London BSV Meetup inspires developers to be even more ambitious

The London BSV Meetup 2019 has inspired developers to push the boundaries even further with their BSV projects, after drawing together some of the leading developers in blockchain.

The June event saw a series of keynote presentations, including from scientists, senior researchers and software development personnel from the blockchain research firm nChain, on several key features and projects ongoing in the BSV ecosystem.

One of the presentations focused on Paymail, also known as the BSV alias protocol. Developed alongside Ryan X. Charles from MoneyButton, he described how the protocol allows neat peer-to-peer transactions by email.

In his presentation, nChain’s Andy set out the three key functions of Paymail, describing how it “unifies the application ecosystem behind a standard series of protocol extensions, defines how these extensions are presented, and enables federated systems to cooperate.”

Crucially, with Paymail, the domain owner is the ultimate trust authority on the protocol. The protocol has a number of envisaged use cases, including both consumer and commercial payments.

The presentation was followed up by a live coding session, in which nChain senior researcher Wei Zhang spoke about Elliptic Curve Digital Service Algorithm (ECDSA) and R-Puzzle.

Offering a unique insight into how these work in practical applications, Wei Zhang runs through a number of worked examples in the presentation, demonstrating the flexibility of developing for BSV.

nChain software development manager Carl Jackett presented a round-up of the most promising entries from the BSV hackathon, including the three finalists, UptimeSV, TonicPow and Polyglot.

UptimeSV is a distributed performance and uptime monitoring application. The app also allows anyone to earn BSV by participating in the uptime testing network. TonicPow is an advertising platform that allows advertisers and publishers to negotiate and earn directly in BSV.

Polyglot makes it easier to interact with Metanet protocols through python, aimed at smoothing the learning curve for new BSV developers.

Jackett went on to share some other interesting submissions, including Bitmav, an app for creating a digital legacy that can be recovered after a person has died, and Gate2Chain, a smart meter that allows real-time billing and supply control for utilities, both powered by BSV.

The event was set up to inspire developers to become more ambitious with their BSV projects, to take advantage of its capacity for low cost microtransactions and unique ability to handle scale. There will be a second virtual BSV hackathon, taking place on August 17. Applications are now open, and interested applicants can register here.

Hackathon winners feted at the CoinGeek Toronto 2019 conference

The first-ever Bitcoin Association Bitcoin SV (BSV) hackathon was initially announced in the middle of March, prepared to reward 400 BSV to the top three finalists. The project was designed to “inspire the next generation” of developers, with a completely virtual competition taking place May 4-5. The contest was tied into the recent CoinGeek Toronto 2019 conference, which took place at the end of May, where the three winners were announced and the results show how diverse and creative BSV developers are, and how interested they are in bringing real-world use cases to the platform.

There were some incredible projects presented for the hackathon, but not everyone can win. At the end of the CoinGeek Toronto’s main conference day, the top projects were announced, with Polyglot taking third place and 50 BSV, TonicPow taking second and 100 BSV, and UptimeSV being awarded top honors and 250 BSV. At the time of the conference, the prize pool would have been worth around $82,400, but BSV’s continued climb in price would now yield about $85,200. The competition is already proving to provide additional rewards on top of the prize money.

Thirty six projects involving over 200 developers were submitted for the contest. Polyglot is a system designed to be an intuitive method for different Metanet protocols to interact through Python and allows for a simpler method for developers to get involved with BSV. TonicPow allows users to monetize their sites using the platform’s peer-to-peer advertising solution, while earning BSV directly from advertisers. It has the added benefit of being simple, requiring the installation of just a single line of code in a website in order to function.

UptimeSV was developed to help protect the Internet. It provides distributed performance and uptime monitoring for dedicated denial of service (DDoS) enterprise systems to thwart attacks and is powered by BSV. Anyone is able to earn BSV by installing the app and participating in uptime tests for clients. Given the ease with which DDoS attacks can be promulgated, and the number of sites that have fallen victim to the attacks over the years, UptimeSV has the potential to ensure better security and uptime than other solutions.

