NewEconoLab (NEL) is a Chinese NEO Developer Community which takes developers from all backgrounds and offers them training and lectures for them to become blockchain developers. NEL's other major activity is developing projects based on NEO, soon they will be releasing, on October 9th to MainNet their major project NEO Name Service, NNS.
We invited the NEL team for an interview to find out more about the launch of NNS and the future of NEO.
NNS is the first major project of NEL (NewEconoLabs), which is the largest China-based NEO developer community. Besides NNS, NEL is also developing NEO web wallet, SDK, NEO blockchain browser, etc. In terms of language communication, it’s more convenient for us to communicate with NEO, as our developers are all Chinese and NEO is the best public blockchain founded by Chinese. And our founder Liu Yongxin (Jason Liu) was a senior product manager at Onchain (Ontology blockchain is a product of Onchain). Our co-founder Li Jianying is one of the few NEO core developers. So it’s very natural for us to do the name service on NEO. And we will also do the name service on Ontology in the future.
NNS provides xxx.neo domains. It has two markets: a primary market and a secondary market. The upcoming MainNet launch is the NNS’s primary market. In this market, all domains are distributed via auctions. Users have to bid on their desired domains. The secondary market is actually a decentralized domain exchange where users buy and sell the pre-owned domains.
NNS has many use cases. You can bind/link your .neo domain to your NEO wallet address, smart contract hash, decentralized stored file name... We can say NNS is very extensible as the whole NEO ecosystem grows. In the beginning, its main use was to link the domain to your wallet address. On the wallet, you can send tokens to others by entering the .neo domain rather than its long and complicated wallet address.
O3 wallet will be the first wallet that supports transfer using .neo domain beginning around Oct. 15th shortly after our NNS MainNet launch. In future, we will work with most NEO wallet address. So in future NEO users can bid on their desired .neo domain on NEO wallets and transfer tokens by entering .neo domains only.
The reason why are confident about our project is that we learned a lot from ENS (Ethereum Name service). Our auction process is much more user-friendly. As NEO wallets are our natural partners, we don’t worry about the potential users. And its uses are exhaustive, we also believe it has a tremendous potential as the whole NEO ecosystem grows stronger.
It’s a big giveaway or reward or airdrop. In the blockchain world, airdrop is a very popular way to promote, but it also has its cons. Because the people that are airdropped are sometimes not ideal, and there are always people who try to manipulate the airdrop. The domain name mining is very simple, it begins once our NNS MainNet is live and mining will last 14 days, between Oct.9th to Oct. 23rd. After the user wins a domain name on the NNS MainNet, the domain winner will be rewarded with an amount of NNC in proportion to the GAS they spend winning the domain.
Domain name winners will be rewarded with 70 NNC for each 1 GAS they spend if the domain auction is done during the first 7 days. (Oct. 9th-16th)
Domain name winners will be rewarded with 50 NNC for each 1 GAS they spend if the domain auction is done during the second 7 days. (Oct.16th-23rd)
The advantage of Domain name mining is its ability to incentivize the real NNS users rather than speculators. We think it’s a very creative way to kickstart your MainNet version. Anyway, we strongly recommend those interested in our project to have a try on our Testnet
NNC’s primary use is to receive dividends. This is similar to a public company’s shares. As people need to pay CGAS to bid on domains, all of the domain winner’s bid price will be charged and 10% of bid price(s) of those who participated in the auction but failed to win the domain will be charged as well. All of these charges will be redistributed to all NNC holders in proportion to their NNC holdings. As mentioned above, we will also do the name service on the Ontology blockchain, by holding NNC tokens, you will be credited an equal ratio of tokens for the name service on Ontology. We plan to introduce more opportunities for utilizing them that are not only bounded to domain names. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), decentralized trading of NEP5 tokens, and token liquidity facilitation are already under consideration.
I think whether you are a common user or developer, the best way to start using NEO is to visit NEO official website:
There are three major NEO developer communities. CoZ, NEL and NEO Research. NEO News Today and NEO for Beginners are two great sources that cover NEO-related news. If you are a Chinese-speaking developer, join NEL, if you speak English join CoZ or NEO Research
It’s hard to say. If you learn it yourself, it may be hard. But if you join our developer communities and discuss and learn with other NEO developers, it’s easy. We can tell you that our developers were conventional developers. Under the guidance of our co-founder, they are great NEO developer now. The major issues are the same in all public blockchains, as blockchains are still at a very early stage. There are many infrastructure issues to be resolved. The other issue is that currently, NEO is very supportive of C# and Python developers, but it’s not very supportive of Java and Go developers. It still needs more time.
As we mentioned before, we are researching Bancor protocol and are thinking of using it to build a decentralized exchange for NEP5 tokens. Besides that, we are incubating some NEO-based game projects. BlaCat will be a NEO-based gaming distribution platform, FunJumping will be an incubator of NEO-based games. ZoroChain will be a high-speed side chain dedicated to supporting NEO-based games. All of them are under development. And in the next year, we will also do the name service on Ontology.
NEO's vision is to achieve the smart economy. First, NEO will continue to work on a range of technologies to continue research on smart contract systems, cross-chain protocols, distributed storage protocols, and secure communication protocols to lay a solid foundation for upgrading to NEO 3.0. Second, NEO will continue to work on the developer community to attract more developer organizations, making NEO the largest technology community in the global blockchain community. In addition, NEO will continue to focus on ecological expansion and work with more platforms, communities, and research institutions to form a strong dapp ecosystem. At present, NEO has been working on the blockchain game ecosystem and has already had a certain influence in this field, and in the future we will see enhancements in the game ecological construction, making NEO the preferred public blockchain platform for game projects in the blockchain world.
With this, all that is left to do is wait anxiously for the MainNet release of NNS on Oct. 9th and wish our Dapp.com community happy Domain Name Mining.