EXPEX Listing Contest Winner, Ether-1

And we have a winner! Two weeks ago we announced that Expanse is having an EXPEX contest. The prize is that one lucky project will receive one year of listing on our decentralized exchange at no cost. That is a $10,000 USD value.  

We received hundreds of entries, and the winner of the free listing is the Ether-1 Project. The Ether-1 Project aims to completely disrupt  how information is shared and controlled. It is a fully decentralized hosting platform that combines blockchain indexing technology and the IPFS protocol to deliver decentralized content on-demand. It utilizes the node network for storage and bandwidth, along with providing DDoS protection, censorship resistance and high reliability due to not having any single points of failure. 

“We are thrilled to have won this listing and about the new exchange in general,” said Ether-1 Project Manager, @Primate411.  “We need more exchanges like EXPEX to stop relying on huge exchanges that don’t have the users’ interests at heart.”

“We are happy to welcome ETHO to our impending trading platform,” said Christopher  Franko, Expanse CEO and Founder. “It is a real credit to the ETHO-1 community members, whose loyalty and support led to the win.”

Congratulations Ether-1, and welcome to the Expanse ecosystem via EXPEX!

Compelling Quotes

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

From Christopher Franko:
“I’ve just kind of come to realize that we HAVE to treat development and crypto in general as a marathon instead of a sprint. We can only sprint for so long; we have been sprinting as an industry for nine years. Now that we have the co-opting of crypto happening from big industries like facebook, the stress to sprint is even higher. But maybe it’s better to just go back to our origins and focus on what made crypto great originally. It seems like a lot of our early adopters forgot. Because they got all that money and just stopped caring about the mission.”.

From a Community Member:
“Agree with @frk. No one really cares about privacy and financial freedom in 2019. Most of crypto anarchists are gone.”

From a Community Member:
“…this is where you have no choice but to admit you’ve got at least a pocket of libertarian ideals, if you truly care about it. What happened with the ICO phenomenon and the previous “moon” phase is a conundrum―global access (virtually), yet individual free choice of participation.

All the ETH- and EXP-style stuff is still very young, and we really don’t know exactly where it’s going. Any route any of this takes, and its clash with government desire to impose regulations (unless it benefits them economically–as it may the institutions the technology is “intended” to “circumvent”), at all, would be hard to argue ethically about. This dilemma is the reason it came about. The fight over its intent is happening and will continue to happen at every stage.”

Behind the Tech Featuring Dania Ilmas

Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor, interviewed Dania Ilmas, Expanse Project Manager. in regard to her new role with Expanse.

Dania Ilmas is the latest addition to Team Expanse. She is from Islamabad, Pakistan and works alongside Asim and his team from our Islamabad office.

Dania holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from COMSATS University, Islamabad, ranked amongst the top 10 universities in Pakistan.  

Thanks to her mother and uncle who both worked in the IT industry, growing up, technology was a big part of Dania’s life, ever since she was a little girl. “My family is very tech savvy and I had the opportunity to play around with computers from a very young age.” Dania regards her mother and uncle as the guiding light behind her interest in IT.

After finishing university, Dania started working as a .Net developer for a while and then shifted to Software Quality Assurance since she loved finding bugs and getting good quality software delivered to clients. Working in QA eventually exposed her to the crypto industry as she got involved in blockchain projects. She has been working in this field for the past one and a half years. 

Dania recently joined Expanse through a referral. “It’s been only a while but I am already enjoying my time here. The entire team is highly motivated and very encouraging.” She will be working for Expanse as a Project Manager and also in the quality assurance department. “My work is related to ensuring fixes, updates and newer versions/improvements in the project.” She also looks forward to getting involved with the community to understand its aspirations and deliver a better experience from her and her team’s end.

On being asked what excites her the most at Expanse, Dania says that it is the immense potential for growth. “It is always amazing to create new things and to add value to aspects that improve the existing project. Since Expanse is an Ethereum fork, I see a lot of potential there along with the ability to customize that can make this network unique.

Dania says that she looks forward to start work and getting her hands dirty with some exciting projects. “I am up for the challenge and hopefully I can find solutions to the things that will come my way.

Talking about her view of the crypto industry, Dania feels that the future of currency lies in crypto and blockchain. “Expanse can contribute greatly to this technology with the help of its dynamic community and will be able to innovate solutions that help us grow in the world of crypto.

Dania looks forward to working with Expanse and she feels that this is a turning point in her yet nascent career. She believes that this is a big opportunity for her to be part of the Expanse community that will be growing in the future as well.

World Youth Skills Day

The United Nations, at its General Assembly in November 2014, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. Expanse is proud to be part of a global recognition program that promotes technical skills. We recognize the need to empower more young people to pursue technology careers, specifically blockchain.

Over the last two years, our Chief Technology Officer, Asim Ashfaq, has hired five interns fresh from college and taught them to code. He puts them through intensive training in his state-of-the-art training center, then assigns them to tasks working on Expanse projects. All of the interns have either stayed on as Expanse developers or were placed with other developments teams. 

”All of my interns came fresh to me,” said Asim. “Now they are all pros in their field.”

Many thanks to Asim for his dedication and commitment to teaching our youth how to code!

EXPEX Listing Contest

Expanse is having an EXPEX contest! One lucky project will receive one year of listing on our decentralized exchange at no cost. That is a $10,000 USD value. Here’s how to participate and give your favorite project a boost: 

  1. “Like” the contest tweet:  https://twitter.com/ExpanseOfficial/status/1150950804209250304
  2. Type the name of the project/coin ticker in the comments below the tweet.
  3. Retweet the contest tweet. 

One lucky project will be selected randomly for the free year of listing. The contest ends July 30. Watch for the announcement of the winner in our August 1 newsletter. Spread the word!

