The last day of the summit was dedicated to ideas of novel social interaction and decentralized content delivery.  

The awesome communal spirit that remains Swarm’s distinctive trait pervaded day three of the Swarm Orange Summit. It is in this spirit that we wanted to open the last day of the talks so we put the community forum as the first item on the day’s agenda. Sitting on Epic Labs’ conference room’s steel-tiled floor, comfortably snugged in beanie bags or sitting on the colourful cushioned chairs the developers from the Swarm team and collaborating projects began discussing the needs of both sides.

In the following hour of flowing ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism we managed to create a more coherent picture of what our community needs from us and what kind of contributions we would like to see from them.

Moving towards a decentralized Youtube

A short coffee break later it was time for the summit’s final batch of talks. Eric Tang from Livepeer, which is a decentralized transcoding network, was the first to take the microphone. He started off by explained how current video content delivery system works and how it depends on transcoding to function. The goal for Livepeer, he added, is to move the centralized cloud-hosted content into decentralized storage.

The main problem that Livepeer is encountering here is scaling, which they have settled to a degree with off-chain flows. Eric also presented an interesting idea connected to scaling. Mining pools could use their vast numbers of idle GPU video transcoders to transcode video content alongside crypto mining. That would cost them some additional electricity but would in turn create much higher added value.

The second part of the talk was dedicated to the presentation of the algorithm, made in collaboration with Epic Labs that can verify if a video has been maliciously tampered with.

Decentralized video was the topic of the second talk as well. Alejandro Perona Morales from BlockTube explained how his decentralized video platform is using Swarm to store videos and their metadata. Through the use of Swarm’s feeds, Alejandro added, individuals can add videos or follow other channels. As it is only proper, he demonstrated how videos can be uploaded to BlockTube and how new subscriptions can be added to accounts.

Time to quit Facebook

For almost two hours the talks were put on pause as the Ethereum State on Swarm workshop started. When it was time for presenters to take the stage again the promising Swarm novice, Attila Gazso, showed us his brainchild, Felfele, a mobile-first, decentralized social app and protocol on Swarm. He pointed out that current problems of social media can’t be fixed using existing models. Felfele is therefore a study of a novel approach to social media, using Swarm feeds and the Ethereum blockchain, Gazso told the intrigued room. After demoing how it works, it left us wanting for more updates. Soon, we hope.

Social media was also the focal point for the BeeFree project. Dimitry Kholkov, a developer from the Ethereum Foundation that is helping the project take off, presented their JavaScript framework that can collect data from social networks and can also be plugged into Swarm. Although there were some concerns over Swarm not being production-ready yet, Kholkov disagreed. He’s confident that their JS framework can turn Swarm into a working product today. We hope others will continue to explore the idea further.

Opening the two of the last talks with an anecdote about toilet seats, Adam Schmideg from the Ethereum Foundation presented his idea of how Swarm can bridge the B2B gap between blockchain startups and traditional companies. Big companies, Adam argued, are looking for innovative startups to partner with, but they can’t afford the regulatory risks connected to the processing and storing of data. On the other hand, startups want to enter the B2B market, but they don’t have the time and resources. Swarm’s infrastructure can bridge this gap, Adam believes.

The three days of talks were concluded by Michael Thuy from Swarm City who presented their decentralized carsharing app and how an alternative to Uber can be built based on blockchain and the principles of Fair Data Society.

As all good things come to an end so too Swarm Orange Summit ’19 in Madrid had to end eventually. Three days of inspiring talks showed us that the community is alive and full ideas that can redefine the current Web 2.0 environment.

We kindly invite you to join us next year and if you or someone from your team has an idea on how to use Swarm to make your project a reality, don’t hesitate to contact us through the channels below.

The Swarm team is reachable on 
Gitter.

Discussions about Swarm on 
/r/ethswarm and /r/ethereum subreddits.

Please feel free to reach out via info@ethswarm.org