GET Update January ’21 — New years revolution

Olivier Biggs
Jan 29 · 16 min read

Welcome back! With so much planned for 2021, we are more excited than ever to get things underway. It’s a matter of weeks before everything we have been working on will begin to take shape. Let’s dive in!

Housekeeping
News from around the company and the ticketing world.

Bull marketing
As the amount of big developments and expected to be released in the foreseeable future is only growing and growing, there are some fun things to point to on the marketing & community side.

The continued blockchain agnostic state of GET Protocol
Dive deeper into our blockchain agnostic approach, with all its benefits and opportunities.

The added transparency of getNFTs
We don’t do things for the hype. Take a look at why we’re growing evermore excited about our soon-to-be-released NFT tickets.

Housekeeping

News from around the company and the ticketing world.

The Dutch government has set up a cancellation fund worth €300 Million for event organizers. This takes away a significant chunk of the risk involved with setting up large events.

‘The guarantee fund — similar to those announced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland — is intended for music festivals, business fairs and sports competitions that attract a minimum of 3,000 visitors and take place in Q3 and Q4 of this year.’

This is another signal that live events are on the way back in a matter of months. Several pilot events are already scheduled that will be monitored closely by the government and the event industry.

GET Protocol user GUTS Tickets is gearing up to take maximum advantage of the loosening restrictions, as the digital nature of GUTS’ system is the perfect solutions for event organizers who want to get back on their feet in 2021. Speaking of which…

More and more artists have started using GUTS Tickets over the past few months. As always if you‘re curious, you can see an updated list of the artists who have issued tickets using GET Protocol, you can do so here:

New FIAT onramp for GET! The GET is now available on decentralized platform 🐙 Octo.Fi🐙

Not only can you swap your GET there, but it also offers a very easy and straightforward FIAT on- and offramp, that can be used to buy $GET with your local currency in a simple way.

Check it out here.

Cocktail anyone? It shouldn’t be a surprise that desperate times breed innovation, but here’s another great example from Italian GET Protocol integrator Wicket Events

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In other Italian news, marketleader TicketOne was just fined for abusing their position. How do you pretend to be surprised in Italian?

We have updated our roadmap to include all the exciting developments that were announced in last month’s End-Of-Year blog.

Check out the updated GET roadmap for the first half of 2021 here.

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This was also shared on CryptoDiffer:

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Click for the source tweet.

The Q4 burnback also came out this month. Despite serious lockdown restrictions, the GET Protocol still saw serious usage in the last quarter of the last year:

The GET Protocol processed a total of 221 211 state changes in Q4 of 2020.

53 841 tickets & up sells have been issued and 1989 tickets have been resold for a total of 608 events.

To fuel these state changes a total of 58 824 GET has been burned.

Check out the full details and calculations here:

January also saw the draw of the STRAW NFT lottery, which were dispersed to liquidity providers of GET-ETH on Uniswap.

Below are the 5 prizes and the winning STRAW numbers + addresses:

🥇Prize #1: 10,000 GET
Winning STRAW: #25
Winning address: 0x5c3a9dbcfda0dadb8585ee2ef2f9a4b074d3e625

🎟Prize #2: 2 VIP tickets to a GET-ticketed event in 2021 (event TBD)
Winning STRAW: #17
Winning address: 0xc8024fecc65223b1cbd1d4e4f70f4480b1891578

🕺Prize #3: GET & GUTS swag pack XL
Winning STRAW: #52
Winning address: 0x27f9912a64de8e0bdf53a3399c3f4a9d8b362f3e

🤝Prize #4: Invite to our next (in person) monthly team meeting
Winning STRAW: #13
Winning address: 0xe357f44ded7e09699ed03db15c51be199fc1e23a

🗣Prize #5: A 30-minute ‘life-coaching’ zoom call with our business developer Sander. (Who coaches whom is up to you.)
Winning STRAW: #32
Winning address: 0x8cb966bf0cbb3091ed59458361f41fc6fb626f55

Now heads up — at the time of writing both Prize #1 & Prize #5 have not been claimed. If this remains the case, the 10,000 GET will be added to the Q1 token burn, and the zoom call with Sander will be given to community member Deofex.

UK organisation FEAT (Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing) published a guide for agents and promoters to help them prevent ticket scalping at events in their local market. GET Protocol user GUTS Tickets is listed as one of two Dutch ticketing companies to offer personalised ticketing to its users.

