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Buy Oracle data with Zap Token


Zap Mission

We’ve built a platform
to buy and sell data.

Our first step was developing a platform for curating data feeds. Now that we have built a solid infrastructure, we're working with key partners to develop powerful data feeds capable of impacting the global economy. Zap is bridging the gap between real world data and diverse smart contract platforms.

Why Oracles?

Smart contracts allow the arbitrary redistribution of crypto capital. The biggest obstacle to the further growth of smart contracts is the need to receive data about the real world. If smart contracts could act based on any arbitrary data, the blockchain could truly encompass all global value. Zap allows data providers to profit from delivering valuable information to the blockchain. Zap allows smart contract developers to leverage real world data on the blockchain.

What is Zap?

Zap is laying the groundwork for the next generation of Applications

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Zap Ethereum Extension

Zap is an additional layer added to Ethereum Blockchain which solves the oracle problem.

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Zap API

Zap is a set of tools that allow peers to exchange and monetize their data.

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Zap Token

Zap is an access token for creating or accessing data from an oracle on the Zap platform.

Use Cases

Create Oracles and get paid!

Once you’ve entered into our ecosystem, you can mange everything. Anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection can participate in Zap's global platform.

Utilizing Zap's API, you can generate income off of any data or streaming service by creating an oracle out of it. Be at the forefront of a new generation of applications that are decentralized and powered by the blockchain. What kind of oracles do smart contracts need? Below are just a few examples

  • Political Data, election/vote results
  • Sports Betting
  • Crypto Prices
  • Energy uses
  • Public Transportation times
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Roadmap

The Timeline

With help from our teams, contributors and advisors these are the milestones we are looking forward to achieve.

Our Team

The Zap Team

The Zap Team combines a passion for cryptoeconomics, blockchain expertise & proven record in leadership, development, smart contracts & oracles.

The Advisory Board

Andy Goldstein
Andy Goldstein
Metal
Jonathan Heyman
Jonathan Heyman
Digital Assets
Dwayne Campbell
Dwayne Campbell
Goldman Sachs
Danny Zaterman
Danny Zaterman
MIT
Evan J. Renov
Evan J. Renov
Beechwood Ventures
Matt Hollander
Matt Hollander
Cash2BTC
Alex Dziejma
Alex Dziejma
Microsoft
James Barcia
James Barcia
HYPR
Peter Mikkelsen
Peter Mikkelsen
Nordic Blockchain Association

The Zap Team

Nick Spanos
Nick Spanos
Director
Bitcoin Center NYC
Ben Young
Ben Young
Creative Director
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Tom St Laurent
Tom St Laurent
Technical Director
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Hamdan Azhar
Hamdan Azhar
Senior Data Scientist
Fmr. Facebook
Steve Geros
Steve Geros
Lead Blockchain Architect
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Kasper Abildgaard Svendsen
Kasper Abildgaard Svendsen
Director of Business Development
Fmr. Accelerace Management
Avi
Avi
Senior Developer
            
Kumail Akbari
Kumail Akbari
Deputy Technical Director
Bitcoin Center NYC
Sean Scappaticci
Sean Scappaticci
Technical Lead
Bitcoin ATMs (DAVE)
Andrew Phillips
Andrew Phillips
Head of Operations
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Dean James Beckwith
Dean James Beckwith
Cryptoeconomist
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Marc Proferes
Marc Proferes
Editorial Director
Fmr. Bitcoin ATMs (DAVE)
Eric Dixon
Eric Dixon
Strategy & Legal Advisor
Fmr. Blockchain Apparatus
Harry Wang
Harry Wang
UI/UX Designer
Fmr. Bitcoin ATMs (DAVE)
John Leelike
John Leelike
Blockchain Strategist
Fmr. Bitcoin ATMs (DAVE)
Emil Lassen
Emil Lassen
Business Development
Fmr. Nova Founders Capital
Daniel
Daniel
Developer
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Kanchi
Kanchi
Developer
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Deepanshu
Deepanshu
Developer
Fmr. Public Appeal
Xuming
Xuming
Developer
Fmr. Public Appeal
Aasim
Aasim
Developer
Fmr. Public Appeal
Baala
Baala
Developer
Fmr. Bitcoin Center NYC
Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a smart contract?

