EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 23 – 12/15/2018

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!

iOS – https://t.co/rnRQSAGZiY
Android – https://t.co/YoTCcKrvpk


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:

Listing application


Behind the Tech – Farina Ashfaq

Hello People!

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.


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.


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/

The Expanse 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!

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 17 – 09/15/2018

Welcome to the seventeenth 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 PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?
  • New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public
  • New Chinese Expanse Website
  • Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play
  • Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders
  • Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers
  • SomosExpanse our Digital Magazine in Spanish
  • Community News – Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?


As you know, the EXP team just airdropped a new token, PEX,  to the Expanse and Tokenlab community. Airdrops are a straightforward way to bootstrap a user base for a new product, in this case, the Expanse Decentralized Exchange, EXPEX.

The airdrop piloted the Tokenlab Airdrop module, one of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. It went off without a hitch. (If you have not found your PEX, email [email protected])

Expanse secured the services of an external development team to create EXPEX, and the final code has been delivered. We are in the process of branding the UI and will publish a launch date soon.  So, hang onto your PEX!


Read more detail here about how it all works:  https://expanse.tech/understanding-pex-token-utility/


New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public

The new Expanse wallet, Luna, is now public and ready for download. The download links are on the Expanse.tech website or you can use this link:  https://expanse.tech/downloads/

The existing Expanse Mist wallet is a fork of the Ethereum Mist wallet. However, Luna is a wallet we developed with our own original code, and promises to be one of the most feature-rich wallets out there once all of the development is complete. For now, feel free to use either Mist or Luna. We will give you plenty of notice when or if we discontinue support of the Mist wallet version.

Many thanks to all of the Expanse Army 1st Lieutenants who participated in the beta-test. Please continue to report any bugs that may have not shook out during testing.


New Chinese Expanse Website to Launch October 1

Our Chinese marketing team, led by Community Manager Alex Zhao, is putting the final touches on the Chinese version of the Expanse website. They project a 10/1 launch date.

Some of their other accomplishments include:

  • WeChat membership increased to 350.
  • QQ group increased to 500 members.
  • Submitted applications to two exchanges in China.
  • Participate as active beta-tester for Luna wallet.

Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play!

Gameboard is an EXP.Grants partner. We asked their team to help us understand the gamification principles behind the Gameboard dApp. We learned that there are indeed scientific theories behind all of this play.

When talking about Gamification you automatically think about adding points to a platform to make it “fun.” However, there are many more factors that affect the degree of fun or interest in a game on the part of the players.

Many applications that have come onto the market use the basic principles of gamification as part of the design. We have covered them in other Expanse articles: Frameworks as Octalysis or 6D approach of gamification. It is important to establish that there are two important parts in the application of Gamification to a platform or system: Dynamics and Mechanics.

Dynamics consist of all the activities added to the game based on the actions of the players:

  1. Discovery phase: Listening, reading, observing and navigating to generate interest.
  2. Onboarding phase: In this phase, the user feels that he/she is advancing in a simple and orderly manner; he gets hooked.
  3. Scaffolding phase: After the user is already immersed in the game, he/she then seeks to improve and win. During this phase, users develop the greatest amount of challenges and require constant feedback.
  4. Endgame phase: Finally, we must give a closure to each activity. This is the end of the game, which is an important action—a huge challenge—that allows the user to feel that he/she has conquered the game. This phase is called Endgame. Just when the user is about to feel that he/she is finishing, we invite him/her to a new challenge, to a new objective—phase 2 or the next level.

In the design stage of a game (pertaining to the dynamics) the User persona is also established to model potential users. The needs, the objectives, the emotions and the feelings are also established during this phase of design.

I have the Dynamics, now what?

This is the part where Gameboard comes into play and where the mechanics are necessary. The mechanics allow for establishing the points, levels, badges, challenges and other forms of measurement. The activities within the gamified process are recorded in this part. Without this, we would not have analysis of the information.

Gameboard saves and stores the information generated by the dynamics so that it can be analyzed and collaborate in the decision making. Even more important, it allows for recordkeeping and control of the actions of each player.

