Expanse and Slips Have Formed a Strategic Alliance to Build Out the Slips Platform with Expanse Integration

Slips and Expanse signed a new agreement to work together to leverage the Expanse products and blockchain for the Slips social platform. Expanse will provide project management and developer resources to facilitate the integration and to possibly expedite the Slips launch timing.

As you may know, Slips was one of the first EXP.Grant recipients, receiving funding in the initial phases of their project. They have made great strides and continue to refine their go-to-market strategy.

“Given our already established working relationship, as well as the depth of the Expanse product suite, joining forces was a natural evolution,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse CEO. “We’ve brought on a project manager and developer dedicated to this joint initiative.”

Some of the possible integration points we are exploring include:

  • Launch Slips on the Expanse blockchain
  • Use Tokenlab to mint tokens for Slips. 
  • Use the Tokenlab Airdrop module to distribute Slips tokens.
  • Integrate Slips into the Luna wallet to facilitate trades via EXPEX.

As you may know, Slips and Expanse hosted an AMA yesterday, which includes some discussion about the partnership scope. You can listen here: https://t.co/jVOuTBPPxu

Here are some of the questions posted in advance of the AMA Live yesterday and the abbreviated responses. Please listen to the recording for lots of interesting nuances from the hosts.

What is the status of UKYC and can we expect a release before the end of the year?
The back-end of the UKYC development is complete. The front-end is not. I project it will be ready right after the first of the year. 

What is the status of Votelock and can we expect a release before the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections?
VoteLock was ready and tested in 2016. We’re still not sure 2020 will be ready for this new technology, given the current political environment.  

Is there a way to get support for hardware wallets and Luna in the near future (e.g. ledger, keepkey etc?)
Expanse is on Ledger. We will continue to add other hardware wallets. 

What is the future of TokenLab now since ICO funds have all been exhausted?
We are as committed to Tokenlab as ever. However, we are exploring ways to generate utility, fee income and revenue to help keep us afloat. 

Will there be any push to get Tokenlab on liquid exchanges so Expanse projects can use it?
LAB will be on EXPEX. We continue to reach out to other exchanges for listing.

Will there be a push to get TokenLab on CoinMarketCap?
We are working on that now.

Will there be ongoing improvements made to TokenLab or is it pretty much done?
There will be ongoing development of Tokenlab, as the need for smart contracts will continue to grow. We are creating an entire ecosystem around Tokenlab.

Tell us more about EXPEX and your vision for it and whatever other details you find exciting and inspirational.
We are excited about EXPEX and its accessibility through the Luna wallet. We are on track to begin testing soon.

Can you make an open source roadmap progress on trello?
We used to have this in place, but have migrated everything to Teamwork.

Tell us about plans to not rely on a premine for funding.1. Can you give some clarification on how deep Expanse and Slips partnership will be?
We are looking at other sources of funding to continue to enable the great projects we have underway beyond premine. Please read the article about Slips above..  

Are there still open bounties and if so, where are they being advertised?
They are listed on expanse.tech.

How many private companies have reached out to EXP team? And where have they been located out of? US, EU, China, SA, etc…..?
We have overtures from prospective partners on a regular basis. We evaluate each of them as they come in. 

Is EXP prepared for this bear market to last a while?

The bear market could last indefinitely, so we are looking at other sources of funding to continue to enable the great projects we have underway.  

EXPEX development is on schedule, The team has completed the specifications and the initial design. The next phase is Development, which got began last week.
Here is a screen sample of the User Interface (UI).

In the last newsletter, we announced that  Expanse signed a partnership deal with Sports Agents 502, with the intent to migrate certain aspects of their business to the Expanse blockchain. Starting with Guatemala, then expanding to all of South America, the project is called BSports and will eventually be a global initiative.

In recent weeks, we have been working on the definition phase of  the project. We have defined three main stages. 

Stage 1 – Registration

The first stage involves the registration of players on the Expanse blockchain. Data structures will be created to register countries, federations, disciplines, players and events. This part uses a general form for an athlete profile, but then allows customization for each sports discipline.

It will also allow for the registration of historical competencies. The most important thing here is to ensure that these records are endorsed by the associated federations. The design must also allow for validation by other partners within the  same discipline, with the idea that they could evaluate other athletes or lend veracity to their participation and results. Unique, permanent and unalterable records must be established.

