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Block Producer Candidate

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What is an EOS Block Producer?

Block producers provide the infrastructure required to run the EOS Blockchain. learn more

Our Mission

Provide the EOS platform with geographical and political diversity by operating the most robust, independent, bare-metal Block Producer possible from Costa Rica. We pledge to leverage our talent, experience, and sustainable resources to meet this challenge.

EOS Costa Rica in 60 secs

Our Values

Education


Our philosophy has always been that knowledge and learning is key to what we do. Continuous training and building human talent is what will make EOS the most sustainable infrastructure for decentralized applications.

Loyalty


We believe that our unique local relationships and reputation increase the viability of the EOS network. We recognize everyone's unique talents and seek to build loyalty by empowering our workforce.

Resilience


We are constantly in motion and have a proven history of evolving as technology improves. We value being nimble and efficient with our resources which allows us to quickly adopt and drive new innovations.

Liberty


We firmly believe that our history in Costa Rica, the longest lasting free democracy in Latin America, shapes our philosophy of life, liberty and property. We strive to represent and defend individual sovereignty in the EOS community.

Tolerance


We work towards the flourishing of our community by promoting the right to Education, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity to all members.

Prudence


We are committed to safeguarding the future of our community and take appropriate risks that do not jeopardize our long term goals.

Accountability


We firmly believe in taking full responsibility for the consequences of our actions and encourage accountability from our stakeholders.

Equality


We work for and defend a governance model where benefits are distributed according to merit regardless of race, gender, religion or political ideology and for the overall benefit of our community.

We believe that technology is only as good as the people and intentions behind it. We want EOS to be decentralized, promote freedom, cut inefficiencies in government, help sustainable development, secure censorship-resistance, increase individual sovereignty and advance citizen advocacy. Each of the projects we promote must provide a "Proof of Impact" in the advancement of democracy.
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EOS Costa Rica pledges to :

  • Provide the highest-standard bare-metal infrastructurepossible to the EOS network
  • Fund and secure the investment needed for running a competitive EOS Block Producer.
  • Lead EOS educational initiatives in Latin America.
  • Promote projects and dApps that advance democracy and individual sovereignty.
  • Offer transparency to the use of block rewards.
  • Actively participate in the discourse of blockchain governance while maintaining politically neutral.
  • Respect and defend the constitution, fair elections, community vigilance and arbitration mechanisms.

Network Redundancy

Costa Rica has fiber optic connections on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts via three submarine cables that provide the majority of bandwidth to Costa Rica. Access to all three backbones, ARCOS-1, MAYA-1, and Pan American Crossing (PAC) provides real time fail-over and redundancy at our facility. Additionally all 6 Central American nations are interconnected via a terrestrial fiber optic network (REDCA). Direct connections to all upstream carriers ensure that no single point of failure is present in the network.

The network employs BGP to assure all traffic reaches its destination if one connection fails. Communication to international networks is fully redundant and supported by two locations, our main building in San Jose and the Teleport in Calle Blancos.

The EOS network benefits from our infrastructure that includes private peering network connections to major Internet carriers. These private peering arrangements allow the network to quickly and efficiently exchange packets of data with every major backbone carrier in a one-to-one environment.

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“Costa Rica offers redundant fiber optic submarine cables at both shores.”
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Political Environment

Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America and abolished its military in 1948.

Costa Rica stands for peace and liberty, characteristics that are internationally recognized and the cornerstones of the country.
This country with excellent infrastructure, a stable political framework, and a flexible corporate structure with a clear legal jurisdiction is perfect for the censorship-resistant network features of the EOS network.

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Source: CINDE based on data from IMF, INEC, MEP
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Source: World Bank, The Worldwide Governance Indicators, 2016.

Score: between 1-100

Infrastructure Overview

We are doing our part by reducing our carbon footprint to an absolute minimum.

Costa Rica leads the world in achieving carbon neutrality, expected by 2030. Costa Rica is already producing more than 90% of it's energy from renewable sources. (hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, and wind)

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Source: CINDE

Community Reinvestment

Costa Rica invests where it matters most with a public education policy that is free and mandatory since 1870. Costa Rica stands out for its high educational standards and outstanding productivity levels and we intend to replicate those values in the local EOS community. We reached out to the communities in Panama and Guatemala in order to combine efforts and build the most significant EOS cluster in Central America.

We intend to follow the same formula that has made our country a ideal business environment -- invest in a education for EOS developers, promote EOS startups that focus on advancing democracy and partner with local Universities to increase research in the EOS ecosystem.

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Source: World Bank, The Worldwide Governance Indicators, 2016. Score: between 1-100

EOS Costa Rica at a glance

Type of servers

EOS Costa Rica will deploy bare metal servers and storage devices for a secure and redundant environment. This allows for full control over the infrastructure, with no dependency on third party hardware providers.

