Status Research and Development Gmbh, based in Zug, Switzerland, has created the world’s first mobile Ethereum client that runs entirely on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. It turns a mobile device into a light client node on the Ethereum network, placing access to the entire Ethereum ecosystem at your fingertips.
Essentially a messaging platform and mobile browser for the Ethereum blockchain, the Status application program interface (API) has been designed from the ground up with non-technical users in mind. Status functions as a point of entry for people to start using virtual currencies and exploring decentralized applications (Dapps). Dapps use P2P protocols rather than going through centralized servers like regular smartphone apps. APIs are the engines under the hood of the connectivity of the Internet. They carry your requests through the pipelines of the Internet and return the results to you.
Status co-founder Carl Bennetts said, I “the launch of the Status API will eventually allow developers to integrate their existing decentralized applications more tightly with Status’ user interface, and also create decentralized chatbots.”
In an effort to improve its API, which is still in alpha development, Status will host a week-long virtual hackathon to identify bugs and to network with other developers who can provide valuable expertise and feedback. Individuals and hacker-teams from around the world will be experimenting with Status’ API, and be vying for a $10,000 first prize (as well as $6,000 second prize, $3,000 third prize, and six $1,000 prizes for runner-ups), which will be paid out in Ether.
Bennetts told ETHNews:
“Admittedly our API is highly experimental, so it’s all about gathering feedback, and finding bugs at this point, which will be invaluable to us. For participants, I hope this will give the winning teams some startup capital to focus more of their time on Ethereum-based projects.”
Guidelines for the competition include: making existing desktop web-Dapps mobile-compatible, creating a decentralized chatbot using Status’ new API, and extending Status itself with new API commands.
About the hackathon, Bennetts said:
“We’re super excited to see what developers build! Part of the beauty of a hackathon is that you can try to create something completely wild, that you wouldn’t normally attempt in your day job. It’ll also be interesting to see how designers will begin to think about chat contexts and how messaging will enable friendly interaction between people and DApps in a few years from now.”
For more information visit https://hackathon.status.im