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Welcome to the @OriginalWorks sponsored writing contest!

Status: CLOSED.

Accepted Languages:

  • English

Start Time: ~8 PM ET, Friday
End Time: ~8 PM ET, Monday

Special Twitter 0.5 STEEM bonus!

Details outlined at the bottom.

This is a call to all great Steemit writers! Beam has sponsored a Steemit writing contest!

Please make sure to read the contest topic carefully. Good luck!

Prize Pool Total: 1125 STEEM

Prizes: 875 STEEM + 250 STEEM (100 bonuses of 2.5 STEEM!) + Twitter Bonus (Details Below)

  • 1st Place: 79 STEEM
  • 2nd Place: 70 STEEM
  • 3rd Place: 65 STEEM
  • 4th Place: 57 STEEM
  • 5th Place: 45 STEEM
  • 6th Place: 42 STEEM
  • 7th Place: 37 STEEM
  • 8th Place: 34 STEEM
  • 9th Place: 30 STEEM
  • 10th Place: 26 STEEM
  • 11th Place: 24 STEEM
  • 12th Place: 23 STEEM
  • 13th Place: 22 STEEM
  • 14th Place: 21 STEEM
  • 15th Place: 20 STEEM
  • 16th - 20th: 14 STEEM
  • 21st - 25th: 10 STEEM
  • 26th - 30th: 8 STEEM
  • 31st - 40th: 7 STEEM
  • 41st - 50th: 5 STEEM
  • 51st - 150th: 2.5 STEEM Bonus

Deadline: 72 Hours

All articles must be submitted within 72 hours of this post to be considered!

Changes in submission rules below

What is Beam?

Beam is a truly anonymous store-of-value coin.

While maintaining the benefits of an immutable and incorruptible blockchain system such as Bitcoin, Beam is also built with scalability and features in mind.

  • Private by default: The user has absolute control over transaction data available, allowing the option of transparency as well as privacy
  • Based on Mimblewimble: Beam has smaller blocks than any other blockchain, giving it maximum scalability. It’s a faster and more efficient network

Computing, data storage, medicine and automotive markets make up a small sample of areas to which blockchains are being tested.

Bitcoin has started an entire revolution, but it is yet to be perfected when it comes to one of its’ core use cases: the private transferring of assets in a peer to peer fashion.

Beam is the solution that offers true anonymity as well scalable peer-to-peer transactions.

What can Beam do?

Beam is the scalable, confidential cryptocurrency. It uses the Mimblewimble protocol (famously named after the tongue-tying spell from Harry Potter) to automate its algorithms for the purposes of:

  • Giving users control over which transaction information is shared, and to whom it is shared with
  • Making a leaner blockchain with fewer transaction details per transaction: enabling faster confirmations and therefore very efficient scaling
  • Tying multiple transactions into a single transaction, tying blocks into a single transaction, tying an entire blockchain into a single transaction
  • Concealing transaction values for the sake of privacy
  • Concealing addresses of both the sender and receiver
  • Enabling multiple transaction types in a private manner: escrow, time locked, atomic swaps, etc.

Current Issues - Privacy?

Blockchains such as Bitcoin make it possible for people to track data and narrow down the source and end point of transactions. This makes it possible to eventually track back to the party involved in the transaction by analyzing the blockchain which is publicly available for all to see.

Therefore, even though a cryptocurrency may appear to be anonymous, careful analysis of how the money has travelled could reveal the user. This is a major concern for users who prioritize their security.

Blockchains themselves, even without added privacy features, are very bulky and computationally heavy. This makes them inefficient as well as prone to scalability issues as they grow to meet the global demand.

The Solution - Beam (Based on Mimblewimble)

The concept of Mimblewimble is to enable privacy transactions without clogging up the network. Beam is building their network from scratch in C++ based on Mimblewimble for this reason.

With Mimblewimble at its core, Beam can scale to accommodate mass adoption while still maintaining reasonable block sizes and allowing full control over privacy!

