Bisq is adecentralized bitcoin exchange. It's an open source,peer to peer system that allows anyone to buy andsell bitcoin in exchange for national currencieslike dollars, euros or yen.
In manyways Bisq is like bitcoin itself.Bitcoin is decentralized money,a system designed to allow parties to transact directly. Eliminatingthe need for monetary middlemen.
Bisq is built on the same philosophy,bringing the principles of decentralizationto the process of buying and selling bitcoin.
While there are plentyof bitcoin exchanges out there today, almost all ofthem are centralized. And that means there is a 3rdparty, a middleman.
The companies that runcentralized exchanges provide a valuable serviceand naturally they charge a fee for that. But reducing oreliminating fees isn't the onlyconcern.
Removing middlemen is also about ensuring privacyof the data and the security of your funds.
Bitcoin has proven payment transactions withouttrusted 3rd parties are possible.
Bisqbuilds on bitcoin to remove 3rd partiesfrom exchange transactions aswell.
With Bisq there is nothing and no one between buyers andsellers and software.
Of coursebuilding this kind of system and making sure it is secure isn'teasy. But we've designed a sophisticatedsolution.
You can read all about it in our whitepaperand other docs at Bisq.io
We'veproven this concept with working software. Andby the way, when we say that Bisq is decentralized,we aren't just talking about the code and the peer to peernetwork, every aspect of the Bisq effort is decentralized including how the code iswritten and how the project is managed.
We aren't a start-up or a company,we are a small and passionate group of people spread out around theworld. We are building Bisq because we think that aproperly decentralized bitcoin exchange network needsto exist.
If you do too then wecould use your help.
To learn morevisit us at bisq.io where you can find our roadmap andread our whitepaper,get in touch with us and of course download and try out Bisqitself.
Modern financial systems have enabled rapid economicexpansion and improved the lives of billions. Howevertheir centralized design cannot meet today's growing financialneeds.
IntroducingAurora. The decentralized crypto bankingand financial platform.
By combininga real time decentralized asset exchange with the world'sfirst decentralized bank, Aurora creates astable financial platform that anybody, regardlessof geographic location or status can useto secure their financial freedom.
Here is how.
IDEX, Aurora'shybrid decentralized exchange allows any ethereum cryptocurrency to be traded securely and inreal time. Traders can place and fill multiple marketorders at once and cancel orders instantlywithout incurring gas costs.
IDEXoperates hand and hand with the Boreal, Aurora's price stablecrypto currency.
Backed by a combination ofcrypto currency reserves and debt,Boreals are accepted at their target value for paymentfor IDEX trading fees and eventually for otherservices within the growing dApp economy.
IDEX and the Boreal will migrate to operate onSnow Globe, a side chain protocol that enablesmultiple high performance exchanges to shareliquidity.
Snow Globe will expand the number of exchangesbacking the Boreal and serve as the foundation thatenables Aurora to scale to the level of the currentfinancial system.
As Boreal usagegrows, Aurora will begin to issue loans in the currencythrough the first crypto bank.
Blockchain based identity and credit systemswill allow for accurate risk assessment, enablingdecentralized capital to bring a digital bankingsolution to consumers in all parts of theworld.
Aurora will be the first fully decentralized cryptobanking and financial platform where anybodyin the world can trade, borrow orgrow their wealth securely andin real time.
As technologyadvances, hackers are continuously evolving their methodsand yet due to traditional penetrationtesting and paper [inaudible] models, strongpenetration testing solutions have remained unattainable forSMEs leaving them highly vulnerable.
The time has come for that to change.Introducing Buglab, the affordable, versatileblockchain solution for asset pen testing.At its core, Buglab provides two distinctplatforms designed to help SMEsacross the globe navigate the threats of thedigital space.
Buglab contests and thevigilante protocol.
With contests, expert security researchers competeagainst one another in competitions launched byclients. Here is how they work.
The scope isdefined and the contest begins. For pentesters, it's a race against the clock to scour theclient's infrastructure for vulnerabilities.
Submissions aretimestamped on the blockchain, ensuringtransparency and immutability which Buglabtriages, ranks and scores the severity of identifiedvulnerabilities.
Real time reportingallows clients and pen testers to work onrepairs immediately. When the content ends,pen testers are ranked according to their cumulative discoveries.To safe guard their identities, they are then rewardedby the BGL token.
Meanwhile clients receive a comprehensivecontest report. In addition to pen testingcontests, Buglabs vigilante protocol provides an avenuefor whitehats globally to share their own vulnerabilitydiscoveries.
Upon identifying vulnerabilities,white hats connect with Buglab who thenpartners with CERT and CSIRTsall over the world to verify the findings. After whichthe company at risk will be notified.
