Community Newsletter (3–7 February)

Feb 7, 2020


Here is’s community newsletter for the week commencing 3 February 2020. Stay up to date by following us on Twitter.

Highlight of the week

Blockchain for Europe Summit (EU Parliament, Brussels)

Maria Minaricova (far left of picture) sits on the panel to discuss blockchain and mobility in the IoT age

On Wednesday, as part of the Blockchain for Europe association, co-organized and participated at the Blockchain for Europe Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Our head of business development Maria Minaricova participated on a panel alongside Isabelle Vandoorne (DG MOVE), Henna Virkkunen (MEP), John Calian (T-Labs/Deutsche Telekom), Nik Scharmann (Bosch), Marta Belcher (Protocol Labs). Together they discussed how blockchain technology can optimize mobility in the approaching IoT era.

The event also featured fruitful discussions between regulators, policy makers from the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, industry leaders and blockchain specialists about the new possibilities technologies such as blockchain, AI and IoT will enable. A wide range of topics were covered, including mobility, healthcare, energy, identity, tokenization and stablecoins.

The European Commission was represented by Isabelle Vandoorne (DG MOVE), Pēteris Zilgalvis (DG CONNECT), Andrzej Rys (DG SANTE) and Jan Ceyssens (DG FISMA). Eva A. Kaili, Claudia Gamon and Henna Virkkunen represented the MEPs and contributed to the discussion, representing various active committees at the EU Parliament.

Expert insights were provided by several blockchain industry leaders as well as by many other distinguished guests.

Among the recurring themes of the summit was the need to ensure regulation empowers innovation and that we seize the opportunities the technology enables.

Community news ranks fifth in global developer activity

In a new article published this week, we were ranked #5 on this global list of the busiest ERC-20 developer teams in January.

Upcoming events

AI startup fair at UCL (London, UK, 15 February)

Head of research Jonathan Ward will be representing at this flagship data science event at University College London. Jonathan will be speaking to students interested in a career developing AI and explaining the opportunities to do so at

Technology update

This week, excluding merges, 11 authors have pushed 26 commits to the main branch and 36 commits to all branches. On the main branch, 301 files have changed and there have been 4,056 additions and 849 deletions. See all updates.

Bounties, hackathons and competitions

The technical bounty program

Help us improve the reliability and performance of our network. Find and report technical issues and be awarded $FET ?

? Find a technical issue in’s GitHub ledger repository
? Report it as an issue on GitHub
?️ Additional award for a fix

Award structure
Critical: $10,000 in FET
Major: $6,000 in FET
Medium: $2,500 in FET
Low: $800 in FET

More bounties are coming soon involving autonomous agents, mobile applications and much more — watch this space!

Join our developer Slack channel and find information on our bounties and hackathons on our community website.

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We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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