BSports Update

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.

Developer Update

Our development team, managed by Asim, has been off this past week celebrating Eid al Adha. This is a Muslim holiday celebrated around the world that lasts for several days.  Asim and team will be back hard at work on Monday. Asim purchased this bull for the celebration.

GameBoard Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gander Enhancements

As we reported last month, Expanse Founder and CEO, Christopher Franko, defined the specifications for Gander v3. The specs include a slew of enhancements and new features. As this newsletter reports, we’ve had a few other things on our plates. Plus, we did not want to take Gander offline for any length of time. As a result, we’ve taken the approach of adding enhancements as we can. Asim outlined the following Gander additions since the last newsletter article:

  • LAB and PEX balances are now displayed.
  • Users can view miner distribution.
  • Many other performance improvements are in place.

Tokenlab

This is where most of the development time was spent last week. Having made the decision to require only LAB as payment to mint coins, we have reworked the entire payment process and design. The next iteration of Tokenlab should be ready before the next newsletter. We are planning a bigger marketing push, given that our product is now very competitive and has more to offer than anything else out there. Watch for it.

Gander v3

The best laid plans. A whole slew of enhancements and new features comprise Gander v3. However, there was some urgency expressed to get it back online, so we did. The portion yet to come includes:

  • An API that (enables us to submit transaction to the node via the website.
  • Web sockets developers can connect to.
  • Ability to submit raw transactions.
  • Ability to track complete blocks and transactions.

This project was one of two primary focuses for the developers last week. Everyone helped, including some design work by Omar and content from me.

Luna Wallet

Honestly, for the first time in the life of Luna Wallet, I am using it and love it. When it was first introduced, the Windows version didn’t work for me, and I needed the Windows version due to lack of knowing how to use anything else. I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been any development since v2 was released three weeks ago. For you Windows guys who commiserated with me, come back. To download the new Luna wallet and take advantage of the great new features, go to https://github.com/expanse-org/luna-wallet/releases/tag/2.0.0.