• Clovers + cadCAD: Modeling Game Economies

    Silicon Allee

    Our speaker: Billy Rennekamp, Founder Clovers.Network, Artist, Developer Clovers.network is an artwork and an economy. It incorporates novel proof-of-work, non-fungible tokens and an inflationary token with deflationary tendencies. The game Clovers originated from a combination of a studio art practice and cognitive science studies. It’s current version utilizes crypto-economic mechanisms like adjustable bonding curve market makers, optimistic contracts (counterfactual verification) and re-fungible tokens. Before deploying to Mainnet Ethereum this summer during Berlin Blockchain Week it has been modeled inside BlockScience’s cadCAD software to test some of the basic assumptions of the token model. This event will go over the design of Clovers and the process of using CadCad to model the in-game economy. Additional reading material: Adjustable Bonding Curves - Billy Rennekamp (https://medium.com/@billyrennekamp/converting-between-bancor-and-bonding-curve-price-formulas-9c11309062f5) Re-Fungible Token - Billy Rennekamp (https://medium.com/@billyrennekamp/re-fungible-token-rft-297003592769) Optimistic Contracts - Dean Eigenmann (https://medium.com/@deaneigenmann/optimistic-contracts-fb75efa7ca84) Clovers Network White Paper (WIP) (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1If-yoN-4cbIT0X_PSEfxVYqlZ7kgFRQapx8AR79mhME/edit)

  • FOAM - Using Analytics to Understand and Grow a Token Economy

    We are glad to present you this session where we not only take a deep dive into the FOAM token economy but also learn how FOAM is using analytics to understand the network’s dynamics and user behaviour. The FOAM Proof of Location protocol empowers a permissionless and autonomous network of radio beacons that can offer secure location services independent of external centralized sources such as GPS. Users and autonomous agents are able to privately record authenticated location data at times of their choosing, and then reveal their personal information at their discretion, by presenting a fraud-proof location claim. Potential use cases include IoT, Supply Chain, Mobility and various kinds of location intelligence. FOAM tokens serve as incentive to a) add geographic points of interest b) curate geographic points of interest (FOAM map TCR) c) signal to incentivize zone creation and expand the coverage of the map d) contribute as Zone Anchor by adding necessary hardware to the network, and e) contribute as verifier In August 2018 FOAM did a successful token sale and launched on the mainnet. Since then FOAM map grew to one of the largest TCRs with nearly 9000 added map POIs. FOAM is continuously driving activity of contributors. Because the FOAM Map is a zero-sum game, there is a natural fit for competitive gamification features. Leaderboards are a concept borrowed from games and sports. Leaderboards motivate users who are competitive and want to see themselves at the top of the list. The leaderboard integrates 3Box social profiles (an optional profile for Ethereum addresses). This builds community where users can learn more about each other and gain social recognition outside of the FOAM platform for their performance on the leaderboard. In our session Arthur and Caleb will talk about: - Introduction to FOAM - FOAM token model and token distribution (proof of use period) - FOAM map TCR basic functionality, insights on edge user behaviour and user feedback - driving growth with analytics, the leaderboard, NFT minting, social battles - growing insights on FOAM token economy with blockchain analytics (metrics, goals, challenges) Read more: - FOAM https://foam.space/ - FOAM map TCR http://map.foam.space - TCR token mechanism: https://blog.foam.space/a-closer-look-at-challenges-and-incentives-on-the-foam-map-a8b2dac47538 - FOAM leaderboard: https://blog.foam.space/introducing-the-foam-map-leaderboard-and-3box-social-profiles-3f6012a5d962

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  • Centrifuge’s Business NFTs - Token Engineering as Network Strategy