One of the most important decisions for the platform is that it is not a social network, but a record of actions and results in sport, We will leave the social part for large networks; however, we will maintain links so that users can follow and socially support each athlete.

We plan for the records to be public and accessible by anyone. This goal of transparency is because we are sure that there are great athletes who do not get recognition due to not having a direct means of communication. BSports can be the means for this — both safe and unique.

Create a Unified Athlete Code

Each player will have a unique number that identifies him, and this should be an easy code to understand at a glance. Here is the formula:

ISO country code + Federation or sport code + Unique Correlative

This is our first definition, but we must validate it with the federations. If we keep it as simple as possible, this gives the virtue that a person can have different athlete codes if they participate in more than one sport discipline.

One of the most impactful decisions is to establish whether a single token is created per athlete or per sport.  If per athlete, this token would serve to support the athlete directly. By utilizing EXPEX, trading and exchanging tokens would be easily manageable, and could even serve to activate the sports economy. The proposal could also be to create a unique token for the platform.

Going forward, our plan is to have meetings with Luis Arboleda, project founder,  the first week of September to plan the steps to follow, validate the model and choose the first three federations willing to work with us.

For the next newsletter, we will have a lot of good news to tell you.

It is time to make decisions regarding the project and lay the foundations for these types of projects that will change the world of sports in South America.

Hello Expanse Community. In this edition of Behind the Tech, we are featuring Husain Fazel, CEO of Slips, the gaming platform that is making waves.

Husain was born in England and followed the usual student trajectory of completing his GCSE O levels. Technology was always a big part of growing up in a family where his father was always interested in computers. So it was obvious that he chose science and math subjects for his A levels and started to pursue a degree in Electronic Systems Engineering. “I loved the computer science modules but that was that. I couldn’t get myself to complete the course because I thought it did not suit what I intended to do and so I dropped out of University.” While Husain agrees that he doesn’t have a formal educational background in the form of a degree, he was always good at teaching himself whatever he needed to get the job done.

Husain’s love and fascination with computers started when his father introduced him to the enthralling world of computers at the tender age of five. “I was never held back from experimenting on the computer, even though my father got a tad frustrated whenever he had to reinstall something when the experiment, as it often did, went wrong!” Husain had his own computer a few years later and was one of those early kids on the internet. If you search for his name, you will find a few sites with archives of his exploits growing up. Husain was always interested in marrying his technical skills with his inherent entrepreneurial interests. “I love building things – period.

 After dropping out of university, Husain set out to explore a different path. He started a shop selling clothes imported from China. He also raised funds for the St. John Ambulance. He knew he was good with tech but he wanted to hone his skills in other areas and get a varied experience. “I remember dealing with people outside my comfort zone at that time and often I had encounters which scared the hell out of me. But those are the very experiences that helped me grow as a person and sharpen my entrepreneurial instincts.” Eventually he moved to London via short stops in Birmingham and cities in Wales and ended up working in a radio station in deepest darkest Peckham. Then he moved to a games company in the centre of London and has never looked back since. “I got what I was looking for. I was sort of hooked to gaming and I’ve been involved in various entertainment industries ever since.

 Working in the online entertainment industry, Husain got insights that eventually inspired him to create Slips. “My biggest motivation behind creating Slips was the fear of missing out. Everyone and their dog was raising money in ICOs and truthfully they didn’t seem to be making an effort to create something truly valuable. A vague idea, a hastily written whitepaper and a website full of advisors was all they needed.” Husain figured that if he had a good enough idea and even a fraction of the resources other projects were raising, he could build a very successful company. 

Husain did find the idea, but sadly, he missed the ICO bus. With the ICO boom fizzling out, Husain decided to build Slips the hard way. The initial challenges were getting people to buy into the idea. They had a team of 8-9 people but one by one they all dropped out as things got real. “We had Kyle making things look like a million bucks and me doing everything else and through real perseverance we managed to get our proof of concept built.

The best thing to happen next was Expanse. “Kyle mentioned Expanse to me several times, the first time when we were looking for advisors for our project. We had heard of Expanse before and were aware of what the community was doing, so we decided to reach out to them once we had built enough of the concept. Chris was immediately a big fan of ours – he understood gaming so he knew that our idea had serious potential.” That was the beginning of Slip’s association with Expanse.

