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How to buy Horizon State

Your step-by-step guide to buying and selling Horizon State (HST) in Canada.

Horizon State ceases operations

On 19 August 2019, Horizon State announced that it would be ceasing operations.

The information on this page discusses Horizon State prior to its collapse, and should not be considered up to date.

Horizon State is a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform designed to provide efficient vote casting and decision-making processes. The secure digital ballot box uses blockchain technology to ensure that data is distributed and tamper-proof, and allows voting from cell phones and computers.

The platform operates through the use of Decision Tokens (HST), which provide the “gas” for voting within the Horizon State ecosystem. If you’d like to buy HST, read on to find out how these tokens work and how you can purchase them.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade.

Where to buy HST

You can buy and trade HST on a variety of cryptocurrency exchanges, such as:

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How to buy HST: A step-by-step guide

If you want to buy HST in Canada, here’s an example of how to do it:

Step 1. Create an account at Kraken

Kraken is a well known cryptocurrency exchange that allows you to buy and sell cryptocurrency directly with Canadian dollars (CAD). Sign up for an account, which is free to do, and simply provide your email address and create a password.

Before you can deposit CAD into your account, your account will need to be verified. This can be carried out by providing your name, address, contact details and proof of ID.

Depending on how busy the exchange you choose is at the time, verification could take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.

Finally, make sure you turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) to provide extra security for your account.

Step 2. Deposit funds into your account

When you log into your account, navigate to the “Deposit” button and then enter the amount of CAD you wish to transfer to your account.

Step 3. Buy HST

Once the funds have cleared, click on the “Buy/Sell” link. Depending on the exchange, you may have to buy BTC or ETH first and then trade that for HST. You may also need to navigate to a different exchange to buy HST with ETH or BTC, like Cryptopia or KuCoin.

Once you have ETH or BTC, trade it for HST. You will be able to confirm prices before you complete the trade.

How to sell HST

On the flipside, if you’re looking to sell HST, then you’ll generally need to follow similar steps to those outlined above. The key difference, of course, is that you’ll need to click on “Sell HST” and review current sell prices before completing your transaction. Other than that, the process is more or less the same.

HST wallets?

HST is an ERC20 token based on the Ethereum blockchain. As a result, it can be stored in any Ethereum-compatible wallet that supports these types of tokens, including:

How Horizon State works

Based in Melbourne, Horizon State is an Australian start-up with the big vision of “redesigning democracy for the 21st century”. Looking beyond the marketing tagline, Horizon State offers a secure digital ballot box that it says can’t be hacked, protecting the identity of each voter.

How does it work? Horizon State takes advantage of the unforgettable attributes of distributed ledger technology to create a blockchain-based voting platform. This provides protection for voter identities and protects against outside interference, while also allowing voting transparency.

Horizon State also aims to make voting more convenient and affordable. By facilitating immediate digital votes through cell phones and computers, the technology could potentially overcome many of the geographical constraints facing the voting process. The company also claims that its system allows for more cost-efficient voting, reducing the cost for taxpayers to between $7 and $25 per vote for traditional methods of voting to less than $0.50 per vote.

Horizon State’s initial coin offering (ICO) was held in October 2017 and raised $1.4 million.

What to consider when buying HST

Regardless of which cryptocurrency you’re thinking of purchasing, it’s essential to thoroughly research its background, stated goals and potential for growth before buying it. Cryptocurrencies are complicated and speculative, so make sure you fully understand all of the risks first.

If you’re thinking of buying HST, consider the following factors:

  • Token use. HST Decision Tokens are the “gas” used to run the voting and decision processes within the Horizon State ecosystem. The aim is for everyone from governments and large corporations to unions and non-profit organizations to utilize these tokens for polling and voting processes, driving up their value.
  • Real-world use. Consider the potential real-world applications for Horizon State technology when determining the value of the token. For example, Horizon State has already partnered with not-for-profit democratic platform MiVote in a move that secured a partnership with the United Nations, and has also announced a partnership with software corporation SAP.
  • Potential. The value of the HST token will depend on the demand for Horizon State’s technology. The more organizations using the ecosystem, the greater the potential for growth in value.
  • Future developments. Check out the Horizon State Roadmap, available on the company’s website, for details of its timeline for future technological developments and releases. You can also sign up to the Horizon State mailing list to receive regular updates.


Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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