AMA Recap: CRYPTO MINERS X ASTAR NETWORK

Astar Network is a dApp hub on Polkadot that supports Ethereum, WebAssembly, and layer 2 solutions like ZK Rollups. Astar aims to be a multi-chain smart contract platform that will support multiple blockchains and virtual machines. Polkadot Relay Chain doesn’t support smart contracts. That’s why it’s important for the ecosystem to have a parachain that enables this for all developers who want to build in the Polkadot ecosystem. Astar is here to provide the best solution for all developers by supporting EVM and making a parachain where EVM and WASM smart contracts can co-exist and communicate with each other. Astar is the largest smart contract platform in the Polkadot ecosystem, supporting both Wasm and EVM. While providing native access to the Polkadot ecosystem through it’s parachain slot, Astar also has bridges into other major ecosystems, including Ethereum, BSC, Cosmos, Polygon, and more. Through the #Build2Earn program, Astar offers a basic income to dApps through inflation, and provides direct funding to projects through the Astar Incubation Program. Astar Network is the future of smart contracts platform for multichain. The network supports the building of dApps with EVM and WASM smart contracts and offers developers true interoperability, with cross-consensus messaging (XCM). We are made by developers and for developers. Astar’s unique Build2Earn model empowers developers to get paid through a dApp staking mechanism for the code they write and dApps they build. Astar Network focuses on making the best smart contract platform so that dApps developers on Polkadot do not need to pay much attention to infrastructure and can focus more on their dApp. Ideally, the developers can build whatever applications on Astar Network without having to consider its scalability. Astar Network solves prominent issues: scalability interoperability and lack of developer incentive.

We hosted an AMA session with Astar Network on 11th August.

Mr. Ramsy was the host from Crypto Miners and Mr. Maarten, Head of Business Development of Astar was the guest. He throws light on unique features and functions of Astar Network.
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Segment 1️⃣: Introduction

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Hello everyone 👋 Welcome to the Crypto Miners #Special AMA session With Astar Network

To help us learn more about Aster Network, We are lucky to be joined By Mr. Maarten

Hello Maarten 👋

Maarten | Astar:
Hi Ramsy! and every ‘Crypto Miner’

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Welcome here Mate ❤️

Thanks for bringing Us Astar

Maarten | Astar:
You are welcome

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
How are you doing today mate?

Maarten | Astar:
Doing perfect! Just got back from vacation so fully loaded for whats next to come for 2022 😊

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
That’s great 👍

I’m pretty sure that our Community is very much excited to learn more about Aster Network ✌️

So let’s get started if you’re ready!!

1. Please make a concise and brief introduction about Astar Network.
How it is playing its role in Multi chain smart contracts?

Maarten | Astar:
Astar Network is a smart contract parachain on Polkadot. Because Polkadot doesn’t support smart contract by design, a parachain is needed to offer infrastructure to builders who want to utilize the power of Polkadot.

We support the building of dApps with EVM and WASM smart contracts and offers developers true interoperability, with cross-consensus messaging (XCM). We are made by developers and for developers. Astar’s unique Build2Earn model empowers developers to get paid through a dApp staking mechanism for the code they write and dApps they build.

You can read more about Astar Network on our main website: https://astar.network

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Thanks Maarten for this fantastic start about Aster

Now let’s see our second question from this segment

2. What are the features of Astar Network that makes it superior and special as compared to its competitors? How about its security?

Maarten | Astar:
Astar’s vibrant ecosystem has become Polkadot’s leading Parachain globally, supported by all major exchanges and Tier 1 VCs. Astar offers the flexibility of all Ethereum and WASM toolings for developers to start building their dApps. To accelerate growth on Polkadot and Kusama Networks, Astar Space Labs offers an Incubation Hub for top TVL dApps.

Like mentioned above, we do not just support EVM but also WASM smart contracts. Opening up WASM smart contracts on Astar Network is a perfect bridge for Web2 developers who want to use Web3. Because we are a parachain on Polkadot we benefit from the scalability solutions, cross-chain solutions and shared security from the Relay Chain.

