EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No. 11– 6/15/2018

Welcome to the eleventh 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:

 

Expanse Awards First EXP.Grant

In our last newsletter, we wrote about the EXP.Grants program and how to go about applying for a grant for your project. Well, we have our first grant recipient who successfully secured the first funds from our EXP.Grants program. His name is Denis Yurash and he hails from the Ukraine. Denis applied for the grants program for a platform, a mobile Android app, he wants to launch on the Expanse blockchain. It is called the Expanse Faucet.

Denis and his team envisage their app, Expanse Faucet, as the binding link between all the community members of Expanse. In his opinion, and we tend to agree with it, with this app, more and more users will be attracted to Expanse. Every new user needs to have an Expanse address to get paid, so as more users use the app, more new wallets will be created and more transactions will be done through it.

The app will also facilitate transactions occurring over the Expanse platform, especially the distribution of EXP tokens for various activities. For example, for viewing one ad, admins get $0.01, and the user gets $0.009 (in EXP tokens). All payouts will be on Expanse, so we need to convert fiat to Expanse. Then a bot buys the right amount of coins on the exchange to pay everyone using the Poloniex or Bittrex API, accordingly, and sends this back to the user’s Expanse address.

The main function of Expanse Faucet is to view ads, and the second function is to complete tasks. Admins can add new tasks or change old one as they proceed. Later, a Twitter widget can be added for likes\retweet tasks, reddit upvotes, exchange votes, etc. And, depending on the future need, new tasks can be added. For example, Scotti, our Community Manager, wants to publish the latest Newsletter with some interesting info, he can simply add a new Task – «Like and Retweet Newsletter» with the link to it and send notifications to all users. This will increase the reach of the newsletter amongst the audience. Once the app is ready, Denis and his team will promote it to help bring more users into the Expanse community.

Denis was thrilled to accept the very first EXP.Grant that will enable he and his team, ecorp, to create the app they have envisioned.

“I have been a community member, supporter and frequent contributor to Expanse for some time now. Now, with this grant, I am being given the opportunity to actually work on an Expanse blockchain project. For that I am truly grateful. Thank you, Expanse,” said Denis.

We, at Expanse, congratulate Denis and his team for securing the funds through a successful Grants application, and we wish them all the very best as they embark on the journey of creating a platform that will help make Expanse more accessible to an even broader user base.


 

New Tokenlab Website Launches

Check out the new Tokenlab website that went live today, www.tokenlab.io. This is the first iteration of the website that will host the new Tokenlab self-service ICO platform currently in development.

Click through the site to learn about all of the solutions we are creating to make running your own ICO your way possible. We understand the ICO process and its challenges and have created use cases for all of the necessary functions. Our developers are well down the coding path, and we will begin to release the individual components soon.

We will be adding content to the website along the way, including FAQs, information about licensing our software, and more. Watch for more announcements to follow, including the announcement of our new Tokenlab newsletter coming soon. Join our Discord channel to stay up to date on our progress.


 

Expanse Islamabad Team Expands; Secures New Office Space

Our development team in Islamabad, Pakistan has recently moved into new office space, having outgrown the former facility. This office is the home base of our Architect and Senior Developer, Asim Ashfaq, who, along with his amazing team, creates magic for Expanse and its various platforms.

The office is situated in the business district of Islamabad and comes loaded with all the important amenities designed to maximize productivity. There is a large open workspace with workstations and a separate meeting room where Asim brainstorms ideas with his team.

The team is comprised of handpicked experts, including:

  • A team lead
  • A Solidity developer
  • Five Golang developers
  • Three frontend guys
  • Three JS developers
  • Two project managers
  • One UX designer
  • One Human Resource and Administrative aid
  • One devops expert
  • One Researcher

When Asim started working with Expanse almost 18 months ago, they were a team of four. Today, the team is 19-strong, all eager to learn new technologies and working as a well-oiled machine to accomplish common goals. To keep the team motivated and hungry to achieve more, incentives such as the Employee of the Month award is given to one outstanding team member. The office also has a recreation area that has a Playstation to play games and will soon have table tennis and snooker tables so that team members can chill out and take a much-needed break from work to recharge and refresh themselves.

Asim also believes that a well-appointed office will play a crucial role in attracting outstanding talent. This will help the team to grow exponentially. A presentable office space also creates a good first impression.

Currently, the team is focussed on creating the following:

  • Gander
  • Tokenlab Self-Service Platform
  • Mist Wallet
  • Mobile Wallet
  • Online Wallet
  • Exchange

Asim is particularly fond of Gander, as he believes that it, being an explorer, is the backbone of the Expanse cryptocurrency, the EXP tokens. Asim sees a great future for Expanse. As someone who has been as deeply involved in the development of Expanse as Asim is, he is excited and confident of the limitless possibilities that Expanse, as a platform to create awe-inspiring enterprises, affords the crypto community.

Asim says that he and his team are privileged to be working with stalwarts like Christopher Franko and thanks him for this opportunity to be associated with Expanse where everyday is a learning experience. He thanks Christopher for making him part of his grand vision, which he and his team live by everyday.


 

Expanse – Behind the Tech

Hey guys! Welcome to the next article in our Behind the Tech series. This time we are featuring the story of our Chief Administrative Officer, Marcia Lewis (Danzeisen). Hope you all enjoy it and maybe take some inspiration from it.

Marcia has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Business Spanish. She also has certifications in Blockchain Technology and Strategic Planning. After college, she started out as a technical writer writing software documentation and also wrote for various technology magazines like Byte and ComputerWorld. She also had a monthly column on technology in the workplace for PC Magazine. Later, she evolved into running large corporate communications and marketing organizations, mostly in banking and Fintech environments, a typical career progression often seen in case of talented, intelligent and ambitious people. But this is where Marcia’s story takes a turn for the better; a classic case of “reverse integration.”

Marcia has been with Expanse from the very beginning. She met Expanse Founder Christopher Franko in 2013 while working as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for a blockchain technology start-up. She immediately formed a genuine rapport with him and describes him as an inspiration to her. Later after Expanse was born, she helped out when Christopher needed press releases, help with the newsletter or any other type of communications.

A year ago, Marcia accepted the position of Chief Communications Officer at one of the largest banks in the U.S. She let Christopher know that it was going to be too demanding for her to help him out any more. But soon after she started that position, Christopher called and made her an offer she could not refuse. Marcia left her job at the bank that day and has been with Expanse full-time ever since.

An award winning marketer, Marcia’s background is in more traditional marketing, with large teams and huge multi-million dollar budgets, for large, conservative corporations. For her, transitioning first to crypto and then to a smaller organization like Expanse, was like a foray into the wild, wild west. Everything is digital now, budgets are minimal and staff resources are much leaner. She has had to transition from being a leader to being a leader and a doer. She found out that her hands-on skills were rusty. “Fortunately, I am surrounded by technology experts who have been very patient with me and willing to take on tasks that are simply not a part of my repertoire. I am very self-actualized, and when I know I need help, I ask for it,” she says.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Marcia is responsible for public relations and communications oversight. She acts as the liaison to the organization’s corporate attorneys and is responsible for patents and trademarks. She onboards new staff and prepares contracts for partnerships. Recently, she has become more involved in product development and relationship management for exchanges. She works directly with prospective clients and partners to help build enduring relationships.

When asked what excites her about her work at Expanse, Marcia has the following to say, “Expanse is a well-established brand now, after three years of consistent, secure operations. It’s an organization I am proud to be part of. What excites me is the constant stream of new ideas that come out of our corporate office in Washington, NC.”

