This Friday, we will be co-hosting a meet-up with SmarTree in Amsterdam! Please join us for a lunch & learn event at WeWork in Amsterdam (4/F, Weesperstraat 61-105, Amsterdam) on how we help charitable initiatives through blockchain. SmarTree is a social blockchain project that connects people globally and facilitates micro donations to charitable initiatives.
We are the technology partner for this project, but the presentation will not be technical. We will share what SmarTree does and how blockchain technology helps to make donations and their impact transparent, credible and verifiable.
Entry is free and lunch will be provided, but please RSVP.

As Christmas nears and 2018 comes to an end, we also take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season and give thanks for the support you’ve shown to the PlannerScape project in our launch year.

CORPORATE UPDATES

This has been a transformative year in the crypto and blockchain scenes. Our CEO, who has been investing in this space for years, has written a blog post reflecting on the evolution of the market and how PlannerScape is adapting to the new opportunities these changes present.

TECHNICAL & PRODUCT UPDATES

We’ve successfully implemented a Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (“CI / CD”) pipeline using AWS CodeStar which significantly speeds up software deployment, both for the MVP and for future releases. With that we have also introduced an additional staging environment to catch errors quickly and further enhance testing to improve quality control. This testing will not be done by developers, but by a separate team for testing.

The initial UI for the MVP is nearing completion and will be Angular powered, hosted on a CDN for global website acceleration. The choice has been made to let the entire application run in the browser on the client-side for maximum responsiveness.

Version control has been added to the API gateway that connects the UI and the back-end so we can have different versions of the API for testing, staging and production environments. This includes a version for serverless functions.

An early screenshot of the MVP will be available by Christmas. Early access to the MVP is available afterwards upon request.

ROADSHOWS & EVENTS

Last month, we attended Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent 2018 conference in Las Vegas. Of particular interest for us were the impressive steps AWS is making in facilitating development in general and mobile development in particular, with the improved Amplify framework and AppSync to create Progressive Web Apps. With PlannerScape we will go almost serverless, which means we will be able to scale up to the moon with ease when the time comes. AWS also presented the new Amazon Managed Blockchain and the Amazon Quantum Ledger Database, a transparent, immutable and cryptographically verifiable transaction log, which AWS seems to position as an alternative to blockchain.On 12 December, we also attended the Hong Kong Blockchain Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai, where we were in good company at a full house of blockchain innovators and enthusiasts in our home city.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS & ADVISORS

We are happy to welcome Al Leong as an advisor to the PlannerScape team. Al Leong is an award-winning Chief Marketing Officer with 26 years experience, and advisor for HashChi, Crip.to, Music Bonds (Weeshing), and formerly the CMO for BitCover, former advisor to Nomisma, StartupTV and formerly VP Marketing and Business Development for a NY-based fintech start-up that raised $35 Mn in an ICO. Please visit our website for more information about Al.