Why Astar is superior or offers great technology, you can see this by our list of investors

Current Investors Include: Binance, Houbi, Hypersphere Ventures, Gumi Cryptos, Polychain Capital, TRGC, IOSG Ventures, Hashkey, Digital Strategies, Longhash, Scytale, Fenbushi, DFG, Alchemy Ventures, GSR, Injective, Coinbase Ventures, Crypto.com Capital, Alameda Research, KR1, OKX Ventures, Sub0 Capital, GSR, Gavin Wood

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Great,Well backed up 👍

3. How is deployment done in Astar Network? What features and benefits can users enjoy in Astar ecosystem?

Maarten | Astar:
You can enjoy as end-user from the dApps being build on us as well our unique staking mechanism dApp staking. DApp staking is one of the catalysts that will accelerate the Web3 vision from a pipe dream to reality. If you want to learn more about dApp staking check out the following article: https://medium.com/astar-network/introducing-build2earn-what-is-dapp-staking-and-why-it-matters-for-web3-fbe20f74ed78

Or just check it live on our portal: https://portal.astar.network
If there is something not clear or you would like to be part of our community, we have a very active community of degens and builders in our Discord server: https://discord.gg/mWGt9bH59s

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
4. Now tell us about the native token $ASTR, what are its usecases and utilities in Astar Network? Also provide us with the tokenomics

Maarten | Astar:
Astar tokens have multiple core roles:
1️⃣ Payment for transaction fees
2️⃣ Staking dApps
3️⃣ dApps staking rewards & collator (validator) rewards

Read more about our tokenomics here: https://docs.astar.network/docs/about/token-economics/economics

If you would like to know more about our inflation this guide will guide you: https://docs.astar.network/docs/about/token-economics/inflationary-model

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Let’s hear our last question from this segment

5. Lastly, what important updates and developments we’ll get in coming months and years in Astar Network ecosystem?

Maarten | Astar:
There is a lot in the pipeline for the coming months and years. To check out our roadmap for 2022, you can learn more about it from here: https://medium.com/astar-network/astar-roadmap-2022-5b49919187fc

If you would like to know more about our long term vision, you have to check out the latest part of series about our XCM vision: https://medium.com/astar-network/the-astar-vision-part-3-the-innovation-hub-of-web3-0-1cace547aba3
You will find the link to the first and second part in this closing article.

Those who are interested in joining campaigns, yesterday we launched a great new one with our partner Acala. Check it out: https://medium.com/astar-network/announcing-astar-x-acala-defi-rising-campaign-c8521da7c200

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Thanks Maarten for this well detailed introduction about Astar Network:)

And that’s the wrap up of our the first part of the AMA session ✅

Maarten | Astar:
You are welcome

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Let’s now proceed to our Twitter Questions section

i hope you’re ready for that!!

Segment 2️⃣: Twitter Questions

1)You mentioned that,X-VM and dapp staking features are the 2 particularly important features of Astar to become an ecosystem for smart contracts on Polkadot.
Can you briefly mention about what does X-VM & dapp staking refer to,and how a user can make use of them for their gains?

Here is our first question from Twitter

Maarten | Astar:
Thanks! Regarding dApp staking, You can enjoy as end-user from the dApps being build on us as well our unique staking mechanism dApp staking. DApp staking is one of the catalysts that will accelerate the Web3 vision from a pipe dream to reality. If you want to learn more about dApp staking check out the following article: https://medium.com/astar-network/introducing-build2earn-what-is-dapp-staking-and-why-it-matters-for-web3-fbe20f74ed78
Regarding X-VM, this stands for Cross Virtual Machine. What this means is that we designed a library where an EVM or Solidiy smart contract and interact with a WASM smart contract in the same environment. So we will not only have interoperability between chains but also between different languages of smart contract.

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
2)Astar Network is a dApp hub on Polkadot that supports Ethereum and layer 2 solutions.
Multichain support and interoperability has become an essentiality currently.
So, is Astar focused only on polkadot,or does it have any plans to expand to other ecosystems too?

Maarten | Astar:
We build an infrastructure for dApp developers who want to build on and utilize Polkadot. We do have bridges to other ecosystems like, Ethereum, Cosmos, Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, and other L1 Blockchains.

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
3)Astar Network and Acala Network have recently collaborated and are launching a Rising Campaign which I believe is for providing liquidity. Please elaborate more on this campaign — its rules and requirements. What benefits will liquidity providers receive?

