The seventh edition of Open Web Foundry finished quite a bit ago. A new edition is already bound to begin shortly. Maybe you have a cool new idea that will expand the use of Arweave in ways that nobody thought of until now? Or maybe you just want to take a Web2 use case and just make it better through the Permaweb. Open Web Foundry helps you to fill the gaps. What is OWF? Well, we made quite a lot of descriptions during the time, and we vouched to reiterate them as long as needed because the whole idea is to manage to roll the information about OWF to as many new developers as possible. So, without further ado:
OpenWeb Foundry is Permaweb’s talent scouter, an essential part of Arweave’s ecosystem that represents a beacon of light for every early-stage Web3 project. Opposite to almost all the similar initiatives in the crypto space, OWF is not aiming to create flashy hackathons with tons of submissions, cramped in a couple of weeks which makes you wonder if you attended a technical event or a marketing stunt.
They represent a continuous hackathon, divided into successive editions; when one is complete, another starts. They help everyone from refining the initial idea to product development, intermediate feedback, and the actual go-to-market. Each edition of 100.000$ is waiting to be divided among the finalists.
Now you know what OWF is, what it does, and its relation with Arweave. What about trying to go a little more in-depth and seeing what happened at the last Open Web Foundry edition by going through the finalists? By no means should you consider the projects that participated in this edition but did not manage to be among the finalists as less important. However, those who were highlighted among the finalists had something that caught the attention of the OWF team. So, take a look at how they are aiming to use Arweave.
SPID3R is represented by Ryan, aka @voicesofhim, who is a beatboxer, artist, and creative technologist. His main field is mixing magic with the community.
The opening point of the SPID3R presentation is the premise that your story and your identity in Web2 are not in your control, whereas SPID3R is a gamified search & discovery network – powered by people.
Web2 search and recommendation platforms monetise your online identity by harvesting, indexing and storing your interest data and then selling your personal data to private marketplaces. SPID3R changes the game, flipping market places with people-powered data. SPID3R believes that the open market with people exchanging ideas, goods and services should be governed and controlled by the people. SPID3R will future forward market places by uniting people communities with shared values and interests in a network called the W3B. In the centre of the W3B is what SPID3R calls Permaweb IDs – PIDs. They are based on permaweb apps, atomic NFTs and smartweave contracts, so this provides for self-identified interests. These interests have value, and they can be added to your Permaweb ID – PID.
All PIDs interest tokens can be indexed in a decentralised exchange of interests, thus forming your W3B. As your interests change, so can your W3B, and spreading your interests will form compounds of interests or so-called nests with almost infinite paths between them.
So what’s the main point of all this? When another user likes any of your interests, they can stake them to their own W3B, earning you points for your views. Indexing interests will help the prediction market, connecting the users with shared interests. This would lead to a people-powered search and recommendation engine. The final achievement is a gameful SPID3R OS to be born to earn points for your W3B views.
Ryan claims that through the OWF, he’s found a new community, new purpose, and new family and strongly believes that together, we will build the new W3B. By the way, you can also follow the podcast where Ryan talks with @OnlyArweave and explains more about SPID3R.
The next one is the presentation of DigitalMe, done by its founder, Tim.
The mission of DigitalMe is to sync your data from any source to decentralised network to achieve full ownership of our digital selves.
Their opening statement is that dying sucks. Well, we can definitely agree on that. As our lives become more and more digital, creating lots of data, we can use this data creating a digital version of ourselves that will still be alive even after our death IRL. So the least we can try is to regain full autonomy of our digital identity.
DigitalMe offers a solution by syncing all of the data from APIs using a simple upload tool that collects all the data from any apps you use and choose within an offered DigitalMe package and store them permanently to Arweave. This stored data set can be considered as a life extension, and used it other cases, whether it’s AI asistant or AI for brain damage, or data for research, or a way to review your life, and so on.
In a really quick demo presentation, DigitalMe shows a simple example of collecting all data from Instagram.
Mike from Bluebird introduces us to Bluebird’s vision of the future of on-chain digital media management and monetisation. At the moment, NFTs have their shortcomings, lacking utility, functionality, clear usage or monetisation options. You may also have questions – what exactly do I do with my NFT? Now we wait. But soon we will need tools and infrastructure for managing their monetised content, either individuals or big media companies.
