Orbs: Getting Ready for Round II of Orbs Rewards Distribution, Voting deadlines calendar for September, ORBS on Samsung Wallet, an article on A Hybrid Consensus Model for Voting
Biweekly update 28th August — 11th September
The development progress of the team is ongoing! Recently they posted a recap of updates, including ORBS on Samsung Wallet, the new minimalist supervision library for Go language and Messari Disclosure Registry. It also highlights Danny Brown Wolf’s speech on a Blockchain by Women panel on the Pilot to Production hosted by ConsenSys and Target Open House. She claims it was fun, so take a minute to check it! To get acquainted with Orbs Network a bit closer, you should surely read an interview with Tal Kol. No matter if it’s this week’s interview with PetaCrunch or any other — they are all amazing. You can also find valuable deep-dive info about Orbs in their blog. For instance, a little while back Assaf Bielski posted an article on how could Orbs take the idea of Indonesian elections and build the future election system on top of the Orbs Network. Besides, there’s still time to sign up for Orbs Hack The SDGs webinars today and on 16th September. And even more, on 15th September, Ethereal Summit is coming to Tel Aviv, and Orbs is sponsoring. Orbs events are usually teeming with community members and fans. The number of them in social networks is fluctuating; however, in the long term, it tends to grow. During the upcoming weeks, Orbs will be undergoing an exciting revamp for marketing efforts. In preparation, a separate, smaller Telegram group was created with the main focus on mobilizing only the most genuine fans and believers of this massive project. Don’t miss it out!
By the way, Guardians should check the September voting schedule not to forget about the deadlines! Stay with Paradigm, and one day Uriel will give us an incredible interview!
- Summer is over and it’s so nice to see people returning to work at full capacity (Orbs’ social media guy had FOMO)! So you’re all up to speed, here’s a FLASH update from the past month:
- ORBS on Samsung Wallet. In the stealth of night and without too much fuss, ORBS token was added to Samsung’s blockchain wallet. The token is 3# in the app, following Bitcoin and Ethereum, and will now be easier than ever to hold:
- New Git Library. Introducing Govnr, the shiny new minimalist supervision library for Go language
- Messari Disclosure Registry — This diverse consortium of blockchain projects with the shared stated goal of solving issues and fears related to crypto adaptation such as the inherent difficulty in finding accurate information, and the lack of global standards regulation.
- Danny on SF Panel, according to the update:
“I spoke on a Blockchain by Women panel on the Pilot to Production hosted by ConsenSys and Target Open House. It was packed and fun!
The panel was led by Cecily Mak, a Venture Partner at ConsenSys, with Daisy Ozim who works on Blockchain for Social Justice and Teresa Rabenberg Grobecker CEO of reConsortia (tracking real-estate referrals, partnered with the national organisation of realtors in the US).
ReConsortia CTO was there and told me that although he DOESN’T want to deal with any infrastructure maintenance, he is working with enterprise ethereum and building a custom IPFS solution because no blockchain can solve his storage needs (they have a NFT for every property in the US and want to build layers of information for every property).”
- A Hybrid Consensus Model for Voting: Taking a Cue From Indonesia by Assaf Bielski.
“The separation of block producers and validators allows organizations to keep control over their blockchain application while fulfilling blockchain’s role in generating trust. This hybrid two-tiered consensus is the architectural key to bridge the app/dapp divide.
Last month, the elections in Indonesia provided us with a real-life example for an implementation of such a hybrid model. In this case, manual centralized counting (akin to block production), was then validated on the Ethereum blockchain.”
Read an article on how could Orbs can take the idea of Indonesian elections and build the future election system on top of the Orbs Network.
- Orbs, blockchain Infrastructure as a Service for established consumer brands — PetaCrunch interview with Orbs star, Tal Kol.
“Our main goal is to have networks and companies use Orbs infrastructure in a way that brings them business value. We believe that what will drive adoption is quantifiable commercial value. Once a pilot or MVP can show that adding Orbs increases revenues, more and more businesses will want to adopt our solutions.”
- There’s still time to sign up for Orbs Hack The SDGs webinars today, 11th September and 16th! The Orbs team will help you get started with the Orbs Blockchain and participants will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card. More info here.
- 15th September, Ethereal Summit is coming to Tel Aviv, and Orbs is sponsoring.
- If you’re in on the 18th SF, be sure to check out Gili’s talk on Enterprise Blockchain’s real use cases — check it out!
- Orbs is proud to be a tech partner of the GBBCouncil’s Scaling Impact Hackathon at the UN this September! Focus SDGs are:
- Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
- Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
- Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
Delegators, in order to receive rewards, you should delegate to an active guardian who does not miss voting deadlines. If your guardian misses voting deadlines, you will not get rewards in this period.
