EOS Hot Sauce #22

EOS Hot Sauce is a weekly digest of all the hottest news from around the EOSIO ecosystem. The space is evolving so rapidly it can be hard to keep up! We keep on top of it so you don’t have to.

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BOS Executive Team

When BOSCore launched, many members of the community were curious about the people behind the project and wondered what they would actually deliver. After a solid 9 months of development and progress, it’s now clear that BOScore is a strong organization capable of delivering improvements to the EOSIO protocol. You can learn more about the BOS community through a fun video montage they released this week to commemorate the recent BOS Executive Team (BET) elections.

Congratulations to EOS Nation’s CEO, Yves La Rose, and Winlin for being elected Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the BOS Executive Team!

The Chairpersons primary role is the oversight of the distribution of the encouragement stipend for BET members, as well as oversight of the ongoing improvement of the BOS Ecosystem program strategy. This includes the strategic distribution of 0.8% inflation earmarked for developers and other infrastructure. In January 2020, another BET election will take place, and this time the votes will be counted using the Borda method. This method is used by the French Academy of Sciences to elect its members and is also used in other academic institutions, competitions, tournaments, grammy awards and even several political jurisdictions.

The responsibilities of the BET were also further elaborated and are listed as:

  • General ongoing promotion of BOS and its ecosystem
  • Cooperation with Chairpersons
  • Ongoing monitoring of the performance of the Chairpersons
  • Selection and/or removal of Chairpersons by majority decision
Chairpersons Election - Article
Chairparson Election - Video
“What is BOS? Who is BOS? We are BOS!” - Video
BOS Borda Voting Model - Article

Emanate is Live

The wait is finally over! Emanate Alpha has been released and it looks and sounds fantastic!
Currently, the platform features 50 hand-selected artists that already receive real-time payments based on how long their music is streamed.

For listeners, the service is currently free, enabling a frictionless onboarding process that is made possible through the Emanate Growth Pool, which we enjoy describing as REX for music!

Along with Emanate Alpha, the team published an article touching on their 2-year journey and explaining the current features found in Emanate. We also enjoyed the video they published that included a banging track featuring one of the Emanate artists!  Overall, it’s all very cool. Artists are getting paid on the blockchain every few seconds based on provably fair metrics! Our 2017 crypto dreams are becoming a reality and it’s pretty exciting!

Emanate Alpha - Website
Emanate Alpha Launch - Article
Emanate Tutorail - Video
Emanate Growth Pool - Article

EOSIO Privacy Projects

Blockchain privacy is likely to be a very popular topic in the coming 6-18 months, and unsurprisingly we’re seeing more and more privacy-focused efforts in EOSIO. This week we have updates from known players such as PEOS and PrivEOS, as well a team we haven’t mentioned before, BlockBase.

On PEOS, tokens can now be staked either through the Bolivar Wallet (alpha) or the very reliable bloks.io.  This staking feature was highly requested and will enable more security for PEOS token holders, as well as allowing them to collect some rewards based on stake amount and duration. These rewards come from transaction fees generated from for RAM costs, development costs, and staking rewards. The PEOS project has also been more active in the Chinese Community recently, which we love to see.

PrivEOS has been under development for quite a while now and is reportedly running reliably on the nodes spun up by the Slant team. But before proceeding to a public release, the team is having its code audited and tested by independent third-parties. So far the code has passed the first security audit performed by the german company Cure53. On top of the audit being done on their own code, the team is also testing two third-party libraries used in the project (eosis-ecc and secrets.js). It’s good to see that the Slant team is taking security extremely seriously and thoroughly testing all their components.

Novusphere is building a platform that’s also aiming to provide privacy to its users. This week they announced the EOS Discussions 2.0 update, which promises to introduce a unified ID for accounts, built in multi-chain support, and its own web wallet. Through these changes, users will be able to seamlessly interact with the dApp without relying on third-parties.

