Over 200 people from within the international blockchain community participated in the first Swiss Blockchain Hackathon in Zurich this weekend

The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon, led by six of Switzerland’s leading blockchain and ICT institutions, took place over the weekend at Zurich’s Trust Square blockchain hub. The three-day event was attended by over 200 participants from almost 20 different countries around the world. The organizers presented hackathon participants with real-world challenges in diverse verticals, with help from major corporations, top-tier academic institutions, and Amazon Web Services.

The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon took place from 21 to 23 June and had over 200 hackers in 41 teams from around the world. The event was jointly hosted and organized by Trust Square, CV Labs, Crypto Valley Association, Swiss Blockchain Federation, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Swiss ICT. The participating hackers solved real-life challenges in six different verticals: eGovernment, Agriculture & Food, Mobility, Finance, Supply Chain, and Intelligent Parcel.

At the opening ceremony Carmen Walker Späh, President of the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich, stated “Personally, I am convinced that blockchain has what it takes to become the next big development step of digitalization,” and she continued “Together with partners from politics, industry and academia, I am committed to creating legal certainty, favorable general conditions and a broadly supported ecosystem. So that Zurich and Switzerland can maintain the positions of internationally competitive blockchain locations.“

The hackers each had a chance to win multiple, exciting prizes, equaling up to more than CHF 200,000. Hackers won everything from crypto bags filled with essentials for anyone interested in blockchain technology to the big Entrepreneurial Prize, where one team won the chance to fast track their startup idea at the CVLabs Incubator. The submitted projects where so convincing that the jury decided to bring two projects in front of the audience for the final decision – it remained a draw and it was decided to split the CHF 25,000 main prize between the two projects from Team Axelra and Team Blockbyte. The list of every winner is on the next page.

The teams worked diligently throughout the Swiss Blockchain Hackathon, staying up until the early hours of the morning working on the challenges presented to them in their verticals. Coaches were on-site throughout the event to help the teams with any hard-pressed issues they faced. The vertical coaches, volunteers from partner organizations were there to help each team out about their concerns in the contents of each vertical. Platform coaches represented technical partners like Amazon Web Services to help each team out with any technical question or need. 

Overall, The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon was a great success and the event showcased the vast talent within the local and worldwide blockchain community thanks to the vigorous work from each single participant.

You can see pictures and videos of the first Swiss Blockchain Hackathon at http://hackathon.trustsquare.ch

Crypto Valley Week Media Roundtable

Marc Degen, co-initiator of the #SBHACK19 will be present at the Crypto Valley Week Media Roundtable on 25 June 2019, from 12.00-13.30hrs at the Casino in Zug.

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Winner Overview:

 Agriculture & Food:

Co-Overall winner: Team Blockbyte led by Mike Schälchli, for the Lend-it solution, where you can offer and lease land in trusted way.

Mobility:

Co-Overall winner: Team Axelra led by Severin Wullschleger, for #velove, an app that awards crypto currency rewards for biking to work and reducing your personal CO2 offset.

 eGovernment:

Team ETH led by Burak Seyid, for Petizio, an app that lets you safely create and sign petitions.

Finance:

Team Kuznyechik led by Anton Permenev, with their project on crowd valuation of assets that have no financial history!

Supply Chain:

Team Elastonians led by Adem Bilican, for peer-to-peer traceability solution.

Intelligent Parcel:

Team OSB led by Joao Aguiam, for the close range package delivery service Padely.

