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.

Behind the Tech with Maryum Saeed

Here’s an article submitted by Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor.

Hello dear community,

In this edition of “Behind the Tech” we are featuring Maryum Saeed, Expanse’s Project Manager, who is based out of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Maryum has completed her post-graduation in Project Management from Bahria University, Islamabad, with specialization in Innovation and Technology Management. Prior to that she did her Double Majors (4-Year Bachelors Degree Program) in Software Engineering and IT from Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Coming from an academically-inclined family, Maryum was always fascinated with technology. Growing up in an age that has gadgets around everyone, she wanted to learn what drove those gadgets. While everyone else her age were content using their gadgets, she was more interested to know what was inside them and how they worked.

After graduating in 2016, Maryum started working at the head office of the prestigious Beaconhouse School. She worked on one of the school’s projects on Simulated and Immersive Environments. “That project was the actual beginning of my tech career. I worked there as an intern for 3 months and learnt as much as I could.” At exactly the same time, she had planned to start her Masters in Management Sciences so she started her job and her studies, both at the same time. “I used to work from Monday to Friday for eight hours and on weekends, I had my classes for the whole day. So for the entire duration of my course, i.e., one and half years, I hardly got any time for myself. But I believe those years were crucial to my fledgling career as I got a taste of what it was like to be working in an organization, pretty early in life. And I was still studying. I believe I got a great, early head start.

Maryum worked with two organizations before joining Expanse and since both of these jobs were of a general managerial kind, she had to stay away from technology for some time. After completing her post graduation, she had planned to switch jobs and that is when Expanse happened. “Initially, I found it pretty challenging, but I sort of slipped into the role easily. It was what I have been trained for – technology and project management. After all, challenges are what motivate you to learn more and make you a better professional. And at Expanse, I am working on projects based on cutting edge technology. Maryum has been with Expanse since eight months now and she is “loving every moment of it.”

Maryum’s role at Expanse is of a Project Manager on the various ongoing projects. Her major responsibility is to plan, assign, monitor and deliver the projects on time. She has daily meetings with the developers to assign and monitor their tasks and goals. “Although I am not directly involved in the project from a strict tech point of view, I am accountable for almost everything pertaining to the project. Project managers are the spearheads of a project and they ensure that the project is completed within the specified deadline and gets delivered to the client without any flaws.” Maryum believes that the most challenging part of project management is keeping the client, developers and all the stakeholders on the same page and maintaining the near-perfect balance of time, cost and scope.

When asked about what excites her at Expanse, Maryum is quick to note the constant buzz of anticipation and the sweet sound of creativity in the air. “Ever since I came here, I find something new happening every day.” She feels that there is always something new to learn and that is what keeps one moving ahead.

For Maryum, being focussed on one’s learning curve is vital to individual progress. “For me, this is an almost perfect job as I am involved in managing projects that are based on current technologies – something I am academically trained in. And I constantly keep myself involved in learning as much as I can about new technologies through a lot of reading and by also learning from the developers as they work on the projects.”

Maryum is quite positive about the future of the blockchain technology. “Personally, I believe that blockchain as a technology and all of its its varied facets will play a huge role in the development of both public and private sectors in the coming decade and no matter what people say, cryptocurrencies are here to stay.” She believes that Expanse is working splendidly on some great projects and it is going to have a brilliant future ahead.

Maryum is thankful to the Expanse Management for giving her this opportunity and providing her a progressive environment that is conducive to so much learning. “Everyone is so cooperative and full of encouragement. I couldn’t have asked for a better workplace.” Maryum plans to pursue her studies after a few years of work experience and she is interested in getting her PMP certification. We, at Expanse, look forward to her expertise during her time with us and wish her a great future ahead when she goes about chasing her dreams.

We All Want a Better Place to Live

This article comes to us from Omar Alvarez, Gameboard Founder/CEO and Expanse Creative Director

The Gameboard team has been looking for new solutions that provide gamified experiences and are integrated into the blockchain. About 6 months ago, Andrés García, Gameboard CFO, traveled to Chicago for business and had the opportunity to meet with a very large property management company in the United States.

This company had a great challenge: “We need to give better service to our tenants and prevent the problems of the team in the building.” With the problem clearly outlined, Andres returned to Guatemala to discuss a working solution.

Our team analyzed the problem and came to the conclusion that we should improve the communication between tenants and administrators; but also, seek to motivate the tenants to work better together to improve their work space.