Location of servers

EOS Costa Rica has installed an EOS Block Producer node in San José, Costa Rica.
Exact Address: San José, Avenida 5, Calle 1
Coordinates: lat=9.936377, lon=-84.078155

Expansion Plan

We will install redundant infrastructure in a secondary location, Guatuso Data Center, El Guarco de Cartago, Costa Rica, 20km from the primary datacenter.

Testnets

Currently running two nodes in EOS Jungle TestnetWe are also allocating additional hardware for the EOS Kylin Testnet.

Online Presence

Steemit: @eos-costarica
Twitter: @EOSCostaRica
Github: github.com/eoscostarica
Meetup: meetup.com/EOS-Costa-Rica
Telegram: t.me/eoscr
Discord: eoscostarica.io/discord

ID information

Account name: COSTARICAEOS
Legal Name: Sistemas Edenia Internacional
Location of company headquarters:
#501 Trifami, Avenida 1, Calle 2, San José, Costa Rica

Our Team

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Rodrigo Fernández

Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategist

Rodrigo graduated from Tulane University in 1973 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He started Computer Programing using Fortran IV in IBM framework during his years at Tulane and fell in love with computers. In 1987 he founded a software development company Sistemas Edenia Internacional. In early 2013, he discovered Bitcoin and was heavily bitten by the "Crypto worm". The company is now running 2 BTC full nodes, DASH nodes, Stellar and Gridcoin nodes. Edenia also ran a Steem witness for over 3 months starting in 2016 and has had a Bitshares account since 2015. After using BitShares and Steem, Rodrigo gained lots of respect for Dan Larimer as a outstanding software engineer and thus his attraction to Mr Larimer’s latest project EOS.

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Xavier Fernández

Co-Founder, Senior Developer

Xavier graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a degree in Business Administration. Xavier has spent over 5 years working as a full stack developer and currently collaborates with all business stakeholders, as well as manages and optimizes hosting platforms to ensure expected availability and performance levels. He leads the developers, manages staging and production environments including data transfer, backup / recovery plans and deploys launch ready web applications. He also contributes to strategic planning, including business plan & tactics development. More recently, Xavier is vital to the implementation of nodes to supporting open and decentralized blockchain networks like EOS.

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Edgar Fernández

Co-founder, Finance and Enterprise

Edgar Fernandez concentrates on the financial use cases of EOS and enterprise adoption. Edgar left a career on Wall St for EOS Costa Rica after a decade with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays providing derivative hedging solutions to institutional clients in Latin America. Edgar is passionate about the application of blockchain technology to support the entrepreneurial spirit and drive the development of decentralized networks. Edgar graduated from the University of Virginia with a concentration in Finance and Accounting.

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Gabriel “Gabo” Esquivel

Open Source Software Lead

Gabo is a proponent of open source technology stacks and decentralized applications (DApps). He believes that blockchain will have a cornerstone role in our society to build better, more efficient, fair, accountable and transparent organizations, communities and economies. He leads software engineering teams and also loves coding, particularly in JavaScript (Node.js, React) and more recently smart contracts for Ethereum and EOS. He co-founded BlockchainCR, a community hub for knowledge sharing, promoting and studying blockchain technologies.He is an EOS enthusiast and open source contributor to EOS Costa Rica.

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Rodolfo Përez

Creative Director

Rodolfo joined as Creative Director in 2017. He is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts. He directs media relations, branding, advertising and website development. He manages and oversees sponsorships, events, charitable contributions, and marketing training. He has more than 16 years of experience in the digital marketing industry. Prior to joining the EOS Costa Rica he was a creative director for one of the biggest retail stores in Latin America.

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Ronald Gallo

Systems Administrator

Ronald holds a degree in Computer Science, and multiple certifications including Cisco. He is able to resolve issues when a problem is escalated by the NOC Techs. He solves problems that are outside the scope of the NOC, becoming the second line of defense when a problem is spotted. When new infrastructure or design is planned by the team it is Ronald that oversees the plan. Other work includes routine and non-routine maintenance as well as emergency repairs to keep the infrastructure running smoothly. As our main systems administrator, Ronald also provides support for large-scale customer implementations.

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Julio Madrigal

Service Technician

Julio has been with CRServers for 16 years now and is our in-house web designer, photographer and continues to make important contributions to this website. Julio also assists with managed services and hardware support for EOS Costa Rica. He also works on-site implementing solutions such as administration and basic architecture.

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Gerardo Barrios

Network Security Engineer

Gerardo plays a leading role designing and implementing the dedicated servers, routers, switches and secured private networks required for our EOS Block Producer cluster. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications from the University of Costa Rica. He has 10+ years working at the enterprise level with high-profile clients like Pfizer and Bank of America. He works as a Level 3 Network Security Engineer for AT&T Enterprise in Costa Rica. He has vast experience configuring, implementing and troubleshooting Firewalls, IPS, Proxies and web-filtering appliances. He also manages Linux and Unix servers. Gerardo is a long time crypto enthusiast and of course a big fan of EOS.