UNDER THE HOOD: Mimblewimble

Mimblewimble is a protocol published by an anonymous author; much like the famous Satoshi Nakamoto; creator of Bitcoin!

Mimblewimble focuses on
(a) Confidential Transactions and
(b) Transaction Cut – Through. [1]

(a) Confidential Transactions use cryptographic commitment scheme with two basic properties: hiding and binding.

It is similar to giving someone a closed safe box with some message inside that only you know the combination for. When time comes you can reveal the key and the person can make sure that your commitment is valid (blinding) while she can not know what is was before the key is received (hiding).

(b) Transaction Cut – Through:

A block in a block chain is a large list of transactions and can be thought of as one large transaction to be “cut through” (combining all the transactions in between A-Z). Applying this principle even further from individual blocks to the entire blockchain creates a system that only needs the current state of transactions instead of the entire history of all transactions as they occurred (which is how Bitcoin works).

With this system, unspent transactions outputs (a transaction received by a user which has persisted in the blockchain) can be proved to belong to the receiving user via the value of the message and the value of the blinding factor. After creating the transaction, only the commitment is recorded on the blockchain; not the addresses of the users or the amounts exchanged.

Cutting down the amount of data required to store and verify transaction data allows Mimblewimble to work with smaller blocks!

More in depth information about the protocol as it relates specifically to r values, range proofs and other technicalities can be reviewed in the Mimblewimble WhitePaper and in the Beam Position Paper.

Beam in a Nutshell

Beam is built on Mimblewimble to allow users to send and receive money in a secure and private way. These properties are a result of the protocol’s ability to remove the need for addresses and amounts in the verification of transactions.

The less records each block, and therefore the entire blockchain, must support results in a faster, leaner and more scalable blockchain architecture. The privacy and efficiency of this architecture synergistically help each other!

Basically, instead of proving A -> B -> C; you can Beam A -> C all the while increasing your privacy, and decreasing the load on the system!

Beam Downloads & Testnet

Beam Use-Case

Case 1:
John has a been in the cryptocurrency space from the very beginning and has amassed quite a fortune. He wants to continue storing his Bitcoins, but since he has been around for a while, there are quite a few transactions that lead back to him. He is worried that his fortune is on the public radar, and that it can be deciphered should somebody decide to do so.

He can’t leave it on an exchange due to security concerns, and yet he can’t leave it offline because he needs to access his funds to invest, and make purchases.

His research leads him to Beam. Regardless of how many transactions are made from his wallet, his holding information will never be traceable. It also offers features like escrow which he often likes to use in his dealings!

Case 2:
Grace works for an accounting firm - CryptoAccounting Inc. They are well known for being on the bleeding edge of new technologies. They are experts in accounting as it relates to cryptocurrencies.

Grace is the head finance engineer responsible for applying the most up to date technologies to their accounting practices!

One of the issues that CryptoAccounting Inc. faces is the limitation of choice when it comes to privacy. While their corporate clients want to broadcast their business transactions to their investors, they want to keep individual employee salaries private. Existing blockchain solutions put employees at risk of breach of privacy.

This is when Grace found out about Beam!

With Beam, companies can control transparency at a corporate level while retaining privacy for their employees. With Beam, companies can use one layer of blockchain technology to handle their finances instead of depending on a combination of cryptocurrencies!

For more information watch this presentation by the CEO, Alexander Zaidelson:

More Information & Resources:


  • Write an article about Beam and how it will change the way cryptousers store value! How are many of the current blockchain solutions lacking privacy? Feel free to talk about Mimblewimble, the core technology behind Beam! What is the benefit of having the ability to choose levels of privacy depending on the use case? How does allowing smaller blocks increase performance and scalability (Mimblewimble)? Why is it important to have privacy for a "store-of-value" cryptocurrency? What are some good use cases? There are many applications, so feel free to give a few! As always, the topic is fairly open-ended, so be creative!
  • To submit please do the following:
  1. Add the word "beam2018" (without the quotes) at the very end of your article.
  2. Link this post in your submission.
  3. Post the link to your article as a reply to this post.
  4. Resteem this contest post.


