OST KIT Alpha III: Over 120 Halfway Updates On How OST Technology Helps Kickstart New Economies

OST is building the essential blockchain infrastructure and tools to empower new economies, tailored to meet the goals of businesses with millions of users. The OST KIT Alpha program enables OST to build the technology side-by-side with the international developer community, to gather their valuable feedback and develop solutions that meet the needs of real businesses.

OST KIT Alpha III: Embedded Wallet-Lite challenge has been underway for three weeks now, which started out with over 200 developer teams from nearly 50 countries. A little over 120 teams are still in the running, integrating the OST Ledger and Balance APIs into their platforms.

Last Friday was the deadline for teams to submit their halfway update posts. You can find them all in this public Spreadsheet. Do let us know if yours is missing, send us a note via support@ost.com!

We’re overwhelmed with the community’s positive feedback and with all of their #OSTa3 tweets on Twitter — Thank you!

Developers have until Friday 10 August 2018, 1pm UTC to submit their final Proof of Concept integration. As a reminder, please find below an overview of the requirements your project must meet:

  1. Create a qualifying PoC integration.
  2. Publish a half-way blog post with an update about the progress of your project
  3. Upload a final YouTube video presenting your PoC
  4. Publish a final blog post about your PoC.
  5. Fill out the submission form

The submission form will be made available next week.
Here are our guidelines for a successful POC video:

A. Your video must contain the following:

➡️ A quick intro of all the people who work on the project

➡️ An overview of your POC goals

➡️ A live demo of the user interface to your project

➡️ A live log of the backend server relevant for the in-app events that trigger token transfers and that connect to the OST Ledger and Balance APIs; Run at least 1000 in-app events triggering token transfers, not including airdrops to users

➡️ Transactional interactions on OST VIEW

➡️ At least one user’s token balance and transaction history displayed in their logged-in version of your app or website

B. Make sure you clearly explain and demonstrate which app events trigger a token transfer and

3. Upload your video to YouTube — Make sure it’s publicly viewable!

4. Maximum duration is 5:00 minutes

💡 TIP: Watch our demo for an example of how to present a POC: https://youtu.be/-SxJ8c1Xh_A?t=1m09s

Please refer to the Alpha III Announcement post for all the program rules, and don’t forget about the third blog post, your Weekly Update for the Social Alpha Rewards, due this Friday, 3 August at 1pm UTC.


Last Friday was the deadline for teams to submit their halfway update posts. We received over 120 Halfway blog post submissions which you can all find in this public Spreadsheet.

Today we are excited to share six of these updates related to Travel and Transportation.

To all developer teams: Best of luck for the last ten days of OST KIT Alpha III !


BeachWeather

United Kingdom

BeachWeather wants to share weather reports — including wind directions and the tides — for beaches all over the world. Users earn Branded Tokens when others upvote their reviews.

Blog: https://medium.com/@samuel.lawson/beachweather-ost-alpha-phase-iii-halfway-update-c12a667b42f7


Beehive Travel

Philippines

Beehive Travel is on a mission to let small, independent Asian travel agencies harness the power of blockchain with their HIVE tokens. Travellers and agencies alike can earn tokens by reviewing, respectively recommending certain hotels and restaurants.

Blog: https://medium.com/@alvin_87403/beehive-travel-builds-a-branded-token-wallet-module-in-its-app-for-the-ost-alpha-challenge-3-e27a87301d20


FlyBy

United States

FlyBy’s Seat Swap program allows passengers to swap seats on a flight by exchanging FBA, FlyBy’s Branded Token. FBA can also be used by airlines and airports as an equivalent to monetary compensations or rewards.

Blog: https://medium.com/@bryanmillstein/flyby-ost-alpha-challenge-3-weekly-update-2-halfway-point-90fb451b24d7


Transit Token

Canada

Transit Token wants to replace paper tickets and plastic cards for the subway with their TTO token. Riders pay Branded Tokens to the transportation company for every fare, while earning additional TTO every time they ride the subway.

Blog: https://medium.com/@transittoken_99695/ost%CE%B13-poc-update-2-ad6f6a0e7ffc


Touriocity (OST Partner Company)

United Kingdom

Touriocity makes travelling more personal by offering tailored tours across the world. Their Branded Token rewards tour guides for joining their platform, while tourists get to spend TOUR tokens to pay for the hand-picked excursions.

Blog: https://medium.com/@Touriocity/touriocity-takes-the-next-step-with-ost-com-with-ost-alpha-phase-iii-432994ca13f5


Vacamodo

United States

Vacamodo, a platform for vacation homes, wants to keep its customers coming back for more by rewarding them with VACA tokens for every booking they make. These tokens can later be redeemed for free nights in a vacation rental of choice.

Blog: https://medium.com/@joe.marsh/simple-token-poc-iii-halfway-update-3b7fd774c65c


About OST

OST blockchain infrastructure empowers new economies for mainstream businesses and emerging DApps. OST leads development of the OpenST Protocol, a framework for tokenizing businesses. In September 2018 OST introduced the OpenST Mosaic Protocol for running meta-blockchains to scale Ethereum applications to billions of users. OST KIT is a full-stack suite of developer tools, APIs and SDKs for managing blockchain economies. OST Partners reach more than 200 million end-users. OST has offices in Berlin, New York, Hong Kong, and Pune. OST is backed by leading institutional equity investors including Tencent, Greycroft, Vectr Ventures, 500 Startups.