Blockchain In Toulouse, épisode 2 – Parlons smart contracts avec iEx.ec

Source : Blockchain In Toulouse, épisode 2 – Parlons smart contracts avec iEx.ec Le 21 février 2018, deuxième épisode de l’événement mensuel Blockchain in Toulouse : focus sur les smart contracts à travers l’entreprise iEx.ec, représentée par Julien Béranger (responsable de la communication) et Lei Zhang (expert en cryptographie). Cet article Blockchain In Toulouse, épisode 2 – Parlons smart contracts avec iEx.ec est apparu en premier sur BitConseil.

Slovenia is Becoming a Target Destination for Blockchain Companies

Source : Slovenia is Becoming a Target Destination for Blockchain Companies Ljubljana, 14 February 2018 – Slovenia has always strived to become a technology-friendly country. Many governments referred to Slovenia as the Silicon Valley of Europe, but so far there has been no major breakthrough in this area; however, it seems that with the advent of blockchain technology, we are getting closer to this ambitious vision, and the government of dr. Miro Cerar is increasingly aware of this. That is why the Prime Minister, dr. Miro Cerar, the Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, and a number of State Secretaries attended a working meeting at the Viberate premises today. Together with some other successful domestic blockchain start-ups, they discussed the advantages and traps posed by this technology and the aim of making Slovenia more attractive for the domestic and foreign blockchain companies. The initiative for cooperation between the Slovenian government and the Viberate company was created a week ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos, when State Secretary, Tadej Slapnik, and the COO and co-founder of Viberate, Vasja Veber, took part in a roundtable under the auspices of one of the most recognised development companies in the field of blockchain technology – Consensys. The panel discussed the importance of cooperation between companies and government in the field of blockchain technology development and the creation of friendly ecosystems that encourage the creation of innovative companies. At a working meeting, representatives of Viberate, InsurePal, ICONOMI and SunContract presented their activities to the president and ministers, explaining the obstacles they face in their operations in Slovenia and highlighted the areas, where the government can help make the country friendlier towards such companies. from left to right: Gregor Novak (SunContract), Tim Žagar (Iconomi), Damir Yandrich (IEX 360), Vasja Veber (Viberate), dr. Miro Cerar (Prime Minister), Matej Gregorčič (Viberate), Tomaž Volk (InsurePal), dr. Peter Merc (Lemur), Tanja Divic (Blockchain Alliance CEE) The Prime Minister, dr. Miro Cerar, said: “The government is aware of Slovenia’s involvement in the global flows, and with our vision of modernisation and digitisation promotion in all areas, we are bringing to the fore the introduction of new technologies. We thus recognize blockchain technology as an exceptional opportunity: in this respect, Slovenia is at the forefront and one of the most recognized blockchain destinations in Europe. For our export-oriented and small-scale economy, it is essential to encourage the development and application of business models that enable access to the international capital market and users. The ICO transactions show the potential to develop into an efficient and safe mechanism of corporate financing when properly regulated. The government closely monitors the area and, like the EU, will pursue moderate, gradual and appropriate regulation that will protect stakeholders from the highest risks. For now, individuals and entrepreneurs are invited to act with care and responsibility and to learn about all risks; moreover, they should handle any investments in accordance with capabilities and in a way that does not compromise their financial security.” …

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Enterprise Blockchain May Finally Be Ready for Its Breakout

