Every month we provide a recap of the most important news, updates, and developments in a single blog post. The month of April was jam-packed with items, such as the Paris Blockchain Week Summit, team interviews, new Lisk Grant Program participants, and much more.
As always we encourage you to read our monthly achievements blog to stay up-to-date with Lisk project’s development!
Lisk Desktop 2.3.0 Release
At the end of April, we released Lisk Desktop v2.3.0. This version introduces multiple design improvements and fixes a number of issues identified in Lisk Desktop v2.2.0.
In addition, this new version also enables users to send a transfer transaction of zero LSK. This is a valid use case, as a user may want to utilize the data field to send a message, without actually transferring any LSK tokens.
All the details of the new Lisk Desktop release can be found in the GitHub release notes.
Proof of Authority Consensus for Sidechains
In preparation for Lisk SDK v6, the research team published an article titled Proof-of-Authority Consensus for Sidechains. The Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus will be a second option for sidechains to utilize alongside Delegated-Proof-of-Stake (DPoS).
PoA works similarly to DPos where block slots are grouped in rounds, and at the beginning of each round, the block generators are selected. However, unlike DPoS, where block generators are chosen by vote weight, PoA blockchains maintain a set of authorities eligible to generate blocks. Each active authority will be assigned one block slot in which they can then generate a block.
A more in-depth technical analysis of PoA can also be found in LIP 0047.
New Lisk Improvement Proposals (LIPs)
This month the research team proposed two new LIPs on the Lisk Research Forum, which are Disallow Non-required Properties in Lisk Codec, and Define Mainnet Configuration and Migration for Lisk Core v4.
Disallow Non-required Properties in Lisk Codec - Defines a stricter version of Lisk codec by requiring that every schema property be marked as required. This simplifies the rules significantly and makes the serialization method much less error-prone without implying any change in the current Lisk SDK implementation.
Define Mainnet Configuration and Migration for Lisk Core 4 - Defines the configuration of Lisk Core v4, including the selection of modules and the choice of some configurable constants. Moreover, it defines the migration process from Lisk Core v3 to Lisk Core v4.
New Grant Program Participants
idntty - A digital identity security solution. It will provide an infrastructure for developers and a simple solution for end-users to manage their private data and digital signatures.
rgb - A community-driven NFT creation project. Similar to r/place on Reddit, users on rgb can create NFTs as a community by adding pixels to a blank canvas over a two-week period. After that, the canvas is uploaded in its final state as an NFT and auctioned off.
neatbox - A cloud storage solution. It uses the IPFS chain for data storage facilitation and Lisk as a way of connecting it.
topas city - An immersive VR world. There are tons of possibilities, including earning tokens by playing games in the arcade, meeting new friends in the bar, trading virtual access cards, or simply walking around and exploring the world.
Paris Blockchain Week Summit
The Lisk Marketing team attended the Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), which was held from April 12th to the 14th. The event had over 3,000 attendees and more than 250 speakers.
For the event, Lisk sponsored the Tech Track, which featured highly renowned developers, startups, and researchers in the blockchain industry, and covered topics such as the metaverse, DAOs, NFTs, and interoperability. The team also had its own booth near the entrance, making it very easy to be noticed and spread brand awareness. Finally, Lisk’s Community Lead, Miguel de Sousa, took part in a panel discussion on “How to land a job in Blockchain”, in which they discussed a number of topics, including valuable skills to have, the work environment, and trends in the space.
Be sure to check out the Paris Blockchain Week Summit recap of the event.
New Exchange Listing
Every new LSK listing serves as an opportunity to improve Lisk’s brand awareness among blockchain enthusiasts and increase Lisk’s accessibility. In April, the LSKisk token was listed on the Onus exchange. LSK trading pairs on Onus include both USDT and VNDC. You can read more about this listing in the Onus Press Release.
In addition to this listing, we were pleased to announce that BitPanda resumed operations of deposits and withdrawals for LSK as well.
Marketing Team Interviews
The Lisk Marketing team had the opportunity to participate in a number of interviews at the PBWS, which ultimately helped spread our exposure through various crypto communities.
Miguel de Sousa was first interviewed by David Lin of Kitco News. During the interview, they discuss how to best pick altcoins in a correction phase. They also chat about Miguel’s journey, NFTs, and GameFi, as well as interoperability. Check Miguel’s interview on YouTube.
Lisk’s Marketing Manager, Michał Moneta, was also interviewed by Marek of the Cryptocurrencies for Beginners YouTube Channel. While the interview is conducted in Polish, English subtitles are provided. Check Michał’s interview on YouTube.
Lisk Interoperability Presentation for the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Our Head of Research, Alessandro Ricottone, shared a workshop, Interoperability: Cross-chain interactions between homogeneous machines, for the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. He provided a deep look into Lisk and the future of blockchain technology. Check his presentation on YouTube.
As you can see April was a busy month for Lisk with loads going on! You can always follow us on our social media channels or join our community on Discord, so you will never miss a beat.