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  • What is the ARK SmartBridge, and how does it work?

    By now many people want to know the technical details of ARK’s SmartBridge but broken down into a less technical and everyday example. That’s what this article will focus on. This article will also assume for examples that most blockchains are already SmartBridge compatible.

    SmartBridge is the ability to connect and communicate between blockchains. By connecting blockchains, we can solve the great question of the last few years in the altcoin community. Which coin will replace bitcoin? The answer… none of them, and all of them. Let me explain.

    With ARK’s SmartBridge Technology every coin becomes even more powerful, every app produced on any blockchain has the potential to reach a greater audience and even bitcoin can gain the functionality of every altcoin through a simple blockchain token called ARK.

    Ark’s SmartBridge communicates between the blockchains using a special data section called Vendor Fields and special Encoded Listener nodes that comb through this data for tasks that it can perform.

    What does that mean? Let me explain…

    In order for ARK to become the medium/intermediary between chains, each chain needs a small snippet of code implemented. It is very easy to insert and not harmful to any blockchain, current or otherwise. Once this tiny code is inserted into the core code of any blockchain, that’s it. Now that blockchain is connected to ARK. We make it painless and extremely simple to implement, and will provide very easy to follow instructions with 24/7 support via slack chat.

    Ok, so what does that REALLY mean?

    It’s quite simple. If you want to trigger an event on a blockchain via a different blockchain, you check if that chain is SmartBridge compatible. If it is, then you can issue a SmartBridge transaction to any compatible blockchain via the ark wallet and the possibilities are endless.

    Example 1: If you wanted to trigger an ETH smart contract but hold ark, you could just send the instructions through ark SmartBridge, right in the wallet to trigger the event. The code embedded in the ETH chain is always listening for an ark SmartBridge transaction and will collect this info and trigger the function to issue a contract.

    Example 2: You want to issue a record entry in Factom, but you only hold ARK. So you would go to your ARK wallet, enter the correct info and instructions for the FCT chain via the SmartBridge tab. Then send it. That’s it, now the FCT chain receives the info and acts appropriately.

    Example 3: I want to send 10 ARK to my ETH wallet. This would require an encoded listener with a back-end ability to exchange currencies. (ie: Shapeshift, Changelly, or Coinbase) Once I send my 10 ARK to my ETH wallet, the encoded listener sees this TX (transaction) as an exchange function and acts accordingly. The encoded listener automatically picks up that this TX needs a conversion, so it acts as a relay node picking up the TX, converting it, and rebroadcasting the TX on its way to the ETH wallet. The encoded listener collects a small fee for processing the TX.

    (Example 3 would require Shapeshift to be its own encoded listener so that it is always looking for the next SmartBridge TX. Just like ARK, Encoded listener nodes set their own transaction fees. Which can be adjusted by the node operator but not ARK.)

    Encoded listeners:

    The Encoded listener node is a hub for listening to SmartBridge transactions. This transaction hub can be setup and run by anyone, Shapeshift, Changelly or even Coinbase. Anyone that wants to act as a medium to help the network can. And in exchange for providing this service they will be collecting transaction fees for passing data or exchanging currencies via SmartBridge.

    I hope this article made it easier for everyone to understand how ARK SmartBridge technology will work. We will be releasing a more in-depth and technical whitepaper for SmartBridge once we get closer to full SmartBridge release.

    By

    travis w

    ARK crew




  • Meet Arky — The Pythonic Way to Work With ARK Blockchain

    ARK is happy to announce yet another official native library under the ARK ecosystem family (which is of course as always, open-source).

    The Python framework to interact with ARK blockchain, codenamed Arky, is a native implementation of cryptographic functions to create and sign transactions, read and write to the vendorfield, together with handy tools to grab information from the ARK network (account balance, pool management, delegate management, etc…).

    This opens yet another HUGE development market that ranges from big Fortune 500 companies, academic and scientific
     computing, e-commerce, aviation, manufacturing, governments, gaming, …— a lot of large institutions use Python as their main
    development language. You can look at some of the more successful Python
    stories on their official website : https://www.python.org/about/success/ .

    Arky joins the ARK family of code and is placed alongside many of the already developed libraries for ARK like Javark (a Java lite client communications tool to interact with the ARK blockchain).

