On Sunday 14th July, London’s first ever Eos and Telos blockchain workshop was held. The workshop was organised by Jack Tanner of workonblockchain.com, which is a leading blockchain career agency. To help with the mentoring was Rohan of EOSAuthority, and myself, IK, a smart contract developer and blockchain-writer.
The workshop was hosted by Imperial College, a world-class university renowned for its prodigious achievements in computer science. Imperial college is situated in the affluent West London district of South Kensington. This popular tourist destination is replete with restaurants and museums. The world-famous Science Museum is within 8 minutes walk from Imperial College. Just under a year ago, Block One held the London leg of its global hackathon in the Science Museum. I was there. I remember the queue of hackathon-hopefuls that entwined itself around the outside of the building. Excitement levels where high that morning. Upon entering, one became aware, that on this day, this museum with its great archive of old and retired technologies, would be nursery to the eosio blockchain, an infant technology vigorously kicking with innovation and ideas. The on-goings of those hackathon days have now become legendary!
Since then the EOS community has experienced the crypto-winter. The dip, and rise, and dip again of the EOS market price. The REX was launched, and EOS became a way to earn passive income. June 1st came and Voice was announced. EOS went on to dominate with the fastest execution time and the highest number of transactions. There has been a gradual geographical shift from West to East of the top twenty-one block producers and this has sparked a discussion that addresses how voting is conducted. Perhaps the most exciting aspect concerning the eosio blockchain is the rush of innovation surrounding it. A spate of tools have been developed by many block-producers. These have the effect of enabling other developers to build quicker. One of these tools is EOSStudio.
EOS Studio is a graphical IDE that goes one up on command line development with cleos. This software greatly speeds up dApp development. So there, on a sunny Sunday morning, a number of developers sat sharp-eyed and hunched over laptops, in a cramped side-room in Imperial College’s Huxley building. First task was to configure the EOS studio console or web version. Second task was to build and deploy a Hello world contract onto a local network.
I had been invited a few weeks earlier to code a contract that would be used as a reference during the workshop. I also had the role of answering any questions that attendees would wish to ask. Most of the developers present were either Ethereum developers and did not come from a C++ background. Yet the eosio.cdt is so well-crafted that writing a contract was not such a formidable task for most attendees. The workshop was excellent. The material that was covered was vast and well-delivered. As Jack explained later, collecting the incredible depth of information was no small feat, and often he had to write directly to Block.One, Telos and EOS Amsterdam to get further clarity on the more nuanced aspects of the eosio technology. There is also a strong EOS and Telos community on Telegram that are very willing to answer questions.
By early afternoon, all attendees had been introduced to concepts such as DpoS, consensus, network topology, voting, smart contracts, accounts, node architecture, eosio system contracts; during the practical session, many attendees had advanced onto creating their own custom-built tokens and were issuing these to accounts that they had also created. It was a very satisfying day, and all participants departed vastly more knowledgeable about EOS and Telos than they had been on arrival.
Just one of the day’s many highlights was the ordering of several boxes of pizza and soft drinks paid for by TLOS! TLOS is the cryptocurrency that is run by Telos which is a sister chain to the EOS network. Participants were introduced to the Telos worker’s proposal, how to vote with Telos, the creation of Telos accounts and had to download the Sqrl wallet to receive TLOS tokens courtesy of workonblock.com. It was later remarked, “this is the first workshop where attendees get paid to attend!”.
The event was wrapped up with a trip to The Queen’s Arm, a quaint pub, that can be found in a quiet cobbled mews tucked in between huge white-stucco georgian terraced mansions. As the sun lingered high and relaxed in the heavens, and the beer flowed, and the pubs patrons cheered the England cricket team onto world cup victory, one could reflect upon what a success London’s first ever EOS and Telos one day workshop had been.
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