Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona! On September 19th, you will walk into The Phoenician Resort, a paradise getaway at the base of Camelback mountain, ready to be inspired by the revolutionary technology that is sweeping the world: blockchain. The three-hour Blockchain 101 Course will give you a glimpse into the future you haven’t even imagined yet. A more secure and censorship-resistant monetary system? A tool for artists to get paid directly for their talent? A platform on which transparency and accountability are standard business practices? By the end of Blockchain 101, you will know everything you need to know to dive into The Nexus Conference.
You will start the afternoon with the best of our local community in Arizona: an introduction to what blockchain is all about, not just the tech, but also the culture. From business use cases to diversity in the industry, to humanitarian opportunities, speakers will show you why everyone is excited by these new possibilities. In case you missed it last year, you’ll get to watch a screening of the Mully documentary, a story about Charles Mully who left Kenya’s slums to become a multi-millionaire, only to give it all up to serve thousands of Kenya’s street children by creating a self-sustaining community. This year, you will find out what has happened since the documentary was released.
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Our adventure will continue on Thursday morning with an optimistic introduction by the Editor in Chief of Wired, Nicholas Thompson, and then we’ll get into the really cool stuff: SPACE. Jim Cantrell of Vector, Jeff Garzik of Spacechain, and Colin Cantrell of Nexus will all be sharing their visions of our interstellar future. After lunch, you will be transported into the minds of brilliant coders and software engineers who will teach you all about the Nexus technology. Don’t miss the announcements throughout the day! We will finish the day with some amazing and inspirational Keynotes including Jay Samit, former Vice Chairman of Deloitte and serial disrupter, followed by an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals at an engaging cocktail party.
Don’t party too hard though, as the last day of the conference will blow your mind. You’ll start out the morning learning more about the financial side of cryptocurrencies, the SEC regulatory landscape, decentralization, quantum computing, and machine intelligence. By the afternoon you will be ready to get in at the ground level of this technology; by joining the first Nexus Working Groups. These sessions for businesses, developers, and community members are a chance to build the blockchain and governance structure of the Nexus network. By gathering our joint insights, ideas, and suggestions we can customize Nexus to service the needs of the global market and change the world for the better.
We can’t wait to build the future with you! See you at the Nexus Conference!
Colin’s first build was a go-kart, a father-son project inspired by his father Jim, and by the competitive spirit and passion for racing which they both share. Growing up with a man who is literally a rocket scientist has given Colin an undeniable drive to push the limits of his mind, and the boundaries of the technologies he has invented and continues to build to this day. Both are engineers, entrepreneurs, and philosophers, and they have decided to combine forces to make a positive impact on the world in ways no one has ever done before. This is the story of a father and son team, Jim and Colin Cantrell, who are destined to change the world by connecting humanity through technology.
Jim Cantrell, The Rocket Man
Today, Jim has an impressive career in aerospace and is forging the way for the commercial space industry through his company Vector, which specializes in building small rockets and launching micro-satellites to fulfill the needs of both companies and individuals. His journey began in the midst of the space war between the United States and the Soviet Union during which he worked with the French, Soviet, and American space agencies. At the conclusion of the Cold War, Jim found himself back in the U.S., but the fight was far from over as governments around the world had to deal with the economic and military fallout from the collapse of a world superpower. Jim was in the trenches of this transition, and, in fact, was in Moscow when Yeltsin took over as the first president of the new Russian Federation.
In 2001, he was approached by Elon Musk, who decided that his mission was to “make humanity a multi-planetary species”. To accomplish this, Elon needed Russian rockets and enlisted Jim’s expertise in Soviet technology. The two men, along with a brilliant band of ‘Space Cowboys’, set out on a journey to build SpaceX. While Elon’s direction was clear, Jim had dreams of his own, and a year later he left SpaceX to establish Strategic Space Development, which is a consulting firm that provides strategic planning and new business development for aerospace and defense industry clients. Over the next few years, Jim’s continued work with government agencies, such as NASA and the NSA, led him to become a conscientious objector to the actions of these agencies. Inevitably, Jim gave back his security clearances and left the space industry in his rear-view mirror to pursue his life passion for racing cars.