She regards leading the team responsible for renaming and rebranding a $9B Fortune 500 company across 90 countries and 55,000 employees as her greatest achievement to date, where she literally travelled around the world to accomplish the goal. However, she is quick to state her future greatest accomplishment goal is to get LAB onto major exchanges and launch the new Tokenlab™ platform with great success.

Christopher Franko, CEO of Expanse, has no doubts about Marcia achieving the goals she has set for Expanse. “I’ve known Marcia for many years and I’ve always known her as a go-getter. She has this uncanny knack of knowing how to get things done. I admire her work ethic tremendously, and Expanse is incredibly lucky to have her on board because she brings a range of skills and experience this team really benefits from,” says Christopher.

Marcia is extremely enthusiastic and positive about the future of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in particular. She agrees with the experts’ predictions that by 2030, 15 to 20% of all global financial transactions will use Bitcoin or or other cryptocurrencies. “In my opinion, anyone who still thinks Bitcoin is an interesting anomaly is dead wrong. I still believe that cryptocurrencies are the one investment class where a relatively small purchase could literally make you a millionaire,” she says.

Outside of work, Marcia loves the time she spends with her daughters – Jana, 17 and Chloe, 15. Her hobbies include decorating, gardening and reading. “I always have two or three books going.” When asked about her thoughts on Expanse, she says, “I believe in what Christopher has to say about Expanse – ‘If you can dream it, Expanse can help you do it.’ I firmly believe that through Expanse, the world will be a better place.”


 

Airdrop Update

As you know, we are in the process of developing the software for airdrops to our Expanse and LAB token holders. The first token to airdrop will EXPEX (PEX). Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder and Chief Developer, created PEX, which is a fork of the decentralized exchange standard (DEX), Ox. The contracts for PEX have been launched and the Expanse decentralized exchange is in development.

The new exchange will launch on the Expanse blockchain. We are looking for Ox developers. To that end, we have added 500M PEX to the EXP.Grant fund that we will use to reward the Ox developers who come on board to work on relays. Send a private message to Christopher Franko on Discord is you are interested in participating. Watch for more information about airdrops in upcoming newsletters.


 

Compelling Quotes from our Discord Community

From the last newsletter, we started this section where we feature a few quotes we pick from our Discord Community. Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks:

The first one is from a member of the Spanish Discord Community, which you might have gathered is a passionate bunch of people. He says, “Que bueno la Quiniela me ha quitado el stress del bajón de las cryptos.” which means that the good thing about ExpWorldCup is that it reduces the stress of this crypto dump.

Here are two fun quotes from our General channel. One community member had this to say, “I came here thinking this was a discord for the TV series The Expanse.” Well, all we can say that this Expanse is grander than the one on TV!

Another member says, “PM me if ur into Christian Sidehugs.” No responses to this one that we know of.

Finally, here’s a joke that was posted last week:

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asked a young Engineer fresh out of MIT, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”
The Engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years say, a red Corvette?”
The Engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?”
And the interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

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/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his 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!


 

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EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.10– 6/1/2018

Welcome to the tenth 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 Airdrops You Have All Been Waiting For

Our team of engineers in Islamabad has been busy developing use cases for airdrops planned for both EXP and LAB tokenholders. We are excited to report that development for the following airdrop categories is approved and well underway. Although the development is not complete, we expect to announce concrete plans in our next newsletter:

  • Tokens based on signing up for an airdrop opportunity
  • Tokens issued upon phone verification
  • Tokens issued for sharing the web site and blogs on social media
  • Tokens issued for contributions to the community.
  • Random issuing of tokens for free

We are very excited about this development and the opportunity to provide even more rewards to our loyal community.


Meet the Latest Additions to Expanse.tech’s Growing Team

This week we are announcing two new awesome team members. Although we’ve added many other new development engineers and opened a new office in Islamabad, they will be the focus of the next newsletter.

Meet our new writer, Jitendra “Jay” Rathod. Jay has a Master’s Degree in Microbiology. He was a professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology in a college where he taught these subjects to students of the graduate and post graduate courses, for eight years. He, however, realised that his passion was writing and quit his job to make a career in it. He has been a content writer for more than eight years now and has worked for many companies in a wide variety of industries. He has led content teams and has created, and successfully executed, content marketing campaigns for many clients.

Jay will lead the newsletter and blog development efforts for Expanse. Jay is also a passionate believer in the limitless possibilities of the blockchain technology and wishes to see a world seamlessly running on it.

Soyal Abjal Momin joins our team as a Consultant who will help us get Tokenlab and Expanse listed on more exchanges. Soyal has extensive experience and a long record of success in listing of coins/tokens on exchanges. He also supports the nitty-gritties of ICOs. Having inside knowledge of various exchanges, Soyal is in an enviable position to help blockchain enterprises save on listing fees of coin developers. He is based in India.

StreamCoins Alpha Launches


Stream Coins alpha has launched. You can access Alpha Here. The alpha is enabled on twitch.tv/ExpanseOfficial and with it, you can create a wallet and tip others. We will soon be enabling loyalty rewards and start migrating EXPB to StreamCoins.

StreamCoins is a platform that content creators always wanted but never got. Well, now they have one and it comes powered with a cryptocurrency. StreamCoins is a platform for content creators to integrate the EXP tokens into their streams. As a content streamer, you join the platform, create a wallet, fund it and invite the bot into your channel. It is essentially a Twitch Bot that rewards viewers with EXP tokens just for viewing a stream. It also has a tipping feature built within it. If you like the stream of a creator, you can tip him or her. Users can also tip each other if they provide something of value to one another.

Streamcoins Alpha is now live with limited functionality. Currently the wallet, twitch bot and tipping are enabled. When we are satisfied that the platform is indeed secure, we will be enabling the loyalty rewards.

So, stay tuned for more info about the progress of this exciting platform.


The Expanse Grants Program


Expanse.tech has created a $1,000,000 development fund to provide financial grants to innovative projects built in and around Expanse. Awards range from $5,000 to $50,000, and there are no strings attached: you continue to own your IP, are free to publish however you wish, and can use the grant funds without any restrictions or obligations to Expanse except all projects must use the Expanse network in some way.

The grant process is a linear lifecycle that starts with creating the funding opportunity, applying, making award decisions, and successfully awarding the grant.

The specific actions along the lifecycle are grouped into three main phases. Each of the three phases has its own page that provides a more detailed look at the process:

  • Pre-Award Phase – Funding Opportunities and Application Review
  • Award Phase – Award Decisions and Notifications
  • Post Award – Implementation, Reporting, and Closeout

Grant Pre-Award Phase

Application Review Process

Once the application submission deadline passes, the awarding team gets to work on reviewing the applications. The specific process for reviewing an application varies based on the type of grant you applied for. The generally applicable steps are as follows:

  • Initial screening to ensure application is complete
  • Programmatic review and assessment of the substance of the applications
  • Financial review of proposed budgets
  • Award decision and announcement

Initial Screening of Application

In the initial screening, sometimes called a basic minimum requirements review, the grants team will check each proposal to make sure it includes all the requirements to qualify for the grant. What the specific requirements are will vary for each grant, but common elements are – eligibility, whitepaper, stage of development and budget attachment.

The key for the initial screening is that the grants team is looking for the presence of the required element, not the quality of the element. If your application does not meet all of these basic requirements, then your application is likely to be rejected.

