Knowledge Base Launched, NavPi Ready, Another New Team Member

In this weeks report — we have a new batch of NavPi’s, another new Software Engineer joining the team, and our new NavCoin Knowledge Base is now live.

NavCoin Knowledge Base

In an effort to improve the available technical support resources, we have opened a new knowledge base platform which is now live. We hope this will serve as the main place to go if you have any technical issues, and to have guides that will help you without needing to wait for someone to reply to your post.

We’ve surveyed the moderators to find a list of the most common questions and problems they encounter. From this, we’ve seeded 17 articles and guides as well as an updated FAQ which we hope will allow NavCoin users to quickly find the solution they’re looking for. We are continuing to work closely with the community moderators and senior community members to help us write more articles that can be published to the knowledge base to fill in any gaps.

The knowledge base is a work in progress. If you can’t find the help you need here, then head over to the support channels on Discord and a moderator can help you directly and then write it up as a new article for the site.

New NavPi batch available

We’ve just released another batch of NavPi’s onto the NavCoin Store. Stock is limited to 60 for this batch so make sure you get in quick if you want to get your hands on one.

The NavPi’s are Raspberry Pi devices which come with the NavCoin wallet installed. With this you can earn your NAV staking rewards 24 hours a day without needing to have your laptop or computer running all the time. We use Proof of Stake mining which consumes very little electricity, helps maintain the NavCoin network, and earns you 5% PoS rewards.

If you already own a Raspberry Pi, we also have the image available for download on our website if you wish to set this up yourself.

Team Expansion and Structure

At the beginning of this week Mike Delucchi started working with us full time at NavCoin HQ. Check out last weeks report to see his bio and skills. We are very pleased to have him working with us on our key NavCoin projects.

We have also hired another Senior Developer, Rowan Savage who starts with us tomorrow.

Rowan is a very talented Senior Developer who has previous worked in various roles with our Chief Engineer Craig MacGregor. Rowan has 10+ years full stack experience, specialising in complex front-end web applications. He’s a Javascript and UX Ninja, Urbex Enthusiast, React and Node specialist and is an Internationally recognised award winning developer (2015 MobileWebAwards).

With our numbers growing, the NavCore team is now better placed than ever to achieve everything we’ve set out on our roadmap. At this point it’s worth explaining the team structure so everyone can get an overview of how we plan to achieve our goals.

Paul Sanderson and Mike Delucchi are primarily focused of the NavPi 2.0 Kowhai project. They are working closely together to build and deliver what will truly be a revolution in Proof of Stake mining systems. These two are highly skilled full stack developers but also technical leaders. Their secondary role is to to define and implement advance development lifecycle processes. They are in charge of creating our replicable development environments, aligning our build procedures and creating automated deployments across our software range. Beyond these responsibilities they are beginning to contribute to NavCoin Core and and are involved in our peer review and mentoring procedures across the wider development team.

Matt Paul will be joined by Rowan Savage on the NavMorph project as their primary focus. These two will form the core of our web application team and as experienced JavaScript developers will also be working on updates for NavPay and various other web development projects and website maintenance. Beyond this, they are also beginning to contribute to NavCoin Core and and are involved in our peer review procedures across the wider team.

Alex Vasquez and Craig MacGregor continue to be the technical leads on NavCoin Core and are working hard to upskill the rest of the team so they become effective contributors to the core project as well. We are in talks with another Senior Application Developer to join the ranks and work primarily on NavCoin Core alongside Alex and Craig.

These initial projects are designed to introduce our new engineers to NavCoin and blockchain, allowing Alex and Craig to upskill them to become effective contributors to all our core projects moving forward. As software is completed and released, each team will then be reallocated to a new set of projects from our pipeline like NavChange, NavDelta and NavCoin Kauri. The intention remaining that a team has a primary project they work on, but they contribute to secondary and wider objectives in parallel.

Our development team’s primary focus is and will remain being NavCoin. We will eventually expand the development team even further to accommodate future projects like Valence as and when we have the project and resource planning complete.

Beyond the development team we are working to expand our marketing capabilities to include two more full time staff working with Kieren & Laura on content creation. We are also engaged with an expert Digital Strategist and Brand Designer who will help bring our new roadmap of products to life.

As you can see, there is huge amount of progress going on internally at NavCoin HQ and it is a very exciting period in our future history.

Second Valence article is live

Earlier this week we released our second article in the Valence introduction series.

While the first article focused on how the idea for Valence came about, this one focuses on why NavCoin benefits from Valence. We truly see these two platforms as working side by side, and building something greater than the sum of their parts.

Check it out here: https://navcoin.org/news/building-a-stronger-better-navcoin/

More content is planned to be released in the coming weeks, which will culminate in the release of the technical white paper as it is ready for public distribution.

Bounty for the community fund

We’re looking for developers to try and hack our new community fund! With the testnet now running, we’re putting out the call for developers to help us stress-test the fund, and find any potential bugs.

The community fund will play a vital role in the future development & growth of NavCoin, so we need it to work as intended, and be a secure platform that can’t be taken advantage of.

Rewards will vary and are based on the severity on the bug found, with up to 10,000 NAV (currently worth around $18,000 USD) available for the highest severity bugs.

For more information, check out Spiritar3’s medium post.

Or you can visit the dedicated Bounty Program page here and get started today.

http://navcommunity.net/cfund-bounty

Thanking our community members!

We are hugely appreciative of our community and the effort they put in to support us, but we’d like to do a special thanks for a few members that have gone above and beyond with the amount of effort they put in.

Spiritar3 has been a big part of the community for a while now, and recently helped set up the community marketing survey, which will assist our team better communicate and engage with our community. Spiritar3’s also been involved in a recent community social media campaign, as well as helping to find users for the community fund testnet. The NavCore team just wanted to let you know that your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, and we greatly appreciate it!

Another community member that we would like to thank is sakdeniz, who has spent a good amount of time setting up the http://navcommunity.net website, and creating a promotional video for the project. These will go a long way to help with our marketing efforts, and so we’d also like to send a huge thank you for your time and energy!

That’s it for the weekly report this week.

Talk soon,
 NavCoin Core Team

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