‘Creating DApps Can Be Simple’: Platform to Bring Decentralized Economy to Mass Adoption

A new project from Dubai, HetaChain, is developing a universal blockchain platform with “industrial scale computational capabilities.” The project is intended to make blockchain more easy-to-use and flexible for regular users and developers. HetaChain aims to help governmental services, businesses, and organizations create decentralized applications (DApps) and integrate them into different industries, such as banking, e-commerce, robotics, and healthcare.

Solving blockchain issues

The new Heta Blockchain 3.0 Platform, launched in 2018 by Relam Investment and its founder, Sultan Ali Rashed Lootah, runs a hybrid of the Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) and a Byzantine fault tolerance (BFT) consensus mechanisms which are designed to bring security to fight against cyberattacks.

According to the company, the hybrid consensus algorithm will be able to handle most of the challenges that many blockchain platforms are currently facing. These limitations include issues with security, difficulty in developing DApps, and the speed of the network. For example, Bitcoin can process only seven transactions per second (TPS), compared to Visa which can process 24 TPS. HetaChain says its technology allows for fast TPS “without the risk of downtime.”


The core element of HetaChain is Mainchain, the place for storing all of the public tokens. The tokens will be validated by master nodes and Mainchain will also generate multiple private chains that can be private channels for different users like a person, a company or an organization. They will have control over their own chain and will connect to the public MainChain via a special communication protocol.

The Heta Blockchain is powered by an internal cryptocurrency, HETA, which can be used to pay usage fees. There are two types of payments: the first one is the transaction fee that is paid once the user exchanges coins or tokens made by Heta. The second fee is an endorsing reward, which is paid when the user is involved in consensus or the validation process of a private chain or MainChain.

“Drag, drop, adjust”

For users without the knowledge of developing DApps, the platform offers ready solutions in the DApp Store. There will be plug-and-play DApps, software, and smart contracts, pre-built by the community or third parties for the HetaChain ecosystem. Those who want to try to create a simple smart contract can use an auto generation DApp. The company says that anyone with even basic programming skills will be able to handle it by dragging, dropping, and adjusting elements. An off-chain Database will also be available. The project’s development is planned to also be supported by a big data analysis which will be provided by third-party data centers connected to the MainChain.

There will be one more Relam Investments’ project powered by HetaChain technology and based on the smart contracts. T-Hub system is the place for integration of stakeholders in business and logistics operations like ports, customs, government agencies. Relam Investments will offer logistics services which are “fast and easy to use.”

Hetachain team

The founder, chairman and CEO of HetaChain is Sultan Ali Rashed Lootah, who has been a vice chairman of Mashreqbank PSC since March 18, 2015 and its director since 1996. The co-founders of the project are Mr. Ali Juma AlAjme – director of the United Arab Emirate’s Ministry of Health and Prevention’s IT Department, and Duy Phuong Nguyen, the vice chairman of Relam Investment. Nguyen has experience in leading finance and banking projects in VieVietnam Industrial Securities and Vietnam Commodities Exchange.

Recently, Relam Investments announced their plan of expansion to India. The company said it will start with initial investment of around $250 million in technology startups and real estate projects.


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IBM Joins Decentralized ‘Yellow Pages’ for Blockchain Projects

IBM has joined a decentralized cross-blockchain registry initiative which it states is a Yellow Pages analogue for blockchain projects, according to an announcement September 13.

The initiative called Unbounded Registry will be led by blockchain startup HACERA, and is designed to provide “a decentralized means to register, look up, join and transact across a variety of blockchain solutions, built to interoperate with all of today’s distributed ledger technologies.”

The project will reportedly address major issues in the field, including reserved naming for blockchain projects, the discoverability of blockchain networks and applications, and a catalogue of domain-specific functions and services.

Other members of the registry include Intel, Chinese tech giant Huawei, Batavia, Hitachi, and the Australian Blockchain Association.

IBM is known for its openness to the study and application of blockchain technology across various fields. Earlier this month, the tech giant revealed a Stellar-based “near-real-time” blockchain payment network called Blockchain World Wire (BWW). The solution is developed to facilitate international settlements between banks.

In August, IBM and Danish transport and logistics giant Maersk jointly launched their global blockchain-enabled shipping solution. The platform is reportedly able to track critical data about each shipment in a supply chain in real time, generating a distributed, immutable record on the fly.

In June, IBM iX, the business and tech consulting wing of IBM, in partnership with software supplier Mediaocean, launched a blockchain-powered tracker for digital media transactions to “clean things up” in the media buying industry.

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Bodhi Bets on the Decentralized Prediction Marketplace

As with brick-and-mortar industries that are slowly fading away to the globalism of the online world, so too will the traditional prediction market industry have to innovate to keep up with the sheer efficiency, reliability and security that the decentralized prediction markets promise to bring.

Augur (REP) has grabbed headlines lately with the launch of its highly anticipated prediction market earlier this month. Ethereum-based futures market DApp Gnosis (GNO) is also under development and running on the Ethereum testnet. Meanwhile, Bodhi (BOT/BOE), another decentralized application, has been operating on the Qtum mainnet since April 23, 2018.

These decentralized prediction platforms aim to disrupt the institutional futures markets by lowering the barrier to entry, allowing more people to cast predictions on a global scale and increase the mindshare of information; creating transparency in the prediction process via the blockchain ledger and smart contracts; increasing the integrity and accountability of payments; and lowering the costs to transact in the prediction markets.