Programmatic Review and Assessment of Applications

The remaining applications undergo a thorough review and assessment for their technical and programmatic quality and competency. Again, this varies depending on the type of grant you applied for. We plan to open up the review process to the community later and allow for public voting.

A common format is a peer review panel of at least three people, who assess and score each application independently. Then, the peer review panel will convene to discuss the merits of the applications. A series of policies and assurances are in place to maintain a fair, objective process based on material facts in the applications and without conflicts of interest (COI) for the peer reviewers. The Expanse Grants staff monitor and participate in this review process.

Financial Review

While an application may have technical and programmatic quality, your budget also needs to be well-documented and realistic. The Expanse Grants team conducts a cost analysis, reviewing each line item and the overall proposed budget to ensure compliance with statutory and financial regulations. Additionally, the financial review also factors in the total budget for the grant program in relation to how much money each application requests.

GRANT AWARD PHASE

Once we complete the application review process, the Award Phase begins. The final award decisions rest solely in the hands of the Expanse Grants staff with fiduciary responsibility and legal authority to enter into binding agreements. Expanse Grants staff review and make award recommendations based on the programmatic and financial reviews of the applications. These recommendations are reviewed by a series of levels in the agencies to ensure high-quality, fair, and unbiased decisions.

NOTICE OF AWARD

Once the final award decisions are made, the awarding agency sends a Notice of Award (NOA) to the entities selected for funding. The NOA is the official, legally binding issuance of the award. When you or your organization accepts the grant (i.e., by signing the grant agreement or by drawing down funds) you become legally obligated to carry out the full terms and conditions of the grant.

GRANT POST AWARD PHASE

The post award phase comprises a significant amount of work over the duration of the award dates, which includes implementing the grant, reporting progress, and completing the closeout requirements. The Expanse Grants team that gives the award to you is also there to assist you and ensure that you or your organization complies with the grant terms and conditions. Your job is to faithfully and diligently carry out the grant program.

REPORTING

The agency monitors your progress and expenditures through various programmatic and financial reporting procedures, as well as using performance metrics per the grant agreement. While the majority of award recipients carry out the grants ethically and efficiently, these monitoring procedures are necessary to maintain transparency and to prevent fraud and abuse.
The awarding team typically has a grants management officer and program officer designated to each grant, both of which you will work with throughout the life of the grant. They are the ones who will review reports and conduct site visits, so we recommend you build an effective line of communication with these staff members. It is better to prevent issues by talking to your grant and program officers to clarify grant terms or expectations than it is to submit a report and wait for problems to be identified and recourse initiated.

The specific reporting requirements, schedules, and systems can vary for each grant, so please check with your grant management officer for the grant terms and conditions carefully for this information.

CLOSEOUT

The closeout step is where the grant process ends. In order to complete a closeout, you, the award recipient, must submit the final financial and programmatic reports. The receipt must submit all financial, performance, and other reports required under the grant within 90 days after the grant award expires or is terminated. The Expanse Grants staff will review these reports to ensure compliance will all the grant terms and conditions as well as to make sure you spent all the funds appropriately.

How do you know when a grant is officially over?

The Expanse Grants team will confirm that the recipient has completed all of the required grant work and all the applicable administrative tasks. Until the Expanse Grants team confirms this, you are still responsible for fulfilling all the terms of the grant. The closeout process can take several months if there are financial concerns or questions to reconcile. Also, if you or your organization acquired any property using grant funding, the closeout step is when you must make sure to handle this property exactly as the grant stipulates, which includes completing the appropriate reports on this property. Lastly, you are typically required to retain your grant records for at least three years from the date of the final expenditure report.


Strategic Partnership Between Expanse and AnyTrade


AnyTrades was born as a project that seeks to provide crypto users with access to the benefits of large capitals, regardless of the amount they have at their disposal. Thanks to the backup capital and the strategies they have designed / implemented, they can offer this service in which the user who wants to sell small quantities of cryptocurrencies simply registers on the platform and accesses excellent prices that only large volumes can get.

The business model of AnyTrades is based on offering the customer security, speed and fair prices. As mentioned above, when managing a backup capital, AnyTrades can afford to make immediate payments to their users without the need for them to wait for AnyTrades to collect both their cryptocurrencies and those of others. This is because AnyTrades receives continuous real-time feedback of the volume they collect daily and their reserves.

AnyTrades allows the user to obtain their fiat currency without the need to pay high commissions, expose themselves to possible scams or lose their funds irretrievably due to ignorance of the proper use of the different platforms.

AnyTrades has a large market within the Steemit community, made up of people who are committed to the growth of projects that have a solid purpose that allows them to change the lives of millions of people. AnyTrades has amassed a portfolio of more than 1,500 clients from various regions in just 2 months, the majority of whom are located in Venezuela, a country where there is great interest in the use and development of blockchain-based projects due to the great benefits that this technology provides in terms of quality of life.

AnyTrades and Expanse are both projects that share a common ideology; the philosophy that people must be allowed to turn their dreams into something real and they need only to be empowered with the wherewithal to achieve that.

AnyTrades wishes to make Expanse known to their community through their channels of direct communication with users – Discord, Steemit, Telegram, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Email and their website.

Currently, they intend to start with two specific strategies:

  • Facilitate the fast and secure acquisition of subscriptions to the Expanse Twitch channel through AnyTrades platform.
  • Through the AnyTrades platform, user can buy Expanse through fiat currencies like Bolivars, Argentine Pesos, Chilean Pesos, Dollars or other currencies through PayPal.

AnyTrades is working on creating tutorials in Spanish on how to mine Expanse through Twitch and various articles that explain in detail the characteristics of the project to new users. This informative content, they believe, will reach a wider community that will benefit both AnyTrades as well as Expanse.

Compelling Quotes from our Discord Community


In every newsletter, we’ll be featuring a few awesome quotes by members of our Discord community. It seems only apt that the first quote be from our CEO and Expanse.tech founder, the General himself, Christopher Franko, in response to that ridiculous Weiss Report.

“The vision of Expanse is powerful. We are talking about open and honest elections, brand new form of governance, liberated equity, liquid identities and self sovereignty.. it’s no wonder why we have such an uphill battle… We are working on stuff that strikes them where it hurts. They don’t want to see us empowered.”

The second one is from a Discord Spanish Community member, who says that:

“En la mineria hace falta solo una cosa.. paciencia..” This means that “In mining, all you need is patience.”

The third quote is from another Discord Spanish community member, who says,

“Entre hacer y no hacer, siempre hacer,” which means “Between doing and not doing, always do!”

And finally, this fortnight’s final awesome quote is from Omar Alvarez, the Creative Director of Expanse and CEO of GameBoard.

“The socialist governments base their policies on collecting taxes from those who can pay and giving freebies to all equally. How does that make sense when everybody does not work with the same eagerness and strength? Such policies only create inequality and increases poverty. We hate socialist governments but we ask to be treated like this… Gentlemen, this community will not be built like that, it will be built upon the blood and sweat of all in a bid to improve our lives as we work. Nothing is free and there is no glory in getting what we want given to us as charity. Want a better Expanse and price? Then I invite you to work to achieve it!”

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/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his 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!


 

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EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.9 – 5/15/2018

Welcome to the ninth 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:

  • Expanse Booth on the Collision Conf 2018
  • Developer updates for the Gander 2.0 and Expanse Wallet 2.0
  • New exchanges and other important updates
  • CollabMining a new project on the Spanish Community

Expanse Booth on the Collision Conf 2018

Omar Alvarez and Marcia Danzeisen was at the Collision Conference 2018.  The Collision conference is a conference that takes place in the city of New Orleans, LA. and brings together large companies, presenters, and projects in the tech industry.  We had the opportunity that week to meet many enterprises interested in using Expanse. Although it is not an exclusive event of this topic, we have received many requests for integrations and collaborative work.