Source : Enterprise Blockchain May Finally Be Ready for Its Breakout It turns out, last year’s mantra “make blockchain real” was little more than wishful thinking.Instead of the increased efficiency, enterprises have encountered impractically slow transaction volumes; instead of a transparent world with ultimate accountability, companies holding sensitive customer data faced regulatory concerns.Still, there’s reason to believe the same rosy-colored forecast just might come true this year.The reason for that optimism, it turns out, is that even if the blockchains didn’t become real for businesses in 2017, they did become tangible in terms of technology. And now that the software has been built, those working close to development say live trials are just around the corner. “All these experiments and proofs-of-concept were not done in a vacuum and they were not done for fun,” said Charley Cooper, managing director of the R3 distributed ledger consortium, which has its own series of live applications in the final stages of launch.He told CoinDesk:“They were done to bear out what could and could not be done effectively on the technology, and what we felt would be meaningful commercial opportunities.”In short, making blockchain real is no longer abstract, it’s on the verge of being good business.1. The software is readyBut to understand how the abstract utopia of cryptocurrency becomes more than just a business interest, one needs to revisit a slew of successes that have flown under the radar.Most recently, groups of financial institutions and enterprises (R3, the Linux-led Hyperledger consortium and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) have all seen major software milestones.For example, computing hardware giant Intel last week launched Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0 to the Hyperledger code repository. Created in partnership with more than 50 coders representing dozens of companies, the software joins the IBM-contributed Hyperledger Fabric and R3’s Corda as the latest blockchain solutions to release a version intended to give developers a sense of confidence.Building on these solutions, versions of the open-source software platforms that can be monetized have also hit the market.Last year, IBM launched IBM Blockchain, an enterprise-grade version of the software, and later this quarter, R3 will do the same with its own Corda platform, dubbed Enterprise Corda.These commercialized versions of open-source software will, in turn, enable a number of industry-specific blockchain applications. Last year, Walmart, Kroger, and Nestle helped launch a food tracking network using IBM Blockchain, and new solutions are expected to be explored this year, according to a representative of the company.In a similar way, R3’s Corda Enterprise is already in limited use with live applications from both Finastra and HQLAx. Both are expected to be available in the first half of 2018, according to Cooper.Also, JPMorgan’s Quorum – which has been the most public solution associated with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance – launched into version 2.0 last November, and for the strength of the team behind the software, it’s worth keeping an eye on.2. Interoperability is moving forwardWith the software laid down, it’s also a safe bet there will be advances on the idea that blockchains can …

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$150K of Grants for Ethereum Developers  —  The iExec ÐApp Challenge

Source : 0K of Grants for Ethereum Developers  —  The iExec ÐApp Challenge Source In November 2017, iExec released its V1 along with an SDK (Software Development Kit) allowing developers to take full advantage of the decentralized cloud. Indeed, the service enables blockchain applications to access an affordable, scalable, transparent and secure off-chain computing cloud. Github: https://github.com/iExecBlockchainComputing Katacoda: https://www.katacoda.com/sulliwane/scenarios/hello-world Following its vision to support Ethereum development and the whole ecosystem of decentralized applications, iExec is currently creating the first ÐApp Store, which release is scheduled for mid-December. This platform will act as a curated list of the decentralized applications running on top of iExec. In order to boost the development of applications on the blockchain,we are pleased to announce that we are opening doors to dapp project proposals. We have reserved a prize pool of $150K to be distributed among different dapp projects. What are the rules of the ÐApp Challenge? The ÐApp Challenge targets Ethereum developers wishing to create an application running on the blockchain. To overcome the scalability limits of blockchain, this application can leverage the cloud computing infrastructure of iExec. This will also be the opportunity for you to benefit from the visibility of being on the forefront of our ÐApp Store, as well as earn RLCs when users utilize your application. Everyone is welcome to participate, and the iExec team will be there to support you in making your idea a reality listed on the ÐApp Store. You can participate by submitting the following: Idea proposal Roadmap Component diagram Sequential diagram of the solution Bonus: a dapp smart contract with truffle tests How will funds be distributed? We will be evaluating projects based on 4 different criteria: Innovation (it would be awesome if your idea is new and provides an unexpected solution to an unmet need) Impact (it would be awesome if your project has the potential to impact the blockchain ecosystem) Feasability (it would be excellent if you have a realistic plan and are well-equipped to execute on it) Background (we’re curious about what you’ve built and accomplished in the past) A maximum of 30 dapps will be supported by offering them financial grants. The value of these grants will depend on how the projects score based on the previous 4 criteria. The minimum grant amount is set to $3,000. Winners will be given a first round of financing in February, and gradually upon completion of milestones on their roadmap, the remaining funds will be unlocked. How can Ethereum developers participate? From the 30th of November to the 19th of January, you will be able to craft a project proposal and submit it to us. A dedicated page will soon be made live for this purpose. Please follow these steps: Fork the iexec-dapp-samples repository Edit the readme file When you’re done, pull request to the dapp-challenge branch Post the link of your PR in this Google form Developers are free to collaborate and submit their work as a team, and your project doesn’t have to score high on all the of the 4 criteria to win a grant. After the application window closes, iExec will have 1 week to deliberate …

