Monthly Roundup – June

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Summer is finally here and the Stellar team has been hard at work around the world speaking at conferences, engaging with developers and community members and meeting with new potential partners. July will continue to be a busy month full of meet-ups, the Bitcoin Lumen Distribution Program, and the submission deadline for the 4th Stellar Build Challenge.


Top Stories

The Bitcoin Lumen Program has launched
We are distributing up to 16 billion lumens to holders of bitcoin and up to 1 billion lumens to holders of XRP. To find all the details of the distribution, eligibility and steps to claim, see the full post here.

Bitcoin holders, claim your lumens until August 27th, 2017 here.
Ripple holders, claim your lumens until August 27th, 2017 here.

You have until August 27th to claim your share of lumens.


New Partnerships

Hashcash
Hashcash consultants build financial solutions for banks and financial institutions over blockchain. We leverage the Stellar platform to build products that vastly improve the remittance and payments experience for banks and their customers. Transfers happen lightning fast at a fraction of current rates and operational cost is significantly reduced. HashCash is headquartered in India, with operations across South Asia and the Gulf.

Global Express Money Transfer
Global Express Money Transfer enables real time cross border payments between different corridors in Africa to the rest of the world, by serving transaction needs for both businesses and individuals using cutting-edge distributed blockchain technology, ensuring consistent access and fast settlement.

Global Express Money Transfer has integrated to the Stellar platform to significantly reduce the cost and time to transfer money from Central and East Africa to China and the Middle East. They are looking to include new corridors with their integration to Stellar.


Community

Changelly now supports lumens (XLM)
You can now buy lumens on Changelly. Changelly allows you to purchase lumens with either fiat (USD, EUR) or other digital coins. We are currently listed as “STR Lumens (XLM)”.

Chinese crypto-exchange Yuanbao added lumens (XLM)
One of the largest Chinese crypto-exchanges Yuanbao now supports lumens for CNY/XLM pairing.

Give Feedback on projects for the Stellar Build Challenge
For this round of the SBC, entrants are publicly announcing before the judging begins. This gives you, the community, a chance to check out the projects and give feedback and suggestions. Check out what people are building so far!


Developer News

We’re hiring!
Interested in working at Stellar.org? We’re hiring for a variety of developer roles. We don’t care about pedigrees but we do care if you are smart and can get stuff done. Be nimble. Be enthusiastic. We want spirited debates about how to build tools that will impact the future of money. If you are interested, check out our current openings.

Creating tokens on Stellar
Everyone is talking about tokens these days. With Stellar, it is trivial to create assets. It was built to keep track of any arbitrary asset, or currency so can also be easily used for all these new tokens that are popping up. Find the step-by-step guide to creating tokens with Stellar on our blog.

Deadline for announcing project for Stellar Build Challenge is July 15th
The deadline for announcing your project for the next SBC is July 15th, with a final submission date of July 30th. See all the details on how to announce your project here. After the July 15th deadline, you will have until July 30th to upload your final submission on the Build Challenge page.


Events and Meetups

July 10th – Suzhou, China
Ella Qiang will be presenting the Stellar project at Suzhou International Elite Week 2017 at Suzhou International Expo Center.
Click here for event details.

July 15-16th – Shanghai, China
Ella Qiang will then head to Shanghai and will be speaking at LendIt China on July 15th at Kerry Hotel Pudong. This two-day event covers the hottest topics in fintech including lending, insurtech, blockchain, bank partnerships, financial inclusion and much more.
Click here for event details and register info.

July 20-26th- India
The Stellar team will be visiting India from 7/20 to 7/26. Confirmed cities include Mumbai and Bangalore. Lisa Nestor will be speaking in Mumbai on 7/21 at a blockchain workshop hosted by the Indian School of Business.
Tickets available here.

Additional meetups and event details TBC. Follow us on Twitter for updates!


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