Bitcoin Association’s Bitcoin SV Hackathon finalists announced in lead up to CoinGeek Toronto Conference

Bitcoin Association’s Bitcoin SV Hackathon finalists announced in lead up to CoinGeek Toronto Conference

Top 3 Finalists Will Be Flown to Toronto to Win Prize Pool of 400 BSV Currently Valued over $27,000

Toronto, Canada – May 16, 2019Bitcoin Association, the leading global organization for Bitcoin business, has held the first ever Bitcoin SV (BSV) Hackathon. The first phase of competition was a virtual hackathon that took place globally over the weekend of May 4-5 with 122 individual competitors, plus another 94 joining together to form 42 teams. Their challenge was to develop a solution for BSV on-boarding issues, extending beyond on-boarding new users to the challenge of also on-boarding new developers to BSV.

The quality of entries was so high that the judges named 14, rather than the originally expected 10, semi-finalists. Now the entries have been narrowed to three top finalists. A representative of each finalist team will be flown to Toronto for the ultimate judging and awarding of 400 BSV coins (currently valued over $27,000) at the CoinGeek Toronto conference on May 30. All finalists will also have the opportunity to be considered for investment by CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre, the technology entrepreneur. The finalists will be judged by four expert judges plus a vote by the entire conference audience, expected to be more than 250 global cryptocurrency elites. The winner will be announced at the conference’s end with 1st place winning 250 BSV, 2nd place 100 BSV, and 3rd place 50 BSV.

Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, explains: “We are thrilled that over 200 developers from 19 countries around the world joined the hackathon to build on BSV. We were especially excited to see the entrants’ diverse and creative range of on-boarding solutions, many of which could form the basis for successful BSV ventures. This reinforces why Bitcoin SV is the rebirth of the original Bitcoin, enabling developers to finally unleash the true power of Bitcoin’s original design, protocol, and Satoshi Vision.”

Jimmy’s congratulatory video for the finalists is viewable below:

The three finalist projects are:

TonicPow – A peer to peer advertising platform enabling users to monetize their site and earn Bitcoin SV directly from advertisers who can also promote their product with ease or raise money with crowd funding “Tonics.” TonicPow was developed by a Canada-based team of Attila Aros (captain), Luke Rohenaz, and Austin Rappaport. 

UptimeSV – UptimeSV provides distributed performance and uptime monitoring for robust, DDoS-hardened enterprise systems that is, of course, powered by Bitcoin SV and enables anyone to earn BSV by installing an app and getting paid to participate in uptime tests for clients of the platform. UptimeSV was developed by an Australia-based team who go by the name of Demonstrandium and are led by Dean Little (captain) with Brent Bevear, and Jye Turner. 

Polyglot – Polyglot is designed to be Bitcoin SV’s most intuitive way to interact with a myriad of metanet protocols through python, thus smoothing to entry path for new developers to Bitcoin SV - it’s a match made in heaven. Polyglot was developed by a New Zealand-based developer with user name “AustEcon.” 

The online competition is a lead-up to popular Bitcoin event, the CoinGeek Conference, taking place in Toronto for a two-day happening at The Carlu, a historic event space, on May 29-30.

Sponsored by CoinGeek, the conference producer and popular cryptocurrency news site that supports BSV, this Hackathon is the first in a series presented by the Bitcoin Association. The association brings together merchants, exchanges, application developers, enterprises, miners and others in the Bitcoin ecosystem to advance the business of Bitcoin. It supports Bitcoin SV (BSV) as the original Bitcoin, with a stable protocol and scaling roadmap to become the world’s new money and global public blockchain for enterprise.

The Hackathon was run by nChain, a trail-blazing blockchain innovation company committed to BSV. nChain’s impressive group of R+D professionals, led by Dr. Craig S. Wright, the pioneering Bitcoin scientist, have developed a global portfolio of 700 patent applications. They are leading research into solutions to massively scale the Bitcoin SV network and enable powerful technology applications of its blockchain.

With this exciting competition and significant prize pool, the Bitcoin Association is thrilled to see what developers can build with Bitcoin SV.

