Welcome to the twenty third edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:
- Tokenlab Beta-Test Begins
- Expanse Added to Guarda Wallet
- PIRL to List on EXPEX
- Behind the Tech – Farina Ashfaq
- Islamabad Office Goes Hollywood
- Gameboard Gets New Office Space
- Slips Update
- Chinese Community Update
Tokenlab Beta-Test Begins
Today is a big day for many of us who have remained committed to Tokenlab. The beta-test url has been posted for community members who signed up to test it. (The URL cannot be shared outside of this group of testers.)
We will keep you abreast of feedback and progress in the other Expanse Discord channels. This release is directly focused on the Token Wizard, which is a utility that creates and manages new tokens, then launches them on the Expanse blockchain. We will continue to add new features and refine existing ones during the test period. In the interim, we will be creating and communicating launch plans with dates. Stay tuned!
Expanse Added to Guarda Wallet
Guarda (@GuardaWallet) has welcomed Expanse to its mobile crypto wallet. Guarda is here to solve the daily multitasking issue. You can now store all your currencies in one light application with the ability to access them instantly.
Among its robust features, is that the wallet and the transaction history is available on any device. Restore the wallets, check the transactions or manage coins anywhere, at any time.
The wallet backup gets conveniently synchronised on multiple devices. To eliminate all the possible threats, the fresh data is available in the most recent backup. Enjoy!
PIRL to List on EXPEX
Applications are rolling in from projects who would like to list on the EXPEX DEX. Listing is free for the first ten utility tokens accepted.
Among tokens approved this week is PIRL. PIRL is a community based project that introduces the first Ethash Based Masternode to the blockchain ecosystem. The projects combines state of the art technologies to achieve the first complete DApps hosting platform.
PIRL is a ethereum based blockchain that strives to improve the accessibility of cryptocurrency and its related technologies; spurring an evolution of the crypto space through research, innovation, and dedication.
PIRL goals are centered around the idea of the Poseidon platform, a place which simplifies the process, and creates a more intuitive experience for everyone accesible through a single point of entry. Various features for Decentralized File Storage, Communication, Entertainment and Escrow protected trading will soon be available.
A multi-tiered masternode network will lay the foundation for this process, bringing the concepts of decentralized currency, applications, and governance to a higher echelon.
If you know of a project that we should consider for listing on EXPEX, please pass along the listing application link. The first ten approved tokens list free:
Behind the Tech – Farina Ashfaq
In this edition of Behind the Tech, we are featuring Farina Ashfaq, a leader in the Islamabad office of Expanse.
Farina received her degree in Software Engineering from Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Pretty early in life, she decided to make a career in the technology field. Soon after completing high school, Farina joined the Bachelors program to learn software engineering. “I was so fascinated with what I was learning that I remember studying during my vacations when my friends were chilling out!” As a result, by the time Farina completed her 4-year course, she had also mastered many different programming languages.
When you are passionate about something, you are usually good at it. Farina worked as a freelancer during college and gained valuable experience while other students were learning whatever was needed to pass the exams. Soon after her graduation, she joined Team Expanse and started working as a Front-End Developer.
Farina first heard about Blockchain tech during her college days from her elder brother, Asim, Architect and Senior Developer at Expanse. “Frankly, I found it quite fascinating. I owe it to my brother for bringing me into this field,” says Farina.
It has been almost a year since Farina joined Expanse. Her responsibilities included being the frontend developer of Tokenlab.. She also worked as a frontend developer for Gander and full-stack developer for Luna Wallet. She was recently promoted as Project Manager of Tokenlab.
On being asked what is the one thing about Expanse that excites her, Farina says, “Everything about Expanse excites me – the technologies we use, the awesome learning environment and cutting-edge projects that we are working on.” She loves getting challenged at every step of the way. “What we are doing is an extremely challenging, yet fun process. The more challenges you face, the better you get at what you are doing. It is an opportunity to learn and be better than you were. Good is not enough, you need to aspire to be the best.”
On being asked about her future plans, Farina says that she enjoys being a blockchain professional. “In my opinion, blockchain technology holds the key for an explosion of innovations in the next few years. I am glad to be on the bleeding-edge of those advancements.” She plans to study further and maybe get a master’s degree in blockchain tech in the near future.
Farina is super-positive about the future of Expanse. There are so many good things about Expanse that she wishes to mention that she feels will drive its growth in the coming years. “The vision, the team, the camaraderie, the great learning atmosphere, the helpful nature of everyone in the team, the awesome community and a shared belief that we are building something extraordinary – I think all of these things will matter as we step into the new year and further. I see a brilliant future for blockchain tech and Expanse, in particular.”
