Monthly RoundUp

September 2020

Executive Director Message 

It's been a pretty untraditional summer for most of us — staycations, quarantined backyard bbqs, and other creative outlets to spend our sunny days at home. Now, we're headed into fall and learning all the ways our lives will continue to adapt like virtual schooling, outdoor hair salons... and how we'll be hosting Meridian this year! 

In case you haven't heard yet, Meridian 2020 is going to be a virtual event, free for everyone, running November 16th to 20th. Registration is live today at the Meridian website. I can't wait to spend the week with our ecosystem and share our ideas and plans for the network. We've already announced some exciting speakers (like Reid Hoffman and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) who are going to help lead our discussions on building Global Connections to Solve Real World Challenges. And we're programming some fun, too -- like games, networking, and of course, Stellar swag. We hope you'll join us in November!


Stellar Ecosystem Updates

Stellar Community Fund 2.0 is live! Get rewarded for building.

The Stellar Community Fund is a pretty unique grants program: it gives the broader Stellar community the opportunity to vote on which projects deserve XLM rewards. After five rounds of experience and tons of feedback from participants and voters, we’ve decided to make some big changes to the SCF to make it more fun, more fair, and better suited to the needs of the community.

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Meridian 2020: Registration is open

Registration is now live for Meridian! Head to the Meridian website to register and see the first of our speakers and sessions. We have a great lineup planned but we'd love to hear your ideas on the speakers or sessions you'd like to see.

Register now →

6 Questions for Justin Rice of Stellar Development Foundation - CoinTelegraph

Justin Rice, Head of Ecosystem at SDF, shares his thoughts on the Stellar ecosystem and blockchain space in general.

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StellarBattle: Kelp content creation contest

The Stellar Development Foundation kicked off a contest in collaboration with StellarBattle to encourage users to create educational content for the open-source Kelp automated trading bot. The battle ends on September 28, so there's still time to submit your entry!

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Velo Labs and Interstellar Announce Strategic Partnership

"Velo Labs, developer of the Velo Protocol, has partnered with Interstellar, a company specialized in international payments that helps businesses build products and services by leveraging the Stellar blockchain and its ecosystem."

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The Importance of Key Management & Recovery

"First-time crypto users are asked to do a lot when it comes to key management, leading them to believe that crypto products are finicky and/or insecure. How can good user experience help consumers overcome this perception? We have a solution. Check out our three part series on Key Management & Stellar."

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Driving Inclusion Through Compliance

FinClusive CEO Amit Sharma joined SDF’s General Counsel in a webinar on Sep. 9, 2020. Together, they explored how Stellar can be used in a compliant manner, and how FinClusive empowers organizations to facilitate the flow of money through a comprehensive compliance layer and accessible digital payments rails.

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How to Accept Bitcoin, Ether, Stellar Lumens, or Other Crypto Payments with COINQVEST for Shopify

"This guide teaches you in a few simple steps how to easily accept Bitcoin, Ether, Stellar Lumens, or other cryptocurrencies in your Shopify store and automatically settle in your national currency."

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Data Analytics on Stellar

In this talk, software engineer Debnil Sur explained how SDF designed a large-scale analytics pipeline using off-the-shelf tools. He also demonstrates live queries to make exploring the network easier than ever.

Watch now →

Esta fintech busca desaparecer las remesas tradicionales

"Saldo no quiere digitalizar las remesas, sino sustituirlas por un esquema de cartera digital que funcione más como un banco dedicado a este sector de la población."

How is working to transform remittances for migrant workers.

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Protect your accounts

There are no giveaways, staking events, or social promotions. Always check URLs and never share your secret keys.

Read our security guide→

Stellar Developer Updates

Horizon 1.8.1 Released

Horizon 1.8.1 is out now! If you run Horizon, you should upgrade ASAP. This release fixes a bug ingesting fee bump transactions. If you don’t upgrade, your Horizon instance may encounter an invalid DB constraint, which will halt ingestion.

Reminder: Horizon 1.8.0 was released 2 weeks ago. This release updated existing metrics while also adding some new ones. It also allows you to experiment with the new Captive Stellar Core. Find the release notes here.

Learn more →

Stellar Developer Digest Issue #59

A weekly recap of all things Stellar ecosystem. This week: Stellar’s data analytics set explained, Public Node launches Horizon endpoints, one week left for SCF Lab Fund submissions.
Read the digest →

Stellar Community Articles & Interviews

The Stellar Podcast Live
Base Layer Podcast w/ Jed and Denelle
Blockchain Interviews - Justin Rice, Head of Ecosystem SDF
[Finance Magnantes] Financial Inclusion & the Future: Stellar Development Foundation Head Speaks
Public Node: Horizon endpoints are live


Upcoming Events

September 17 - Denelle Dixon @ GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA

November 16 - Meridian


Watch: Decentralized Community Funding

Watch: Code & Hacks: Crowdfunding con Stellar - part II

Webinar: Driving Inclusion Through Compliance

Watch: Deposits and Withdraws in Vibrant

SDF New Hires

Lucy Bailey, Technical Project Manager

Lucy is responsible for tracking and managing partner integration efforts at SDF. Most recently, she worked on varies projects such as Digital Sales application, Human Capital Management transformation, and Same Day Delivery expansion as Project Program Manager at AT&T. Previously, she served 4 years in the Navy as Aviation Maintenance Petty Officer stationed in Japan. 

Lawrence Lawson, Software Engineer

Lawrence will be joining the Integration team. He will be designing, building, and implementing solutions to assist partners integrate with Stellar. Previously, Lawrence was a ML Engineer at Beyond Limits where he worked as a liaison engineer between both the web application devs and data scientists. He built backend APIs to support the execution and monitoring of machine learning pipelines.

We're hiring →

Reminder: Beware of “Hard Fork” Scams, Impersonators, and “Giveaway Scams”. We will never ask for your private keys, and we will never ask you to send us cryptocurrency. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your accounts in our Security guide.

DISCLAIMER: does not endorse any third party organizations that are named in this and/or any other communication(s). Please conduct due diligence and interact with these organizations at your discretion.

Safety Policy:The Stellar team will NEVER ask you for your private keys. We will NEVER ask you to deposit funds to any wallet address.Read our Security Guide for more information.

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