Maarten | Astar:
All the information can be find in this great article: https://medium.com/astar-network/announcing-astar-x-acala-defi-rising-campaign-c8521da7c200

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
4)I understand that Astar Token is the utility token for Astar Network that has many roles as PoS, Layer2,… But I want to know about the upcoming features. Will there be staking, farming, gamification system, NFT marketplace etc.. in Astar Token to participate for the users?

Maarten | Astar:
As mentioned we have several staking features available. I recommend you to explorer our ecosystem through DappRadar or DefilLama.
https://dappradar.com/rankings/protocol/astar
https://defillama.com/chain/Astar

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
5) As an investor, I want to know how strong is your project security system? and what benefits will a user have in the years to come when I decide to join the project you are working on right now?

Maarten | Astar:
Regarding security I can recommend you to check out more information about security on Polkadot: https://wiki.polkadot.network/docs/learn-security

Our own developed pallets are all audited by tier 1 audit firms like QuantStamp.

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
That’s the wind up of our twitter segment

Now Moving on to our last segment — Live Q&A

Here we go..

Segment 3️⃣: Live QnA
(In this segment group was opened for 60 seconds and Miners sent hundreds of questions. Guest choose some best to answer)

1) Itz Abhi ⚡️ :
👋👋

I read Expanding our team is what the core team is focussing on for Q1–2022. To start, we have hired already two new team members however you also mentioned We will open more vacancies to join our team in the upcoming weeks.
Could you please tell me more about this ?
Are there any vacancies available to join your team now?
Where Astar careers can be found? Can you also share the Discord link because you mentioned There is also a dedicated channel on Discord to announce new opportunities to work in the blockchain industry!

Thank you

Maarten | Astar:
Our go-to page for vacancies can be find here: https://angel.co/company/astar-network
Regarding Discord please join this server: https://discord.gg/mWGt9bH59s

2) Esra:
Alchemy platform and Astar Network just entered a partnership.
How would the Alchemy Platform, a potent blockchain platform that assists developers, aid in the project’s long-term development?
Please list the benefits and possible results of this collaboration.

Maarten | Astar:
We recently closed a partnership with Alchemy. You can read more about our partnership in the following article:
https://medium.com/astar-network/astar-welcomes-alchemy-to-the-polkadot-ecosystem-5daa118f4347

3) Monib:
I see that Astar Network has three tokens. So what is the need of three tokens. What are their utilities?
Can you explain

Maarten | Astar:
We indeed have 3 tokens, 2 are from our mainnets.
We have $ASTR — Astar Network — connected to Polkadot
We have $SDN — Shiden Network — connected to Kusama (this is our canary network)
Last one is $SBY but this is a testnet token, so no value!

4) Vin Hnyuh:
NFT hype is now just insane. What do you think about the current and future of the NFT space? Is Astar able to support projects working with NFTs and its technologies?

Maarten | Astar:
Astar Network is born in Japan and working very close with Japanese government regarding Web3 accaleration in Japan but also working very close with big IP’s in Japan, for example Manga artists. One of our advisor and investor was former CEO of Sony, so you can expect great things in the NFT space in the future 😊

5) David Foxpro:
Sir I want to buy your token. is it listed

1.Pancakeswap.

2.Binance.

3.Kucoin.

4.MEXC OR Any Exchangers?

Where can I buy your tokens now?? Can you tell us please?.

Maarten | Astar:
We are listed on almost all Tier 1 exchanges, you can find the list here:
https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/astar#markets

*This segment ends here*

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Congratulations all winners 👏👏

Thankyou so much Maarten For your valuable answers and information about Astar Network ❤️

It Was Pleasure Hosting An Ama With You

Is there anything else you would like to share or you want us to know?

Maarten | Astar:
Great being here 🙏

Thanks a lot

Ramsy | Crypto Miners:
Time To Conclude Our AMA Section 👍

Community, if you would like to learn more about Astar, here are some useful links for you:

Website: https://astar.network/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/astarNetwork
Telegram: https://t.me/PlasmOfficial
Discord: https://discord.gg/Z3nC9U4
Github: https://github.com/AstarNetwork
Medium: https://medium.com/astar-network

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