Six months after launch, 2018 is came to a close, and the EOS community is as strong as ever. Sure, there have been ups and downs, but in the scheme of things, it’s quite amazing to look back and see all that has been accomplished. Join us as we head down memory lane.
Kevin Wilcox of EOS Go begins his popular Telegram summary series on the newly established EOS Go Community updates channel. The series is extremely popular and helps grow and organize the EOS community.
The community, led by Eric of EOS Sweden launches the first public testnet and goes through great pains to spread the word to the East so that a geographically diverse set of teams can join.
The explosive growth of the main EOS Telegram group was a good omen for things to come. Over 100 EOS Telegram groups now exist in the space and more are created everyday.
Dan releases first developer report of the new year: https://steemit.com/eosio/@dan/eos-io-development-update. This began a trend of Dan sporadically engaging with community developers about B1’s plans, although the communication would die down later in the year.
The ultra exclusive EOS meet up in Seoul, Korea caps attending members at 300, even though there are over 400 people on the waitlist. The event is a huge success and creates great publicity for EOS.
Everipedia announces its airdrop onto EOS holders and how such an airdrop would occur. They also discuss their plans for the EOS mainnet and how they foresee the airdrop bringing value to users.
Tomorrow Blockchain Opportunities announces an EOS.io blockchain specific fund to help grow the EOS community. Block.one states that they will be matching VC funds explaining how they will use 1 billion of the 4 billion they raised.
Another VC partner comes out to support EOS. 325 million dollar fund led by Mike Novogratz is announced and block.one teases that more partnerships are to come: https://steemit.com/eos/@eosio/block-one-and-mike-novogratz-s-galaxy-digital-announce-joint-venture-for-new-usd325-million-eos-io-fund.
The long awaited Dawn 3.0 alpha is released causing devs and bps to rejoice! Dawn 3.0 was the most complete form of the software to date and was an important update for BPs learning to run the software.
Bitfinex announces it is building a DEX for EOS: https://medium.com/bitfinex/announcing-eosfinex-69eea273369f. This is huge news as it signals the industry’s growing support for EOS and B1. The DEX would have liquidity due to the BITFINEX centralized exchange.
EOS Go launches its web show EOS Radio on Youtube. The show quickly becomes very popular in the community: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0fwWI2RBBtEIYIP6fH68XQ.
The show, created and produced by TopKpop reaches thousands of viewers a week and the hosts Kev and Bluejays become faces for EOS.
EOS Go announces its checkmark initiative to grade potential block producers so that the community has some guidance on who to vote for upon launch. This is met with some controversy, but most of the community supports the initiative.
Block.one releases a statement to address the FUD spread by John Oliver concerning EOS on their blog: https://medium.com/eosio/dear-john-oliver-6aa5ac5fff26. Brendan Blumer comments that block.one had spoken to the show prior to the episode but they were more interested in making a funny segment then reporting facts.
The @eosproject Telegram hits 40k members! Block.one and Finlab AG announce 100 million joint VC fund to further support the EOSIO ecosystem.
Dawn 3.0 is finally released after block.one works with BPs and devs to refine it. Many see this as a signal that the software is just about ready for prime time.
EOS Go launches https://bp.eosgo.io. The website was created with EOS Asia to help voters research BPs pre- launch. Interblockchain is accused of trying to buy the EOS blockchain. EOS coin price hits an all time high.
EOS Go, in coordination with IMEOS and KOREOS invited BPs to join teams in order to practice coordination for launch. TopKpop leads the charge and monitors the groups to ensure there is no pre-launch corruption.
The B1 teams keeps the updates flowing with Dawn 4.0! With only a month until the ICO ends the B1 devs continue to innovate at a mind numbing speed.
The community launches an initiative to acknowledge the people working behind the scenes to launch EOS. The website is a token of appreciation and a nice way to commemorate all the work that came before.
EOSYS meetup in Seoul, South Korea with speakers from EOS Go, KOREOS, 8+ BP candidates including EOS42, EOS CANNON, EOSPHERE, and more: https://youtu.be/CDOTL3UqtrU.
With no voting portal in sight, the EOS community bans together to create a voting portal by raising money so that devs led by NS James can build the first EOS voting UI in preparation for launch: https://steemit.com/eos/@summerskin/eos-voting-portal-update-5-25.
First show of EOS Go five day launch party goes live: https://youtu.be/n0LoqfIhUWc. Thousands tube in around the clock to find out how launch is going. The mood is quite high, and everyone seems joyous.
The year long ICO ended and raised 4.2 billion dollars!! The capital raised was the most in ICO history and the year long ICO was a success! The crypto world is abuzz about the amounts raised.
Dan launches 1.0 on GitHub.
After days of “no-go” votes, a majority of BPs voted “go” meaning that they would be implementing the EOSIO software provided by block.one, and that EOS holders could start voting.
At the same time the first EOS global hackathon was hosted by block.one in Hong Kong. The theme: Identify a centralized business model and create a decentralized alternative that is built for large-scale mainstream adoption.