AWS Special Prizes

1st: Agrofood led by Oliver Gaede (Agriculture & Food)

2nd: Orvium led Antonio Romero Marin (Intelligent Parcel)

3rd: Traceauth led by Trevor Oakley (Intelligent Parcel)

Swiss Blockchain Hackathon At A Glance

 Date: 21 – 23 June 2019

Location: Trust Square, Bahnhofstrasse 3, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland, and surrounding locations

Total Countries: 19

Austria, Egypt. Estonia. France, Germany, India, Israel, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA

Teams: 41

Hackers: 203

Verticals: 6

Coaches: 57

Slack Messages: 6211

Organizing partners

Trust Square, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, CV Labs, Crypto Valley Association, Swiss Blockchain Federation, Swiss ICT

Vertical partners

Accenture, Agroscope, Canton of Zurich, Die Post, SDX, ZVV

Platform and Service partners

Amazon Web Services, Amanox Solutions, Blockfactory, Cardano, PwC, Andibefree, Avado, Tecflower, certification, bitConsultant, Froriep, Felfel, Intellica, Tezos, Shift, Kilt

Academic partners

Universität Basel, Universität St. Gallen, Universität Zürich, HSR Hochschule für Technik

Rapperswil, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Hochschule Luzern, ETH Zurich, b2lab at ETH Zurich, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Supporting partners

ARC, Blocksport, Cargolux, Dezentrum, GS1, i.AM, Mobility, Modum, MS Direct, Procivis, Panalpina, Q_Perior, Proxeus, Smart Containers, Sigma Ledger, Sygnum, Verum Capital, Smiling Gecko, myclimate, Lipton, Pepsi Max, Orangina, Webtiser

Media and Communication partners
MoneyToday, Farner, BerChain, SICTIC, Mama, SWI

Zichain releases a B2B crypto-fiat processing service  

Zichain launches B2B crypto-fiat processing service and offers clients around the world an opportunity to join the global trend for crypto adoption.

The B2B crypto-fiat gateway  is available for customers from 180 countries and supports transactions with several currencies: EUR, USD, GBP, RUB. The unique difference of the platform is the ability not only to buy, but also to sell cryptocurrencies, withdrawing them to cards. It also offers an industry-leading set of features coupled with an extremely competitive fee structure – the best of known conditions on market.

This latest addition to the company’s ever-growing product range make it easy for any business to provide its clients an easy, automated, fast and hassle-free way to buy cryptocurrencies – a key advantage in the eyes of many customers.

Zichain’s B2B platform is a unique market offer, customized for each client. It offers customers a convenient way to process clients’ payments (including crypto purchases made with credit and debit cards) and to completely automate all crypto transactions. The gateway API is easy to implement into any website and the client’s buying experience is quick and intuitive.

The company expects its new product to be used by a wide range of businesses –  both as those projects that have their own internal token and whose customers need an easy way to purchase, as well those that provide information resources and interested in monetizing their traffic.

Members of Zichain team are distributed over different countries around the world and spent the last year bolstering its positions in a number of different regions. The core market for providing company`s services is Europe – where Zichain has received financial institution licensing from Estonian regulators in March 2018. In Switzerland, company actively supports blockchain-related research and education projects. The company has also built strong partnerships with leaders of Asian market –  second most important vector of expansion after Europe.

Thus, according to its mission, Zichain has created two different directions for two types of clients: Cryptoeye – platform for retail investors  and Zichange – B2B crypto-fiat processing service for institutional market participants.

Zichain CEO, Mr. Khachatur Gukasyan, said:

“As a business with a truly global presence, we have made it our goal to make the new crypto-fiat gateway available to users worldwide. And I am proud to say that we have delivered on this promise – our product can be used by businesses and individuals in more than 180 countries”.

About Zichain. Adhering to the principle of creating an ecosystem of products rather than narrow standalone tools, Zichain offers a range of interconnected solutions making it a new type of financial institution, ready for the upcoming era of the digital economy. The company creates a unique high-quality crypto platform accessible to both retail and institutional investors.

For further information, please, contact: media@zichain.io

PwC Blockchain Expert Roman Schnider joins Tezos Foundation as CFO and Head of Operations

The co-creator of PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Switzerland’s Blockchain initiative is joining the Tezos Foundation in Zug as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations. With Schnider, the Tezos Foundation Board strengthens its operations team in Zug with an experienced investment banking and assurance specialist.