    If you have any questions about Arky or need help implementing it in one of the ARK related Python projects, please feel free to get in contact with the main developer of Arky on our Slack.

    1. Join slack : https://ark.io/slack/
    2. Direct message user ‘Toons’ : https://arkecosystem.slack.com/messages/@toons/

    Thank you Toons, for developing this awesome library and tools for the ARK ecosystem.

    For additional information on how to use Arky please check Arky repo on ARK GitHub: https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    P.S. If you are a developer, you can earn some some huge ARK bounties! Here are the events we are currently running for bounties:

    I. 200,000 ARK GitHub Development Bounty

    II. 10 for 10,000 ARK for ARK Related Projects



  • ARK Desktop Wallet version 1.2.0









    The ARK Crew has just released version 1.2.0 of their Desktop Wallet with several new features and bug fixes. The main focus of this update was improving the overall system for handling the broadcasting of transactions over the Ark network and a lot better peer management. This will fix the zero confirmation issue that some of you may have experienced in the past. You can find a full list of the included updates below.

    How to update?

    1. Go to : https://github.com/ArkEcosystem/ark-desktop/releases/tag/1.2.0
    2. Download version corresponding to your OS (Linux/Mac/Windows)
    3. Install and it will automatically update
    4. Start ARK wallet.

    What has been fixed / added?

    Features and Enhancements:

    • New: Improving peer connection reliability
    • #72 Unconfirmed TX now has resend button
    • #70 Total fiat/bitcoin balance for all accounts on the homepage
    • #85 Fixing typo in deb synopsis and improving documentation
    • #67 Price when offline now isn’t set
    • #62 Added a Brewfile for OS X users

    Bug Fixes:

    • #84 Possible comparison bug
    • #79 Some initial suggestions

    Please continue to submit bugs using our official Github. As always, thank you for supporting ARK and please join us on Slack!









  • ARK GitHub Development Winners -April 2017:

    The 1st month of the GitHub Development Bounty (1st of April 2017–30th of April 2017) has finished and we are truly grateful and positively astonished by the number of Github Pull-Requests (PR) that have been submitted in only our first month of running this campaign. Without further ado, here are the winners for the month of April:

    1st of April 2017–30th of April 2017:
    • 1st place: 5,000 ARK Github User: 4miners for great PRs for Ark Block Explorer
    • 2nd place: 3,000 ARK  Github User: kristjank for PRs with Desktop Wallet and writing FAQ for GitHub users
    • 3rd place: 2,000 ARK Github User: luciorubeens for PRs with the Desktop Wallet
    Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK) : 2,000 ARK  Github User: Mrv777 for biggest pull request on Ark Block Explorer which took care of a lot of bugs

    Congratulations to all of the April winners!

    The amount of participation in the program has exceeded our expectations and we have witnessed a large number of new developers joining ARK and submitting great Pull-Requests. As such, we want to ensure that everyone is being recognized for their contributions. For the month of May, we are going to try a slightly altered reward structure that will reduce the reward for the top 3 winners to allow us to recognize even more of our awesome community developers.

    For the month of May, the total monthly ARK rewards for the program will still be 12,000 ARK, but we are going to increase the number of contributors rewarded from the top 3 to the top 10. Here is a breakdown of what the rewards will look like for May:

    1st of May 2017–31st of May 2017 :
    • 1st place: 4,000 ARK
    • 2nd place: 2,000 ARK
    • 3rd place: 1,000 ARK
    • 4th-8th place: 500 ARK /each
    • 9th-10th place: 250 ARK/each
    Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK) : 2,000 ARK

    Thank you for all that you are doing to push ARK forward. We have the best community in all of crypto and we wouldn’t want to be on this journey without you. We can’t wait to see what you come up with in May!

    Missed what this is all about?

    Read the full instructions here: 200,000 ARK Bounty for Developers in the 1st Year

    Are there any other development bounties going on?

    Sure, we also have: 10 for 10,000 = 100,000 ARK program

    And remember to join our Slack !



  • ARK Core Update — Get Ready for Multiple Network Support

    ARK is advancing and improving its core to prepare it for easily deployable custom blockchains and multiple network support, along with constantly improving the base code. Thus, we are happy to announce a new node.js core release moving from 1.0.0 to 1.0.1.

