Zilliqa Month-to-month E-newsletter — November 2019

Greetings everybody,

We’re happy to current our first-ever month-to-month e-newsletter! Over the previous few months, we’ve had conversations with lots of you in the neighborhood and perceive your want for extra participating and digestible content material — particularly given how a lot content material and knowledge you obtain from so many media platforms every day. This article will evolve with time, and we hope you get pleasure from it! It is going to present an summary of the work throughout all 4 Zilliqa groups — Platform, Language, Progress and Marcom.

November has been fairly a trip with tons of growth work on the know-how and Scilla aspect, two key partnerships and a number of other significant world conferences below our belt. This will provide you with a glimpse of the whole lot it’s essential know. Within the coming months, we additionally hope to incorporate enjoyable contests and giveaways inside the newsletters!

For individuals who you have got additional questions, we encourage you to take part within the month-to-month AMAs and get them clarified, or write to us on our Discord channel.

First issues first: Swap your tokens!

As it’s possible you’ll know, the token swap deadline is on 15 February 2020. After this deadline, you will be unable to swap tokens from ERC 20 ZILs to mainnet ZILs. Should you miss this deadline, your tokens will probably be misplaced eternally. PLEASE make be aware of this date and swap instantly to keep away from points down the road. You should use exchanges and storage choices we’ve mentioned on this weblog.

An replace on our latest partnerships — XFERS and ELLIPTIC

Zilliqa is thrilled to rejoice the early fruits of our partnership with Xfers: the momentous announcement of StraitsX, a stablecoin pilot initative powered by Zilliqa’s high-perfomance, high-security blockchain platform.

Beginning with XSGD, a token pegged 1:1 to the Singapore Greenback, these stablecoins will enhance the extent of transparency for transactions, whereas additionally decreasing friction to accessing monetary merchandise.

We’re enthusiastic about this undertaking due to the contribution it’s making to monetary inclusion. With this stablecoin, Xfers is gone one step additional in enabling this, and we couldn’t be happier that they selected to construct on us.

Along with this improbable information, our new partnership with Elliptic will assist strengthen the Zilliqa platform and the tokens being constructed on it. Due to Elliptic’s main crypto-asset danger administration options, Zilliqa will have the ability to mitigate publicity to fraudulent monetary actions throughout the platform, and for tokens constructed on it. Which means the $ZIL token, in addition to $XSGD will profit from the added layer of compliance and safety.

With Zilliqa pushing adoption within the monetary sector to drive the digital economic system ahead, we really feel that including additional precaution layers is of the utmost significance — particularly on condition that monetary sector stands on the cross-hairs of dangerous transactions and illicit actions.

Elliptic was the associate of alternative for this activity, and it was a straightforward determination, given their high quality answer and their monitor report of excellence. You possibly can learn extra concerning the partnership right here.

World Occasions

At SFBW, our co-founder Max Kantelia spoke on the panel ‘Scaling in 2020: Layer 1 vs. Layer 2 options’. Though the panel was technical in nature, Max targeted on the significance of scaling blockchain to go well with enterprises wants and propel widespread adoption.

Moreover, our Developer Evangelist Gareth Mensah even hosted a improbable workshop on non-fungible tokens. Watch it right here. All in all, we felt San Francisco was a hotbed of promising concepts and gifted individuals, together with our pretty group members who stopped by to assist us!

We then flew to the AIBC Summit in Malta, the place Max spoke concerning the potential of blockchain to push the Decentralised Finance (DeFi) market ahead. He even spoke to key journalists about our DeFi roadmap and our growth plans wanting forward. You possibly can watch CNBC Crypto Dealer’s highlights right here (Max speaks at round 29:55).

We then made our strategy to the Singapore Fintech Pageant, which was a slightly distinctive participation as we have been there with our sister firm Aqilliz. We have been situated very near our companions Xfers and Elliptic and bought the chance to speak about our StraitsX undertaking intimately to many attendees and delegates. Amrit recapped the important thing particulars of this new partnership at a NASDAQ market interview, in case you’d like to look at it right here.

