Roadmap: The Concordium Project Plan

The Concordium Foundation’s launch strategy has been carefully designed to create positive momentum and rapid growth. Our core plan is based on four components—software functionality, developer affinity, quality of cryptography and business orientation—which fuse to give life to an ecosystem with the power and pervasiveness to generate the market penetration we aim for.

Marketing Intelligence

Why guess what the market wants when it is more than ready to tell you? The Concordium Network’s key features—the identity layer, ability to support KYC/AML regulation, account flexibility and smart contract flexibility are based on what businesses and public sector users have asked for, and we are currently setting up work groups to focus on industry-specific blockchain needs and to understand in greater depth, and share with our developer base, where the technology can make a difference. We want to get the dialogue and experimentation flowing. We want to make it easy to try out things and, ultimately, work with industry to create ongoing use cases that showcase Concordium’s cost-effective transaction logging, and help us grow the presence of the network.

Science-Based Development

Building a global backbone for transaction logging that is fast, secure, robust and scalable requires rock solid foundations. The Concordium Network—whether considering our ID-layer, privacy management, consensus protocol or finalization layer—is built on cutting-edge cryptography delivered by a world-class science team that includes some key players in the space.

The Concordium Network intends to invite newer science-based blockchain networks—such as Cardano, Tezos, Zilliqa, Rchain, Dfinity and Algorand—to develop common standards for software verification. These networks are built on foundations capable of delivering formal verification of network software and contracts and will all benefit from creating common standards.

Look at how far the internet has come by agreeing on standards such as HTML, DNS, IP, CSS, Javascript, MIME, URLs, RSS and XML. We propose setting up a shared Blockchain Engineering Task Force (BETF) that will work to create shared standards, starting with formal verification practices, exactly like the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has done for the internet.

Building a Developer Base

If you want to become mainstream, you need a self-sustaining ecosystem with a surfeit of smart-contract developers and barrels of business users in need of smart contracts. There are more than one million programmers who are already able to use Oak, Concordium’s smart contract language, through their knowledge of Elm and Haskell.

We aim to deliver a wide range of “ready-to-use” contracts that save developers time and allow them to achieve solid results fast. As the Concordium Network gets off the ground we intend to build integration kits and APIs that make it easier for developers to integrate existing software solutions with Concordium transaction logging.

Today, most smart contract developers develop for the Ethereum network. We hope to show them that Concordium offers more functionality, more ease-of-programming and more ready-to-use components. An important part of this effort will be the creation of a full-scale professional developer support program that includes courses, events, help desk support, package libraries, a software developers’ kit (SDK), conferences, meetups, bulletin boards and stack-overflow curated QAs.

Designed-In Ease of Use

The lack of standards for user interfaces for clients, wallets and smart contracts has made blockchains difficult to use. That’s why we’re building the Concordium Design Kit—a complete UX/design manual with an integrated “approved by Concordium” component to help ensure a consistent look and feel across network applications. We also intend to create a multicurrency wallet capable of storing not just Concordium GTU tokens but also many other kinds of cryptocurrencies and tokens.

As the Concordium Network progresses we intend to create and host a marketplace for Concordium smart contracts, apps, ideas and resources. We intend, over time, to grow this into a comprehensive go-to resource for everything Concordium—a place to find anything from events and courses to smart contract templates, Concordium developers or bidders for new Concordium projects.