    Our speakers: Philip Stehlik (Co-Founder and CTO Centrifuge) Cassidy Daly (Token Engineering Centrifuge) Centrifuge is an open, decentralized platform to connect the global financial supply chain. Users and stakeholders range from crypto-native startups and #DeFi projects to large corporates building on our network. The strategic development of this network must strike the balance between a working system and satisfying every actor and stakeholder's needs. In some ways Centrifuge is different from other token-enabled projects: They raised (traditional) funding from BlueYard, Mosaic Ventures, and Semantic instead of doing an ICO. They partnered with large enterprises who use the network, as well as crypto-native projects who utilize Centrifuge’s Business NFTs. They combine the existing financial system with the new #DeFi world. With multiple user groups in mind, they iterated multiple times on the token design and re-evaluated how the token economy can support the network as a whole. The talk will examine how the token economy supports use-cases like decentralized invoice financing through NFTs as well as Centrifuge’s Global Business Graph - all with the goal to support economic opportunity for businesses everywhere. In this session you'll learn about: - Centrifuge's product from an end-user and technology perspective - How NFTs and the Business Graph rely on the token economy - Token Engineering at Centrifuge, objectives, agents, token primitives, and development process More about Centrifuge: Web https://centrifuge.io/ Medium https://medium.com/centrifuge

  • The Cryptoeconomic Series: Core Primitives (Part 2/2)

    Welcome to the first GLOBAL SUPER EVENT for TokenEngineering! This 2-part event series is a collaboration with TokenEngineering Cape Town, presented by Protea.io. Six different TE/Ethereum communities around the globe will take part. ABOUT Understanding economics is hard as it is. Add cryptography to the mix, and you end up in a groovy wonderland packed with sensory overloads. Welcome to the land of crypto economics - where entirely new universes are built, and possibilities are palpably close to limitless. The study of crypto economics is fast gaining in popularity, and fundamental building blocks (aka primitives) are advancing on a weekly basis. This remote two-part workshop is designed as a hands on crash course that aims to give you the conceptual understanding of core primitives, with the ultimate goal for you to design your own real-world crypto economic use case. In this second part, we’ll get our hands dirty with crypto economic primitives such as Curation Markets, Bonding Curves and Token Curated Registries. To round things off, you will take everything you have learned in both workshops, and using core primitives will craft your own real-world crypto economic use case. FORMAT A first for the Ethereum ecosystem! Ethereum meetup groups from across the world are collectively tuning into this workshop series and creating local events around this remote presentation. In the spirit of inclusivity, this event is open to anyone from across the world, and is presented remotely via Zoom. We, TokenEngineering Berlin, have 30 spots to meet in Berlin and dial-in as a group. Take the chance to join the session and meet and discuss with Berlin TokenEngineers. The local meetup is designed around the remote presentation, which is followed by an interactive session & networking locally. SCHEDULE 1. Remote presentation on crypto-economic primitives 2. Design your own crypto economic use case 3. Use case presentations PARTICIPATING MEETUPS INCLUDE TokenEngineering Cape Town Ethereum Cape Town Ethereum Copenhagen Ethereum Johannesburg Ethereum Dev Sofia TokenEngineering Berlin Any questions, join Protea's Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/IA0A4khtwcrgkub8o0GlJA

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  • The Cryptoeconomics Series: The Basics (Part 1/2)

    Welcome to the first GLOBAL SUPER EVENT for TokenEngineering! This 2-part event series is a collaboration with TokenEngineering Cape Town, presented by Protea.io. Six different TE/Ethereum communities around the globe will take part. ABOUT Understanding economics is hard as it is. Add cryptography to the mix, and you end up in a groovy wonderland packed with sensory overloads. Welcome to the land of crypto economics - where entirely new universes are built, and possibilities are palpably close to limitless. The study of crypto economics is fast gaining in popularity, and fundamental building blocks (aka primitives) are advancing on a weekly basis. This remote two-part workshop is designed as a hands on crash course that aims to give you the conceptual understanding of core primitives, with the ultimate goal for you to design your own real-world crypto economic use case. In this first part, we’ll be diving into the basic concepts that are fundamental to understanding how crypto economic primitives can be applied in real world use cases. After participating in this workshop, you should have a solid understanding of relevant core blockchain concepts and what role crypto economics play. FORMAT A first for the Ethereum ecosystem! Ethereum meetup groups from across the world are collectively tuning into this workshop series. In the spirit of inclusivity, this event is open to anyone from across the world, and is hosted and presented remotely via Zoom. The zoom link of the event will be distributed closer to the time. We, TokenEngineering Berlin, have 30 spots to meet in Berlin and dial-in as a group. Take the chance to join the session and meet and discuss with Berlin TokenEngineers. SCHEDULE 1. Remote presentation on crypto-economic basics 2. Interactive discussions in breakout groups 3. Q&A session PARTICIPATING MEETUPS INCLUDE: TokenEngineering Cape Town Ethereum Cape Town Ethereum Copenhagen Ethereum Johannesburg Ethereum Dev Sofia Token Engineering Berlin Any questions, join Protea's Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/IA0A4khtwcrgkub8o0GlJA