Launched by Eurosonic keynoter, MCT-Agentur’s Scumeck Sabottka, “Stop Touting: A Guide to Personalised Tickets in Europe” includes a step-by-step on how to implement a tout-proof personalised tickets system. It shows how ticket personalisation can be done successfully and straightforwardly, without risking long entry queues or putting your reputation as an agent or promoter on the line.

The guide also surveys the landscape across Europe, including:
– The size of the issue in various European countries
– Specific rules and regulations to be aware of in each territory
– Suggested ticketing platforms that can be used to curb touting.

Click on the image to check out the full report:

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Bull marketing

As the amount of big developments and expected to be released in the foreseeable future is only growing and growing, there are some fun things to point to on the marketing & community side.

Introducing GET Legion

This month saw the arrival of GET Legion; a community-driven group that’s dedicated to spreading awareness of the GET protocol. It’s already got a very spiffy logo and a quickly growing memberlist.

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Pretty slick, right?

There are already some rewards in $GET to be won for contributions and social posts, so be sure to join the Legion and show your support:

GET = hiring!

On the team’s side, GET Protocol is hiring another marketeer, who will take on the honor and responsibility of ensuring the upcoming releases such as the NFT Ticketing and Decentralized Events are seen by the crypto masses and reach the level of recognition they deserve.

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Is it you we’re looking for? Click on the image to read the full description.

Job description

We are looking for someone who can actively take GET to the next level in terms of recognition and awareness within the blockchain space.

It will be your first and foremost responsibility to make sure the world of crypto is familiar with GET Protocol and the GET token.

This job will contain a multitude of responsibilities and gears to shift between. From identifying the right opportunities for exposure such as podcasts or partnerships, to growing and harnessing the power of the GET community, and much more.

We are looking for someone…

  • With an advanced understanding of the crypto market, including its key players and publications;
  • With provable experience in marketing, (crypto) journalism or both;
  • Who knows how to maximize exposure & PR opportunities on platforms such as Telegram, Reddit, Twitter and Medium.
  • Who takes initiative and delivers results;
  • Who understands the unique position and attributes of GET Protocol and can effectively leverage these for
  • Who takes their work seriously, but doesn’t take him or herself too seriously.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, check out the full job description and reach out to us:

GUTS is also hiring (yes, again)
GUTS is -once again- looking for more developers to join the team and work on innovative tech that makes the world a better place:

More growth is expected and more job listings are expected to follow in the next coming weeks from GUTS, be sure to stay tuned.

The power of community proven once more

It’s something that happens every so often, but always remains noteworthy in my book:

Over the past month, several community members have delivered serious leads for future events to our business developers.

Whether through personal or business connections, this is of course a greatly appreciated act, that benefits the project and the community in a big way.

The number of signed new artists and event organizers had already been rising steadily over the course of the pandemic, but every new client or event adds another piece to the snowball.

Just once more to be very clear: we can’t wait for events to come back.

Working on partnerships behind the scenes

While we actively refrain from pushing out fluff announcements or so-called vaporware, we also wanted to get a quick note in about our activity and objectives in terms of partnerships.

Over the course of the lockdown and continued development of the exciting new features of GET Protocol, we have been in touch with multiple household names of the cryptosphere, to both share what we are working on, get feedback and find common ground for collaboration and partnerships.

While we are not going to suddenly throw around names and hypotheticals, we thought you would like to hear this, perhaps as confirmation.

Results of these talks will see the light of day in the shape of announcements at the moment they are tangible!

Blockchain development update

By Kasper Keunen blockchain developer at the GET Protocol Foundation.

Subjects to cover:

- On being blockchain agnostic
- Overview of blockchain partners
- Launch of Flusher & getNFT

“GET is blockchain agnostic” (???)

Over the years we have often described the GET Protocol as being ‘blockchain agnostic’. This isn’t a fancy way of saying we haven’t made up our mind yet. It is a fundamental design principle.

When interacting with a ticket issued by a ticketing company using the GET Protocol, a user doesn’t casually encounter any hashes, crypto addresses or 12 word seed backups. Our product isn’t meant to onboard or introduce consumers to crypto. Our aim is to offer a service that can safely handle digital rights (with ticketing as the go-to market sector). Blockchain and NFT assets are used to ensure that these digital rights can be shared, merged and (re)sold safely and within the pre-defined rules. So in short; sell smart and interoperable ticket. A lot of them.

Blockchain is used in the background to make the sharing & trading rules interoperable and transparent.