Husain is full of gratitude for the grant they received from Expanse. “Expanse gave us the money when we needed it the most. Kyle and I were almost out of funding and were considering packing up and folding when we were informed that the grant was approved.” Husain and Kyle used the money to hire freelance developers to take some workload off of them. “Over the next five months we used half the funding on living expenses and the other half on hiring people and paying them slave labour wages,” chuckles Husain. They were able to build a proof-of-concept that looked and felt beautiful and then raise further funding because of the initial leg-up that Expanse gave them. “We’ve come a long way now from Slips getting the grants from Expanse to signing an agreement to work together to leverage the Expanse products and blockchain for the Slips social platform.

Husain’s biggest regret with regards to Slips was not being able to launch real money bets on Slips in January this year, after doing all the hard development work. “The thing I’m really looking forward to is successfully launching my next concept and having users transact with the token on the dApp.” Husain feels satisfied with what he has built with Slips though he admits he still has a long way to go. “It’s a great feeling when you build something people use and an even better feeling if it leads to other people becoming successful. So whether it’s people making money on my new dApp, EXP holders being rewarded or just the growth of the network, I’m looking forward to seeing the seeds of the project I’m planting today blossom into a beautiful life changing entity in the future. And now that Expanse and Slips have formed a strategic alliance to build the Slips platform with Expanse integration, I can see that dream turning into reality pretty fast.”

On being asked about the daily challenges he faces while working, Husain is quick to point to the two most common frustrations of an entrepreneur – not enough money and not enough time. “Honestly, like every startup, we struggle with cash flow. Until you’re making money, you never feel safe and so that’s our Number One priority right now. I’m going to hold a big celebration on the day that Slips generates its first dollar in revenue!” Other than existential problems with money, Kyle leaving a few months ago left Husain on his own. He agrees that at some point he will have to build a team again to take Slips to the next level. And then there’s the problem of not having enough time. “There’s only 24 hours in a day and I have got to sleep for around 6-8 of them. I’m impatient and just want to get as much done as humanly possible in one day and sometimes I end up in bed unable to sleep because I’m too wired up about what I need to do next.

 So how does Husain seek to overcome these challenges? He says that to raise funds, he has approached many investors and has tried to sell his idea as eloquently as he possibly could and now he just has to be patient and wait for some good news. However, Husain always prepares a contingency in case his A-plan doesn’t work out. “I’m not the sort of person that gives up at the first hurdle.” On creating a team, Husain says that it’s a process that takes its own sweet time. “I’ve interviewed dozens of people to join Slips, but a co-founder is like a wife/husband so I’ve got to get the right people on the team rather than just any sort of people so that part is being overcome a little slower than I would like.” He also believes that once he builds a team, he hopes to spread his workload around. “The minute we finish coding and building our latest product, there will be an ever so brief respite where I can take a breather.

If you’re curious about what Husain is building on Expanse, read some of their Expanse archives in the Slips Discord. A quick look at the previous newsletters may give you an idea of what they are really building. He requests you to join the Slips Discord channel – https://discord.slips.io – if you are interested in helping him build the next big thing on Expanse.

Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor, provides insights into how blockchain technology is changing the world. 

The nineteenth-century saw the discovery of electricity and soon enough it was put to use in practically all fields of life: from light bulbs to electrocution. Who would have guessed the upcoming events a century ago? 

The decade before us saw the growth of blockchain: another technology carrying the potential to change the world. And as it is with all the great inventions, blockchain offers qualities that can be put to use in several ways.

We have so far witnessed blockchain supporting the future form of finance: cryptocurrencies, which is very impressive. However, there is always room for more: here are 10 unusual blockchain use cases which would prove the worth of our beloved technology ten times over. 

1. The Infallible Watchman

There was a time when people used to hide their gold coins for fear they would be stolen: very long ago. Today, the threat is not the loss of treasures, rather, something more dreadful: identity theft. 

 Identity theft can be defined as the ‘deliberate use of someone else’s identity, usually as a method to gain a financial advantage or obtain credit and other benefits in the other person’s name, and perhaps to the other person’s disadvantage or loss’. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2014, around 17.6 million identities were stolen in America: these are not the statistics which could be overlooked. 

 Coming to blockchain, we know that it is a decentralized technology and it is next to impossible to hack into it. Due to this property, blockchain can secure digital IDs and also eliminate the nuisance of multiple passwords and bulky paperwork. Thus, it plays the role of an infallible watchman, protecting all of one’s private data.