Roman Schnider, Assurance Director of PwC Switzerland will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations of the Tezos Foundation beginning summer of 2019. 

Roman Schnider joins the Tezos Foundation after nearly 15 years at PwC where he worked in various roles around the world with a special focus on investment banking.  Most notably, in 2016, he launched the department for blockchain and cryptocurrency assurance at PwC Switzerland.

Schnider is especially familiar with the Tezos protocol and Foundation due to PwC’s role as auditor of the finance and business operations over the last year. The Tezos Foundation is the first major blockchain project to work with one of the “Big Four” as their statutory auditor.

“I sincerely look forward to joining the Tezos Foundation” says Schnider. “Together, we will work to serve and support the Tezos community in the most effective, efficient and transparent way possible.”  

Schnider is superseding Eelco Fiole as CFO. “We want to thank Eelco for his contribution to the development of the Foundation and wish him all the best” says Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation.

“As the Foundation continues to provide resources to a growing Tezos ecosystem, the CFO and operations lead will be critical to our success,” notes Jesperson. “Roman’s experience makes him the ideal finance and operations specialist for our team. He is already familiar with the opportunities and challenges blockchain projects face and has a deep understanding of the Tezos Foundation from his time at PwC.”

Enterprises can now rent AI and datasets on the blockchain, through iExec’s new data wallet.

iExec, the company known for bringing exciting new developments to decentralised cloud-computing on the blockchain, have given their fans another reason to wax lyrical about their platform. V3, their major new release, introduces the Data Wallet, a feature that now makes secure data renting possible.

When it comes to upgrades, this is a huge leap for the company, and it brings lots of advantages. iExec’s decentralised cloud marketplace is now faster, more flexible and more secure than ever. Plus it now gives both individuals and enterprises the chance to earn money by either offering a share of their computing power to the platform or their datasets. Their Enterprise Edition in particular will help corporations looking to do business on the blockchain.

With data renting, all data providers are able to list their valuable datasets or AI models, and use them with an application that combines remote computing power through iExec. Whether you’re providing datasets, applications or computing power, every entity has the opportunity to be rewarded on iExec’s decentralised marketplace, and it’s the blockchain that makes this grand vision possible.

Coveted datasets likely to find a home on the platform are trained neural networks, which can be monetised and rented through the Data Wallet. Because of the huge amount of data, coupled with the time it takes to train and optimise these networks, they are extremely valuable, with a wide range of industries looking to pay a considerable amount to have access to them, from those in healthcare, to fintech and cybersecurity.

The old way of acquiring these datasets relied on companies paying subscription fees which meant the dataset creator lost ownership of their data. That’s the great thing about iExec – it creates businesses relationships where enterprises can execute code on a remote machine which is never able to inspect, copy or meddle with the data, with providers able to revoke all access whenever they choose.

iExec’s marketplace offers other advantages too, with V3 providing an array of new technical features to enhance speed and security. Upgrading their distributed computing middleware, the newly named ‘iExec Core’ enables integration with the iExec Trusted Execution Environment solution (TEE), ensuring data is protected when it’s running on remote, untrusted machines. Plus, a dedicated bridge, compatible with sidechains and decentralised brokering, has increased the overall efficiency of their marketplace. Now decentralised oracles can be constructed and provide access to real-world data for blockchain apps.

With V3 introducing iExec Enterprise aimed at businesses, it proposes custom offers to address the distinct needs of different corporations, doing so with paid support and consulting services. They can adapt their package by selecting which sections of it their partners or clients have access to, giving them only the specific resources they need. This is what iExec is doing with France’s biggest utility provider, EDF. Combining distributed computing with blockchain consensus and trusted execution environments, iExec are seen to be a safe pair of hands that gives consortiums exactly what they need to conduct effective business on the blockchain.

ETHFinex announces three new tokens to be listed: Upfiring, AirSwap & Foam

Upfiring, FOAM and AirSwap have won the latest ETHFinex community vote and will shortly be listed on the trading platform.