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Robinhood decided to limit its users to trade stocks in their portfolio. In some cases the company went as far a liquidating (selling) stocks without the users consent.

The need for having rules of the ‘trading game’ defined in an immutable or at least fair manner has been underlined by the developments in the US markets just this week.

Robinhood and eTrade prevented their users from trading their own assets because (and this is speculation) they got a tap on the shoulder from ‘high-finance’ entities whom suddenly didn’t like the established and agreed upon trading rules(just because it turned against them).

Clearly this isn’t how markets should work. There is nothing wrong with regulation or rules to protect investors, but changing the rules after the game has started is a poor way to play a board-game. It is an even worse way to run financial markets.

Similar to the practices of Robinhood and Citadel bending and changing the rules after the fact is exactly what ticketing conglomerates have been getting away with for decades.

The best from all the chains

Because of the fact that our end users and clients do not directly interact with the blockchain, we are in the position to leverage the benefits of several blockchains without compromising on performance.

The absolute wild-growth of blockchains has made one thing clear, there likely isn’t one platform able to serve all use cases. Bitcoin clearly excels in digital scarcity and an easy to grasp narrative. Ethereum is far more ambitious and broad in its goals, causing uncertainty and compromises in usability (high costs as ETH isn’t optimized for one thing).

Besides technical differences it is clear that some projects are adopted in regions/cultures/tribes because they fit a culture or narrative. These groups are powerful and self-reinforcing, not tapping into their momentum and network could be considered a waste.

In the following paragraphs a brief overview is provided of the blockchain we currenty work with and the reason for doing so.

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Klaytn Blockchain

In 2018 we announced our cooperation with the Korean ‘based’ blockchain Klaytn(part of Kakao Group). This cooperation has only intensified over the past year. The network and expertise of Klaytn within the Korean market is extensive and has been very fruitful thus-far. Klaytns wallet product Klip and the accompanying Kakao ecosystem seems to be a perfect fit for our digital ticket & asset experience.

Due to the pandemic the developments of getTicket and several large scheduled event have been put on hold. As the world slowly but surely navigates to a vaccinated and covid free world, this will surely change.

The Klaytn blockchain integration is a perfect fit for ticketing in Korea (and a selection of mainly countries in Asia with a high percentage of Kakao users. However, for our clients and users in the Northern hemisphere Klaytn is less suited (as most apps, explorers and information is targeted for the Korean/Kakao user).

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Binance Smart Chain

It is no secret that the Ethereum blockchain is extremely expensive to use. Even though L2 solutions might offer relief (when they are ready) simple transactions (so not contract logic) are expected to remain costly. This set us on a journey to find a blockchain that had the same feats as Ethereum but could do it for 95% less costs. The Binance Smart Chain has proven to be a reliable and easy to use alternative.

As the Binance Smart Chain is a carbon copy of the Ethereum blockchain it compatible with Metamask and has a block explorer that is built by the etherscan team. For the upcoming launch of getNFT the Binance Smart Chain testnet will be used (we have been using it for almost 1 year already while building the getNFT ecosystem).

As the blockchain belongs to the largest and most influential crypto exchange, association to its users and liquidity has potential upsides that should not be understated.

In the upcoming weeks our activity on the Binance Smart Chain will quickly ramp up. When the production version of getNFT goes live a total of 60 000 NTS will be minted (as that is roughly the total amount of people holding a ticket for a future event). Prediction; there will be more.

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Ethereum

The grand daddy of them all is and likely will remain Ethereum. As such GETs main blockchain will be ETH. Ethereum is and will, for now, be where all the liquidity, protocols and users reside. As such this blockchain would lend itself most for the first event financing pilots taking place in Q2.

Token bridges

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GET Economics & Bridges

That GET Protocol is using several blockchain simultaneously doesn’t change the token economical basic principles (the hard cap, the utility etc). When GET moves from the Ethereum blockchain to the Klaytn blockchain no new GET is created. Bridges use a trust less mechanism involving burning and locking to ensure the total amount of GET outstanding remains unchanged.

For more information about what blockchain bridges are, check out this article.

The added transparency of getNFT

The GET Protocol registers tickets on the blockchain. I presume that much was clear for the reader this far into the lengthy monthly blog. So then what makes getNFT so much better as our old/current means of registration?

Our ‘old’ blockchain registration approach (based on Statebox tech) enabled us to register the life cycle of a ticket extremely efficiently. This was great at first as the high costs of registration in 2018 on Ethereum was unsustainable on many levels.