  • The article must be at least 250 words in length and it is recommended(not mandatory) that the length is under ~1500 words.

  • At least 70% of the submission must be original. Using "article spinners", and other word substitution tools is also not permitted.

  • All copied text must be in quotes. Feel free to copy links to resources from the contest post, but please be sure to not copy from other contestants.

  • Please keep discussions relevant to the contest topic. We would like to encourage a good vibe in the comments!

Please note, any users caught copy pasting or word spinning material without clearly showing that they took the work from somewhere, such as using quotes, will have their submissions disqualified.

Video Bonus

  • Feel free to use images and media from their website. You can even make your own video and have it in your submission! Videos have a chance of winning a separate bonus based on quality. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube. DTube or IPFS. Please do not remove the videos, or it might impact future eligibility. Feel free to make a new YouTube account for these. We really wanted to use DTube, but sometimes the videos were not view-able at all. We may change this in again in the future. For the time being please ensure whatever service you choose to use is working.

Twitter Bonus

For the Twitter bonus:

  1. Tweet the link to your article on Twitter.
  2. Tweet should contain article link, mention @beamprivacy and #mimblewimble as well as one of the cryptocurrency related hashtags such as #blockchain, #crypto, etc
  3. Add the link to your tweet at the bottom of your competition Steemit post!
  4. At the end of your article, add the word "beamtwitter", without the quotes!

This is great because it will also encourage Twitter users to come join Steemit as well!

The bonus for this 0.5 Steem for every article that tweets and meets a level of quality and contest conditions.

How the winners are decided

The submissions will be passed along to the team at Beam , and they will decide the best method for picking winners and the winning articles.

This can mean that the team judges the submissions, or they ask our team to judge it. Regardless of the method, the final say always lies with the sponsor.

More information & recommendations:

  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar!
  • Feel free to use informal language such as "I would, etc"
  • Use information and resources above to learn more about Beam!
  • If you copy something, use quotes. This is an @OriginalWorks contest after all :)
  • Link the company's website: Beam so that your readers can do research for themselves.
  • Articles can be edited up until the deadline.

After writing an article, within a few minutes you should get one of these as a response to your article post:

If you don't get one, let me know by adding a quick message after you submit your link as a reply here and it will be done manually. Sometimes it can take some time, so don't worry if it isn't instant! Rest assured, as long as your link is shared as a reply here, everything is double checked at contest close to ensure that all articles are submitted!

100 submissions will get 2.5 STEEM each. The article must meet the contest conditions such as word length and a level of quality.

Disclaimer: @OriginalWorks makes no claims as to the legitimacy or operating procedures of contest topics. @OriginalWorks does not offer any sort of investment advice. This is a writing contest. @OriginalWorks only guarantees prize payout. The contest topic company may choose to share the contest submissions that receive prizes. If for whatever reason there are over 500 submissions, new submissions will not be considered.

Good luck to all the contestants!


Wow.... Beam is a goal💃💃💃
Wish all contestants good luck

proudly NIGERIAN

Yeah... We dey represent wella!

Still doing my research but it's not as easy as I thought it would be .

I am seriously busy lately so, some other times I will participate.. Wish you good luck with your entry..

Thanks bro

beam is really good

Interesting contest. Lets see how it goes this time around.

@originalworks: You create butterflies on my chest every time you announce the opening of a new contest.

Wow! This one is quite huge. The @originalworks team are making great impact here. Kudos to you guys. Let me see how far I can go in this

Missed out on last week's contest because my laptop stopped working, I hope I can participate this week.

best of luck

Thank you, Beam and @originalworks for a new and good Steemit writing contest.

This is awesome. Good from you

my entry is not acceped by @contestbot plz confirm

Thanks brother

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Thanks for the new contest

This is a way to reward real writers who have their talent and efforts to share and contest with other steemians. I'd like to see more opportunities like this.

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