During his sabbatical, the microsatellite industry grew, and Jim saw the opportunity for disrupting the previous industry standards set forth by government-led space initiatives. Vector has become instrumental in this process. Launched in 2016 with prominent industry leaders John Garvey, Ken Sunshine and Eric Besnard, the company has set out to connect space startups and innovators with dedicated, affordable and reliable launch services, enabling platforms and vehicles to access space efficiently and in a more optimized way than ever before. Their revolutionary business model includes micro launch vehicles, programmable satellites, and all-inclusive launches into Lower Earth Orbit (LEO).
Jim, like any distinguished entrepreneur, is dedicated to doing his part by making changes that impact humanity in meaningful ways. As he transforms the world of space and makes it more relevant to the average person, his son Colin is doing the same thing on Earth, through a blockchain and cryptocurrency called Nexus (NXS).
Colin Cantrell, The Father of Nexus
Colin has been interested in coding and space advancement since he was very young. He learned Visual Basic programming language at age twelve, and by sixteen he was already designing rockets with his father. Now, at twenty-seven, Colin is a hardware and software inventor, musician and philanthropist who is determined to bring positive change to the world. In his spare time he composes symphonies and supports local art communities in Arizona. His love for mechanical and software engineering has led him on a largely self-taught journey, and through Jim’s network, he has always been surrounded by brilliant mentors. He often tells stories of spending time with Buzz Aldrin and other astronauts while waiting for his father to finish work.
In 2013, Colin discovered cryptocurrencies and was fascinated by the blockchain technology that powered them. “You just know when something is the future, you just have that feeling, and I knew that immediately,” he said in an April interview with The London Letter. An idealist at heart, he believes in Satoshi’s vision of a free and prosperous world, and looks up to the prominent figures in the cryptocurrency community such as Jeff Garzik, founder of SpaceChain, and Andreas Antonopoulos, a Bitcoin evangelist, both of whom share the same outlook.
Colin dug into the Bitcoin Whitepaper, learning everything he could about the technology while participating in the community. In 2014, the cryptocurrency market was riddled with controversy and skepticism as more projects entered the nascent crypto economy. Colin was committed to keeping the original ethos of the movement, which is to keep people’s wealth secure and decentralized from corrupt third parties. He also saw the improvements that could be made to take blockchains to the next level. He began by fixing bugs and inconsistencies in the original code, and then developed a hybrid blockchain using a combination of proof-of-work and proof-of-stake channels. He saw a new future for the entire industry, and recognized a way to build a better foundation for a more long-term and consistent model. From this inspiration, combined with community organization and collaboration, Nexus was born.
What is Nexus Earth?
Nexus is a movement to connect and empower people around the world. It is the next generation of blockchain technology, focused on developing a fully decentralized and distributed peer-to-peer network, a quantum-resistant and scalable ledger protocol, an advanced contract platform and a digital cryptocurrency. Nexus aims to decentralize software (through the 3-dimensional chain), hardware (through the cubed satellite mesh network), and organizational structures (Distributed Autonomous Communities), for a truly distributed ecosystem.
Originally mined from the Genesis block on September 23, 2014, Nexus was created to improve the speed, scalability, and security of distributed ledgers along with expanding accessibility to the benefits these ledgers provide. Right now, the Nexus blockchain is a hybrid of two mining channels and one proof-of-stake minting channel. It utilizes two quantum resistant algorithms for extra security and private keys that are two times larger than Bitcoin’s. Over the next few years, Nexus will upgrade its blockchain into a 3-dimensional chain, a structure that allows on-chain scalability, limited only by the number of nodes on the network. The first upgrade, Tritium, is being developed this year and will include an identity and reputation system, the basic foundation of a contract platform, and a new wallet interface, as well as other enhancements.
The satellite mesh network in Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) will provide global access to the NXS currency, and a reliable, autonomous and affordable internet infrastructure. Specialized ground stations will allow uncensored access to the satellites, and both networks will host a variety of distributed applications and services. Once the hardware designs are finalized and open source, individuals will be able to add their own satellites to the network constellation and profit from their space capacity.