We have started talks with projects that are interested in partnering with Expanse.  Such projects include: geolocation – or applications for notification of indicators for trading, human resources platform – to have a record in the blockchain, a professional profile company – similar to Linkedin, and AIRTM – one of the largest exchange platforms in Latin America.

We will present an alliances upon each agreement and will welcome them to our community. There are very important projects that allow the growth of Expanse.  The Expanse team will be participating in other conferences and we invite you to visit our events section.

 

Developer updates

At least once a month in a newsletter, we want to provide our community with technical updates on the projects we’re working on to show the internal development and ongoing progress.  Members who follow these updates closely will be able to see how near we are to launching a new project.

Expanse Wallet 2.0

The new Expanse desktop wallet interacts with the Expanse blockchain to store, send, and receive EXP.  Version 2.0 will provide more features to compared to prior version

The following notes have been completed:

UI Designing UI designing of Send Funds, Receive Funds, Participate, Dashboard, Contracts has been completed
UI Development UI development of Send Funds, Receive Funds, Participate, Dashboard, Contracts has been completed
Frontend Development ElectronJS is used as a front end development framework and BabelJS
Features ● Get EXP balance

● Balance conversion to different currencies

● Contracts

● Watch contracts

● Watch token

● Expanse: accounts

● Expanse: blocks

Use Case Document Use Case document for wallet is in progress

Gander 2.0

Gander is a Blockchain explorer for the Expanse Blockchain.  This version will provide more details compared to previous versions.

The following notes have been completed:

Database Cluster of 2 databases has been setup. MongoDb is used as primary database and ArangoDb is used as secondary  database.
Real-time Messaging Queue Apache Kafka is used as a real-time messaging queue engine. A cluster of apache kafka has been set up and it has been tested with blocks data coming from expanse blockchain.
Real-time Processing Apache Storm is used as a real-time processing engine. Cluster of storm has been set up and tested with blocks data to pre-process data before ingestion to databases.
Search Engine Elasticsearch is used as a searching engine. A cluster of elasticsearch has been set up and tested with expanse blockchain data.
Micro-services Few micro-services has been launch to gather all data from expanse blockchain, passes data to messaging queue system, pre-process data and ingest data to primary and secondary databases.
SRS SRS version 1 for Gander
Use Case Document Use Case document for Gander
Technical Solution Document Technical solution document version 1
UI Designing UI designing of Home, Address, Transactions, Blocks pages
UI Development UI designing of Home, Address, Transactions, Blocks pages
Frontend Development Webpack (Javascript framework) is used for front-end development and it has been tested.
Release 1st release of Gander is on 6th of June 2018. The release will include all data ingestion of blocks data coming from expanse network and building of data pipeline for real-time ingestion.

TokenLab

Tokenlab is an ICO and smart contract management platform

The following notes have been completed or in progress:

Database Cluster of 2 databases has been setup. MongoDb is used as primary database and ArangoDb is used as secondary  database.
Real-time Messaging Queue Apache Kafka is used as a real-time messaging queue engine. A cluster of apache kafka has been set up and it has been tested with blocks data coming from expanse blockchain.
Real-time Processing Apache Storm is used as a real-time processing engine. Cluster of storm has been set up and tested with blocks data to pre-process data before ingestion to databases. Apache Spark will be used in parallel with storm for in memory data processing.
Search Engine Elasticsearch is used as a searching engine. A cluster of elasticsearch has been set up and tested with expanse blockchain data.
SRS SRS version 1 for TokenLab has been completed
Use Case Document Use Case document is 40% completed.
UI Designing Wireframe of pages is in progress
Smart Contract Development Learning 1 resource has been trained to write smart contracts and few others are planned to do so.
UI Development Dependent on UI designing
Frontend Development Webpack (Javascript framework) is used for front-end development and its has been successfully tested. Decore BIP39 javascript library is used for creating HD wallets and on we have put one resource for learning the framework.

Other updates

Expanse has been added in SimpleSwap.io a platform that allows easy and simple exchange between other cryptocurrencies

We have also been added to Xchange.me with thousands of other cryptocurrencies to exchange with.

  Having forms of market verification is very important, recently Expanse has more accurate information in Coinlib.io there you can find and compare with other platforms the price and market cap of Expanse, an excellent point of reference to keep you informed.

 

Expanse CollabMining

The Spanish Community started with the Collaborative Mining, in this activity seeks to encourage other miners to mine Expanse. To participate, the pool is configured and every participant uses the same Wallet. Expanse provides a prize for the first 3 miners that contributes with more power, the rest of the profits are divided among the participants in an equitable manner. In the first test 12 miners were mining for 48 hours and each team member received their share of the mining and prizes.

It is a learning activity for those who are just starting and want to learn how to mine Expanse, it was done in conjunction with MinandoAndo.com and it has been very rewarding.

 

 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.8 – 5/1/2018

Welcome to the eighth 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:

  • Expanse.Tech™ Exhibits at Collision Conference in New Orleans
  • The BiteBTC Exchange Lists LAB and Expanse. (There is more to this story.)
  • CryptoBridge Issues New Roadmap with LAB and Expanse Listings Set for July
  • CryptoDonate Set to Add Expanse
  • See the Expanse Roadmap At-A-Glance
  • Last But Far from Least: Introducing the New Tokenlab™ RoadMap.

Expanse Designated Featured Start-up; Merits Booth in Alpha Exhibits

For the second year, Expanse has been designated an Alpha Start-up. This distinction merits a branded booth where conference attendees can meet Expanse team members to discuss partnerships, ambassador programs, Expanse employment openings, and more. Hosted this year by Omar Alvarez, Chief Creative Officer, and Marcia Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer. Also in attendance from Expanse are Frank Lopez, MIchael Simpson and Carlos Zavala. Stop by to say hello at Booth 308, on Wednesday, May 2.

Omar Alvarez arrives in New Orleans from Guatemala ready to focus on everything Expanse  https://collisionconf.com

 


BiteBTC Exchange Lists Tokenlab (LAB) and Expanse (EXP)

Singapore-based BiteBTC officially communicated to the Expanse management team that LAB and EXP are listed on their cryptocurrency trading platform. Sure enough, they do now appear on the exchange. Here’s the catch: due to Singapore law, a strict KYC process must first clear users to enable trading and deposit of funds.


CryptoBridge Issues New Roadmap with LAB and Expanse Listings Set for July

Popular decentralized exchange, CryptoBridge, notified the Expanse team in January that they are planning to list EXP and LAB. In their new roadmap, they project that they will be ready to add ERC-20 token support for Ethereum clones (specifically naming EXP) in July. Let the countdown begin!

Excerpt of CryptoBridge New Roadmap


CryptoDonate Set to Accept Expanse

For those of you participating in the Twitch streaming experience now in place in the Expanse Discord channel (discord.me/expanse), get ready for an even more robust streaming experience. Soon we will have the ability to add even more virtual currencies to your stream and receive alerts when you receive tips from the community. Stay tuned for more information to follow, as we add more features to increase the benefits of your interaction with the Expanse community. .

 


Introducing the New Tokenlab™ Roadmap

There’s an oft-used saying:”Don’t rush things.  Anything worth having is worth waiting for”. This is the approach we have taken with re-engineering the Tokenlab Roadmap. We are extremely excited to present the plan, enhancements, and amazing new features.