The fact that users can receive rewards is one of the most important features, especially because it is the way of measuring performance in terms of

  • Budget
  • How much the company has improved in performance (assuming that this was the goal)
  • Each award in time
  • Objects that have direct involvement with money

The Gamification Playground on the Blockchain

By integrating Expanse blockchain technology, Gameboard safely stores each record of points earned by the player, these being value transactions that rely on the security and permanence of the blockchain to store and redeem points for the players.

There are two current lines of business for Gameboard:

  • Custom – The customized approach is based on integrations into existing platforms created by other companies or ventures. If they already have a system, Gameboard is integrated into this system and keeps track of points earned.
  • Standard – Add-ons, plugins or components in platforms that already exist in the market. We create these integrations to enter those markets. This will increase the number of transactions on the platform and users that interact in it.

For both options, Gameboard provides information analysis, progress, behavior and motivation across any of the different platforms. Gameboard respects the anonymity of the players, so it does not store sensitive information about its users.

Currently, we have finished the Gameboard base engine, the API that allows integration, and the user and administration platforms. Each section of the system is customizable so that it has the look and feel of your company or platform.

We are very close to launching the new functionalities including the integration with Expanse’s technology. So, stayed tuned!

We believe in a world where people want to play!!


Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders

We continue to be excited about the potential of the Slips project, which was one of the first batch of projects to receive grant funding from Expanse.

Did you know that straight out of the gate, EXP (Expanse) is the only payment option for the Slips platform? When the platform launches, people will only be able to make real money bets with the EXP token. Now would be a very good time load up on Expanse in advance of their launch!

As one community member surmised, “This is a great example of what makes the Slips partnership so awesome—Slips gamers will have to settle bets in EXP. People who have never had any interest in crypto won’t have a choice but to buy EXP if they want to use the platform for something that has already been demonstrated as a need in the online gaming community.”


A quick reminder to those who aren’t up to speed on what Slips is hoping to achieve. The team are working on a project which will allow gaming fans to use the Expanse network to challenge each other to bets whilst watching their favorite streamers on platforms like Twitch.

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that it was possible for users to create channels and explore what was available on the Slips platform. Now you can even create your own profile. We decided to give the functionality a quick spin earlier and were amazed by how nice it looked!

As well as being able to make our profile look the way we wanted, we were able to post status updates, link our existing social media accounts, manage the official Expanse channel on Slips and even follow other users.

Take a look at the Expanse profile on Slips here https://slips.network/profile/EXP/home:

If you are feeling adventurous (or curious!) why not register and make your own profile? The Slips team mentioned in an announcement in their Discord channel (https://discord.gg/mJHJ88U) that they are looking for help from users to iron out any bugs.

Meanwhile after successfully launching the profile feature, they are continuing to work hard to get the proof of concept released. They’ve spent the last week finalizing specifications and requirements for the next milestone in the project. The UI work has already begun and coding will also resume next week. We have a few sneak previews that we obtained below:

 



We look forward to the launch of their dApp on the Expanse network.


Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers

Per the dev team, we are close to releasing some of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of the Luna wallet. The response was overwhelming, and we qualified nearly 40 testers. These same testers have access to the private channels for Tokenlab beta testing. If you did not apply and want to test Tokenlab, complete the application form here

Beta-testers receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in the Expanse Army.

SomosExpanse. Our Digital Magazine in Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. The market continues to grow—especially for the Expanse community. To that end, we have created SomosExpanse (We are Expanse).

SomosExpanse is a digital magazine whose purpose is to inform and educate about blockchain technology. The project is born from a motivated community, integrated and growing. To accomplish this, we have added a dedicated Spanish-speaking communications team to the Expanse infrastructure.

All of the Expanse project content routinely created in English (news, blogs, newsletters, social media posts) is translated and placed on the SomosExpanse platform. We also integrate articles  from reliable sources, such as Criptonoticas and CoinCrispy, in order to offer more robust content.

We are focused on creating an interactive media strategy with valuable content, as well as constant updates about Expanse and the world of the blockchain. We developed a progressive APP for you to have it directly on your phone with notifications and amazing content.

