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The ‘Stratis Puzzle’ Challenge


Stratis is seeking the ‘best of the best’ with a series of 12 sequential puzzles, each more challenging than the last. Each task tests general logic, blockchain knowledge, cryptography and aptitude with the Stratis Platform itself.
Chris Trew, Stratis CEO added: “Finding talented blockchain developers is notoriously difficult as demand far outweighs supply. The puzzle is our way of connecting with new talent, but equally the winner might choose to walk away with the cash prize, and that’s absolutely fine too.
The top prize, equivalent to over $10,000, will remain locked in a wallet controlled by the private key that is recovered after solving all 12 of the Puzzle’s tasks. Each task reveals a single word from the mnemonic phrase that provides access to the wallet holding the prize fund.
There are also two development roles up for grabs on the Stratis core team with an automatic job offer made to the first contestant that solves at least 10 of the 12 tasks.
Krushang Patel, Stratis CMO commented: “If you think you have what it takes to mix it with the best in the community, then we encourage you to try the Stratis Puzzle. We have two genuine roles on offer as part of our core team, and the puzzle was the most logical and entertaining way we could think to fill them.
Anyone that wants to give the puzzle a try should begin with the first task. Once contestants have solved the first puzzle, which requires no blockchain knowledge, the next step will be revealed.
The prize fund can be viewed on the Stratis blockchain explorer here
Stratis Puzzle, first task:
This is the first of the 12 tasks that make up the Stratis puzzle, an additional step will be revealed once this below task is completed.

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Anyone interested in the Stratis Puzzle can join the Stratis #puzzle Discord channel for community discussion on the various tasks. Blockchain is a collaborative and open source environment, Stratis recognizes that people may collaborate.

Stratis Identity Proof of Concept Public Beta Release


Today we are proud to release the first Stratis Platform Proof of Concept – The Stratis Identity App. In a joined effort between Stratis and the Escalate Group, we have assembled the first building blocks of many possible applications on the Stratis blockchain.
Built on top of the Stratis Platform infrastructure this proof of concept showcases personal and corporate identity management capabilities on the Stratis blockchain to deliver a real use case for users to attest their identity on an immutable ledger and share that data with others via social networks.
With the Stratis Identity app, you can validate an identity, or other documents, once. After that, you just share the attestation, not the document itself. This feature can help shorten business processes and avoid exposing customer data.
Proof of the information you confirmed with a social login provider, like Microsoft, will be written to The Stratis Blockchain. No actual personal information will be exposed without your explicit permission.

Leveraging Microsoft’s Enterprise Solutions

On this initial beta-release, the Stratis Identity app tightly integrates into Microsoft’s Identity and Cloud Management solutions (Azure B2C Active Directory) and the Xamarin framework to provide an additional blockchain layer of trust to identity certification. For the first time, a blockchain project showcases this deeply integration with key enterprise tools such as Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory B2C which provides unparalleled customer identity and access management in the cloud.


By integrating in Azure Active Directory we open the doors for the Stratis Platform to be the blockchain of choice when implementing blockchain based identity solutions for large companies and enterprises. Among the benefits from such integration, we can mention:
• Use social accounts, emails, custom IdPs
• Support all platforms and open standards
• Customize your customers’ identity experience
• Integrate with CRM and marketing databases
• Use a white label solution, promote your brand
• Meet your security, scalability, and compliance needs
The development with the Xamarin platform, provides a great opportunity to demonstrate versatility for multi-platform deployment when developing blockchain apps in the Microsoft environment.
Additionally we have combined Graph API, Application Insights, Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio Team Services to dramatically improve the development and deployment cycle towards a fully functional application.
In summary the Stratis Identity App will be a great first experience for developers to learn about integrating existing enterprise tools with the different Stratis modules that could help them bring enhanced trust to social interactions with the help of blockchain technology.

How it Works

For this Beta release, the App is Android only, with an iOS version to be released shortly. After you download the App, sign up to Stratis Identity Alpha using your existing social logins. Currently, supported providers include Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Google. More sign-up options are already in development. You can find a full How to Guide here:
For developers, we are providing documentation and access to our Github page (eventually the project will be fully open-sourced).

About Stratis Proofs of Concept (PoC)

A key element of our strategy is the development and release of proof-of-concept apps that can be customized into full blown products and used as building blocks for developers in the C#/Net environment. The idea is to show and tell how simple it is to build blockchain apps using the Stratis Platform, while providing basic elements to get projects started fast.
One key element in this vision, is to also establish alliances with technology oriented business entities in different verticals, that can provide their market expertise and help refine our solutions for different business activities, co-develop licensable technologies and provide customer support.
On this line of thought, we think the Stratis Identity PoC could become a key element in developing opportunities through Microsoft channels, partners and customers that are currently exploring the different blockchain options available in the market. Also, this will become an invaluable tool to show and tell to potential clients how actual decentralized blockchain apps work and how they can improve existing business processes.
We expect to continue delivering several proof of concept apps, like the one announced above in partnership with Earth Twine and other organizations that are finalizing the onboarding process.