A smart contract is essentially a traditional legal contract but written in computer code. The benefit smart contracts create is that they execute automatically once certain pre-set conditions are met, drastically reducing transaction times and overhead costs. However, smart contracts can only receive information from within the blockchain, meaning they cannot be triggered by events that happen outside the blockchain on their own.

What is an Oracle?

Oracles provide the connection between real world data and the blockchain. They turn external data into a format that smart contracts can understand. Through the use of oracles, smart contracts can be triggered by external events.

How does Zap fit in?

Zap.org is a platform that connects data providers with data seekers. It allows any data providers to become oracles and allows data seekers to subscribe to the data feeds of their choice.

Do I need coding skills to use the Zap store?

No. Coding skills are not needed at any point at the marketplace, and you can both publish and subscribe data without coding skills. However, basic coding skills are required to create the smart contracts that utilize the oracles.

Who is Zap for?

Zap is for everyone! Non-technical users or businesses can easily make money as data providers while technical users can benefit from the robust, real-time data feed oraclization backend in the discovery of profitable data feeds.

How do I get paid for my data?

Subscribers pay data providers directly using cryptocurrencies such as ZAP, ETH, BTC, etc.

What types of data feeds can I list on the Zap store?

The Zap Store can support any appropriately formatted data feed. We envision data feeds from security/commodity/cryptocurrency exchanges, IoT devices, sports scores, and more.

Will Zap own my data feeds?

No. All of the data feeds listed on the Zap Project will be wholly owned by the data provider. The Zap Project does not own any of the data feeds listed on the platform.

Will there be free data feeds?

Data providers can choose to offer their feed(s) to subscribers at no cost. However, the data provider would still need to pay any applicable Ethereum network fees required for smart contract operation. If the data feed does not require any interaction with the blockchain (e.g. raw data, not oraclized) then there are no fees for subscriber or provider.

What is a Zap Pool?

A Zap Pool is a collection of data feeds (oracles) that work together to create a more useful data feed. For example, rather than subscribing to many individual temperature feeds around a city, there may be a Zap Pool data feed for an average temperature reading for the entire city.

What are Zap Bounties?

Zap Bounties are incentives for data providers to set up a specific data feed or form a Zap Pool. For example, if you need a certain data feed but there are no data providers offering such a feed, a data subscriber can post a bounty for one to be set up.

Which smart contract platforms do you work with?

Zap was initially be built to work with Ethereum. However, we anticipate that future versions will provide oracle data that is compatible with additional smart contract platforms such as Rootstock, Lisk, Æternity, NEM, EOS, etc.

Who will provide the broadcasting infrastructure?

Initially the Zap Store will host IPFS nodes to store data feeds. As the Marketplace grows, there will be the option to host data feeds with other (third party) IPFS node providers. However, data providers will always have the option of hosting their data on their own IPFS node.

Is Zap only for smart contract oracles?

No. The Zap Store will use smart contracts to handle subscriptions and payments, but we envision many data feeds being valuable to subscribers outside of their possible use in a smart contract; e.g. a researcher purchasing an air quality measurements Zap Bundle data feed for a city.

How do ZAP and DOT tokens work?

ZAP tokens are used for market purchases and will be listed on secondary exchanges. They can be bonded in a "DOT Generator" smart contract for a set duration to obtain DOT tokens. These DOT tokens are a secondary token used to pay fees on the Zap platform. The DOT generator algorithm works as an insulator to volatility and mitigates fluctuations in the DOT price.

What technologies are used by Zap?

Web3 API enables our user interface to interact directly with users’ Ethereum wallets, eliminating the need to hold users' funds. IPFS provides a decentralized file storage mechanism. WebRTC provides real time P2P communication and routing of data.

Zap Project Long Term Budget

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