This strategy is complemented by postings to social networks, including Diiscord, Instagram, Twitter and Steemit. We invite you to follow (and like) us on these social networks:

We have plans to replicate this communication strategy in many other languages, including Chinese and Japanese. We invite you to participate by suggesting other languages for the concept or by serving as an ambassador to help provide content. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please write to [email protected]

We are Expanse.


Community News

Usually, we provide a list of compelling quotes gathered from community discussions. This time, we decided to feed back a narration of an important discussion that took place last week regarding the current crypto market conditions. In case you missed it, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have one of the most insightful, clever communities around.

Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

“What’s happening to crypto?” “What’s causing the prices to tank?” These are obvious questions on everybody’s minds these days as prices begin to tumble. Bitcoin lost close to $1000 in the last 10 days and Ether has lost almost 25% of its value in the last month. The situation is even grimmer for other altcoins. So what is really happening?

The Expanse Discord channel, if you know, is one of the most vociferous and active crypto communities out there and most of its members are astute students and passionate followers of the crypto phenomenon It was only fair that similar questions arose during an avid round of discussions and there were some interesting points of view from across the aisle regarding what was happening.

It started with a member saying that he thought that the end of crypto is near. He was worried that too many scams had taken their toll on a fascinating and promising phenomenon that has the ability to change our lives forever. However many projects gave false hopes and people lost a lot of money and in turn, their faith. The negativity that is being experienced in the market was a result of this disappointment and people trying to cash out their crypto assets as fast as possible. This would probably signal the collapse of a lot of altcoins. The member went on to predict that most coins will stop all development or activity before the year is over because cryptocurrencies just won’t be able to hold their value and people are seeing this more clearly with each passing day, fuelling the circle of fear and mass dumping.

To this, another member had an interesting observation. He said that what was currently happening to crypto is similar to what happened to dotcom in 2000. After the “dotcom bubble” burst, what was left were companies with real value, like Google that came out with  a few bruises but emerged winners. Many companies followed what Google had done – build real value, rather than hype – and made a fortune for themselves, while transforming the industry.

A member observed that nobody is buying anything and he was surprised people are still selling at these prices. He thought it was kinda late in the game to think people are going to save what they have left.

The EXP token has also bore the brunt of this haphazard volatility. Market and volume patterns suggest that someone is buying EXP from the sell side just to sell into the buy side to strip the market of its BTC. Unfortunately, this strategy seems to be working pretty successfully.

A member, however, dismissed that people were specifically targeting EXP and said that while he agreed that there was a repeating pattern, it was market-wide. Most of the top coins have already lost around 88-95%of their January high values and many coins, especially the lower value ones, are hitting their introductory prices or even less.

He went on to further say that some people were dumping not just Exp, but everything from the lowest coin on the list all the way up to Ethereum. He called this action as a “purge” because it is likely that some of the projects will fail economically or just fail completely. To understand the severity of the situation, consider this. A project that raised $10M worth of Ethereum in an ICO in January 2018, now only had around $1.2M if they didn’t liquidate immediately. Most projects held their Ethereum reserves and have seen a severe erosion of their funds. Likewise, the value of the projects coins themselves are becoming worthless.

If you look at wallet balances on most projects, the top 100 wallets hold well over 90% of the total coins in any given project. Keeping in mind that some of these wallets are exchange wallets, that is still a little disheartening. The bitcoin whales are alive and are absorbing this tirade pretty well. They have so much BTC, they can’t cash it out so for them it is more of a game.

A member had an interesting take on the scenario. In his opinion, manipulators periodically use BTC to harvest altcoins from weak hands. Blockchain IS the future and some of them will become zillionaires sooner or later. Since blockchain is the future, there probably are governments, 3-letter agencies, armies, secret societies, hackers and criminals involved. In his opinion, anyone mining EXP currently and selling it is obviously a moron!

To this a member added a personal experience that he stopped mining EXP in April, because at the current price, with 1.1GH/s, he made 90¢ per day, after paying for electricity costs. This is obviously unviable. So the question he had is that if everybody bought EXP at a higher rate, who’s selling them at these rates? It is quite likely that they are selling at a huge loss.