The community backed ERC20 trading platform, ETHFinex announced the winning projects via Twitter and are expected to be listed this month.

The majority of projects listed on ETHFinex also go on to be included in the main Bitfinex exchange.

Projects that unfortunately did not secure enough community votes were: Loom Network, Tolar, Tripio, Hydro, IoTeX, aXpire, Wisbon, Fetch and Ink.

Mostly surprisingly of all, Upfiring a P2P file-sharing dApp running on the Ethereum Blockchain secured 26.6 million votes beating major VC backed projects. The team and community behind the dApp celebrated the win on Telegram, with the mostly unknown project set to be exposed to millions of traders, investors and new users.

Unlike competitors such as Tron’s tokenization of BitTorrent, the project stuck to it’s roadmap and has long had a fully working dApp.

Peer-to-peer trading network, AirSwap came as the first winner, with 44.8 million votes.

Coming in at second place with 35.5 million votes, FOAM the ‘Proof of Location’ protocol for geospatial data markets” allows users to build a consensus driven, trusted map of the world by securing physical space on the blockchain.

As history often repeats, all three projects will most likely be listed on the BitFinex exchange in the near future.

MediaSmart and NEXD join forces and shake up the industry with a new media partnership

MediaSmart, the company known for helping mobile advertisers run successful campaigns with the aid of data-driven metrics, have teamed up with the advertising technology company NEXD, this month announcing a new partnership. Integrating a range of new rich media tools within MediaSmart’s demand-side platform dashboard, the two companies will streamline the rich media creation process for all of MediaSmart’s customers.

With the new features rolling out to select partners from this month onwards before full access for all customers in the coming weeks, the integration of NEXD’s Campaign Manager and rich media ad creator with MediaSmart’s DSP console will enable customers to rapidly create engaging, elegant, interactive adverts that are lightweight and easy to build using simple drag-and-drop methods.

The partnership comes at an ideal time, as all the data from market research company Statista points to a consistent increase in demand for rich media year-on-year, with the growth set to continue for the foreseeable future. The reason is largely due to the rapid growth of the mobile sector, an area both Mediasmart and NEXD are already well established in.

When it comes to rich media solutions, most use HTML5 to create ad campaigns, with considerable downsides such as slow-loading pages and a limited range of creative options which end up with more of the audience using ad blockers. To combat this, NEXD have created a proprietary, rich media-focused ad framework. Four years in the making, their NEXD Engine overcomes problems associated with HTML5, with solutions that enable faster, lighter media.

Mediasmart CEO, Noelia Amoedo
Mediasmart CEO, Noelia Amoedo

MediaSmart’s CEO, Noella Amoedo, is thrilled about the potential this new partnership offers: “MediaSmart has always been very clear about its position within the mobile advertising ecosystem: full focus on advertisers and the buying process…with NEXD’s technology, Mediasmart can focus on delivering our advertisers the best the industry has to offer without compromising the advertiser experience.”

 

 

NEXD CEO, Erik Tammenurm
NEXD CEO, Erik Tammenurm

Erik Tammenurm, NEXD’s CEO, is also enthusiastic about how this partnership will increase the range of companies who’ll have access to cutting edge tools: “It’s been NEXD’s goal from the start to give much broader access to the kind of rich media creativity previously only accessible to a handful of agencies…we have taken a huge leap towards achieving our goal of accessible rich media ad production for all.’

 

With NEXD’s broad network of offices around the world from London to Singapore and Paris to Tokyo, and MediaSmart’s experts backed by well-known investors such as KOMM Investment and Kibo Ventures, they have the means and the broad client base to make a huge impact.

Copper chosen by SWARM as preferred digital custodian

SWARM, an infrastructure provider for the issuance and trading of digital assets, has selected award-winning Copper as its preferred digital custodian. The integration of Copper’s solution will provide the institutional grade security fundamental to the mass market trading of digital securities.