Bitcoin Association’s 1st BSV Hackathon – May 2019

Bitcoin Association’s 1st BSV Hackathon – May 2019

Semi-finalists: Top 14 entries from virtual competition (May 4-5)

The semi-finalists of Bitcoin Association’s first BSV Hackathon have been announced. The judges have narrowed the entries to a semi-final group from the 36 entries submitted. The judges originally intended to select 10 semi-finalists; however, the entry qualities were of such a high standard that they instead selected 14.

The virtual competition took place May 4-5. In total, 216 enthusiastic coders signed up to participate in the event. Of that number, 122 were to compete as individuals, and another 94 joined together to form 42 teams. They worked on their projects for 48 hours. Their challenge was to develop a solution for BSV on-boarding problems, extending beyond on-boarding new users to also the challenge of on-boarding developers to BSV.

List of Semi-finalists:

Biitstrap

Biitstrap is a technique for bootstrapping a communication channel via a blockchain. It’s useful for every scenario where peers don’t know each other’s connection details. This is a PoC for demonstrating the technique which may be useful and applicable for many areas such as EE2E messaging, SSH, IoT, remote control, IP-transactions etc. Devices can communicate with each other by using only public keys thanks to this technique.

BIOT

BIOT – a protocol for deploying and maintaining IoT devices over the blockchain.

Bitcoinfs

Mounts public data from bitcoinsv blockchain to your local machine, no user, password, wallet or btcsv required, just the config file or txid for a config file stored in the blockchain.  

Bitmav

Bitmav creates a digital legacy on Bitcoin SV to allow people to share important information with their loved ones after they have passed away. 

Bitflow

Bitflow is a task-based workflow engine which allows custom workflows to be easily built and run on top of Bitcoin SV with every action immutably.

 Bitgamer

Use our platform to store and query eSports match data on Bitcoin.

• Find an opponent and play a game

• Submit your match results

• That’s it! You now have a global gaming identity, powered by Bitcoin

 BitMonkey

Bitmonkey is a Browser Extension that aims to provide a gateway between the Metanet & the Internet. Bitmonkey will allow Metanetters to redesign the current internet in our image. From added functionality and interoperability to theming and modding of sites. The Bitmonkey model should allow for decentralized development and coordination in creating this vision.

Blockhead408

A movie-streaming website that uses a Money Button paywall and delivers video content that is stored on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. The content is stored using unwriter’s B:// protocol.

LetsPlayBSV

LetsPlayBSV is a game platform that facilitates and create many types of casino games online using the BSV blockchain as the backend support. 

Metavibe

MetaVibe creates a location based meta layer on top of our physical world. Thereby allowing to drop media content, comments and other smart contract-based events to specific locations while ensuring that only people at the location can read the content. Here we present the functional prototype (Android & iOS) as well as the open protocol of MetaVibe.

 Polyglot

Polyglot is designed to be Bitcoin SV’s most intuitive way to interact with a myriad of metanet protocols through python - a match made in heaven.

 Tonicpow

Tonics are peer to peer advertisements. Monetise your site and earn Bitcoin (SV) directly from advertisers. Promote your product with ease or raise money with crowd funding Tonics.

UptimeSV

Distributed performance & uptime monitoring for robust, DDoS-hardened enterprise systems. Powered by Bitcoin SV.

Ubiquity

Extend the reach of the Bitcoin protocol using P2P channels (e.g. simple gift of cash using P2P, provider earning using P2P, stream micropayment using P2P).

The Bitcoin Vision: Episode 12

The Bitcoin Vision: Episode 12

Founding President of the Bitcoin Association Jimmy Nguyen is back this week for another episode of The Bitcoin Vision, this time shot in Amsterdam—a city that supports Bitcoin. It’s the perfect place to bring us the latest developments with the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.

Kicking off the episode is some scaling news. Bitcoin SV, after all, is all about massive, on-chain scaling. Recently, the Bitcoin Association announced that the BSV Scaling Test Network (STN) is now open and ready for business. Enterprises and developers who want to test Bitcoin’s scaling limits for their applications and services can now use the STN, and contribute to the future of the BSV blockchain. Learn more about it here.

LINK, meanwhile, is a new privacy tool created by Twitter user @BitcoinSofia that allows users to store encrypted information, such as an encrypted backup of one’s wallet, on the BSV blockchain. Users upload encrypted data on the BSV blockchain, yet it is unreadable to anyone without the key. The decryption key is never sent to the server. Check out LINK.