Guardians, please note that elections are every 20000 Ethereum blocks, it is approximately 3 days. A Guardian vote is valid for about 1 week. We recommend voting every 6 days to be on the safe side.
Voting deadlines calendar (estimated)
(Sorry, a designer in me is dead)
Tools for Guardians: We launched specific delegation template for Guardians, so they can present themselves by deploying their own web-site using our instructions. Later, we are going to create other tools for the comfortable use.
This is how we use the Template to introduce ourselves: orbs.paradigmcitadel.io
Our GitHub with Template: https://github.com/paradigmcitadel/orbs_guardian_delegation
According to the new Roadmap:
- Proof-of-Stake Core Infrastructure V2 — Implement the next version of the Orbs Proof-of-Stake architecture with various improvements making the existing implementation more efficient, easier to use and more powerful with the ability to rely on stronger incentives like locking.
2. Proof-of-Stake Ecosystem Tools — Create tools for participants in the Orbs PoS Universe. Validators will benefit from easier ways to keep their node healthy. Guardians will have better ways to measure Validators. Delegators will have easier ways to stake and observe network activity.
3. Orbs Audit Node — Audit nodes are important for network security. They allow any external participant (not necessarily a Validator) to verify that the network operation is correct. Audit nodes may choose to audit only a single or subset of virtual chains.
4. Orbs Two Tier Consensus — Two tier consensus is the hybrid aspect of Orbs. It allows to build permissioned apps — where the app can select its own block producers. These apps run over a permissionless infrastructure — where validators are selected by the network.
5. Virtual Chains Infrastructure — Virtual chains are a key feature of Orbs that provides isolation between apps. It gives the network infinite scalability and sharding; and provides apps with lower cost of operation, guaranteed resources and independent governance.
6. Validator Node Deployment V2 — The next generation of how a Validator deploys and operates an Orbs node. Improvements include efficiency for reduced operation cost, higher availability and uptime, optimizations for even more scaling and improved security.
7. Orbs Smart Contract SDK — Allow developers to build even better apps with Orbs for more versatile use cases. Developers are requesting richer API’s that support more languages, more powerful data structures and more flexible interoperability.
8. App Developer Experience — Increase developer adoption by making the app development experience on Orbs easier than ever. Help developers learn how to build on Orbs and give better developer tools to debug and test their smart contracts.
9. Ready-Made Use Case Templates — Increase business adoption of the Orbs network by offering solutions for popular blockchain use-cases. These templates reduce the integration time of blockchain technology into a business from months to days.
10. Network Production Enhancements — The Orbs network is in production mainnet from March 2019. Continue the process of making the network more mature, reliable stable, performant and secure — so it can host even bigger apps with more users and more value.
11. Protocol Enhancement Research — Long term research for core improvements to the Orbs protocol. Every big feature like privacy with zero-knowledge proofs requires months of academic research before being implemented in production and added to the core.
12. Online IDE for App Developers — Similar to Ethereum’s Remix, the online IDE lets app developers write smart contracts directly from their web browser without installing any tools. This is a great way to make experimentation with Orbs easier with less friction.
13. Prism Block Explorer — Prism is the Orbs block explorer which lets users access the chain directly, find transactions and inspect blocks. Prism is also a developer tool because it lets smart contract developers investigate their contracts and learn how they’re used.
- Getting Ready for Round II of Orbs Rewards Distribution. The Orbs network launched on March 28th, 2019. The network relies on all of the participants in the proof of stake ecosystem to provide for the security and operation of the network. There are 18 active Guardians currently registered and 15 Validators running in production. There are now over 1650 Delegators participating in the Orbs PoS ecosystem. At the end of September 2019, the 2nd round of rewards distribution will occur. This post describes the various rewards, how they are calculated and the distribution process.
Partnerships and team members
- Without giving away too much info, during the upcoming weeks Orbs will be undergoing an exciting revamp for the marketing efforts. In preparation, a separate, smaller Telegram group is created with the main focus on mobilizing only the truest fans and believers of this massive project. The goal of the group is to give advocates a way to coordinate without the noise. If you’re an Orbs believer and want to get in on this, please PM admins of the chat about “Orbs Champions”
- A call for Developer Application: Scaling Impact for the SDGs Hackathon. Check the info via the link.
Who: Blockchain Developers
When: Morning September 21st — Afternoon September 22nd
Where: NYC Blockchain Center (54 W 21st Street, Suite 1001, 10th Floor)
What: Developers and entrepreneurs will work to solve three challenges framed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Orbs socks traveling:
Orbs Virtual Chains
Social media metrics
The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Orbs Facebook likes, Reddit subscribers and Twitter followers. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.