Can Blockchain Win World Peace?

Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor, weighs in on the daunting impact Blockchain technology is positioning to have on the new world order. 

Every century has witnessed the development of a new technology which has changed the face of the world— from thermal power to electricity to the modern web. The technology of this century, which promises such revolutionary change is blockchain. It carries in itself the potential to impact and improve almost all the essential sectors which constitute a nation.

Perhaps the most vital and also the most unexplored territory which blockchain technology can influence is the peace at our borders. There are two sides to this. One is the changes that this technology can bring about in commerce and trade, which would eventually harbor world peace. The other is what blockchain can do as a technology other than its direct economic role.

‘Commerce as an Obstacle to War’

Thomas Watson, the former CEO of IBM, was of the opinion that commerce could be used to prevent nations from going to war against each other. He believed that financial interests and peace were mutually inclusive. So much so that he even had the slogan ‘World Peace Through World Trade’ written on IBM’s New World Headquarters in New York City.

In the present scenario, blockchain offers a solution— decentralization— which forms one of the core principles of the technology. This means the complete removal of a ‘middle-man’ or a ‘broker’ which includes any entity like a bank, a financial institution, or a government.

The global economic front is burning with trade wars. USA, China, Russia, and Iran are some of the key players. However, the entire global population bears the brunt of it when such economic policies result in inflation and other such crisis within countries which severely affects the buying power of the consumers.

At such times it is fair enough to assert that a need to replace fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies is felt deeply. While on the one hand, it can come as economic salvation for the general masses; on the other, it would give one less reason to the nations for initiating a war.

‘And the World Will be as One’

The USA has since long witnessed illegal immigration. According to data, in 2016, the total number of unauthorized immigrants amounted to 10.7 million, which constituted about 4% of the entire American population. Most of these unauthorized immigrants come from Mexico (about 52%); but data reveals that a considerable number of people get into the U.S. from Central America, South America, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Canada as well.

Moreover, the problem of illegal immigration is not only limited to the U.S., as countries like Canada, India, and the European nations face similar issues. While in some states, the unauthorized immigrants become, over a span of time, part of its economy; in other countries, they live either in deplorable conditions or are held in detention camps for years.

In such a situation, blockchain seems to be a better answer than a wall.

Blockchain technology can be used to maintain a digital record of the citizens in a country to keep a check on illegal infiltration at its borders. Digital currencies can further act as a tool for completely eradicating black money flow across the borders, stop the violence in these sensitive regions, and facilitate the fight against terrorism.

Other than this, blockchain technology can be utilized for various humanitarian causes. A perfect example is the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Building Blocks. This project was established in 2016, and it aimed to use decentralized digital ledger technology for making cash transfers. By January 2018, more than 100,000 Syrians who had taken refuge in Pakistan and Jordan availed WFP’s assistance. The blockchain-assisted project aims to provide provisions to all the 500,000 WFP-supported refugees in Jordan.

This is just one example. There are many other purposes which blockchain can serve. One worth mentioning is the conduction of fair elections by eliminating ‘death votes’ and other electoral fraud with the help of ledger technology for creating an infallible voting record system.

Parting Words: Understanding What Limits Blockchain Technology

The adage that everything can be good or bad depending on the intention with which it is used can be applied here too. While blockchain can have many humanitarian and progressive uses, it can also become a tool for oppression if used unchecked.

It is fair to conclude here that blockchain technology can not only give a leap to our economy but can also be used for establishing peace and order in the world when used by right hands for humanitarian and progressive goals. After all, what we choose to do with something as mundane as a stone- make a wall or a bridge- makes all the difference.

GameBoard Update

The GameBoard team continues to focus on their  platform designed to improve communication within a condominium community, BetterCondos. It improves with each iteration. The program consists of two main platforms The manager’s system and the tenant’s system. There are six modules:

  1. Registration module: management of properties and users.
  2. Reservations module: reservations of common areas and amenities.
  3. Account statement module: display of maintenance payment account status and points on the platform.
  4. Ticket module: facilitates the creation of tickets by category in a public or private way.
  5. Module of surveys: the system presents the user with a random form or survey that allows the user to earn points for answering it.
  6. Prizes module: presents the list of prizes for which users can choose to create public tickets.

The main basis of the BetterCondos application is in the gamified process. All of  the public work that the user completes is rewarded with gift cards in the platform, 

One of the most important things in the game is the Epic underlying theme, “Let’s work together to live in a better place.”

And last but not least, we’re having fun implementing Alexa for BetterCondos here in our office. So far, it enables the user to create a ticket or list your latest ones. Our first version is in Spanish.

The points management will be done with the GXP token on the Expanse platform. Watch for new features and news from BetterCondos and GameBoard in future newsletters.

Gander Release Progress

As we reported last month, Expanse Founder and CEO, Christopher Franko, defined the specifications for Gander v3. The specs include a slew of enhancements and new features. So as not to have Gander offline for any length of time, we’ve taken the approach of adding enhancements as we can. Today Asim outlined the following Gander additions since the last newsletter article, all of which will be live by the end of this week:

  • User can use our public API to get decoded information of transactions, blocks and uncles.
  • Contract input decoding script is in place and been tested right now, so in future you can view decoded contract input so they can be understandable.
  • Team is doing research on Block Reorg as per the directions by Chris for the remaining task of Gander.
  • All new graphs so anyone can view what’s happening on the network.

EXPEX Plan

Following is the timeline for EXPEX development and deployment. The dates on the infographic represent the various stages in the process. This plan was developed by our Project Management Office (Farwah) and blessed by Christopher and Asim. We will monitor progress closely and report back periodically.