Copper’s technology will secure assets held or managed as well as delivering settlement services through APIs, which trigger subsequent processes for the SWARM (SWM) that are wrapped to be invested into for investment opportunities on the SWARM platform.

Dmitry Tokarev, CEO and Founder of Copper
Dmitry Tokarev, CEO and Founder of Copper

Copper already provides custody for multiple crypto funds and investors operating a full range of investment strategies. The company also plans on providing custody for fiat in the future.

Copper has recently improved the security protocols of its custodial service further by adding military grade optical air-gapping. This enhancement ensures the complete security of an offline repository of asset owners’ sharded keys during the transaction signing process.

Philipp Pieper, Co-Founder of SWARM, has commented: “The integration between Copper and SWARM is a great fit due to the compatibility of our technologies as well as our teams.

“Copper provides the level of institutional grade security and convenience that is absolutely essential for the adoption of digital securities by institutional investors and the retail market.

“Philosophically, we have found in Copper a team who are committed to the growth of a broad ecosystem for digital securities, who share our innovative spirit, and who know that we will all get further, faster when we build together.”

Dmitry Tokarev, CEO and Founder of Copper, has commented: “SWARM is at the forefront of the emerging security token investment industry and we are excited to enable its vision.

“Although the crypto industry is evolving rapidly, it still needs large institutional involvement before the space can fully-mature.

“This cannot be achieved without proper custody solutions ensuring assets are secure alongside solutions that help institutions easily navigate the industry. The partnership between SWARM and Copper puts us at the forefront of developing the infrastructure for financial services 2.0”.

BitMex Beginner’s Guide and Review 2019

Operating from Hong Kong, BitMex was founded in 2014 by web application expert Samuel Reed, ex banker Arthur Hayes and Ben Delo whose background spans across building high frequency trading systems. This dynamic trio brought over 40 years worth of financial experience to the project to provide investors and traders with access to the global market using only Bitcoin. BitMex incorporated in Seychelles and is unregulated in any jurisdiction at present.

bitmex homepage

BitMEX, short for Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange, takes inspiration from the CME group which is also known as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

At the time of writing BitMEX has surpassed all competitor exchanges with its daily trading volume exceeding $1.2 billion dollars (~200,000 BTC).

The majority of cryptocurrency exchanges accept a wide range of digital assets for making deposits into the hot wallet however BitMEX currently only allows Bitcoin. However this has little impact on its user base as it is targeted more at professional traders with financial experience. The products BitMEX offers are based around derivative trading, more specifically Bitcoin futures, perpetual contracts and BitMEX UP and BitMEX down contracts.

In short derivative trading is an agreement between two separate parties that requires one party to purchase the underlying asset (Bitcoin) and the other to sell that asset on a date in the future. This doesn’t have to be tied to a physical products but for the example below it is to make understanding the concept easier.

The best way to explain Bitcoin futures is using common day to day grocery shopping. If I gave you $20 dollars for 100 eggs ( Yup! I love eggs 🙂 ) the transaction is immediately settled, but with a futures contract the settlement is agreed at a specific time in the future for a set amount meaning two elements are the price and date of delivery.

For example a humble egg farmer may be worried that the egg consumption could drop or rise in the future for any reason and thus could take advantage of this by locking the price with the buyer which means a more financially stable company. The other party would agree to this price as they may think the egg price could change in their favour determined on the type of bet. Fast forward to the future, let’s say the consumer demand for eggs rocketed due to a health trend, this might mean the price of eggs drops as sellers try to shift as many eggs as possible, the farmer is not affected by this as he locked in the price with a futures contract.

The above example of a futures contract works exactly the same but for Bitcoin, it could be based on rumour, hearsay, demand, news, regulation or anything that affects the price of Bitcoin. It essentially opens an arena for various parties to bet on the outcome based on speculation.

How to Sign Up to BitMEX

To setup an account with BitMEX, users need to register on the website by providing an email address, password, country of residence and full name. Once you have activated the account through email you can proceed with trading as no KYC or AML checks are required to deposit or withdraw funds.

