Hey everyONE,

On December 12th, I co-hosted the Harmonious Holidays Party with OgreAbroad. An 24-hour constant party during which we gave away prizes totaling 350,000 ONE.

During that time we hosted 3 polls for various creations from the angels issuing prizes to the top voted users. We also ran 3 games, LumberJack, Getaway and Asteroids, the top scoring 6 users on each game also won some fantastic prizes. We also ran trivia games and gave away rewards over the entire course of the event, eventually breaking the channels tipping bot under the strain.

We were delighted to have Harmony CEO Stephen Tse join the Party in the telegram chat. The impromptu AMA which broke out was awesome, and we had to capture it!

Without further a-do let’s take a look at some of the best moments from the AMA for those that may have missed this EPIC event.

Transcript:

Question from @MacieJ:

Are [you] optimistic about hackathon ?

Answer from Stephen Tse @Stse:

yeah, lots of great developers all over the world are signing up, peter and seb are taking great care of all participants.

@ohmelgar:

One question Stephen, how’s the cross border on harmony going? It’s on coinmarketcap that there will be something on 31 Dec 2020.

Stephen:

only prototypes so far. api for fiat and stablecoins with our partner exchanges are ready, a few more plans on cross-exchange liquidity. but covid changed everything.

@Johnny:

hey @stephentse, congrats with 2 sec block finality. keep pushing and maybe help us get out of this muddy price situation :)

Stephen:

yeah, we need more exposure of the project. i will be more active in partnership and public events in q1.

@jigsaw:

Can we expect some partnerships? I see other chains announce it all time. Thx

Stephen:

tough to set expectations, but we will definitely focus more on bigger and meaningful partnership

@jigsaw:

and roadmap for 2021?

Stephen:

roadmap is cross-chain defi for q1/q2, then more liquidity infrastructure

@AwakenSoldier:

Stephen, are we going to get any update on our achievements with respect to 2020 since we are in last few days of the year

Stephen:

I summarized up to q3 in the latest roadmap blog in sept. we’ll give another update, hopefully before feb

@Maciej:

Maybe we need a better marketing, some who is more active in Twitter and other Social media

Stephen:

any good ideas? we are engaging more there now, but can always do better and more

@Angelo Tran:

No. Going to wait..Harmony is making good progress. Keep it up Stephen. I just listened to an interview by Danny meyer (ceo of shake shack). He has a lot of good advice to build a great culture.

Stephen:

yup, culture binds people together. wolf and team always remember empathy being our #1

@JohnDescrap:

When listing coinbase sir?

Stephen:

all technical integrations are done. we are very compliant in US, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time. can’t rush or have much control of the timing

@Sivakotireddy:

No Doubt..We have one of the best tech and great team..All community was asking for a proper marketing..I always Imagine a day where entire crypto world talking about us..Make it happen😍

Stephen:

yes, time to tell the whole world. any ONE specific idea everyone can chim in to make it happen before end of year?

@armin4ev3r:

Channel, 500 good members (aka organic amplify 😉) youtubers 3 4 5 weekly discussions analyze about harmony, very good twitter writer (not just “word”), small prizes weekly or monthly on CT (referring to dapps, etc), tutorials all over shared. The list is long 😉

Stephen:

hence, only ONE idea to start. suggest ONE twitter writer for us to vote on for bounty? let’s make it happen now

Kyle L:

ONE is a great project with some great tech.. How will ONE eat into ETH size and early mover advantage when it comes to adoption?

Stephen:

hey kyle. i believe the cross-chain future is coming

@Javanico:

Be the syntethic layer for pTokens pNetwork 😁 I think they are having good momentum with their Visa debit card distributed soon.

Stephen:

insane how visa, paypal, … have moved into crypto this year

Kyle L:

Wow thanks Stephen for the engagement.. great to know team is all in and dedicated to the project and it’s community.. happy holidays sir

Stephen:

so glad to have a validator from silicon valley! can’t wait for covid to be over and meeting everyone again

@Ohmelgar:

Yes currently they are integrating eos and eth blockchain to peg in peg out the synthetic assets. Having exposure to such a project will be good for marketing.