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  • dxDAO - The First Crypto Exchange Run by a DAO

    Silicon Allee

    Speaker: Martin Köppelmann - Founder of Gnosis, DutchX The future of organizations is DAOs. The dxDAO is a next-generation DAO, designed to facilitate global, open trade. The first dApp governed by the dxDAO will be the DutchX, an open trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism. It determines a fair value for tokens, permits trading in low liquidity environments with no third party risk, and mitigates harmful trading practices like front-running. In April the dxDAO will launch with an initial vote staking period. Users will be able to generate initial Reputation, the voting power for dxDAO decision making. After initializing dxDAO will be fully autonomous and can decide on any governance questions relating to the dxDAO or the DutchX trading protocol. Some examples include updates of the smart contract logic, whitelisting of tokens, changing the fee structure, incentivizing marketing efforts, asking for an additional security audit, or creating a liquidity provision on the DutchX trading protocol. Martin will walk us through his vision of DAOs, the dxDAO concept and the token mechanisms behind vote staking and decision making. One year after his first visit at TokenEngineering Meetups he’ll share his and his team's journey, including UX learnings, bug setbacks and the important discussion if Reputation can be a token. Learn more about dxDAO: https://blog.gnosis.pm/introducing-the-dxdao-27ec4301eced https://dxdao.daostack.io/ https://blog.gnosis.pm/the-dutchx-take-part-in-the-arbitrage-opportunity-eeacc20ef6f

  • Revisiting the Commons - Exploring Community Funding & Governing Models

    The underfunding and privatization of public goods and overall, “tragedy of the commons” have led to the depreciation of social goods due to lack of funding despite having active and dedicated communities. New ways to fund and govern community contribution are necessary. Our speakers: Abbey Titcomb, Onward Labs (https://onwardlabs.co) and Julio Linares, Circles UBI (A Basic Income on the Blockchain, https://joincircles.net) Recent advancements in blockchain technology have spurred the design of new cryptoeconomic primitives (i.e. token bonding curves and curation markets) that enable the evolution of traditional organizations to decentralized, self-governing, and continuously funded networks powered by market forces and network effects. This meetup serves as an opportunity to open up dialogues to explore social, economic, and political factors/considerations regarding community coordination and collaboration techniques. We aim to address real-world problems and functional use cases for these cryptoeconomic primitives while discussing (and realizing) the potential impact of trusted community coordination and incentive alignment. Abbey will speak on her work designing community funding and governing systems with Michael Zargham (https://block.science) and Giveth (https://giveth.io/) and open a discussion on the redesign of public goods as “commons” built on sustainable, self-governing systems that redesign incentive models to drive sustainable and socially beneficial behavior. Read more: https://medium.com/@abbey_titcomb/crowdfunding-the-commons-d590238d8c3c https://blog.coinbase.com/the-emergence-of-cryptoeconomic-primitives-14ef3300cc10?gi=cdae29610355

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  • Open the Door to a New Universe

