Blockmason Weekly Update: 2019-09-19

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Hello, Blockmason community! Another week is upon us, which means it’s time for another Weekly Update.

In this edition of the Weekly Update, Blockmason at North America’s premier hackathon, sneak peek of new features in development for Link, project spotlight and more.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!


Hacking the North: Blockmason at North America’s Premier Hackathon

Hello, Blockmason community!

Over the past weekend, we were working hard at Hack The North building new relationships and strengthening existing ones. We have several things to talk about and are excited about some upcoming announcements.

Check out the full article on our website at https://blockmason.link/hacking-the-north/

What is Hack the North?

Hack the North is Canada’s biggest hackathon, where 1,000+ students of different skill levels come together from around the world to experiment and create unique software or hardware projects from scratch. Hack the North empowers and enables teams to make something great in only 36 hours by providing an abundance of resources like workshops, mentors, sponsors, and hardware components.


Sneak Peek of New Features in Development for Link

We started off the Hack the North weekend at the offices of Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young are a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom. While we were there, we had the opportunity to discuss and demo Link with their enterprise blockchain architect specialist who was impressed by Link and enthusiastic to help us chart the next stage of Link development, which includes enterprise-grade and enterprise-compliant features. We want to share a bit about them as our development team gets to work building out these new features.

Today we wanted to share two unique enterprise-grade features that we have added to the Link development roadmap.

The first new feature we want to unveil is added support for enterprises to have the ability to bring their own wallet for use in Link. This will allow enterprise customers to control their own keys and choose a wallet that matches their organization’s technology requirements.

The second new feature is the ability for Link to support optional microservice infrastructure beyond blockchain architecture. This will allow Link to support more complex applications as the single provider of all microservices.


Hack the North Powered by Link

Project Spotlight: MAS (Multi-media Alert System)

We had several high-achieving teams use Blockmason Link during the competition, and we wanted to highlight a few of the projects that stood out.

MAS (Multi-media Alert System)

MAS is a program made to connect people around the world by using social media to map man-made and natural disasters in real-time. Facebook Graph API was used to scrape Facebook posts and the Twitter API was used to get statuses streaming with disaster filters. They used a homemade ML model using Tensorflow (trained on Google Cloud) to classify the statuses as disaster-related or not. Then they used the Microsoft Azure API to get location and name entities from the tweets. Using machine learning algorithms, they narrowed down the most accurate posts and classifies them based on the disaster (labels include earthquakes, explosions, etc.). These events are now displayed in real-time on an interactive map.

On the interactive map, the user can select events to learn more about; the app redirects the user where they can click on social media posts/news articles pertaining to the disaster. The final feature implemented on this page is a place where the user can safely donate some money to those affected by such disasters and their information is secure thanks to the use of Blockmason’s Link API.

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The software intelligently navigated social media to find reliable data sources to scrape data from.

Read more about MAS here https://devpost.com/software/mas

We will be spotlighting more projects from Hack the North in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more details.


Join Our Developer Community

Hello Blockmason Community! We now have a dedicated place for community members interested in using Blockmason Link. Introducing our all-new Link Developer Community. Now you can have a place to discuss your Link projects with other developers. It’s going to be a great place to share feedback with the development team, interact with other blockchain developers and contribute your ideas. We are also planning on providing access to a beta testing program for developers, with more details on this to come soon.

Why should you join the Blockmason Link developer community?
There are lots of reasons! You can contribute your ideas, hang out with other developers, get beta access to the newest Link features and more.


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