BitMEX currently does not allow traders from the United States to register as it does not function within the legal framework. This is not necessarily a bad thing but could be down to a number of factors such as over zealous regulations by the SEC. It has been noted on social media that people in the US are bypassing the IP checks with a VPN.

How to Use BitMEX

Users can trade a wide variety of digital assets including Bitcoin, Cardano, Tron, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple cryptocurrencies against fiat currencies such as Chinese Yuan, US Dollar and Japanese Yen.

bitmex trading view

Unfortunately if you are new to financial trading then BitMEX will feel overwhelming but for those who have dabbled with financial instruments before it is easy to get to grips with. We do not recommend using BitMEX as a beginner unless you are very well versed in leverage trading.

All trading instruments can be found by clicking the trade tab once logged in.

To open an orderbook click as specific asset such as Bitcoin from the top pane, this will display the most recent trades in the right hand side tab followed by the trading chart and orderbook to the left. The charts can be used to analyse historical trading data.

You will also notice in the top right a customise button which allows the user to choose their viewing preferences with full control of the orderbook widget, depth chart, price chart, recent trades and positions & open orders. The trading chart data is fed directly from TradingView which is a recognised and trusted 3rd party data platform.

When a user places a trade on the BitMex platform it can be viewed in the trading interface with the option to view active and filled orders including the stops which are in place. All active orders can be canceled by the user at any point with the analysis of whether it is in red or black

Futures and Swaps

As previously explained a Bitcoin futures contract will enable a user to sell or buy Bitcoin in the future at a predetermined price. Users can leverage up to 100x on these contracts.

Perpetual swaps are not dissimilar to bitcoin futures other than that they have no settlement or expiry date but they trade along with the underlying reference Index Price whereas futures diverge from the Index price.

Prediction based Binary contracts can be also traded but they settle at 0 or 100 and designed for making a bet on any given event. Binary contracts are traded with zero leverage, a 0.25% taker fee, a, 0% maker fee and 0.25% settlement fee.

Leverage

BitMEX also enables traders to margin trade where positions can be leveraged by placing orders larger than the users current balance which could lead to a higher profit.

However margin trading can be extremely dangerous for inexperienced traders as all profits can be quickly liquidated, meaning the amount of money in their wallet will be taken.

The maximum leverage a user can take out is 1:100 which is much greater than other exchanges who sit at 1:20

BitMEX Fees

For Perpetual contrats BitMex has a 00x leverage, -0.00250% maker fee, 0.0750% taker fee, 0.0100% long funding, short funding fee of -0.0100% with a funding interval of every 8 hours.

The traditional futures fees for all tradable assets have a similar maker fee from -0.0250% – -0.0500%, although the leverage varies from 20x for example with Tron right up to 100x with Ethereum.

Deposits and Withdrawals

At present BitMex does not charge fees on withdrawals or deposits. When a user withdraws Bitcoin, the minimum network fee is set automatically based on the blockchain load which is currently low.

Users can withdraw and deposit Bitcoin at their leisure with no limits although the minimal deposit is 0.001 BTC.

To withdraw or deposit, a QR coded address is displayed when clicking the “account” tab along the top pane.

Although a user can withdraw Bitcoin at anytime, BitMEX has implemented a cut off time set at 13:00 UTC which means if you process a withdrawal after that it will be completed the next working day. This has been designed to stop automated deposits and withdrawals by bots or hackers on the hot wallet and provides the staff with sufficient time to cancel any fraudulent withdrawals.

Is BitMEX Safe?

BitMEX states on its website that it does not compromise security for convenience with their ethos based on rigorous and well tested security measures to make the platform bullet proof.

The deposit and withdrawal system is multisignature which means each time this processes is initiated its then checked by the majority of BitMex partners to ensures its legitimacy. By using multisignature it prevents users funds from being accessed by a hacker if they manage to compromise the hosting server or database.

The BitMEX trading engines uses kdb+ which is a database and toolset used by major banks and other high speed financial trading platforms.