    What has been implemented in this new version?

    • Major upgrade on the core code to support multiple networks. This code upgrade does not change any API features, but enables the deployment of custom networks — ARK becoming the 1st blockchain made for easily deployable custom blockchains based on project/customer/startup/enterprise needs (delegate numbers, transactions per block, block times, … ). A video showing how easy it will be to deploy your own blockchain will be available in the coming days.
    • Resolved peers being broadcast forever, even when they are shut down, leading to lite clients having some transactions not entering the blockchain.
    • Resolved rebuilding from block 0, which caused a stop at block 93477 (read more here on this matter :https://blog.ark.io/march-ark-after-launch-update-and-bugs-fixed-6818d3e4e96f )

    Hey, what do I, as ARK user, need to do?

    Nothing, the only ones that need to update are delegates or people running ARK main net node on their server(s).  If you are using ARK Desktop wallet be sure you are already using the latest version (1.2.2 as of today) of ark-desktop :https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    Hey, I’m a delegate, or I have a relay node running, what do I need to do?

    You will need to update your ARK node with new ARKcommander.sh.  Follow these simple steps (once connected to server running ARK node).

    cd ~ rm ARKcommander.sh wgethttps://ark.io/ARKcommander.sh  bash ARKcommander.sh (input your sudo password if asked) Option ‘3’ Update ARK (press number 3 + [enter]) — wait till it completes press[enter] and you are done — easy right?  Now you can get back to monitoring with ‘L’.

    P.S. : Useful tip — if you are an active delegate (one of the 51st) before you update if you don’t want to miss a block look on ARK Explorer when its your turn to forge (https://explorer.ark.io/delega...) and do it in time before your turn (2–3 minutes should be enough for your node to update and get back to latest block).

    New ARKcommander.sh as you can see has a neat feature when you start it if there is a new ARK core version it will let you know.

    Before latest update:

    After you update to latest version:

    Hey, I am a developer, and I want to launch my own private/public blockchain?

    Stay tuned as a lot of awesomeness is coming to help you get started!

    By, 

    BoldNinja




  • ARK Community Fund (ACF) Has Commenced

    We won’t lie — we love our ARK community! At the time of this writing, our official Slack is one of the fastest growing and most exciting in the industry with over 1,900 members in just a few short months. One of our favorite parts of developing ARK has been watching the community grow and getting to know the immensely talented individuals who have chosen to join us on this journey. What our community has already done for ARK is mind blowing and were constantly caught off guard by the ingenuity and drive many have exhibited on a daily basis. Whether it be the huge pool of top tier delegates, the awesome YouTube videos, or our active developer community, we owe you a huge thank you! Hands down, you guys are our family and we love you for all that you bring to the table!

    Today we want to highlight an exciting new initiative being developed by several of our core community members. ARK delegates Jamiec79 and Sidzero have taken the lead in creating something we believe is going to be epic. It’s called the ARK Community Fund or ACF, and we believe it will not only help continue to grow our community, but bring some really great projects under the ARK umbrella!

    What is the ARK Community Fund?

    The ACF is an entirely community owned and operated vehicle for matching developers and entrepreneurs with potential seed funding through the use of the ARK Ecosystem. Potential projects will be able to submit applications to the team running the ACF to be considered for funding generated by an Active Delegate node as well donations from the ARK Community and Delegates. We want everyone to know that this effort has our full endorsement and we could not be more excited to see it get off the ground. So excited, in fact, that we will provide an initial donation of 25,000 ARK to help jump start the ARK Community Fund effort and help get the ball rolling on the first round of submissions.

    Where can I find out more about the ACF?

    You can get full details, rules, and access to the applications from the Official ACF Announcement Thread at the ARK Forums and Official ACF Forum Subsection.

    How is the ARK Crew involved in the ACF?

    The ARK Crew is not officially involved in the management or holdings of the ACF aside from being an initial donor and continued supporter of the effort. At no time will the ARK Crew or any official team member interfere with how ACF is running. This is 100% run by and for the community!

    How can I donate/help the ACF?

