Back now in Europe after Devcon3. Weatherwise, of course, things are not quite the same here, drizzle and 5 degrees above zero being the order of the day.
But we bring back many warm memories! Devcon 3 was a great experience, the event hummed along nicely and mostly without safety worries. Some unsavoury characters were seen around, though.
Cozumel Splendid Toadfish (Sanopus splendidus)
Despite such distractions, we were able to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and find out more about a number of exciting projects.
As to the official program, Henri was on stage in the P2P breakout track. He gave an overview of the Streamr platform and discussed how it enables machines and connected devices to share and monetize real-time data. Henri also did a live demo, building a real-time analytics pipeline from scratch on stage, and connected it to an Ethereum smart contract. The breakout sessions were recorded but not live streamed, but the Devcon team should make the recordings available online soon.
Interesting opportunities for collaboration transpired. For instance, also presenting in the P2P track was Eric Tang from Livepeer. In discussions afterwards it became clear — perhaps not surprisingly — that the tech for decentralised live video shares common ground with decentralised real-time messaging, and there are certainly possibilities for collaborative development. Henri and Eric tentatively agreed on a joint technical workshop later on to discuss this opportunity further.
For my part, I gave a joint presentation with Gregory Landua on the The Data Mechanics of Saving the Planet. You can see this talk in the morning session on Day 4 here:
REGEN is a wonderful use case for the blockchain, showing how secure decentralized ledger technology and real-time messaging can be used for the common good. The above recording includes an inspiring embedded video, and Gregory of Terra Genesis International makes a great case for a better planet via regenerative agriculture and verified carbon sequestration in his informed but laid-back fashion. We at Streamr are happy to help with the decentralized data infrastructure that underpins their vision.
Many good talks were had with other teams on various fronts where we believe Streamr can be helpful. We’ll come back to those initiatives in the following weeks and months, and will keep everyone informed as progress is being made.
Just to mention some friends old or new, we first got in touch with the good folks at Oaken Innovations from Texas through Trusted IoT Alliance. We were glad to have the opportunity to meet up in person with John and the rest of the team in Cancun.
It was also great to meet with Jun, Vansa and others from OmiseGo, hopefully we can catch up again soon. Deep discussions were had with Julian, Grzegorz, Alex, Andrezj, Piotr, Shiv and the rest of the Golem team, and concrete things will follow. We much enjoyed exchanging ideas and swapping stories with FriendUp team, Arne, Hogne, Thomas, and David.
From Brian Fox we heard about Orchid who are working on a blockchain-based protocol (a kind of decentralized VPN) that lets users access the internet free of censorship and surveillance. Now that’s a formidable prospect!
Microservices are close to our hearts, given that one of the uses of Streamr it to create them or connect to them. Talks with Lucas Geiger of Wireline opened up interesting possibilities on that front.
On real-time data, the work by Thomson Reuters is something we find particularly interesting. We see a great practical demand for trusted financial data as input to smart contracts.
Moving on to mobile devices, the whitepaper by Antti Saarnio and the team at Zipper Global opens up fascinating prospects on bringing the blockchain to the masses and developing the ecosystem. Antti is one of the founders of Jolla, the team behind the Sailfish mobile operating system.
Many thanks for those who attended the impromptu Streamr community get-together (first one ever!) at the Grand Fiesta Americana lobby bar. Dozens of people showed up, even though the event was very ad-hoc. Good to see you all! We are grateful, of course, to our dear advisors and early supporters, and luckily were able to meet up with a number of you. You know who you are.