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Daniel Rojas

Community Relations

Daniel graduated from Universidad Latina in 2011 with a BS in Electronic Engineering. He worked for National Instruments Costa Rica from 2011 to 2017 helping engineers and scientists tackle challenges and drive the technical close of Radio Frequency sales opportunities. He heard about Bitcoin in early 2016 and began learning about it every single day. He downloaded several wallets and began playing with them and exploring whole ecosystem. In early 2017 he started the Comunidad Bitcoin Meetup, where he delivered monthly talks about Bitcoin, mining, wallets and security.In late 2017, he quit his job at NI to go all-in on crypto, with his main focus to boost cryptocurrency adoption through education.

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Community & Testnet participation

Find us in the Jungle Testnet as junglemorpho
Testnet API endpoint : https://jungle.eosio.cr

Telegram : Reach out to our team on telegram, we would love to hear from you. t.me/eoscr

GitHub : We are excited to build open source tools for the global EOS community. github.com/eoscostarica/

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Community project timeline

We are actively communicating with the growing EOS community by way of our telegram channel and our discord channel providing updates and encouraging discourse on community projects. Our meetups and open source initiatives are community driven efforts that we are proud to support and welcome everyone to join.

Our values available at the beginning of this website will guide our decision making around financing, transparency and community projects.

We also intend to hold block rewards in escrow until the community has demonstrated their support for proposals on our social media outlets. Our goal is to work towards the successful governance of the blockchain and be held accountable by holders, developers and the community in general.

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Position on Dividends

We will reinvest 100% of the block reward back into the EOS network, adding value not just for us as block producers, but for the EOS network in the Central American region. Our goal is to attain this healthy balance between internal investment and external investment in the EOS ecosystem. It is important to cover our operating costs, attract and retain the best talent, and maintain a reserve buffer to face any price volatility. We will disclose the projected and actual percentages of funds allocated to the following expense categories:

Inward Facing Activities

  • Server Hardware
  • Connectivity Infrastructure and System Administration
  • Staff training both technical and non technical.
  • Office Rental for EOS open working space and classroom.

Outbound Activities

  • Community Education hosting workshops, meetups, & camps.
  • DAPP development bounties.
  • Promoting EOS to businesses events, conferences, trade shows.
  • Marketing social media, promotional items, events.
  • Public Relations, as members of regional associations.

We will not be paying dividends or engage in vote buying. We have published our Pledge at the beginning of this website and look forward to community feedback on how we can improve and be held accountable.

Bare Metal Servers Specs

Our team has over a decade of experience managing servers and demonstrates all the technical skills required to operate an EOS Block Producer 24/7 from Costa Rica. We are constantly thinking of ways to improve our infrastructure and have outlined the following technical road map. We will actively adapt our road map to network conditions and add capacity / redundancy as needed.

Redundant block Producer Nodes

  • 4 x CPU 24 cores (48 threads) @ 1.87GHz
  • 512 GB RAM
  • 8TB SSD Storage in RAID 5
  • 100 MBps uplink

We want to do our part to ensure the EOS network scales as smoothly as possible. We will allocate block rewards towards improving our hardware as one of our initial priorities in order to handle a large number of transactions and have redundant equipment ready to go at a moments notice. We envision the following scaling plan for hardware:

  • 2 x CPU 28 cores (total 56 Cores and 112 threads) @ 2.50 GHz
  • 1.5TB GB RAM DDR4–2666mhz
  • 8TB SSD Storage in RAID 5
  • 1GBs uplink

API Node Monitor

We are focused on providing the most reliable API service possible, which is why we have published our real-time API Node Monitor.

Load Balanced Full Nodes

We have provisioned two servers as load-balanced full nodes with our initial hardware setup to shield our producer nodes and respond in a timely manner to requests coming from users in our region. The number of nodes can be easily increased as demand increases.

We look forward to the EOS token holder's support in order to continue with the deployment of full nodes to serve the demand of Dapps in our region. We believe running full nodes in different countries in our region will significantly improve the resilience and responsiveness of EOS dApps used by millions of users in Central and South America.




Next steps for EOS Costa Rica

  • EOS-specific educational courses to be held in EOSCR's EOS open space concept. Our plan is to bootstrap courses into a future EOS curriculum.
  • Support developers and promote EOS dApps that advance and safeguard democracy.
  • EOSCR partnership with the a technical University in Costa Rica to promote research in the EOS ecosystem
  • EOS Scholarship for high performing developers and systems engineers to begin or continue their studies and give back to the EOS community
  • EOS-specific political fund that would provide resources to community leaders to work with policy makers and regulators to ensure a favorable environment for blockchain technology in Costa Rica.

We pledge to reinvest our block rewards following the same formula that has made our country a ideal business environment -- invest in a educational system for EOS developers, promote EOS dapps that advance democracy and partner with local educators to increase research in the EOS ecosystem.