To accomplish this, we started the design of a game that involves the tenant in improving their environment using a collaborative tool that accomplishes the following:

  • The users receive notifications from the administrator to the tenants,
  • Tenants can easily reserve the use of common areas,
  • Generation of maintenance fee account statements, as well as a ticket system allow the tenant to report everything that happens around him and on his property.

BetterCondos

With the desire that tenants work together to improve their place to live, we created BetterCondos, a gamified platform for the management of collaborative condominium organizations. Each action in the collaborative work platform gives points to users that they can exchange for prizes and also reap the rewards of enjoying a better place to live.

“BetterCondos is a gamified application that facilitates communication between residents, administrators and managers, where they earn points and rewards for specific actions, make communication fun and keep everyone informed about their community.”

BetterCondos has random events that allow you to earn extra points for filling out a survey, which also creates the possibility of doing geolocated market studies. The tool also gamifies the process of administrators, so that the management companies measure and reward their best administrators.

BetterCondos is mainly focused on the US market for now. This platform integrates Gamification and Blockchain generation of points and exchanges, registration of users (creating a wallet for each), and signing contracts — all of these actions will be registered on the blockchain thanks to Expanse.

If we focus on the Florida market, which will be our first playground, we have a total of 7.3 million properties of which 2.2 million are apartments and the rest are houses. We hope to capture 2 percent of that market to achieve 200,000 rents fixed monthly. Our alpha version development is scheduled to end in July and we will use our GXP token for the management of points and prizes.

Why should you use BetterCondos?

  • It’s an easy and fun way to manage all your properties in one place, and the best way to put your community experiences online.
  • It’s an accessible application, a simple way to register, share and create tickets.
  • You can select private or public tasks and assign them to an administrator or manager, reserve private spaces, review your monthly payments and inform your community what experiences you share with respect to the places you live and use. Everything happens in an interactive and playful way, and  you can receive points and rewards for different actions on the platform. This allows you to unlock new levels and obtain special features.
  • You will obtain efficiency measurements, with respect to all the different types of users in the application, being able to track all your actions with respect to your services, making sure that all players are satisfied. This allows you to save money, work on preventive maintenance and not forced to take corrective action regarding your properties.
  • You will see tenants and administrative staff happier and more informed about their properties and community.

The Gameboard team is excited about our recent progress and thrilled to be an EXPGrant recipient.

Gameboard Update

Gameboard has made significant progress this month.The latest, in a series of exciting updates, is the introduction of GXP, (Gameboard Experience Points), which is the new Gameboard token for its gamified platforms.GXP has been deployed on the Expanse blockchain.

The goal of Gameboard is to build an API that allows you to apply game theory to a non-gaming application. It provides the mechanical functions of bringing points, levels, badges and rewards in a simpler way. So we leave the game design and the dynamics to the game designers.

Gameboard can not only be integrated into any system,  but it can also unify information from various systems to have constant and comprehensive feedback from its users.

Here’s an example use case:

In the case of  a logistics company, we could connect Gameboard to its’ access control system and record the arrival time, then integrate to the computer registration system and record the time an employee starts working. If we assign points to these actions and duplicate it, and if this time is less than the average, we will reward the execution of these tasks as follows: “If you go to work on time from Monday to Thursday, you can leave after lunch on Friday.” That would be cheaper for the company than if every day the employees arrive late and also take a long time to start working.

In this day and age where companies are looking to save costs, it pays to “reward” employees when you can motivate them to perform certain tasks in a game setting. In short, It is cheaper to reward them than to stop motivating them. This is based on the fact that 70 percent of the world’s workforce are millennials, and millennials work for rewards. Going back to the issue of points and prizes, the company will invest a lot of money in prizes used to change behavior or achieve goals, so that the actions become electronic values ​​that are of interest to the player (employee of the logistics company). This is an excellent use case for the Blockchain.

“Implementing a gamified platform makes the points become a financial cost, but they generate value by producing a higher productivity and measurement system,” said Andres Garcia, Gameboard CFO.

For this reason we use the Expanse technology so that the management of points gets registered on the Blockchain. When a user earns points, he receives GXPs, and they can be stored in his wallet (Luna allows the management of our token) and then he can exchange these tokens for prizes that are preconfigured on the platform.

For companies to implement a gamified system is an investment, and we want to manage it on the blockchain, so that it is secure, distributed and permanent. If you want more information, visit us at www.gameboard.tech.