There, apparently, are people who sold recently at 8¢ on the dollar to exit the market completely. They are done. They think the crypto market is dead. This was what is known in financial terms as “market capitulation.”

By definition, capitulation means to surrender or give up. In financial circles (from Investopedia), this term is used to indicate the point in time when investors have decided to give up on trying to recapture lost gains as a result of falling stock prices. Suppose a stock you own has dropped by 10%. There are two options that can be taken: you can wait it out and hope the stock begins to appreciate, or you can realize the loss by selling the stock. If the majority of investors decides to wait it out, then stock price will likely remain relatively stable. However, if the majority of investors decides to capitulate and give up on the stock, then there will be a sharp decline in its price. When this occurrence is significant across the entire market, it is known as market capitulation.

The longer a market stays in a state of capitulation, the longer it takes for investors to regain enough trust in that market to jump back in. This is what causes recessions. Once a recession has run for an extended period and market confidence is still low, it becomes a depression. This is when people like Warren Buffet would swoop in and buy anything and everything people were selling. His now famous adage says, “Be fearful when people are greedy and be greedy when people are fearful.” While it is difficult to agree with his brand of investing, but when it comes to financial advice, this one line reigns supreme. And this is exactly what’s going on right now.

One member found it funny when BTC purists say that BTC was created to replace the “corrupt” fiat system. They then look down at altcoins but at same time practically beg investors like Goldman Sachs or Buffet to invest in crypto. BTC forums are full of people like that, and you even get 50 merit points for simply saying “BTC rocks, all alts are shitcoins!”

At the end of the discussion, there was some sage and positive advice from a veteran – “Just gotta keep developing. Eventually crypto will have utility, it’s just taking forever because it’s so new. Right now people are buying on promises. We need promises to be kept in this space so that people have to buy out of necessity.”

Another member ended the discussion saying that while the crypto markets certainly look grim right now, everybody needs to understand that all markets move in cycles. What goes up will come down and judging from previous cycles, the crypto markets will certainly go back up again. Of course, not everything will go back up, but projects like Expanse, that have active development and goals they are working toward, will. The question is how long are you willing to wait?

 


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/

The Expanse 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!


 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 15 – 08/15/2018

Welcome to the fifteenth 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:  

  • PEX Airdrop update
  • New Chinese Community Manager
  • Tokenlab Update
  • New Exchanges: Beaxy.com, Bitexbay.com
  • Luna Wallet Beta-testers Wanted
  • Exchange Dev Update
  • Borderless Bedlam
  • Compelling Quotes

PEX Airdrop Update

 

The PEX airdrop is right around the corner. Be sure to move your EXP and LAB into a wallet where you hold the keys by August 31. (PEX will be airdropped to exchanges, but we cannot guarantee that the exchanges will distribute them to you.) The blockchain snapshot will take place at 9 a.m. UTC on August 31. The PEX will arrive into your wallets within 24 hours. For more information, visit the PEX website at www.expex.io

If you participated in the final token sale for Tokenlab and do not know how to view your LAB, please send an email to [email protected] for assistance. You can also submit a help ticket at https://expanse.freshdesk.com/. Visit out PEX discord channel to network with the community.


New Chinese Community Manager

We are thrilled to introduce Alex Zhao as our new Community Manager for the Chinese community. Alex is an experienced technical project manager with a history of working in the media production industry. He is skilled in cross-functional team leadership, troubleshooting, product management, integration, and electronics.

Alex holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Management from the University of Bridgeport, CT, and he is fluent in English and Chinese.

“It is my goal to make Expanse and LAB very successful in China,” said Alex. “My goal will be to build a China community of between 10,000 and 100,000 participants and to increase the number of miners. I also plan to get Expanse and Tokenlab on large  Chinese exchanges.”

Alex will bring on two bilingual colleagues over the next few week to assist him in meeting his ambitious goals. You can learn more about Alex here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mr-zhao-a47b3099/


Tokenlab Update

In addition to securing listing commitments for two new exchanges, (see below), the Tokenlab project is meeting many development goals, including:.

  • EXR and Lab had been integrated into the dev environment.
  • Tokenlab modules for KYC are complete.
  • Tokenlab modules for Token Creation are complete.
  • The Tokenlab,Airdrop Module is complete and will be used for the PEX airdrop.

