The State of Lisk Report – Ep. 29

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Announcing The Lisk Center Utrecht

LiskHQ, during the official meetup in Amsterdam, announced the opening of the first Lisk Center in Utrecht (Netherlands).

This first Lisk Center is a community-driven initiative sponsored by LiskHQ and many delegates that’ll serve as a Blockchain incubator for enabling the adoption of Lisk-based applications. The center will have an office space with around 60 spots on which people can work. It will also serve as a place for regular Blockchain meetups and the best part is that it will be 100% free for people to use.

We can expect the Lisk Center Utrecht to open in Q1 of 2019, LiskHQ also announced they are planning on opening many more Centers in key-markets!

Another Exchange Adds Lisk

Yesterday, LiskHQ announced that KuCoin added the LSK token to their exchange. As of  now users of the exchange can deposit and withdraw their LSK and trade them in the following pairs : LSK/BTC and LSK/ETH.

Even though we are in a bear market its good sign to see more and more exchanges adding the LSK token!

Lisk is Now On BitUniverse

LiskHQ announced that Lisk is now available on BitUniverse. With BitUniverse you can track your portfolio automatically with ease, check real-time market tickers, and trade multiple exchanges with BitUniverse.

As of October, this popular app is now used by over 500.000 people from all around the world. In November the team also launched their LINK feature which keeps you up-to-date with all the major business and technology developments of projects.

It’s good to see Lisk being added to this popular tracking app as it will allow LiskHQ to reach a lot of new people and potential investors!

The Lisk Improvement Proposal

With the release of the new roadmap (which we will discuss later) LiskHQ also announced the adding of Lisk Improvement Proposals (LIPs).

These LIP’s are intended to be the primary mechanism to for proposing protocol changes for the Lisk Network. They will gather the community input as well as document the decisions made from beginning to the end.

The process starts off with submitting a LIP to check that the idea is feasible. If this is the case then the next step is for the LIP champion to present the idea as a draft, by creating a new thread on the mailing list.

After the discussion on the mailing list, the LIP champion can create a pull request on GitHub. Then a member of the Lisk Foundation will review the proposal, check that it adheres to the guidelines and assign a number. If that is the case then the LIP is published as a draft on GitHub.

After this the LIP will go into Alpha Implementation where the Lisk Foundation will carefully deliberate, considering community popularity and traction, and the feasibility of the proposal. This is followed by the Lisk Foundation instructing Lightcurve to build the beta reference implementation. This will again be tested by Lightcurve on Betanet and with the help of the community on the Testnet.

The last step will be the Production Build where LightCurve will prepare the release for the Mainnet. Once this release has been accepted by the majority of the nodes on the network, we can consider the proposal to have achieved full consensus, and the LIP’s status is changed to “active”.

For more information on the Lisk Improvement Proposals make sure to watch the video or read LiskHQ’s blogpost!

Lisk’s New Development Roadmap

Last Thursday, LiskHQ unveiled their long awaited development roadmap to the community.

The new roadmap consists of 8 different phases and 5 milesones, of which LiskHQ has completed the Inception milestone. This phase included objectives such as a new API, a P2P module, and the release of Lisk Core 1.0.

Currently we are in the second phase which is called : Quality & Performance. This phase will improve API and vote verification performance. It will also boost the developer experience by allowing multiple networks per build and moving Lisk Build to Lisk Core.

When this milestone is finished LiskHQ will reach the Architecture & Design phase. This phase implements a new modular and resilient architecture for Lisk Core, bringing multi-process support and elegant handling of protocol change. After this phase, Lisk Core will be architecturally stable enabling developers to use the Alpha SDK.

After the release of the Alpha SDK milestone, LiskHQ will focus on Security & Reliability, Network Economics, Network Longevity, Delegated-Proof-of-Stake. After completion, developers will have access to the Beta SDK.

This milestone is followed up by the ICOs & Custom Tokens phase. During this phase they will add functionality to conduct ICOs on the Lisk mainchain. This is a sidechain element to Lisk Elements which, on completion, delivers our Release Candidate SDK.

The last stage of the roadmap is the Blockchain Application Platform. This phase will add side chain communication between Lisk Core and application chains. The Blockchain Application Platform will be delivered in full, along with the completion of the  final milestone : the Production SDK.

This is by far one of the most extensive roadmaps we have seen in the Blockchain space so far. And even though it feels like a long road ahead for Lisk and LightCurve it does show they are serious about their mission and goals.

For more information on the roadmap and the different phases within it, read LiskHQ’s blogpost and watch the Lisk Development Roadmap video!