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#002 - What is CryptoBadge?

CryptoBadge is a certificate system that enables people to tokenize their unique merits such as achievements, experiences, and contributions. By tokenize, we mean you can permanently store the bits of your experiences on the blockchain. It’s verifiable and eternal.

We all know that we are worth much more than what our transcripts or resume can show. Every single moment that we pour out our passion composes our life, our pride, and our memories, and it is these moments that help define who we are. We wish to let you build the diary of your life by collecting tokens of all kinds, from achieving Champion Level at Clash Royale, completing a triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, tasting a limited edition wine in a private winery, visiting 500 travel destinations, donating to UNICEF, to supporting a famous idol group, BTS.
Beyond traditional certificates such as diplomas and licenses, CryptoBadge can capture a variety of certifiable values and let you build your personal brand. What do you think? Imagine freely, share badge ideas, and offer your vision for how CryptoBadge could evolve and change the world!

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My heart leapt at the Comic Con badge!! YES!!!
I heard BTS so I'm here lol
That's awesome!
Sounds exciting! It’s a great idea!
I actually made a crypto badge for my previous school.. and it was very interesting
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How to embed badges on your social network profile?
[Table of Content] 1. How to embed your badges on your LinkedIn profile? 1) Embedding your school badge in the Education Section 2) Embedding your badges in the Certificates Section 3) Embedding your badges in the Experience Section 2. How to embed your badges on your Facebook profile? Embed CryptoBadges on your social network profile as proof of your experiences! Unfortunately, LinkedIn’s layout isn’t optimal for badge display, but you can still share your CryptoBadge link as a verifiable proof of your experience, which will definitely strengthen the reliability of your profile. On Facebook, you can display your CryptoBadge in a visually optimal way just like your CryptoBadge profile page. Show off your badges! 1. How to embed your badges on your LinkedIn profile? 1) Embedding your school badge in the Education Section First, click on the Edit button located on the right side of your school. Click on the Link button, paste the URL of your certification, and click on the Add button. It takes LinkedIn several seconds to import the certification URL. Once the certification addition is complete, click Save! 2) Embedding your badges in the Certifications Section First, create a Licenses & Certifications Section by clicking the Add Profile Section button and choosing Licenses and Certifications. In the pop-up shown below, enter your badge name in the Name field. In the Issuing Organization field, you can enter CryptoBadge or other relevant issuer’s name. Lastly, in the Credential URL field, enter your certification URL. Click on the Save button, and you’ll see your CryptoBadge on your LinkedIn profile. 3) Embedding your badges in the Experience Section On LinkedIn, we created a virtual organization, CryptoBadge Network, for all CryptoBadge fans around the world to join. Go to the Experience Section and add “CryptoBadge Network” as one of your experience. In the Company field, enter CryptoBadge Network. In the Title field, you can enter whatever titles you like, be it Citizen, Member, Fan, or whatever. And then, more importantly, add your badges by clicking on the Link button as below. 2. How to embed your badges on your Facebook profile? We will support Facebook Embed soon from late March of this year. The detailed instructions will be provided when the feature is ready.
Welcome to the CryptoBadge!
1. Introducing CryptoBadge and getting your first CryptoBadge! CryptoBadge is a collectable certificate that is verifiable, eternal, and universally shared. CryptoBadge lets people identify themselves through badge collections that represent their expertise, achievements, contributions, and hobbies. Ready to be a CryptoBadge hunter? Receive your first CryptoBadge and learn more about the CryptoBadge project here 2. Why Project CryptoBadge chose to align with Vingle Community System? We chose to ally with Vingle because it is a community platform that not only has all the essential functions to host communities, but also it is aggressively adopting a smart governance system to support REAL community autonomy. Community needs a lot more than just content discovery or messaging. Vingle supports various content types (text, images, videos) and provides easy ways to systematically label and organize content, archive Q&As, recognize contributors vs. trolls, create chat rooms, and last but not least, to make collective decisions. Vingle provides a smart governance system where members of each community can run their community autonomously by electing staff members, organizing information, designing privileges and penalties, and more. Last but not least, Vingle is the community platform that deploys CryptoBadges first and best. Vingle is actively releasing new features every week and will keep providing new services, making the best use of CryptoBadge. Currently, Vingle provides its community staff, such as President and Editors, with badges and corresponding authorities (To see Vingle’s current governance features). Vingle will also allow its communities to add a variety of badges and positions so that each community can create their own badges and governance structure, which we are very excited about! 3. About Vingle’s CryptoBadge Community Making full use of Vingle’s features, combined with the badge system, we want to run this community, #CryptoBadge, autonomously based on the participation and consensus among CryptoBadge fans who are interested in the CryptoBadge project. You can take part in running this community, #CryptoBadge, by becoming a council member. If you’re interested, apply here!
