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Progress update: our MVP is ready! Contact us now for a preview.

We are proud to announce that our minimum viable product (“MVP”) of the PlannerScape platform (the “Platform”) is now ready for public preview!

PlannerScape optimizes your time by automatically ordering and reordering your tasks based on changing circumstances, restores your work-life balance and makes people, skills, time and resources available at any time.

We have been working hard in the last few months and are confident that we are on the right track. We look forward to the feedback of our customers and investors and the iterative learning experience through which we will improve future releases.

How we developed the MVP

We have approached the MVP from different angles and developed several aspects in parallel. The proof of concept from 2017 has been completely refactored and best practices have been employed to make the Platform both infinitely scalable and maintainable. In other words, the front-end is accelerated globally and the back-end is serverless.

The technology of PlannerScape is divided into four streams:
  • Serverless back-end
  • Accelerated front-end
  • Partner APIs
  • Blockchain

Serverless back-end

The back-end is hosted in Amazon’s AWS. It uses both relational and NoSQL databases, serverless cloud computing and is completely API driven. These serverless technologies significantly reduce maintenance needs and allow us to focus on product development while AWS focuses on system availability. It also makes it (nearly) infinitely scalable, so the Platform does not slow down when more users use it.

Accelerated front-end

The front-end is currently web based, allowing it to run on any platform. It’s a single page application (“SPA”) accelerated by AWS’ global content delivery network (“CDN”). We develop the Platform according to the Agile/Scrum methodology and the deployment is automated through continuous integration / continuous delivery (“CI/CD”) allowing us to iterate quickly. As much as possible we develop reusable components enabling us to use those components in mobile apps as well. The user interface is designed with a focus on intuitive user experience.

Partner APIs

Apart from the MVP, we are developing plugins and API interfaces to connect to third party platforms that are sources of tasks. At this stage, these are in the proof of concept phase and will be the result of our own direct needs, for example a plugin for WordPress that enables us to schedule website maintenance tasks directly results from within the website itself. Other connections focus on the execution of tasks, where the example of ordering flowers was already mentioned in the White Paper.

Blockchain

PlannerScape includes two main blockchain components: the PLAN Token and the integrity chain. The (ERC-20) token has been minted and a beta version of the integrity chain has been developed and is operational. The integrity chain will be used for the PlannerScape Concierge service, where users can offer their services and outsource tasks to others. Such chain acts as an immutable integrity database where users’ reviews, ratings, reputation and outsource agreement signatures are stored and validated.

Integration with the Platform is not officially part of the current MVP, although the custom main net is already running and the RPC daemon to interact with the Platform is fully operational. As such we are including it in this progress announcement.

Next steps

With Q4 2018 behind us and 2019 ahead, the next milestone on the roadmap (see below, but also on the website and in the whitepaper) is the release of PlannerScape Concierge followed by the launch of the personal and professional editions.

Scrum Development and Software release cycle

With the initial release of the MVP being ready, feedback from the first users will come in and the iterative learning experience starts influencing future releases. From this moment, our scrum process with two-week sprints will result in software updates being published regularly.

Signup for the Preview

If you are as excited as we are, sign up for a preview. Contact Marco Ferreira for a demonstration and be one of the first users of the PlannerScape Platform.

We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to a fruitful 2019 ahead!
January 11th, 2019|

Lunch with us in Amsterdam this Friday!

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.

December 19th, 2018|

Al Leong joins the PlannerScape team as an Advisor

We are happy to welcome Al Leong as an Advisor to the PlannerScape project.

Al Leong is an award-winning Chief Marketing Officer with 26 years experience, and advisor for HashChi, Crip.to, Music Bonds (Weeshing), and formerly CMO for BitCover, former advisor to Nomisma, StartupTV and formerly VP Marketing and Business Development for a NY-based fintech start-up based that raised $35 MM in an ICO. He has consulted for clients in mobile application development, network security, entertainment, wireless networking, health care, and biopharma and industrial sectors.  Between 2000 and 2004 in San Francisco, he ran an agency that helped technology start-ups in Silicon Valley.

Al held marketing, project management and creative roles at SMG in Redwood City, California, where he helped double agency revenues to $12 million and land new business from Adobe, Apple, Buena Vista Pictures, Digital, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel Corporation, Kodak, Motorola, Palm, PowerPC, SGI, Sun Microsystems, U.S. Department of Defense, WebTV and Xerox. Prior to SMG, Al managed a $20 million licensing portfolio at Sun Sportswear. He started his career in Seattle at O&M Direct, working on a $40 million account with Microsoft, Intel and Visio.