Once the companyfixes the identified vulnerabilities, the white hat isautomatically rewarded using smartcontract with BGL tokens from the vigilanteprotocol reserve.
Finally the companies are alsoinvited to directly reward the white hat and launcha Buglab contest to take precautionsagainst further potential data breaches.
To learnmore about Buglab contests, the vigilanteprotocol and how SMEs can change the way digitalasset pen testing is done, visitourwebsite.
Let me share with you a quick overview of Kyber Network.
Kyber is working towards a futurewhere any token is usable anytime,anywhere.
Today there are already1000s of different tokens and protocols.And we expect this number to explode over the nextfew years.
The innovation is obviously amazing.However there is one major problem that we need toaddress. The vast majority of thesetokens are used [inaudible] or for their ownspecific use cases leading to afragmented ecosystem where the usabilityof both tokens and applications are extremely limited.
What Kyber is doing is becomingthe bridge between the whole universe oftokens and applications and allowing thetokens to [inaudible] anywhere.
Forexample, for gold token holders, they should be ableto use the tokens to buy a t-shirt,to play video games or event invest in hedge funds. And of courseit's not just about gold tokens butany kind of tokens that one might hold.
Let meexplain a little bit on how thingswork. At the heart of Kyber, there is a decentralizedliquidity network which enablesanyone to openly contribute liquidityby being a reserve. And at the same time, anyapplications can freely integrate and have accessto the liquidity pool.
Tokens supportedby the network will become instantly usableacross all the integrated applications.
I know it sounds a little bit [inaudible], so let megive you a few examples.
Say you have a lot ofOMG tokens and you want touse them but your favorite t-shirt store only wants to acceptstablecoins. So once the storeintegrates with Kyber, youcan purchase a t-shirt using OMG or any token of yourchoice. [inaudible] willreceive the payment in their preferredtoken, be it DAI, ETHor TrueUSD.
This is possible because Kyber'sliquidity network supports instanttoken to token transactions.
Similarlyfor any decentralized financial applicationsincluding [inaudible] indexfund that have integrated with Kyber, you would then be able tocontribute to the fund in different tokens that areavailable on Kyber.
Inthe same [inaudible] the fund can instantlyrebalance its portfolio into its desired mix of tokens.
Everything is done on the smart contract and fullyon chain leading to a fully secure,transparent and verifiable financialsystem.
As you can see from these two simpleexamples, what Kyber focuses on isremoving as much frictionas possible for the uses of any kind oftokens across any kind of use case.
We doso by enabling three things. First of all makingit easy for any applications tointegrate with Kyber. Secondly,removing risk and uncertainty from every singletransaction. And lastly by making the wholeprocess transparent and secure.
We believe that theremoval of these barriers is critical for mainstreamadoption for decentralized applications.
We do not see a future in whichyou have to hold and buy 50 differenttokens to use 50 differentdApps. Token holders should be able to use any tokensthey have to access all the use casesavailable.
On the flip side, decentralizedapplications should dramaticallyexpand their user base by integratingwith Kyber and accepting any kind oftokens.
Let me end with some thoughts on howwe view the blockchain space today.
Firstoff we believe liquidity is not just abouttrading but liquidityreally boils down to usabilityor how [inaudible] tokens can be used across many differentapplications and use caseswith as little friction as possible.
When that isachieved, the entire decentralized ecosystem will beable to work much better together to realize its fullpotential.
Secondly,we believe that the first phase of the tokenizedworld really arrived when bitcoin created its own token as weknow it. Following ethereumisolated the evolution bymaking it easy for developers andasset holders to create the token withoutdeploying theirwhole new chain
Wherewe are now is a world that has an exploding number of tokens,[inaudible] as aresult, the next phase has to beone where tokens [inaudible]become usable and accepted in as many ways aspossible.
This is the future thatKyber is going towards. One where the decentralizedecosystem operates togetherseamlessly and where any tokensare usable any time,anywhere.[music]
The bill of lading is the oldest standardizeddocument in cargo shipping. This three foldlegal document holds the key to cargo ownership whichmakes it the most valuable piece of paper inglobal logistics.
Slow and expensive, proneto human error, loss and counterfeiting,the workflow of this important document remainedbasically unchanged to thisday.
CargoXis a new force on the logistics market with amission to forever change the bill of lading.
Latest developmentsin blockchain technology have enabled us tocreate a bullet proof smart bill of lading workflow.
Instead of printing the bill and the hassleand expenses involved with couriers, withCargoX creating and sending a smartBL is just a few clicks away and available at a mere10% of the price.
If the BL is loss orstolen, it takes weeks to issue a new one. Inthe meantime, the cargo is already in the destinationport and the importer is paying hundreds ofdollars per day in costs.
