Blockstack: $50,000 Bounty for Messaging Applications…

Welcome to the Stack CafeTM — One aspect of promoting the Blockstack ecosystem is to provide a platform to help support the global community of developers, designers, and others to submit their ideas and products for a chance to win a prize (e.g., decentralized application(s), dApp, dApps on the Web 3.0).

Over the last quarter or so of 2017, Blockstack announced the Blockstack Signature Fund — a $25 million dollar fund of used to help support teams to build applications for the new internet. Blockstack likens the Signature Bounties to contests where teams submit products and judges determine who wins the prize for the best product. Blockstack further explains bounties as follows:

“Bounties are a useful tool for building out important apps on the new internet because they leverage a global community of developers, designers, and other talented folks to work on bringing interesting ideas into reality. Since apps built using Blockstack don’t own their user’s data or identity, they can be expanded on or re-purposed by other teams as the basis for more complex apps that build out an ecosystem.”

December 20, 2017

$50,000 Signature Bounty to Decentralize Communication

  • Build a Community Messaging App – Blockstack Signature Bounty:
    • Blockstack writes – “It has become clear over the past several months that Slack cannot be the permanent home for community communication for open source projects like Blockstack. Slack has taken a closed source approach to team chat, and that does not work for the decentralized community as a whole in order to defend attacks from bad actors or even store chat history in a reliable way. … The Blockstack Signature Fund will award $25,000 to the team with the best messaging app using Blockstack Auth and here.
      • Blockstack minimum application (dApp) requirements:
        • Must use Blockstack for identity and authentication
        • Must fork either Rocket.Chat, Mattermost, or Riot/Matrix
        • Must be available on both desktop and mobile
        • Must be able to handle communities of 10,000+ users
        • Must not reuse a submission for the Encrypted & Decentralized P2P Messaging Bounty
          • Date and Time 9:00am EST December 20th, 2017: – 11:59pm EST February 16th, 2018

Register for the bounty at Blockstack

  • Build a P2P Encrypted Messaging App
    • Blockstack writes – “Encrypted messaging apps have gained significant use and traction in recent years, with popular offerings including Signal and WhatsApp. With Blockstack, users own their own identity and data, including any and all encrypted communication…. The Blockstack Signature Fund will award $25,000 to the team that creates the best P2P encrypted messaging app.

      • Blockstack’s minimum application (dApp) requirements:
        • Must use Blockstack for identity, storage, and encryption
        • Must not use a central server or database
        • May be a fork of a pre-existing P2P messaging app
        • Must not reuse a submission for the Team Messaging Bounty
        • The use of STUN/TURN servers is fine, however signaling servers should not be used, as signaling should be done over Gaia
          • Date and Time – Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 6:00 AM – Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Register for the bounty at Blockstack

Other Bounties announced so far (completed):

September 2017 –

  • Encrypted Token Portfolio app as follows (September 2017):
    • private, encrypted Token Portfolio Management app that allows you the user to
      • (1) sign in with an identity you own, and
      • (2) gives you the privacy to input and view your cryptocurrency/token balances on your own encrypted cloud storage provider.

The the Community responded in force – app submissions here. And a screenshot of the latest blockstack browser homepage with all of functioning coin-portfolio applications:


Blockstack Signature bounties are open and waiting for the Community. Go to this link for more details from Blockstack re: $50,000 Signature Bounty.

Note: If you do not have the Blockstack browser, please see this link (note – to enable the full functionality of any dApp built for the Blockstack ecosystem (e.g., building a new internet, a decentralized internet, re-decentralizing the internet) you need to use the Blockstack browser).

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