Since the announcement of our Block Producer candidacy in March 2018, we have grown a lot. What started as a team of 3 blockchain enthusiasts looking to make a difference on the EOS blockchain, has grown to become a team of 11 experienced and talented EOSIO enthusiasts who are working daily to add value to the EOSIO ecosystem and are active on EOS, BOS, WAX and Europechain. Today we would like to showcase what we have been up to during the previous months, what we plan on doing in the future and most importantly, why we believe we deserve your vote.
We have divided the article into 3 categories (community, project and technical), each with their own points, which we consider most representative of the growth we have gone through, showcase some of our strongest features and most importantly, show what we have done during the past year.
Let’s start with our team. As said earlier EOS Amsterdam was started by a team of 3 blockchain enthusiasts and currently consists of a team of 11 experienced and reputable EOS enthusiasts. The team has many combined years of experience in various industries ranging from governance to security to entrepreneurship and is currently working on many exciting projects such as Wordproof, Europechain and FACT.
Our current team consists of the following members:
Rhett Oudkerk Pool — Founder / CEO / Strategy
Jetse Sprey — Founder / Legal / Advisor
Marcel Knippen — Founder/Investor/Strategy
cc32d9 — CTO
Yannick Slenter — Community Relations Manager
Brian Lee — Chinese Community Leader
Stefan Bovenhuis — Assistant
Alex Bausch — EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Daniel van Slochteren — Operations Partner / EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Bas van der Lans — Wordpress Partner / EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Martijn van Eck — FinTech Ambassador
To read more about our team members, their experience and role within the team visit the team page on our website!
EOS Amsterdam aims to accelerate EOSIO mass adoption through security, governance, and intercultural cooperation, which is why we consider the community aspect of our operations paramount. We have listed our most notable actions and operations focusing on the EOSIO community below.
Expertise in governance and authors of the EOS Community Constitution
We consider governance to be a valuable asset of EOSIO technology. Our team has expertise in (digital) governance and most notably has Jetse Sprey, who has over twenty years of experience in all legal aspects of technology and is a partner in a reputable legal firm. Jetse has also leveraged his expertise and co-authored the EOS Community Constitution (ECC), a candidate for a new EOS constitution.
Using our experience in governance we have been able to help enterprises and projects with the legal aspect of their operations. Our expertise in digital governance will certainly come handy when it comes to resolving situations in the grey area that is the legal side of blockchains, even more so considering our candidacy on multiple chains, each with their own rules and laws.
As a result of our expertise in governance, we have become a well-respected entity in the governance space. Being a knowledgeable entity in the (digital) governance space has always been an important asset of EOS Amsterdam.
Bridging the global EOS community
EOS Amsterdam focuses on different communities and has always aimed to bridge communities in the East and West. We have done so by attending and hosting meetups, conferences and more around the world, connecting with Chinese and Korean enterprises and by making sure our website is available in both Chinese and English.
We have also been focusing on publishing all kinds of useful articles and explanatory videos to give everyone an opportunity to learn about EOS. This is a key concept for us as we believe EOS should be available for everyone.
Fighting against scams together with Dutch Law Enforcement
Following various scams Dutch Law Enforcement consulted with us on how to progress and possibly recover the funds. This turned into a successful partnership between Dutch Law Enforcement and EOS Amsterdam and we are currently developing a tool to support Dutch Law Enforcement in their fight against online scams.
The goal of this tool is to be able to track funds leaving a certain account. Nowadays scammers usually put their stolen funds through a tumbler before they exchange the funds for a fiat currency. This makes tracking stolen funds very hard and often the scammers are able to withdraw the money before they are caught. Our tool will be able to track these stolen funds and will be able to notify exchanges before the scammers are able to exchange and withdraw the funds.
We believe this tool will be a major asset in the fight against scams.
EOS Amsterdam has partnered with universities
We have always had a focus on universities as we believe universities are prime blockchain growth targets where many people are interested in blockchain technology.
As a knowledgeable entity within the blockchain space, we consider it our duty to educate others about EOS and blockchain technology in general. As a result of this, we are working on partnering with several universities, and have already partnered with the Polytechnical University in Valencia with our sister company Kahuna. In 2018, Kahuna even got chosen as the most valuable partner of the university.
We are also working on creating EOS and blockchain related courses and curricula together with our university partners as both students and universities are interested in these topics.
This focus on education also shows in the educational articles which we have recently posted and plan on posting in the near future, which we will talk more about in the next point.