With CargoX smart BL,this can never happen. Let us show you howeasy it is to create a send a smartBL using an every day example.
Assoon as the cargo is loaded, the logistics companycreates a new smart BL in our web basedapplication and sends it to the exporter.
This and all of the following steps utilize the latestencryption protocols to transfer the digital BL in amatter of minutes and at a fraction of the costassociated with paper based BLs.
When payment for goods is received, the exporter transfersthe smart BL to the importer with just afew clicks.
Sounds too good to be true? It's actuallyeven better.
The inner workings of the blockchainare based on open standards and decentralized.Most importantly, they are verifiableby anyone at any time.
For our users, this meansthe ultimate security, enterprise levelreliability and peace ofmind.
Within hours of the ship leaving port,the importer receives the smart BL and the transfer to the releaseagent can be made.
Whileahead of its cargo, the smart BL isalready at its final destination and the goods can bereleased as soon as the ship arrives.
Decentralized communications protocol for journalists and citizens
The journalism industry today is on adangerous path. There is really only a handful of ways topay for the news.
Journalism is sometimesreferred to as the first draft of history.
This is a sacred institutionthat is facing an existential threat like never before.
Papers have been closing and downsizing for years and that affects all ofus.
The world is changing. Technology introducesnew challenges, new opportunities.
Youneed a radically new business model or we are going to seejournalism be eradicated.
We are using blockchain andcrypto economics to pursue thatend.[music][music][music]
I am Matthew Iles, I'm the CEO of the Civic Media Company. Our mission is to create anetwork committed to the cause of independent sustainablejournalism around the world.
The funding models ofjournalism have been eroding aroundus for the last 20 years or so. The internet wronglytaught us that stuff should be free.And then you monetize the attention that you've accruedto 3rd party advertisers.
Print advertising, digitaladvertising,a lot of those have basically disappeared. And local newsorganizations are under terrible duress.
It's systematically starved entireswaves of populations from having realcritical information about what's happeningaround them.
That's not conducive to serving citizensand finding and reporting on under reported stories.
We need to flip thisincentive model on its head and that's what we are tryingto do at Civil.
When I first thought ofCivil, I wanted to create a decentralized marketplace for sustainablejournalism, having no idea how to actually buildit.
And then I discoveredblockchain.
The point of Civil is to take the big media companyout of the equation.
We are trying to effectivelyrewrite the technology stack of the entire journalismindustry from the bottom up in a permanent and publiclyowned manner.
I'm passionate about journalismbecause of what it means to afree and open and just society. But as an entrepreneur,I'm obsessed with the business model problem.I think it's one of the most wicked business model problems that any industry isfacing.
Public trust in the media is ata historic low today. We think there is an opportunityto build a new model quite literally from the ground upthat prioritizing the process that goes into reporting thesestories and that provides a new level of transparency toreaders.
Civil provides journalists with the toolsthey need to build sustainable businesses.
From subscriptionbusinesses to crowd funding models and beyond,businesses that prioritize the process of quality journalism.
We are recruiting a community that will govern the platform and will ensure thatpublishers on Civil are always adhering to the highest journalisticstandards.
Civil is built on the ethereumblockchain. This is as much as anything a decentralizedpublicly owned concept. So weneed to get ourselves out of the way as rapidly as possible. And we are usingtechnology called tokens to do that.
The Civil token is a consumer token. It is avoting stake on the platform.
Token holderswill have a vote on who can publish on Civil and will play apivotal role in holding them accountable with economicincentives built right into the technology.
It's a unique opportunityto shape the future of journalism and help preserve it forgenerations to come.
We can't do this withoutyou. We can't do this without distributing our tokens to as many mission alignedpeople, journalists, organizations aspossible.
The first set of news rooms that havesigned onto Civil are known as the firstfleet. They've been in the trenches of journalism.They have seen the problems of makinggood quality news and journalismin the 21st century.
Civil is seeking to be a platformfor us, not a publisher.
The journalism you see up heretoday are the owners of the ColoradoSun and we will be the ones calling the shots.
Civil has deliberatelychosen to focus its initial news rooms on local,international, investigative and policyjournalism.
We have a ton of news rooms that we are launching with that we are really excited about.
When you encounter a news room on Civil,you'll know that that news room has committedto publish according to the purpose,values, working standards of our platform which is called theCivil Constitution.
The point of the Civil Constitution isto make sure that we all have a common understandingso that we can have a generally agreed uponframework that any news room, anyjournalism on the platform agrees to abide by.
The Civil Media Company is not the arbiterof whether or not you are doing that, the public is.
We are at the very beginningof what we think is a long road but it's onewe believe will inject new life into journalism at acritical time and ensure it survives andthrives long intothefuture.
