Blockmason Weekly Update: 2019-09-26

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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, exploring blockchain-powered apps built with Link, get started with blockchain microservices and a new project spotlight.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Exploring Blockchain-Powered Apps Built With Link

We recently held a webinar with our partner CryptoChicks. Thanks to everyone who attended, and for those of you who could not attend, the recording for the webinar is now available.

In this webinar we explore a series of blockchain powered applications built using Blockmason Link. These applications were built by students during the 36 hour hackathon Hack the North.

Check out the full webinar at

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.

Blockchain Microservices with Link

Blockchain is becoming more popular as a programing platform, and with Link you can take full advantage of what blockchain has to offer. We have a series of new demos and tutorials that can help you get started using blockchain in your next project.

Link creates web-based APIs from your code, so you can build and deploy your whole laundry list of microservices in a single afternoon. Using Link and blockchain means that you can buypass some of the typical headaches associated with running an application including managing and maintaining virtual machines, databases, containers and more.

Link also works as a great way to create and run microservices for your application. We recently hosted a webinar that walks you through the process of creating several microservices with Link

What are microservices?

Microservice architecture is a type of software architecture that structures an application as a collection of services that are organized by their individual business capabilities, this allows them to be highly maintainable and testable, loosely coupled, and independently deployable.

We have a tutorial that can get you started, check it out here

Hack the North Powered by Link
Project Spotlight: Charity Chain

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.

Charity Chain

CharityChain is a platform that allows users to donate to charities and see exactly what their money is being spent on. All transactions, including both donations and charity expenditures, are tracked on a public Ethereum blockchain. This makes transaction information immutable, secure, and totally transparent. Users get to stay anonymous, while charities are put on blast. They make it easy to be generous and hard to be greedy.

On the user’s end, it’s easy to log in and donate to the charities they care about. Everyone can see a breakdown of how a charity on the platform has been spending the money that it has acquired. On a user’s own profile, they can trace exactly what each donation has been spent on, thanks to the public ledger.

On the charity’s end, it’s easy to begin using CharityChain as a source of donations. A charity simply connects their bank account and can use money accrued from donations on CharityChain to reimburse any payments on their account.

Charity Chain

The UIs for both users and charities are built in React. Key information, such as wallet addresses, about users and charities are stored in a Realtime Database using Firebase. All donation data is stored inside a blockchain in order to ensure complete transparency and give the user a reason to trust the application. Firebase finally also acts as a “lightning layer” so Charity Chain can quickly operate on the data while the blockchain acts as a source of truth.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent Link API, it acted as a highway to get our API running. The blockchain stores reimbursements the charity can make, and donations the user gives as events. These are extremely cheap and easy to traverse, therefore it made sense to store frequent interactions with the chain. ”

– Charity Chain team

Read more about Charity Chain here

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.

Find a Job Working in Blockchain Today! is a great community resource that helps connect more developers with companies working in blockchain. It’s a daily free newsletter, so we encourage any developers out there to sign up today, and tell your friends!

We’ve got tons of great jobs from some huge names in blockchain, including, Gemini, IBM, Binance, Axiom Zen, and more.

Lndr is our peer-to-peer bill-splitting and expense-sharing mobile app for iOS and Android. It uses the Credit Protocol and the Ethereum blockchain to create, manage and settle casual debts and IOUs between friends. Essentially, “Venmo of the blockchain.”

Lndr supports dozens of currencies and allows users to settle debts in Ether (ETH), BNB, DAI stablecoin, as well as fiat currency.

You can download Lndr for iOS on the App Store and Lndr for Android on Google Play