Concordium #9. Welcoming 2021

Concordium Community Newsletter - Covering December 2020

General 🥂

Team Concordium wants to wish you all the best for 2021 and to remind you that this new year will be "Concordium’s year’ for the following reasons:

  • We are launching our 4th and last Testnet in January 2021

  • We will launch our Mainnet in Q2 2021

  • We will open our code and thus our doors to the Developers’ community which will be invited to contribute in a friendly way

  • and well because 2020 was, let’s say, a bit complex for the planet and for humanity 🦠

In the following lines, you will find some important updates about the project together with a non-exhaustive list of Concordium press mentions.

Participating in Concordium? Yes, you can! 🤟

New Incentivized Initiatives Coming Up

Concordium is more than its foundation, team, technology, and science, Concordium is its community, the testers, developers, bakers, stakers, validators, node runners, GTU holders, content creators, all of you are Concordium. And we couldn’t be prouder of the amazing, ever-growing community, Concordium is becoming.

This is why, we are really excited about our new Concordium Champs Initiative, in which we will identify the most active and helpful members of our community, and give them the recognition they deserve by honoring them as our Concordium Champs and providing them with unique perks!

On December 14th we announced our first Champs, and it will be renewed every month. You can read more about the rules and benefits here.

But Concordium Champs is not the only incentivized program keeping us busy. In 2021, Concordium will release its Content Contest in which we will reward the community members who are investing their time in creating articles, videos, scripts and other forms of content to spread awareness about the project. Besides during Testnet 4, we will release incentives for community members helping each other with scripts, document translations and more. 

Don’t miss any announcement, join us on Discord and Telegram channels. 

Testnet 4 Coming Up

We are really excited to announce that Testnet 4 will be released on January 13th. This testnet will be the last one before our highly expected Mainnet.

Testnet 4 is of grand importance for the Concordium Team as this will be the first time our smart contracts will be deployed. 

Like its last precursor, in Testnet 4, participants will be able to earn rewards for finishing different challenges including running nodes, creating smart contracts, and more. All rewards earned on this Testnet will be allocated after Mainnet. 

The launch of Concordium Incentivized Testnet 4 Program is set of January 20th, stay tuned!

Although most of the challenges will require Rust knowledge, Concordium has developed documentation that will help any person run smart contracts in our user-friendly architecture.

If you would like to participate, please join our Discord and Telegram channels to not miss any announcements. 

Bakers Wanted!

Concordium is a Proof-of-Stake blockchain as you know. It means that the ecosystem is maintained and secured by block creators (bakers) and finalizers.

Concordium’s doors are open and we welcome everybody to become bakers, as well as finalizers.

If you are interested we invite you to please read this article where we explain how to participate in the network. And you are more than invited to reach us directly too.

Research Updates 🤓

COBRA has produced a lot of new and interesting science papers during 2020 which are supporting Concordium in building a fast, robust and secure permissionless blockchain with ID on the protocol level

Concordium’s technology is deeply rooted in this research, including the following papers written in collaboration with Concordium´s science- and tech teams, and our advising professors. You can find them all on our website.

The year has just begun, but COBRA already has several submissions for 2021, including:

  • Danil Annenkov, Mikkel Milo, Jakob Botsch Nielsen, Bas Spitters: Extracting Tested and Verified Smart Contracts in Coq. Paper accepted for CPP 2021. Link for abstract.

  • Sri Aravinda Krishnan Thyagarajan, Adithya Bhat, Bernardo Magri, Daniel Tschudi, Aniket Kate: Reparo: Publicly Verifiable Layer to Repair Blockchains. Paper accepted for "Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021". Link for paper.

  • Yashvanth Kondi, Bernardo Magri, Claudio Orlandi, Omer Shlomovits: Refresh When You Wake Up: Proactive Threshold Wallets with Offline Devices. Paper accepted IEEE S&P 2021. Link for paper.

Press and content 🗞️

Please see below for the latest media coverage highlights of Concordium.

Tech Bullion, 4 Projects Leading the Digital Identity Race

Cointelegraph, These 2020 blockchain tech developments have set the stage for 2021

ZeroHedge, Why the Future of Digital Identity Belongs on Blockchain

Bezinga, Governments Are Adopting Self-Sovereign Identity In A Positive Move For Privacy

TechWorm, Why Blockchain Matters in Digital IdentityDueWhy Digital Identity Is the Next Frontier for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Tech Times, The Ongoing Evolution of Digital Identity

Bitcoinist,, Could Self-Sovereign Identity Level Up Blockchain Adoption? 

Coin Market Cap, 6 Crypto Companies and Projects to Keep an Eye on For 2021The

Real Cryptographers Podcast, Ivan Damgard - The Real Cryptographers Podcast

Crypto Times, KYCと規制要件を満たす匿名性と解除、エンタープライズ・ブロックチェーン Concordium

Medium, Finding Real-World Bugs in Smart Contract Interactions with Property-Based Testing

Medium, Why Governments Are Embracing Digital Identity 

Medium, Digital Identity or the Final Frontier for Blockchain, What is Self-Sovereign Identity?

Finans, Derfor koster én bitcoin nu mere end 28.500 dollars

This newsletter is curated by Team Concordium. Got news or articles you would like to include? Any feedback or other suggestions? drop us a line on bi (a) or find us on Twitter.