    Silicon Allee

    €6.50

    This time we'll present two talks about token economies becoming a reality. In this session we won't just listen to theory. You’ll rather have the opportunity to try out a running crypto economic system on the Ethereum mainnet! Why ticket fee: We will conduct a special experiment, the Doges on Trail by Kleros.io. At the event we’ll provide you a wallet including ETH and PNK. You’ll be allowed to keep the balance after the experiment. So you might get your ticket fee back or even increase your return. :) Our speakers: Julian Leitloff, Founder and CEO of Fractal Clément Lesaege, Co-Founder and CTO of Kleros Talk #1: Designing the onboarding ramps to the Web 3.0 The best token economies need people (or machines) to use them. Taking the extremely difficult hurdle of designing and implementing a functioning protocol, leads to the next level: User adoption. While a technically advanced protocol is the pre-set to get to this stage, it is not the winning factor. It is the ease of on boarding and use that drives people to use new tools. For mainstream adoption that eventually means solving onbaording for the mainstream user. I would like to give some insights what that means for the case of on-chain identity based on our experience with Fractal ID. More about Fractal ID: Website https://trustfractal.com/fractal-id Medium https://medium.com/frctls Talk #2: Kleros & Doges On Trial Experiment Kleros is a Dispute Resolution Layer on the Ethereum blockchain. Doges On Trial is a curated list of Doge pictures built using Kleros. People can submit and challenge pictures. When a picture is challenged, Kleros jurors with SchellingCoin based incentives are drawn and vote whether or not the picture represents a Doge. This experiment is made to simulate the incentive systems of curated list use cases (marketplaces listing, social network moderation, reputation of tokens and ENS names). This talk will start with a brief description of the system. It will be followed by an analysis of the results of the experiment. We will discuss Schelling point formation, emergence of court policies, how jurors behave in subjective disputes and juror ethic. The result of naive bribes and more complex attacks (p+epsilon, commitment to appeal) will also be discussed. After the talk, participants will be given ETH and PNK to try the system (bring your laptop, Metamask pre-installed). More about Kleros: Website https://kleros.io Twitter @Kleros_io Medium https://medium.com/kleros **** Prepare for the event: **** - Please bring your own laptop - You’ll need a web3 enabled browser pre-installed, e.g. MetaMask browser extension. It's easy, just download it here: https://metamask.io

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  • Understanding and Stress-Testing Token Economies with Simulations

    Token Systems are complex, hence it is hard for a human being to detect possible flaws in the system. Moreover, we can calculate token distribution or exchange rates but stakeholders’ behaviour is hard to predict. Machine learning can help us to tackle this challenge. This workshop session will give an introduction to agent-based models to simulate token system designs. Piotr Grudzien, founder of Incentivai will provide a general overview on the potential of simulations and the specific approach of Incentivai. Here, behaviour is not an input to the simulation but rather an output that emerges based on the assumed agent objectives for the particular design. Agents are free to discover their own strategies and be modelled as deviating from rational behaviour, as needed. The simulation approach allows for testing large numbers of scenarios with varying design parameters and agent behaviour assumptions. Incentivai was part of the Y Combinator Summer 2018 batch, has since published a number of case studies and worked with customers including Augur and NuCypher. The session will focus on the following topics: * Introduction to simulations, ML and agent-based models * Motivation and inner workings of the Incentivai approach to agent-based modelling and simulation * Interactive discussion and walkthrough of the Incentivai approach based on a bonding curve example * Presentation of a case study (simulation of the Augur economy) Learn more about Incentivai at http://incentivai.co and follow their work at https://medium.com/incentivai and on Twitter @incentivai or @GruPiotr. Read more about the case studies Piotr will present: Bonding curve case study blog post: https://medium.com/incentivai/bonding-curve-simulation-using-incentivai-2b2bfe0c6400 Simulation of the Augur economy blog post: https://medium.com/incentivai/simulation-of-the-augur-economy-682636d2840f

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  • Token Engineering Workshop #8

    Silicon Allee

    *** Workshop starts with an intro talk followed by two project presentations. We aim for attendees and presenters actively collaborating to learn and improve. *** Intro Talk: tbd Presentation (~10 min.) Presentation #1: TRUEKEN tokenizes solar power plants for apartment buildings for self consumption. TRUEKEN go along with every project, from the initial investment with tokenized equity and installation of the PV System to metering and billing acting as an energy supplier. We also propose to open the possibility of selling the excess solar energy to peers with smart contracts, paying the fair amount in taxes and fees for the proportional use of the grid. Project breakdown (~15 min.) followed by Q&A. Presented by Daniel Venegas and Miguel Gelly. Daniel is a mechanical engineer with a master degree in production engineering for new energy technologies at the TU Berlin. After 8 years of experience on development of training equipment and prototypes for engineering education in Latin America, he moved to Berlin in 2016 to start his journey in renewables. Miguel has experience with different ventures, availing his background in communication, marketing, social media and crowdfunding campaigns. Arriving to Berlin, he got involved in product design and created several portable clean energy devices prototypes. Bringing one of those: Gecocase, to a crowdfunding campaign launched at Kickstarter platform.