Bluebird’s objective is to make your content work for you, offering on-chain content management, NFT/media monetisation, rights management, access control and licensing. In Bluebird’s solution all the middlemen or closed platforms are excluded because it works for communities and individual owners using Arweave as a platform where the media and data is stored and posted to the marketplace simultaneously – providing a simple licensing tool along with this.
This is how it works:
And this is how it looks:
Dryad presents itself as the first semantic primitive for Web3. What does that mean?
Law is the mother of all legacy systems, Adam from Dryad claims, and law is the operating system for society. However, “Legalese is a crappy coding language, but it doesn’t have to be” is a statement by Dryad, which seeks to make the law cool. In other words, it’s goal is to reduce the legal structures to their essence. Dryad, by the way, is already up and running publicly. And their staff are real lawyers and professors, which means they know what they talk about here legally, not only technically.
Here’s the structure of how it works in the example of an employment agreement:
The contracts are graphically structured, where you can add any information you need, but the structure itself shows the content of a legal agreement. Who agrees to what, where and when. In the demo Adam demonstrates how you can connect the dots – both literally and metaphorically, and combine two agreements into one.
The idea is to use these legal concepts in Permaweb, associating users with their wallets. Users are welcomed to contribute to the Lexicon, feeding it with different machine readable concepts to grow their values.
Oxygen is a blockchain-based ecological project to clean the world’s waters. Nowadays a big problem is the lack of transparency and little finance in doing a good job.
Oxygen addresses this problem by real-time monitoring of waste to reduce the number of contaminants and to create an award system for these inputs and outputs pushed into the Arweave to make unmutable history of waste. Received Oxygen tokens would be staked to gain rewards, creating a transparent system of reducing waste in the world’s water flow.
The project would function in a partnership between legislative agencies, educational institutions and environmental consultants.
The company shows not only a demo of the digital project but demonstrates experimental results with untreated and treated water using the Oxygen program and how it works plugged to real water containers in Brazil, pulling data right from them. Well, it works, and the Oxygen project already has 5 participants willing to reduce waste and gain rewards for that in permaweb.
Data needs context to be used. Or Context, which is a framework to create and evolve Standards as Public Goods. Here’s the premise and the goal of Context:
E.g., if you create a NFT for cars in games, you basically look for an example in other games and see other people doing different stuff, which should be standardised. Unfortunately, the way and time the standartisation bodies are reachable and responding to requests is not satisfactory to say at least. No wonder coders just give up and use their own Schemas.
But it shouldn’t be this way – standarts should be Public Goods built-in collaborative way. NFT’s now may not be codable in different platforms, as they use a different language. Context offers the perfect scenario where naturally lazy (no shame at all about this) people can go to a repository to get their Schema for, e.g., NFT for a car, and work with it, like this:
And the perfect solution for this repository would be Arweave, as it would help to store all Schemas and function as a platform for contributors to interact.
FMDS stands for Free My Data Systems and is going to fix the broken healthcare system in the U.S. One of the reasons is huge administrative burden which owns and manages all medical data, and the key to ease this burden would be giving medical data back to patients.
Now, if a U.S. citizen wants to change a doctor or a hospital to overlook their treatment, it’s a hell of bureaucracy to do that and not even free. Even or especially when there’s insurers involved.
This year, a huge change happened concerning healthcare data providers. The individual access use case API’s are required to be provided by all Medicaid Agencies which means that every patient has rights to have free access to their own medical data. Awesome news! Only thing we need now, is tools to store and control the patient data permanently and safely. And this is where FMDS comes in with a blockchain based NFT medical record ecosystem, on Arweave – using the blockchain, permanent storage of Arweave, Smart Contracts to take control away from the providers and insurers and allow patients control and even monetise their data by leasing it back to them. Not the other way around, how it is at the moment.
This is how it looks like. The patient has multiple data records on their FMDS profile and through so called “Leases” you share it with healthcare institutions and insurers. Mostly that’s it, which is good because it looks simple and user-friendly.
FMDS hopes to enroll 1.200.000 patients into this system during the next 6 months based on the 900 organizations they’re already working with.