Calling Up Developers

We want to extend a particular invitation to C#/.Net developers to get access to the tools and share their experiences with us. If you are interested in furthering your learning in blockchain, we want to invite you to join the Stratis Academy.
You can contribute to the Stratis identity project on GitHub and also you are more than welcome to propose new ideas or concepts you would like to test.
We look forward to help you solve any issues and provide you with tips to get you started developing your own blockchain based apps on the Stratis Blockchain.
 
Acknowledgement: Thanks to Cesar castro and the escalate Group, our developers and all the testers that helped during the process. Also thanks to a stratis community member for this great walk through video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LpW_eqdm1g

The Week In Stratis (27)

Development progress

We start with a short review of the latest development sprint and the user feedback of Breeze Wallet and the plans ahead. Our core development team has been busy coding and implementing internal processes for the tasks ahead.

  • Currently ongoing our first development sprint (Andreas) (5/07 through 14/07)
  • Implementation of Continuous Delivery, so that users will be able to download the latest version of the wallet, every time the code changes
  • Fixed bugs reported by the community
  • Improved the Breeze wallet’s user experience based of user feedback

There will be a more extensive developer report about our development milestones at the end of the current sprint.

Our Team Keeps Expanding

We have turbo-charged development for Breeze and Tumblebit integrations. We are happy to announce that we have secured a short term commitment with Nicolas Dorier to aid with Breeze’s most pressing issues, such as the full node and Tumblebit integration. His progress will also be included in our regular dev reports going forward.
We are also pleased to announce that we have hired Paul Aderonmu to join our team in the capacity of senior Project and Product Manager. Paul Aderonmu is a 10+ year industry veteran previously employed as a Data Support Analyst / Project Manager. He has extensive record and working experience with financial institutions and processes, having held high-level operative positions with Barclays Global Investors, HSBC Investments and Commerzbank. He will be assisting on laying down the foundations to develop strong corporate Project, Product and Support management processes within the Stratis organization. Paul will be instrumental in the planning process and helping communicate to the community progress in our development and business efforts.

Breeze TumbleBit Readies for Testing

The team is expecting to release the Breeze Full Node this Friday, July 14th, for further testing purposes. This will be purely for testing the blockchain registration on the STRAT main net, and it does not implement the actual tumbler feature yet. The TumbleBit server itself will be first implemented on the Bitcoin testnet and will be made available soon to those that want to test the functionality.

New Tumblebit Team Leader

As we dive deeper into the Tumblebit potential we are strengthening our team to respond to the challenge. As we add more tasks and team members to the project it is important to coordinate the effort to maximize efficiencies. On this regard, we are happy to announce that we have secured the services of expert development team lead Carlton Pringle (Linkedin Profile). He is a senior software development team leader, versed in Agile/Scrum methodologies, as well as Microsoft’s .Net / C# app development processes.

New Tumblebit Developer

We also have the pleasure of announcing the addition of another member to the Breeze / Tumblebit crew – Dan Gould. Dan graduated from Boston University and he is an active researcher and contributor to the Tumblebit / NTumblebit projects. His profile can be seen here. We are furthermore finalizing terms with yet another soon to be announced developer that will be joining the Tumblebit / Breeze project.

Stratis is Azure Certified

Also this week we were pleased to confirm we have successfully concluded Certification of the Stratis Full Node on the Azure Marketplace. This will allow developers to start testing and deploying their blockchain apps with minimum effort and cost.
We are incredibly happy to report that we have received public recognition from Microsoft’s Visual Studio team and we expect to work closely with them in demonstrating how the Stratis Platform seamlessly integrates into the Microsoft suite of products. Expect more news and announcements as we progress actively on that front.

We Are Hiring!

As we have been advertising for the past days, the Stratis team is actively looking for quality developers and business experts to assist us in reaching our goals. We have received lots of interest and look forward to receive CVs from those interested in joining the Stratis team.
Our ideal candidates are C# developers (.Net core) with at least three years experience. Ability to work in Agile (scrum) and fast moving environment, understanding BDD. They have to be passionate about Blockchain and Open Source development. We will require a minimum commitment of 3 months. We will publish more detailed information on specific available positions in the days to come.
Please contact us via the Contact page.
Please check back regularly, as we have more updates on our progress planned.

Learn About Stratis in the New Wiki


Good news for all us! On occasion of our participation at the C# Corner Annual Conference 2017 in New Delhi, India, we would like to present the first version of the Stratis Wiki.
Brought to you by the efforts of our Stratis Academy in collaboration with members of our community, we have put together a basic structure of what we expect to be the most fundamental repository of documentation and research of the Stratis technology and developments. This will be a welcomed tool for the countless developers we expect to make aware and onboard on the Stratis Platform in the years to come. We consider this a fundamental instrument in making available technical know-how for developers wishing to explore our technology, services and capabilities.
We expect it will also be a nice source of information for our existing community members, as well as new comers and investors interested in learning the specifics and the business applications and potential of our technology. The new Stratis Wiki can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/StratisWiki
We invite our community to use it and propose comments and amendments. To this effect we are opening a #stratiswiki channel to the public in our Slack where you can initially post your comments and suggestions. There will be bounties and special recognition to collaborators and for those who help us put together informative and technical articles for the Stratis Wiki.
Thanks to Phil (@daddy) for his effort and help putting this together. Also @alpho2k, @dlow, @khilone, @krushang and other members of the team & community for your help with this.

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