    You can donate to the ACF by sending ARK to the following ARK address:  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Ark donation address : ARKCFyhoCVadfhcSAAytfcHHe88EuetcP4 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    You can also vote with your ARK for ACF run delegate from which all forged ARK will go towards funding/projects:  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    Delegate name : acf

    Delegate address: AKzB7dWkCsYnt4u9P4Sch6iKyZ7QnDjBav

    Also read: ACF delegate proposal

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    For additional inquiries, please join the ARK Community Slack and join the #CommunityFund channel or message any of the currently elected ACF board members:

    ACF Papers & Templates

    ACF Initial Concept Paper https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BgQu4PRtLcoC5JLtAnrSPiCp6Fu8MT8082wFqMimMw0/edit?usp=sharing

    ACF High Level Summary https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jwL4R0TfU24SSnjJLHjrJCpSLFtmg-0oJadYPvzf25k/edit?usp=sharing

    We have also developed two Project Templates, which the project specifics can be detailed within.

    The Ark Community Fund — Fast Track — Project Template https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GFgYl0BbNGr7f3QuhzrKu1WuXZENGHrx23rYgSnfkZk/edit?usp=sharing

    The Ark Community Fund — Standard Approach — Project Template https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JI1x1ICMKxHkTdU9rnTQy9smsYnaFtktK4IBXeV2NgY/edit?usp=sharing



  • ARK French Open Grand Slam Bracket Challenge — 5,000 in ARK Prizes



    Who doesn’t like sports and a chance to win some ARK? Ark crew member Khanh Vuong (thank you!) is sponsoring another bracket contest — this time it is tennis. And rules are quite simple.

    Prize Pool (5,000 ARK)

    1st: 3,000 ARK 2nd: 1,500 ARK 3rd: 500 ARK

    How do I enter the bracket challenge for a chance to win?

    1. Register an account with http://www.tennisbracket.com (third party site — not affiliated with ARK) 2. Send an email to contest@ark.io with your “My Profile” link (example: http://tennisbracket.com/profile.php?id=1860) 3. Fill out bracket when it is ready. (Countdown clock is on the main page http://www.tennisbracket.com) 4. For the tiebreaker, email contest@ark.io the total game count in the Finals match).

    • EXTRA BONUS : Anyone setting their profile pick to the ARK logo attached below gets 10 ARK bonus (should be done before you email contest@ark.io and attach your ARK address).

    And that is it — now lets enjoy some games!

    Need image to spread this contest?

    Have any questions regarding this tennis bracket?

    1. Join our Slack : https://ark.io/slack/
    2. Send direct message to Techbytes (Khanh) : https://arkecosystem.slack.com...



  • ARKchains — Multiple Ark Ecosystem Networks

    ARK is currently focused like a laser on all aspects of development. Recently, we released a new version of ARK-desktop that supports multiple ARKchains. Many projects are already interested in using ARK codebase, and now we are happy to present updated lite-client libraries (JavARK, ARK-client, ARK-JS) that fully support multiple ARK networks. Projects that decide to develop on ARK codebase will leverage client libraries (for Java, JavaScript, CLI, .NET or Python) removing the need to develop their own. This is one step closer to the vision of SmartBridge where networks will be able to interoperate.

    Tools developed by other ARKchains will integrate seamlessly throughout the entire ARK universe. With our rapidly growing developer community, we soon expect the release of many new tools to interact with ARKchains!

    Currently, there are already 3 projects that will utilize the power of ARK code and blockchain which will be compatible with our SmartBridge function out of the box:

    Also, several private blockchains are now being developed using ARK codebase.

    What does this mean?

    ARK will be the foundation for easy to deploy blockchains with simple to follow instructions and videos. The ARK ecosystem of connected blockchains will continue to grow and communicate with each other with ARK as the primary intermediary connecting them all. Now not only is the ARK core and desktop wallet able to support multiple blockchains, but developers can now freely use their favorite programming language(ie: Java, Python, .NET) which now also support multiple blockchains.

    Stay tuned for the next wallet update to include a very cool new feature that will tie into the future of IPFS integration.