Cryptocurrency in Space
Both father and son have a contrarian spirit, and anyone who meets them can quickly see that they are free-thinkers who don’t believe in failing, no matter how grandiose their vision. They are intelligent, dedicated doers with a lot of love and compassion for humanity. They both strive to create innovative technologies that inspire people to connect in new and beneficial ways without relying on central authorities. At the 2017 Nexus Conference, Jim and Colin came together and presented the possible future they see us heading into. A few short months later, Nexus announced its partnership with Vector: the father and son duo were bringing cryptocurrencies to space!
Nexus is a unique use case for Vector’s GalacticSky software-defined satellite platform, while Vector offers Nexus the opportunity to decentralize the hardware as a match to its decentralized and distributed blockchain software. Vector also accepts NXS for rocket launches. The first 1U satellite is already assembled with plans for a launch in March 2019.
“The capabilities provided by the GalacticSky platform, combined with the flexibility of Vector’s launch model, bring us one step closer to accomplishing our mission of providing the world with a decentralized currency that can be accessed virtually anywhere, anytime,” said Colin at the start of the partnership.
By utilizing a satellite virtualization platform through GalacticSky, Nexus can distribute the different layers of data distribution across multiple satellites, providing enhanced reliability and performance. This mesh network is a crucial part of sustaining the long-term utilization of blockchain technology, and will be built by those who want to participate in collective efforts.
Bringing Decentralization and Connection to Humanity
Decentralization and connection are the two evolutionary pillars that have sprung up from the blockchain revolution. They represent the free flow of energy through consciousness: the transfer of information between humans, the transfer of data between machines, the relation of events and the movements of Nature. It is fitting that both Nexus and Vector are creating disruptive technologies that connect people in new ways, moving away from inefficient centralized structures, and pursuing privatized free-market solutions.
Jim and Colin are visionaries who are designing these new systems, none of which would be possible without the teams and communities who are supporting them in these endeavors. When people apply their skills to their passions and collaborate together, their accomplishments are limitless, and, after all, that is what space exploration and technological advancements are all about.
What will the future be if like minded organizations come together to make these goals a reality? See first hand the revolutionary steps that will happen next with Nexus, Vector, and other leaders in the industry at the 2018 Nexus Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 19-21st. www.TheNexusConference.com
Join the Community Workgroups Revolutionizing the Internet’s Standardization Model
Every day, people all around the world get together for blockchain gatherings.
Many are speed dating networking events. “Can you help me make money?” “Here, take my card.” “Oh look, it’s Charle Lee!”
Others are technical hackathons, bringing coders together to conquer challenges and win prizes.
There’s a place for both kinds of events, but the focus isn’t on community. Nor is it on the businesses who are excited to find a blockchain technology they can use to create revolutionary new systems — but often don’t know where to begin.
Unlike speed dating conferences, the Nexus Conference is a community of people that will welcome you and invite you to collaborate on subjects you’ve never even thought about. Come knowing no one, and leave a friend and member of the community.
And unlike coders-only conferences, the Nexus Conference is designed to teach you how Nexus — to my knowledge, the only blockchain that is focused on full distribution and layer-one on-chain scalability — can help your business.
Most blockchain products are focused on creating Band-Aids for their scalability problems with controversial, hacky, and often centralized second-layer solutions. Some of these are brilliant workarounds, but they’re still workarounds. For years, Nexus has been researching, testing, and building a fully distributed, scalable blockchain without the need for these workarounds, and as the three stages of the TAO (Tritium, Amine, and Obsidian, the protocol upgrades to transform a one-dimensional chain into a 3-dimensional chain) launch, all of that work will come to fruition.
If you’re not a blockchain veteran, the Blockchain 101 seminar on September 19th can teach you the ropes, covering topics like cryptography, advanced contracts, decentralization, equity-based money, ICOs and non-ICOs, industries ready to be transformed by blockchain, and more.
During the conference itself, starting on the afternoon of September 19th through the 21st, you will hear speakers like Nicholas Thompson (Editor in Chief at WIRED), Bloq Inc.’s Jeff Garzik, Vector’s Jim Cantrell, and Jay Alan Samit (Former Vice Chairman of Deloitte).
