MaidSafe, the UK company developing a decentralized internet platform, has announced its Community Engagement Program (CEP). The purpose of this process is to match developers with immediate and fundamental SAFE Network requirements in the form of a community funded ‘Kickstarter’ like process, desgned to encourage teams to bid for projects. These will access part of the 5 million MaidSafeCoin made available for bounties, community projects etc.
Each project will be identified up front as being in demand and then teams or individuals will propose a costed solution in MaidSafeCoin for each small proposal. It is anticipated that these will be mostly short term projects taking six weeks or less, and will primarily cover end user applications, but may also include core components.
This process has been described as an experiment to test the effectiveness and scalability of this method. The CEP will not replace the bounty program, which is more effective for smaller and specific pieces of work.
Applicants will be responding to a set of requirements, initially established by MaidSafe and adapted to take into account community feedback. The community will complement and expand on the process as it becomes more established by incorporating community based proposals. CEP projects will be 50% funded by MaidSafe in MaidSafeCoin and 50% by the community. If projects achieve less than 100% of the projected costs, they will have to decide whether or not to proceed. MaidSafe will assign a member of the company, whose skills and experience best suit the project, to oversee and act as the main point of contact.
The first project MaidSafe are seeking proposals for is a SAFE Network browser that is able to render standard web content and also enable web applications to invoke the APIs exposed by the Launcher. A mechanism to provide SAFE-only URLs as well as html etc. is expected.