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Towards ICO 3.0

Source : Towards ICO 3.0 Source It has been a year since my first blog post on ICO 2.0 which eventually led to the creation of Cofound.it. In the last 12 months, there have been quite some changes in the blockchain ecosystem.This is the first blog post in the series of the posts a year on with the goal to propose the new “ICO” structure for 2018. But first, let’s have a quick trip down memory lane and see what we have been through with ICOs already.ICO beta — the Romanticism phaseThe romantic phase marked the establishment of alt-coins that were not just copycats of Bitcoins. Tokens from this period were usually representing platforms such as Ethereum and Lisk. They also represented some of the services offering the distributed alternative to centralised systems on the Internet such as Maidsafe and Sia. During this era, we also saw the rise of the platforms and the first decentralized apps.The most significant project to come from this phase was the DAO. During its short lifespan, The DAO gained $160 million (USD) of investment, indicating investor money was available for worthy blockchain projects.The end of this period was marked by the rise and fall of the DAO.After the fall of the DAO, we had a period of Bitcoin domination lasting until the end of 2016.ICO 1.0 — the Wild WestThis period was described as the Wild West mostly by American critics (for example Nick Tomaino and Travis Scher). Today, looking back, it is evident this era was dominated by projects that had origins outside the US such as 1stblood (Singapore), ICONOMI (Slovenia), Decent (Slovakia), Golem (Poland), SingularDTV (Switzerland). All were ICO pioneers and acted as a proof of the democratisation potential of distributed economy.These projects proved the potential of crowdsourcing while any criticism received was more likely a knee-jerk reaction of surprise from the VC ecosystem.Focusing on the project white papers from this era, we find businesses with strong visions and teams with strong crypto credentials.During this period investors were different from those in later periods. The majority of them were members of the crypto community. Initial crowdsale mechanics were built around them using, for example, bounty mechanisms which have almost completely disappeared in the later ICO eras.It is hard to single out one project to represent this period. Instead, I believe this period ended with the start of the altcoin cycle, dominated by the rise of Ethereum. There were two great events: Ethereum’s Edcon in Paris, where it became evident that ICO (ERC20) was the first killer app for Ethereum, and the establishment of Ethereum Enterprise, bringing wider acceptance among the business community.ICO 2.0 — the Golden AgeThe first projects that started to appear in this era had their roots in Q4 2016. Although they were mostly platforms, the first “missing dapps” relevant for higher levels of the ecosystem started to emerge. Another key element was the addition of a business model section in the project whitepapers instead of just a tech focus as in the ICO 1.0 model.The new concept introduced in this period was …

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iExec SDK Announcement Answers the Call for Power and Scalability on the Blockchain

