470 STEEM + 60 Bonuses ~ Sponsored Writing Contest: BandZ

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Welcome to the BandZ sponsored @OriginalWorks writing contest!

Status: CLOSED.

Accepted Languages:

  • English

Start Time: ~11 PM ET, Friday
End Time: ~11 PM ET, Monday

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

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

Prize Pool Total: 560 STEEM

Prizes: 470 STEEM + 60 Bonuses (1.5 Steem each)

  • 1st Place: 65 STEEM
  • 2nd Place: 55 STEEM
  • 3rd Place: 46 STEEM
  • 4th Place: 37 STEEM
  • 5th Place: 32 STEEM
  • 6th Place: 29 STEEM
  • 7th Place: 26 STEEM
  • 8th Place: 24 STEEM
  • 9th Place: 22 STEEM
  • 10th Place: 20 STEEM
  • 11th Place: 18 STEEM
  • 12th Place: 15 STEEM
  • 13th Place: 13 STEEM
  • 14th Place: 12 STEEM
  • 15th Place: 11 STEEM
  • 16th - 20th: 7 STEEM
  • 21st - 80th: 1.5 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 BandZ?

BandZ is derived from the word "bandwidth".

Bandwidth is the measure of data that can be transferred within interlinked communication systems. To put simply, bandwidth is the amount of "internet" one can use.

The BandZ Network aims to decentralize the internet by creating a global extranet with the power of blockchain technology.


Source: BandZ WhitePaper

The internet enabled blockchain and now the blockchain will enable the internet.

The BandZ tokens will give users free reign over exchanging bandwidth and services such as VPN.

Bandwidth as a Currency

The internet, measured in bandwidth, is an integral part of our everyday lives. It is an essential service, and therefore bandwidth is an essential commodity. Most internet users in the developed world are used to the idea of buying internet packages that have a certain allowance and using them. In most cases, we are not in control of how we attain our bandwidth, other than a few major companies that offer the service in our locality. The purchase of bandwidth is made even more difficult if one travels abroad.


Source: Steemit, @ambarabby

Mesh Networks

A Mesh net is a group of smart devices which connect to each other to create a large region of wireless communication (WiFi). This improves internet accessibility and decreases congestion speed.


Source: Steemit, @georgechuks

Mesh networks nodes connect dynamically, directly, and non-hierarchically to all the other nodes they can find to peer with. A lack of central dependency on any single node enables each node to participate in information relay. This feature allows mesh networks to self-configure which in turns makes mesh networks fault tolerant and failure resistant. Fault tolerance decreases maintenance costs, which means a cheaper user experience on the customer's end.

Highly standardized, vendor neutral mesh network topologies do not yet exist. It is BandZ’ vision to create such a set of standards that would empower smart devices to peer and exchange data. In doing so, the Internet of Things can get off the ground and begin delivering value to the world as it has promised.

Intranet VS Extranet

An intranet is a private network created for restricting access to members outside the organization which set it up. Intranets are communication networks, sometimes used as portals to find internal and external resources.

These tools include, but are not limited to: collaborative technologies (teleconference hosting), corporate directories (file storage), sales and customer management tools (customer relationship manager), any other software used to increase the productivity of the organization.


Source: OHT 3.1, Marketing Insights Limited

Intranets and extranets both play an important role in allowing companies to control who has access to their internal data, as well as what data is publicly available.

Via firewall servers, these organizations can screen the content traveling within and out of their private networks in order to maintain their security standards.

An example of something that is shared via an intranet could be accounting records. When tax season comes along, the company could choose to share this sensitive data with an accounting firm, shifting it into the extranet.

Businesses can send encrypted messages through the internet from one intranet to another, or to an individual. They can also buy and sell services from each other over these extranets, efficiently and securely.

Secure VPN

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) allow a computer to securely communicate with encryption, to another computer over the internet. This means that a user can mask their identity by accessing websites from a different computer. The result is that the website or any other third party will not be able to scrape personal information such as identity, credit card information and any other sensitive data since the computer you are connecting from is not your actual computer!

A Virtual Private Network (VPN), with the use of encryption, provides secure access to a remote computer over the internet.

VPNs therefore create virtual intranets (private networks) among computers which can be distanced far away from each other. VPNs create intranet-internet connections between their peers.

VPNs were originally designed to allow remote users and branches of organizations the ability to access their company’s resources. With passwords and other authentication methods, including tokens, safety is ensured through P2P pathways called tunnels.

Current Market

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
There are many users who still do not use VPN services. There are also many others that use VPN, but can not be sure of how trustworthy their companies are.

