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

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Hmmm i will watching you

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Congrats on being among the winners for for fusion contest.

More inspiration Boss. @kilatunzii

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@kilatunzii congratz

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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!

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I think you should do it for fun.

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

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

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@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.

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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!

@originalworks is at it again........ what must one do come up strong with a big win

Wonderful contest... @originalworks bringing out the best in me... ### Expect my entry soon.

Another challenge!!! Hoping to make it to the top this time.

The reward pool keep getting bigger! Good luck to everyone who will join it!

As always, this is a great idea and a revolution much awaited for the internet industry. I cant wait for this kind of service to begin. My entry is coming soon

This sounds great, educative post. @Originalworks a doing a nice job.

Okay....This is interesting.... Let's see what can come out of this😏.

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

Exelente best wishes to all in this new challenge @originalworks

Everyone is trying to decentralize the internet. I believe it will happen but it's difficult to see who will succeed. There are just so many "new internet" projects going on. Either way I can't wait for it to happen :)

Here we go... again!!!

I missed last week's contest due to time constraint, this week will certainly be different. I'll submit my entry very soon

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Hello my entry hasn't been replied by the bot @originalworks

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Hello my entry hasn't been replied by the bot @originalworks.

This is an interesting contest. Need to go out for research to make this the best. I want to also thank @originalworks for helping people like me to take my time to read books.

Wasn't impressed with my performance for the just concluded one
Look forwaed to doing better!

Banz?...okay..!

I think it well explained here than mediaworks. I get to understand it here than ..... Thanks @originalworks.

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.

This is going to be nice lets see what we can do

It's Bandz. Let's see what we can do

I'm ready for a new contest week

Thanks @originalworks lemme go and get myself ready

I am rolling my sleeve up for this one. Given the way internet services operate in my community, I can't but wait to see this project shoot into space.

Expect my entry soon, I will try my best this time.

This is another extraordinary writing contest, sponsored by @OriginalWorks. I write with the winners... I'm in the top 100 among the comments
I'm going to participate!

This is a great contest, and the prize is tempting; it covered over 21 winners, which makes it open and considerate for many to go home with some steem.
Big time contest, which also advertise and throw more light on the usefulness of Bandz.......thanks @originalwork.

I'm join the this project @originalworks

Excellent, ready to participate.

Nice one, time to get to work
All the best all!!!

Nice. Another great contest @originalworks

Thanks @originalworks! Another opportunity to write great article.

Wow one time mediaworks now for originalworks, lets see how it goes

Excellent contest!

Interesting one. Mediaworks had the design contest a few weeks back

Definitely going in for this contest...lets get to work. Great job @originalworks

@original is back again. I hope the table favours me

Thanks for this another interesting contest. I pray am among the winners for this one.

More Motivations @originalworks

Excelente proyecto... bien por @originalworks

I was able to compile some things together
Here's my entry
https://steemit.com/crypto/@jaybhe/bandz-a-secure-global-extranet-powered-by-blockchain

Perfect!
I will participate and support your contest
Greetings @originalworks
Upvote & Resteem

Though an new, and this is my first time I will try my best, I believe I will learn alot

@originalworks thanks to these your contests, I always have something to learn every week and. Please continue with the good work. We all appreciate it.

Wow. Thanks @original contests. We gonna do justice to this God willing it.

Dope. Bands!!!

great, a new opportunity, also that this project looks promising because it directly benefits the user, and proposes to improve the experience in the network. To prepare the participation!

This contest sounds promising. Keep up the good work

Wow 65 steem for first place. This is going to be awesome

Very interesting contest @originalworks i jusst pray 🙏 im able to participate. ..

Wow, am in for this

Definitely an interesting project to write on, @originalworks. Wishing bandZ the best.

@originalworks...keep up the good work...let ne go and draft mine now

Another promising project

Sheesh. I hope I have some time to study this new crypto. The last two ICO was difficult to understand, thats why I haven't posted one.

Woah this is interesting! The topic that everyone can relate to. Expect for my entry :D

Good one original works. Expect my submission soon...

Today we have tough time in this competition so we have to work hard to achieve our goal to become winner of @originalworks contest.

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I don't think so because the comments made are less than in the past.

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I mean do you have more chances than before in the past
i don't think that competition will now to be harder.
because there is much less comments than in the past.

may the best win

Thanks @originalworks for yet another contest.

Another one from @originalworks
Good job guys

This is another opportunity to show what have got, thanks @originalworks for this

Pleased to participate with you dear friends of @originalworks!

Cool!

Took ages but its finally here . We go again !

Nice contest for a new day like this... Hope I will be part of the winners this time around....
Thanks @originalworks

@original thanks for this great opportunity again.
Let me get started

Hi @originalworks
To start writing the decentralization of the internet
Greetings...!

This is another weekend of @originalworks work. Lets go there

This is my entry for the BandZ2018 contest.
https://steemit.com/crpto/@anyasiemmanuel/bandz-network-token-and-how-it-tends-to-decentralize-the-internet

Thank you @originalworks for the great avenue you given me to participate in this contest.

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Please @originalworks I have not received the comment to show that my entry has been approved.

I will do more research and will be better this time for sure.i hope I will finish until end.

I hope it's not too late? I'm still typing mine. I really want to win this time. @comedyandjokes @originalworks

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there is opportunity better than in the past when there was many more participants.

Thanks for the contest of this week. Here is my entry for the contest :

https://steemit.com/crypto/@sapient1/bandz-a-decentralized-internet