It has been a busy few months with the SAFE Network, we have had updates on the Network, the APIs and Browser as well as internal changes here at MaidSafe.
As we continue to grow we have taken the decision to open an office in India. As we already have a number of key front-end developers in Chennai this new office space will allow us to further develop this team and enabling greater internal collaboration. Being based in the technological hub of Chennai will help us attract some of the best talent as well as interact with other tech firms, industry events and meet-ups. We have found a great space in an IT business park which can house up to 30 staff, primarily the front end team. Renovations and design of these premises is set to be completed by late January 2018. This is a very exciting project and we will be sharing pictures of the office, the renovations and updates on the forum.
As many of you who follow us on the forum and social media will know we have been experiencing some big changes in Scotland too. We recently moved from our previous office in Troon to a new place in Ayr. Although this is not a big move geographically it is a bigger and more comfortable space which we hope will allow us to continue to grow both the operations and development teams. In October we brought onboard a Digital Marketer to help us improve our market presence and marketing strategy. Alongside Nick, Sarah has been developing the near term marketing strategy; there is a focus on increasing our brand awareness, educating people about the network, improving the understanding of Safecoin and its unique features, as well as showcasing the world’s first and only autonomous data network to a wider audience.
In line with this Nick has been busy promoting the network from Glasgow to Google. We attended and spoke at the Scottish Blockchain Meet up in early November in Glasgow. There was a strong turnout and some very interesting questions and discussion. If you would like to join the next meet up, keep an eye on our Facebook. On 30th November Nick headed to Dublin to give Google an introduction to the SAFE Network. Employees from across the globe joined the meeting through a video conference and many more watched the video subsequently.
To maintain the momentum, the marketing department will be further strengthened by Dug Campbell later this month. Dug has worked for a number of leading technology companies including Sky Scanner and MiiCard and has been an advocate of Bitcoin for a number of years, organising Scotland’s first Bitcoin conference in 2014 and speaking about it later that year at TedX Glasgow. With a wealth of knowledge and experience Dug promises to be a great addition to the team.
We are also now recruiting for a number of other roles in our Ayr HQ. We continue to look for a UI/UX Designer, Software Support Engineer and a Testing and Release Manager. To start a conversation and join this exciting journey email [email protected]
There has been extensive updates across the network recently and the team are continuing to make strong and consistent advances. Since the release of Alpha 2 in mid-September there has been a number of test networks and key updates and changes.
Following the release of Alpha 2 there has been two new SAFE Browser releases, V0.7.0 and V0.8.0 both of which made incremental updates and fixed bugs. Following extensive discussion across the dev teams and community it has been decided that a custom Browser should be created following the reorganisation of Beaker since our fork that has made maintaining our current browser difficult. While we did consider other browsers including Firefox and Brave the work-around were too extensive. We are therefore creating a Electron-based browser and a Proof of Concept is currently in external testing. This pre-release can be downloaded here.
The next big challenge for the team is the creation of data chains and we are now nearing the final stage. As you may remember from our previous blog, data chains allow the network to republish data if it should ever lose power. We have begun coding the features to better express the fundamental and continue to test the design. These designs will be incorporated into the alpha 3 release. A deeper dive on the data chains design is available here.
In Crust the p2p library integration is almost complete. This will move reliance away from the slow and unfriendly peer to peer world of TCP and provide more reliable NAT traversal. Integration is a significant step towards a secure multi-protocol, randomised port encrypted network library which will be a great help to many projects, and offer greater security and privacy for users..
We once again want to thanks the SAFE community for your continued support as we work to create the SAFE Network and the levels of data privacy and security you all deserve.
The MaidSafe team.