Source : iExec SDK Announcement Answers the Call for Power and Scalability on the Blockchain Source In a bid to take Cloud Computing to the next level, a blockchain startup from Lyon, France, has announced the release of their Software development kit (SDK) which creates a service that provides blockchain applications with access to decentralised, affordable, transparent off-chain cloud computing. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article The announcement took place at Devcon3 in Cancun, Mexico; iExec has been keeping a strong focus on creating a first of its kind; a Blockchain Based Cloud computing platform and the SDK they have released is going to further the capabilities of the product they have painstakingly been working to deliver. The SDK release is noted by the company as being the first of many major milestones to be checked off by iExec on its roadmap to creating a decentralised economy, which it will achieve by powering blockchain applications using its’ much needed cloud processing platform. The massive accomplishment arrives a number of months after iExec released their whitepaper detailing the future development of their decentralised marketplace for cloud based resources (Including storage, applications, data-sets, and servers).   Processing power and storage on the blockchain, despite their beaming positive qualities, have been under a more sceptical microscope as of recent. This comes as more and more services, products, and technologies seek to adapt themselves to the blockchain way of life but as the analysis of blockchain complexities digs deeper, it has become apparent that there are some potentially fatal flaws within it. Problems with the Blockchain The blockchain network much like all distributed systems requires a large robust network of users for the full benefits to be enjoyed by all, a partially supported blockchain isn’t quite as powerful as everyone has been told it is. Network speeds and costs across the blockchain have often been praised for being ‘cheaper’ and in many cases ‘near free’ in their transaction costs; the truth of the matter however is that the Blockchain is indeed limited when it comes to ‘on-chain execution’ and scalability, especially in reference to block size. As blockchains grow, the number of transactions they are required to process increases but due to the lack of scalability on the blockchain, the number of transactions executed on-chain can never exceed that of a single node that is participating in the network. As every new node is added to the blockchain, it gets weaker and requires larger bandwidth, storage and computing power at an alarmingly increasing rate. iExec and their new SDK applies a heavy innovation and solution to this issue by creating a legitimate network to execute these processes ‘off-chain’, just as securely as they would be ‘on-chain’. The team has been touted as the ‘Airbnb for servers’ as the platform automatizes peer-to-peer (P2P) interactions for its users and providers in a brilliantly transparent secure blockchain service. CEO and Co-Founder, Gilles Fedak, PhD, said during his address at Devcon3: “This first version of iExec shows that …

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Blockchain-Based Video Sharing Platform Flixxo Announces Partnership with Distributed Computing Network iEx.ec

Source : Blockchain-Based Video Sharing Platform Flixxo Announces Partnership with Distributed Computing Network iEx.ec Furthering their goal to provide a completely decentralized platform for uploading and sharing videos, Flixxo has announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with iEx.ec, a decentralized network and marketplace for cloud computing. Flixxo and iEx.ec – Taking Live Video Streaming and Content Distribution to the Next Level The video content distribution market […] The post Blockchain-Based Video Sharing Platform Flixxo Announces Partnership with Distributed Computing Network iEx.ec appeared first on The Bitcoin News – Leading Bitcoin and Crypto News since 2012.

Blockchain-Based Video Sharing Platform Flixxo Announces Partnership with Distributed Computing Network iEx.ec

