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   1104

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

Constantinople Hardfork Code to be Included in Geth

Go-ethereum (Geth) v1.8.20 assumes that hardfork in the main Ethereum network will take place at block 7,080,000 (approx. between 14th - 19th Jan 2019)
13 December 2018   30

Developers of Geth, one of the most popular clients of Ethereum, presented a new version of the software with the included code of the upcoming hard fork Constantinople.

Go-ethereum (Geth) v1.8.20 assumes that hardfork in the main Ethereum network will take place at block 7,080,000.

Consensus regarding the block number for activating hard forks was reached last week during a regular video conference of leading Ethereum developers. According to Afri Shedona, release manager of another popular client of the network Parity, a block of 7,080,000 will be mined between January 14 and 18, 2019.

At the same time, Ethereum Foundation’s head of security noted that the new version of the go-ethereum client would contain a kind of “emergency switch” that would postpone the upgrade if something went wrong.

Originally scheduled for November, the Constantinople contains a number of changes and code optimizations designed to ease the transition to the Proof-of-Stake algorithm. In particular, they include the transfer by 18 months of the so-called “bomb of complexity”, which contributes to timely upgrades, and also suggests a decrease in the reward to miners from 3 to 2 ETH for the mined block.