ICON Network: An Overview
What Is ICON? ➤ #1 Blockchain project in Korea with an expanding global footprint ➤ Open source platform building a community of communities based on consensus, governance and protocol specifications ➤ BTP(chain interoperability), parallel processing, multichannel and modular architecture creating a highly scalable network able to interconnect private and public chains. ICON Benefits ➤ Various blockchain platforms are able to interact via smart contracts. ➤ No need to make multiple wallets. ➤ No need to buy multiple tokens: Owning just ICX gives access to all interconnected chains. ➤ Ease of dApp accessibility: frictionless dApp usage across multiple chains. ➤ DPoC: (Delegated Proof of Contribution) variant of PoS based on contributions. ICONSENSUS P-Reps: A Public Representative (P-Rep) is a block validator on the ICON Network that participates in consensus and governance. ➤ P-Reps consist of the top 22 Main P-Reps and 78 Sub P-Reps,. ➤ P-Reps are elected by delegation of stake. 1 ICX token is worth one vote. ➤ For delegating and voting for P-Reps, ICONists (ICX token holders) receive rewards. ➤ I-SCORE: All contributions are quantified in the form of I-SCORE that can be converted 1ICX to 1000 I-SCORE to redeem rewards. DBP (DApp Booster Program) DApps on the network receive a portion of block rewards based on their delegation ranking. EEP (Ecosystem Expansion Program) Community members receive a portion of the block rewards by proposing and implementing projects that expand or grow the network. Fee Sharing 2.0 Developers can choose to pay for transaction fees themselves so users may access their dApps easily. Virtual Step Virtual fee that credits developers transaction fees for locking up their ICX. ICX: ICON’s unique native token ➤ Provides governance rights to the network ➤ Used for computation, transaction fees and rewards ICON’s Unique Reward System Dynamic reward system that autonomously adjusts based on varying network conditions: ➤ When high % of network is staked, then reward is decreased to encourage using ICX elsewhere. ➤ When low % of network is staked, then reward is increased to encourage staking more ICX. Select Blockchain Products On ICON Network somesing.io The world's first Karaoke app on a blockchain. DPASS Global authentication system with sovereign identity. A Decentralized Passport/DID, and cryptocurrency wallet, all in one. broof.io Blockchain certificate issuance service. Permanent record of genuine certificates. Facilitates blockchain adoption with secured partners including, Seoul City, Citizen Hall, Postech and Studypie. ICON Ecosystem ICONLOOP MyID Alliance ICON Strategic Partner - ICON DAO P-Rep candidate and ICON strategic partner committed to providing the tools and services needed for users to develop and manage decentralized communities to mass collaborate and fund projects. ICON DAO Medium ICON DAO Twitter ICON DAO Telegram Resources Homepage: https://icon.foundation Community: https://icon.community Developer Center: https://icondev.io Github: https://github.com/icon-project Medium: https://medium.com/helloiconworld Works Cited ▸ Dr. Ben Lee, "Economic Incentives of ICON Network", Hashnet 2019 Blockchain Conference, October 2019. ▸ "ICON Network Partnerships" Retrieved from: "https://spec-rationality.com/icon/#21Nov" ▸ Amy Dang, November 5, 2019, "A Comprehensive look at ICONLOOP's MyID Alliance" Retrieved from: "https://theicon.ist/2019/11/05/a-comprehensive-look-at-iconloops-myid-alliance-its-partners-advisors-and-upcoming-roadmap/"
Attention Vinglers: Announcing CryptoBadge!