However there was a downside to this efficiency and uniqueness. Over the years it became clear that while efficiently transparency was only provided mathematically. This type of transparency is grasped by only a small portion of the event visiting . People don’t want to see a hash, they want to see where their ticket is and able to track it back. A mathematical proof that its history was legit isn’t it.

Even though our community quickly incorporated the concepts of the ‘statechange’ and the ‘event wirings’ it became very clear that the side-chain approach wasn’t that easy to grasp and thus communicate. This proved to be a problem in marketing the upside of blockchain registered tickets. It was clear we needed to go back to the drawing board.

The 2020 NFT boom

The hype and enthousiasm observed in the crypto space in 2020 sealed the deal for us. Where the ERC20 standard revolutionized tokenization in 2017, the ERC721 was clearly becoming the golden standard for personalized/unique assets as tickets.

In other words, even though we registered 500 000 tickets on the blockchain over the past years, it wasn’t done in a manner that highlighted the benefits of doing so. After realizing this last year, we completely redesigned our approach from the bottom up. getNFT is composed out of 4 composable building blocks that allow us to scale quickly and integrate with any type of ticketeer backend.

So what does this mean for the end users and the GET Protocol community? Well far for starters real time insights about the activity of ticketeers, event creation and tickets exchanging hands. In the next section I will give an overview of what data is stored and how it can already be extracted from the contracts(rest assured fancy interfaces and explorers are coming!).

More details & transparency — Real time data about new events added by event organizers

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If an event is created by an event organizer the details about this event will be stored/pushed to the blockchain as soon as the event is published.

This means that if a lot of events are registered on a single day, the community will be able to infer what events these are and what can be expected of the subsequent future sales! Such excitement. So wow!

Each event is assigned an unique address (managed by getCustody). Allowing explorers to easily track the actions of event organizers. This is key for building trust (mainly relevant for the event financing angle).

Metadata stored per ticket/getNFT:

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Similar to the wallet/address pointing to the event event organizer, each user of the GET Protocol is assigned a wallet by getCustody.

This allows fans to easily look up their ticket on an L1 blockchain (as it is an NFT). Allowing them to experience truly owning an asset.

The fact that each ticket is an NFT opens many doors for new innovative features. For examples, after scanning tickets of events can become collectibles, lottery tickets or playing cards. What is more, this is a feature competitors aren’t event comprehending.

Metadata stored per event:

Having reliable on-chain registered data available on events will prove crucial for event financing.

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Metadata stored per ticketeer

Previously it was impossible to infer whom was producing state changes. In the getNFT system, each getNFT is linked to a ticketeer. As with the events, the primary key is an address (and an wallet issued/managed by getCustody).

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All GET Protocol activity is on-chain

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Watch the NFTs be traded, events added and tickets scanned in real time. Note that currently the data displayed is still simulated as we work out optimizations and improvements.

It is also notable that with the transactions happening in real time and on an L1 blockchain, integrating the usage of GET economics is now far more straight forward and transparent.

This means that when fully developed there will be no need for periodic burn reports and other manual/centralized processes.

Having all activity on-chain is a very important step towards community governance. As one can only vote on things that occur on-chain (otherwise the governance is vaporware). Admittedly GET governance is still far out (requires more involvements of integrators) but setting steps to enable it is important regardless.

This brief overview is isn’t intended as documentation(will be published as soon as all testing and improving is complete). We are excited!

Next steps

In the weeks ahead we will be intensively testing the getNFT implementation on Binance Smart Chain Testnet (check out the simulations here: https://testnet.bscscan.com/address/0x94Cbd20007287c4cC103ef47edA2Af07d7C0aB4c#events).

In the mean time we will work with the developers in the GET Protocol community to ensure that explorers will be available to witness the minting of 60 000 NFTs(the total amount of unscanned tickets).

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There is much to look forward to! As this Shiba called Doge would say: ‘Change happens slowly and then all at once.’

More about GET Protocol

Feedback
As always, if you have comments, questions or suggestions, please drop in to our active Telegram channel, and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

How to help out
If you are a fan of our system and want to help out, you can do so by leaving a review about GET Protocol user GUTS on Google, the iOS app store or Google Play store.

Where to buy GET
Want to get your hands on some GET tokens? Here’s an easy guide.

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A blockchain-based honest ticketing solution for all.

Korea
Our Korean Telegram channel can be found here, and our Naver page is here.

Learn more
If you want to know more about what we do, visit our website, or join the discussion on the GET Protocol Reddit.

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