Al has sat on various non-profit Boards as a Director including the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association Toronto; and was a past team member of the Marketing Hall of Legends Canada.

Al earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, with a triple major in global management, strategy consulting and technology innovation, a certificate in managing complex product development projects from the MIT Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

December 18th, 2018|

We are CoCoon Pitch Night’s Favourite Startup!

Last week, PlannerScape participated in the 62nd edition of CoCoon’s pitch night in Hong Kong. CoCoon is a leading entrepreneurship network and incubator in Hong Kong and focuses on supporting startups to secure early stage investments. Our Corporate Development Director Marco Ferreira presented alongside five other fledging start-ups including Reubird, German Real Estate, Block Aero, OntheRun and Luna2 for a spot in the final round of #CoCoonPitch. The results were determined 50% by audience votes and 50% by the two judges: Derek Kwik of Brave Soldier Venture Capital and Till Rosar of HKEX.
While we didn’t advance to the next round, we are very proud that we won the popular vote to be CoCoonPitch‘s Favourite Startup. Thank you to the HK CoCoon team for hosting the event and to all the audience who voted for us! We wish the winners best of luck in the final round and we look forward to seeing you at more events like these.
BE A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY
Join our community chat group on Telegram so that you can connect with the PlannerScape community and get support from the team. We also have a broadcast channel where we release the latest updates about the project.

CORPORATE UPDATES

Have a read of our latest blog about the move towards initial exchange offerings in the blockchain fundraising space.

TECHNICAL & PRODUCT UPDATES

We have updated the PlannerScape website with a login function for investors to see updated information as listed below.
  1. Token allocation
  2. Investor information
  3. Investment information
  4. Details on signing Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (“SAFT”)
  5. Terms and conditions
  6. Contact details
In the future, investors will be able to get their tokens via withdrawal.

ROADSHOWS & EVENTS

Last week, we attended the Sora Summit at the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre. Sora Summit is the first conference organized by Sora Ventures with the objective to educate, reflect, and develop opportunities for collaboration between leaders and communities in the blockchain industry in Asia. Speakers included Taylor Gerring, Co-founder of Ethereum Foundation, and Patrick Dai, Founder of QTUM.
Next week from 26 to 30 November, we will be in Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent 2018 conference. This is Amazon’s annual conference for users of Amazon Web Services, and the event is focused on cloud strategies, IT architecture and infrastructure, operations, security and developer productivity. We look forward to learning more about AWS products and features and finding new innovations that we can apply to PlannerScape.

 

November 22nd, 2018|

Have you seen our new brand video?

We have launched our first video and we are excited to share it with you. You can catch it on our website or facebook page if you haven’t already. A special thanks goes to the team at The Hoffman Agency for bringing the vision of PlannerScape to life in this video.

BE A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY

Join our community chat group on Telegram so that you can connect with the PlannerScape community and get support from the team. We also have a broadcast channel where we release the latest updates about the project.

CORPORATE UPDATES

Our updated white paper v3.8 is now available on our website. In addition to general formatting and minor content edits, the following sections have been edited or added to reflect the progress of the PlannerScape project. Notably there have been amendments to the structure of the token sale, the details of which can be found in section 5.6 of the white paper.

  • 1           Important Information
  • 2           General Introduction to Technology Used
  • 3           PlannerScape Introduction
  • 5           PlannerScape Business Case for Tokenization
  • 7           Roadmap
  • 12         The Team

TECHNICAL & PRODUCT UPDATES

The fourth supervised Machine Learning (“ML”) model has an increased data-set and has been deployed which has increased the average precision by another ~1%. Our goal is to ultimately reach an average precision of 92-95%.

The AI demo can be found online at https://aitest.plannerscape.com. Please note that this is not the UI of the app, as it only demonstrates the ability to classify and determine the properties of tasks. Furthermore, when you try the demo, make sure to clearly define a task for optimal results.

The custom integrity chain of PlannerScape has been updated and the test-net has been expanded to be more distributed and more accessible around the world.