Hi Vinglers! We’re reaching out to our Vingle Family to let you know about a new system that Vingle will be adopting that we think you’ll really enjoy. The system is called CryptoBadge! It’s so cool and we’re excited that Vingle is the first community service to adopt CryptoBadge. CryptoBadge is a blockchain-based certificate system that enables people, like all of you on Vingle, to take their unique achievements, experiences, and contributions and share them as a badge anywhere online. CryptoBadge is universal, verifiable and eternal. It’s verifiable and eternal because it is stored in blockchain. This means you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your credits, or unfairly losing your credits just because the service or certificate issuer is shut down. CryptoBadges you’ve won can be used universally both within Vingle and outside of Vingle. For example, a Kpop convention might offer early access to tickets for those holding a President of BTS, Pioneer of Big Bang, or Editor of VIXX Badges because their commitment to the fandom is obvious and proven, and they deserve it!! These badges will range from anything from sharing your academic achievement, game ranking, your scuba diving certification, how many bottles of soju you’ve drunk and most especially, to your participation on Vingle! Soon you can proudly display your Pioneer, President, Editor Badges, and more on your profile! Rather than trying to explain what you’re all about in your Bio in boring text and bullet points, you can now simply share visualized, fancy, and easy Badges on your profile here on Vingle but also on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, your blog, and wherever else you want! These badges will be ready for you to claim, starting later tomorrow! As always, we’re so thankful for the love and support you give to your Interests and we hope the badge system will add another layer to the incredible Communities you’ve built. You can learn more about CryptoBadge HERE. Also, CryptoBadge starts “University Battle” on Feb 18, 2019. Check it out to win your school badge and also earn your coins!
Where is the value of cryptocurrency, if there is no utility?
I want to start out by saying I’m not a Bitcoin OG, I was lucky enough to stumble into the space in May of 2017. Though even then I didn’t buy… or try to buy my first BTC until the end of June. That didn’t go well and I then became a miner. Fast forward a few years and I have spent my way through as much as I’ve earned. I’ve been able to do this through mining profits as well as other streams of BTC revenue. It wasn’t until this past winter when I was traveling across a decent portion of my country that I realized we are trending in a negative direction. I’m not talking about price that has been recovering nicely, but it’s almost as if it doesn’t matter. I was eager to find locations along my route that would allow me to spend a couple Satoshis, maybe treat my travel companions to a meal using BTC to show it’s utility. Should have been easy, I remember countless locations and businesses joining the ecosystem at the same time as me. Some sought to increase their wealth as price action was heating up and BTC was everywhere in the news; some drawn to the ideals of a P2P network free of banking and credit card fees for transactions. Unfortunately they have nearly all subsided. Using all my knowledge, also known as Google, I pretty much ended up the same thing. I found 2 locations. You read that right not 20 or 200, just 2 locations that were still listed on my route. This route isn’t all backroads or secondary highways; I was traveling through 2 provincial capitals. After exchanging phone calls with them, I was down to 1. This particular location would have fit my idea nicely, they were open to accepting my crypto still, and bonus it was going to be Pizza. I was feeling like a real Bitcoin OG buying my pizza with crypto, unfortunately breakdowns and road conditions meant I missed their operating hours. The experience wasn’t a total loss though, as it gave me insight into what happened to the ecosystem. It was us. People stopped spending their coins, and businesses felt it made no sense to allocate resources whether it be training or hardware to accept this payment method no one was using anymore. Having been an active member of The Bitcoin Forum I’ve seen many of the reasons people stopped spending. They either left the space after the massive retracement from Bitcoin's All-Time-High (ATH), counting it as a loss alongside their disenfranchisement with the space. If they didn’t leave they began to hold those coins for deal life hoping to recover their value. The latter group unwittingly became speculative investors overnight without realizing it. I have an approach that works for me and it does involve saving a portion of my BTC as I am not against growing ones savings. That’s an important factor in financial responsibility. I spend coins when I can, If I can’t spend I sell - ideally P2P - for fiat to spend. I buy coins if I’m short, even if I could use fiat for the purchase; this creates multiple instances of coins moving through the network. I expanded on this recently in that I also teach where possible. In my case a local contractor is considering accepting BTC the next time he works on my place, a young individual with an interest.  I understand that everyone has their own approach to cryptocurrency, myself and others have no right to tell you the right way to approach it; if there is a right way. I just want people to consider where is the value if there is no utility. Article written by SteamTyme on BitcoinTalk. https://mintdice.com/blog/where-is-the-value-of-cryptocurrency-if-there-is-no-utility