“I think Christopher is a great visionary and I thank him deeply for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Expanse team. All of us here at the Islamabad office might be miles and hours away from him, but his vision resonates with all of us and we are completely aligned with what he wants Expanse to be,” says Farina, as she signs off.
Islamabad Office Goes Hollywood
Asim, our Architect and Senior Developer, is a true-blue blockchain evangelist. His passion to educate people about the glory of blockchain tech in general and Expanse in particular has given rise to an exciting idea that is taking shape in the Islamabad office.
The idea is to create an in-house studio to create videos that will inform and educate people (developers,blockchain enthusiasts and just about anybody who wants to know more about this exciting field) about Expanse – what it is and how it can be used to “create a world you wish to live in.”
Asim also plans to create tutorials, targeting the developer community, that will educate them on how to use Expanse to build high-quality disruptive and transformative dApps, as well as on core blockchain development. “These educational materials will publicize Expanse as well as help developers to easily implement business use case on blockchain,” explains Asim. We will have more info as this idea develops. Here’s a snap of how the studio is shaping up.
Gameboard Gets New Office Space
A new adventure begins!
While developing the technical aspects of Gameboard are a key focus now, the team is also planning the other vital issues of image, exposure and marketing. These are equally important to the success of the platform.
As part of the go-to-market positioning, Andres Garcia, the CFO of Gameboard, decided to found a new office in Guatemala. (Gameboard already has an established office in Florida for projects in the U.S. developed through Gameboard Corp, a company founded and established under the laws of Florida.)
After a thorough search, the team found the right spot in a location that is dubbed the “Silicon Valley Latino,” the TEC Campus Tecnologico in Guatemala City. TEC is a hub of technological innovation in Guatemala City that seeks to recreate the platform of innovation and success of Silicon Valley in California.
The TEC, however, has its own concept, adapted to the realities of Guatemala and Latin America. The TEC offers an entire ecosystem – offices, library, co-working spaces, venues for events. It is located in 4 Grados Norte, in Zone 4 of Guatemala City. Cuatro Grados has been an area in the city that has always attracted new ideas and trends.
The TEC offers entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers, students, mentors, investors and anyone interested in technology, a platform where they can achieve their dreams of innovation and eventual business success.
The multiple resources present in the TEC, combined with the critical mass of people present innovating, training, investing, designing and inventing, make TEC the ideal point to launch our technology project. It seeks to turn Guatemala into a global Technology Hub by 2020. Soon TEC will expand to neighboring regions to this unique, integrated platform in neighboring countries.
We are pleased to tell you that the Gameboard office has been inaugurated into the TEC campus at the request of some large local companies we will start working with in January. (Stay tuned for more exciting news in this regard in the next issue of our newsletter).
Gameboard will use part of the EXP Grant awarded for the remodeling. Gameboard continues its march forward with the warm support from the Expanse community, You can be assured that there are some awesome things coming to market in the very near future.
The SLIPS team have just launched a new page: https://gigs.slips.io/. Its key objective is to recruit people who wanted to earn money by settling disputed bets on gaming streams. The arbitration service is something the team will be working on next year. So currently, this page is an opportunity to get interested people on board.
SLIPS does have an arbitration service at the moment. If a bet gets disputed, the team handles it themselves and resolves the bet. However, with an increase in users and a subsequent increase in disputes bets, the team wants to have dedicated resources to help solve those issues.
Eventually the team envisions this dispute process will be replaced by a blockchain-based smart contract in which users deposit funds, and based on the funds staked and their reputation, they get jobs.Take a look at the “how it works” section on gigs.slips.io for more information.
The team has also launched a new homepage. The key improvements are,
- Better header area with a stronger call to action, targeting our two main user groups.
- Explanation of how SLIPS works and what it is.
- News from the blog featured on the homepage to highlight information regarding the team’s content strategy.
- A feature where users with the most “liked” statuses also get featured on the homepage, providing an incentive for people to use their profiles.
On the business side, SLIPS has incorporated their company (yayyy!) and have opened their bank account. Now, they are working fully on securing more investment so they can start applying for a gaming license (which will cost them around $40k).. One thing at a time. Stay tuned for more exciting news (and hopefully for the launch date!).
Chinese Community Update
Although the Chinese community is small, it is busy and growing steadily! Alex reports that they are now 3000+ strong and planning to open the Expanse office in China on January 1, 2019.
For those of you engaged in the Chinese cryptosphere, you can now find Expanse information and updates on the followingsites:
Another recent accomplishment is the approval to post Expanse news on the following media sites. These posts have been approved by the Chinese government, which is a requirement:
Congrats to Alex and all of the Chinese team members. We look forward to further growth and visibility.
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