The number of integrity nodes has been increased to 15 worldwide and they are available in the following regions: North Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Oregon, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Central (Canada), Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris and São Paulo. A stress-test will be performed in the coming weeks to test the stability of the network.

The real-time database back-end to power both the website and the App has been setup and the initial data models for the application have been finalized. An initial App for the MVP is currently in development and early screenshots will be made available in the coming weeks.

ROADSHOWS & EVENTS

On 9 October, our founding team attended Niubility World Blockchain Conference hosted by one of our advisors Olga Alexeeva at Cordis, Hong Kong. It was a great opportunity to see other startups’ pitches and demo presentations.

We will be participating in Cocoon Pitch Night on 15 November. CoCoon is a leading entrepreneurship network and incubator in Hong Kong and is focused on early stage investments. Please come and support us! For event and ticket information please visit here.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS & ADVISORS

We are happy to welcome Joon Jeong and Sangjin Hong as our Advisors to the PlannerScape project.

Joon Jeong is an educator and businessman with 22 years of experience in South Korea and Asia. His current project, SmarTree, is a blockchain project based in Korea that helps people connect through charitable initiatives. He became interested in blockchain industry and started mining and founded “SmartMining” in 2017. He also founded “SmartPresale”, a company that introduces good ICO projects to the market in South Korea and provides consulting services regarding funding. He comes from a strong educational background, having trained many companies including Samsung and ran educational projects in Italy.

Sangjin is an experienced entrepreneur and investor. Sangjin is a co-founder and the CEO of Chain Cabinet, a Seoul based crypto fund and blockchain company builder. Sangjin is also a partner at Kstartup, a startup accelerator that helped over 50 startups to build their business.  As a former Microsoft Office Product Manager at Microsoft and management consultant at Monitor Group, he brings more than 20 years of IT, software and management consultancy experience to the team.

October 31st, 2018|

We’re growing and now based in WeWork!

Last week, members from PlannerScape’s founding team travelled to Singapore for TechXLR8 Asia. TechXLR8 is a new festival of innovation in Asia which brings together the hottest tech shows in the APAC region including Consensus Singapore5G Asia, IoT World Asia, NV & SDN, the AI Summit and Project Kairos Asia. We had a fantastic time there sharing our project with friends and new audience, and seeing new projects in the AI blockchain space.

BE A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY

We’re now on Facebook – like and follow us to stay connected!

Join our community chat group on Telegram so that you can connect with the PlannerScape community and get support from the team. We also have a broadcast channel where we release the latest updates about the project.

We’ll also release announcements and news on the PlannerScape blog. For our first post, our CTO Maarten Swemmer wrote about some of the tasks ahead for the PlannerScape project.

CORPORATE UPDATES

This week, PlannerScape HQ relocated to a 30-desk office in WeWork, Tai Koo, Hong Kong. We are a growing team and excited to be part of a vibrant and global culture of innovative community.

Please join us in welcoming Divya Parekh as the newest member of the marketing team who will be focusing on creating content and managing social media activities. Divya is a student at Community College of City University with Associate of Social Science in Public Relations and Advertising and fluent in English and Hindi.

TECHNICAL & PRODUCT UPDATES

The third Machine Learning (“ML”) model has been deployed which has increased the average precision.

We also have an updated AI demo ready that saves all input of tasks so we can increase the training data-set. The AI demo is available upon request to all interested parties.

The token factory has been deployed on the Ethereum main net, and the contract address is: 0x42ac6bad529e27a46969f612756a3c12356fb8e4.

  • The source code of the token factory is based on templates from Open Zeppelin that are audited by New Alchemy.
  • Additionally, a 2nd review of the smart contract has been completed by Blocklinker.
  • The source code of the token factory has been verified and uploaded to etherscan.io.

PlannerScape has successfully deployed additional nodes for the test-net of their integrity chain.

Investors can now login to the PlannerScape website and see their token allocation.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS & ADVISORS

We are happy to welcome Elly Sunnie Zhang as an Advisor to the PlannerScape project. Elly is a global blockchain pioneer and influencer based in London. With international background and experience in Shanghai and London, Elly brings the perspective of a marketeer and business development manager from the lifestyle, entertainment, and blockchain industries. Moreover, Elly was identified to be one of the top Fintech personalities in Lattice80’s report Fintech Europe 200. For more about Elly and information on how you can join the team as an advisor, please reach out through our website.

September 28th, 2018|