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Here's what you missed at NEO DevCon

On February 16th and 17th, the second NEO DevCon took place in a rarely-snowy Seattle.  Given the span of 13 months, the tone of NEO’s second developer conference was entirely different from the first.

The first DevCon was full of projects heavily anticipating their initial coin offerings. The second focused on development and growth for projects trudging through the 2018 bear market.

Keeping an eye on the prize, Da Hongfei, co-founder of NEO, reiterated his goal for NEO the become the “#1 blockchain” in 2020.

This doesn’t mean NEO will take the coveted Number One spot on Coin Market Cap, or anything to do with token economics, he explained.  Da’s vision for NEO to become the #1 blockchain is to create the most developer friendly platform.

NGD Seattle

At DevCon, NEO Global Development (NGD) announced a new office in Seattle, to be lead by John deVadoss and Peng Huang. The duo has more than 25 years of combined experience leading large-scale projects at Microsoft Digital and Microsoft .NET.

The primary focus for NGD Seattle will center around developing libraries and frameworks to make building on the NEO blockchain simpler. These new tools will center around reoccurring uses cases, so developers don’t need to “reinvent the wheel” each time they create a new product.

NGD Seattle will hit the ground running, with a primary focus on hiring Seattle-based developers.

NEO 3.0

For their keynote presentations both Da and Erik Zhang, founder and core developer of NEO, spoke about an update to the NEO blockchain and its potential features. The NEO blockchain will likely require a hardfork or a genesis block, though this will not be ready for at least another year.

The architecture of the NEO platform will undergo an overhaul. The primary change is the removal of global assets, and incorporating each transaction into a smart contract. Simply put, global assets were not able to efficiently communicate wi...

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