Hedera Hashgraph Launches Mainnet Early Access Program
Dec 18, 2018
by Hedera Hashgraph Team
Hedera Hashgraph is a public distributed ledger for building decentralized applications. Developers can build secure, fair, blazing-fast decentralized applications on top of Hedera.

Developers and Consumers Can Now Earn Hbar Cryptocurrency for Developing on and Testing the Hedera Mainnet

Dallas TX – Dec 18, 2018 – Hedera Hashgraph, a next-generation public ledger designed to have highly diversified governance and the most distributed consensus at scale, today announced the launch of its initial community testing program. The first phase of the program allows developers and the community to test the mainnet and testnets, and earn up to 1,000 hbars, Hedera’s native cryptocurrency, for testing the network and developing third-party applications. The Hedera Wallet and new sample applications - including a content site, The Daily Timestamp, and a micropayments Chrome extension - are now available for consumers to test using hbars. Developers can now also gain access to testnets to begin building applications at no charge, and have access to new developer resources at Hedera.com. To register for the Hedera mainnet and/or testnet, visit Portal.Hedera.com.

Hedera’s vision is to create a more trusted, secure, and empowered digital future for everyone. Developers will enable this world by building trusted applications that enable people to play games together, work together, and buy and sell goods and services safely and securely, without entrusting a central organization with their data and privacy.

“Events over the past few years have made it clear that consumers have great concerns about their data privacy, such as when reading articles or viewing videos that require them to reveal personal credit card information, or be flooded with ads and have their online behavior tracked,” said Dr. Leemon Baird, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. “Opening our mainnet for testing is the next step in delivering Hedera’s vision of an internet where individuals have much greater control over their own personal data and benefit more directly from its value.”

“Many members of the community have expressed interest in helping us test our mainnet, and we are excited to take the next step in our development by opening the network for such testing,” said Mance Harmon, Co-founder and CEO of Hedera. “We are especially excited that consumers will get their first taste of the kinds of freedom of data ownership that micropayments can bring to business models, and that developers will have a comprehensive set of resources to start building applications that harness this power to disintermediate a huge variety of services.”

Developer resources available on Hedera.com include the latest SDKs, which is wrapped in multiple languages, getting started resources, sample code, an FAQ, and additional community resources. 

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