Evan Faggart · November 12, 2016 · 8:47 pm

The second major EtherCamp hackathon kicks off in just a matter of days with ideas that range from practical blockchain applications to ambitious overhauls of societal institutions.

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Tomer Kantor, co-founder at Proof of Work Media and a close associate of EtherCamp, said the team is looking forward to watching the hackathon camps build upon their initial ideas as the competition progresses.

“There are so many ideas that have excited us, and there are definitely some firm favourites amongst the team,” Kantor said.  

“The thing that really excites us . . . is that no matter what our personal views may be, it’s the community that gets to decide [the winner].”

Ideas From the EtherCamp Hackathon

 

Freeing the Internet: Decentralized DNS

Differentiating itself from other hackathons, EtherCamp’s competition takes place entirely online, something competitor, Pax founder, Philip Saunders, was drawn to.

“I think EtherCamp has an interesting model,” Saunders said, “One of my developers is in Prague and another is in Switzerland, so the [online] format suits us.”

Saunders’ team has submitted the ambitious idea of creating a decentralized DNS (Domain Name System). The DNS is an integral layer of the Internet, translating hostnames into IP addresses that can be accessed by people surfing the web.

A timely idea, gaining traction after the recent Dyn DNS server attack that caused many major websites to go offline for hours, the project, titled Nebulis, aims to build a new domain directory using the Ethereum blockchain and the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) — an alternative to the currently-used HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) system.

Nebulis, according to a blog post written by Saunders, will make DNS records more secure through its Ethereum and IPFS implementations, making it less vulnerable to attacks like the one suffered by Dyn in October.

“There have already been ‘proof-of-concept’ projects in the blockchain DNS space,” he said, “so I see Nebulis as a solution targeted at the real world.”

As a long-term goal, Saunders and his team aim to secure enough revenue and investors to build a web browser called “Nebula,” which will support IPFS, Ethereum and Nebulis.

Decentralized, Peer-to-Peer Insurance

Adding blockchain technology to an older concept of decentralized insurance contracts, Team Etherisc is using Ethereum-based smart contracts to replace the traditional insurance company.

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