Our fourth stop on this week’s EOSIO privacy tour brings us to a team from Lisbon called BlockBase. Consisting of 16 members, BlockBase provides secure storage of data in compliance with the security triad – confidentiality, integrity, and availability. They’re working on a data storage solution labeled Sidechain-as-a-Service that encrypts data while keeping it searchable from inside the system, without revealing its underlying information. Their goal is to build a scalable, secure and private data storage solution via side chains that communicates with the EOS public network.

PEOS - Wallet
Staking PEOS - Article
Staking PEOS - Video Tutorial
Staking PEOS - On Bloks.io

PrivEOS Audit - Article
PrivEOS Audit - Cure54 Report
Cure54 Auditing Firm - Websitet 

EOS Discussions 2.0

BlockBase Network - Website
BlockBase - Token Distribution Roadmap
BlockBase - WhitePaper

Parallel US 2020 Elections

After their first attempt in 2016 wasn’t able to attract enough funding, FollowMyVote has announced that they are once again going to try to run parallel elections on the blockchain during the American Presidential Election. As we learned in the latest Everything EOS episode, Zack Gall has been one of the catalysts behind the scenes encouraging FollowMyVote to give it another try. Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang has talked about modernizing the voting process through blockchain technology, so we’re hopeful that this effort will be able to attract more funding and attention than last time. The goal for 2020 is to run a parallel vote, alongside the real one, as a means of potentially validating some election results and proving the concept of blockchain voting.

The FollowMyVote team worked directly with Daniel Larimer, CTO of Block One, to design a patent for a blockchain electronic voting system powered by EOSIO, which is currently being licensed. The team is looking for more EOSIO developers to work on this project, for investors interested in their seed round, as well as regular US voters that are interested in participating in the parallel election.

We’re happy to bring more attention to such a great initiative and we encourage you to retweet their announcement to help spread the word!

FollowMyVote - Website
FollowMyVote - 2020 Elections Tweet (share for visibility!)
Andrew Yang - Blockchain-Based Voting

#EOSIOTools - Lamington

In their new series, #EOSIOTools, Block.one introduces Lamington, which is an easier way to compile, test, deploy, and call actions on your EOSIO smart contracts from Javascript and Typescript. It’s developed by Coinage, a company that advises projects and helps create customized smart contracts.

In the interview, their Founder Kevin Brown explained why they saw the need for such a tool, how the EOS Developer community reacted to their contribution, and how they plan to develop Lamington further.

He explains the tools in its current form as follows: “Lamington manages the compilation, deployment, testing, and calling of actions/getTableRows, so you don’t have to.”

While the Coinage team is already using the tool for their own services, they prefer to spend some more time to eliminate minor flaws before they give it a production version number. Eventually, they also want to help users manage things like eosio.code permission. If you’re a developer interested in testing and using Lamington, visit the core team on Slack or contribute issues or pull requests directly on their Github.

In a different style of collaboration, Block.one got some feedback and insights from six young TechGirls from Central Asia. It’s the second time that the TechGirls came for a visit to the Blacksburg offices, and here were some of the key takeaways of the day:

  • New eyes can bring fresh ideas on using blockchain technology
  • Creativity and engineering don’t clash
  • Block.one is perceived as a top employer
Coinage - Website
#EOSIOTools - Lamington
Lamington Team - Slack
Lamington -  Github
TechGirls in Blacksburg - Article

"vote4scatter" Block Producer

With an open love letter to the EOS community, the Scatter team has announced their candidacy as a Block Producer while listing their impressive contributions to the ecosystem. Without the Scatter team, the EOS public network would be very different. Most mobile wallets and dApps are using Scatter code in the backend and many of the rapid developments would not have been possible without the easy login solution that Scatter provides.

They’ve been opening EOS to other blockchains through multi-chain support, through their marketplace for in-game assets, and with the imbedded RIDL reputation system. Scatter is much more than just a regular wallet. They introduced new standards for user-friendliness and security and demonstrated how to create value through the development of essential EOSIO tools.