A big hurdle with VPN services is that they require payment and registration. For the modern-day privacy concerned user, this means revealing their identity to the party that is charged with the task of keeping their identity safe. The right to privacy, protecting your personal identity from being revealed to the websites you use as well as potential malware, is a right that every internet user should be able to enjoy.

With BandZ, users can truly control their data, since a decentralized VPN will be self auditing in nature without any third party companies who are interested in selling your personal data.

With BandZ, users can truly control their data. A decentralized VPn

International Data & Roaming
In the current market, when an internet user travels outside of her/his area of coverage they must figure out a way to connect to the internet. This often includes finding free Wi-Fi services that may or may not be available, or purchasing a phone plan locally. The only alternative is roaming, which is often unbelievably expensive.

This is a limitation in infrastructure that punishes the end-user. With the number of mobile devices available world wide, there is no reason for this limitation to exist! BandZ aims to eradicate this problem by allowing users to share and exchange bandwidth among each other regardless of their location or provider. This means that no matter where an internet user is, they are always getting a fair local price for their internet service, without having to sign up for any additional plans.

Use-Cases

Johnny Travels: Use Case 1

Johnny needs to travel to Germany on a business trip for two weeks.

While staying in Germany, he wants to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings and post them on Steemit! His mobile provider wants to charge him very expensive rates for data, while the free Wi-Fi spots are hard to find.

Johnny remembers about BandZ! He connects to the network and is now able to keep Steeming while buying bandwidth from the BandZ network at fair local prices.

Mary's Internet: Use Case 2

Mary lives in a tourist destination. People love visiting her city, but are often caught off guard by the limited options they have for internet access.

Mary sees an opportunity and connects to the BandZ network. She is now able to share her internet with tourists in exchange for BandZ tokens. She can either sell those tokens or use them later to buy bandwidth when she herself travels abroad.

BandZ (BNZ) Tokens

BandZ (BNZ) tokens are at the heart of the BandZ network economy. They will be used to purchase and sell bandwidth, VPN and other services on the network!

The private token sale is starting on June 22nd.

BandZ is also holding an airdrop soon!

Go here for airdrop details!

Check out the BandZ intro video:

More Information & Resources:

Rules & Submission

  • Write an article about BandZ and how it will change the internet access industry. What are the benefits of a decentralized internet? Who can benefit from being able to exchange bandwidth? How can this impact locations with a lack of infrastructure? What are the advantages of mesh networks? How can BandZ get rid of needless roaming charge? Maybe come up with some use-cases for BandZ! As always, the contest is open-ended! Just be creative, original and have fun!
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • To submit please do the following:

  1. Add the word "bandz2018" (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.

How the winners are decided

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

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 BandZ!
  • If you copy something, use quotes. This is an @OriginalWorks contest after all :)
  • Link the company's website: BandZ 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!

60 submissions will get 1.5 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 winning contest submissions.

Good luck to all the contestants!

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First time I'm gonna try this.
Expect a bang from me

Hmmm i will watching you

Congrats on being among the winners for for fusion contest.

More inspiration Boss. @kilatunzii

@kilatunzii congratz

go Steemjet. I have been here a few months:)

For this one, if I sign up, it's pretty interesting. I'm going to start looking for information now because I want to make a competent publication!

It is my understanding that one of the biggest issues that developers of blockchains have been pushing for is the decentralization of the Internet. The original communication network of computers was developed by the U.S. military to be physically decentralized so that it could survive a nuclear attack. Blockchains would decentralize information for the same reason why their is a movement to make copies of the Internet.
https://archive.org/

I have entered this contest twice now without any success. It is, however, a good exercise and I will enter again. I can't this round but wish all the contestants well. Thank you @originalworks. This adds great value to Steemit!

I think you should do it for fun.

Be patient, your opportunity will come. And I hope that mine too
XD

This kind of project is long overdue, Go Bandz!!!

@originalworks, I am yet to get message from @contestbot.

So the internet itself is going to be decentralized? Interesting! Thanks againg for the contest @originalworks

I am not that good in writing technical and crypto news but might have some people in our server that can join.

This contest has been placed in the Steemgigs Contest Channel which has over 5000 members and will be presented in a compilation post on the weekly Talk with Terry Show every Sunday 12:00 AM Manila Time.
I will endeavor to join all contests left there or at least make a small upvote and add on the compilation post.

Steemgigs Contest Channel link
https://discord.gg/ajnWGxJ

Another wonderful contest for writers to give it there best. I also want to use this opportunity to thank @originalworks for making me discover an unHidden talent of writing I never thought I had with the weekly challenge.

I do appreciate.

your still awake after a long night of hard work with your team mate just to get up to speed with @originalworks.....thats amazing

started congratulations.! Ready for a new learning ..! Thank you, a wonderful contest!

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