PGP encryption is used for all communication across the board

BitMEX Customer Support

BitMEX runs a mixture of support and contact methods including IRC, Reddit, Twitter, support tickets and email contact for dealing with customer enquiries 24/7 which has often been praised as responsive on reddit.

Customers can also access an extensive frequently asked questions section for basic enquiries they may have.

Conclusion

BitMEX has an established following among traditional Wall Street traders who are familiar with margin trading. The platform is not designed or marketed towards beginners who simply want to purchase Bitcoin. In fact this is not even possible at the moment as you must own/ deposit Bitcoin before using the platform. So if you are looking to trade with futures and take advantage of the 100x margin, BitMEX is for you!

We advise everyone to start with a small trade due to the high potential losses which can occur with the type of trading on offer.

Users with no prior trading experience whom are simply looking to buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies we recommend stepping away from BitMEX, you may want to read our review on the Binance exchange which is more user friendly for beginners.

Pro’s

  • Great for experienced traders
  • Can leverage 100x
  • Fast trading engine

Con’s

  • Hard to use for new traders
  • Can loose funds quite easily if not familiar with leverage trading
  • Controls a large portion of the market

Thanks for reading our BitMEX review, if you would like to visit the website for more information please visit: https://www.bitmex.com or check out the Reddit for any community support queries here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BitMEX/

Mastercard has approved the first crypto debit card in Europe

Tap n Go (TAP) has partnered with Transact Payments Limited (TPL) to provide the Tap Prepaid Mastercard® that will allow customers to convert Crypto Assets held with TAP for spending wherever Mastercard is accepted.

The TAP accounts with multiple crypto and fiat wallets and will have access to real time crypto trading with numerous exchanges, all assets are held securely in multi signatory “cold storage” wallets or electronic money client accounts.

Tap n Go have applied to the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission for a DLT licence which is currently under review.

Arsen Torosian CEO of TAP commented: “the launch of TAP has been in the making for a number of years, our partnership with TPL for our provision of the TAP Prepaid Mastercard was the final piece of our vision. We are delighted to have TPL as our partner for this product”

Kriya Patel, MD of TNL commented: “TPL are delighted to be supporting the TAP Prepaid Mastercard project and look forward to continuing to work with such an initiative partner like TAP with the roll out of their in-demand solution”.

The top cryptocurrencies to invest in 2019

We think these altcoins should be part of your 2019 investment portfolio

Sia

The cloud storage industry is currently dominated by DropBox, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. These companies have taken the lion’s share of customers in the file hosting space however this is very likely to change. A small and fairly unknown blockchain startup going by the name of Sia aims to end this monopoly by redefining the technology and processes behind cloud storage.

The current methods of storage rely on massive data centres and server farms to both store and retrieve data. This centralised approach creates a number of issues. For example:

Control – One company having full control over your data.

Ownership – Who owns your data and how will they use it, sell it and profit off of it.

Security – Centralisation means bugs, malpractice and hackers can target very specific companies and infrastructure. In fact DropBox lost 68 customer million passwords not so long ago and for a short period of time and any user could access the data of other users at will.

Scalability – Each organisation needs to operate massive data centres to fulfill the storage and processing needs.

As these companies become even bigger the issues above become compounded.

The blockchain technology behind Sia is completely new for the industry and takes a more decentralised approach to solve the issues above.

When a customer uploads a file to the network it is automatically encrypted and split up into hundreds of tiny pieces. Only the uploader has the private keys to decrypt and view this data. All these encrypted pieces of data are then uploaded across many hosts and duplicated for impeccable redundancy.

With Sia storage is no longer controlled or owned by a company. Instead anyone can become a file hoster by leasing spare unused hard drive space to store encrypted data. File hosters and uploaders create a sort of digital handshake called a ‘smart contract’ which manages the storing of data between the two parties and pays the renter for the hard drive being used by the uploader.

