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Smart Contracts from the Trenches: The Interface App Journey


Writing a white paper and running an ICO is the easy part. Creating a shipping product that uses blockchain-based Smart Contracts is where the going gets tough. In this session, I’ll take you through WhenHub’s journey in creating the Interface person-to-person micro contract app. I’ll discuss the challenges we encountered, the workarounds we developed, and useful lessons for anyone building a consumer Smart Contract application. The session will be useful for anyone who is thinking of creating a business-oriented, Smart Contract-driven mobile application.


Nik Kalyani is co-founder and CTO of WhenHub, a startup with a platform that builds solutions for problems that have a time vector. WhenHub products include Studio, a platform for time-based marketing, and Approach, a mobile app for time-based geostreaming, and Interface, a blockchain-based ecosystem for person-to-person business micro-contracts ( Kalyani also is the founder of Edaptable, a non-profit company that is the publisher of Walkstarter, a free platform that makes Walkathon fundraising easy for public schools. As of January 2018, more than $1.5 million has been raised for schools using the platform. Previously, he co-founded DNN Software, the venture-funded company behind the popular DNN Open Source Content Management System (acquired by ESW in 2017). He also founded iWidgets, an Internet company funded by Draper Fisher ventures. As co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of CoderDojo, Kalyani has led volunteer education sessions to teach over 1,500 kids how to code. He is an 11-year recipient of Microsoft’s prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award. Kalyani lives in Mountain View, California with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys competing in Hackathons, listening to Bollywood music, and creating DIY products that fuse vintage art with cutting-edge electronics.