Take a look below at the sample screens Asim has provided to demonstrate our Tokenlab progress.

Tokenlab KYC

Dashboard

Airdrop Integration

 


New Exchanges for Expanse and Tokenlab

We are pleased to announce two new exchanges for EXP and LAB:

  • Bitexbay.com – Bitexbay is a fairly new exchange, with roots in China and offices in Los Angeles, CA. The listings will activate within a few days. The fees have been paid and the development is complete, with just final touches needed on the mobile version. Watch for an announcement as soon as we get the word!
  • Beaxy.com – Beaxy aims to create the ultimate all-in-one cryptocurrency exchange, with more tools at your disposal than ever before, and a user experience that is unmatched. Among the features are:
    • Lifetime referral rewards
    • Coin staking
    • Loyalty program
    • Instant FIAT deposits
    • 24/7 customer support
    • Robust charting tools on exchange
    • Mobile app functionality with custom alerts
    • Unique trading pairs
    • 4 layers of security architecture
    • Enhanced transaction throughput

We reached agreement with Beaxy last week, with an active listing scheduled within a few weeks for EXP and soon thereafter for LAB.


Wanted: Luna Wallet Beta-testers

The Luna wallet apha-testing is complete. We are now setting up for beta-testing. We are inviting our community members to participate.

Here’s how it works:

  • Complete the participation form available on this link: Beta Testers Form
  • Receive and complete a non disclosure agreement (NDA) via email.
  • Receive an invitation to the private Luna Beta-testing channel in the Expanse  Discord.
  • Receive a promotion in rank in the Expanse Army.
  • Asim and his team will deliver the latest builds to the software.

Although the initial assignment is beta-testing the Luna Wallet, in the future it will be the PEX and Expanse exchanges and Tokenlab—anything we need people to test.


Exchange Developer Update


As we reported in the last newsletter, we have secured the services of an outside development team to build our exchanges. There will be two:

  • The decentralized exchange, EXPEX (PEX).
  • A centralized exchange, Expanse Exchange,

The development team is adhering to a strict development schedule, and today they provided the screen sample above.


Slips Project Update

The design work for the Slips project is almost all done (desktop and mobile). Take a look below at some of great design work already completed.  


Borderless Bedlam

A while back, Christopher Franko had an idea for a book set in a Blockchain world. The book is complete, and is called Borderless Bedlam. It can be downloaded for free for a limited time here: https://www.batwhaledragon.com/giveaway

The book answers the question, “What would a world dominated by blockchain technology look like?” It explores the question in the most campy way possible, featuring technobabble, a feud between friends and factions, a very mysterious mystery, the antics of Gubrick, and more…

Proceeds for the book go to Borderless Charity, http://www.borderlesscharity.org/


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

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

I imagine Slips to be a platform offering new ways to gamble, specifically on streams. The large focus of sports gambling will most likely focus on large sporting and e-sporting events.. but with the rise of gaming streams.. I see so many ways of creating new and fun ways to challenge the streamer, their viewers, and the larger video game community.. not only that, but the frequency of gaming streams offer a greater volume of events than say a season of NBA Basketball or Football. And the audience of gaming streams is growing at a steady rate.”  Posted by a Slips team member..

OK guys, so the crypto market is getting totally rekt, but don’t worry short term chart-gazing. It’s no big news, just scammy ICOs dumping their ETH and tokens from their treasury to extend their runways. Real projects are busy building exciting, cool stuff.” Posted by a community member.

In regard to the Twitter war between Expanse and Binance, a community member posted this: “Good job, Franko, on the Binance listing fee issue, This will definitely bring Expanse to the limelight and show the Expanse team’s integrity and transparency. It’s a plus for Expanse.”

“I’ve seen projects hold 48-hour hackathons building apps/dapps with prizes in crypto.Is this something Expanse would consider, which would help with awareness?You could give PEX as the prize for best apps/dapps for each category.” This great suggestion was posted by a very active (and much appreciated) community member.


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/

The Expanse 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!