With Sia clearly solving very real storage issues and making great progress with the project we believe it is a great time to invest in the project.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 113,000 Sia.

Ripple

Ripple takes blockchain technology and applies it to the traditional banking sector, resulting in trustworthy, verified, scalable, instant and cheap banking transactions.

For example the current Faster Payments banking service is an initiative between several banks to reduce the time of transfers between registered bank accounts. However transfers outside of that scheme take much longer and are routed through third party intermediaries. This process is not only risky but also labour and time intensive. Ripple solves these problems.

At the time of writing over 100 banks across the globe are trialling Ripple’s blockchain technology. Some of these banks include Santander, UniCredit and most recently the world’s largest Islamic bank, Al Rajhi Bank.

We think the technology behind Ripple will likely become the financial industry standard in the not too distant future.

Ripple has been within the top ten 24 hour volume across all cryptocurrencies and assets for several months now and it’s XRP currency has reached highs of $0.40.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 5,400 Ripple.

Stratis

The Microsoft backed Stratis platform is known as the C# equivalent to Ethereum. It enables programmers to produce decentralised, smart contract based apps very quickly and easily using a tried and tested programming language that has stood the test of time.

This opens it up to an already massive developer base with little to no additional learning required, giving it a clear edge over Ethereum.

Stratis is also poised to release its long awaited TumbleBit service and smart contracts in Q3 of this year and is developing the “Breeze Wallet”, a wallet feature that aims to boost privacy of both Bitcoin and Stratis users.

In the last month Stratis saw significant highs followed by a very quick drop. The coin reached all time highs of $11 but currently trades at $3. This is an ideal opportunity to buy in whilst the price is still low.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 160 Stratis.

Golem

Golem is on track to becoming the world’s first decentralised supercomputer. It utilizes the Ethereum blockchain to harness the unused/ idle power of millions of connected resources and turns it into sellable computing power.

Many companies and individuals require a service like this and currently have resort to small scale farms that can take days to process/ render and cost a small fortune.

For example games developers, film studios, data mining operations and medical researchers have to use vast amounts of processing power to complete very specific tasks. With Golem all these companies will have an always accessible, affordable supercomputer at their fingertips.

With its vast processing power Golem can also be used for making predictions across different industries such as betting, stock markets and even environmental changes.

Anyone with a computer can lease their unused processing power and in return get paid in GNT tokens. These tokens can be re-used, transferred to an exchange for trading or sold for more traditional currencies such as USD/GBP.

When taking a step back and assessing Golems end goal it offers a very unique investment opportunity not seen with any other project. It has many real world, life changing uses and the possibilities are endless.

Sitting at just $0.23 cents Golem is criminally cheap right now.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 3,500 Golem.

Monero

Monero is somewhat of a crypto veteran. The coin doesn’t mince its words and does one thing, albeit extremely well. It is currently the most secure and private coin on the market.

Anyone looking to make a safe long term investment would be wise to invest in it. The coin is seen as the ‘gold standard’ for privacy conscious users looking to stay permanently in the shadows. In fact Monero is in the top 5 most used cryptocurrencies for day to day purchases and traded across the Dark Web making it one of the few coins that is actually used as a currency.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 24 Monero.

Verge

Verge is an interesting (and possibly controversial) entry.

Like Monero it is aimed at users who take privacy seriously and combines Tor and i2p technologies to increase blockchain anonymity.

The project has one of the most active communities with a huge development team regularly ticking off new and exciting features on the roadmap. In June alone Seven major new features were pushed live.

Everything from Tor based Android wallets to RSK Smart Contracts are planned for July making this coin one to watch, especially at its current price. Despite recent price volatility the project is moving at a very quick pace and we believe this will be reflected in its price very soon.

So that’s it! There are many other projects we would have liked to add and others that ‘sound great’ (ICO frenzy anyone!!). As these projects mature and show their progress they will also be assessed and our verdicts shared. Good luck.

A $1,000 investment today would get you 324,000 Verge.