You can support Scatter by voting for their Block Producer account, “vote4scatter.”​

Scatter Block Producer - Love Letter to the EOS Community

Games Games Games

The excitement for EOS-based games is a global phenomenon and users from all corners of the globe meet in multiple game worlds. Recently an English-speaking business TV program in China, “ICS Money Talks,” picked up on the potential of blockchain-based gaming and aired a piece in which they mentioned the EOS Game “Crypto Sword and Magic.”

The Azarus project is also well aware of the massive potential of gaming and has developed a concept that interconnects publishers, streamers, and gamers. Azarus just released a “How Does It Work” video explaining their platform and intentions. If you’re interested in getting to know the team behind Azarus, we encourage you to read an interview with one of the founders, Alex Casassovici, that was published by Block.one in their #BuildOnEOSIO series.

Azarus users currently login with their Twitch account, but that could soon change if they integrate with other platforms that are also built on EOSIO, such as Ultra. It’s exciting to see the EOSIO network-effects that are starting to take root in the gaming industry. Speaking of Ultra, they recently showcased an early version of their storefront interface, giving an idea of what is possible when blockchain becomes an integral part of a gaming platform.

Familiar to regular readers of the EOS Hot Sauce, Upland was recently featured in Block.one’s #BuiltOnEOSIO series. As explained by Idan Zuckerman, Co-Founder of Upland, the game’s virtual assets represent unique real-world objects. Owning these assets can blur the line between the virtual world and the physical world and in this interview, we learn about the individual background of the 3 founders, as well as their future plans and vision for the game. Upland is currently in beta.

The 3D Super Hero game has gained quite some popularity in the last few weeks with many players joining the world to mine some resources and join in on some spontaneous dance battles. After a certain amount of resources are mined, a new feature allows users to craft swords by talking to the blacksmith. This process also creates an actual NFT that embeds into the sword the time and name of the user that crafted it.

The FastEco team, creators of Super Hero, does a great job keeping their Super Hero players excited through regular updates, new features, and exciting teasers like the upcoming Super Hero quests! Is your sword ready for the adventure? Shout-out to the great writer responsible for the hilarious blockchain lore that can be found while exploring the world. It’s all coming together very nicely!

And of course, a discussion about EOSIO gaming would not be complete without mentioning a little something about WAX. The very popular Prospectors game is now live on the WAX network! For those playing the version on the EOS public network, new features are expected once the EOSIO 1.8 Upgrade is completed!

EOS Gaming on Chinese TV - Article

#BuiltOnEOS - Azarus
Azarus - Website
Azarus Explainer - Video

#BuiltOnEOSIO - Upland
Upland 101: What on Earth are NFTs? - Article 

SUPER HERO How to get started - Article
Super Hero Swords - Article

Ultra - Video

Prospectors on WAX - Article
Prospectors' New Auction - Article

CampDAO 2019

The first CampDAO has come and gone and all participants are now back home safely. They discussed the experience with the CampDAO community members in a recap call recently.

Pictures are starting to show up in the shared Google Photos folder where the team is currently working on a collective article to summarize their experiences and takeaways. Luke Stokes from EOS DAC already shared some of his impressions in an article and video on Steemit.

Every participant is looking forward to the next year and the CampDAO custodians are determined to further define the vision of the project. If you’re interested in attending, join the telegram channel and help us prepare CampDAO 2020!

And finally, THANK YOU to the people of Camp Decentral for letting us participate in their camp on relatively short notice. They were tremendously helpful.

Luke Stokes Burning Man 2019 Experience - Article
CampDAO 2019 - Photos
Camp Decentral - Website
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Daniel Keyes

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Responsibilities include: product management, operations, community
Location: Toronto, Canada

Prior to founding the first EOS community in Toronto and co-founding EOS Nation, Daniel spent a decade in the financial technology industry working several diverse roles. His extensive experience in customer service, sales, sales coaching, agent training, digital marketing, digital process management (lean green belt), and product management (certified scrum master, certified product owner) eventually lead him to consulting for a blockchain dev shop.

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2009 and worked as a chase producer intern at Global TV.

Daniel lives by the principles of Truth, Love, and Freedom.