Alongside SFF, our ZILHive programme associate LongHash organised a lab crawl the place 4 of the chosen groups Mintable, Button pockets, Depos, Brightree had the chance to pitch their concepts forward of Demo Day!

Zilliqa Climbs Up the Crypto Well being Rankings

Zilliqa has now been recognised with an “A” rating within the Elementary Crypto Asset Rating (FCAS), which is a comparative metric used to evaluate the general well being of crypto tasks primarily based on variables resembling Person Exercise, Developer Habits, and Market Maturity. Our Head of Progress and Technique, Kenneth Bok shared this fascinating information on the “The Capital” occasion hosted by CoinMarketCap in Singapore across the similar time as SFF.

As of immediately, we’ve obtained 820 out of 1000 factors. We’ll share extra about these metrics, and why they’re necessary, in a separate weblog quickly!

Training Updates

It’s good to see blockchain making waves within the educational circles. We actually want quite a lot of thinkers with totally different expertise and experiences to assist this business mature and for crypto to actually change into mainstream. And talking of selection, range — on all fronts resembling gender, age and ethnicity — is a key a part of this.

Our Developer Advertising Lead Saiba Kataruka has been busy shuttling throughout King’s Faculty London and Oxford College in November, internet hosting the favored Blockchain A-Z workshops, the place he got here throughout sensible entrepreneurs, thinkers, builders and bold college students.

The workshop, as it’s possible you’ll already know, covers blockchain necessities from A-Z, and inducts attendees into the method of writing a fundamental sensible contract on our secure-by-design programming language Scilla. Whereas we’re on this topic, it’s best to take a second to take a look at learnscilla.com. With this, who is aware of… you too might study to #BuildOnZIL!

We have been proud of the varied turnout in these university-based workshops — as blockchain very similar to all STEM fields, suffers from unequal illustration. Zilliqa is eager to shift this sample in no matter method we are able to — and our partnerships with OxWoCS and KCL Blockchain Society is just the start.

We’ve really gone a step additional by taking awareness-building outdoors campuses and right into a legislation agency in November! Saiba had the chance to talk with Clifford Likelihood concerning the authorized and technological implications of stablecoins. Not solely does this point out how the broader world is coming to phrases with the significance of regulatory evolution, however it is usually good timing — with Zilliqa now powering XSGD!

Technical Updates

We’ve lately upgraded to model 6.0.0 of the Zilliqa core — marking our final main improve in 2019! Among the many extra important adjustments embody:

  • Net socket assist
  • Pending transaction API
  • Multi-message contracts.

Along with the above, the improve additionally contains:

  1. Discount of the block time by as a lot as 30 seconds.
  2. Modifications to our syncing code, which ought to enable nodes to extra rapidly rejoin their shard and protect the steadiness of the community.
  3. Varied bug fixes and enhancements to current code. Please confer with our Github repository launch notes for the complete listing of adjustments.

For Scilla we lately examined contract constraints, which supplied performance just like a constructor in Solidity. The work on the lately introduced Scilla compiled backend can also be progressing. We will probably be releasing a devoted weblog on model 6.0.0, elaborating on all of the factors.

We will even be internet hosting an AMA session subsequent week, throughout which you’ll be able to ask us something concerning the newest improve, the newly carried out options and instruments, and our technical plans for 2020 — particularly our staking undertaking. Our tech and Scilla specialists stay up for talking with you by way of Discord on 16 December 2019.

And at last earlier than we wrap this up and head in direction of the tip of the 12 months, I’d encourage you to take a while to take heed to Amrit’s podcast on Startup Snapshot, addressing a number of the most burning questions from the group, Zilliqa’s imaginative and prescient since Day One, and our evolution as an organization since 2017.

Till subsequent time people!

Cheers, the @zilliqa crew

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