Zilliqa Cuts Deal with Chainlink to Power New Breed of Decentralised Finance Apps Fuelled by Real-World Data

Zilliqa smart contracts will utilise a custom Chainlink adapter to provide developers and users with reliable and accessible data feeds

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Zilliqa, the high-throughput public blockchain platform, is integrating with Chainlink, a decentralised oracle network that connects smart contracts with real-world data, to enable an ecosystem of data-driven smart contracts. The collaboration will allow Zilliqa smart contracts to easily retrieve and query external data feeds through a custom Chainlink adapter, enabling access to real-time information such as exchange rates, market prices, voting results, weather forecasts, derived from other public blockchains and cloud service providers. 

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Dan Kochis, Global Head of Business Development at Chainlink said:

“Our recent main net launch showcased our capabilities in equipping Ethereum smart contracts with the ability to query market prices. After months of collaboration with the Zilliqa team, we are excited to expand our off-chain data query capabilities to yet another innovative trailblazer in the global blockchain ecosystem. Data-driven by design, the integration of our services with a platform that champions greater standards in not only scalability and decentralisation, but also security, will help to catalyse a new generation of decentralised finance applications built for enterprise use.”

Amrit Kumar, President and Chief Scientific Officer at Zilliqa said:

“With a collective vision to empower developers with technologically-sound infrastructures and resources, we believe that this collaboration with Chainlink will enable us to deliver an exciting value proposition to our developer community and our end users. As we continue to explore more solutions in the realm of decentralised finance, access to secure and reliable price feeds will be integral to the growing diversity of the Zilliqa ecosystem. We look forward to seeing exciting new applications on our networks such as decentralised exchanges, trading platforms, and many other crypto-integrated financial services.”

With a decentralised oracle solution, Chainlink will be able to source data from multiple providers and redirect them to the Zilliqa blockchain, effectively enriching the Zilliqa smart contract ecosystem, while ensuring its robustness and security. The decentralised oracle will allow independent node operators to reliably transmit data feeds to an oracle smart contract, which can be consumed by all developers on the network. Comprised of independent operators, the resulting system then has no single point of failure and is more decentralised than a single server. 

Having successfully mitigated limitations due to Zilliqa’s design at the protocol-level, the Zilliqa and Chainlink teams have been working closely on technical development and testing to ensure the successful querying of the Zilliqa blockchain. Automated by design, the Chainlink adapter will also help bolster the platform’s trustlessness and scalability, as no single individual will be responsible for manually updating data feeds. Simultaneously, private keys to smart contracts will be managed in the external adapter rather than a blockchain node, allowing for greater security throughout the system’s architecture.

Having launched its mainnet on May 30, 2019, Chainlink is designed to address the smart contract connectivity problem by facilitating connections between traditional data providers and smart contract platforms. By leveraging an on-chain and off-chain approach to implementation, Chainlink is able to provide a secure, decentralised Oracle to facilitate interactions between blockchains and real-world data.  To date, Chainlink has successfully attained partnerships with Google as an official Cloud Partner, and banking technology provider SWIFT.

Zilliqa is a high-throughput public blockchain platform that aims to make decentralised blockchains the building block of future enterprises and applications. Developed through academic research and helmed by a team of experienced scientists, engineers, venture creators and leaders in the financial services, Zilliqa addresses limitations in scalability and security, enabling real-world usability across a variety of industries, including finance, digital advertising, and gaming. In 2019, Zilliqa became the first public blockchain platform to be built on sharded architecture, with smart contracts written in the platform’s secure-by-design programming language, Scilla. 

For more information, visit: zilliqa.com.

Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network that enables smart contracts to securely access off-chain data feeds, web APIs, and traditional bank payments. Chainlink is consistently selected as one of the top blockchain technologies by leading independent research firms such as Gartner. It is well known for providing highly secure and reliable oracles to large enterprises (Google and SWIFT) and leading smart contract development teams.

Learn more by visiting the Chainlink website, Twitter or Telegram. If you’re a developer, visit the developer documentation or join the technical discussion on Discord

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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