Predictions can be made on just about anything: 1) the financial markets, 2) information in general, 3) insurance claims, 4) sports lotteries, or 5) anything that isn’t immoral. For instance, the financial markets would gladly welcome Michael-Burry-number-crunching predictions on what to invest in and the general information markets would benefit from open-sourced information, in which participants use their closed-source information and other resources they may have to support their prediction analysis.

How Does Bodhi Work?

Bodhi is a DApp that currently runs on the Qtum (QTUM) network, using the QRC20 token BOT and QTUM to run on the Qtum network. The team plans to include the Ethereum (ETH) user base by allowing Bodhi to run on the Ethereum network through its cross-chain implementation initiative; they have already created the ERC20 token Bodhi On Ethereum (BOE). The Bodhi Ethereum DApp is expected be released on the Ethereum network in Q4 2018, according to Bodhi Founder Xiahong Lin in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine.

On the Qtum platform, QTUM is used to pay for the transaction fees to operate on the Qtum network and to wager bets and the BOT is used “primarily to arbitrate against bad actors,” Lin said. In this way, both QTUM and BOT are needed to power the Bodhi DApp on the Qtum network. Similarly, when Bodhi is released on the Ethereum network, ether will be used to pay for the Ethereum network transaction fees and to wager bets and BOE will be used “mainly to arbitrate against bad actors,” according to Lin.

Although the current version only supports wagering with QTUM, the Bodhi DApp is designed to scale and allow it to use any cryptocurrency that is not a security, meaning it can eventually run on stablecoins and others. This larger scope means more people will be able to contribute their research and place a bet on that research to predict the outcome of a prediction — which should lead to better prediction results.

Bodhi uses third-party oracles to verify predictions; to further increase autonomy, when the BOT/BOE holders involved in a prediction contest the result, BOT/BOE holders can each participate in voting directly for the answer themselves. If a previous round’s result is not contested within 48 hours, it is then locked in and becomes the final result of the prediction.

However, if the prediction result is contested within the time limit, then the new round requires 10 percent more BOT/BOE than in the previous round to place a vote on the new result in the current round. The result from the previous round(s) is no longer able to be voted on in the current round. For example, consider there are four prediction results to vote on: A, B, C and D. If the previous round’s BOT/BOE holders majority vote resulted in answer A in the last round, then in the current round, any result other than A can be voted on, and it’s only in a round after the current one that prediction result A can be voted on again.

This voting process continues until the BOT/BOE holders no longer contest the result. This helps dial in the result to the correct result by requiring 10 percent more BOT/BOE than in the previous round to cast a vote. The voting process is meant to make it harder for bad actors to overpower the system and it uses “game theory as a theory of conflict resolution,” according to Lin.

The question of immoral predictions is a real concern. However, Bodhi seeks to address this by allowing BOT/BOE stakeholders to moderate the community by voting on which predictions the community deems illegal or malevolent which, in turn, should allow the stakeholders to preserve their shared interest in the platform.

The Road Map

Lin said Bodhi is developing a social media plugin to put the power of the decentralized prediction market at the fingertips of social media users, starting with the social media platform WeChat, creating a seamless integration between the centralized and the decentralized. Lin described it this way:

“User experience and user growth are the two key metrics for building a widely adopted prediction market. The Bodhi social network plugin will allow users to create a prediction market directly within a social network and easily share it with their friends to participate. Imagine that you are in a WeChat group, while you are talking about some topic, you create a prediction event with respect to that topic right away, and your friends can make predictions immediately. We are going to build a social network gadget that can associate your social network account with your Qtum/Ethereum wallet, so that it will automatically take your input within a social network and synchronize it with Bodhi’s prediction market.”

They also have “Bodhi Light” in the works: the development of a lightweight Bodhi application client version “which is meant to remove the need for the Qtum desktop wallet in [the] DApp,” Lin said.

Disclosure: The writer holds both QTUM and BOT.

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New Ripple-Based Decentralized Exchange Launches in San Francisco

A new Ripple (XRP)-based decentralized crypto marketplace, DCEX, has now opened registration for retail and institutional accounts, according to a press release published July 30.

The new San Francisco-based platform runs on technology developed by blockchain firm AlphaPoint, and will initially offer 15 crypto-crypto trading pairs, all against Ripple as a base currency. These include Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS (EOS), IOTA (MIOTA), and ZCash (ZEC), among others, with further altcoins to be listed in the future.

DCEX will also reportedly make all of the assets included in the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index (BGCI) — which tracks the top ten “most liquid” crypto assets and presents itself as an “institutional benchmark” for the crypto market — available in one location for investors.

According to the press release, DCEX believes that using XRP as a base currency will allow for “high-speed transfers” that can help investors to better take advantage of “price inefficiencies” in their arbitrage among currency pairs on different exchanges.

The marketplace claims in the release that its network will facilitate “up to one million transactions per second,” and will also enable participants to connect to APIs to facilitate “high frequency” crypto trading strategies, as well as to margin trade.

DCEX, reportedly registered with FINCEN, is taking “initial steps” towards becoming a fully compliant and regulated operator under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory agencies, the press release notes.

As a Cointelegraph analysis outlined this spring, decentralized exchanges (DEXs) are gaining traction in the cryptosphere, both on ideological grounds and due to perceptions that centralized platforms are more vulnerable to thefts, such as the industry record-breaking hack of $532 mln in NEM from Coincheck earlier this year.

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