Solving the biggest
problems of blockchain.

It’s a long way to mass adoption. Q paves the way by tackling the major issues of today’s blockchains and crypto systems.

Resources

Q White Paper

The Q White Paper explains the basics of Q. Learn about Q’s What, How and Why.

Read the white paper

Q Constitution

The Q Constitution defines Q’s governance. Read the rules that make Q unique.

Read the rules

Q Repositories

The Q Repo documents how Q works ”under the hood”. Go here to start building on Q.

Start building on Q

Universal Governance

Most cryptocurrencies suffer from a lack of structured governance. Decision making is often chaotic and sometimes unfair. Lack of transparency on how decisions are made prevents users from committing resources to decentralized blockchains. The popular “code is law” idea may work for simple use cases. But for general-purpose blockchains, governance is the single-most important factor for value creation and adoption.

Q combines a public, open, decentralized ledger with governance concepts that have been tried and tested in established legal systems. Q’s governance is based on the Q Constitution. It lays down all rules agreed by the users of Q. Root Nodes serve as guardians of these rules. Stakeholders can enforce their rights via a dispute resolution mechanism based on established international private arbitration rules.

Sustainable economics

Decentralized protocols have experienced phenomenal growth. But their underlying economics are still challenging. Many blockchain systems bet on a future transition from block subsidies to transaction fees to support the security of the network. Today, however, it is still unclear whether this is sustainable in the long-term. Further, many applications built on blockchains come with unique economic attack vectors, which calls their economic viability into question.

Q employs system economics that make it both scalable in the short-term and economically viable in the long-term. In particular, Q introduces the concept of native applications, which are end user applications that are deeply integrated into the governance and economic framework of Q. A part of the fees generated by native applications accrues to holders of Q Tokens, who provide governance services. The value of Q and the security of its network is therefore backed by real-world, tangible usage.

Future-proof Technology

The decentralized world is evolving rapidly. While no one can be certain about the direction of technological development, we can be certain that the space will continue to innovate rapidly. What has become clear is that no protocol can succeed in isolation. Rather, protocols need find their space within an interconnected ecosystem to survive and thrive.

Q is based on Ethereum technology, which has been tried-and-tested at scale. Developers can use the Solidity programming language as well as the tooling they are familiar with. From the start, Q will have token bridges to Ethereum, with bridges to other networks expected to be developed soon. This reflects Q’s vision of a multi-chain world where liquidity flows seamlessly between different blockchains. With Q being easily upgradable, the protocol adapts as quickly as technology evolves.

Already today Q shapes the future of blockchain governance.

Get involved

How can you become part of Q?

Q is an open source project and embraces community participation. If you want to learn more about Q, use Q or contribute to the project, q.org is a good place to start. Here you will find information on how to interact with the Q blockchain, send and receive Q, set up a node, engage in the Q community by voting on governance proposals, program smart contracts on Q and many more topics. Learn more about the Q community.

Q intends to launch a bug bounty program shortly. If you are a programmer and want to participate in the bug bounty program, make sure to check back here frequently or follow Q’s social media channels: Reddit and Medium.

Who is Q?

Q is an open source project which has been inititated by the Q International Foundation, a not-for-profit entity based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Q Development AG, a 100% subsidiary of Q International Foundation, has been mandated with the initial development, launch and support of the Q ecosystem.