Of course, there will also be plenty of food, friends, and fun to go around between sessions –but there’s something brand new at this year’s Nexus Conference, too: the rebirth of a long, productive practice from the early days of the Internet.
As the Internet was taking shape years ago, the need for standards became apparent.
The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) was created by the United States government to establish standards, but in 1993 it transitioned to an international non-profit. The IETF creates open development standards. Anyone is free to be a member, and all of the leaders and workers in the organization are volunteers.
At Nexus, we have drawn inspiration from the IETF as we create the next iteration of the Internet. The IETF meets in working groups and informal discussion groups organized around specific topics to discuss standards and come to consensus. Once the task is accomplished, the groups disband to form new ones, with a new focus.
Like the IETF, Nexus will organize and maintain working groups to build the future of this technology.
These working groups will hold their first meetings at this year’s conference, assisted by members of the Nexus team.
In these sessions, you can learn about the layers of the Nexus TAO architecture that matter most to you and your business, and you can design functions and features with the developers. Each component of Nexus, from the revolutionary efficiency of the foundational layers to the abstraction and usability of the developer-, business-, and user-facing levels will be presented in detail.
Join us in Scottsdale, Arizona September 19th to 21st. On Friday, September 21st, we will be kicking off the Nexus working groups: places of open discussion, commentary, and community on the key components of the scaling protocols and advanced contract platform of the new Internet.
Seven working groups will meet for the first time, and continue communicating after the conference concludes.
You can participate in whichever groups you are interested in and passionate about:
functionality-wg, designing functionality required for business needs
dac-wg, designing the structure of the Distributed Autonomous Community (DAC)
arch-wg, designing the architecture of how all of the layers work together
network-wg, building the Network Layer
ledger-wg, building the Ledger Layer
contract-wg, building the Register, Operation, and API Layers
app-wg, building the Logical and Interface Layers for decentralized applications
By introducing workgroups, Nexus is modernizing the IETF’s time-tested standardization process, translating it to a new era of innovation and development. We are opening up the future of Nexus development to rich community involvement.
And this is only the beginning. Just like the IETF, Nexus will also organize other events in the future, like coding hackathons focused on blockchain technology.
It’s an exciting new era in the development of the Internet, and we hope you can be a part of it. Come join us in Scottsdale this September!
Scottsdale, Aug. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nexus, a cryptocurrency and blockchain enterprise is excited to announce its partnership with BitSpace, a technology company that specializes in blockchain and exponential technology. The partnership is focused on supporting decentralized internet access and associated opportunities for people throughout the world through the use of Nexus advanced blockchain technology, satellite initiatives, and BitSpace international connections. Both companies are committed to the decentralization vision, where all individuals can come together to create and use new distributed systems that better serve humanity in day-to-day life.
“I’m happy to see BitSpace looking ahead to find solutions in space that can solve problems here on earth. We look forward to working together to open up more opportunity in Europe and Low Earth Orbit.” said Colin Cantrell, founder and chief architect of Nexus.
BitSpace has created a community platform in the Nordic region and will work with Nexus to arrange mutually beneficial community events and educational conferences. They also aim to explore opportunities to connect and integrate businesses pursuing blockchain and space technologies.
Nexus and BitSpace intend to collaborate with American and Norwegian Universities to support academic research with the goal of advancing decentralized technology and associated space applications.
“We believe that Space Technology combined with Blockchain represents an exciting opportunity to decentralize the future and we are very excited to discover this realm with Nexus Earth,” said Manuel Lains, CEO BitSpace.
