Building Wakio — a hackathon experience

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Building Wakio — a hackathon experience

Note from the Sia/Skynet team: Wakio is an incredible app that showed us how a smooth user experience could be brought to the world of decentralized applications. Congratulations again on your hackathon win, and thank you so much for detailing the process of building Wakio.

The background

I discovered Sia while searching for an open-source alternative to private data-storage services (e.g. Google Drive and Dropbox) to back up my files. I gave it a test run for a couple of weeks and loved it, so I decided to adopt it as one of my backup systems. Shortly after, Skynet was released, enabling users to share files through Sia’s decentralized network. Thanks to its velocity, and simplicity in usage, different applications started to appear hosted directly on Skynet, making the Sia ecosystem grow more and more interesting. In this context I read that Sia and Namebase were partnering to make a hackathon, so, in order to both help the community grow, and gain better insight into the technology, I decided to participate.

In all honesty, I had not heard of Namebase until the hackathon was promoted, but it quickly became clear its usefulness. You see, whenever you upload a file to Skynet, skynet assigns it a unique identifier (called a Skylink) that looks like this:

dAArs_bX0skS6gf6kt64BPXnp6XqW9_aVZKRHO2j9mUN6A

To retrieve your file, you need to visit siasky.net/<skylink_here>. The nice thing about Skylinks is that they unequivocally represent each file in the network… the problem is that they are impossible to remember. Here is where Namebase becomes useful. Namebase allows (through the use of the handshake blockchain) to link human-readable domain names to Skynet links. This means that you can point something simple to remember, like the word wakio, to the 47 random-characters long skylink. Now, you can access your ...

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