If you're watching this, you are amongthe 2% of people that understand that the future of tradingassets is going to look very different from how it looks now.
Takereal estate for example. Big chunky illiquidinvestments dominated by a select fewwith a tremendous amount of money being redirected to middlemen.
That's going to change.
MeetBlockimmo, a blockchain powered real estate platform.Our platform enables investments in properties, fundraising for developmentprojects and traditional private propertyexchanges.
For all three we cut out middlemen,resulting in an efficient and decentralized system so that thevalue stays between the key parties involved.
You are probably thinking blockchain is crypto, right? It's all justspeculation and talk of innovation without any realexecution.
Wrong. That's where wecome in.
Blockchain will change every area in ourlives. We are coding the future. We are leveraging thetechnology. We are investing in our skill setevery day with simplified and streamlined real estate.With a system of smart contracts on the ethereum blockchain,the foundation of our software stack.
Thisenables a simple, robust platform.
Security is a top priority. We've architected andimplemented each layer in our stack with ourusers safety in mind. We've battle testing our software with aseries of external audits and an on-goingbug bounty.
We stay curious. Wetrain our brain every day and hire only a selectfew. The ones with the right fundamental rightset.
Even so, we are able to grow exponentiallythrough smartly executingtechnology.
Our aim is to bridge the technology gap between blockchain andthe user and our strategy issimple.
Constantly iterate and ship.
By improving andsimplifying the user experience on adaily basis, we bridge the tech gap and deliver truevalue to our users.
Within the blockchainecosystem, it's time to get shit done and that's exactly what we'vebeen doing.
We will keep building and improving the awesomeness of thetechnology. But it's going to be productfirst.
So this is really happening? Yes.Do you think you'll adopt when the time comes?
Thinkagain. The time has come and you can be part ofit today.
Join us as a team member, as a client,as an investor or as a partner.
Blockimmo,join the real estate platform ofthe future today.
Argent is a gateway to the blockchain space,more specifically to ethereum.
We have solvedthe core security and usability issuesof blockchain for users by really movingsecurity and logic at the protocol layer.
WithArgent, you get the same experience as you are used to with yourbank. So imagine a bank that is fullydistributed, we don't hold your money, we don't hold yourassets. You are in control of your assets and youridentity but you don't need to backup a private keyon paper. You don't need to worry about someone stealing yourassets. The smart contract will protect them.
And we abstract complex concepts like transaction fees orgas fees in the ethereum space.
Here I've passed faceID, I'm now in Argent and it looks likea very sick wallet with all my assets. But what's uniqueis the private key on the phone doesn't hold anyassets. It's really just a remote control toyour smart contract that is in the blockchain with yourassets. It's your smart contract, you controlit.
Here for example I'll send a fewDAI. I pick afriend, let's say I send 2 DAI andthat's literally easier than with your typical bankingapp. You don't have to worry aboutfees as Argent takes care of all ofthat complexity.
So what you will see in the comingmonths is the launch of decentralizedfinance service where the wallet will take care of all of thecomplexity and on your phone in one tap you'll beable to open a secured loanwith Maker or earn interestwith Compound.
That's something where a smart walletcan do in an elegant way.
With Argent, we useAWS to get the same benefits. It'sa small team, you can build reallypowerful platforms.
We use many of the typicalservices from [inaudible]with [inaudible] currently.
Then AWSalso offers very specific services that weneed. For example, KMS is a very important componentfor us. It allowed us to save a lot of timeto access [inaudible] infrastructure.
Sowhile we don't hold assets of users, we still interact with the blockchain.So we still need it to be able to hold privatekeys, sign with these private keys forvarious services and KMS makes thatvery easy and very fast to develop.
Tofind out more about Argent, go on ourwebsite Argent.xyzand you can access the linksto the app on iOS or Android.
I'm Austin Griffith, I'm the directorof research at Gitcoin. I created the Burner Wallet andwe are using it here at the conference at ethereum 2019.
The BurnerWallet is a fast web wallet. No downloads, no seedphrases, instant onboarding.
You pick up yourburner wallet, it exists in your browser and you can go rightup to a food truck and scan a QR code and buy ameal.
The Burner Wallet runs on a side chain calledxDAI and that ramps in and out to ethereum.
That's the best part about the Burner Wallet, no technicalbackground. I don't want to hit you with a seed phrase orblock times or any of that. I want you to be able to use itright away.
My mom can use a Burner Wallet.
If you want tosetup a Burner Wallet, you can hit request in your Burner Walletand request $5 for hot dogs and setup your shop. It'llgive you a QR code, you can post that in your window and you are good to go.
Ifyou want to run a full on event, reach out to me but also there is aton of content online.
Howto host a Burner Wallet is one of mymedium articles. It goes through all the mechanics of how it works.