“The Tokenlab design philosophies, we’ve made sure to focus on are self-service and modularity,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder. “We’ve constructed a plan to ensure that anyone who wants to do a crowdsale can pick and choose the modules they need for their specific project.”

Our clients can take the modules they need and run them stand-alone or in combinations, launching them on the Expanse blockchain. It’s all about ICOs made easy.

Our lead architect, Asim Ashfaq, has built a phenomenal team of developers, project managers, and designers who are 100 percent focused on Tokenlab. Watch for a complete profile of Asim and his team in the May 15 newsletter. Also, we are planning several live-stream sessions focused on answering your questions and garnering input as we go down this exciting new path together.


Introducing the Expanse Roadmap

Expanse is the glue that holds us all together. Christopher Franko had the vision to share this philosophy, “If you can dream it, Expanse can help you do it.”

 


EXPANSE DISCORD

We recently launched Expanse Discord, Discord is a communication system much like Slack, but Discord has much better security and is safer for users. So due to greater security, we have switched from Slack to Discord for the community. To speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community, we suggest signing up for Discord. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


GET INVOLVED BY BECOMING AN EXPANSE AMBASSADOR

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/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his 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!


RECENT ARTICLES AND VIDEOS ABOUT EXPANSE

 

Create tokens for your ideas

Create your own tokens and crowdfund your ideas with Tokenlab

“Crowdfunding” has gained quite a bit of momentum with the arrival and popularization of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Hundreds of companies in the blockchain space have raised billions of dollars using crowdfunding in the last year and a half. In the simplest terms, crowdfunding means collecting funds for a business from the crowd, the general public. members of the crowd contribute small amounts so as not too much of a burden on anyone. Pooled together, it can become a reasonably large sum for the business.

Crowdfunding may be donation-based (participants expect nothing in return for their donations), reward-based (some rewards are expected in return for contribution), or equity-based (ventures offer a share in the business equity against contribution). There are certain conditions that have to be met in order to invest in a reward-based or equity-based crowdfunding campaign, and for the exchange of value to take place in a fair manner for all the parties involved.

Blockchain offers a perfectly automated platform that is ideal for crowdfunding, as smart contracts can be formulated with pre-defined conditions for the contributors as well as those seeking contribution. These contracts can be executed to issue either rewards or proof of equity to those who contribute to a venture.

Cryptocurrency combined with blockchain technology can actually be a great channel to connect those who have small amount of spare money and want to invest it but don’t want to deal with the complexities that come with investing in a business, with those who have some fantastic business ideas but don’t have enough money to fund those ideas.

Since more than half the population of the world has an internet connection, billions of people are connected and know about things happening all around the globe in real time. It is well known that small and medium businesses all around the world need more funds. Crowdfunding as a source of business funding is becoming increasingly popular and with the help of social media, it is easier than ever to circulate innovative ideas and attract investors. And since cryptocurrency is literally borderless, your business idea can get funded by people from any part of the world, provided there is mutual trust and consent. Trust comes embedded with blockchain, since no one can hack or freeze your crypto wallet or steal your crypto identity.

If you have an awesome business idea, or own a small startup that you want to expand, you can make use of blockchain technology to fund your business by creating digital tokens on a blockchain that allow you to pre-sell your products/services or grant equity in the business to the buyers of these tokens. Popular as ICO or Initial Coin Offering, the mechanism of raising funds with the help of crypto tokens on blockchain allows entrepreneurs to connect with resources that are secure and give them the much needed financial muscle, minus the inefficiency of traditional financial institutions. These crypto tokens can be purchased against cryptocurrencies, and can be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges. So in essence, an ICO is as good as shares and securities that the traditional stock market deals in.

An ICO is the way for entrepreneurs to leverage blockchain technology to gain access to resources freely, without involving a third party, along with additional benefits of security and flexibility. There is some regulatory compliance involved and technical expertise required for this purpose, but you don’t have to worry at all, since Tokenlab is here to help you! You need not be a developer or a blockchain expert who is experienced in building ICOs or coding smart contracts. With Tokenlab’s safe and easy platform, all it takes is a few clicks to start a fundraising campaign for your business idea. You can even keep track of the performance of your campaign and helps you gauge public engagement.

With Tokenlab  users can start a new campaign by keying in some simple information like start and end date of the campaign, target amount that they intend to raise, and price of the tokens offered. The number of tokens will depend on the price of the token and the target amount. You can run staggered campaigns, like a pre-sale and then token sale, and once your campaign is successfully completed, you can issue tokens to those who have contributed to your venture.

Tokenlab has its own ERC644 token, LAB, which is the underlying token or standard token for all transactions. It is transferable and you need to burn some LAB tokens to create your own token for your campaign. Tokenlab is a utility exclusively meant to make the ICO creation process simple, safe and secure for entrepreneurs. It allows users to create assets on the Expanse blockchain platform.

Tokenlab is here to revolutionize the way business is done and to bring true democracy in equity investment, making it simple for entrepreneurs to raise funds for their business while also allowing them to create their own tokens, having complete control of their venture.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.7– 4/15/2018 EXPANSE BOOTH COLLISION 2018 TECH CONFERENCE, NEW EXPANSE WALLET, BETTING WITH EXP, COINOMI ADDED TO ITUNES

Welcome to the seventh 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. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.


EXPANSE BOOTH COLLISION 2018 TECH CONFERENCE

We have some very exciting news for our community: Expanse was accepted into Collision 2018! So we will be showing Expanse at our own private booth at this prestigious conference, April 30 – May 3rd. This is truly our time to shine, so please come join us if you can. If you want to go, make sure to get started with reservations now, as there will also be a Jazz Festival at the same time and Hotel space is quite limited.

The Collision Technology Conference in New Orleans will have a vast variety of technology companies that go well beyond Blockchain, so this means countless new opportunities for the Expanse project to show how we can provide them effective Blockchain-based solutions. One of our key partners, Gameboard, we met at Collision 2017, and now we are working together extremely closely, to the point they have a position on our team.

In fact, by far the most important conference we have attended, and we have been at a lot of them, was Collision 2017 — When we were accepted to present as an Alpha Start-Up. Now, Expanse is much stronger and in a way better position to really impress the people at the Collision Conference. Most of the team will also be there, and now we have a lot to show off with our brand refresh and accomplishments. This is a great place to meet us while we are presenting Expanse to the world.

https://collisionconf.com

 


NEW EXPANSE WALLET

Our team has been busy working on a new wallet with powerful and unique features, along with a cool look that fits with the Expanse colors and designs. Some of the new features of this wallet are that you can trade within the wallet and buy Tokens, almost like a decentralized built in exchange that could be expanded in the future. Beyond that, great features like ease of moving wallets to different machines with a QR code. Here is what the lead wallet dev Asim said about it. “Yes, I have 10 EXP accounts on a desktop machine. Now I want to import into my laptop; old way, I import all accounts one by one, With new wallet, I transfer all accounts from my desktop to laptop just by scanning a QR code.”

Below are some more of the screenshots of the Wallet under development, and it is really in the polishing up stages at this point; nearly ready as you can see:

He also provided shots of the new Block Explorer that can be accessed with the wallet, so here are those:

As for the exact release date, when it is absolutely 100% ready beyond any possible doubt, but it is on the way.