Source : Blockchain-Based Video Sharing Platform Flixxo Announces Partnership with Distributed Computing Network iEx.ec Furthering their goal to provide a completely decentralized platform for uploading and sharing videos, Flixxo has announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with iEx.ec, a decentralized network and marketplace for cloud computing. Flixxo and iEx.ec – Taking Live Video Streaming and Content Distribution to the Next Level The video content distribution market has already been divided among major players like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon. Understandably, the centralization of such an enormous market worries many people. Not only does smack of monopolization, but storing all of that data is expensive. On its own, Netflix spends over $1 billion per year on data storage and those overhead costs get passed down to consumers. Finally, there are the perils of centralized censorship and revenue distribution. Video streaming is a market that is crying out for blockchain initiatives, which can offer censorship-free content sharing, transparency of transactions, significantly lower data storage costs, and faster distribution. The Flixxo is a video sharing platform that enables users to upload videos, share them with the community, and get rewarded with Flixx tokens (FLX). It is based on a peer-to-peer (p2p) distributed content storage system from which the actual videos will be transferred via BitTorrent and stored locally on the viewers’ devices. Content providers earn tokens when someone watches their content and viewers can earn tokens by watching ads or by seeding content that they have already watched. Before a piece of video content can be shared on the network, however, it needs to be converted into a variety of formats to allow users to choose the one that fits their bandwidth and quality requirements best. Since the task of encoding and decoding videos is very computing intensive, Flixxo has entered into a partnership with the iEx.ec distributed computing platform in order to delegate the resource-demanding job to iEx.ec’s decentralized network. Speaking about the new partnership, iEx.ec Chief of Innovation and Adoption Jean-Charles Cabelguen stated: Flixxo is the perfect example of dApps proposing needed services that will define new standards of the future of the digital. At iExec we are pleased to provide a platform allowing Flixxo to fulfill its mission. The solution offered by iEx.ec is a distributed computing network based on the Proof-of-Contribution consensus protocol that allows the integration of off-chain computations with the blockchain, while also providing material incentives for the participants. For Flixxo it is the perfect opportunity to push the quality of its services higher without cost-inefficient centralized data centers. Pablo Carbajo, CTO of Flixxo, explained: The possibilities go further than that, as Flixxo nodes may even choose to participate in iExec’s network contributing their unused computing power. All this will be explored during the next months. One of the features that Flixxo plans to introduce into its platform is live video streaming. To do this, a powerful cloud computing backbone is needed that would allow for real-time transcoding is critical. IEx.ec has the computational power …

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Blockchain-based Video Streaming Platform Flixxo Partners with Decentralized Cloud Platform iEx.ec

Source : Blockchain-based Video Streaming Platform Flixxo Partners with Decentralized Cloud Platform iEx.ec The Internet seems to be closely associated with video about dangerous tricks and cats playing on the keyboard. The Internet video system has been managed for years by websites such as YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo and Netflix. Of course, such an obvious centralization of such an enormous market worries many people, and not all of them are crypto enthusiasts keen on decentralizing everything. Additionally, storing all that data on centralized services costs $ 1 billion a year when it comes to Netflix alone, not to mention the perils of centralized censorship and revenue distribution. However, there is a tectonic shift now, when new platforms for streaming video are appearing, which can be used for innovation, such as sharing files with peer-to-peer access and locking technologies. One of these new platforms – Flixxo, demonstrates great prospects with new functions and incentives for content creators. Flixxo platform aiming to provide a decentralized ecosystem for uploading and sharing videos with its own tokenized economics has concluded partnership with iEx.ec — a decentralized network for distributed off-chain computations. Flixxo platform uses BitTorrent protocol and blockchain to gives the chance to customers to earn money independently while watching advertising or the content that they have already seen.  Flixxo users have the right to upload original videos and receive Flixxo tokens as a reward for quality content. Watching content is also not free, but the content creator has the right to dedicate a certain number of tokens users had paid for viewing to reward them for seeding it afterwards. The niche of video streaming provides a clear opportunity for blockchain initiatives offering censorship-free content sharing, transparency of transactions, lower costs of content storage, and faster distribution. Adrián Garelik, member of the development team, co-founder of RSK Labs, stated: “Blockchain can help us by creating incentives for users to become distributors of content and also to set clear rules on content distribution. Creating a network of incentivized content distributors with transparent norms on how the content monetizes brings up new ways of connecting authors straight with consumers, creating new bonds and raising the levels of engagement.” Flixxo platform uses BitTorrent protocol and blockchain to enable its users to earn money by watching ads or seeding the content they have already watched. Flixxo users are entitled to upload original videos and earn Flixx tokens as a reward for quality content. Watching content, in its turn, isn’t free as well, but the content creator is entitled to dedicate a certain amount of tokens users had paid for watching to reward them for seeding it afterwards. Nevertheless, before sharing a certain part of a video content on a network, it needs to be transformed to a set of formats. As the task of coding and decoding of video very difficult, it is integrated with the distributed computing iEx.ec platform to delegate the resource-demanding job  to the iEx.ec‘s decentralized network, built with 10 years of expertise in mind. Jean-Charles Cabelguen, Chief Innovation & …

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