The EOS mainnet is officially launched after 15 percent of all EOS in the ecosystem voted for block producers. Big.one provided the EOS necessary to get the community over the 15 percent hump and activate the mainnet.
After outcry from the community when ECAF begins freezing compromised accounts, Dan Larimer addresses the ECAF and governance in general. This is the beginning of the end of ECAF.
Dan Larimer addresses the sky high price of RAM on the EOS mainnet by publishing an article with his recommendations on how to fix the RAM crisis. This is the first of the resource crisis.
TELOS announces its intention to fork the EOSIO code into its own blockchain to address problems they see with the mainnet. Most of the complaints surround mainnet centralization and governance. Telos caps accounts at 40k.
EOS Family Day is held in Seoul, South Korea. The event is a huge success and serves for community members all over the world to unite and meet one another.
At the same time the EOS Compliance group launches with the goal of getting the top 30 BPs to be compliant on the mainnet.
A second EOS Family Day is held in Shanghai, China. Over 100 teams attend the event, including BP, Dapp teams, and investors. Important connections are made.
Worbli, a fork of the EOSIO software created to compliment the EOS mainnet by being the financial district of EOS, begins to gain community support. Worbli announces KYC.
Dan Larimer takes to his blog to address the CPU and resource shortage on the EOSIO mainnet. Here he premieres his idea for “REX”, a way to rent your EOS resources to DApp developers.
Second Global Hackathon takes place in Sydney with the theme: Create a DAPP on the EOSIO platform that will empower the public to play a role in sustaining natural environments.
The EOS Alliance is established by Brock Pierce to facilitate communication between EOS holders all over the world. A board of directors is appointed and Thomas Cox, a former block.one employee is named the director.
EOS New York proposes a new system Ricardian/Smart Contract pair as well as more robust language to support dispute resolution on EOS in an attempt to start a conversation to address the shortcomings of governance on the EOS mainnet.
LEDGER SUPPORTS EOS. Thanks to Cypherglass’s initiative to get EOS support on Ledger, an ambitious DAPP team claimed the bounty and put EOS on a hardware wallet.
Dan Larimer addresses the community on Telegram to float the idea of URI or Universal Resource Income for the EOS mainnet community. The idea is met with a lot of excitement, but also had quite a few critics. It starts a grassroots movement in the community to replace the worker proposal system with URI.
Genereos announces a collaboration between several BPs to create a referendum tool so that the EOS community can vote on governance issues.
The first major Dapp hack occurs and NEWDEX, EOSBET and EOSWin are affected. Block Producers work closely with the DAPPs to help fix the vulnerability and protect against future hacks.
Liquid EOS announces BancorX, the network aiming to connect all blockchains with instant liquidity. This is huge news as Bancor is a huge network and their investment in EOS showed their belief that EOS will be the next big thing.
The EOS mainnet celebrates 100 days since the first block was produced on the EOS mainnet. This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to the strength of DPOS.
London Hackathon theme: Create an application on the EOSIO platform that improves the relationship between technology and a user’s privacy or security.
Dissatisfaction with ECAF continues as the community rallies against a centralized, unelected power on the EOS mainnet. Ian Grigg defends ECAF and addresses the community concerns.
The community is rocked by an explosive report by Maple Leaf alleging vote buying and collusion among EOS BPs. The allegation causes the community to address hard truths, and debate whether vote trading hurts or benefits the community.
Block.one addresses collusion rumors and alludes to potentially voting their 100 million tokens on the EOS mainnet. The announcement has yet to result in any voting.
EOS42 announces that Chintai, the first EOS token leasing platform, is live. It is a high performance exchange. Truly P2P - No fees. A Grassroots community driven project.
The EOS mainnet celebrates over 100 DAPPS live, powered by EOS. The speeds and flexibility of EOSIO is clear, and ETHEREUM DAPPS begin to fall behind EOS.
The EOS community comes together to combat FUD from Whiteblock, a supposed group of blockchain experts that claim that EOS is not a blockchain.
ECAF announces the completion of its first ruling, with mixed responses from the community as momentum against the legitimacy of ECAF continues to grow.
The referendum system BETA version goes live, putting the community one step closer to being able to vote and self-govern.
San Francisco Hackathon theme: Build an EOSIO application that fosters a fundamental competitive advantage by implementing a business model that aligns interests amongst stakeholders and/or drives more value back to users.
Dan Larimer stirs the pot again by bouncing the idea of a “privacy coin” on the EOS community. This is met with mixed results as some community members begin to fear that Dan will leave EOS to go pursue this new idea. Dan confirms he is not leaving EOS.
Chintai launches its proxy to the community and sets a standard of transparency and accountability in the custodial voting space. The announcement is met with slight controversy, but for the most part the community embraces the newest proxy on the block.
Dan Larimer addresses the CPU issues on the EOS mainnet with this blog. He basically says that developers need to write more efficient code and that subpar code is hurting the mainnet.
TELOS goes live providing the first widely accepted alternative to the EOS mainnet. The community mostly accepts Telos as they realize the B1 vision of 1,000s of competing chains. Dan states that he is happy so many EOSIO chains are emerging.