Building BSV apps is now much easier, thanks to BitIndex, which has just launched the latest version of its real-time Bitcoin SV API platform built for developers. New features include Webhooks for Bitcoin payments, insight-API compatibility, new JavaScript-SDK and can easily be used in browser or node run-time. Visit BitIndex here.

The number of new businesses that have started accepting BSV continues to grow. The latest merchants to support BSV include Cafetaria De Spoorbrug in the Netherlands; Zumba with Rushka in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Howzat Sports bar in Makati, Philippines; and Café Aimee in the Netherlands. To check out which merchants near you have integrated BSV support, visit bsvdevs.com and bsvmerchants.com.

This week’s Satoshi shout-out goes to Twitter user @Street5Wall, who has taken the initiative to sponsor BSV developers to attend the CoinGeek Toronto conference’s Developer Day. With support from @SatoshiEngineer, @Street5Wall sponsored 13 developers, by contributing $500 towards costs for each of them to attend the event. This generous way of supporting Bitcoin SV helps the future of Bitcoin grow by helping developers who will build on the original Bitcoin.

Nguyen notes, “In addition to contributing to the cause of developers attending CoinGeek Toronto, WallStreet5 has also donated 100 BSV coins towards the prize pool of the Bitcoin Association’s first ever BSV hackathon. That’s amazing.”

Watch The Bitcoin Vision: Episode 12.

While you’re at it, also check out the previous episodes of The Bitcoin Vision here.

BSV Hackathon provides 36 new solutions to onboarding

BSV Hackathon provides 36 new solutions to onboarding

The world’s first Bitcoin SV (BSV) hackathon has come to a close, and it was a resounding success. Thirty six submissions made it across the finish line, and now the developers wait to see who the judges will chose to move on.

In total, 216 eager coders signed up to participate in the event. Of that number, 122 were to compete as individuals, and another 94 joined together to form 42 teams. They worked on their projects for 48 hours, starting at 12pm GMT+1 on Saturday, May 4 and ending at 12pm Monday, May 6 GMT+1. Of those entrants, 100 joined the Hackathon Telegram channel, of which many acted as representative of their teams.

The goal of the hackathon was broad enough to inspire creativity, but had a specific goal in mind. At the start of the event, the participants were told in a Telegram group to work on a project that would foster better onboarding, not just in end-users, but also for developers, in interacting with the BSV blockchain. Their entry should demonstrate that it was an application that provided fresh new ideas towards those two aspects of adoption, while maintaining the ability to scale, a key focus of BSV.

As the event kicked off, the mood was positive and supportive, as it typically is within the BSV community. The entrants encouraged each other, providing assistance when others got stuck with their code, and generally encouraging the entire group towards their solutions. Ted Rivera, one of the entrants, said of the atmosphere, “It was a very nurturing and educational environment where all worked hard to help others find solutions. Felt more like one big workshop.”

The biggest obstacle wasn’t in beating others towards the prize, but in achieving something within the time constraints of the event. One developer said, “The competition between participants was relevant. But the most important competition was amongst oneself: pushing oneself beyond the limits of attainable when the event started.”

It can be a grind to develop for 48 hours straight, and every little bit helped spur them towards their goals. A participant going by the name Van Gogh said:

“I was also at that point where there were like 20 hours left I was completely spent and ready to just submit what I had. Then one of Jimmy’s videos would come on and I was like dammmmn! he’s talking directly to the hundred of us, I can still smash out some code for this API part lol”

The sense of achievement at the end was real. 36 submissions got across the finish line with a working application in total. Another entrant named Attila said of the feeling:

“It was a refreshing experience to meet and organize with other builders in this space. I am impressed with how many different people worked well together. It’s going to be amazing to see what everyone has created. There are many thoughtful and talented developers in the competition that makes it suspenseful and exciting.”

The next step is the top three finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, and a representative from each will be flown to Toronto, Canada for the CoinGeek Toronto scaling conference. There, an expanded group of judges and the live audience will combine to vote on the winner.

