them, they had just completed an “exchange-like” deposit / withdrawal system.

There were a few tiny gremlins in the system – it wasn’t possible to withdraw a specific amount of Expanse from your balance but all that has now been fixed.

Slips co-founder Kyle O’Neill was extremely effusive, “The whole user experience is so smooth from the Slips side of things!“. He admitted that they were hoping that exchanges will make the process of buying cryptocurrencies easier for users, but “it doesn’t deter from the fact people will try and buy EXP once they get used to making challenges on Slips because that’s the natural step – you want to risk real money and the only way to do that is by buying EXP!

Channel and Chat Functionality

The biggest change in the proof of concept is that the chat interface is now in place. The team have gone to great lengths to create an intuitive interface like Slack, Discord etc to let people trash talk, send memes etc, all in real time.

Some of the functionality now available:

  • Ability to add moderators (they have a yellow crown icon on chat)
  • Upload images/memes or paste links to images and have them embedding into chat
  • Pepper messages with emojis
  • Send videos and links
  • Mention other users by name to notify them they have been summoned Trolls and spammers can now be silenced with the ban hammer!


One thing to note is that the entire “Create Challenge” interface has been re-worked. Co-founder Husain Fazel told us “it looks less like the knobs and controls of a nuclear reactor now!

For comparison, here is what it looked like:

This is how it works now:

Finally they also have been working on tying up loose ends – like a way for people to get support when they use Slips …

 

…and to recruit moderators/arbitrators once the application is launched:

Keep checking the Expanse discord for updates from the Slips team and if you are not already stocking up your Expanse in anticipation for the launch, now would be a great time to do so! As EXP member @abk5074 quite rightly puts it:


Update on Exchanges


We have been feeling pretty positive of late about our progress in listing EXP and LAB on exchanges.Given that a couple of opportunities have not panned out in the past, we are waiting to announce the first new exchange via press release on the same day as we see our icon actually appear on the exchange!

One press release is ready to go and could publish as soon as tomorrow. Standby!


2019 Conference Calendar

Conference attendance for the Expanse team was light in 2018 as compared to prior years. We are very excited and optimistic about what the future holds for Expanse, so plan to once again include the best of the best conferences in our 2019 visibility strategy.

Many of the conference schedules available online do not yet cover the later part of 2019, so this list is a start. Note that schedules change, so we will update this regularly.


Compelling Quotes  

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels. All of these are from various community members:

“I invested in EXP mid 2017, it was my first Cryptocurrency i invested in. The project has come a long way since then. I am looking forward to its future.”

“Expanse moon soon?”

“One thing I like about this community is its drive to help each other move forward. I’ve learned an incredible amount from the members here…@husainfazel ,@frk ,@KO, @dinc, @Marcia ,@tractatus, @Omar and others…have all been amazing at sharing knowledge and insight.”

“I’ve got a feeling that we can push the “EXP is attractive for dApps to build on” angle as a community. Apart from the cold hard cash that all devs need to exist, you often have lots of other problems, like for example introductions to investors, a sounding board when you run into problems with suppliers or contractors etc. Expanse can help with all of that.”

“Because we’re one of the first batches of projects to get funded through EXP.Grants, it’s a little bit lonely, so I thought that maybe more attention should be brought to the fact that EXP has this amazing grants programme and wants to build a thriving dev community. The more dApps that apply for grants, the more buzz around the project and if they utilize EXP as a payment method, it creates more demand for the token which is a win for everyone!


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: 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!