In this Pi Session, initially, the Pi Core Team talking about updates and plans for the Pi Application platform and Core Team application, followed by a few videos from third-party developers showcasing their apps and ideas and how they would like to integrate with Pi.
In the Core Team’s talk, first, we will give some high-level directions for Pi Applications, second, some product and tech updates, and plans on the Pi Platform. Third, we will discuss the potential apps that the Pi Core Team may build or guide building in the hope to hear what Pioneers think about these apps.
High-Level Direction For Pi Applications
Now, The importance of the utility and direction of Pi application. Applications of Pi are important for creating utility and real value in the Pi ecosystem. Applications can be built by the Core Team or third-party developers. The platform is one of the major strategies of Pi Core Team to decentralize the development of Pi’s ecosystem and leverage the power of our global community to achieve the breadth and scale of traditional economies. For ecosystem building, there are two types of apps:
- apps with economic incentives or a business model for developers,
- apps without a business model but essential to the infrastructure and completion of the ecosystem.
Type – 1 Pi Application
Now, Type 1 Apps with business models.
This type of apps means that they can earn Pi from the business transactions inside their apps, for example, charges of Pi for facilitating a purchase for goods or services or direct sales in Pi to Pioneers. These apps make their own independent product, technology, and business decisions, e.g. what features or functionalities to include in the app and how much to charge.
What we’re looking for in this type of apps are those that create real utilities of Pi, boost the usage of Pi and contribute to the growth of the ecosystem.
For example, apps that facilitate selling and purchasing goods and services, e.g. marketplaces, service exchange apps, apps that make direct sales of goods or virtual goods or social applications, apps that charge subscriptions for content or services they provide.
For initial apps, we would also consider light-weight apps, meaning that it is simple and easy to understand by most Pioneers and have a simple integration mechanism into Pi, e.g fun games with in-game purchases, social apps or meme apps, influence apps in the realm of being transferable on the internet, while more heavy-weight apps will be onboarded into the platform later. Heavy-weight apps here refer to apps that, in addition to the online exchange of value, also require physical-world activities, such as inventories, supply chains, and logistics.
The reason for the order falls in line with our interactive design process where the light-weight applications at first can help us debug any issues and make improvements in the online processes of how the platform, apps, and Pioneers interact with each other in terms of technical integrations, user experience, and economics, before introducing and compounding these processes with physical-world complications or coordination required by the heavy-weight applications.
Type – 2 Pi Application
Now, Type 2 apps, Ecosystem apps.
This type of application does not have business models but are essential to the infrastructure of the Pi ecosystem. The purpose of such apps is to complete insufficiencies, facilitate the growth of the ecosystem, and benefit the common good of the network.
Such projects can be either developed by a specific third-party developer or led by the community or the Core Team through open-sourced projects with crowdsourcing from the community. Some of these apps are not necessarily having a business model in Pi, and will not or should not be charged for service fees, or should be free for the community, such as auditable open-source KYC solution.
The rewards for the contributions to such projects can be community-based, through Pi donations from Pioneers, bounty programs, or Pi crowdfunding. The Core Team will continue designing concrete mechanisms with inputs from the community, to explore and implement ways to support this type of apps, and to surface developers who will lead this type of apps. Such as Pi Application.
Due to the nature of ecosystem apps, such apps including its functionalities, features, in-app economics will not be solely decided by the leading developer but will be guided by Pi Core Team and community feedback to ensure it satisfies the needs of the ecosystem and is in line with the interests of the community.
What is the Core Team’s role in these types of apps?
The types of apps mentioned above correlate with the depth of involvement by the Core Team.
For Type 1 apps with their own business model, the Core Team’s involvement includes providing the platform along with its necessary technical support, e.g. SDK and API and also evaluating and making the decision on whether they will be listed on the Pi platform and keeping them always in line with Pi’s policies and interests of the ecosystem.
By contrast, Type 2 ecosystem apps without business models, in addition to the same things as Type 1 apps, Pi Core Team’s involvement will also include giving advice and guidance, designing mechanisms and defining policies that incentivize these developers and facilitate such development, and when necessary, even mobilizing the community to support their development.
What are the apps to avoid?
Of course, in both types of Pi applications, we want to avoid ingenuine applications that try to game the system or apps that are not compliant with law or Pi’s policies. For example, sham apps that do not really facilitate real goods and services transactions but are in essence a channel for malicious people to scam Pioneers for money or data, or speculative people to sell Pi for fiat and other cryptocurrencies, to organize unauthorized exchanges of Pi under the table or to hoard Pi, these apps we want to avoid. We also will stay away from any apps that will raise regulatory questions in some regions, e.g gambling apps or casino types of games.
The procedure may involve evaluation by the Core team, evaluation by the community committees, and continued monitoring and auditing by the larger community, to ensure the compliance of law and Pi’s policies, alignment with Pi Network’s core values and strategies, and the benefits to the common good of the Pi community and more generally humanity.