  • ARK -  May 2017: GitHub Development Winners

    The 2nd month of the GitHub Development Bounty (1st of May 2017–31st of May 2017) has finished and we are truly happy with the number of Github Pull-Requests (PR) that have been submitted for just our 2nd month of running the program. Without further ado, here are the winners for the month of May:

    1st of May 2017–31st of May 2017:

    1st place: 4,000 ARK  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: zillionn Notable commits: - Safer account creation - New version button - Error message style - Adding delegate dropdown - Homepage price change color - BTC price in satoshi - Tab index  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 2nd place: 2,000 ARK  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: luciorubeens Notable commits: - Add remaining balance on sendArk - Add manager to customize backgrounds - Add a directive for valid amount - Save last price in localStorage - Add QR code scanner - Add a sound effect when receive funds  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  3rd place: 1,000 ARK — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: dafty-1 Notable commits: - Send all button to populate amount with all available funds - Add refresh account balance button to dashboard  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    • 4th–6th place (in no particular order): 500 ARK /each

    Github Users:

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    Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK) : 2,000 ARK  Github User: luciorubeens for his commit on auto-calculating remaining balance and QR webcam scanner in Ark Desktop for great innovative functions

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    Congratulations to all of the May winners! Since there were no takers for 7th-10th place the sum of that will go towards ARKveloper of the year moving from 16,000 ARK to a sum of 17,500 ARK.

    For June 2017 payouts will be:

    1st of June 2017–30st of June 2017 :
    • 1st place: 4,000 ARK
    • 2nd place: 2,500 ARK
    • 3rd place: 1,500 ARK
    • 4th-7th place: 500 ARK /each

    P.S. : Don’t forget that next month we’ll also choose our 1st Contributor of the Quarter who will receive an additional 6,000 ARK!

    Missed what this is all about?

    Read the full instructions here: 200,000 ARK Bounty for Developers in the 1st Year

    Are there any other development bounties going on?

    Sure, we also have: 10 for 10,000 = 100,000 ARK program

    There is also community run ACF (Ark Community Fund) — read more here :

    https://blog.ark.io/ark-community-fund-acf-has-commenced-84e67ec9a1fa

    And remember to join our Slack !



  • GoARK — Let’s GO Towards New Horizons



    ARK is quickly becoming an all around development tool with a vast list of programming language integrations. Making ARK available to more and more developers as we build our ecosystem. These integrations enable a wide range of development to be built effectively using ARK for any applications wanting to utilize the power of the ARK Ecosystem!

    Our latest in this series of language implementations is named GoARK, a library for the Go (GoLang) programming language developed by Google. This will be our 4th native language implementation (in addition to Java, Python and .NET) on top of our Javascript Delegated Proof of Stake blockchain.

    GoARK on ARK GitHub: https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    Golang was explicitly engineered to thrive in projects built by large groups of programmers with different skill levels. Go’s trade-offs are not unique, but it’s a good set of trade-offs and thanks to them, Go is happening.

    Look at how GoARK works in action : https://asciinema.org/a/5yndxl...

    This is a demo app built using the GoARK library. A cross platform build is also available.

    What is GO?

    The goals of the Go project were to eliminate the slowness and clumsiness of software development at Google, and thereby to make the process more productive and scaleable. The language was designed by and for people who write, read, debug, and maintain large software systems [Source].

    Golang is gaining a lot of traction. It is used by globally recognized projects from companies like Google, Netflix, SoundCloud, Dropbox, MongoDB, and Docker, to name a few.

    Go can be treated as the result of a rather conservative language evolution from languages such as C and C++. Go is already a big player in server software, and is continuing to extend its reach. Go overcomes some of the limitations of those languages, like lack of parallel computation support, shortcoming on multi-core support, and memory management, to name a few examples. The high performance is in large part due to the static compilation of the statically-typed Go code.

    The Internet of things powered by ARK-GO

    The Internet of Things framework requires a robust and dependable programming language. Looking at many of the tools today, you really have 2 or 3 popular options in this space: do barebones C/C++ or have a NodeJS integration. GOLang implementation provides answers to IoT challenges and strengthens it with the power of the ARK Blockchain. It is made to run and co-exist with ARK.

