Hiro and Skynet are starting the collaboration by sponsoring a bounty for the best tutorial educating developers on how to use Skynet to create pointers in Clarity smart contracts to data that is too large to store on-chain. Powered by the Sia blockchain, Skynet provides provides a compelling solution for developers who need to store, or allow their users to store data in a decentralized manner without sacrificing performance or reliability.
Developers from the Stacks community that have long rallied under the notion of 'Can't Be Evil', will recognize similar elements in Skynet's storage tools. Billed as the "storage foundation for a decentralized internet", Skynet and the underlying Sia blockchain, offer features like:
- Accessible Data: Retrieve data from anywhere and across applications.
- Decentralization: A robust network of decentralized portals and hosts ensures persistent access to Skynet.
- Affordable Performance: Storage on Skynet costs 10x less than centralized providers and bandwidth costs are 100x lower – without sacrificing performance or reliability.
- Programmability: Skynet includes SDKs for popular programming languages and APIs that integrate seamlessly with existing apps.
With Gaia being a great option for users to store their own encrypted data and being somewhat optimized for that private use-case, Skynet fits nicely alongside it to give developers a strong option for globally accessible data storage. When it comes to social apps or those that require reliable and fast public access to data between many users, this connection will be extremely valuable.
Both teams and communities share an uncommon commitment to decentralization and to Bitcoin. In one of the first posts ever from
Sia and Skynet Founder and CEO, David Vorick said the following: