Gems: Update, Airdrop, and Our First Paid Task

Our plan moving forward and exciting news

Rory O'Reilly
Feb 16, 2018 · 4 min read

Thank you so much for the support you’ve given us since the inception of Gems, and especially over the past few weeks as we’ve hunkered down to improve upon our token sale. We’ve been thinking quite hard about how Gems should re-structure its sale, and have decided to listen to the community:

Members of the Gems Community are in favor of an airdrop

We’re excited to announce that Gems has listened to our community members and will be doing an airdrop for whitelisted participants, as opposed to a public token sale. Since day one, we’ve stated GEM tokens are a utility token to be used on the GEM platform, and we are happy to continue this commitment by allowing early Gems workers and requesters to participate in the Gems ecosystem without needing to purchase GEM tokens.


Who can participate in the Gems Airdrop?

Only those that were whitelisted through our Gems Community Program and accompanying tasks. Whitelisted participants are individuals who will use the GEM token and contribute to the Gems ecosystem.

Will I need to do KYC/AML to participate in the airdrop?

Yes — in order to comply with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) we will be performing KYC/AML for those that would like to participate in the Gems Airdrop.

But I did so much for the Gems Community Program and want XYZ!

We sincerely thank you for all of your efforts. The airdrop will be tiered, and will heavily favor those that contributed more to the Gems ecosystem. If you went above and beyond to help Gems, you will not be forgotten.

I wasn’t whitelisted in the correct tier before!

If you believe you were whitelisted in the wrong tier, please tell us through this form.

When is the Gems Airdrop?

The date is TBA. Please stay updated on our blog, Twitter, and Telegram for more updates.

Will I need to do anything else to participate in the Gems Airdrop?

You will need to complete KYC/AML when it comes out. Lastly, to “unlock” your tokens, you will need to complete a small number of tasks on the Gems Platform. This shows that you truly will utilize the GEM tokens and help further improve Gems.


Announcing Our First Paid Task

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with The Q to provide the first paid task on the Gems Platform. The Q is a live trivia game show where people answer questions in real time to win real prizes.

The first paid Gems task on the Gems Platform will be creating a trivia question and 3 potential answers (with one “answer” actually being correct).

We are thrilled to partner with Gems to enhance the content on our platform. We have been dubbed “The People’s Trivia App,” a tagline given to us by our users, and this partnership allows us to take that one step further by giving them to ability to contribute to each game.

— Will Jamieson, CEO of The Q

The Q and Gems partner for our first paid task

This will be the first instance of staking on the Gems Platform, and is live today. Those who have bought GEM tokens via an ongoing private sale (to strategic contributors who will use the GEM token and help build the ecosystem) will be issued GEM tokens today and will be able to participate in this task. Furthermore, GEM token holders will be able to contact the Gems team, stake GEM tokens, and become the next requester on the Gems platform.


Gems started from a simple idea and has blossomed into something that can onboard millions of people to crypto, give people livelihood, and expand a new marketplace for human labor. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with us.

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Thank you to Sol Kim, T, and Dani who helped review this piece.

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