    Cross compilation with Go

    Golang has cross compilation support built right into the core system. Just by setting the right parameters and running the command “go build”, you get one executable file that can be run on multiple platforms. For example:

    set GOARCH=amd64
    set GOOS=linux //we can also set windows, darwin…
    go build

    Simple. No overhead of installing frameworks and other supported libraries, this is where the statically typed simplicity and natural language evolution shows its core strengths.

    Concurrency and GO on Mobile Systems

    “Go-routines” in Go, enables concurrent function processing. These channels are used for components to communicate with one another and synchronize the execution. Go also supports application development softwares like Android and iOS. An application written in Golang can directly be launched into both Android and iOS. It is an active supporter of Android NDK (parts of the application are implemented in native language such a C++/C ).

    Golang is awesome, and using it spreads the wings of creativity, with high rate of efficiency and performance for the developers and users.

    GoARK was developed by chris (click to DM him on Slack). If you have any GoARK related questions please don’t hesitate to contact him on our Slack.

    Are you a developer, innovator, marketer, designer UX/UI, want to get more involved in Ark and bring something unique to ARK, get some funding or bounty for it? Look no further :

    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    1. 10 for 10,000 ARK initiative
    2. 200,000 ARK in 1st year for ARK GitHub Developers
    3. Ark Community Fund initiative, exclusively run by community
    4. Contact delegate SidZero — he is offering bounties for ARK related jobs



  • ARK at HackUC Hackathon

    The ARK Crew recently sponsored and attended a Hackathon in Scotch Plains New Jersey. http://hackuc.com/

    The Hack lasted 24 hours and involved programming, computer science, and engineering. It was exciting to witness so many bright young minds in action as they put there creativity to the test.

    From ardiuno based AI maze runners, to facial recognition apps, to classic games remade using motion capture to play — we were quite amazed at the talent we witnessed and were honored to serve as judges.

    Mike reviewing a project

    We also had the opportunity to do a keynote presentation, stay around and answer questions, and even do a workshop.

    Travis Explaining ARK Khanh, Travis, and Mike from Ark Crew Mike and Eric explaining Blockchain and Scrum/Agile

    We anticipate a very bright future for all of the students that attended. As they move ahead to college, we hope they bring with them the knowledge of ARK as well.

    A big thank you to the organizers Jason and Stephan and their whole crew, and congratulations to the winners. We hope to see everyone again next year.

    Jason and Stephan HackUC winners 2017

    For all Event pictures goto: HackUC Pics



  • ARK Wimbledon Tennis Bracket Challenge — 3,000 ARK in Prizes







    Ark crew member Khanh Vuong (thank you, again!) is sponsoring another tennis bracket contest with total pool prize of 3,000 ARK! Read the rules below on how to participate.

    Prize Pool (3,000 ARK)

    1st: 1,500 ARK 2nd: 1,000 ARK 3rd: 500 ARK

    How do I enter the bracket challenge for a chance to win?

    1. Register an account with http://www.tennisbracket.com (third party site — not affiliated with ARK)
    2. Fill out bracket at http://www.tennisbracket.com (when it opens for picks — countdown is on the websites frontpage)
    3. Send an email to contest@ark.io with your “My Profile” link (example: http://tennisbracket.com/profile.php?id=1860) and the total game count in the finals match (tiebreaker*).  *Tiebreaker for example of a match 6:4, 4:6, 7:5 would be sum of all games played = 6+4+4+6+7+5 = 32
    • EXTRA BONUS : Anyone setting their profile pick to the ARK logo attached below gets 10 ARK bonus (should be done before you email contest@ark.io and attach your ARK address).

    And that is it — let the best bracket pickers win! Good luck!

    Need an image to spread this contest?

    Have any questions regarding this tennis bracket?

    1. Join our Slack : https://ark.io/slack/
    2. Send direct message to Techbytes (Khanh) : https://arkecosystem.slack.com...



  • ARK June 2017: GitHub Development Winners


    The 3rd month of the GitHub Development Bounty (1st of June 2017–30th of June 2017) has finished. This month has seen a large increase in the number of pull-requests (along with new contributors) and we are truly grateful for all the hard work the community is putting in to make ARK even better!

