Lightning Talks: New Discoveries Session 7

August 2nd, 3:30pm-4:30pm 
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
Hyper Room

Wonder what's bubbling up in Tokyo or Helsinki? What the Budapest bootstrapper has been working on under the radar? The latest decentralized concept with only a white far?  Then this track is for you.  We'll turn the stage over to those with up-and-coming ideas to demo their code and DWeb concepts for you in 4 minute bursts.

John Light, Aragon, Community Lead 

Line Up:

Jay Graber - Demo of Twitter -> Patchwork bridge hack. Share ideas for linking centralized to decentralized social media

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer - Ouinet, a cooperative P2P web cache that helps overcome network interference.

David Vorick - An overview of the Sia platform

Stefan Thomas - We built a new way for websites to make money called Web Monetization. It's a proposed new browser API built on top of Interledger, which allows websites to request small amounts of money from the browser.

Sander Pick - Textile Photos is a decentralized mobile application where users can store and share encrypted photos

Sawood Alam - InterPlanetary Wayback: A Distributed and Persistent Archival Replay System Using IPFS

Chelsea Palmer - Decentralize Education: the Future of Participatory, Collaborative Learning (where we're going, we don't need classrooms - but we might need more structure than we currently assume!)

Jay Graber
Engineer, Zcash

Jay is a software developer with an interest in privacy and decentralization tech. 


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Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer is a member of eQualitie, a company that develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. He works on the development of technologies enabling unfettered access to the World Wide Web for netizens operating in some of the most restrictive Internet environments.



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John Light
Co-founder, Author, Bitseed

John Light is the Community Lead at Aragon, a project that is building tools for the governance of organizations and open source projects. He is also a co-founder of Bitseed, author of Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank, free software advocate and contributor, and advisor to cryptocurrency startups and investors.

John has helped organize many crypto-community events including EIP0 Summit in 2018, the Decentralized Web Summit in 2016, and Blockstack Summit NYC in 2015. He also hosted the P2P Connects Us podcast, founded the Buttonwood SF cryptocurrency trading meetup in San Francisco, and is an avid reader and writer on the topics of peer-to-peer technology, philosophy, and culture.

You can find John's website at


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Sawood Alam
Researcher, Old Dominion University

Sawood Alam is a PhD Student of Computer Science at Old Dominion University, USA. Sawood received his B.Tech. degree in Computer Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia, India in 2008 and his M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, USA in 2013. His Master’s Thesis title was "HTTP Mailbox – Asynchronous Restful Communication". Sawood is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation titled, "A Framework of Web Archive Profiling for Efficient Memento Aggregation". Apart from his academic research in Web Science and Web Archiving field, he has a keen interest in various fields including Linux Containerization, Decentralized Web, Machine Learning, and solving technical challenges of Urdu and other Right-to-Left complex script languages. Sawood actively follows latest Web technologies.


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Stefan Thomas
Founder, President, Coil

Stefan is the Founder and President of Coil, a San Francisco based startup that wants to create a better business model for the Web. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan built new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. He has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.


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David Vorick
Lead Developer, Sia

Lead developer of Sia, the decentralized cloud storage platform and CEO of Obelisk, a cryptocurrency ASIC manufacturing company.


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Sander Pick
CTO, Textile Photos

Sander Pick is CTO at Textile where he is building the technology to help decentralize our personal data and build the epic consumer apps of the future. Previously, Sander worked at Apple and Mission Motors. 


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