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With the end of 2018 drawing near, we have witnessed some very interesting developments in the budding world of the blockchain, smart contracts, and ICOs. Some of the projects experienced incredible success, while some flopped to underserved or well-deserved lows. Here’s a list of 10 smart contract projects that we expect to deliver success in 2019:

1. Lisk (LSK)

Often compared to the giant Ethereum, Lisk is a decentralized network platform that allows developers to build, publish, distribute, and monetize their JavaScript-based dapps within a custom-built cryptocurrency-powered system using custom blockchains, cloud storage, smart contracts, and computing nodes. Lisk has so far produced a long list of products, and what separates it from others is the use of blockchain apps within their own sidechains. We believe Lisk will continue to yield success in 2019, just like it has in the years before.

2. HyperLedger Fabric

HyperLedger Fabric is the platform powering the IBM Blockchain, so it’s no wonder we believe they’re going to be huge in 2019. As an open-source platform for analyzing, building, experimenting, and collaborating on the development of distributed ledger systems, HyperLedger provides immense possibilities to businesses who wish to build enterprise blockchains, address some of the common issues accompanying the process, and meet their business requirements. There are currently over 250 organizations supporting Hyperledger, and that number just keeps growing.

3. Stellar (XLM)

Stellar is an open, decentralized payment infrastructure opening a world of financial possibilities for the unbanked, such as opening financial accounts, starting micro-savings, applying for loans, etc. while at the same time allowing fast, reliable, and cost-efficient multi-currency transactions. The network and its native asset Lumens (XLM) have demonstrated their ability to fulfill their promises, so they’re bound to continue their success in 2019. Let’s not forget that the Stellar network is also a development platform that allows its users to create dapps through its smart contracts.

4. EOS (EOS)

EOS is a blockchain platform used for the development of decentralized applications. Dubbed the “Ethereum killer” due to its similarities and competitive advantages over Ethereum, EOS provides an operating-system-like set of services and functions that can be utilized by dapps. The goal of EOS is to take the best features of the various smart contract technologies, such as Bitcoin’s security and Ethereum’s computing support, and bind them together into a new platform. Currently boasting with over 200 decentralized apps developed with EOS, its success is bound to continue in 2019.

5. Ethereum (ETH)

An oldie, but goodie, Ethereum is an open-source decentralized blockchain-based giant that refuses to weaken in the face of time and increasing competition. It is ever-strong, with new features, partnerships, projects, and important developments such as the switch from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of Stake increasing the public interest and popularity of Ethereum. We predict Ethereum will continue its upward spiral in 2019.

6. Ethereum Classic (ETC)

A hard fork of the giant, Ethereum Classic’s ETC token was created in response to a hack affecting thousands of Ethereum users in 2016. ETC has attracted a sizeable community thanks to development projects such as the Emerald Software Developer Kit and ETC’s implementation of smart contracts, a feature that the currency’s developers are pushing in the Internet of Things sector. Ethereum Classic’s largest organization of developers called ETCDEV have been updating a general roadmap that includes ambitious plans for the future, such as introducing scalability through sidechains, IoT and Machine-to-Machine protocol, and more. We are therefore certain ETC is here to stay.

7. Stratis (STRAT)

Another veteran in the smart contract world, Stratis is a blockchain-as-a-service platform that allows businesses to build and deploy private chains and blockchain-based tools securely and quickly. The Stratis team has been working diligently, with a recent addition in the form of a platform for businesses to launch ICOs based on the Stratis blockchain. After the release of the company’s Breezer Wallet main net, the team has announced a new roadmap for the end of 2018, which includes the full production release of the Stratis Full Node, marking a key point in launching the full C# main net. Moreover, the company is preparing to release its C# smart contracts, as well as planning the second release of its ICO Platform. So we’re certain 2019 is going to be quite active for them.

8. Ark (ARK)

Ark is an open-source platform connecting different blockchains through “smart bridges”, a revolutionary system aimed at obtaining interoperability of the blockchains. SmartBridges connects two or more blockchains, allowing them to communicate and giving them the ability to trigger events on other chains. The platform is considered one of the fastest in the industry, with a speed of eight seconds per block. Although not a huge name like Ethereum or EOS, Ark nevertheless carries massive potential and has a great community behind it. With the dynamic fee system as one of its main selling points (letting the customer decide on the speed and cost of a transaction) and working MVPs, Ark is bound to be big in 2019.

9. XinFin (XDCE)

One of the newer names in blockchain industry, XinFin is the first ever hybrid blockchain platform which can simultaneously handle both public and private blockchains. With a blockchain dapp called TradeFinex, they aim to minimize the global infrastructure deficit through retail investor participation and to increase efficiency by workstream automation. XinFin also has a dapp called MyContract.co which delivers automated services for token crowdsale smart contracts. With all these competitive advantages, XinFin surely has a bright future in the industry and is bound to revolutionize blockchain technology.

10. Neo (NEO)

Last, but not least important, NEO, formerly known as Antshares, is a smart economy platform utilizing blockchain technology and digital identity to digitize assets, automating the management of digital assets via smart contracts. Dubbed as the “Ethereum of China”, NEO provides a dual-layered blockchain developed by Onchain DNA which is suitable for creating dapps and token sales. Its dual-token, smart-contract ecosystem and Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (DBFT) protocol successfully deal with issues with Ethereum’s scalability, making it a powerful competitor. Recently, NEO has begun trying to solidify itself as a platform in the lucrative video gaming industry worth billions of dollars. With its potential, it is highly possible that this might come true in 2019.

 

By Sead Fadilpasic