 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No. 12– 07/01/2018

Welcome to the twelfth 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:

  • Gander Beta Version Launches!
  • Meet our newest EXP Grants recipients
    • Slips
    • Gameboard
  • Borderless Charity – Remembering Miguel
  • Compelling Quotes from our Discord Community

The Beta Version of Gander, the Expanse Explorer, Has Launched

We are excited to announce the launch of the beta version of our new Gander Explorer. The beta site is available for access at https://beta.gander.tech. Once we find that the beta is performing well, we will officially launch Gander by July 15, 2018.

Gander is set to become the backbone of the Expanse.Tech™ network. It will show all of the transaction counts and history for the users’ accounts.

The new Gander Explorer will also show details about the miners’ activities on the Expanse network. Later on, in V. 2, we will also display some great info regarding dApps and smart contracts running on the network.

Expanse is what it’s community wants it to be, and Gander is no different. We invite all our community members to check out the beta version of Gander and then post your feedback and suggestions in the new channel set up for Gander in the Expanse Discord. Your opinion is very important, so send in your invaluable feedback on how best to improve it and also information about any bugs you may encounter.


EXP Grants Selects Two More Grant Recipients; Challenges Everyone to Put Forward Big Ideas

The EXP Grants review board met recently to cull through the myriads of applications we’ve received from entrepreneurs focused on building projects to launch on the Expanse blockchain.

This time, there are two that stand out, and we have decided to awards grants for both projects. As you know,
the EXP Grants Program is open to anyone with a great idea on how to use the Expanse platform to create something truly amazing. You can learn more on the EXP Grants Program and how to apply here: https://expanse.tech/expanse-grants-lifecycle/.

Grant Recipient: Slips

One of the teams selected to receive a grant is called Slips. The project they submitted, also called Slips™, is a social betting platform for gamers and streamers.

Slips is a blockchain project that will launch on the Expanse.Tech platform, allowing eSports gaming fans to bet against each other while watching the streams they love on platforms such as Twitch and Mixer.

If you love eSports, unless you go to a large event, you’ll most likely watch the action on a stream. There are sites that allow you to bet on the results of these matches, but they are very restrictive—you can only bet on certain streamers (that the sites select based on popularity) and certain games (games that they can obtain results for via an API). However, betting is more fun when it is unrestricted and when people can be more creative with what bets they can make and how they can challenge their own friends.

Slips fixes these problems and more. It is a dApp and browser plugin that overlays existing platforms. You watch the stream that appears on Twitch, YouTube or Mixer, but you can also make challenges while doing so. Slips also has an intelligent moderation system which neatly solves the API issue. In addition to building the betting platform eSports fans have been crying out for, it also provides stream owners with a new revenue stream— besides the donations they already receive to keep their channel running.

Team Slips was co-founded by Husain Fazel, CEO, and Kyle O’Neill, Creative Director. Slips is essentially a two-man team that prides itself on doing more with less.They have produced some amazing work on a shoestring budget.

Husain, who is a full stack developer, has worked for a number of start-up organizations over the last 10 years. He got into the cryptosphere a little late, (middle of last year), but was fascinated by the space. He writes a blog called Orphan Blocks.

Kyle is a Communications Designer and has been working for a start-ups creating UI for mobile applications, web designs, marketing materials, etc. Most recently, he created a private social networking platform for businesses and universities called Qrosity. Kyle has been working on blockchain-related projects for the past year.

“We feel we’ve come up with an extremely interesting concept, and we have a huge target audience,” said Kyle. “We’ve been working diligently on building our proof of concept, (as opposed to throwing up a smart contract to raise funds), and connecting with our audience. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and create our own blockchain. We plan to look to Expanse for that. We have entirely different problems to solve (user experience + adoption).

 

The team is happy that by leveraging the network and scaling improvements that Expanse has created, it can focus their efforts on building the project. And since Expanse already has its own token, EXP, the team doesn’t need to create a different token, but can simply use EXP as a way for users to make bets on the Slips platform.

It’s a win-win collaboration in that Expanse also benefits from having another blockchain project with a real world use-case launching on its network. Team Slips is 100 percent focused on adoption, and it hopes to be a real success story for Expanse.

