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Lightwave | Marketplace for sustainable products

Hello Holochain Community!

We are happy to introduce you to Lightwave :ocean: and its marketplace. We are looking forward to surf the wave with others :surfing_woman:. But first let’s introduce our team:

Forum members: @raphisee @Capri @pmonien @johannes.kuebel


The idea of Lightwave and its marketplace:

We offer a marketplace for sustainable products

By increasing the visibility of organizations and their products, we can better connect them to sustainably oriented customers.

We are starting our journey in Zürich and are integrated in the umbrella organization of sustainable retailers of Zürich: Transition Zürich

Our goal: Promote sustainable consumer behavior. In the long term, we would like to provide the marketplace as a financial source to support sustainable projects. It gives users the opportunity within a community to shape society and to learn from each other by discussing ideas and voting on which (local) sustainable projects should be funded. We present the Cycle of Sustainable Development:

We are in the stage of design and implementation. We know Holochain is the right tool for our platform, because the distributed architecture aligns deeply with our core values and the vision we want to grow.

We know the scope of our project and are taking our first steps right now (23. August 2020) in developing a MVP this year. We also have quite detailed designs and layouts for most of the user stories. With the help of the MVP we want to raise funding to focus full time on the implementation of the more complex functionality like payment, integration into cash register systems, accounting and more.

We are also starting a second circle where we focus on creating our regenerative business model and our strategies in regards to marketing, fundraising and partnerships with sustainable organisations.

Skills: (1-10)

Holochain: (3)
Front-End: Angular (7)
Back-End: Rust (1), Node.Js (5)
UI/UX: CSS (4)
Others: Fundraising (2)

What we need:

We are looking to connect with Holochain and UI/UX developers that would like to join our project or support and guide our journey.

For more information and staying in touch: Check our Linktree. Contact us in the forum or via email if you interested to surf the wave with us :ocean: :surfing_man:: [email protected]

:earth_africa: :heart:


Thanks for sharing this @johannes.kuebel! Cool concept, and I appreciate your clarity in explanation.

In your skills list, are those needs? Or resources you currently have?

Thank you for your friendly feedback @J-Krush .

That are the resources we currently have - we are looking forward to share a skill list what we need :slight_smile:


Hallo johannes,

I would love to exchange idea and perhaps resources for the development as we are currently setting up a market place for hybrid events within a similar self sustaining ecosystem in vienna. The points most interesting to me are resource planning and a payment system.

I know this stuff on block chain is still very early bird, as to why we do our PoC in a game engine environment with different entities being players and people can issue their tokens if they offer resources to share. Perhaps a shared research and development one day. Our platform base was tested extensively this summer on strudle.io and our team is no ready to go to the next level, mentioned game integration above.

I am a senior ui ux architect myself, run my own company Vienna Struggle Media GmbH and have some experience in working for many startups and in also corporate clients in dach. Actually for a Zurich based company also. Foryouandyourcustomers.

Would love to get involved or partnering up in some way as my company also provides think tanks and development.

Best Tilman.

Feel free to also contact me via linkin or email [email protected]

yess!!! amazing project! gogogo

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Hi there,
I think it would be worth thinking about an existent e-commerce framework to build a marketplace and to choose an existing promising ecosystem to build your stack. I came across with this one, https://saleor.io which seems to be pretty nice and based on GraphQL.
As it is built upon Django, a combination with https://github.com/juntagrico, demo at https://juntagrico-demo.herokuapp.com/ wouldn’t be such a hassle.

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My gut reaction is to say “NOOOO, BUILD IT ON HOLOCHAIN” but you know what? Even if you continue to stick to your decision to build on Holochain, it might be a very good idea to prototype on something more well established first. You might be able to get by on just an ecommerce app, some spreadsheets, and a chat app. (Just don’t use Magento; it is very flexible but also soooo complicated.)

The reason I like this idea is that the biggest problem will not be the tech but figuring out what the people you’re serving actually need, and what will support regenerative economies best in a grounded/practical way. The faster and cheaper you can ‘fail’ and come up with new ideas, the better your project will be for it. Start with solutions that don’t ‘scale’ well – it might feel like a bad idea, but the unscalable solutions are usually based on human relationships, which will give you the richest sort of feedback and create a base of passionate supporters too.

This also reminds me of some research that @lynnfoster and @bhaugen have been doing on good UIs for economic activity, and they’re leaning very strongly towards chat (supported by machine parsing of agreements, possibly by a special economic markup language that understands how conversations leading to action proceed). That’s because economic activity naturally revolves around conversation, relationship, all the squishy human stuff. I think @mwl has been doing some similar explorations and come to similar conclusions re: chat as the most natural UI for economic relationships that are more complex than a simple purchase from a store. But this is big heady stuff, not really relevant to purchases from an online shop – I just wanted to expose you to it to spark your imagination re: what Lightwave could be capable of.

That said, I should mention that @ViktorZaunders and @kristofer are working on a related project in Sweden, @WaelAura is doing something to connect producers in the Arabic world with expatriate consumers around the globe, and @pospi is working on a library that embodies an economic vocabulary called ValueFlows (also an outcome of Lynn and Bob’s work). Both of these projects use (or will use) Holochain as their tech.


Also, nice bread porn pic :wink: Is that one of @raphisee’s loaves?