    Without further ado, here are the winners for the month of June:

    1st of June 2017–30th of June 2017:

    1st place: 4,000 ARK  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: fileninja Notable commits:

    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  2nd place: 2,500 ARK  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: naaomimore Notable commits:

    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  3rd place: 1,500 ARK  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Github User: vekexasia

    Notable commits:

    Github Users:

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    Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK) : 2,000 ARK  Github User: naaomimore for ESLint Support with ES6 (Airbnb Code Style) commit.

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    Contributor of the 1st Quarter (April-May-June)

    In addition to calculating monthly rewards, we are also tracking quarterly statistics. Every 3 months a “Contributor of the Quarter” will receive an additional 6,000 ARK and this is the month we select our 1st winner.

    Our 1st quarterly winner is zillionn for his consistent contributions to the ARK ecosystem throughout this 3 months of ARK running this campaign — thank you for all the commits and keep up the good work.

    Next “Contributor of the Quarter” (July-August-September) will be announced with September 2017 winners (all commits and consistency throughout July-September will count towards quarterly winner)!

    Congratulations to all of the June winners!

    For July 2017 payouts will be:

    1st of July 2017–31st of July 2017 :
    • 1st place: 3,000 ARK
    • 2nd place: 2,000 ARK
    • 3rd place: 1,500 ARK
    • 4th place : 1,000 ARK
    • 5th–9th place: 500 ARK /each

    EXTRA IN JULY: If there will be more than 10 contributors, those not eligible for any of the 1–9th places will still get 100 ARK (+ all 5 PR rewards)!

    Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK) : 2,000 ARK

    Missed what this is all about?

    Read the full instructions here: 200,000 ARK Bounty for Developers in the 1st Year.

    Are there any other development bounties going on?

    Sure, we also have: 10 for 10,000 = 100,000 ARK program

    There is also community run ACF (ARK Community Fund) — read more here:

    https://blog.ark.io/ark-community-fund-acf-has-commenced-84e67ec9a1fa

    And remember to join our Slack!














  • ARK @ FINTECH WEEK IN NEW YORK !

    August 21st 2017— August 25th 2017— newyork.fintechweek.com





    ARK is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of Fintech Week New York — The original Fintech and Blockchain conferences since 2014. First started in London in 2014, Fintech has since held conferences in cities all over the globe including, London, New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dublin, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., Chicago and Tel Aviv. The upcoming Fintech week will be held at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center and Thompson Reuters in Times Square.

    Fintech New York is a grand event full of informative conferences on Blockchain, Capital Markets, Banking/Insurance, and Money/Payments, led by a diverse group of panelists and speakers — including our very own Travis Walker! There is something for everyone during this week long experience, and provides an opportunity to make connections throughout this rapidly evolving industry. The week will also include exhibitions, workshops and even a hackathon.

    Soon ARK will be announcing our plans to send a worthy community member to Fintech New York — tickets, travel and lodging — all expenses paid!

    This will be a fantastic experience for all who attend — we hope to see you there!










  • ARK To Be Available On Ledger Nano Wallet






    ARK is proud to announce our partnership with Ledger Hardware Wallet. ARK/Ledger integration has been in the works for a while now and we are very excited to finally release it.

    ARK integration into the Ledger Hardware Wallet makes ARK the tenth cryptocurrency to be secured by this amazing piece of hardware. Ledger provides additional security measures and the ability for you to store your ARK safely, with peace of mind along with other major cryptocurrencies supported by Ledger.

    ARK and Ledger are making two firsts with this addition

    ARK is now the first Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) blockchain and the first JavaScript blockchain ever to get native integration into the Ledger Hardware Wallet.

    But there is more: ARK-desktop and upcoming ARK-mobile wallets will be compatible with Ledger wallet, and BIP32/BIP44 compliant. This means you will be able to generate HD wallets with extra security without having any single passphrase getting out of the Ledger device. This also means you can create an ARK address directly from your Ledger device. Once we have full compatibility with the Ledger Hardware wallets, we will also provide Ledger Hardware wallet support to our Desktop and Mobile wallets that will require the use of the Ledger to sign transactions if the ledger account is synced to the Ark wallets.

    But there is even more: Any future ARK cloned network, ARK fork, or ARK test-net/dev-net will be compatible with the ledger in the near future. Making every ARK cloned chain Ledger compatible.

