Return from Holidays
We’re back to work after the holiday season. We spent the first week back cleaning and reviewing our planning infrastructure with fresh eyes. This was productive and we believe tightened up some forward looking timelines considerably without materially giving up functionality. Everyone is fresh and excited for 2019.
Rewards in Use
We are actively using Rewards now! The first distribution end-to-end was done this week on a private deployment. This was a “proof of concept” in a sense, but we expect to show some actual use in the following weeks.
Deployment infrastructure is in place for a public demo and design cleanup is mostly done, though there are still finishing touches taking place. The next steps here are to prepare a promotion, public demonstration and appropriate marketing material — the timing of which will all be predicated on aligning a good release date for a public demonstration with the wider ecosystem and circumstance.
Graphical design work has commenced! We do not expect much development progress on this for the next two weeks, but project planning, feature requirements and initial prototypes have been completed and visual/user experience look-and-feel is on its way.
We continue the experimentation and research prototypes with staking models that we previously talked about here. This has got some commercial interest from our network of friendly blockchain companies and we’re working to closely understand their needs.
Through a blend of smart contract development tools, framework infrastructure and deep expertise we can provide a solution that works for a variety of markets here — but, the focus remains on how we can put staking model tools directly in the marketplace to allow businesses and individuals to apply smart contracts usefully.
The secret prototyping staking project mentioned before is back on the radar now that the team has returned from vacation. We expect a cool potentially-viral-marketing-driven opportunity for the existing community to quickly and usefully get involved in applying staking.