Nexus is an innovative open-source blockchain technology and digital currency designed to improve the world through advanced peer-to-peer networks. Nexus focuses on solving the current challenges of speed and scalability in the blockchain industry and provides world-class quantum resistance through its many innovations. Enabled by its partnership with Vector Space Systems, we aspire to combine blockchain technology with ground-based MESH networks and satellites to facilitate the formation of a decentralized and distributed internet. Nexus will enable people to take control of their personal and financial freedom, empowering humanity in the process. For more information and to see how you can help build the future, visit www.NexusEarth.com
BitSpace is a technology company that specializes in blockchain and exponential technology. Their headquarters is based in Oslo, Norway and they are now expanding their operations internationally throughout Europe. With more than 20 years collective experience within the blockchain sector they allocate their resources towards community growth, incubation, and software development. The mission at BitSpace is to help build the future through emerging technologies that include Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Space, and Virtual Reality. To find out more you can visit www.bitspace.no
The Nexus wallet alpha phase officially began on August 10, 2018! This is the final phase of major development of the new GUI (Graphical User Interface) that will replace the original Nexus QT wallet. The front-end development team is building out some final features while the back-end developers are simultaneously testing, error reporting, and improving basic functionality. Both are working through the set of errors and issues to handle as many cases as they can find. All open tickets are documented in Jira and the devs are compiling reports based on all new suggestions to prepare for beta.
The rest of the testing phases will be organized into groups, subject to change based on how development is going:
Beta Phase 1 – private link for 10-20 people from the Slack community
Beta Phase 2 – private link for 30-50 people from greater Nexus community
Beta Phase 3 – public, open-source release to full community
Beta Phase 4 – full public release for final feedback before Version 1
The developers are compiling a general checklist of basic functions that will be further tested by these groups and supplemented with other finds. They are working with all three desktop platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux. For Linux, the devs are compiling a document with steps to build and run on a fresh installation of Ubuntu 18.04 through a VMware that sits on top of Windows 10 to insure a seamless build for new testers.
The look and feel of the new wallet has evolved continuously from where it originated over nine months ago. The devs are working hard through the initial bug fixes and look forward to getting the wallet into the hands of our community for further feedback. We will continue to provide updates throughout beta.
Nexus is proud to announce we are now Executive Committee Members of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s leading blockchain trade association. The Chamber represents the world’s leading innovators, operators and investors in the digital asset and blockchain technology ecosystem, including start-ups, software companies, financial institutions and investment firms.
By collaborating with other organizations as part of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Nexus can help aid the collective mission of supporting regulatory structure, through advancing education and innovation in the blockchain space. Nexus is committed to improving the world by connecting people through advanced distributed ledger technology and peer to peer networking. As an Executive Committee Member, the Chamber will provide the following benefits to help further our initiatives:
Biannual Executive Committee Meetings
Biannually, the Chamber hosts a strategy and governance meeting with the Executive Committee and Board of Advisors to set the priorities of the Chamber. Meetings are typically held in June and December. These meetings afford Executive Committee members first access to the policy initiatives of the Chamber.
Extended Blockchain Policy Resources
Executive Committee members have unparalleled access to the Chamber’s policy team. In addition to receiving Blockchain Policy Updates and the quarterly Executive Briefing, the Chamber will also curate custom policy resources, upon request. This may include a descriptive memo, slide deck, phone consultation, other written resources, and in-person meetings.
Leadership Role in Chamber Initiatives
The Chamber oversees a number of working groups and initiatives on behalf of our members. Executive Committee members have the opportunity to lead or co-chair the Chamber working group or initiative.
Thought Leadership Opportunities
The Chamber is often called on by government, industry groups and media for expert input on various blockchain-related topics. As these opportunities arise, Chamber Members are referred to for thought leadership roles.
Government Education Briefings
The Chamber is often asked by lawmakers and staff to provide educational briefings or meetings. These are invaluable opportunities to establish relationships with relevant offices. These opportunities are offered to Executive Committee members first.
Preferred access to Chamber sponsored events. Our principal event is the DC Blockchain Summit – Chamber members receive an exclusive early bird discount to this event.
Blockchain Policy Updates
The Chamber’s policy team is constantly monitoring the legal and policy landscape. When there is a significant development that could impact the industry, our team provides high quality, high integrity analysis of these developments in near real time and circulates to the membership via email.
The Chamber’s policy team compiles an Executive Briefing at least once a quarter with a summary of key industry developments, curated resources, and updates on Chamber business activities. This is the go-to resource for blockchain executives to keep up with the most important business and policy developments in the industry.