BET WITH EXPANSE AT CRYPTOSPORTSBET.WORLD

Expanse was added at cryptosportsworld.world through the tech of coinpayments, so you can now gamble with EXP on sports. Of course, assuming this is legal in your location and that varies around the world. Simply visit this site and sign up, and then follow the instructions, and you can place your bets!

https://cryptosportsbet.world/eng


COINOMI ADDED TO APPLE’S ITUNES

Coinomi on itunes with Expanse

We have some very exciting news for Apple users, Coinomi has been added to Apple iTunes, which means you can now store EXP on all your Apple mobile devices! Simply go to iTunes at this address and download the wallet, Install and follow all the provided instructions they give you once you install the App. Please be sure to give Coinomi a great review if you like having EXP on your Apple device as well. If possible please mention Expanse in your review if you want to help the exposure, adoption, and the value of your EXP. Little things like that help more than you can imagine.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coinomi-wallet/id1333588809?mt=8


EXPANSE SPONSORS A JUNIOR BASEBALL TEAM

EXPANSE SPONSORS A JUNIOR BASEBALL TEAM

Expanse is the only crypto with a Baseball team! Yes, this is a team for kids and not major league, but it is very cost effective and it helps people out, and gives Expanse some real world exposure outside of the normal world of crypto. In the end, Christopher Franko just loves helping and charity, and this was something he really wanted to do. Here are a few photos of the Expanse team kids playing Baseball:


MONDAY IS SPANISH DAY FOR EXPANSE STREAM MINING

Expanse is growing rapidly in areas that speak Spanish, and we will really be kicking this into high gear shortly with even more locations. Omar of Expanse is now hosting Spanish Days for Expanse Stream mining, so if you speak Spanish, or don’t and just want to Stream mine and perhaps learn a bit, that is fine. The best way to find out more about this is to simply join our Discord channel and ask. Everyone will be glad to help. We also have a dedicated Spanish channel there to make it more convenient for those speaking Spanish to find help and our community quickly.

 

 

 

 

 


EXPANSE DISCORD

We recently launched Expanse Discord, Discord is a communication system much like Slack, but Discord has much better security and is safer for users. So due to greater security, we have switched from Slack to Discord for the community. To speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community, we suggest signing up for Discord. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


GET INVOLVED BY BECOMING AN EXPANSE AMBASSADOR

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/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his 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!


RECENT ARTICLES AND VIDEOS ABOUT EXPANSE

How we can create a frictionless society with the help of blockchain technology

 

Blockchain, in simple terms, is a peer-to-peer digital ledger of records, which is distributed and accessible to all nodes that are part of the ecosystem. The nodes may be in any part of the world, and the data shared on the ledger can range from contracts to payments to votes to accounts to transfer of ownership. Sharing and storing of data is completely secure and private. Since the data runs and gets recorded on multiple devices simultaneously, there is no chance of tampering, making the system transparent and immutable at the same time.

As more and more aspects of our lives have been taken over by the internet, like shopping, banking, travel bookings and plethora of other services, there is need for more secure platforms since there is a lot of information exchange happening online, and the internet has failed its users several times (data leaks, hacked and modified data, etc.). Blockchain technology, with its smart codes and contracts, is the perfect keeper of that information. The exchange of data is automated and hack-proof. What you put up on blockchain cannot be changed by anyone, and again, you cannot put up just anything on the blockchain since a transaction has to fulfill certain parameters and be verified before it gets a place on the blockchain.

What makes Blockchain so efficient that it can help create a frictionless society?

For one, it offers absolute data security, complete ownership of the data and enormous savings in cost and time in conducting financial transactions along with complete transparency for all parties involved. There is no chance of fraud, no doubt about authenticity and no need of intermediaries, and the cost thereof.  Smart contracts on blockchain are based on algorithms that run without human intervention, and are also error-free.

It is simple, without the need of elaborate documents like conventional institutions doing the same job, and thus, within everyone’s reach. With decentralization of data, there is no chance of bias or loss/theft/manipulation of data. This gives participants complete control of data/assets and makes the ecosystem trustworthy or more precisely, “trustless”.

Governments all over the world are entrusted with protecting their people, executing measures and plans to boost prosperity of their people and to provide a variety of services (legal and financial, for example) to their people. As the world moves ahead, business is happening between not just regions in a country but between countries too, and every country having a different set of rules and laws of doing business, more often than not, acts as a hindrance to global development.

Blockchain can help in conducting seamless transactions between individuals and businesses belonging to different countries, making the society practically frictionless.

Another divide that can be addressed with the help of blockchain is that between rapidly developing urban centers and underserved rural regions. Rural populations have little or no access to legal or financial services and as a result, are left to struggle for survival with meager means. Blockchain can help in better distribution of resources and can help the government take proactive measures to provide and deploy resources where they are needed the most.

Emergency services like disaster management can become more efficient with the help of blockchain technology. While bureaucracy has its constraints when it comes to aiding those who have been hit by natural disasters, blockchain can help overcome those constraints and gather help from all quarters with efficient monitoring of aid. Also, when people donate for those in need, they can be assured that their donations would reach the right people instead of landing up in the pockets of corrupt officials.

Cryptocurrencies can be the solution to all problems that are associated with standard fiat currency, and its now well-known salient features are making them more acceptable among people, without any interference from any government. Crypto transactions can happen based on smart contracts without any additional legal regulation. Corporates can also pay their employees, suppliers or shareholders in any part of the world without any hassle. The bank, as the trusted but not a very helpful third party, will soon become redundant and cryptocurrencies will replace more than 25% of world currencies.

Managing and storing identity records will become simpler and safer on blockchain. Once on the blockchain, they cannot be modified or stolen, and a single digital identity could be your global passport to access any service you need. Cyber security will become a reality, with authentic cyber identities.

Just as the internet brought information to our fingertips with platforms for sharing music, news, photos etc., blockchain will bring clarity and authenticity to all the information, be it about people, about money or about governments. People of the world, divided by political borders, can come together and progress together as a unified force with the help of blockchain technology, since it comprises of a global currency and honest dealings between autonomous networks of individuals.

Some broad applications of Blockchain

Blockchain is so versatile and adaptive, almost anything that can be expressed in code can be recorded on blockchain, and some examples are,

  • Birth and death records
  • Digital assets
  • Contracts
  • Educational records
  • Medical records
  • Insurance claims
  • Financial transactions

 

The bottomline

If there ever was a time for the common masses all over the world to be a part of something truly unifying and empowering, it is now. Blockchain, with its numerous benefits, is capable of paving the way for a decentralized governance system that is uniform and fair for everyone, where there is no need to pay exorbitant fees for simple services, and where getting connected to the right people for your business is not a distant dream, where voting will be simple, private yet transparent, and can be verified accurately and swiftly.

The best part of it all is that you need not be a blockchain expert or a technology geek to be a part of the blockchain ecosystem. Expanse.tech has a platform ready for you for sharing and storage of data or conducting financial transactions. It is the world’s first stable fork of Ethereum and can be used to create any kind of project. If you have a vision, just hop onto Expanse and explore the endless possibilities of this revolutionary new technology.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.6 – 4/1/2018 EXPANSE BRAND REFRESH WEBSITE LAUNCHED, STREAM MINING EXP, NEW ROADMAP PUBLISHED, EXPANSE AMBASSADORS

Welcome to the sixth 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. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.


EXPANSE BRAND REFRESH WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Our long awaited brand refresh and new website has launched! We are thrilled to report that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The past websites were functional and worked, but we really felt we had to take the time to make this the best we could. As we were making it, more features just kept creeping in and being added, to make it even better. The Expanse community now has a vastly superior website that is clean, simple, informative, and most importantly, engaging and unique rather than ‘blockchain-boring.