First place brings home a whopping 250 BSV, a great start towards funding a new project. Second and third place will win 100 BSV and 50 BSV respectively, making for 400 BSV in total being granted to the finalists.

It doesn’t end there though. After presenting their work and the prizes are awarded, plenty of entrepreneurial types, including the Bitcoin Association, will be at the conference, considering the contestants’ projects for potential investment.

If you want to be part of the live audience that helps decide the final winner of this contest, register to join the CoinGeek Toronto scaling conference. If you haven’t signed up already, you can save money on your registration by using Bitcoin SV via Coingate.

First ever Bitcoin SV hackathon goes big with 400 BSV prize pool

First ever Bitcoin SV hackathon goes big with 400 BSV prize pool

How do you enable the world’s new money and global enterprise blockchain? Run a hackathon, that’s how.

This May, the Bitcoin Association—the leading industry group for Bitcoin business—is hosting the first ever Bitcoin SV (BSV) hackathon to encourage developers around the world to build on BSV and unleash the true power of Bitcoin’s original design, protocol and Satoshi Vision. The hackathon is run by nChain and sponsored by CoinGeek.

The hackathon will be virtual so anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. It will take place on May 4 and 5, with participation periods to run according to the based upon GMT timezone.

Three finalists will be selected in the virtual hackathon, and a representative from each team will fly to Toronto, Canada, to present their BSV-powered solutions at the CoinGeek Toronto Conference on May 30. A panel of judges and the conference attendees will select the winner.

The first place winner will go home with 250 BSV, followed by 100 BSV for the second placer, and 50 BSV for the third place winner. All three finalists will have the opportunity to be considered for investment funds.

Registration for the BSV virtual hackathon will open soon. Pre-register here.

The first ever BSV virtual hackathon is a lead up to the CoinGeek Toronto conference, a two-day cryptocurrency event at the historic The Carlu on May 29-30.

The CoinGeek Toronto conference is the third installment of CoinGeek’s headline events. Like the first two CoinGeek conferences, the Toronto summit will feature experts in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. The event’s overall theme is “Bitcoin SV: No Limits,” with a focus on massive on-chain scaling and the technological power of Bitcoin SV. It’s worth noting, however, that though focused on BSV, the CoinGeek conference environment incorporates speakers who also work with other cryptocurrencies and blockchains, and also welcomes anyone interested in learning about BSV.

A “Developers Day” will be held on May 29, focusing on more technical issues for BSV. The main conference will take place on May 30. Sessions will cover topics such as, scaling and technical developments of BSV, how merchants can accept payment with BSV, The Metanet, nChain’s ground-breaking project to power and integrate the Internet through the BSV blockchain, tokenization with BSV, enterprise application on the BSV blockchain, and a discussion of a Bitcoin future finally with “No Limits,” among others.

To learn more about the CoinGeek Toronto conference, visit the official CoinGeek Conference website.

Bitcoin SV virtual hackathon takes place May 4-5 as lead up to CoinGeek Conference Toronto

Bitcoin SV Virtual Hackathon takes place May 4-5 as lead up to CoinGeek Conference Toronto

Finalists Will Be Flown to Toronto for Event to Win Prize Pool of 400 BSV Currently Valued over $25,000

Toronto, Canada – March 18, 2019Bitcoin Association, the leading global organization for Bitcoin business, announces its first ever Bitcoin SV (BSV) Hackathon. This virtual hackathon will take place on May 4-5 and be open to participants worldwide. The online competition is a lead-up to popular cryptocurrency event, the CoinGeek Conference, taking place in Toronto for a two-day happening at The Carlu, a historic event space, on May 29-30. After the virtual hackathon, three finalists will be chosen and flown to Toronto for the ultimate judging and awarding of 400 BSV coins (currently valued over $25,000) at the conference on May 30. All finalists will also have the opportunity to be considered for investment. With an expected conference audience of more than 250 global cryptocurrency elites, the hackathon finalists will also be presenting their solutions before an expert crowd.  

