Toronto to host EDCON 2018

Community Ethereum Development conference is going tobe held in Toronto on May 3 - 5 to cover latest Ethereum trends and developments
16 April 2018   632

Chinese company LinkTime in partnership with Ryerson University and Unitimes is organizing a nonprofit global conference EDCON at Ryerson University on May 3 through May 5. The conference aims to enhance communication and integration within multiple parts of Ethereum community. The event is set to cover a wide range of hot topics about the platform including PoS / Casper, scalability, cryptography / privacy, security and others. Current trends and blockchain based projects, applications, community building and development are going to be discussed as well. A feature of the event is a superdemo contest - a chance for talented startups and teams to present their active projects with a prize of ETH and a membership in the Blockgeeks platform.

The list of speakers include Ethereum platform founder Vitalik Buterin, LinkTime founder Pandia Jiang, ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin, Omise founder Jun Hasegawa, Gnosis CTO Stefan George and many others. For a full agenda, please see the following link.

EDCON is designed to be a conference series that happens once a year in different countries. This event is going to be the second in the history with the first one held in ESCP Europe, Paris last year in Fenruary.

At the moment of publication, Ethereum market parameters are as follows

  • Average price: $506.38
  • Market cap: $50,061,090,274
  • Volume (24H): $1,726,300,000

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   137

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.