Da Hongfei became one of eleven ambassadors for Binance’s philanthropic initiative, the Binance Charity Foundation. As an ambassador and notable figure in blockchain, Da is expected to advocate for Binance Charity publicly, whose “Binance for Children” program is active in Uganda. Da’s involvement is part of a planned expansion of Binance for Children to support 90,000 Ugandan schoolchildren in 160 schools with meals, school supplies, and necessary personal items to support their education.
NEO co-founder and core developer, Erik Zhang, published an article that announced the completion of the “Native Contract” functionality, a vital part of the NeoContract component in NEO 3.0. These changes are expected to bring “huge benefits to users, developers, and exchanges” by allowing NEO dApp developers to easily integrate NEO and GAS, simplifying the distribution of GAS to users for exchanges, and making the migration process from NEO 2.x to NEO 3.0 smoother.
NEO and NEO St Petersburg Competence Center (NEO SPCC) attended Consensus 2019 in New York and delivered presentations on various projects. NEO co-founder and NEO Global Development (NGD) CEO, Da Hongfei, gave a presentation on “The Next Phase” of NEO. During the speech, Hongfei revealed the details of a new USD$100m EcoBoost program designed to support the growth of the NEO ecosystem. The EcoBoost program aims to focus on seed project activation, dApp growth support, infrastructure development, and institutional collaboration.
NEO developer Peter Lin delivered a presentation on NeoID, NEO’s digital identity solution. In the presentation, Lin discussed the self-sovereign identity model, what makes NeoID unique, the models built into NeoID, the two projects currently working on implementations of NeoID, and next steps.
NEO SPCC co-founder, Sergei Liubich, presented the R&D team’s flagship project, NeoFS, at Consensus 2019. In the presentation, Liubich noted the requirements and issues present in the data storage market and demonstrated the functionality of the NeoFS distributed decentralized storage platform. Additionally, NEO SPCC provided a video demo to show how data is stored across the network according to the user-defined placement rule, how payments can be handled using the NEO blockchain, and how data can then be audited in a scalable manner.
Head of NGD Seattle John deVadoss and NGD blockchain engineer Longfei Wang delivered a demonstration of NEO dApp development and previewed new developers tools; the NEO Toolkit for Visual Studio and the NEO Express Node. The presentation aimed to provide a holistic introduction to the NEO ecosystem, which included an explanation of the platform’s design and unique attributes such as support for contracts in multiple languages, and the absolute finality of NEO’s dBFT consensus mechanism.
Interviews from Consensus 2019:
- Da Hongfei interview with Crypto Finder.
- Da Hongfei interview with Coin Desk.
- John deVadoss interview with Mr. Kristoff.
- John deVadoss interview with That Martini Guy.
Demonstration of the NEO Toolkit for Visual Studio
Demonstration of command-line support for the NEO Toolkit for VS/VS Code and the NEO Express Node
Creating a “Smart Donation” app with NEO-ONE
NNT Catch Up
In April, NEO Colorado hosted its first developer-oriented workshop in Denver, Colorado. Alex Fragapane of NEO-ONE was the instructor for the evening and delivered a presentation on the structure and design of a simple token smart contract. On the same evening of Tuesday the 23rd, NEO-ONE hosted a developer workshop in Seattle, US.
O3 Labs released the O3 Explorer, a block explorer to view the NEO blockchain. O3 Labs’ full-featured offering includes information on NEO’s latest blocks, mempool (pending transaction) data, information about smart contracts deployed on NEO, a customizable address watchlist, and a network status monitor.
NewEconoLabs (NEL) released its bi-monthly report for the first half of May. Highlights included further progress on the NNS DEX, Teemo extension wallet, and other projects. Additionally, NEL has continued its contributions to the NEO dAPI standard proposal, which now incorporates several newly proposed methods and events as part of the proposed standard. NEL concluded its report by noting its participation in the third NEO developer community conference call, where it discussed community development, issues, and proposed suggestions alongside other development-focused entities in the NEO ecosystem.
May 15th, NEO Colorado is co-hosting an event where community representatives will compare and contrast the NEO, Ethereum, and EOS public blockchains. A subject matter expert from each ecosystem will offer perspectives on the various cultural and technical differences of their respective blockchains. Each participant will deliver a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A session moderated by a neutral representative from the Denver Blockchain community.
May 15th, Trinity released a bi-monthly update, which included updates to the channel establishment process and completion of the channel removal process.
May 16th, QLC Chain conducted a community Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the NEO subreddit and launched the Counter Telecom Fraud Platform on Friday, May 17th. The CTFP serves as an anti-fraud message tracking service that seeks to prevent telemarketing scams. In the AMA, the team stated “the QLC Chain is ready for enterprise adoption” and that its solution “builds unique synergy with NEO in the communication industry.” The CTFP allows financial institutions to build an Application-to-Platform (A2P) ledger on the QLC Chain blockchain. The platform offers a trusted environment for a financial institution to prevent SMS, telephone, and website content fraud.
May 23rd: NEO Colorado meetup – Denver, US.
June 4th: NEO-ONE workshop – Seattle, US.