When asked how he felt about receiving the grant for his projects, Kyle said, “I am very excited about the prospect of working with Expanse. Chris and his team are enthusiastic and extremely supportive of builders like us that are trying to create the blockchain solutions of tomorrow. It was very reassuring that they understood the problems we face on our journey and are committed to helping small teams like us overcome them and succeed.”

“Rarely do you see a team come to light that is as prepared to launch as the Slips team is,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder. “They came to us with the complete package—white paper, website, pitch deck—you name it. We congratulate Team Slips on receiving the grant, and we shall extend all the help they need to launch their robust solution that will offer value to e-sports enthusiasts as well as to the Expanse community.”

Slips is beginning the proof of concept now, so they can put their dApp to the test. Given the recent supreme court ruling on sports gambling, the team thinks their project has some serious potential as a profitable blockchain technology product.

Check out their website, https://slips.io. Read the “lite paper” here: https://slips.ams3.digitaloceanspaces.com/slips_litepaper.pdf
Read Husain’s blog here: https://medium.com/@orphanblocks

Grant Recipient: Gameboard

The next project to receive a grant is Gameboard™, brought to us by the Guatemalan company, Power Development. CEO Omar Alvarez, is also a key member of the Expanse.Tech team. In fact, we first met Omar when his company came on board as an Expanse partner.

Although Omar’s Expanse title is Creative Director, designing and building awesome websites is only a fraction of what he accomplishes. He is the creator and Community Manager of the Expanse Spanish Discord channel, which is a very active community with a lively mix of games, camaraderie and support. Omar provides an endless stream of creative schemes that serve to keep community members engaged.

Let’s talk about Omar’s real passion, the blockchain-based Gameboard project. It is an incentive-based gamification system that allows the tracking of an individual’s gaming actions—measuring and comparing each member, team or department—using a rewards system to award points and badges at various levels. The rewards earned are incentive to play on the gamification playground now accessible on the www.gameboard.tech website.

On the Gameboard platform, you can register your company and create your teams and players, configuring departments and their teams. Each player is given a name and unique ID. You can then define internal actions to perform based on your company priorities and procedures.

For example, completing an assignment on time may get you ten points; selling a certain product may get you 15 points, and so on. You can then create levels and badges for the leels. All of this information is recorded, and a leader board is created that is sent to management, as well as all other eams to keep up the competitive spirit. This creative, fun approach to work is called gamification.

Gameboard is a great way to gamify mundane work, keep employees motivated, enhance reputation among peers, earn compensation for a job well done, and remove any possible perception of biases from the minds of employees. The result is a platform that brings about unparalleled transparency.

Gameboard is now integrated on the Expanse blockchain, and players on the platform can get rewards in the form of EXP tokens, thereby greatly enhancing the real-world use of EXP and providing value to the Expanse community.

“We believe in a world where people need to play,” said Omar. “Gameboard is a tool to make more productive teams. Together with my Gameboard partners, CFO Andres Garcia, we are setting out to put the ‘play’ factor into the world of work.”

“Omar and his Gameboard partners continue to amaze me with their creative approach to getting the job down and achieving record productivity,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder. Omar, in particular, has brought the Expanse Army concept into our Expanse community, achieving high levels of engagement and rewards to the community just for playing.”

You can visit the Gameboard website, https://Gameboard.Tech to learn more. Read the Gameboard pitch deck here. Many congratulations to Omar and his team at Power Development.


When Kindness Triumphs Over Everything Else

Note from the Editor: Christopher Franko’s passion for blockchain technology is only exceeded by his devotion and commitment to giving back to those in need. Christopher founded the Borderless Charity, a 501(c) (3) organization based in Washington, NC. Its mission is to empower humanity by providing access to nutrition, housing, education, and healthcare. I was so touched by a recent blog about just one of the initiatives the charity took on, that I felt compelled to share it here. Sometimes we all benefit by focusing on what’s really important…

Remembering Miguel

What binds us all as humans is far greater than what divides us. What is common within us is far greater than what differentiates us. At a greater level, we aren’t all that different. Call it a miracle of creation or the marvel of evolution, all sentient beings are united by a force that is stronger than anything else in the Universe. And that is the power of goodness and compassion; to empathize with the pain of another living being and the innate ability to respond at a micro level.