Creating educational content
As said above we strongly believe in educating others on EOSIO and blockchain technology, which is why we have been putting a lot of effort into creating educational content for people of varying technical ability. We have also partnered with EOSBootcamp, a website with blockchain related courses, to make our content more widely available and have our content available as easy-to-follow courses. On top of that we are regular contributors to Hacker Noon, a major tech publication, which increases the reach of our content even more.
This focus on educational content also shows in the articles we have published and the articles we plan on publishing in the future. These articles aim to explain all sides of blockchain and EOSIO technology in a clear and understandable way. Some of the articles we have published so far explain how EOS accounts work, how to create EOS accounts and how to create EOS accounts using a Ledger device. We plan on continuing these efforts in the future and look forward to educating many more people on these subjects in the future.
Lastly, we are always on the lookout for great community projects and events to both support and sponsor.
CampDAO is one of these projects, CampDAO is a camp in the Burning Man festival and is an opportunity to build relationships with other like-minded communities, strengthen the relationships within the EOS community, and to start a tradition that can grow and thrive by the will of the CampDAO hivemind.
EOS Amsterdam has pledged 1000 EOS to support the project and will be one of the Guardians of the CampDAO DAC.
At EOS Amsterdam, we aim to contribute to the EOSIO community in all kinds of ways, ranging from creating educational content, bridging the East and West but also by initiating our own projects. We have listed our biggest and most exciting projects below.
Founders of Europechain, the GDPR compliant blockchain
Europechain is a GDPR compliant blockchain platform. Powered by the EOSIO protocol, it is managed and governed by experienced block producers registered in the European Union. Europechain brings together an ecosystem of technology providers, system integrators and commercial partners, enabling global enterprises to deploy scalable, resilient and EU compliant applications.
Founders of WordProof, onboarding 75 million websites using WordPress
WordProof is WordPress on the blockchain. WordPress is a textbook example of a community which is stronger than any other commercial company. With more than 100 million sites and thousands of Open Source developers, it dominates 32,5% of the worldwide Content Management System market. The purpose of WordProof is to generate the go-to WordPress to Blockchain bridge, bringing the benefits of Blockchain to the WordPress community in a user-friendly way.
Founders of FACT, capture events and evidence and record the data onto the blockchain
FACT is a powerful tool to capture events and evidence and record the data as FACTs onto the blockchain for audit and traceability. FACT is flexible and fully customisable to work with your existing processes. Simple for users, powerful for businesses. FACT is powered by Europechain and delivers a toolbox for the recording of events using a simple smartform. Data is captured and then recorded on Europechain, proving that what is recorded is factual and accurate.
EOSIO Light API
The EOSIO Light API is providing information about EOSIO blockchain accounts and token balances. It has a lot of different functionalities and is available for all EOSIO chains (EOS, BOS, WAX, etc.). The Light API has also recently been upgraded to version 2, which added support for non-standard token contracts and also added a couple of other features, such as CPU and network delegation information.
All of these functionalities have made the Light API the go-to API for a lot of EOSIO tools such as wallets, blockchain explorers and exchanges.
While we value the community aspect of our operations important, we consider the technical side of our operations to be equally important. After all, the soundness of our systems (partially) determines the soundness of the blockchains on which we operate.
Reliable and fast server infrastructure
Our team has many combined years of experience in deploying and working with complex systems in various industries. We used this experience to set up a robust and reliable infrastructure capable of supporting EOS, BOS and Europechain and most recently WAX. We believe in continuously monitoring and improving our infrastructure and making sure our infrastructure is up to the task.
Due to how our infrastructure is set up we are also able to quickly adapt and upgrade our hardware if the network demands it.
Highly ranked Eurozone Block Producer
At the moment of writing the Eurozone is poorly represented on EOS, BOS and WAX, as there are only a couple of Eurozone Block Producers/Guilds. Due to the decentralized nature of EOSIO chains we believe it is of high importance that Block Producers/Guilds are located in all parts of the world. EOS Amsterdam is, as the name suggests, located in Amsterdam and has it’s nodes located in both Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
Having the Eurozone represented on these chains is important to preserve the integrity of the chains and we believe we make an excellent candidate to fill this empty spot.
We hope to have earned your vote and look forward to contributing to the EOSIO ecosystem in the future.
Founding block producer for the EOS mainnet. Block producer for the BOS mainnet. WAX Guild candidate. Partner in the Europechain sister chain. Investor in blockchain projects. Governance, intercultural cooperation and security specialist. You can find us here:
EOS Block Producer name: eosamsterdam
BOS Block Producer name: amsterdambos
WAX Guild name: amsterdamwax