Stephen:

yeah, it seems virtual credit cards have gone explosive this year. wish there are more open ways to integrate and innovate there

@Mehmet:

We need SafePal STAKING tho. The latest incident teaches us that a chrome plug in is not sufficient

Stephen:

yup. safepal’s a great partner to work with, i will follow up on this

@Jasperfriend:

Binance Nigeria will be good place to start … I can volunteer to engage the community afterwards Harmony Nigeria will be splendid we are the top crypto using country in Africa.. If Harmony can storm Africa Via Nigeria … There will be a massive adoption In Africa in the Crypto sector , Africans Love Fast and Cheap and Harmony provides both

Stephen:

you’re the leader then! let’s follow up with a bounty to sustain. we can work with binance nigeria with some marketing there. really wanted our cross-border apps to work there to bring usage, any good idea to start?

@Big B:

@stephentse are you also working with new l2 /l3 projects/dapp to use Harmony?

Stephen:

yes, big focus of peter, sahil and i for q1.

@Opgezwollen Ichiban:

I want to see more dapps on harmony

Stephen:

same here, we’ll start with cross-chain defi and help grow our latest batch from the hackathon

@Jasperfriend:

None I can really speak of most are just thriving and eventually get cut off since they mostly fail to get well funded or follow the due process

Stephen:

we can help fund, but really take a committed team over years to be successful on their own

@Big B:

@stephentse is cross border payments still the primary industry/vertical that harmony focuses on?

Stephen:

cross-chain defi first. hopefully cross-border finance will reuse many of the same liquidity infrastructure

@Ohmelgar:

Cross chain defi and Visa integration is number one priority imho. Better if we can snatch some unicorn fintech in emerging markets.

Stephen:

fintech revolution is indeed the biggest story of our generation

@ArminW:

If you are trying to compete with eth n steal some of the business it is getting, that is difficult as hell. Imagine opening a shop right next to a Walmart or opening an e-business and trying to compete with Amazon. That is a huge thing and 99% of those attempts are going to eventually fail and one will succeed. Are we that one? Only time will tell. Some other blockchains like iotex and luna are not competing with eth (they did succumb to the defi hype for some parts). They have their focus on a particular set of use cases in the fall world where there is no Walmart of amazon’s equivalent (from crypto space). Their chances of success are therefore relatively higher. That’s why crossfi or other things is what can easily lead to nirvana. At the end of the day, whichever path one takes: hardwork, focus, skills, community mgmt, delivery are going to be key and every company needs to have 100% of all of these to succeed. Does harmony check on all these? Harmony definitely need to improve on all fronts. And the price is just the outcome reflection of these!

Stephen:

no doubts, every successful company (happy marriage) looks the same. cross-chain will be the next big opportunity, and we are focusing on building the liquidity infrastructure for btc/eth/atom defi

@ArminW:

It would be nice if at least HRC20 BUSD it’s added on Binance, it would make the life much easier to more users! Especially for using these dapps. Using 3 wallets and a bridge is painless for users in my opinion 🤔

Stephen:

yes, partner support for hrc20/hrc721 is critical. will cross-chain hrc20 support via uniswap-like be a good start?

@Big B:

@stephentse — any promo’s etc for swoop? is the cross-chain defi product going to be a different branding or will be part of swoop?

Stephen:

swoop so far is a showcase, but needs dev or partners to make it a product over long term. cross-chain defi is our broader initiative for more eth showcases and grants.

Swoop: Ethereum-Harmony Cross-chain DEX Launch!

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Henry JT.Change Inspirator

Yes, we do. Even our Bina Digital (founder Ali akbar) member is growing. The challenge is changing the mindset from trader to strong holder. Not just making fast money.

Stephen:

bringing users and utility! that’s the only value and impacts over long term

@Jasperfriend:

In Relation it will be awesome To see A platform with a Market like Opensea and a Easy to deploy NFT structure like Rarible I know the NFT community would love to be able to Mint or deploy NFT assets with a tx fee worth less than 1 cent and with a transaction time of 2sec …. If it’s possible for them to mint NFT on Harmony super cheap and Fast and move it to other Chain including eth or trade it in Harmony that would be awesome and drag a flock of NFT adopters to harmony and of lately NFT has been the frontier of most defi platforms Even pancake swap is running their own NFT campaign

Stephen:

we must bring robin’s nft on harmony! chao, everyONE

Stephen:

everyone, happy holiday! the team is very grateful for this community. have a wonderful break with your loved ONE

So there we have it, a transcript from the biggest party ever held in Harmony history.

For those that did miss it, do not worry, we will have many more upcoming events to look forward to in the new year.

For those that attended the event — thank you very much, it was an absolute pleasure to host you all and see so many of you have fun and learn new things.

Make sure to drop by the channel and say hi, theres always something fun going on.