Dear community,The month of April saw a number of community initiatives, blog posts, articles, new æpps, bounties, and lots of product development.

If you haven’t been following æternity’s communication channels closely, this short update will help you get up-to-date with all the most important news and developments from the æternity universe in the month of April 2019.

Dive in below!
The First On-Chain VoteThe Block Reward Initiative (BRI) was announced on May 1, but since it is a historical event for the æternity movement, it earned its place in the April update. The BRI allows AE token holders to express an opinion on whether part of the block reward should be used to support the faster and long-term development of æternity. Users have until May 15 (~01:00 AM CEST) to vote with their AE tokens. Voting with AE tokens on the Ethereum network closes on May 15, 12:00 AM CEST. Voting is very easy, but if you require support, we created a BRI-dedicated topic in the Forum.
æternity Ventures: Starfleet 2 WinnersThe final Starfleet 2 Demo Day took place on April 11. Eight innovative projects from around the world showcased their product ideas before an audience composed of investors, journalists, æternity team members, and experts from the European start-up ecosystem. In the end, four projects were selected to receive an investment offer by æternity Ventures and develop their decentralized apps on æternity infrastructure. Want to know who the four winners are? There is a button for that below.
æternity Joined ITSAWith the goal to develop token standards that are widely used by governments, businesses, and enterprises, æternity became a founding member of the International Token Standardization Association (ITSA). ITSA is a non-profit organization and special interest group that aims to develop and implement comprehensive market standards for the identification, classification, and analysis of cryptographic tokens.
Development UpdatesIn April, as in any previous month, the focus of the æternity team was on development, as well as on showcasing the advantages of the æternity platform to the public. Here are a few of the most important updates:Milen from presented the functional Sophia smart contract language during the Dronathon event in Sofia, Bulgaria.The weekly public update calls featuring members of all æternity development teams proceeded as usual, every Friday at 12:00 (noon) CEST.Written updates from all development teams were also shared in the Forum.Nikita Fuchs shared his view on scalable blockchain applications and how æternity achieves them in an interview for CryptoGlobe.Dr. Erik Stenman, one of æternity’s highly esteemed developers, gave a compelling interview discussing FATE — the Fast æternity Transaction Engine — for WeAreDevelopers.An AMA session dedicated to state channels was held on Telegram, featuring Dimitar Ivanov, one of æternity’s brilliant state channel architects.The tradition of sharing dev and æpp updates through the æternity Blog was resumed after a brief pause. An extensive æpps update was published, together with a detailed core dev update.