Berlin Blockchain Week’19
The ditCraft team attended this years’ Berlin Blockchain Week — and we had a blast 🎉 Our mission was to gather new insights and receive valuable feedback regarding our platform and get in touch with the community: the most valuable asset that we have. We spoke with a lot of interesting and different people and gained a lot of new ideas about the more important features of our platform and where we need to improve.
Apart from direct conversations we also spread the word on-stage with two conference talks and our very own codeDAO meet-up.
With so many events happening in one week it’s easy to lose track — but we did our best to attend the most important conferences and meet-ups. It all started of with the Web3 Summit (by Web3 Foundation Team), where big names like David Chaum, Edward Snowden and Gavin Wood delivered inspiring talks, mesmerising the audience.
Part of this is also the so-called “Hackerspace”, where interested coders are hanging out to learn about other projects. Our CTO Yannik Goldgräbe did a live hack including a hands-on demo and presentation of the ditCLI and ditExplorer working in conjunction.
With the Web3 Summit coming to an end, the next big conference got going: DappCon (by Gnosis). With a big focus on Ethereum-related projects, a lot of prominent community members where attending the conference: Vitalik Buterin, Vlad Zamfir, Joseph Lubin and many more!
Perfectly equipped with our “dit is the new git” t-shirts we had the best conversation starter imaginable for this event: a lot of developers where fascinated by our idea and mission to solve the issues of centralisation, malgovernance and lacking incentivisation in the software development space — especially in the open source area.
Our Chief Scientist Sebastian Gajek was part of a panel revolving around governance and DAOs on Ethereum.
Token Engineering Global Gathering
Our CEO Marvin Kruse was delighted to be part of the Token Engineering Global Gathering, presenting ditCraft and our cryptoeconomic incentive model to a broad audience with a research and token engineering background.
Decentralized Storage Summit
At the same time, CTO Yannik Goldgräbe was giving a talk at the Decentralized Storage Summit, going into the details of the things you can do with the ditCLI and the ditExplorer for a very technical and interested audience.
codeDAO — the ditCraft Meet-Up
A lot of conferences and events were happening during Berlin Blockchain Week, especially in the evening, where most of the meet-ups took place. While we also attended some very interesting meet-ups in the space, we took the opportunity to host our very own one — the codeDAO meet-up. Sponsored by the Innogy Innovation Hub, we featured speakers from Samsung NEXT, Gitcoin and Innogy themselves.
Ricardo J. Méndez, the technical director of Samsung NEXT, explored ideas on how to supported so-called “randos” — the seemingly random people developing the open-source software that the world is running on. Kevin Owocki from Gitcoin shed light on web3-native business models and the ones that exist in the current web 2.0 and how these might transform into the web3 paradigm. Marvin Kruse presented ditCraft’s codeDAO approach to guide the open source space into a more sustainable and decentralized future. Kerstin Eichmann and Torsten Dahmen from the innogy innovation hub presented their “maslow for machines” framework dealing with strategic investments in blockchain startup and explored the concept of an energyDAO. All of the talks can be found on our YouTube channel as well.
The grand finale of Berlin Blockchain Week was — without a doubt — the EthBerlinZwei Hackathon. Hundreds of hackers were eagerly hacking night and day to win challenges or just play around with awesome ideas and concepts. More than 80 projects where submitted in the end — a huge success! The team of ditCraft used the hackathon to directly get in touch with a lot of developers and gather feedback on the frontlines. We also took the opportunity to hack on something ourselves and integrated KyberNetwork token swaps. We deployed their protocol for an easy on- and off-ramp into our system to swap xDAI and ETH. This way cashing in/out xDAI on the ditPlatform is considerably simplified. For the ditPlatform the merits of the feature are clear: users shall onboard with ease and comfortably liquidize their token rewards. We are working on improving the customer story here. More to come in future posts. Not only the ditCraft team was surprised about the seemingly integration of token swap mechanisms, but also KyberNetwork liked what the team produced.
All in all we can say that Berlin Blockchain Week was an absolute blast 🔥 We got so much good and valuable feedback, made new contacts and spread the word about ditCraft. We are looking forward to the next conferences, hackathons and meet-ups! Keep us on the radar!!
ditCraft is about community! ditCraft is about you!
If you like the idea of decentralized, incentivized and democratic coding, we highly encourage you to
- try out the ditCLI and ditExplorer,
- watch some youtube tutorials and conference talks (for a low-cost intro),
- read the ditProtocol whitepaper (for a deep dive),
- join the product discussion and request new features on discord (for telling us what we need to do better),
- follow us on Twitter to get updates. (We only communicate news/updates via Twitter.)
- are humbled if you spread the word to the open source community (ditCraft is from the community for the community)