Cardano Community Newsletter - 7 February, 2020

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Davos Recap: Cardano rocks in Davos

The Cardano Foundation, for the second year in a row, was honored to represent Cardano in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in late January 2020. For the first time, the largest Cardano delegation to date included executives from our ecosystem partners – Input Output HK (IOHK) and EMURGO. The 10-strong Cardano delegation descended from far and wide—from Singapore, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Switzerland—with the Swiss town in Graubünden meeting us with -16°C (+3°F), heavy traffic, tight security and spirit of Davos, a feeling of collaboratively being able to change the world for the better. United with a common purpose of promoting Cardano, three entities came together as one to the most important global gathering of the year in the Rhaetian Alps. Even the ranging elevation from 1,560 meters (5,120 feet) to 3,146 meters (10,322 feet) above sea level, daily four-hour sleeps, 70-minute train commutes every morning and an 8-hour time difference did not deter us from our mission – promoting Cardano.

Read the Davos Recap

Davos Recap: keynotes and panels in Davos

The Cardano’s delegation – led by the Cardano Foundation – was in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Besides promoting the benefits of adoption of Cardano among the planet’s most influential individuals, the delegation members took part in various panels and delivered keynote addresses. These recordings were made during 20–25 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

  • Davos Diaries wrap-up by Cardano Ambassador Rodrigo Gonzalez

  • Interoperability: current state and future prospects

  • Is privacy in the crypto world mandatory or a threat? (Panel with Nouriel Roubini)

  • Global fintech ecosystem and industry trends (more details below)

  • Blockchain for social good (more details below)

  • Battle of the blockchains

  • Why Switzerland rocks the crypto world?

  • Addendum from Charles Hoskinson

Watch the recordings here

Davos Recap: Global fintech ecosystem and industry trends, a keynote by Charles Hoskinson, at the EmTech IM in Davos

Late last month, Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, delivered a keynote address at the Emerging Technologies Investor Meeting in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Hoskinson shared his insights about the latest industry trends in the global fintech ecosystem. As part of the Cardano delegation at Davos – led by the Cardano Foundation – IOHK representatives took part in various panels and delivered keynote talks, while promoting the adoption of Cardano at this influential global event.

Read and watch the recap here

Davos Recap: Blockchain for social good, a keynote by Charles Hoskinson, at the CV Summit in Davos

Not soon after his first keynote address on 23 January 2020 in Davos during the World Economic Forum, Charles Hoskinson also delivered a speech on blockchain for social good, citing practical examples that apply to real world situations.

Watch the keynote speech

Charles’s Cardano video updates: Important details and information about upcoming Shelley releases and roll-out dates

This week, Charles Hoskinson released two Cardano video updates. In the first video update of the week on 3 February, Charles Hoskinson discussed the coming releases for the incentivized testnet. He also laid out key milestones and announcements for the month of February.

Quick summary:

  • The regular Wednesday update of Jormungandr will be delayed until a major release alongside Daedalus and the wallet backend on Friday the 14th.
  • The upcoming release should increase stability and solve some of the difficulties which have been recently reported with Daedalus.
  • The OBFT hard fork will tentatively occur on 20 February. The Byron reboot with the Haskell wallet backend will happen shortly thereafter.
  • Work is currently underway with both PwC and McCann for the commercialization push.

Read and the watch 3rd of February Cardano Update Video

In his second video update on 5 February, Charles Hoskinson focused on coming releases for the incentivized testnet, after a high-level meeting with his team about the functional and non-functional requirements for the Shelley testnet.

Quick summary:

  • Cardano was built by leading with a formal methods and peer-reviewed approach to creating evidence based software.
  • We are nearing the completion of the science around Ouroboros, and it is now time to tell the world what we did and why it is important.
  • The switch to the Haskell Shelley testnet will happen in two phases. First for the stake pool operators transferring from the ITN and then for the wider user base.
  • We are currently looking at not only the Cardano Improvement Proposal (CIP) process, but also a Cardano enhancement process which will drive adoption of ada.
  • We have begun exploring wider partnerships in commercialization.

Read and watch the 5th of February Cardano Update Video

IOHK: Shelley Incentivized Testnet Update - Week 32 & Progress Update Video

IOHK provides Shelley Testnet Newsletter updates every Friday. You can check out the updates on our Forum below, and for the very latest technical updates, you can follow all the commits and pull requests in the community GitHub.

If you are not already part of the conversation, you will find a lot of activity over at the stake pool Best Practice Telegram.

Last year IOHK also released the Shelley Incentivized Testnet. Interested in learning more?

Check for more general info

Check out the Week 32 progress report

In the recent Shelley Incentivized Testnet Development Update video series, Project Manager Dimitris Poulopoulos, will be taking you through the updates on a regular basis. Watch the " Shelley Incentivized Testnet Development Update - 31 January" on the Cardano forums!

Watch Dimitris’ Update Video here

Cardano Foundation Vice Chairperson and EMURGO’s CFO & CIO, Manmeet Singh, attended and spoke at “Blockchain for Europe Summit” at the European Parliament, in Brussels

This week on Wednesday 5 February 2020, Vice Chairperson of the Cardano Foundation and EMURGO’s CFO and CIO, Manmeet Singh, attended and spoke at the Blockchain for Europe 2020 Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels.

“Everyone has a vision, the challenge comes in execution and how finely it is structured around specific gaps. If we add genuine political will to execute some use cases, we will have a wonderful future technology narrative.” said Manmeet during his speech at the European Parliament.

Blockchain for Europe represents international blockchain industry players at European level. EMURGO is a leading member of this association, which proactively contributes to the regulatory debate by supporting European decision makers in their goal to make Blockchain technology a success. Blockchain for Europe closely collaborates with national, regional and global players – both at policy as well as industry level – to support the promotion of and education about blockchain technology.

Read more about the “Blockchain for Europe” association here

EMURGO establishes Strategic Task Force with Uzbek Government to develop framework for Security Token Offerings and exchanges

Last month, EMURGO announced the establishment of a blockchain task force with the National Agency of Project Management (NAPM) under the Uzbek Government – alongside advisors KOBEA Group and Infinity Blockchain Holdings – to lead the development of a legal framework for security token offerings (STOs) and exchanges (STXs) in the Central Asian state. In addition, EMURGO and KOBEA will advise officials in Tashkent on infrastructure for digital asset banking and exchange and blockchain education units. EMURGO will provide advisory services to develop the framework and business units with the task force and mutually explore the potential for Cardano’s third-generation blockchain for infrastructure projects in the former Soviet republic.

Fun fact: the Cardano Community has an Uzbek Cardano Ambassador @SeanAlimov.

Read the official announcement details here

Cardano Community Meetups

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4 Mar 2020 - Blockchain - Time to explore the Cardano smart contract platform, in Stockholm, Sweden, by Thomas Bucklund

15 Feb 2020 - Yutaさんカルダノアンバサダー就任記念東京ミートアップ in Tokyo, by Miyatake/Yuta Uchino

13 Feb 2020 - Cardano Chat & Drinks - February 2020 Meetup, London by Robert Castelo

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