Monthly Roundup – October

October was a huge month at SDF with the announcement of our partnership with IBM and KlickEx! We were overwhelmed by the encouraging words of community members around the world, and we are working around the clock to keep the momentum going with more exciting partnerships in the near future that will continue to strengthen and broaden the reach of the Stellar network.

As always, for current news and updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. We wish you a wonderful month ahead!


Feature Story

IBM and KlickEx Choose Stellar to Power the Future of Cross-Border Payments
Stellar is partnering with IBM and KlickEx to develop a blockchain-based cross-border payments solution proven to significantly reduce transaction costs and increase transaction speeds. This solution will help financial institutions and consumers eliminate inefficiencies and frustrations in current cross-border payment systems, including high fees, slow processing, error-prone transactions, and inefficient capital utilization.
[Read More]


New Partnerships

KlickEx
KlickEx.co is an award winning regional cross-border payments system delivering financial infrastructure for emerging markets. It has been responsible for dramatic uptake in digital financial services in unbanked regions of the world, and lowering costs for banks, central banks and consumers in low liquidity currencies.

Remitr
Remitr is a global platform for cross border payments, licensed in Canada. Remitr uses the Stellar network for international settlements for businesses as well as other payment partners. Remitr’s own payout network of 63 countries, comprising several currencies, is extended onto the Stellar network.

Chaineum ICO Advisory Services
Chaineum is positioned as the first “ICO Boutique” in France, providing a range of end-to-end services to companies and international start-ups wishing to develop with this new funding mechanism. Chaineum will use the Stellar network to support some of its upcoming ICOs.

MSewa Software Solution (MSS)
MSewa Software Solution (MSS) Payments provides a one-stop digital payment service available across the Globe. MSS Payments aims at serving the consumers (Banked, Unbanked and Underbanked) with mobile banking facilities on the move from anywhere by transferring funds in their mobile phone.

PesaChoice
PesaChoice is a leader in international bill payment services for the African diaspora. PesaChoice aims at making international bill payment process easy, seamless, secure, with reasonable and competitive service fees, and up to date technological advances.


ICO

Webinar | Why Stellar Is An Ideal ICO Platform
In this 15min webinar, Lightyear’s Boris Reznikov discusses why Stellar is ideal for ICOs, gives a demo of the Stellar Decentralized Exchange (Stellar DEX), and showcases Bifrost (an ETH/BTC bridge). Part 2 of the webinar includes a brief video tutorial on how to issue tokens on Stellar.

Smartlands.io
The Smartlands platform is designed to create a new class of low-risk future-proof tokens, secured by real, profitable assets in agriculture. The Smartlands team aims to build appropriate infrastructure for ICOs of such tokens that protects investors from the major part of risks. ICO will start on 2nd November 2017 12:00 UTC+00:00 and end on 17th November 2017 12:00 UTC+00:00.

Mobius ICO starts November 8 — Whitelist Closing Soon
We first wrote about Mobius in our July newsletter. Mobius aims to be Stripe for Blockchain by helping developers easily connect internet apps, devices, and real world data to the blockchain economy bit by bit. The Mobius token sale starts November 8th, 2017 but you can still join the pre-public sale by reserving a limited spot on the whitelist before it closes soon.


Community

bext360 Announces Partnerships in Africa, Europe and North America
Bext360 this week announced two pilot programs with three partners in Africa, Europe and North America to produce the world’s first blockchain traceable coffee, as well as the use blockchain to trace payments made to coffee farmers.
[Read More]

Host a Stellar meetup!
Want to host a meetup in your city? We’d love to help you! We’ve put together a simple guide on how to get started as well as some other useful tips and resources to create the perfect meetup.

Got questions or need help? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Give Feedback on projects for the Stellar Build Challenge
The 5th SBC is coming to a close on November 15th and we are calling on you, our community, to help them get their projects past the finish line by providing participants with your feedback and suggestions. Head here to check out the projects and leave feedback if you have something you want to share!


Developer News

Deadline for submitting your project for the SBC is November 15th
Quick reminder that the deadline for submitting your project for the 5th Stellar Build Challenge is November 15th. We are excited to see your final submissions!

Stellar is hiring!
Interested in working at Stellar.org? We’re hiring for a variety of developer and designer 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.
[Current Openings]


Events

November 7th – Zug, Switzerland
Stellar meetup in Europe’s ICO capital! As more and more ICOs decide to incorporate in Zug, we’re hosting an event to discuss what makes Stellar a great alternative ICO platform, touching on both commercial and technical aspects. Event starts at 5PM!
[Event Link]

November 10th – Berlin, Germany
Stellar meetup with Tempo and a surprise guest in Berlin at TechCode on November 10th at 6PM. Join Boris of Stellar and Anthony Barker of Tempo plus a surprise guest as they discuss the Stellar Network, Stellar as the ideal ICO platform, cross-border payments and much more.
Stay tuned for RSVP details!

November 11th – Tokyo, Japan
Ella Qiang will be speaking at the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference in Tokyo. More details on the local meetup coming soon!
[Event Link]

November 16th – San Francisco
Stellar meetup! Join us at 500 Startups where we will discuss ICOs and Smart Contract Misconceptions. Event will include a presentation from Lightyear’s Boris Reznikov, a lightning talk/panel and a night of networking. Tickets are free, but space is limited!
[Register Here]

November 29th – Singapore
Ella will be at Block Show Asia in Singapore, sharing Stellar’s solution on using blockchain technology in the cross-border payments use case.
[Event Link]

November 30th – Seoul, Korea
Ella will then head over to Seoul for the Inside Fintech Conference, where she will be participating on a panel about future of payments and a separate session on introducing the Stellar project to an audience of fintech leaders. Stay tuned for more details on the local meetup!
[Event Link]


Welcoming New Team Members

Tom Llewellyn-Smith, Developer
Tom Llewellyn-Smith is a Unix systems engineer specialising in large-scale distributed systems, configuration management and systems security. Prior to Stellar Tom designed and managed infrastructure for gaming, science and finance companies.


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