Watch for Expanse’s own answer to identity management on the blockchain in the form of our Universal Know Your Customer ULYC) application currently in development.

 2. Revolutionizing the Gaming Industry

Apart from casinos, which have already stepped into creating digital wallets and even currencies for their customers, blockchain can be used generally in the gaming industry. 

 Many games have emerged which have been created by using the blockchain technology to produce digital and analog gaming experiences. A few examples of such gaming include BitPainting, CryptoKitties, and Chimaera. 

 3. Tool for Humanitarian Efforts

Yes, blockchain can be used for humanitarian purposes as well. One of the best examples of this use case is the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Building Blocks. The project was established in the year 2016; its major aim being using decentralized digital ledger technology for making cash transfers.

By January 2018, the program assisted more than 100,000 Syrians who had taken refuge in Pakistan and Jordan. It further aims at providing assistance to all the 500,000 WFP-supported refugees living in Jordan. 

 4. Solar Power Pool

In a recent use case, Siemens has partnered with a startup by the name of LO3 Energy using an application called Brooklyn Microgrid. The collaboration’s service is aimed at enabling the citizens of Brooklyn who own solar panels to transfer energy to others who need it. The entire transaction completely lies in the hands of consumers and the people who own the solar panels. 

 5. Selling and Buying Cannabis

Cannabis is an intoxicant. However, its health benefits have been known to people for years. For this very reason, cannabis trade is gaining acceleration in many parts of the world. 

There are two main benefits that blockchain could bring to the cannabis trade: transparency and anonymity. In the United States, cannabis trade recorded $9 billion in sales in the year 2017 with an estimated growth of $21 billion by 2021. These are ridiculously huge amounts and a cashless solution like blockchain can provide security to the business owners. Transactions can be tracked with greater ease and more transparency and accountability: something which traditional banking does not offer. 

6. Healthcare

Blockchain has a promising use case to offer the healthcare sector as well. There are several examples to prove this right, the first being that of Gem, a startup working with the Centre for Disease Control to store the data of a disease outbreak on the blockchain which could lead to effective measures for relief and response. 

 More examples include MedRec and SimplyVital Health. The first is a project taken up by MIT which deals with blockchain electronic medical records. The second keeps an eye on the progress of a patient after he/she is discharged and also provides decentralized health records of patients.

 7. Elections

Elections in nations face many problems in the present times. The biggest of these problems is that of voter frauds and dead voting. Also, it is necessary for a voter to be present physically during voting. This could lead to a decrease in the overall voter turnout because in many cases the voters might not be able to make an appearance physically. 

 Online voting has been avoided until now owing to security reasons. Blockchain, with security next to impossible to break, provides just the right way. Since hacking it is not possible, the votes can be registered on the blockchain. Moreover, it would also eliminate the problem of voter fraud by providing transparent records of the voters, which again could not be tampered with. 

Expanse’s VoteLock is an example of assisting the democratic ideology. 

 8. Deeds and Title Records

Title records are mostly maintained as paperwork. There are two problems this creates: first of all, having such massive records on paper is quite cumbersome. Secondly, the records thus maintained are vulnerable to fraudulent activities and can be tampered with. 

 The blockchain technology, decentralized, transparent and 100% secure could provide a valuable aid to the process of notarization. 

 Ubiquity is an enterprise which aids title companies, notaries and resellers.

 9. Music

With the help of blockchain, music artists can remove middlemen and can directly sell their music to their fans. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum support micropayments which can lay the base for a novel artist and fan relationship. 

 Several platforms are already working to reap the benefits of blockchain technology in the world of music. Examples include the Ethereum-based platform Choon and UJO. 

 10. Marriage

The last use case mentioned here is the most surprising and the most interesting of all. 

To combat the social bias for same-sex marriages, Swedish company Björn Borg has created Marriage Unblocked, a platform where couples can propose and marry on the blockchain irrespective of their sexual orientation. The records are anonymous and if one wants, one can obtain a certificate for the marriage too! The first traditional marriage recorded on the blockchain took place in Orlando, Florida Sunday, August 5, 2014 during a Bitcoin conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 

 Parting Thoughts

This list is non-exhaustive. However, the few use cases which have been mentioned here all point out to the potential of changing the world for the better, a feature the blockchain technology carries in itself.