The Elastos Foundation (EF) has recently unveiled their End of the Year 2019 Report. CR Press, a community-run news team, has written a summary of the report:

EF has declared Elastos to now be completely open source and autonomous; it is the new, modern internet with no central entity that manages and monitors it. EF itself will not profit from operations and will operate until funds and donations are depleted. EF’s main objective is to manage product planning and development targets along with allocating EF’s funds to the Smart Web. EF also acts to support, coordinate, and facilitate integration of its decentralized teams/resources. 

There are 8 separate teams that have worked long hours to bring the world this Smart Web: Blockchain Development Team (Gelaxy), DID SDK Team, Carrier Team, Hive, Elephant Team, Tuum Technologies, Business Development, and Growth Team. All the projects listed their main objectives, team leads, 2019 accomplishments, and 2020 plans. 

Galaxy, the Blockchain Development Team for Elastos, has a main objective of developing the main and side chain architecture. Led by Shunan You, the team also helped design and implement the code for CRC. In 2019 Galaxy successfully developed the NEO Side Chain, constructed the DID Side Chain, and a Token Side Chain consisting of fungible and non-fungible tokens. The team also built the fully functional ETH Side Chain including cross-chain transfers and ETH compatible smart contracts. They worked on code for CRC Elections along with a new ELA Wallet for Android and iOS. The outlook in 2020 is to improve the functionality of CRC, and augment DPoS Consensus with both the DID and Token Side Chain in order to lend further autonomy to Elastos infrastructure. Side Chain will take a major priority for the team in 2020. 

Trinity Tech Team was the next group covered in the EOY report. Led by Benjamin Piette, Trinity’s main objective is to develop elastOS, the browser for hosting dApps. This is the home of the Elastos Smart Web, the secure runtime environment that brings Elastos’ platform services in one place with a single set of API’s. In 2019, the team developed and assembled the elastOS core runtime. Another task completed was inter-dapps communications which allows dapps to be able to request services and actions from one another. Other features were sending payment requests from an app, paying for ETH Smart Contract execution, and scanning QR codes, amongst others. 2020 will be the year for integrating elastOS to iOS. The team also looks to develop an on-boarding polishing command-line tool, clear plug-ins documentation for easy network configuration, better UX/UI, and a Wallet dApp that will be updated to support ETH Side Chain Smart Contracts. Team Trinity will explore partnerships with ecosystem projects such as Hyper.IM and DMA. They will focus on enhancing the DID dApp along with developing a basic tutorial for end users to smooth out the on-boarding process. 

The DID SDK Team is led by Jingyu Nyu. Their main objective is the development of Elastos’ DIF and W3C-compliant DID specification and SDK’s, as well as initial implementations. In 2019, the team developed the DID method specification for the DID Side Chain in alignment with the W3C DID specifications. The DID SDK Team also developed Java DID SDK for Android and Java hosted systems along with Native and Swift DID SDK are in the final stages of development. In 2020 the team will continue to improve the Native/Java/Swift SDK’s and align the specifications of Elastos DID. The DID SDK Team plans to officially release stable distributions of Java/Swift/Native SDK for Android and iOS and MacOS/Linux/Windows. Finally, the team would like to simplify documentation by incorporating a human-friendly feature using an identity such as “Alice.ela”. 

The fourth team covered in the EOY report was the Carrier Team, led by Zhilong Tang. The team’s main objective is the development of the Carrier. Carrier is a fully decentralized peer to peer relay network that takes over all network traffic. The team successfully implemented Carrier off-line messaging. In order to support offline Carrier codes, the friend message API was improved. There have been further updates on the Carrier plug-in with file-transfer features that align with the SDK of all the major OS (iOS, Android and elastOS). The team created a Telegram group for community members (https://t.me/elastoscarrier). In 2020, Tang and the Carrier team will seek to provide WebETC SDKs to developers for Android and iOS. These will include basic media streaming capabilities. Carrier nodes will be integrated into the infrastructure of micro services which will standardize the data flow and traffic of Carrier Messaging. 

Hive is Elastos’ decentralized storage service based on IPFS. Zhilong Tang and Bo Feng lead the Hive team. In 2019, the team implemented a full stack of Hive SDKs in Java/Swift/Native for Android, iOS MacOS, Linux, Windows. The team made a major decision to shift the public IPFS network to an option for decentralized storage. They did this in order to achieve greater convenience and improved scalability for the end users. The 2020 outlook for Hive is to continue improving its SDK and key/value APIs. Hive will be developing the much anticipated Hive dApp on elastOS that demonstrates the functions of Hive SDK.

Elephant Team’s main objective is to develop core technology in order to stimulate the Elastos ecosystem. The team is led by Sing Shujun. They are responsible for the development of the Elephant Wallet. In 2019, the team developed a user friendly wallet with multi-asset support and 10 mini apps released. The team attended many events and further tested DID, most notably at a Beijing Hackthon with NEO, Binance, Bosch, and Microsoft. Elephant team also helped run the FundMyDapp competition that’s funded 9 dapps. In 2020, Elephant wants to bring new features in chat rooms and social interactions. There will be further support for smart contracts and personal clouds. Users can run media and manage/store personal data without relying on centralized platforms.

Tuum Technologies’s main objective is to develop a suite of platforms and tools to entice prospective developers to build in the Elastos ecosystem. Team lead Donnie Bullers and the team boasts many accomplishments in 2019, including Elastos.Academy, the de facto developer resource for Elastos. The website has undergone an SEO audit. Martin Knight completed UI/UX and has worked on the visual representation of elastOS. The team has been finding the best ways to market the elastOS brand. Tuum released Nucleus, a tool that reduces barriers to entry by allowing developers to experiment with ELA developer tools directly from the browser. In 2020, Tuum looks forward to working with Marketing Agency Ladder in order to attract new eyes to Elastos.Academy. The team has also just come out with the Elastos Academy Companion App. There will be extensive Nucleus development through Q2. Tuum plans on releasing bi-weekly newsletters to engage community members and developers.  The team looks forward to building new and exciting dApps for elastOS. 

The last team listed in the EOY report was the Business Development and Growth Team. Their main objective is to establish connections with prominent organizations and communities in the blockchain space and support growth of Cyber Republic. In 2019, Team lead Clarence Liu worked on the ETH Side Chain integration. The group also worked extensively on CR Regions in efforts to expand community development and developer outreach. The team worked with ETH Task Force in order to port more ETH dApps in the ecosystem. Other partners include NovaOne, Bitwork, and others. Clarence attended events such as San Francisco Blockchain Week, Malta AI and Blockchain Summit and other events. In 2020 there will be a focus of elastOS and building exciting and popular dApps on the platform. Clarence and the Business Development and Growth team will look to strengthen the functionality and marketability of the Elastos ETH Side Chain. They will continue Ethereum community outreach and will look to generate dApp proposals from established groups and help pitch Elastos’ unique DIF an W3C-compliant DID solution. 

The report concludes with hopes of new dApps, new developers and satisfied end users. 2020 will act as the year of when the Elastos ecosystem fully establishes a democratic decision making processes fueled by a fully autonomous, decentralized infrastructure of diverse individuals worldwide. 

By Jeremy G.

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