Cardano launches an update

According to Cardano's roadmap the launch of a testnet is set on April 30 that will bring the integration of smart contracts
12 April 2018   452

Cardano is set to launch its Goguen testnet on April 30. Recently, Cardano team has been busy designing a next-generation virtual machine called IELE and a universal framework to be used as core infrastructure for future blockchain technologies. Testnet version of IELE on Ethereum Mantis client will allow developers and the wider community to test and evaluate the implementation of smart contracts. Developers will also be provided with a specific toolset.

The purpose of the testnet is to receive feedback on IELE virtual machine and smart contract functionality. Developers can familiarise themselves with how the smart contracts work before deploying them on the mainnet. Feedback on any integration issues early on will help Cardano to make improvements when necessary at an early stage.

Overall, Goguen update promises to bring much greater security and dependability to blockchain systems and will reduce the risk of vulnerabilities. At the moment of publication, Cardano's marker indicators are as follows

Average price: $0.188645

Market cap: $4,891,012,222

Volume (24H): $416,858,000

Cardano to hold a meetup in London

Cardano London Blockchain Meetup will take place on June 11 to study POs protocols on the Ouroboros blockchain
29 May 2018   223

Cardano is organizing a meetup on June 11 at University College London. The event will be dedicated to the Ouroboros Proof-of-Stake protocol - Cardano's settlement layer. Featured speaker at the venue is going to be Prof. Aggelos Kiayias. He is the original designer of the aforementioned protocol.

Professor will introduce the ongoing researches under his supervision within IOHK. Those studies concern stake pools, delegation mechanisms, sidechains, blockchain software updates, etc. The agenda for the meetup is as follows:

6:30 pm Attendees arrival
6.45 pm Cardano Foundation introduction
6:50 pm Prof. Aggelos Ouroboros presentation
8:45 pm Drinks at the nearby Jeremy Bentham pub

More details can be found here. At the moment of publication, Cardano market parameters are as follows:

Average price 0.193796 USD
Market cap 5,024,562,562 USD
Volume (24H) 124,773,000 USD