The story of Miguel Mallari Jr., while common to the countless stories of suffering in the world, is also outlined by the silver lining of hope and is a testimony to the undying spirit of the human being against apparently insurmountable odds.

Miguel M. Mallari Jr., a 54-year old man living in The Philippines was diagnosed with diabetes that had taken over most of his body. He was admitted to the Loving Mother General Hospital two months ago. He soon found out that his hospital care and medication bills were very expensive and for a man of meager means as Mr. Mallari was, it became extremely difficult for him to cope with the financial adversity that was thrust upon him. Friends and well-wishers came forward to offer financial aid. They chipped in with what they could but it still wasn’t enough. A dear friend started helping him pay the hospital and medication bills but still fell short of the expensive treatment Mr. Mallari was getting at the hospital. Many more friends and family members came forward to help financially or to volunteer to be beside him in the hospital and provide him in whatever ways they could. However, the situation was out of everybody’s hands and expenses kept piling up.

Just before he was scheduled to undergo a leg amputation surgery, because his legs were infected owing to his uncontrolled diabetes, the hospital authorities told him that they could not perform surgery on him unless he clears all of the pending bills of the hospital. The situation, it seemed, for Mr. Mallari was that of pure doom.

Providence, it seems, has a way out of every dark situation. Friends of Mr. Mallari found out about the Borderless Charity and immediately approached Mr. Christopher Franko, the founder of Borderless Charity and the Expanse.tech platform. They shared with him the critical situation Mr. Mallari was in. Without hesitation, Mr. Franko committed himself to help Mr. Mallari through the Borderless Charity. The charity donated half of Mr. Mallari’s hospital bills.

Mr. Mallari decided to live with his friend at his home. He decided to spend whatever time he had surrounded by people he loved and who loved him back. He requested leave from the hospital because he did not want to stay at a place that wasn’t empathetic to the needs of a patient in dire conditions. He chose to live in his friend’s home and his food and shelter was provided by his friend and his loving, caring family.

When he went to the doctor for follow-up, the doctor gave him three months to live because the infection had now spread to his kidneys as well. And yet, Mr. Mallari showed extreme courage and grace under these circumstances although he was saddened by the news of his impending death. He was extremely thankful for the grace and blessings his friends and family had showered upon him. And most of all, he was full of gratitude for the help extended by the Borderless Charity. He said that he will always pray for his friends and the Borderless Charity’s success.

At Borderless Charity, we live by the philosophy that the means of living a better life should not be concentrated with a select few. The disparity among us and our brethren should never stop us from extending a warm, helping hand to those in need. After all, how different are we from them and what stops us from not being in a situation similar to theirs?

Unfortunately, within two months of leaving the hospital, Mr. Miguel Mallari Jr. passed away. He will, no doubt, travel to a better place. However, how we live in this world determines how we travel to the next plane. It also determines what memories and legacy we leave in this world. The greatest achievement of a human is not how much wealth he accumulates but how much kindness and love he receives throughout his life. If you have even one person who truly loves you by your side when you leave this world, your time on this planet was worth its while. We are sure that Mr. Mallari had more than one person with him when he left the world for his eternal journey.


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

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

The first one comes from our CEO, Christopher Franko. He says,

“Crypto is being manipulated and most likely by the people claiming to ‘investigate into it.’ Removing intermediaries is terrifying for intermediaries. For millennia, intermediaries have ruled the world, and they will do anything it takes to undermine anyone looking to unseat them from their throne.”

On a lighter note, someone from the Spanish Channel posted this:

“The General Channel is on fire. Chris is so f***ing mad…..I like it!”

Another wise guy had this to say:

“Sorry, not rich anymore, now I am eating only ramen!

One loyal and enlightened community member said,

“Every newsletter has more good news than most any altcoin… Expanse has one of the strongest teams out there…. real development… no games and strong commitment to their community. Problem lies in utility and exposure. With utility and exposure Expanse will blow up.”


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/

The Expanse 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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