Sponsored by CoinGeek, the conference producer and popular cryptocurrency news site that supports BSV, the Hackathon will be the first in a series presented by the Bitcoin Association. The association brings together merchants, exchanges, application developers, enterprises, miners and others in the Bitcoin ecosystem to advance the business of Bitcoin. It supports Bitcoin SV (BSV) as the original Bitcoin, with a stable protocol and scaling roadmap to become the world’s new money and global public blockchain for enterprise.

Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, explains: “We want to encourage developers around the world to build on BSV. Bitcoin SV is rebirth of the original Bitcoin, so we are excited for more developers to join us to finally unleash the true power of Bitcoin’s original design, protocol and Satoshi Vision.”

The Hackathon will be run by nChain, a trail-blazing blockchain innovation company committed to BSV. nChain’s impressive group of R+D professionals, led by Dr. Craig S. Wright, a pioneering Bitcoin scientist, have developed a portfolio of 700 patent applications. They are leading research into solutions to massively scale the Bitcoin SV network and enable powerful technology applications of its blockchain.

Interested developers around the world are encouraged to register for the Hackathon at https://coingeek.com/conferences/toronto-conference/. Details will be emailed to registrants before the May 4-5 virtual Hackathon. Submissions will be judged and reviewed within approximately one week after the online competition. Three finalists will be selected and one representative of each will be flown to Toronto to present their solution at the CoinGeek Conference for final judging. The finalists will be judged by four individual judges plus a vote by the entire conference audience.

The winner will be announced at the conference with 1st place winning 250 BSV, 2nd place 100 BSV, and 3rd place 50 BSV.

With this exciting competition and significant prize pool, the Bitcoin Association is looking forward to what developers can build with Bitcoin SV.

For more information please see https://bitcoinassociation.net and www.coingeekconference.com. For press needs in the Western Hemisphere, please contact Susan von Seggern on [email protected], or +1-213-840-0077, or on Telegram Susan VonSeggern. For the Eastern Hemisphere please contact Ed Pownall on [email protected] or +44-7825-064776.

First EU blockchain hackathon offers €100K prize

First EU blockchain hackathon offers €100K prize

In a bid to explore how blockchain technology can be used for intellectual property (IP) rights enforcement, European Union (EU) agencies are organizing a “Blockathon” event in Brussels, Belgium, in June.

The first-ever blockchain hackathon event is organized by the European Union of Intellectual Property (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. This will be done in partnership with the European Commission. The participants are expected to develop a blockchain-based integrated solution to fight counterfeiting activities in the Continent.

The event will select 10 teams, of four to eight members, who will compete for 48 hours in three challenges: the Consumer Challenge, Customer Authority Challenge and Logistic Operator Challenge.

The teams are expected to work together with leading institutions, blockchain experts, industry, government partners and technology companies to co-create a blockchain prototype that will solve the anti-counterfeiting challenge. The contestants have until April 30 to fill a simple online application for the blockathon challenge.

The winner of the challenges will receive a €100 000 ($124,000) prize. The winning system will help EU authorities quickly identify fake goods and counterfeiting activities. It will also help legitimate companies protect their operations and help consumers from purchasing counterfeit items.

EUIPO Director Antonio Campinos said around 43 million EU citizens bought counterfeit goods in 2017 despite the various measures that were already in place. This is because the anti-counterfeiting authorities and other institutions do not have a unified system of operation to deal with these criminal activities.

In a statement, Campinos also said that the agencies want to look at blockchain prospects that will help solve this problem, protect data, and add trust to the legitimate ecosystem for the benefit of the consumers, companies and enforcement authorities.

This is not the first time blockchain applications are being used in operations not related to bitcoin. A few years back, intellectual property started using proof of existence, a blockchain application to check for ownership of documents. It also used the system to check for the particular time a document was authored.

Many startups and projects have used the technology to help run their operations. One example is the American Society for Composers applied the technology to track the ownership of legally protected musical works.

The event and the actions by the European Commission to regulate blockchain shows countries are willing to accept blockchain within their systems.

Note: Tokens in the SegWit chain are referred to as SegWit-Coin BTC (inaccurately called Bitcoin Legacy or Core by many) and SegWit Gold (SWG) and are no longer Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the only true Bitcoin as intended by the original Satoshi white paper.  Bitcoin BCH is the only public block chain that offers safe and cheap microtransactions.