Another advantage of this refresh is that we can now quickly modify and improve it when needed, which can be often. Updating it is highly efficient and allows changes without wasting too much time or precious resources. Without a doubt, this is a night and day improvement to the site, which is the very first place most people will start checking out Expanse. Our website is essentially like an open home that we show to the world and then invite inside, so it makes complete sense to build it up the curb appeal and make it the best house on the block. That is what we are doing.

Please check it out for yourself if you have not already, and if you hold Expanse, remember that the community, that is all of us, is truly what will make Expanse grow or remain a hidden gem. Every like, share, tweet, even a simple emoji smile builds our community and project stronger, happier, more productive. More likely to actually make a real difference in our lives and the world. So please make sure and check out the new site and share with others if you really want Expanse to grow.

https://expanse.tech/

STREAM MINING EXP

The Expanse team is proud to announce we have created ‘the world’s first’ stream mining system powered by the tech of tokenlab. This is a unique system for “mining” Expanse by watching our live Twitch streams. Disclaimer: This does not secure the blockchain. That is done with traditional proof of work mining, but this is a way to earn rewards akin to mining without needing all the hardware. Easy as it can be, you can use any computer or mobile device that can watch a Twitch stream to stream mine EXP. Here is a quick summary of how simple and easy this all is to earn your free rewards:

  1. Sign up for twitch.
  2. Go to www.twitch.tv/expanseofficial.
  3. Just have the stream open,

You earn 1 EXPB (Expanse Bits) per 10 min just for being in there lurking.
If you have twitch prime, you can subscribe and earn even more EXPB.

EXPB can be used at the streamelements.com/expanseofficial/store to buy expanse and a T-shirt.

If there is any of this you do not understand, the amazing Expanse community would love to help with any questions. Simply join the Expanse Discord to chat with one of the friendliest and more helpful communities out there, link below:

https://Discord.me/expanse

 

NEW 2018 AND BEYOND ROADMAP PUBLISHED

Our Expanse Roadmap outlines our goals and strategic initiatives. There is no lack of mojo among the Expanse team members, who are brimming with creative and imaginative ideas for projects that just make life better. Subject to change as priorities evolve, our talented development team has plotted out about 18 months forward on the new roadmap.

EXPANSE LIVE STREAM

Earn EXP through participation in discussions with Expanse team members.

DISCORD TIP BOT

Earn EXP through community participation.

WEBSITE REFRESH

Visit our new site at www.expanse.tech.

EXPANSE WHITE PAPER 2.0

Read our newly updated whitepaper.

TOKENLAB™ MVP

Leverage our fully automated token-creation and management dApp for your ICO.

MIST WALLET REDESIGN

Store your tokens in our upgraded Mist wallet with a myriad of new features.

GANDER MVP 2

Use the Expanse Blockchain Explorer platform with a sophisticated new design.

EXPLIST.ME

Download the dApp to learn everything you need to know about your destination.

CONTENT CREATION STRATEGY

Benefit from rich content delivery across a variety of platforms.

STREAMCOINS

Mine EXP on Twitch.

EXP.LIFE MVP

Earn rewards for experiencing your life goals and aspirations.

EXR 2.0

Earn and manage your rewards generated through holding EXP.

VOTELOCK 2.0

Use our second generation, Blockchain-based voting system

POOL REDESIGN

Join our Expanse mining pool redesigned for higher profits,

STATS REDESIGN

Track your EXP mining results using our enhanced statistics mechanisms.

EXP.GOV (DAO)

Participate in decision-making for Expanse priorities through our Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

BORDERLESS IDENTITY MANAGEMENT

Protect your identity securely and immutably on the blockchain.

EXP.ATM

Exchange EXP for USD from one of our multi-location branded terminals.

EXP.PAY

Transact instantly and seamlessly across the street or across the globe.

EXP.GRANTS

Apply for grants for your favorite cause or for your own betterment.

STREAMCOINS MVP

Use our enhanced approach to mine EXP on Twitch.

FORUM REDESIGN

Join our newly enhanced mining forum for networking and collaboration.

HYBRID POW/POS

Implement a combination of Proof of Work and Proof of Stake processes.

EVMD

Create your own Private Smart Contracts using EVMD.

DENDRITE

Implement Atomic Swappable smart contracts on the Expanse Blockchain.

GET INVOLVED BY BECOMING AN EXPANSE AMBASSADOR

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/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his 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!

COINMONKEY ADS EXPANSE

Coinmonkey scans all exchanges to give you the best rates. This helps with finding the absolute best prices for arbitrage trading, and is simply a very useful tool for traders. Check it out if you like at the following link:

https://coinmonkey.io/en/exchange/btc/exp#exchange:amount=0.1&give=BTC&get=EXP

AIO MINER NOW SUPPORTS EXPANSE

AIOMiner v.8.0 is now available for download on the AIOMiner Website. If you’re not familiar, check it out, AIOMiner is a /r/gpumining redditor-made mining tool aimed at making mining accessible to everyone, easy to set up, and easy to manage.

To read more about this new support please go to the following link:

https://www.reddit.com/r/ExpanseOfficial/comments/88gdgt/aiominer_v80_is_now_available_expanse_support/

EXPANSE MEET-UP SOUTH AFRICA

New Meet-ups are starting in South Africa, If you live in the area, make sure to stop in and meet other locals interested in Expanse!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, and every Week on Saturday

https://www.meetup.com/Expanse-The-First-Stable-Fork-Of-Ethereum/events/248809958/?_cookie-check=b5THLpZNeqzNBslq

RECENT ARTICLES AND VIDEOS ABOUT EXPANSE

Elections on a Blockchain? – Expanse

https://expanse.tech/elections-on-a-blockchain/

Posted March 28, 2018

Expanse (EXP): A Two Year Long Correction Coming to an End?

https://steemit.com/expanse/@haejin/expanse-exp-a-two-year-long-correction-coming-to-an-end

Posted March 26, 2018

The New and Improved Expanse Website is Here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vupNQewcQ

Posted March 26, 2018

 

How to Mine Expanse: Complete Beginner’s Guide

https://blockonomi.com/how-to-mine-expanse/

Posted March 25, 2018

 

Expanse Live Developer Update 1 – EXPLIST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfRRlB8dTow

 

Posted March 11, 2018

 

The 6D Approach to Gamification

https://medium.com/@Borderless/the-6d-approach-to-gamification-281391f51968

Posted March 5, 2018

 

New Expanse Mining Pool South America

https://exp.reidocoin.com.br/

Posted March 4, 2018

 

New Exchange Supports Expanse

https://ldvbank.com/en-us/trading/exp/ron/

Posted March 4, 2018

 

Expanse Live Stream

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mnGeXZNBrPKX

Posted March 3, 2018

 

Papa Johns Supports Borderless Charity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=A7mwgqRdgzE

Posted March 1, 2018

PRESS RELEASES

Borderless Corp., Inc. to Launch Expanse DAO

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/borderless-corp-inc-to-launch-expanse-dao-300551075.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Posted Nov 7, 2017

Borderless Corp. Inks Deal with Compound Films for Multimedia Creation Services for Tokenlab and its ICO Clients

http://www.einpresswire.com/article/409575287/borderless-corp-inks-deal-with-compound-films-for-multimedia-creation-services-for-tokenlab-and-its-ico-clients

Posted Oct 13, 2017

 