    The scheduled release date is July 28th, 2017. ARK will be available on Ledger Nano S and Ledger Blue.

    What is a Ledger?

    Ledger is a cryptocurrency hardware wallet for storing cryptographic assets and securing digital payments like Bitcoin, ARK, and other altcoins. It connects to any computer (USB) and embeds a secure OLED display to double-check and confirm each transaction with a single tap on its side buttons.

    With Ledger Nano S, secrets like private keys are never exposed: sensitive operations are isolated inside your hardware wallet within a state-of-the-art Secure Element, locked by a PIN code. Transactions can’t get tampered with, they are physically verified on the embedded screen with a simple press on a button.

    You can send and receive payments, check your accounts and manage multiple addresses for each currency from the same device. Nano S also supports the FIDO® Universal Second Factor standard that simplifies the authentication process on compatible online services such as GMail, Dashlane, Dropbox or GitHub.

    Your ledger accounts are backed up on a recovery sheet. Making restoration of lost/damaged devices easy with any Ledger device or compatible wallets (BIP39/BIP44).

    Secure

    • Ledger Nano S is based on a dual chip architecture (ST31/STM32, Certification level: CC EAL5+). The firmware integrity is guaranteed by cryptographic attestation.
    • The Ledger Nano S ensures only you can access your accounts by requiring a 4–8 digit PIN code each time it is plugged to your computer.
    • Initialization or restoration of your configuration is fully done on the secure environment of the Ledger Nano S. Your cryptographic secrets are never exposed to the outside world.
    • Your private keys are never held or known by Ledger or a third party: they are hard locked in the Secure Element. With Ledger Nano S, your wallet remains decentralized, you are your own bank.

    Limited Edition ARK Nano S

    You will also have a chance to order a Special Limited Edition Ark branded Ledger Nano S — there will only be 1,000 of these devices ever made so make sure you order your piece of history when they become available.

    Scheduled Release of ARK branded Ledger Nano beginning in early August 2017. Stay tuned to our social media (Twitter/Facebook/Reddit/BitcoinTalk) accounts to learn how you can own your very own ARK Ledger. Or join our announcement channel in our Slack.










  • Ark Community Fund (ACF) Logo Contest with Bounty

    Ark Community Fund is a separate entity from ARK team and is entirely ran by ARK community members.

    The ACF has asked the ARK Crew if we could help spread the word of their latest bounty and progress of their program. Of course we are more than happy to help so here is the message from the ACF:

    Message from ACF board members

    The Ark Community Fund (ACF) established its foundation and we are ready to go public. We want to create our own logo as a first step towards a complete web presence. The new ACF logo will be chosen by the ACF Board with community help, and fully designed by the community.

    How will the logo design contest work?

    • Submit your logo design to arkcommunityfund@gmail.com before the 31st of August 2017.
    • The ACF board will judge submissions the first week of September and will consider community feedback.
    • Publishing of winners and Payment of bounty after judging.

    ACF will sponsor the following bounties for the contest:

    • 1st place: 1000 ARK
    • 2nd place: 500 ARK
    • 3rd place: 250 ARK

    Conditions of the contests:

    • ACF will get all rights on all submitted material and is free to use it in any way.
    • Submission has to include scalable vector graphics source (.svg or similar)
    • You are not allowed to use any material where you do not own full copyrights
    • There should be no potential confusion with the official ARK Logo

    Please hand in your submission to arkcommunityfund@gmail.com before the 31st of August 2017. Feel free to discuss any questions you have with ACF members on slack.

    Progress Update of Ark Community Fund

    The ACF board has progressed well behind the scenes and we have achieved the following results:

    • Dedicated ACF slack to discuss proposals
    • Internal processes and tools for communication established
    • Reoccurring board meetings to discuss proposals and own projects
    • Discussion of more than 5 proposals and a lot of ideas
    • Active ACF delegate to collect rewards for the fund
    • A lot of donations from the community
    • Funding amount of over 150,000 ARK

    We are happy to receive proposals to support your projects. Please get in contact with us on Ark Slack and hand in your proposals for your projects:

    • Dafty
    • Toons
    • Michaelthecryptoguy
    • Jamiec79
    • Jarunik

    You can also just leave a message in the channel #communityfund.


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