EXR (EXPANSE REWARDS) INSTRUCTIONS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Np7gQHJiKQ

http://forum.expanse.tech/topic/150/how-to-buy-bonds-and-redeem-your-coupon-using-the-expanse-bond-dapp-version-1-0-ebs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dzhbDCXyQM

DOWNLOAD THE EXPANSE REWARD SYSTEM (EXR)

https://github.com/expanse-org/bond-dapp/releases

LIST OF CURRENT PARTNERS, CLIENTS AND WORKING RELATIONS

AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS

http://www.axiapr.com/

COMPOUND FILMS

https://www.facebook.com/compoundfilms

JAXX

https://jaxx.io/

GAMEBOARD

Home

HONGICO

http://www.hongico.com/portal.php

CENTURYLINK

http://www.centurylink.com/

MICROSOFT AZURE

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-blockchain-update-7/

MICROSOFT BIZSPARK PLUS

https://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/startup/profile.aspx?startup=693057

CHANGELLY

https://changelly.com/exchange/BTC/EXP/1?ref_id=expanse

CHANKURA

http://chankura.com/

COINOMI

https://coinomi.com

EXPANSE DISCORD

We recently launched Expanse Discord, Discord is a communication system much like Slack, but Discord has much better security and is safer for users, so due to greater security we have switched from Slack to Discord for the community. To speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community we suggest signing up for Discord, thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse

LINKEDIN

Be sure to follow Expanse on Linkedin. Additionally, our lead marketing director, Marcia, is now taking lead at expanding and improving our LInkedin presence, as she is the most experienced with fortune 500 companies and Linkedin standards.

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/16212682/

EXPANSE TELEGRAM

If you prefer the Telegram platform you can follow and chat about Expanse here.

https://t.me/ExpanseTech

TOKENLAB TELEGRAM

This is the channel for Tokenlab on Telegram

https://t.me/tokenlab

TOKENLAB FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TokenLabIO

INTERLEDGER PROTOCOL OF RIPPLE XRP

Expanse is one of the first Alternative Blockchain projects to join ILP, Interledger protocol of Ripple. There are a few “Internet of Blockchain” projects out there, but this is perhaps the most promising of them all. Expanse is staying ahead of the curve and ready, just in case this works out and is a success. It is an open source project and anyone can join, but the Expanse team was one of the first to sign up to be a part of it back in September 2016.

SHOPPING WITH EXPANSE MADE EASY BY COINPAYMENTS

You can shop at many merchants right now using the Coinpayments Platform. We are one of the Alternative Tokens listed on Coinpayments, and they are a reliable trustworthy payment provider that works much like Bitpay does for Bitcoin.

https://www.coinpayments.net/

DOWNLOAD BORDERLESS TECH ALPHA PREVIEW

Current features include Marriages, Status updates, Web Of Trust, Notary, Citizenship, and many more features on the way soon!

https://github.com/borderlesstech/borderless-dapp/releases/

TOKENLAB WHITE PAPER

http://www.borderlesscorp.com/docs/tokenlab-whitepaper.pdf

EXPANSE WHITE PAPER

http://www.expanse.tech/docs/whitepaper.pdf

BORDERLESS WHITE PAPER

http://www.borderless.tech/docs/BorderlessWhitepaper.pdf

ADDITIONAL EXPANSE LINKS

VIDEOS

 

POOLS

Elections on a Blockchain?

Casting of votes is an important aspect of democracy. The whole idea of democracy is based on every person getting a say in the decision making process or of electing their representatives to collectively govern them all. Voting means giving your approval to a person, decision or opinion of your choice. It may be in the form of oral voting, paper voting, electronic voting, or a combination of any of these.

Voting is integral to ensuring that anyone and everyone can exercise their right to choose what they think is best for themselves. Almost all the governments in the world have been elected by the casting of votes by the citizens of the respective country.

We all have, at some point of time in our lives, cast votes. Be it for the selection of a group leader to electing our presidents and ruling parties. Traditionally, votes have been cast using paper ballots wherein people have been given sheets of paper to write down, or stamp on, the name of the person they wish to elect. These sheets are then put into ballot boxes and on the completion of the voting process, these boxes are emptied and the votes are counted. Another way of casting votes is through an Electronic Voting Machine or EVM. The names of the people who are contesting in the election are listed on the EVM. Against their names are buttons which, when pressed, is registered as a vote for them. Each vote is stored in the machine itself and once the voting process is done, all the EVMs are collected and the votes are tallied by uploading the data on a computer. Nowadays, companies and other institutions are also using the internet to conduct elections and accept votes. A registered voter can log in and select the option that they want and submit their vote.

Unfortunately, even though the motive behind voting is to be democratic, fair, and transparent, it is marred by the unethical and illegal practices that have plagued the system of voting for ages now. People in power have always tried to influence the results of voting. They use their influence to employ certain people involved in the election process to cast fake votes or threaten the voters to vote for them. There were a lot of videos circulating around the internet which showed clips of polling booths in Russia supposedly during its recent Presidential elections. These clips showed the officials in the booths putting in extra ballots into the box. These videos cannot be verified. However, the point being that it is easy to manipulate the results when votes are cast through paper ballots.

EVMs themselves are not free from being tamper proof. Some countries such as Germany, England, France and the Netherlands have banned the use of EVMs because they lack transparency and the legitimacy of the votes cannot be established. Also, there have been cases of EVMs being hacked and the votes being directed to the desired candidate. And as far as the internet goes, it is safe to say that nothing is impervious to being hacked on the internet. The major underlying concern is that there is no way to know the tally of votes until the results are out. And the declared result too is subject to being influenced, because there is no way to verify the actual count.

Under such circumstances, it becomes difficult to trust any mechanism which will ensure complete fairness and transparency of votes and elections. But technology has always enabled us to find solutions and better way of doing things. And coincidentally, technology has the answer for this problem as well.

The blockchain technology is revolutionary. It has ushered in an entirely new way of data recording and management. The technology is, at its core, democratic in nature. This means that the blockchain is beyond the control of any single person or entity. It achieves this by decentralizing the storage of data and information on a number of computers on a network. The data once recorded on a blockchain becomes permanent and it is almost impossible to hack in and mess with the data.

The blockchain technology is the reason behind the immense success of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Payments made through cryptocurrencies are extremely safe and there is no way that the transaction can be misappropriated or the currency stolen from the holder’s account. This technology can be very effectively used for casting and recording of votes without the typical concerns of traditional voting methods hindering the voting process ever again.

Votelock

Votelock has therefore been created to harness the benefits of the blockchain technology for making the voting system secure and provide transparent tools for anyone to audit the results. Votelock enables anyone to cast their votes from anywhere, with complete secrecy and security. The convenience of voting from anywhere in the world as long as you are a registered voter is unmatched and desirable in today’s scenario. Imagine the time and costs that can be saved by avoiding the use of polling booths and the manpower required in managing them. The voters need not take time out of their lives and go to a specific place to cast their votes. Votelock also enables the creation of customized ballots rapidly which will ensure control and secrecy. The control refers to the control over who will be given the permission to vote and not on the result.

Votelock will also promote utmost transparency by publishing each vote anonymously. This will ensure protection of the privacy of the voter and allow anyone to validate the elections.Votelock will also facilitate quick and verifiable results. These results will be accurate as well as confidence inspiring.Votelock therefore promises a better future for the voting system. All the persistent problems with the existing methods of voting will be eliminated by the application of the blockchain technology throughVotelock.

Elections may soon see an increased and enthusiastic participation from the voters owing to the convenience and transparency of Votelock and the confidence inspired by the blockchain technology.